Top 10 Carpenters in East Grand Rapids, MI

Porch Pro Headshot Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
(1,497)
"I have used Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids for small 'handyman' repairs several times. Most recently, that was in 2011. I made the mistake of going into my garage one winter without unlocking the door handle. Unfortunately for me, I also neglected to unlock the front door, so I was stuck outs...Read more about Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
"I have used Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids for small 'handyman' repairs several times. Most recently, that was in 2011. I made the mistake of going into my garage one winter without unlocking the door handle. Unfortunately for me, I also neglected to unlock the front door, so I was stuck outs...Read more about Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
Porch Pro Headshot Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
(297)
Home Improvement Professionals. Reliable and personable home service professionals can be hard to find these days, but Mr. Handyman makes it easy. Our experienced craftsmen are trained experts and can help with a variety of services. Whether you need help installing drywall in your home, or repairin...Read more about Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
Home Improvement Professionals. Reliable and personable home service professionals can be hard to find these days, but Mr. Handyman makes it easy. Our experienced craftsmen are trained experts and can help with a variety of services. Whether you need help installing drywall in your home, or repairin...Read more about Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids
Porch Pro Headshot Jm Custom Construction Llc.
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Small construction company focused on superior quality craftsmanship , going above and beyond the basic /minimal construction codes, 100% customer satisfaction, a well organized and clean jobsite. The company is small because I demand the highest level of expertise and craftsmanship many people can...Read more about Jm Custom Construction Llc.
Small construction company focused on superior quality craftsmanship , going above and beyond the basic /minimal construction codes, 100% customer satisfaction, a well organized and clean jobsite. The company is small because I demand the highest level of expertise and craftsmanship many people can...Read more about Jm Custom Construction Llc.
Porch Pro Headshot Got the Lead out LLC
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Environmental Professional Training Abatement , Renovations, Inspections, and Consulting. Green and Clean Environmental Technology Inventors
Environmental Professional Training Abatement , Renovations, Inspections, and Consulting. Green and Clean Environmental Technology Inventors
Porch Pro Headshot Jimmy Hovey
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
(1)
We are licensed and insured. We respond to all of our requests. Email and text are often responded to outside of work hours, but no later than the next day. You can typically reach Jill in our office during the daytime 10-5 most days and if you have to leave a message, most calls are returned the ...Read more about Jimmy Hovey
We are licensed and insured. We respond to all of our requests. Email and text are often responded to outside of work hours, but no later than the next day. You can typically reach Jill in our office during the daytime 10-5 most days and if you have to leave a message, most calls are returned the ...Read more about Jimmy Hovey
Porch Pro Headshot Ball Creek Irrigation
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
(1)
"Dave runs a very efficient business. He calls back within the same day and visits within 48 hours of that conversation. He doesn’t stall on projects and the quality is top notch. If he comes across any issues along the way he brings the all of the solutions and the outcome of what each one would do...Read more about Ball Creek Irrigation
"Dave runs a very efficient business. He calls back within the same day and visits within 48 hours of that conversation. He doesn’t stall on projects and the quality is top notch. If he comes across any issues along the way he brings the all of the solutions and the outcome of what each one would do...Read more about Ball Creek Irrigation
Porch Pro Headshot The Finish Carpenter
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot Joe's Clean-up Service LLC. All Phases Of Construction Co.
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Communication is our motive ! We give you a estimated cost to your project. We design a contract agreeing to your ideas, recommendations, budgets. We show our craftsmanship to provide to your living style. We constantly follow up with our client's to make sure our tasks are correctly done to finish ...Read more about Joe's Clean-up Service LLC. All Phases Of Construction Co.
Communication is our motive ! We give you a estimated cost to your project. We design a contract agreeing to your ideas, recommendations, budgets. We show our craftsmanship to provide to your living style. We constantly follow up with our client's to make sure our tasks are correctly done to finish ...Read more about Joe's Clean-up Service LLC. All Phases Of Construction Co.
Porch Pro Headshot Lakeside Handyman/Home Improvements
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lakeside Home Improvements is here for everyone's needs. We specialize in interior and exterior painting, siding, roofing, deck builds, Drywall, installation of hardwood and laminate floating floors, kitchen and bathroom remodels, installation of trim, baseboards, crown molding, cabinets, interior...Read more about Lakeside Handyman/Home Improvements
Lakeside Home Improvements is here for everyone's needs. We specialize in interior and exterior painting, siding, roofing, deck builds, Drywall, installation of hardwood and laminate floating floors, kitchen and bathroom remodels, installation of trim, baseboards, crown molding, cabinets, interior...Read more about Lakeside Handyman/Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot LakesideServices
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
We have been in business for over 5 years and carry full insurance. I also have a portfolio upon request. I except ALL major Credit Cards. Our 5 star rating and excellent reviews comes from the many customers we have satisfied and brings us back for more projects. We guarantee 110% customer ...Read more about LakesideServices
We have been in business for over 5 years and carry full insurance. I also have a portfolio upon request. I except ALL major Credit Cards. Our 5 star rating and excellent reviews comes from the many customers we have satisfied and brings us back for more projects. We guarantee 110% customer ...Read more about LakesideServices

Frequently asked questions about carpenters

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions — for as long as people have needed shelter to live in, there has been some form of carpentry. Today, carpentry has become a very specialized trade and most carpenters have a niche. The hallmark of all types of carpentry is that carpenters are experts in working with wood. There are some small exceptions to this for buildings that use steel studs or other types of metal framing, for example. However, for the most part, when you think carpenters, think wood.

  • Rough carpenters – Rough carpenters are one of the first trades you'll have on-site if you’re building a house. Their expertise is in the overall structure and stability of buildings and the big-picture aspects of building a home.
  • Framing carpenters – Framing carpenters are the pros responsible for putting up the base structure that will become the interior and exterior walls of a building. Framing carpentry goes hand-in-hand with rough carpentry, however, framing is often seen as a specialized skill.
  • Jointers – Joint carpentry involves putting together floor joists that create the surface you'll walk on once it's finished.
  • Cabinet makers – Carpenters specializing in cabinetry are extremely skilled at fine woodworking and excel at precise and detail-oriented work. They are some of the last carpenters that work on a project because cabinetry is a part of the finishing process and is generally one of the last things that are installed.
  • Finish carpenters – similar to cabinet makers, finish carpenters are responsible for the finer details that are not structural but make up the parts of your home that you'll see daily. Finish carpenters will be the ones to install your trim, wood flooring, railings, and handrails and are also sometimes referred to as trim carpenters.

Have they done the work being requested before?

This is an important question that can often be overlooked, with potential clients assuming that all carpenters work on all types of projects. As we discussed before, carpentry has several specialized skill sets, so it's important to make sure that any carpenter you're considering has worked on your type of project before.

Are they examples of their work?

Carpenters near you will have pictures of past projects they've done that they can share with you. The building process is impressive, and the change from beginning to end can be staggering, so these proud tradespeople will likely have work they'll be happy to show you.

How much experience do they have in your type of project?

This ties into the first question, however, it’s a bit more detailed. Many clients have fallen into the trap of only asking basic questions, like “Have you done a project like this before?” and failing to follow up with, “How many times?”

In many cases, it may not matter if a carpenter has only done a certain type of work once or twice, but it could make a huge difference if your project is complex — and that’s not something you want to find out mid-project.

Are they licensed (if necessary)?

Many municipalities will require permits for carpentry work, depending on the scale. These permits are only applicable if a certified carpenter will be doing the work. In addition, your carpenter may need to have a Red Seal in carpentry to obtain the correct insurance.

Are they insured?

There are three different types of insurance that carpenters will need to carry to conduct work safely. These are general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation insurance.

Don't be shy about asking a carpenter you're thinking of hiring for proof of the appropriate insurance, and be wary if they can't provide documentation.

The short answer to this question is that a carpenter isn't always a builder, but a builder is most often a carpenter. Don't worry — we’ll clarify what that means below.

Carpenter

As we discussed above, there are many types of local carpenters who specialize in one or more distinct areas of carpentry. Depending on where you are in your construction process, multiple carpenters who are experts in their niche may be needed.

Builder

If a construction professional refers to themselves as a builder, they are likely saying that they are a general contractor or a construction project manager who can take more of a full-scope approach to your project. Most builders are carpenters by trade but have expanded their skillet to encompass more of the building process.

It can be a bit confusing because carpenters do build things, but when someone is referred to as a builder, it generally means that they are experienced in integrating multiple stages of construction and tradespeople on one project.

However, this is definitely a bit of a gray area. Make sure to clarify what type of professional you’re working with when you vet tradespeople, so you know exactly what their specialty is.

A carpenter is absolutely the right tradesperson to build a beautiful, sturdy deck for you. Depending on what you're picturing for the finished product, however, you might want to look at bringing in both a rough carpenter and a finishing carpenter.

Rough carpenters are experts at putting in the proper foundation to make your deck safe and secure, as well as grading the ground below and ensuring adequate drainage. They'll also be the best people to advise on what types of materials the structure of your deck should be made of, including foundation, stairs, and railings.

It’s important to note here that in most municipalities, you’ll need a permit to build a deck. Your carpenter will need to be licensed to have the expertise and certification to apply for the proper licenses.

Once the structure of your deck is complete, a finish carpenter can give your project a different level of polish and aesthetic appeal, putting that final touch onto your new deck.

If your vision of your new deck involves built-in seating or an outdoor kitchen, a finish carpenter will also be the best tradesperson to help you bring your unique space to life.

Many rough carpenters are very skilled at finishing, and others don’t prefer to do finishing work, so it’s worth it to ask upfront.

Licensing for carpenters can be complicated. Not everyone who refers to themselves as a carpenter is a licensed carpenter, handypersons often do carpentry work. Only some states require carpenters to be licensed for specific types of work.

In many cases, licensing is required in order to ensure that a carpenter has an adequate level of knowledge and experience. There are plenty of unlicensed carpenters with a wealth of experience and talent, but the licensing process is a way for employers and clients to feel secure that a tradesperson has a standardized level of knowledge and experience. Most licensing programs require four years of work experience and the passing of a certification exam.

Below, we’ll go through some common questions and misconceptions to help you untangle the licensing web.

States that require carpenters to have licenses

Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah have state-level requirements for carpenters to be licensed to do certain types of carpentry work. While each state has its own list, some common types of carpentry often require licenses:

  • Millwork
  • Framing
  • Structural work
  • Cabinetry
  • Installing metal studs or framing

When can you hire a carpenter that does not have a license?

In some cases, lighter carpentry work on non-structural areas of a home doesn’t require a carpenter to carry a license. This may also mean they don’t have the proper workplace insurance, so make sure to ask those questions and weigh the risks accordingly.

Locations that fall outside city or municipal regions may have fewer restrictions on building permits. If you’re confident, you can have a non-licensed carpenter do structural work. This varies by location, so research the rules that cover your property before agreeing to have any work done.

Carpenters are integral to the home-building process, and their various areas of expertise are what allow the vision of a home designer or structural engineer to go from vision to reality.

If you’re unfamiliar with the home-building process, you may be surprised at first to learn that, in many cases, one carpenter does not handle the entire process. Particularly on large or complex projects, you’re likely to have several different types of carpentry experts. Beginning with rough carpentry to create the foundation and structure of your home, you’ll bring in framing carpenters for the exterior and interior walls, joint carpenters, roofing carpenters, and finish carpenters and cabinetmakers.

Depending on your location, finding the right carpenters near you can be simple, or you may have to look at bringing in the right pro from a larger city or town.

Other trades will need to work alongside carpenters during the building process. Homes are built in many layers and stages, so you can expect to have several trades working simultaneously at certain times.

Here’s a list of other trades you’ll need to build a house:

  • Machine operator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Gasfitter
  • Drywaller
  • Septic installer

Recent reviews for East Grand Rapids Carpenters

142362

Jimmy and his crew were excellent. The quality of the work done was outstanding, I love my newly stained hardwood floors!

- Ben Sabbagh
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Clint came out and gave an estimate, said he knew we had a budget and work with it to help us. Was contracted to repair flooring to begin with and they did a good job. They then contracted to put on a roof, install a new door and repair flooring in the ...

- Sharon Bigger

All Carpenters in East Grand Rapids, MI

Porch Pro Headshot Get Nailed Construction
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
My company takes great pride in providing quality work in a broad field of trades. It is our goal to provide superior service. From start to finish product here is what we can provide for you. Residential / Commercial Builder Basement Remodel Kitchen/Bath Remodel Painting Interior/Exterior Deck...Read more about Get Nailed Construction
My company takes great pride in providing quality work in a broad field of trades. It is our goal to provide superior service. From start to finish product here is what we can provide for you. Residential / Commercial Builder Basement Remodel Kitchen/Bath Remodel Painting Interior/Exterior Deck...Read more about Get Nailed Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Kronos Property mgnt
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kronos Property mgnt. is a "whole-home" advising service that aims at fulfilling the customers needs at all costs. We have 3 years + of hands on experience & over 30 years + plus of guiding from our senior techs & trainees. KPM specializes in home repair from all miscellaneous sorts involving "han...Read more about Kronos Property mgnt
Kronos Property mgnt. is a "whole-home" advising service that aims at fulfilling the customers needs at all costs. We have 3 years + of hands on experience & over 30 years + plus of guiding from our senior techs & trainees. KPM specializes in home repair from all miscellaneous sorts involving "han...Read more about Kronos Property mgnt
Porch Pro Headshot Integrity Painting & Home/Business Restoration
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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We provide top of the industry skilled painting and carpentry work at a price you can afford.
We provide top of the industry skilled painting and carpentry work at a price you can afford.
Porch Pro Headshot It's all about you
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
It's all about you. We do it all no job to big or to small. we are all sub contractors starting out on our own. Very organized and goal oriented. Your dream is our goal.
It's all about you. We do it all no job to big or to small. we are all sub contractors starting out on our own. Very organized and goal oriented. Your dream is our goal.
Porch Pro Headshot Prins Tree Trimming & Custom Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
From big to small we do it all complete removals trimming top offs raise UPS land clearing no job is too big or too small
From big to small we do it all complete removals trimming top offs raise UPS land clearing no job is too big or too small
Porch Pro Headshot GS Home Improvements
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
We are a Home Improvement company specializing in customer satisfaction.
We are a Home Improvement company specializing in customer satisfaction.
Porch Pro Headshot LACH's Handyman Services
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot G & L Home Services
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
We specialize in Home Repair/Install Services to Homeowners. We've been in this industry for 20 + years and we focus on customer satisfaction.
We specialize in Home Repair/Install Services to Homeowners. We've been in this industry for 20 + years and we focus on customer satisfaction.
Porch Pro Headshot D.a. Zoulek handyman services
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Up and coming handyman looking for small tasks to help you get your home in order so you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that task will be done with the up most care and quality
Up and coming handyman looking for small tasks to help you get your home in order so you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that task will be done with the up most care and quality
Porch Pro Headshot Seongchan Cho
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot Martinez Carpentry Services
Carpenters
Serves East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Latest projects near East Grand Rapids

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Deck Construction
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Modify deck
Change surface material
Yes
Existing surface material
Wood
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nothing to change
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