Here at Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel, you can expect the best from our team. For more than 30 years, our company has delivered the high-quality, reliable home remodeling services that Southern NH and Northeastern MA residents deserve. When you work with our team of experienced designers, project managers, and carpenters, you can trust that your home is in the right hands.
Bring your vision to life by contacting Blackdog today—call us at (603) 769-4938 in Nashua or (603) 952-3192 in Salem.
Accreditations: CGR Certified Graduate Remodeler, CAPS Certified Aging in place specialist
Education: the University of Vermont – BS from the School of Business and Administration with a concentration in Marketing
Experience: My introduction to the remodeling industry started by swinging a hammer for a builder on Martha’s Vineyard during the summers starting in High School. My passion for construction grew and by the time I graduated from college, I knew that owning and running my own construction company was what I wanted to do. I started like most remodeling companies start with a pickup truck, a dog, and a hammer. Over time I was able to grow the business and create the fantastic team we have now.
Design Philosophy: I believe that great design is a function of actively listening to our client’s needs and wants and then spending time digging in a little deeper to challenge those assumptions to ensure that our solutions are truly appropriate, add value, and improve the quality of our client’s lives. I also believe that fantastic designs that go unbuilt and exist only on paper are not worth much. To that end, I think it is important to have open and honest conversations about the budget early in the design process. This allows us to avoid the all too common sticker shock that often comes at the end of the design process.
Raving Fans: Home renovation is a tough business. Not the actual construction work… the 2×4’s and sheetrock are the easy part. It is tearing someone’s home apart and putting it back together while they are living in it and making sure that not only do they love the finished product but the process as well… that is the tough part! I want all our clients to be raving fans and every member of our team does as well.
Interests: I enjoy spending time with my wife and four kids, exercise, upland game hunting, saltwater fishing(as much as my marriage will allow), building furniture in my shop, and volunteering for various organizations in the Merrimack Valley.
Amanda is the Finance Assistant at Blackdog and holds a Bachelor of Science Hospitality Business degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She is responsible for all accounts payable for Blackdog, Total Basement Finishing, and Home Services. She also takes care of the data entry for all companies, organizes and updates all of our trade contractor information, and manages inventory for both Dr. Energy Saver and Total Basement Finishing. She handles some small parts of human resources and assists with payroll as well.
When it comes to working for Blackdog, Amanda loves that it is a small company that really values family and giving employees a great work/life balance.
In her spare time, Amanda loves designing the renovations of her own home as well as decorating it as she has a strong interest in interior design. She loves planning and designing events, and enjoys making floral arrangements and other crafts. Her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with her dogs, Hazel and Maci, and take them walking in the nearby trails with her husband.
Brenda is Blackdog’s Finance Manager and hails from Pelham, NH. She is a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Business School in Boston, MA, and a member of Remodeler’s Advantage Roundtables (RAR). Brenda was one of the first Blackdog employees and has been with the company since the beginning. She manages the financial and human resource aspects of the company.
Brenda has two children: Amanda and Jessica, and in her free time enjoys crafts, sewing, and cooking as well as volunteering for and heading many charitable events, most notably our own yearly Cause for the Paws Golf Tournament to benefit the MSPCA.
Bryan has been with Blackdog for over three years. Prior to being a Basement Finishing Specialist, he was the Assistant Production Coordinator for Total Basement Finishing and has extensive experience from renovating his own home. Prior to working at Blackdog, he worked in Educational Administration for 20 years. He knows all about the desire to create a safe space for children or parents to enjoy by utilizing all space available. Bryan also understands that the basement is a completely different environment than the rest of the house and the importance of using mold-resistant waterproof materials that won’t become ruined by moisture, or be subjected to mold. Bryan has found that Total Basement Finishing is the only solution that truly works in the basement environment.
Blackdog Builders is an exclusive dealer for Total Basement Finishing and has exclusive access to patented products, comprehensive training, and support. Bryan enjoys meeting homeowners to help them create healthy living spaces and to solve their basement needs. Bryan is an expert in helping customers design beautifully finished basements, maximizing usable space, enabling them to get more enjoyment out of their homes.
Bryan has been a bi-vocational pastor for the past thirteen years. He volunteers his time with NAMI-NH in suicide prevention and postvention education and support. He also volunteers with Soulsafe USA where he works with survivors of traumatic events.
Boone is the Chief Napping Coordinator at Blackdog Builders. He has the very important job of raising employee morale and making sure the underside of everyone’s desks are up to napping code. Boone loves his dad (Tim Williams), warm hugs, and sleeping. You can usually find Boone in his many napping locations (under his dad’s desk, in the hallway, the conference room…).
Chad is the manager of Blackdog’s Home Services division and holds a degree in Exercise Science. He began his construction career starting as a general maintenance technician for a residential development company. From there he began working directly with experienced carpenters and learning the residential building trades. Since then, he has been involved in a vast array of carpentry services including installing floors, tiling, finish trim, kitchen cabinets, and building decks.
His background and field experience was a perfect fit for the Home Services department at Blackdog Builders. He began his career with Blackdog Builders in 2013 as a service technician and has since advanced within the company to Managing the Home Services Division of Blackdog Builders.
Chad lives in Hooksett, NH with his wife Lissa and children Kaitlyn and Karli.
Christopher hails from Madison, Wisconsin, and now resides in Deerfield, New Hampshire. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and while there became a new home production builder, and eventually started his own company where he specialized in custom finish work, cabinetry making, and furniture building. As his skills developed, he transitioned into design/build with an emphasis on green construction and energy efficiency. He is now a Design Consultant in our Nashua location!
Chris’s design philosophy is simple: always focus on the client. He takes the time to listen and understand the wants and needs of a client for their home. He enjoys helping the client understand the process, from budgeting through design. Chris’s goal is to ultimately create a space that goes beyond a client’s expectations.
When it comes to working for Blackdog, Chris loves the collaborative team spirit. He also appreciates the customer-centric focus that we operate around, and the professionalism and positive attitudes of the Blackdog team!
Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his daughters. He likes to garden and has a passion for raising fish (which his daughters also have an interest in!). Chris also enjoys building things!
Jane earned her degree in Interior Design while raising her two daughters with her husband, Dennis, in Syracuse, New York in 1998. Her career began as a design consultant for a plumbing wholesaler. Her love of kitchen and bath design blossomed into her own kitchen and bath consulting business, which she ran as a sole proprietor for 5 years. Having a great team of vendors and contractors from all segments of the design industry was key to her success. Jane’s designs were featured at the Parade of Homes, a Syracuse Home Builders Association annual event which featured 8-10 custom builders and interior designers showcasing the latest design trends and architectural styles. Jane returned to Boston to be closer to her family in 2008 and worked as a senior designer for the Home Depot’s Expo Design Center in Burlington, MA. Working with a diverse group of clients on a wide variety of projects, ranging from a simple powder room in the suburbs to a large-scale custom bath in downtown Boston, was the most exciting part of her work at Expo. After all Expo Design Center locations were dissolved, Jane was hired as a design consultant for Blackdog Builders, Inc. in November of 2010.
Jane’s design philosophy is simple – interpret her clients’ wants and needs into a fun, creative, and functional space. Developing a strong connection with her clients and getting to know them on a personal level is an important part of her design process. Jane can listen, interpret, visualize, and present thoughtful design options, whether it’s a contemporary kitchen or a traditional master suite. She believes that incorporating the clients’ wants is necessary while adding elements of the clients’ personal style and interests are key to their satisfaction. Managing all the details and guiding the client through every step in the process is the part of her work she enjoys most.
When not working with clients, Jane enjoys spending time with family, baking, and entertaining family and friends. She is also an avid knitter.
Jason is a Project Manager at Blackdog’s Nashua location. He has been in the Construction and Remodeling Industry since the mid-1990s and holds a degree in Building Construction. Jason did take a break from the industry for a few years where he has expanded his expertise to add retail management, home delivery, and logistics management as well as a background in sales. Jason comes to us with a broad professional background and is focused on providing the best client experience during construction and the best quality and craftsmanship from our team to our client’s projects.
When it comes to working at Blackdog, Jason loves the culture and core values. He truly believes Blackdog has the industry’s most talented team. He is excited to join Blackdog where employees and client’s needs are thought of and considered constantly.
When not at work, you can catch Jason on his motorcycle and taking long day trips. Jason enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach, sporting events, and concerts. Jason plays softball and coached t-ball and little league for his son.
Accreditations: Continuing Education in Architecture
Education: B.S. Architectural Drafting and Design and a minor in Business Management
Experience: John has dedicated his life career to design and building. Starting as a carpenter apprentice in 1986, with passion, he learned the trade quickly. John gained skill and appreciation of the labor, as well as the time required to produce high quality craftsmanship for clients. The value of pre-planning, hard work and quality craftsmanship became part of John’s values at an early age. With inherent independence and desire to grow, John began his own design build company and operated it for ten years. With desire to learn more and a passion for design, John achieved a Bachelor of Science with focus in Architectural Drafting and Design. During collage, he aggressively pursued art. During his sophomore year, he was accepted to study Art and Architecture in Florence Italy where his design knowledge and skills were fine tuned. While there, Johns work was selected for the school’s annual art exhibit in Florence Italy. The study influenced John’s attention to the balance and clean lines seen in all of his work. Soon after graduation, John wanted to apply his design strengths within a forum where he could develop his practice further. He began working for Blackdog in 1998. He has worked for hundreds of satisfied clients and delivers his personal attention and values to every client he works with.
Design Philosophy: A key component to John’s success is his ability to listen closely to his client to learn about the current problems or desires for the space. The solutions come from the collaboration of ideas, by working together with the client and all of John’s resources at Blackdog. John’s belief is that material, function and craftsmanship should appropriately, and ingeniously, support each other, while expressing the client’s personal style. This expression becomes integrated into the design and translated into the reality of the new space. John reflects, “These are the thoughts behind my design work as I’m challenged to design a space within the boundaries of my client’s budget as well as building codes.” The reward for John is to achieve these goals successfully and for his client to become a referral and returning client for all future projects.
Interests: When not at work, John can be found; spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, drawing, painting, creating sculpture, wood working, learning history, reading, working on his home, kayaking, camping and hiking and mountain biking.
Ken is a Design Consultant at Blackdog Ken and has worked in the construction field for over 42 years, specializing in Residential and Commercial Construction. Before joining the Blackdog team, he owned his own construction business for 42 years, constructing and remodeling some of Merrimack Valley’s finest new homes and businesses. Ken joined the Blackdog team in December 2017 as a Design Consultant. He holds a Massachusetts Unrestricted Construction Supervisor license and is a Massachusetts Registered Home Improvement Contractor
Ken’s design philosophy is balance – between simple, functional design and a space that meets each client’s personal style. Ken’s work displays his focus on thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship with a classic approach. He is passionate about solving clients’ problems, delivers unparalleled customer service. Ken stays in close contact with you as the design process unfolds. At Blackdog, his experience and skills guide you through the conceptual design process, converting preliminary design concepts to a plan that delivers maximum value and is within your budget.
Ken resides in Andover, MA, and spends most of his free time with his wife Regina, his five children, and a rapidly growing number of grandchildren. Ken also enjoys traveling, golfing, camping, cycling, fishing, flying, and working on his home.
Melissa Martin is a New Hampshire native who is originally from Manchester and currently resides in Londonderry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from Allegheny College, with a dual concentration in Genetics and Fine Art. As a child, Melissa recalls playing with scraps of wood, hammer, and nails alongside her carpenter father, and attributes her love of building and home design to these memories. Though this passion has taken many forms – from mural painting to furniture upcycling, to the past five years designing kitchens and baths – it is in the remodeling industry that she feels most at home.
Melissa believes that a space should really reflect its inhabitants, and appreciates design that incorporates personal belongings, heirlooms, and photographs in a way that offers subtle insight about the homeowners. She loves to “read between the lines” when helping her clients make product selections, and in this way aims to guide design choices that will bring them joy for years to come. She also aspires to understand the daily habits and lifestyle of each client so that she can create a space that really works for each family or individual, and makes their lives easier and more efficient.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Blackdog team because the company culture and overall attitude are so positive. “Who wouldn’t want to work with people who clearly love what they do? And it is easiest to love doing something that you are great at, so Blackdog ticks all the boxes!”
Recently, Melissa fulfilled her lifelong dream of buying an old (c.1880) Victorian farmhouse fixer-upper with her two children, Genevieve and Lucas. Doing all her own design work and project management, she is renovating and restoring the home to meet her family’s needs, while honoring its original features and character. When the kids’ activities aren’t taking center stage, she can usually be found working on the house, hosting family gatherings, cooking with the kids, or shopping for cool vintage furniture and artifacts.
Melissa is our Director of First Impressions at the Salem, NH showroom. She is responsible for greeting clients, collecting receivables, internal IT support, and answering the phone. One of her favorite responsibilities is playing with the client’s children so that they can have a productive meeting with the design staff—this is a major perk for her.
In her spare time, Melissa is the Treasurer of the PHS Booster Club and the Secretary of the Pelham Soccer Club. She loves to spend time with her children, Lindsay Anne, and Grace Kathleen, and watch them play sports and do the things they love. On any given weekend you can find her at the soccer field or basketball court.
Merrill is the Marketing Manager at Blackdog and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and Advertising from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. She is responsible for all aspects of marketing for all of the companies under the Blackdog umbrella. From the creative aspects of the job, such as social media management and graphic design, to the more analytical aspects, such as market research and data analysis, Merrill does it all.
When it comes to working at Blackdog, Merrill loves the family-like environment that the company maintains. Everyone is friendly, welcoming, and goes out of their way to help one another. Everyone holds themselves to the highest standard and takes pride in their work.
In her spare time, Merrill pursues the creative aspects of her life, such as graphic design work. She loves spending time with her husband and friends and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of New Hampshire.
Accreditations: CertainTeed Quality Master, RRP Certified Renovator, Advisor – Shawsheen Vo-Tech
Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, NJIT
Hometown: Auburn NH
Work Experience: Mike’s leadership roots can be traced back to college where he was Captain of his Floor hockey team and worked his way up to League director. After graduating college, Mike started a small remodeling business modeled after the TV show, This Old House, with three friends. During this time, Mike learned a lot about residential remodeling and even more about what it takes to run a successful business. Eight years later, due to family obligations, this group disbanded and Mike began a year-long search to find a great company to hook on with. In 1995 he accepted a Project Management position with a young Blackdog Builders. With incredible inspiration and mentoring by owner Dave Bryan and the opportunity to travel around the country to learn from other top companies, Mike was able to hone his construction and management skills. More than two decades later, Mike is still thrilled to be with Blackdog in the position of Production Department Manager. The camaraderie of the staff, the unique details of every project and helping make our clients’ dreams come true continue to be his inspiration.
Interests: When not at work, Mike loves to spend time camping with his wife, Darlene and sons Matt and Ethan. As a hockey dad, he can be found most nights and weekends travelling to rinks around New England to cheer on his favorite players.
Mike Thomas is the Assistant Project Manager for Total Basement Finishing, a Blackdog Affiliate. Growing up in a family so involved in construction, Mike always had a knack for this type of work, and can confidently say he has had a lot of experience in the construction field. Whether it was working for his father’s company starting at age 15 or going to school to become an electrician, working and learning different abilities has made Mike a jack of all trades. Mike took this position with TBF because he wanted to broaden his skillset and learn the ins and outs of the production side of things rather than the labor-intensive side.
When asked what he loves about Total Basement Finishing, a Blackdog Affiliate, Mike replied that funnily enough, he grew up always seeing the Blackdog fleet around his town (Windham, NH). Knowing that Blackdog is one of the most highly successful and respected residential remodeling companies in southern New Hampshire, he always pictured himself wanting to be a part of a similar team. What Mike likes most about working for TBF is how they welcomed him with open arms and gave him the respect he was searching for. His day-to-day work challenges him, and pushes him to “become the best I can be”. He is grateful to be involved in helping transform a client’s dream projects into reality.
Outside of work, Mike is quite an adventurous person. Whether it is backcountry snowmobiling in the winter months or playing a round of golf in the warmer seasons, he is always interested in taking on new challenging activities. He enjoys anything that has to do with his friends and family and cherishes the time spent with whomever, whenever!
Nick is the Director of First Impressions/Drafter/Order Facilitator for the Nashua, NH office. He holds a degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is originally from Concord, NH. He is responsible for supporting the production and sales staff in drafting and ordering product, as well as greeting new clients and making sure all the Nashua gears turn smoothly.
When it comes to working at Blackdog, Nick loves the positive work environment that everyone creates, the quality of work from the carpenters on every project, and the happiness that we bring to our clients.
In his spare time, Nick loves working on automotive restoration and modifications, playing the guitar, hiking, and designing.
Ron started with Blackdog Builders in 1998 as a Production Carpenter after 10+ years in the construction field. As he gained more experience, he became a Lead Carpenter and then advanced to become a Project Manager. Now, he is a Design Consultant for our Nashua team.
Ron’s philosophy is “there are no problems, only solutions.” If you listen to your client’s needs, the end results will capture their vision. The end results are raving fans.
In his spare time, Ron enjoys spending time with his family, cooking (making something from nothing), and fishing when time allows.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklin
Education: BFA and B-ARCH (1st Professional Degree) from Rhode Island School of Design (with 1 summer and 1 academic year with Syracuse University in Florence Italy)
Experience: 19 years residential remodeling experience (50% of that has been on antique properties) Hospitality Interior Design: Restaurants & Hotels (last project was PM for the interiors of the Logan Airport Hilton) Custom casework, furniture & lighting design 10+ years carpentry/shop experience 2 years at Campi Pessina Piazzoli, Lugano Switzerland
Design Philosophy: Everyone has a vision or feeling of how they want their remodeled space to be. My role is to be the means with which those things become a reality for the client.
Interests: Extremely passionate about cooking and eating fabulous food of all kinds: nose to tail – root to leaves. Friend of Minute Man National Park and overall history geek
Prior to being a Basement Finishing Specialist, Steve owned Country Wood Furniture for 18 years, a company that specialized in custom Amish furniture and finishing. He has also worked in Sales for Siemons and Compaq where he managed national accounts. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of New Hampshire.
Steve understands that the basement is a completely different environment then the rest of the house and the importance of using mold-resistant waterproof materials that won’t become ruined by moisture, or be subjected to mold. Steve has found that Total Basement Finishing is the only solution that truly works in the basement environment.
Blackdog Builders is an exclusive dealer for Total Basement Finishing and has exclusive access to patented products, comprehensive training, and support. Steve enjoys meeting homeowners to help them create healthy living spaces and to solve their basement needs. Steve is an expert in helping customers design beautifully finished basements, maximizing usable space, enabling them to get more enjoyment out of their homes.
When it comes to working at Total Basement Finishing and Blackdog, Steve loves how committed we are when it comes to achieving customer’s dreams for their space, along with thoughtful design and professional execution.
Education: BS in Counseling
Experience: Over 20 years in the construction industry; twelve years with Blackdog Builders, six years as a lead carpenter, six years as a design consultant.
Design Philosophy: Creating new spaces that reflect the vision of the client while offering enhanced aesthetics, functionality, and flow.
Interests: Chief Architect CAD, reading, golf, family
Ted Lewis is the Sales Manager for Blackdog and affiliates. He has more than 35 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development. Ted employs an ‘educational approach’ to sales and marketing, believing that an informed customer is a customer who wants the very best. Prior to joining Blackdog, he ran worldwide sales for a number of companies in the high-tech manufacturing sector.
Ted was especially excited to join the Blackdog team because of his admiration for the Company. As a two-time customer of Blackdog Builders, he had experienced first-hand (his words), “their unparalleled customer service, teamwork, and craftsmanship.”
Outside of work, Ted regularly donates platelets at Mass General Hospital, leverages his biking enthusiasm to participate in cancer-research fundraisers (this year will be his 20th Pan Mass Challenge), supports Habitat for Humanity, and fosters cats for the MSPCA.
Accreditations: Unrestricted MA Construction Supervisor License, MA Home Improvement Contractor License, EPA Certified, RRP Lead Certified, Total Basement Finishing Certified Basement Specialist
Education: Wentworth Institute of Technology in Structural Engineering
Resides: Southern NH
Experience: With almost two decades of experience with Blackdog, and previous experience in Commercial Construction, Custom Water Front Homes & Estates, and Remodeling, Tim has spent his life committed to the remodeling and building industry. Tim is also a Shawsheen Vocational School Co-Op Advocate and is an all-around good guy!
Trish is a Design Consultant at Blackdog and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior design. She enhances the traditional design process with state of the art 3d conceptual visualization that allows you to experience your space before it is built.
She is responsible for all phases of design, ideation, and problem solving for a wide variety of multifaceted residential design projects. Trish strives to develop strong relationships with clients, and production teams to ensure project success.
Trish has made a career out of self-started ventures. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and working ten years as an exhibit designer and architectural designer, she launched UnionStudio, a 3D freelance design business to provide services to leading design firms and project-specific creative direction to a network of designers.
Trish continued to dabble in design while co-founding UnionStudio Yoga in 2007. Under her management and creative growth strategies, she grew the business to become the premier yoga studio in the Merrimack Valley.
Following a successful exit, Trish reentered the design business focusing on residential design, launching TMN Design. TMN Design enhanced the traditional design process with state of the art 3d conceptual visualization that allows the client to experience their space before it is built.
According to Trish, “the environment of Blackdog is inspiring and empowering. The core values and philosophy of the company align with my own. I work with some awesome, talented, funny, and dedicated people. I am learning all the time from my co-workers who are knowledgeable and caring. There is always something to laugh about… laughing is good for my soul.”
Trish’s design philosophy is “remodeling is a unique journey for each homeowner. I design for living, real homes for real people, maximizing the space you have with the functionality you need. I strive to craft well-proportioned spaces and arrange them to flow well together. I work to create designs that are fitting to the location, spirit, and budget of each project.”
In her spare time, Trish enjoys Iyengar yoga, hiking, and travel. She lives in Andover, MA with her family.
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