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James Dijeau and Andy Poage brought hard work and experience in all aspects of construction to the formation of their partnership in 2004. You will discover that they are articulate, knowledgeable and deeply service-oriented, and have instilled those attributes in their company, where they can be found on jobsites collaborating with their team as readily as overseeing project meetings. They are dedicated to taking a leadership role in the industry regarding the importance of excellent customer service, high standards, and the art of fine building.

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I started working in construction with my Uncle the summer of 1987 and was immediately hooked. I loved working with tools, putting in an honest day's work, and being able to say "I built that." I enrolled in a Regional Occupation Program's construction division, after which I did a 4-year apprenticeship with some of the best production builders in the industry in the Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

In 1994 I began work as a union journeyman carpenter, and then lead carpenter, with a company specializing in commercial renovations, architectural concrete projects and high-end custom homes. My experience deepened further with a move to a San Francisco builder in 1996, where I ran substantial high-end residential and high-rise projects for seven years before founding DPC with Andy in 2004.

My professional life has been dedicated to fine building, during which I have worked in all facets of general contracting construction: jobsite supervision, project management, estimating, rough and finish carpentry. Over the years I apprenticed in most all the trades, gaining detailed knowledge of the pieces and parts of building—iron work, welding, plumbing, structural and architectural concrete, HVAC and electrical. As a Master Carpenter I have experience in furniture and cabinetry design, fabrication, finish and installation.

Born and raised in the East Bay, I worked for many years on residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects before founding DPC with James in 2004. My experience taught me standards of excellence, and to provide a balance between attentive client care and the highest quality of workmanship.

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