My interest in construction began as a child when my father put a new roof on our house. I wanted to go up there in the worst way and he wouldn’t let me. This peaked my curiosity. Years later he would remodel our 2 bedroom house into 3 bedrooms. It was walking through the open studded walls & watching the process of this complete transformation from beginning to end that got me hooked.
My professional career began in 1979 when I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. It started with all kinds of odd jobs: painting, hauling, road construction (digging ditches, running cable tv, driving dump trucks). I installed garage doors for 4 years and did some welding work as well. Eventually, I landed a union carpenter job but didn’t like the way they built things in “piecework” with low quality. I often had to go behind them and fix all their mistakes. On the good side however, it provided me with good training and helped me build a strong foundation in carpentry.
In 1986 I got a job working for Elmer Dinga Construction as an apprentice carpenter. In 1988, the co-owners split up and I went to work for one of the owners new companies as a superintendent. We built custom homes from the ground up, as well as, additions and remodels… primarily in the Oakland/ Berkeley Hills. Five years later, in 1993, I obtained my general contractors license and started my own company JBM Construction. I’ve been doing home remodels, additions, commercial tenant improvements, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. since.