Paul Eldrenkamp Paul Eldrenkamp - Owner and Project Manager

After a wide range of carpentry jobs and a bachelor's degree in History and Literature of Medieval Europe, Paul Eldrenkamp founded Byggmeister (Scandinavian for "master builder") in 1983. "I've always put a high priority on two things: fostering easy, friendly relations with our clients and building a team of people who are as interesting and diverse as they are talented and dedicated."

Paul has long experience in high-performance homes and frequently speaks to industry groups and the public about energy efficient construction. He is also a founding partner of The DEAP Energy Group, a consulting partnership that helps project teams move up from code-level construction to Passive House, zero-net energy, deep energy retrofit, and other high-efficiency building standards.

Rachel White Rachel White - General Manager and Project Manager

Rachel joined the company in 2009 after having hired Byggmeister to renovate her master suite. Rachel started as a consultant helping to develop standards and goals for energy and water use, and indoor air quality and to track these over time.

After she became an employee, Rachel's role evolved to include project management as well as performance tracking. One of the things that Rachel feels distinguishes Byggmeister is the emphasis on performance. “During project planning we look for opportunities to improve comfort, efficiency, air quality. In other words, we plan to improve performance. Then, once the project is over, we measure how we did and apply the lessons learned to future projects. It’s a virtuous circle.”

In 2018, Rachel assumed the role of General Manager. She currently splits her time between shepherding projects through the planning process and overseeing the company’s operations.

Jason Taylor Energy Specialist Jason Taylor - Energy Specialist

An ardent carbon dioxide cutter, Jason has been doing home energy assessments and air sealing for Byggmesiter since 2009. He says he wanted to work with Byggmeister because our "company spirit is always to do the right thing. Not to mention that the crew is so smart, funny, passionate and talented."

Before joining Byggmeister Jason ran a successful painting business, but his concern about climate change led him to learn the weatherization trade. Jason claims that "nothing makes me happier than to crawl around in the recesses, nooks and crannies of someone's home, and repair the holes responsible for that home’s heat loss." Which sounds far-fetched until you've been on a job with him; then you know he means it.

Here's a poem Jason wrote to his favorite building diagnostic tool:

An Ode to the Blower Door

O, Blower Door
You red glowing beauty
Giver of wisdom
Revealer of mystery and hidden secrets
You lift me with your lusty breeze
Though some may think that I'm a bore
I’ll never stop my blower door

Josy Raycroft - Designer

Josy has been part of the Byggmeister design team since 2014 when she relocated to the Boston area. After 3 years of graduate architecture school, she worked with the Newton based architecture firm Tise Design Associates and spent time in Western Massachusetts as a residential energy consultant for the Center for EcoTechnology.  

She was attracted to Byggmeister because of our "integrity, strong client relationships, and environmentally sensitive approach" and is very excited to be part of a cohesive team. "My past roles as designer and consultant often felt as though I was working on the outside but the design-build model at Byggmeister allows me to be a part of renovation work from the first site visit, through design, all the way through construction." When she's not on the job she enjoys biking, playing hockey and spending time outdoors with her three kids.  

William Harper (Bill) - Associate AIA, Designer

Bill has a long history with Byggmeister, going back to 2001 when he first joined the team as an Apprentice Carpenter. He quickly moved into the realm of estimating projects and few years later he returned to school to become an Architect. He is currently pursuing licensure.

We asked Bill, why, after earning his Master's Degree in Architecture, did he want to come back to work with Byggmeister? “After I had left Byggmeister, when describing the company's process and approach I would still find myself saying "we" - it's a rare and special thing, to work for a company whose mission is one that you believe in.  That was a hard thing to walk away from in 2007 and I'm grateful that since then we've been able to collaborate in a new way."

woman carpenter, remodeling, design build Luci Rawe - Carpenter

Luci Rawe has always loved to build. “Growing up I worked in my Dad's woodshop; making things with my hands has always captivated me.” After majoring in environmental studies and working for a custom furniture shop, Luci began searching for carpentry work. She sought out design/build firms because of their collaborative structures. "When I found Byggmeister I was immediately drawn to the focus on energy efficiency and the type and size of the projects.”

Hired in 2017, Luci radiates delight with her work and the relationships she is developing. “I love how much one on one time I have gotten with the lead carpenters. As much as I am here to work, I am also here to learn, and they have so much to teach about the mechanics of a house. Not to mention that it’s just so much fun to work with tools all day!” 

woman carpenter, remodeling, design build Emily Sills - Apprentice Carpenter

Emily joined the Byggmeister crew in 2018. Before embarking on her career in carpentry, Emily followed a “meandering route” that includes a degree in math and several years of organic farming. Most recently, Emily approached Catherine, who is a family friend, about making a career change to carpentry and decided to invest in carpentry training through the North Bennett Street School.

During her interviews with us, Emily was impressed by Byggmeister's highly organized planning process, the clear and specific expectations around work culture, and the number of women on the team. "The fact that more than half the people I met during my interviews were women was a huge draw for me.” We were equally impressed by her and thrilled to bring her on board. So far Emily has been enjoying her work immensely. “There’s so much variety. Each day I’m doing something different. I’m helping to create something sturdy, lasting and beautiful. I also enjoy proving that someone who is 5’0” can haul lumber and build houses!”

Francis Prunier Francis Prunier - Lead Carpenter and Warranty Co-manager

Francis worked in construction for four years before joining Byggmeister in 2012. Francis appreciates the team environment and feels that the emphasis on community sets the company apart. Francis was initially attracted to Byggmeister in large part because of the warranty program and focus on energy efficiency. He says, "I've never encountered another company that cares as much about energy performance, or does as much to ensure that their work holds up over time."

Cador Pricejones - Estimator

Having joined our team as a carpenter in 2000, Cador has held multiple positions at Byggmeister. Currently, he is the full-time estimator working with the project development team to clearly define and accurately estimate project costs (our goal is for actual costs to be within 2% of estimated costs). 

Cador feels that one of the things Byggmeister does best is create a sense of teamwork. "Not just among the crew," he says, "but for everyone involved: the architect and homeowner and the builders. The trust between Byggmeister and our clients is very high because they know we are all on the same side, we all want the same thing: the best possible outcome for their home."

Joshua Menard - Senior Lead Carpenter and Production Manager

Josh started with Byggmeister in 2008 as a carpenter after having "worked as a general carpenter for a small renovation and remodeling firm for over seven years." During that time, Josh grew "to appreciate the attention to detail in fine residential construction. In my search to find a company that shared the same appreciation, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that not only do Byggmeister employees share the same regard for detail, but their customers do too."

Josh has since moved into the position of Senior Lead Carpenter and Production Manager. In the latter role, Josh is responsible for balancing resources across jobs, supporting other lead carpenters, and overseeing quality and safety standards. 

Corky Kaempf - Lead Carpenter

With Byggmeister since 1998, Corky says the best part of the job for him is getting to know the clients. "Our clients are generally pretty interesting people, and they seem to respect the fact that we're generally pretty interesting people, too," he says. "I'm also very conscious of the fact that they are trusting us with their homes, and they are spending a lot of money and deserve an excellent result."

Matt Jancek - Senior Lead Carpenter and Warranty Co-manager

Matt has worked in the construction industry for more than 10 years, and has been a carpenter with Byggmeister since 2010. "Byggmeister stands behind every project we do, and that really appeals to me. My role as warranty manager allows me to investigate and solve any problems that might arise, and share my findings with the rest of the company. I get to close that feedback loop so everyone can apply those lessons to future projects." Matt has also recently become a Certified Remodeling Project Manager through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Catherine Autio - Master Carpenter

A carpenter since 1989, Catherine worked as a subcontractor for Byggmeister for about five years before joining the company in 2002. "I really like my work and I really like this company," she says. "Paul is very creative, and he maximizes our attributes and works with our flaws." A former cook and caretaker of thoroughbred horses, Catherine says she gets great satisfaction from seeing what she has helped to build.

Maria Washington - Business Manager

Maria has been with Byggmeister since 1995, and has seen the company change in size but not in work ethic. "Excellence is Byggmeister's philosophy. Everyone here brings something unique and different to their work, but they all believe in doing their best work every time on every job," she says. She thinks the company's dedication to quality makes a visible difference. "They make excellence a priority so that when the job is done you can see the difference."

Anita Rogers - AIA, Architect

Working for Byggmeister gives Anita a fringe benefit not often found in the remodeling business: peace of mind. "Homeowners appreciate when things look nice, but it's important that the 'bones' of a project are right, that it is sensible to the very bottom," she says. "Byggmeister is so thoroughly committed to quality that I never have to fret over whether or not they will do things properly." Having worked with many different builders during her career, Anita says she appreciates Byggmeister's equal attention to both aesthetic and structural quality. Anita joined Byggmeister's team in 2003.

Karin Mahdavi Product and Finish Coordinator Karin Mahdavi - Products & Finishes Coordinator

Karin got to know Byggmeister from the outside in: she was a client before she joined the design team in 2003. "I was really impressed not just with their work, but with how respectfully they treat the client's space, and how approachable everyone in the company is," she says. "They keep their promises and always follow through."

During her project she realized she has a knack for product selection—marrying form, function and logistics—and was inspired to pursue interior design full-time. She founded KM Design, an independent interior design company, and at the same time created a new position within Byggmeister. "I really love coordinating products & finishes selection at Byggmeister," she says. "I get to be involved in such interesting and exciting projects."

Paul Eldrenkamp
Rachel White
Jason Taylor Energy Specialist
woman carpenter, remodeling, design build
woman carpenter, remodeling, design build
Francis Prunier
Karin Mahdavi Product and Finish Coordinator