A Good Foundation

reprinted from http://www.happeningsmagazinepa.com

SONY DSCDave Gumpper quips the contracting business is all he knows in his life. He eats and sleeps his business, Gumpper Construction, Inc., and at any time of the day, he says he’ll drop what he’s doing, figuratively speaking, to answer a cell phone call from a client.

“Even if I’m on a roof, I always find it easier to immediately pick up the phone,” says Gumpper, who started framing when he was 15-years-old, while working for two brothers who were framing contractors and builders. “At 19, I started my own business as a framing contractor,” he recalls. “I’m not an office guy whatsoever; I have a good amount of saw-dust in my bloodstream.”

After spending winter months skiing at Elk Mountain, the Bucks County native, his wife Emily and daughters Madison and Micole moved to Union Dale in 2008. “We always looked at this property, thinking that someday we’d like to end up here because we have so many friends here. We’ve been busy ever since,” he says.

His client base is primarily residential and small commercial projects, and what makes his work unique, he says, is he still pounds his own nails and “refuses to ever let anyone down.” “When you’re building a house, the old cliché holds true, ‘everything starts with a good foundation. Once you have the foundation and the framing work and everything is structurally sound, it is easy to do the fill in afterwards. The most unique feature of my work is that I still do all of the framing on my projects, as well as anything carpentry-related, including trim work, siding and barn and log beams, to make sure everything is built correctly and to my standards,” says Gumpper. “When you actually love something, it’s easy to do.”

He says popular trends in the building industry are radiant heat and geothermal or more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Gumpper is expanding his business into other demographic areas and will gladly travel to meet with new clients. Call 215-262-1410.
–Joan Mead-Matsui

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