Hi, I’m Graham Feralio. I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and my experience in carpentry and construction. I’m married with 3 children, and I live in the quaint little town of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, where there’s lots of creative inspiration to be found.
Now, it's important to note that I love what I do. It’s been said “if you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life." For me, every day is another opportunity to go out there and be creative — and I’ve been doing this since I was 11 years old. My dad was a very skilled union carpenter in Philadelphia, PA, and I learned from him every day. His skills were top notch and I learned whatever I could. At the age of 12, I built my own club house, ran my own electric and water, and even dug a basement for it. I was often found doing repairs and being the local neighborhood handyman. My high school jobs included these necessary skills as well. In my teen years, my Aunt needed her workshop renovated. She lived up in Massachusetts, so my parents put me on a train with a duffle bag of tools, and off I went.
After high school, I enrolled in college with the goal of obtaining a teaching degree so I could teach wood shop class. But I soon found that my calling wasn’t to teach it, it was to just go out there and do it. So I worked for three different contractors over a span of about five years, gaining all the knowledge and know-how that I possibly could. At the end of that time, I was ready to go into business for myself. I started working as an independent subcontractor for a number of different construction companies, not only doing the work required, but becoming a foreman on most jobs. This included running the crews, scheduling the specialty subcontractors, and seeing the jobs through from start to finish. Most of these construction companies offered customized single homes, but I also did my fair share of remodels, additions, indoor renovations, and commercial work in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area.
In 2009 I decided to register my company as an LLC and start doing all my own work. I was now my own construction company: obtaining and running the jobs, and hiring my own subcontractors to work for me. I also started plans to build my own wood shop on my property. Over my years of gaining experience, I really came to love customized wood working like cabinetry and furniture. I wanted to offer that service to my customers whenever the need arose. My shop is 2,000 sq ft, and some of the tools and equipment I own include palners, shapers, molders, table top sanders, mortisers, along with many other specialized tools.
Also in 2009, a Doylestown customer hired me to do a historical renovation on a piece of land that he owned, but the building had to be restored to its timeframe in order to maintain its position as a historical land mark. It was a challenge like I’d never had before and I loved every minute of it. It caused me to discover a whole new skill set which I inherited from my mom, who is an artist with her own studio in Revere, PA. The artistic eye that I inherited from her, coupled with the raw skills that my dad instilled in me came to be a perfect combination for work like this. This work pushed me to equip my shop with the specific tools and equipment needed to manage jobs with historical renovation needs, as well as the capability to build new, but look “old." Since that first historical renovation, I’ve gotten quite a few other jobs with the same needs. It’s some of my favorite work and can be viewed in more detail on the historic restoration page.
I still love what I do, and I’m always up for new challenges and opportinites to put my skillset and artistic nature to work for my customers. My work is fully guaranteed, although I have yet to have a customer call me to come back and fix something. Usually I’m the one there fixing someone else’s work that went wrong. I pride myself on providing quality workmanship done right the first time.
If you have any type of construction needs, I’d appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and talk through the job at hand; even if you’re looking for something new or different but don’t quite know what it is — I’m up for the challenge. My estimates are always free, my projects are completed in a timely manner, and I promise you’ll be happy with the end result.
I look forward to working with you,