“Quality is like buying oats, if you want nice clean, fresh oats you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse……that comes a little cheaper.” - Unknown
The desire to start Zehnder Built was the merging of my hands-on experience in residential construction and remodeling, my education in architecture, with my long remembered childhood dreams. Ever since I was a little kid growing up in rural Michigan, I had a wonder of the nature around me and the built environment in the houses and buildings I saw. It seems I was always building something - a mini city in the sandbox, a cathedral out of wooden blocks, or a secret fort high in the trees.
After studying, traveling abroad, and moving to Seattle, I took up a position in a cabinet shop where I mastered my woodworking skills by constructing works with fine detail and precision. During this time, I began to experiment with found materials and recycling/reusing existing architectural elements to create unique one-of-kind pieces of furniture.
Eventually, I ventured into residential remodeling, working for some of the best contractors in Seattle, where I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects both in size, design, and budget. Over the past 15 years I have been able to collaborate and forge strong relationships with many respected craftsman, architects, suppliers, and tradesman.