I all but grew up in my dad's garage. A builder himself, he made sure (whether I really wanted to or not) that I knew how to fix a sink, weld, and install a door by the time I was 12.
Still, I took a different path early on. I worked as a writer and designer in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles before putting my roots down in the construction industry in Southern California.
Now, based in Culver City with my wife and two children, Handcrafted Construction is my everyday passion, and ever-growing proof that when you take good care of people, they tend to return the favor.
- Damon, Owner and President
I'm a Los Angeles native, and basically a construction native too. Though I spent my teenage years in the Antelope Valley, I was born and raised in LA and have been in and around the construction business all my life.
I started as a laborer at age 18, became an assistant superintendent for a national builder at 19, was building multi-million dollar communities by 21, and had my contractor's license and started my own business by 23.
Still, everything didn't really fall into place until I joined Handcrafted Construction in 2012. Here I'm able to combine my construction experience, my love of architecture, and everything LA into something bigger and a life I love.
- Alex, Senior Project Manager
I was hooked at age 6 when my dad taught me how to build my first table in upstate New York. Ever since then I’ve been in and around construction, from working in his shop as a kid to pursuing custom furniture-making at college.
While honing my craft, I decided to learn the business and management side of things too. After graduation from RIT, I went back and worked for my dad's construction company, but felt the need to go bigger.
So I made the big jump to Handcrafted Construction on the west coast, where I am challenged every day to be creative, organized and constantly learning. And the best part is, I feel that with every house we build, I am changing someone’s life.
- Dan, Project Manager
After starting in the graphic design field, where I worked on national brand campaigns and with many different kinds of people and vendors, I quit to start my own furniture business when my son was born in 2000.
While designing products for MaxBaby Furniture, I found that I also had an interest in, and knack for, marketing, finance and operations. With the growth of Handcrafted Construction, I assumed the reins as COO. I'm happy to be a part of our growing family.
- Kathy, Chief Operating Officer
I'm a native Californian (originally from Santa Rosa) and proud mother of two. I joined the Handcrafted Construction family as our Office Manager in 2015. How time flies!
After college and prior to joining HCI, I worked as an HR Manager, an Operations Director, and dabbled in accessory design work for an online children's clothing line. I love being a team player on a team I love, and I enjoy being the quiet force everyone can rely on.
- Melissa, Office Manager