Top 10 Carpenters in Kalamazoo, MI

Porch Pro Headshot Pure Michigan Builders
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
(16)
"This contractor delivers high quality work! He takes his time to make sure the project turns out perfect and exactly how the customer wants. He delivered a fair and easily understandble quote, got us scheduled quickly, performed all the work in the time frame we discussed and did a stellar clean up...Read more about Pure Michigan Builders
"This contractor delivers high quality work! He takes his time to make sure the project turns out perfect and exactly how the customer wants. He delivered a fair and easily understandble quote, got us scheduled quickly, performed all the work in the time frame we discussed and did a stellar clean up...Read more about Pure Michigan Builders
Porch Pro Headshot Building Dreams Construction
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
(13)
"Troy was very responsive. He drove from the Lansing area to complete a very time sensitive job. We had already moved across state and needed the work completed before a closing. Troy sent detailed pictures of the work that needed to be completed so that I would be comfortable with what he was do...Read more about Building Dreams Construction
"Troy was very responsive. He drove from the Lansing area to complete a very time sensitive job. We had already moved across state and needed the work completed before a closing. Troy sent detailed pictures of the work that needed to be completed so that I would be comfortable with what he was do...Read more about Building Dreams Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Kuiper Building Services
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
(7)
Kuiper Building Services is a local Southwest Michigan business built on quality, trust and competitive professional quotes.. We began with traditional carpentry passed from generations of craftsman from several aspects of the trade. We strive for excellence and believe that our work ethic and super...Read more about Kuiper Building Services
Kuiper Building Services is a local Southwest Michigan business built on quality, trust and competitive professional quotes.. We began with traditional carpentry passed from generations of craftsman from several aspects of the trade. We strive for excellence and believe that our work ethic and super...Read more about Kuiper Building Services
Porch Pro Headshot Jimmy Hovey
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, 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 LakesideServices
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, 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
Porch Pro Headshot Lakeside Handyman/Home Improvements
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, 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 Kronos Property mgnt
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, 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 Charles Fruin Builder / Handyman Home Repair
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Handy Man and Home Repairs provided by a licenced and insured residential building contractor all carpentry related repairs in and arround your home interior doors and trim install to drywall repairs some painting light plumbing and electrical storm doors install locksets wood porch decks and hand r...Read more about Charles Fruin Builder / Handyman Home Repair
Handy Man and Home Repairs provided by a licenced and insured residential building contractor all carpentry related repairs in and arround your home interior doors and trim install to drywall repairs some painting light plumbing and electrical storm doors install locksets wood porch decks and hand r...Read more about Charles Fruin Builder / Handyman Home Repair
Porch Pro Headshot M&M Home Improvement
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Based in Kalamazoo, Mm Home Improvements is a remodeling contractor that provides exterior remodeling, sunroom construction and more.
Based in Kalamazoo, Mm Home Improvements is a remodeling contractor that provides exterior remodeling, sunroom construction and more.
Porch Pro Headshot Aardema Wood Floors
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
(29)

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 Kalamazoo 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
165587

I have had many home renovations done by pure mich builders . And they are the only I go back to when I need work done . From my new shed on the web pic isn't it beautiful to my kitchen sink installed and plumbing to my new roof and they will be re sidin...

- Dawn Sage
9438

Excellent value. Excellent responsiveness in communication. Excellent to keep appointment.

Very knowledgeable and very good at what he does. Give Troy a description of what you are looking for and he will create it! No job is too big and no job is too small!

- Casey Clark
9381

Excellent responsiveness in communication. Excellent work quality. Excellent to keep appointment.

Troy is a great guy to work with. He explains what will get done and he has great ideas that you might not think of. Work was done perfect, on time, and on budget.

- Tim Harsevoort
9462

We had total remodel of Family Room, Kitchen, and Dining Room Troy brought new and innovative ideas to the project and really helped modernize our home. Also saved us over $5,000 in kitchen cabinets alone. Pays attention to the details, and quality work ...

- Eldridge Jeff
20439

Working with Troy was a great experience. We liked the look of granite for our new countertops, but were concerned about the cost. Troy suggested granite tile, and we are so happy with the way it looks. He custom built both our kitchen and bathroom cou...

- WALT WIHEBRINK
9416

I've known Troy Freed for 20yrs, and can assure you that he has great knowledge in ALL areas of residential construction. He has exceptional creativity, in that he can take your project to the next level, often times creating a vision for the homeowner, t...

- Brad Shaw

Everything You Need to Know About Kalamazoo Carpenters

Can I browse unscreened Carpenters in Kalamazoo?

We do our best to screen all of our carpenters. However, there are still some carpenter professionals in Kalamazoo that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Kalamazoo or MI. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering carpentry services:

  • Kurt Rausch Carpentry:
    • Services Offered: Carpenters
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Lent Services LLC:
    • Services Offered: Carpenters
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Unique Wood:
    • Services Offered: Carpenters
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

How do I know I am getting a fair price for Carpentry Services work in Kalamazoo?

Every Carpentry Services job has different requirements. Remember that the price will differ depending on the scope of your project. However, that doesn't mean you have to go in blind. Check out our tips for getting a fair price for Kalamazoo work from Carpentersbelow:

  • Talk to a few different Carpenters and ask for quotes to compare. We have around 50 professionals and companies in Kalamazoo for you to compare.
  • Before contacting a company, check out the ratings and reviews from previous customers to learn what others have paid, how long the Carpenters took on the job, and how satisfied they were.

Who are the best Carpenters in Kalamazoo?

We've found 50 carpenter providers that are available to you in Kalamazoo.

Keep in mind that every project has different requirements, and some carpenter professionals maybe be more equipped to handle the specifications of your carpentry services work than others. Talk to multiple carpenters before deciding which one is right for you. You will want to consider how much they charge, if they are properly licensed for carpentry services work in Kalamazoo, and if your project is a fit. Here are some suggested professionals and companies to get you started:

  • Watkins Carpentry
    • Location: Kalamazoo
  • Elite Carpenters
    • Location: Kalamazoo
  • Stanton Associate
    • Location: Kalamazoo

All Carpenters in Kalamazoo, MI

Porch Pro Headshot Design by Choice Kalamazoo
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fair, honest and up front pricing. True to our schedule by putting your needs first.
Fair, honest and up front pricing. True to our schedule by putting your needs first.
Porch Pro Headshot John's Home Improvement
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot LACH's Handyman Services
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot Kay’s Home improvement
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan
Porch Pro Headshot Martinez Carpentry Services
Carpenters
Serves Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Portage 49024
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Type of deck
Extend porch
Areas of deck to repair
Decking or deck surface
Deck damage
Extend porch rails,and stain
Severity of damage
Minor (the deck just needs cosmetic repairs)
Filing insurance claim
No
Already have deck materials
No, and I'd like the pro to provide them
Kalamazoo 49001
Carpentry
Start Date
Within a month
Door service
Install
Door type
Single
Door location
Exterior
Number of doors
1
Location
Front door
Pet door installation
No
Doorway installation
Yes
Doorway adjustment
No
Already purchased materials
No
Kalamazoo 49009
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Type of deck
Pressure-treated pine
Areas of deck to repair
Decking or deck surface
Deck damage
Rotting, cracked or missing boards
Severity of damage
Moderate (the deck is potentially unsafe)
Filing insurance claim
No
Already have deck materials
No, and I'd like the pro to provide them
Kalamazoo 49008
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Service requested
Repair deck
Areas of focus
Railings
Damage type
Railing is beginning to rot.
Extent of damage
Minor
Surface material
Composite
Structural material
Wood
Additional modifications
No
Materials provided
Yes, I just need construction
Insurance claim
No
Portage 49002
Deck Repair
Start Date
Within a month
Type of deck
Redwood
Areas of deck to repair
Decking or deck surface
Deck damage
one side of deck is sinking in and not well supported
Severity of damage
Moderate (the deck is potentially unsafe)
Filing insurance claim
No
Already have deck materials
Yes
Portage 49024
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Service requested
Repair deck
Areas of focus
Stairs, Railings, Deck surface, Extend porch
Damage type
Rails need new and expend porch, stain
Extent of damage
Minor
Surface material
Wood
Structural material
Wood
Additional modifications
I haven't decided
Materials provided
No, pro must provide materials
Insurance claim
No
Kalamazoo 49001
Door Replacement
Service needed
Door Replacement
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Kalamazoo 49001
Carpentry
Service needed
Carpentry
Start Date
I'm flexible
Portage 49002
Shed Construction
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Project type
Deck, shed, dock or other outdoor structure
Outdoor structure type
Shed or greenhouse
Approximate size of shed
100-200 sq ft
Type of shed
Wood
Premade or custom-built
Custom-built on site
Extent of design prep
Yes, I have professional plans and designs
Foundation preference
Concrete blocks or piers