A Guest Post from Jeff Harvey, Founder of Harvey Homes and Interiors

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Working with wood has always been my passion—so when it came time to choose a career path, there was no question as to what I would pursue. I took a less traditional path: unlike many of my high school colleagues, who pursued a traditional post-secondary education, I knew that the trades would provide me with not only a job, but a career. I knew that in time, with a whole lot of sweat and practice under my tool-belt, it would provide me with the chance to launch my own business. It was always a goal of mine to work for myself and to inspire others. I sought out a profession where I could be constantly learning, reimagining existing spaces in out of the box ways and ultimately build a brand doing what I am most passionate about—building custom homes. 

I entered the Ontario Apprenticeship Program, out of high school, and became a licensed carpenter at the age of twenty-three. I had the privilege of working under the tutelage of many established builders, framing stunning custom homes from the ground up, until I launched Harvey Homes & Interiors (HH&I) in 2010.

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One of the most unexpected gifts I have received as HH&I grows, is watching my crew–people that I have worked to mentor fresh out of the apprentice program, now running their own sites under my umbrella. Watching them go from green-carpenters, to highly-skilled craftspeople, has offered me immense pride. Not only do I get to spend my days bringing people’s dream homes to life, but I get to watch my crew as they live out their professional dreams: progression is our profession and we will not retire.

About HH&I:
HH&I is a full-service boutique custom homebuilder and design firm, with an emphasis on the high-end framing of traditional homes. We see projects through from conception to fruition, with a focus on incorporating unique structural features that bring immense character into every build. The HH&I crew is made up of carpenters who have a passion for the craft. It is our mission to spread a passion for the trades, to the greater construction community. Follow our adventures @harveyhomesandinteriors.

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