Our philosophy is captured in a single sentence that we use all the time on the job: “We’ll do whatever you want us to do.” We’re here to serve you, to help you understand your options, and to follow your lead. It’s that simple.

Our job is to help your realize your vision. We see the homes we build not only as technical challenges, but as the physical expression of our clients’ aspirations. Every person has a different vision of what that home might look or feel like. Our job is to realize it.

Quality is easy to specify and difficult to achieve. It’s a combination of thoughtful preparation and time-tested materials in addition to skilled workmanship. Quality requires patience. There are no short cuts.

When you hire a contractor, you’re not simply embarking on a construction project. You’re inviting a group of strangers into your home. At Ripley Beckman we repay this trust by assembling a team that combines superb technical skills with strength of character. Whether it’s Ripley Beckman employees or the employees of our subs, you can count on their honesty and respect in addition to high-quality workmanship.

    Doug Zink

    Founder and Carpenter

    After 20 years as a contractor in Charlottesville, Doug is most proud of the long-term relationships he’s built with clients and his ability to work through the technical challenges of homebuilding. “We focus mainly on additions and renovations, in older homes with clients who love their homes and want to shape their environments to their lives. Our clients have big ideas and we love to help them realize them,” he said.

      Chris Sigrist

      Center of the Universe and Carpenter

      Chris learned how to build a house from carpenters who were also electricians, plumbers, masons and plasterers. “I was there, learning it all,” he said. As Project Manager, he sees every job through from working up the initial estimate to walking through the completed punch list with the client. “I enjoy dealing with architects and people in the trades. But the main thing I enjoy is working with the homeowners, building relationships with them—seeing their job go from demo to the end of the work and seeing their reaction to it all,” he said.

        James Loving

        Lead Carpenter

        James has been with Ripley Beckman for nineteen years. Along with his technical skills as a carpenter, he brings a sense of enjoyment to the jobsite, which is grounded in the relationship he builds with our clients.

          Noah Buddendeck


          We met Noah when he was five years old and were happy to reconnect in 2020 through Project Independence. In his application, Noah said he aspires to gain the skills and experience that will make him a sought-after craftsman, wherever he goes. He plans to take these skills on the road, traveling from jobsite to jobsite in a van or camper that, of course, he renovates himself.

            Brian Mateja


            Brian joined Ripley Beckman in 2020, following 20 years in the defense industry space. He brings 8 years experience in the Marines, an MBA, a government career, and a career private career in military sales and contracts to the job site.  Now he has transitioned to a new career phase, starting with fine homebuilding.

              Jack Schatzman


                Alex Norman


                  Justin Morris


                    Thomas Finney


                      Brent Isaacs


                      We met Brent in 2015, when we tried to hire his mom. Instead, we became Brent’s first client. In many ways, Brent is our first Project Independence participant. He’s the first young person we hired with the intention of providing the kind of experiences he needs to run his own company. Brent has gone from providing us basic bookkeeping services to providing full bookkeeping services including payroll. We are now one of several clients.

                        Website & Photography

                        Project management on the creative side is by Kitter Bishop. Writer Charles Feigenoff distilled Doug and Chris’ vision for the company into the content on the site. Recent architectural photography is the work of Melody Robbins of Melody Robbins Photography. Christa Albano of Albano Designs designed and built the website.