I get asked often when did JEM Carpentry get started? How long have you been doing this? I struggle with these questions, because there are many answers. I registered a trade name, purchased an insurance policy and opened a bank account doing business as On The Level Construction Services in October of 2015. For the first year I worked as a helper/apprentice for a custom carpentry business, I then spent 2 years working as an independent contractor for primarily one company, installing interior trim & hardware in new construction homes. For a good part of those 2 years my brother Tristin who now runs the company with me, worked for me as a helper.
In 2018 I “went out on my own ” and began working for multiple different contractors as well as directly with homeowners; at this point, in about June of 2018, I began doing business as JEM Carpentry. In January of 2019 I changed my insurance policy, registered trade name with the state of Colorado and bank account, to JEM Carpentry. It was around this same time that I began to focus on working directly with homeowners and builders, as opposed to mostly subcontracted work from other contractors with an occasional job of my own sprinkled in. I began to document everything at this point and started building an online presence for JEM Carpentry with a website and social media profiles.
I was contracted by a local builder to trim my first custom home in May of 2020; in August of 2020 I leased a small shop space and began to build small custom cabinet and millwork projects. My Brother Tristin re-joined me in September of 2020 and we’ve since been working hard, together since then to shape and grow JEM Carpentry into our vision.
In July of 2021 we incorporated as JEM Carpentry Inc and leased additional shop space to expand our production capabilities. In August of 2021 we hired our first full time employee and are continuing to grow and evolve JEM Carpentry Inc everyday. So when did JEM Carpentry get started? I don’t think it really matters… we’re kicking ass now.
-Jake Maier / Owner- JEM Carpentry Inc