I am a finish carpenter, so I pay close attention to detail. I like straight and true lines. Some carpenters are more concerned about getting the job done and work fast and furious, which can result in a sloppy finish. I am interested in getting the job done, as well, but I put the emphasis on having the job look nice and professional. We take the time to make that happen!
I like my job for many reasons. For one, I get to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work. I also enjoy my job because my customers work with me when they can and I can have them right there when design decisions need to be made. Getting to work outside for many months of the year is another perk of the job. In addition, I am a huge advocate for recycling and I just love when I can provide the materials for a project from materials stored in my garage that are waiting to be reused. I love working with wood, cedar, oak, pine, poplar, birch, redwood. I am truly happiest when I can make sawdust all day long!
I never knew that building that tree fort when I was a kid was going to lead me to be a carpenter. My brothers and I, along with some kids from the neighborhood, built a three story tree fort from wood that we found at a friend's house. The wood had nails in it, so we pulled them out and straightened them, then used them to build the fort! Later on when I was 19, and a ski bum out in Colorado, I got a labor job building a warming lodge in Crested Butte. I saw how much fun the carpenters were having pounding nails and working with the wood that I said "that's what I want to do!" I always thought I was going to be a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park!
As far as repairs are concerned, when you first see a problem with your home call me right away. Usually the longer you wait the worse it gets. A lot of the time the problem can be fixed for a lot less money when you get in on it from the very start of the problem. If you have a remodeling project in mind, have me come over and walk through it with you. If you have plans (blue prints) it makes the estimating much easier. You can get pictures from magazines or the Internet to show me how you would like it to look. Shortly after we meet, I will call you back with a budget. Take your time discussing the estimate I give you and let me know your thoughts. Make sure to call me back even if I'm not the contractor that you choose. It makes all the difference for me when you follow through on the last step. Feedback is everything!
What Our Customers Are Saying
Kent and his team exceeded our expectations in the process of installing replacement windows throughout the upper level of our home. The quality of their work was impeccable and when they were finished, their cleanup was very thorough. One of the windows being replaced was unusual and tricky to install, but Kent made it look easy. The finish work on the inside and outside of the home is excellent. We will call on Kent again for future projects in our home.
Our shed roof leaked and Kent Peterson put on new shingles - in February! Very reasonable cost, too.
Kent completed a comprehensive rebuild of exterior wood and siding damage in 2015. He provided outstanding service: honest, superior craftsmanship, polite and very fairly priced. I have lived in Ann Arbor for many years and can't express how pleased I am to have Kent's services. Kent also took the time to discuss the job with me and explain options. I would not hesitate to hire Kent again. Very highly recommended.
Reliable, punctual, honest. Kent goes the extra mile and does great work. Thanks, Kent!
We hired Kent and his daughter Betsy to replace rotted wood around our house as well as back deck. Their attention to detail and workmanship was amazing. They also painted two of the rooms in our house! We would highly recommend them to anyone needed wood work completed as well as paint jobs. They are prompt, responsive, and trustworthy.
I have used Kent on several projects now. He is great! Does a great job, he is reliable and consistently does excellent work. On top of all of that he is kind and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Kent was super responsive and communicative from the get go. He was even willing to fit us in to his busy summer schedule (on a Saturday!) when our original carpenter fell through.
We wanted to add crown molding and bead board details to our kitchen cupboards along with some simple quarter round in another small room, and Kent and Dave were so detail-oriented the entire project. Plus, they were super friendly and a pleasure to spend the day with. My husband likes to watch and learn from professionals and they both were more than willing to let him do so and even taught him along the way.
We'll be hiring Kent again in the future and feel lucky to have found him.
Kent is exceptional finish carpenter. Made sure pocket door, trim, & three other doors fit exactly. Worked two 10 hour days, one on weekend, to finish job ahead of carpet install. I recommend Kent without reservation. Mike Stevenson
Kent did an excellent job installing new drop-down attic stairs and repairing an electrical outlet. I would hire him again at the drop of a hat. He worked quickly and efficiently and cleaned up afterwards. He was knowledgable and personable, and answered questions about other jobs I'm thinking about getting done. He gave me advice on what he thought I could accomplish myself (and how) and what aspects of projects he could help out with. Kent is great to work with!
Drop all your other candidates and hire this GEM of a carpenter!!! This was truly the most amazing contractor experience I have ever had. Kent came with his team of family members, build the most beautiful, solid, and unique fence, all exactly in the timeframe laid out, with a joy that made my whole family smile. Our puppy is a lucky puppy to have had this man fence in his back yard! 🐶
Kent was a pleasure to work with. We are so pleased with our new fence!
We had really wonderful working with Kent. Had several very old outlets refreshed and cleaned up with new plates and the ceiling lamp ( and its control ) also replaced. Kent was very detailed oriented and took the time to get the parts we did not have in the house. We felt really good that we found someone that we can work with on things around the house. Definite highly recommend his service !
We asked for a cabinet with roll-out trays to be built in a former dishwasher space. Kent Petersen did a beautiful job. He used reclaimed material that matched the style and color of the existing cabinets perfectly. He was professional, pleasant, and communicated well with us about when he'd arrive, what he'd do next, and what to expect. He protected the space with a tarp, and cleaned up afterward. He does excellent carpentry work, and is a reliable and trustworthy worker. He's licensed, affordable, and doesn't seem to mind working in a very cold garage. We can't recommend him highly enough.
We had a great experience with Kent. He and his daughter Betsy were on time, very professional, and got the jobs done in no time. I would definitely hire Kent again.
Kent and his daughter Betsy showed up on time, were very personable, and did a great job! I asked them to install a security light above the outside of our garage, and a dimmer switch inside the house. I would definitely hire Kent for another job.
We enjoyed having Kent and Betsy install doorwall and build our porch. Everything looks great. Kent makes sure he gets it right. One thing that I really liked about Kent he listened to us and helped build what we had in mind. While most other contractors that came out showed me how they would build it. And would completely dismiss our ideas as bad. Kent made it happen and it turned out even better than we had invisioned.
I hired Kent for a small drywall job involving a skylight shaft in my home in Ann Arbor. He started the project on schedule and finished ahead of time. The finished product was excellent. No surprises. I will certainly use him again and I recommend him to anybody..
Kent was absolutely fabulous. I'm so glad I was able to find him on thumbtack. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a man who can pretty much do it all. He was extremely professional and very nice. I'll be calling him again for sure. Thanks Kent :)
I hired Kent Peterson to install crown molding and baseboard and he did a wonderful job even though my corners were not square and my ceiling was not level! He is knowledgeable and skilled. It looks very nice and I love it. He arrived when he said he would, he cleaned up really well, he and his daughter were pleasant, and he was ever mindful that I was happy with the outcome of the project. I would definitely have him back again.
Kent was very professional and easy to work with. I would recommend his work on finishing drywall to anyone and plan to use his services again in the future. Thanks Kent!
Kent did some drywall repair for me. I could not have been more pleased. The quality of the work was excellent and he was a pleasure to work with--arrived promptly when work was scheduled, communicated when changes needed to be made and did his best to keep a messy project as clean as possible. I will definitely call him when I have more projects.
What a great job and great result's. I will be bringing Kent (and his team) back for some additional projects very soon!!! Thanks again Kent. Talk to you soon.
Mr. Peterson did everything a contractor a contractor should do to rate 5 stars. He showed up on time. He didn't ask to borrow any equipment from me. His quality of work is that of an artist not a master craftsmen. He cleaned up after himself. This is the 2nd most important thing to me next to quality of work. Lastly, there were no cost overruns. I would highly recommend Mr Peterson and will myself be using him exclusively from now on.
Kent showed up exactly on time and did a great job installing some pretty complicated and heavy office furniture. Very friendly also.
Completed job ahead of schedule. High quality work on budget. Highly recommend.
Kent did an excellent job with all the repairs. I will always call him in the future!
Kent responded quickly and made arrangements to do the work the day after He first contacted me. He and his daughter, Betsy, finished an hour earlier than he estimated and charged me according to the actual time worked rather than the original bid. They were friendly, prompt, efficient, and effective. I plan to call them again for a remodeling job on a bathroom.