Paul Eldrenkamp Paul Eldrenkamp - Owner

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 - Project Manager and Performance 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, water and indoor air quality and to track these over time. Currently she splits her time between shepherding projects through the planning process and tracking the performance of projects after they are completed.

Rachel feels that her two roles are complementary. “During project planning we look for opportunities to improve comfort, efficiency, air quality, and incorporate them wherever practicable. 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.”

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
Perfection-maker
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 joined Byggmeister in 2014 after relocating to the Boston area from Western MA, where she worked at 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 role as a consultant often had me working on the outside. Working for 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 spending time outdoors with her daughter and black lab.

Rex Johnston - Carpenter

Before coming on board in 2015, Rex worked in residential property management. In addition to carpentry he was responsible for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC repair. Rex says he was drawn to Byggmeister because, like Paul, he believes that "new construction is a form of cheating; there are already so many beautiful homes out there that need to be updated and reconfigured."

Since joining the team Rex has had his hands in everything from demolition to finish carpentry. He describes himself as "in love with the work. What makes Byggmeister so unique is that all the people believe in what they are doing, want to do the best job they can, and will stand behind it."

William Harper (Bill) - Architect

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.  

We asked Bill, why, after becoming an architect 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."

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!” 

Stacey Cordeiro Stacey Cordeiro - Project Manager

Stacey got started in remodeling as a teenager when she spent summers painting houses. After receiving a graduate degree in community economic development, she has pursued a twofold career path—alternating between residential remodeling and cooperative business consulting.

Stacey first learned about Byggmeister several years ago while working for another local contactor. She attended an "open walls" event at a Byggmeister deep energy retrofit and recalls being impressed by Byggmeister's openness. "While most companies would keep their cutting-edge methods a secret, and use them as an advantage over their competitors, Byggmeister invited competitors in to discuss how all of us could elevate our standards."

Stacey is thrilled to part of Byggmeister because she "loves making buildings better for their current and future occupants," and because she "loves working with a team that values effective business systems and continually strives to improve them."   

 

Anita Rogers - 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."

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 has been on board since 2008. "Working as a general carpenter for a small renovation and remodeling firm for over seven years before that, I had grown 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. At Byggmeister, I get to work on challenging projects that hone existing skills and allow me to develop new skills."

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."

Paul Eldrenkamp
Rachel White
Jason Taylor Energy Specialist
Stacey Cordeiro
Karin Mahdavi Product and Finish Coordinator
Francis Prunier