About Cliff Dutton Carpentry


Home Building Project

Cliff Dutton Carpentry has been making home improvements since 2009. Before there was a Cliff Dutton Carpentry, Cliff gained extensive experience building for contractors starting back in 1989. His range of experience spanned from roofing and decks through complete homes, foundation to finish. These included traditional frame buildings as well as timber frame homes. On his own, 20 years later in 2009, he has been applying his skills to building projects such as decks, woodsheds, roofs, wood floors as well as major repairs and renovations. This is only a partial list as the types of projects Cliff Dutton Carpentry has completed. You’ll see they are quite diverse in his blog where you can see past projects and the results of good planing, efficiency and attention to detail.

 Keeping Efficiency in Mind.

IMGP3823Speaking of efficiency, energy efficiency and reducing/eliminating burning fossil fuels for home heating are core beliefs that are reflected in Cliff’s work. A background in forestry influences his thinking. Firewood is considered a green heating fuel and even said to be solar energy. Something earlier generations never thought of but in heating with wood, they burned solar energy in their heating and cook stoves. What sense does it make to rely on imported oil from war prone areas half way around the world when we have ample solar energy in our woods all around us? Cliff believes burning firewood is a wise choice for Vermonters, since it is plentiful, local and renewable. Here lies his interest in building woodsheds. Modern wood stoves reduce pollution and wood consumption, while thoughtful harvesting and forest management can keep our forests healthy and sustainable.

Uses for this Website.

Cliff created this website so his customers can view and share blog posts about their projects with friends and to promote his carpentry business. Comments are open at the end of every blog post where customers and anyone with a sincere comment about the specific post is invited to write. Please use the email form to contact Cliff directly or if your comment does not pertain to a particular blog post. Check the testimonials page to see what Cliff’s customers are saying. Choose specific subjects using categories or use tags for more specific topics.

 The Other Building Job.

Cliff also builds things with electrons instead of wood in his website business where he hosts websites on a green server. See his Web Design Site for more information. Building either way requires planning, measuring dimensions and calculating sizes. It’s what Cliff does.

Maple Kitchen Floor

A grand old 19th century built house with 10 foot ceilings needed a new kitchen floor. I was continually surprised as I worked how a high end home could be built with such poor quality sub-floor materials. I acknowledge there was no plywood in that century but there were planers. The old 4 inch pine …

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Rubber Roof Repair

Several gutter hangers had torn out due to heavy ice in the gutter leaving holes in the roof that had been leaking into the wall below. I found the appropriate sealer to seal rubber roofing and I modified new hangers to attach to the original gutter cross bars. Even with this repair there was still …

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Stand Alone Deck

This deck had some unique features: Special attention was given to make the deck last. All the tops of the joists, beams, posts were covered with a layer of ice and water shield. This preventative measure even seals around the decking screws. Horizontal surfaces were found to have rotted in the deck this one replaces …

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Long Lasting Deck

The owner wanted a long lasting, maintenance free deck so I built her a Trex plastic deck with Trex facia. My objective was to build with every effort for longevity. The joist and beam top surfaces I covered with Trex waterproofing strips to keep them dry. Will it make the wood last as long as …

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