My name is Jiles and I’ve been working in the building industry for over 20 years. I have worked on every aspect of building a house from foundation to roofing. I started my own business where I specialized in home repairs and fixing other “contractors” shoddy work.
I have a passion for building the correct way, improving homes and making them last a long time.
I started at the bottom as a laborer when I was 19, digging trenches for irrigation systems. I moved up through the world of framing, remodels, deck building and drywall and eventual became a project manager and a business owner.
I spent about 6 years running my own business but found the paperwork and bookkeeping end not my cup of tea. I eventually found a position at a high end remodeling company as a project manager and feel that this will be my home until I retire.
My favorite types of projects are:
Decks – I love designing and building custom decks. I love working with various types of wood or composite decking. I’ve built decks with roofs. I’ve done all different types of handrails or benches. I’ve built decks with low voltage lighting incorporated into them. My favorite project is a custom deck that I have a little creative freedom on so I can work my own signature style into it.
Trellises – I really love working with cedar. Making custom shapes and sanding it down by hand is something that I can do to just zone out and relax. Trellises can be made in all shapes and sizes and can include gates. There is a lot of creativity when it comes to planning and building a custom trellis.
Handrail – I love to build both interior and exterior railing. Like the picture above, rails can have intricate box newels and a variety of options for balusters as well and columns and grab rails. You can have wood, composite and metal rail and you can infill the rail with any of those options or with a number of configurations of glass or even stainless steel cable. You can put little LED lights in the rail or in the post caps. There are so many options for different rail styles that can add a cool look to the inside or outside of your home.
I am a long time resident of the Pacific Northwest. I have two sons who I hope to teach how to work with wood and how to effectively perform home repairs. Even if they don’t end up working in the building industry, I think all adults should be able to take care of their home on a basic level.
I also write and record music in my spare time. I started playing guitar and bass when I was about 14 years old. I have played drums off and one for most of my life and finally got my own set, though I can’t set it up because we are in an apartment until we find a house to buy.
I have a passion for helping homeowners keep their homes in tip top condition and I hope this website helps you during your journey of homeownership.