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It has always been my delight to create living spaces that are built with great care and to the satisfaction of my customers. I started out working in 1993 in Fayetteville, Arkansas doing renovations with veteran craftsmen where I gained experience in cabinet making, custom kitchens, remodeling, and structural renovations. While in Arkansas, I had the pleasure to work on a few architecturally designed new homes and major renovations in the Usonian/Craftsman style, primarily influenced by the work of local legendary architect Fay Jones, apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. I loved how these homes were designed with a sense of connectedness to the outdoors, were efficiently laid out, and made use of materials in a way that were well composed and harmonious with the house's setting.

After moving to the Ithaca area in 2002, I worked at Ecovillage at Ithaca, Second Neighborhood, where I was a member of the construction management team, and lead carpenter for the construction of one duplex. There I learned an immense amount from everyone involved in sustainable building and energy efficiency.

Over the past 8 years I have completed many renovations, large and small, kitchen and bath remodels, and small additions as Jeffrey Feirman Building and Renovation.

In 2009, I furthered my commitment to building efficiently by becoming BPI certified as a Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. This training has allowed me to solve indoor air quality and comfort problems in homes.

 

 
     
 

 

 

Another influence on my way of thinking about living spaces is architect Sarah Susanka, who wrote the Not So Big House books. She clearly makes the case for building small, high quality, well designed spaces.

In the words of Sarah’s Publisher, The Taunton Press, about her newest book, Not So Big Remodeling:

NOT SO BIG REMODELING takes the time-honored Not So Big tradition of “building better, not bigger” and encourages readers to put their remodeling dollars into character and utility instead of square footage. Too often during the remodeling process people begin in the wrong place, immediately assuming that their house needs a large, costly addition. Susanka dispels this assumption by introducing readers to three options for remodeling your home the Not So Big way: working within the existing footprint, bumping out, and adding on just a little. Anything more than “just a little” and it is no longer Not So Big. Beauty matters, and because people tend to take care of the places they love, improving a home’s character without increasing its size is truly a sustainable act.