A Missouri native, I learned the fundamentals of remodeling and construction in Kansas City, Missouri, where I purchased and extensively renovated a small Victorian home while living in a lively turn-of-the-century neighborhood near downtown.
Michael McVey Renovations began in Oakland, CA in 2008, and has been in continuous operation since then on a wide range of projects from small job service calls to major structural restorations. I prefer to manage my projects intensively with a small number of highly commited tradespeople and subcontractors.
A contractor's education never ends, and I continually develop my understanding by researching solutions to the various problems I find in my clients homes. Since arriving here, I have participated in a number of professional development activities including taking coursework in UC Berkeley Extension's Sustainable Design Program. I have been deeply influenced by the design philosophy of distinguished bay area architect Christopher Alexander, who has brilliantly defined the characteristics of great buildings as having the same wholeness, elegant complexity, and connectedness inherent in all living things.
My previous professional experiences prior to becoming a contractor involve work as a college writing instructor at three different institutions, and as an English language teacher in inner city Chicago and Caracas, Venezuela. I hold a B.A. in English Literature and M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri--Columbia.
When I am not working, I can be seen frequently around the Bay Area with my wife, Caroline, and two children, Zach and Alina, enjoying the wonderful parks, nature preserves, museums, and restuarants that make this such a great place to live. In addition, I am an avid reader and writer.