What Do We Do?
Our work emphasizes traditional, architecturally authentic detail while pursuing creative solutions for modern living. We design and build additions and renovations that respect the original structure. We reform and transform entire houses. We create and recreate kitchens and baths. We build new homes that transcend time. Our additions are designed to work in unity with the existing home in function and appearance.. Our new homes look and feel like they were built in the era of their style.
HOW DO WE OPERATE?
We embody the idea of "small business." The more a company grows, the more people it requires to manage the internal operations of the business. The result is a higher operating cost, which is passed on to the customer. Instead, we have kept our company lean, with a lower overhead that offers value to our customers. We have partnered with other small business owners, establishing strong and long-term relationships with them built on trust and reliability.
For example, instead of hiring in-house craftsmen, we work with craftsmen that own their own businesses, and understand the challenges that come with being a small business owner. We don't have to focus on micro-management or operating costs associated with each trade, nor do we need to worry about keeping them busy when business slows down. They have as much skin-in-the-game as we do, and as small business owners they show up everyday and earn their business-- just as we do.
You may expect that this style of business would result in a merry-go-round of faces on our job sites, but in fact it is just the opposite. Through 35 years we have identified the best and most trustworthy craftsmen around Richmond and many of them have worked with us for decades. We continue to provide them with business and they, in turn, provide us with great and reliable service.
And after all of this time, they continue to show up everyday and earn their business.
Steve Berg came to Richmond from Cheyenne, Wyoming to attend VCU Arts. This education became the foundation for his building and design career. Soon after completion of his degree Berg founded Berg Building in 1981. Berg’s background in fine arts taught him to see each project with fresh eyes; to see the possibilities expressed by his client’s needs as an opportunity to expand and illuminate the integrity of the home. Berg combines his artist’s creativity with a love of traditional architecture and decades of building experience to ensure that each project receives the attention that all artwork deserves. Each of our homes is a work of art.
Berg was joined by Gordon McCormick in the spring of 2014, who was finishing his master's degree from VCU Arts. There, McCormick studied Interior Environments, with a special focus on healthcare architecture. The two first met when Berg hired McCormick as a laborer in the summer of 2006, just after he graduated high school. McCormick--who coincidentally also attended VCU Arts as an undergrad--continued to work for Berg throughout college, even after transferring to Hampden-Sydney College his sophomore year. (Graduated in 2010)
Acknowledging his passion for architecture, McCormick honed his craft by pursuing opportunity in fields all across the industry: building log cabins in rural Virginia and high-end homes in the city; working as a draftsman in a cabinet shop; selling spec homes as a realtor during the housing crisis; and interning at a large corporate architecture firm. The breadth of experience has granted McCormick a unique perspective on the moving parts that contribute to the building process. Understanding the circumstances and incentives that affect each of these parts is critical in anticipating potential issues and resolving them proactively.
Moe Elmore graduated from Virginia Tech in 1988 with a degree in Building Construction. With over 32 years of building experience, he has worked in every facet of construction outside of electrical, plumbing and HVAC. His background includes general carpentry, finish trim, cabinets and casework, as well as furniture and other woodworking. He also has experience with steel and concrete construction systems, which makes him a great consultant for our design process. As our Head Carpenter, he handles everything from framing to finish trim, and does everything in between to make sure that the customer is happy with the end result.
OB Yancey is a 7th generation carpenter, having literally grown up with wood in his hands. He is the first of his bloodline, however, to narrow his focus exclusively on custom cabinetry and casework. After working in various custom wood-shops, OB started his own full service business called Woodwright Cooperative. Not only do they custom build with any kind of wood you could imagine, but they also provide specialty finishes such as glazing and distressed-looks. With over 43 years of professional experience and two decades of working with Steve, OB is among our finest and most reliable craftsmen.
Dave Collins began working as an electrician in 1985, earning his state license in 1991. The following year, he earned his state master's license. In 1998, Dave and Steve worked on their first project together, and since Dave has become a trusted member of the Berg team. With over 30 years of experience, Dave offers valuable insight and knowledge in all things electrical-related.
We have employed and refined this system over decades to make sure that our clients enjoy their engagement in the renewal of their home.
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HOW Do WE WORk?
We develop the designs for the majority of our homes. Our design work is not just a service to our clients but our passion. This passion for perfecting the house also works hand in hand with our building expertise to ensure that it can be built, and built on budget.
To this end...
We approach each project with a three-part process:
A detailed analysis of the concepts and costs. We will test the ideas before committing your money and heart to the planning.
This process includes design development as well as specification, schedules and final pricing.
With planning complete we will transform you dreams into your home.
WE WORK OUT OUR DESIGN SOLUTIONS
rigorously BY HAND
We rely on over 30 years of knowledge and experience to quickly assess the critical issues involved in your project. While you certainly will have ideas on what you would like to do, it's important to consider the conditions that may impact the construction time line or scope of work.
Drawing a design detail in 3/8"=1' scale may seem reasonable when you are at a drafting table and have an architectural scale handy, but not so much when you are on site and only have a tape measure. Having worked in the trades, we understand our audience when drafting construction documents. So often professional and licensed designers forget who they are addressing with their plans--omitting or over-complicating critical information-- and the design suffers for it.
Construction documents should be thought of as an instruction manual for building a model; and the tradesmen, the model-makers. Many of our tradesmen have been working with us for decades, and we know exactly how to present them with the right information in a format that is clear and concise.
attention to detail
Having run his own carpentry business and cabinet shop prior to starting his design-build firm, Berg's knowledge and experience are rooted in building. We combine that expertise with our backgrounds in design to produce drawings that emphasize technical precision as well as attention to beauty. We understand that it is the details that make a design great.
OPEN THE conversation
Do you have building + design ideas? Let's talk about the possibilities for your home, send us a message, call us or email us. We’ll gladly arrange a complimentary visit.