- Michael Wentland -
Said by Jeremy Kassel to be a Renaissance Man, Michael has been in the build trade since he was very young. His brother is 10yrs his senior and has been a do-it-yourselfer since Michael was a young boy. Michael has learned a lot by hanging around the do-it-yourselfers. He learned what works, what to do, and (most importantly) what not to do.
After years of building skills working alongside others, Michael went on to pursue an Interior Architectural Design degree. Attending art school with an emphasis on design and aesthetic, as well as working in Architecture Firms, as well as producing designs and managing projects in Architectural Restoration, led directly to him establishing his own design/build company he spent 15 years growing into the go-to place for homeowners to work with a “craftsman”. One who also knows how to design and manage large projects. Where many builders skill levels stopped, Michael’s was there to carry them to the next level of finish.
Lastly, Michael has spent years teaching students, builders, and designers, and homeowners the ins-and-outs of the build trade. He enjoys using his desire for life-long-learning to help others grasp what is next in the never-ending-change of building practices. These days, Michael works independently as a designer for architects and contractors needing smart design services while running his design/build business.
-Jeremy Kassel -
Jeremy Kassel started his construction career at the tail end of a stint in landscaping in 2004. After working for one year for a general contractor in Saratoga Springs, New York, he moved back to his hometown of Syracuse, New York to pursue a venture in self-employment. Kassel Construction was born in 2005, and has been a vibrant business since.
Jeremy moved to the Albany, New York area in 2010, and quickly gained traction as a Capital District contractor. Jeremy’s primary work is residential remodeling, with a customer-centric approach to job site management and problem-solving. He excels at building relationships with vendors, suppliers, and fellow tradespeople. Continuing education is important to Jeremy, including attending seminars, trade shows, and staying up to date with trade publications. Additionally, Jeremy enjoys converting logs-to-lumber with his sawmill – perfect for a client looking to utilize special trees or timber for a building project.
“While my career has a strong focus on remodeling, I’d love to get more in to custom home building. The sight of a newly-framed home is exciting to me. It’s an opportunity for the builder to make his or her mark behind the scenes. It’s the ‘stuff behind the walls’ that make the difference.”
- Brett Barry -
Who we like to call “Chairman of the Boards”, Brett Barry is the production wizard of this podcast. He is a voice-over artist and audio producer and is the owner of Silver Hollow Audio (http://silverhollowaudio.com/) in New York’s Catskill Mountains. He has narrated more than 100 books, including a series of nature classics for Silver Hollow Audio. In addition to audiobooks, Brett has voiced numerous commercials, promos, and documentaries, and he is the host of public radio’s Sound Beat. He has produced a series of driving tours of Route 28 (http://drive28.com/), including Catskills history, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Brett teaches classes in SUNY New Paltz’s department of Digital Media & Journalism.
He also uses skinny photos of an earlier time for “The Skinny” page here at HouseCallsPodcast.com
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