Cress Carpentry

Expert Carpentry Service in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

About Cress Carpentry

I am a cabinetmaker and handyman. I do built-in cabinets, small kitchens, bathrooms, closets, home offices, and entertainment centers.

My favorite projects are custom furniture and stain-grade hardwood pieces. I concentrate on authentic craftsmanship and can build to suit any style. My background includes a degree in Architectural Design.

In addition, I round out my schedule with handyman projects. I love to do door repairs. I will service a wide variety of household repair projects. I build garden features like pergolas, fences, benches, and tables.

I can repair or rejuvenate an existing kitchen without remodeling. I fix flooring and all interior and exterior trim. I also repair and replace windows.

Services

I specialize in Cabinetmaking and finish carpentry. My favorite projects involve hardwood and a high level of craftsmanship. I seek out challenging projects with high visibility. I have a good understanding of the Victorian, Edwardian, and mid-century modern vernacular of San Francisco and am always eager to build to suit the period of a particular house. But mostly I specialize in meeting my client's needs and staying within their budget.

I also do a lot of home repair work. Handyman projects offer their own set of exciting challenges. And like a ninja, when a project is successful, nobody knows I was ever there, which can be very satisfying.

No project is too small. Even the simplest door adjustment offers me the opportunity to establish a new relationship and demonstrate the professionalism I bring to every job.

Brands

I buy general building materials at Beronio, fancy interior trim from Victoriana, hardwood from MacBeath's, cabinet hardware from MacMurray Pacific. I install rev-a-shelf products and anything the client purchases for a project.

Charlotte, NC 28205
(415) 612-0242
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Payment options
Hudson Cress accepts cash, checks and Paypal
Hourly rate: From $50 to $75
Certifications/licenses

California contractor's license #951197. I have certification for B-General Contracting, C6- Cabinet, millwork, and finish.

Cities served
Charlotte, Matthews and Huntersville

The job is never finished until the client is satisfied. I often consult on further design ideas, such as lighting and acoustics or how to improve flow through a space.

I just finished a library/entertainment center. There are four bookcases with five- and seven-foot glass doors, an entertainment section with sliding doors, and a widescreen TV mounted over the new gas-insert fireplace. It’s built in a simplified Edwardian style with inset doors and modern hardware. My client said it makes her feel like she's living in the Hamptons.

I am also a photographer. I've traveled to thirty-five countries and lived in Japan for two years. I love snowboarding.

The internet, and a good idea of specifically what you want.

I started with a wood rasp when I was six. I figured out what a hammer did around twelve, and by fifteen, I was building my first furniture pieces. My Eagle Scout project required me to pull my first building permit at sixteen. One of my first jobs was in a cabinet shop in North Carolina. I went to school for architecture but decided that I really wanted to get my hands dirty and not sit at a desk. When I moved to San Francisco, I went to work for a general contractor and, three years later, got my own contractor license (B-general and C6-cabinets, millwork, and finish).

A few dozen. Two to four larger projects a month plus several smaller handyman or one- to two-day projects.

Door repairs, built-in cabinets and shelves, closet repairs, and kitchen modifications.

Always get three bids. Look for the middle. Don't try to save too much money because there are many products that look the same but are sub-par. Never save money by using pressboard trim or cheap door and drawer hardware. Save money by doing the final painting yourself. Concentrate on the improvements that are most visible for resale value, but concentrate on improvements that improve livability and comfort if you're planning to stay in the house a long time. There are many ways to save money without using cheap materials. But the biggest cost killer is indecision and changes after work has begun. Having a clear idea of what you want and why, with prior planning, will save more money than anything else.

First of all, a client should always get a fixed bid before hiring a carpenter. Time and materials are too easily abused. A client should have a clear idea of the materials and hardware being included in a bid and should familiarize themselves with standard industry practices and construction methods wherever possible. The client should then inquire of all situations where the contractor is diverging from standard accepted methods.

Never agree to work based on time and materials. Always get a fixed bid. Many contractors put the least experienced people in the field to do the actual work. Many contractors barely supervise or train their workers. The larger the company, the less likely you will have anyone with any kind of mastery physically working on your job.

I can't think of anything. I'm very explicit about my general work practices, materials, etc. Questions tend to be specific to a job. If they’re frequently asked, I usually answer them before they bubble up.

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