Klompco Carpentry

The next generation is off to a great start

Bryan Klomp readily admits that getting into the renovation business was “kind of a fluke.” He’d studied mechanical engineering, but quickly realized he couldn’t imagine spending his days stuck in front of a computer staring at AutoCad files. When his dad mentioned that a friend was looking for a summer helper on a reno crew, he decided to take a chance and apply for the job.

“At the time [2003], I couldn’t tell the difference between a Philips and a Robertson,” says the now 30-year-old. His first day on the job, the crew was siding a house. He shook off some initial nervous jitters and climbed up the ladder. He hasn’t look back – or down – since.

After apprenticing and earning his carpenter’s ticket with that first company, he later joined a firm that specialized in flood and fire restoration work.

There, in addition to some messy hands-on experience, he got a taste of the management side of the business.

Then, in 2009, he launched Klompco Carpentry. Within a year things really took off. “I think I’ve maybe taken a week off since then,” he sighs. Impressive, considering that aside from one small ad placed in a community paper (that netted precisely one gig), all his

work comes through word-of-mouth referrals.

While based in picturesque Elmira, Ont., the job has taken him far from home, including work on cottage projects in Orillia to the east and on the Bruce Peninsula north of him.
As a general contractor, he’s taken on both residential and commercial projects, including kitchen and bathroom renos, deck building, siding, and roofing. “I understand all the fundamentals of building construction,” he says. “But I’m a firm believer in using the right people for the job. “So he farms out cabinetry, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work to sub-trades, leaving the rest for himself and his apprentice.
Having handled a diverse range of projects in his 10 years in the business, he finds it hard to single out a particular job that stands out. “They’re always interesting. You always find something.”But there is one “some- thing” in particular that does stand out. He’d been called in to do a bathroom reno and the client mentioned that the downstairs toilet wasn’t working. Once he broke up the concrete floor he could easily see what the problem was.

The previous homeowner had rigged up a DIY drain from a set of below-grade exterior stairs with Big-O pipe, and brought it inside, where it was joined to the ABS toilet drain and the original cast-iron sewer pipe. But the real kicker: “It’s was all connected with silicone.”  Makes you glad to hear that there are still young guys out there willing to learn how to do the job properly. —Allan Britnell

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