Josh grew up in an early 20th century farmhouse on his parents dairy farm in Ferrisburgh, VT. While obtaining a Civil Engineering degree, Josh worked as a timber framer and carpenter. His senior design project involved completing a comprehensive restoration plan for the First Congregational Church of Randolph VT, built in 1790. A highly instructive project, Josh decided to pursue preservation work, particularly the kind that emphasized the use of hand tools. After graduating from school, he worked alongside a slate roofing master, as well as Grant, completing slate and sheetmetal jobs of varying scale and complexity around Chittenden County. He is a member of the Timber Framers Guild and continues to be active in the woodshop.
Grant grew up in historic homes all over Vermont, including his family’s 4th generation farmhouse in Colchester, VT. He started working for his parents’ small business’s at the age of 10. He observed early on what it takes to run a successful venture in a small community. Eager to hone his passions, Grant moved to Australia where he worked on a cattle station, and oversaw 40,000 acres of farmland. Moving back home the first time, he worked as a smart home technician, managing residential projects in Stowe, VT. Later, during a year spent in New Zealand, he found further interests in sustainable practices, and also led contracting teams throughout the Bay of Plenty. Upon his return to Vermont he met Josh while working under the same Master Carpenter. Grant then went on to train under a slate master and has been on hundreds of slate roofs since.