A deck and porch installer in Calumet City, IL

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5. David Allen
from 37 reviews
4.6 (37)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Calumet City, IL
"The job itself involved teardown of old deck, installation of Trex decking, Royal Vinyl Trim and Pressure-Treated Wood for the railings (we wanted long-lasting underfoot materials but to keep the price down overall). The trim material was completely his suggestion and it turned out really nice and was much cheaper than Trex. David's response to the Q&A on this website describe him and his partner down to a tee. We got three bids in all, including from the well-marketed porch companies in the City (with an office, sales rep etc etc.). They were both really polished when they turned up and I'm sure they would have done a good job but their bid was significantly more than David's. David is more old school. He knows he does a good job at a reasonable price so doesn't need a smooth marketing machine behind him. During the bid process, I particularly liked that he recommended a 7 inch rise on the front steps as per city standards (he immediately noticed that our old steps were much higher than this - something we had found a struggle). He also explored the possibility of restoring our old steps (rather than ripping them down) but noted that the wood underneath was all completely rotten due to poor ventilation. He was the only bidder that looked at our existing porch in this much detail and that helped to build trust early on. David took his time to get every detail right and it shows. Perhaps the best endorsement is that a number of our neighbors have complimented our new porch. Two were even so impressed they asked for David's number so we might be seeing him again on the block soon!"

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Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

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