Bio Russell Ives

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” Words of wisdom drilled into Russell’s head from an early age by his father. Russell’s first exposure to building construction came at a young age with the “job” as an assistant to his father in the design and construction of a carport addition to their home in Vienna, Virginia. Many home renovation projects and years later, Russell went on to Mercer University, initially majoring in mechanical engineering and ultimately graduating with a degree in business management with a double major in history. While in college, he gained work experience ranging from a laborer in commercial construction to CAD operator, as well as volunteering on Habitat for Humanity builds.

Russell-the-Construction-worker-001After college, Russell went on to work for a major regional homebuilder, quickly advancing to the position of builder. From there he went on to manage construction of entire neighborhoods and in-fill custom homes for other local builders before “hanging his shingle” with his wife as a design/build firm in 2006. Russell is a certified residential building inspector by the ICC, member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builder’s Association, serves on the GAHBA education committee, and has maintained a Georgia residential contractor’s licence since they were first issued.

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In his lack of free time, you may find Russell paddling his canoe or camping in the wilds of the Southeastern United States, playing his guitar at home or church, and of course spending time with his wife and three kids every chance he gets.