Who We Are

 

Established in 1995 by two Reed College graduates, Sam Hagerman and Daniel Thomas, we began as a remodeler of historic Portland homes.  Our work quickly expanded, however, and now includes new home building, commercial construction, and the execution of both traditional and modern designs by the region’s top architectural firms.  In 2011 Hammer & Hand expanded to Seattle, and recently opened offices at the Bullitt Center, the noted Living Building and “greenest office building in the world.”

Our Approach

“Inciting evolution through science, service and craft.”

A company of carpenters, we construct buildings that sustain and delight by empowering employees, harnessing 21st century building science, and advancing the tradition of craftsmanship.  This effort is built on five pillars: Craft, Building Science, Collaboration, Rigorous Project Management, and Empowered Employees. Read more.

Environmental Ethos

Since founding Hammer & Hand in 1995 we’ve been guided by an ethic of quality, durability and beauty embodied in John Ruskin’s words from over a century ago:

“When we build, let us think that we build forever.  Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for.”

We build to last, the most fundamental definition of “sustainability.”  This sustainable construction is achieved through precision craft and high performance building techniques.  Read more.

Partnering With Architects

For Hammer & Hand, project development is a collaborative process between architect, builder, and client to design and construct the best response to the project’s program. Unlike the single-source “design-build” model that tucks design functions behind builders’ walls, our approach is to partner with independent architects in an open process that provides clients with two advocates rather than one.

This means that the project itself gets three advocates – the architect, the builder, and the client – each independently empowered to champion a unique set of advocacies critical to project success. Read more.

 

Locations

Portland, OR

1020 Southeast Harrison Street
Portland, OR 97214-4709
(503) 232-2447

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Seattle, WA

1501 E Madison St, #250
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 397-0558

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Careers

 

Join the top carpenters in Portland & Seattle.

Hammer & Hand has spent the last 20 years building and remodeling the best of the Northwest. We expanded into Seattle last year and have built an exciting and varied portfolio of projects in the Emerald City. Our reputation for the finest craftsmanship coupled with unparalleled customer service has allowed us to maintain a healthy business during a rocky period for the construction industry.

Our reputation is built on the years of dedicated work of men and women who are passionate about their jobs and passionate about their lives outside of work. We work hard to foster an atmosphere that supports our most valuable asset: our people. We offer a full range of benefits and a dynamic workplace. Read more about our employment philosophy here.

We are always looking for the best talent to join our team. If you find a position that fits your experience, strengths and passions, we welcome your application.

 
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Awards and Affiliations

Earth Advantage Custom Builder of the Year 2014
Passive House Institute US
Master Builders Association