Meet the Contractor: Charles

Sweeten handpicks the best local general contractors for major renovations. The screening process can be a bit technical (licensing, insurance, references, portfolios, experience and beyond…!) but we love getting to know these experts and want to share their stories with you – where they’re from, what they love most about construction, and what renovation challenges they face. Today, meet Charles!


Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?

I’m from Westchester County. I’ve been doing carpentry for about 45 years, and I’ve been in construction for about 40 years.

How did you get into construction?

I went to college for a year or two and decided it wasn’t for me, and instead went into carpentry. Can you imagine carpentry being glamorous? At the time, it was and I worked on house framing and that type of thing back in the 70s, up in Vermont.

What do you love most about construction?

Finishing the job. For me, it’s a very technical thing — it’s carrying out the project in a proficient and expert manner and getting it done as quickly and efficiently as it can be.

What is the biggest challenge for you guys renovating in New York?

I think the most difficult thing about a project is trying to get something done out of sequence. I prefer to work with architects and architectural plans—it’s the most straightforward and the results are usually the best. Second to that would be an experienced designer, who is able to draw and sequence plans that work for the space.

Favorite New York City building or structure?

I’ve been in the Time Warner building and I really liked it.

Favorite New York City neighborhood?

The West Village!

Check out Charles’ portfolio!

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