Our Philosophy

Dan Kolbert Building & Renovations specializes in bringing new  technology and techniques to our work, whether it is restoring historic homes or new construction. Our building practices are environmentally conscientious, and we adhere to the following guidelines:

  • We use building materials and supplies efficiently, and choose durable and sustainable products;
  • We respect our clients’ homes and realize that living through a renovation is stressful;
  • We build thoughtfully, to maximize energy efficiency and make homes both useful and beautiful to their occupants;
  • We contain our dust (and mess) with specialized machinery and careful isolation of the work area;
  • We plan our projects carefully, preparing the work site thoroughly prior to starting demolitions.

We understand that every client needs something different from us, but that all of them rely on our judgment and expertise.

We use trusted, experienced subcontractors who share our views to assist us in the completion of our projects.

Our Crew

As the quality of the work depends on the quality of the crew, we put a lot of time and energy into finding and developing our top-notch team. We keep our skills sharp through trainings, workshops and conferences on the latest construction techniques and traditional skills. We invest in our crew like we invest in your home – we sweat the small stuff. Our clients often say they’ll miss us when the project is complete – though we’re sure they quickly adjust to our absence.

Dan Kolbert of Kolbert Building

Dan Kolbert – Owner, Manager

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Josh Blye

Josh Blye – Lead Carpenter

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Liz Zelnick – Carpenter, Office Manager

Liz is a staff carpenter and sometimes acts as office manager. She fell into carpentry 5 years ago, after an unfulfilling education in civil engineering, some time in finance, and several soul-sucking [but lucrative] years waiting tables. She knows too much about environmental impacts to feel good about anything, but tries to occupy her time outside of work making art, whether fabric, glass, clay, or wood.

Ashley Barnes – Apprentice Carpenter

Ashley has a fine arts background; earning her BFA in sculpture.  After years in the jewelry business; designing, teaching, writing and filming she was tempted from the bench to pursue her interest in building. Ashley can be spotted waddling around the job site as she prepares for the birth of her first child.

Ryan O’Malley – Carpenter

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Our crew have the following trainings, awards and credits to their (collective) name:

  • US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Master Building Crafts Skills Training
  • First Place (Golden Hammer): NYC District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship Contest (Category: Interior Systems)
  • Maine Labor Group on Health Lead Abatement Supervisor Training
  • Occupational Health & Safety Administration’s Construction Safety Course
  • 3 Years teaching construction and vocational skills to Portland-area at-risk youth
  • 20 years experience as a custom framer
  • Coursework in construction and masonry at Southern Maine Community College, project management at USM
  • Workshops on high-efficiency building techniques, LEED for Homes certification, “advanced framing.”