“There’s always a better way.”
Sometimes the career picks you. That’s how it was for Derick when a high school vocational program led him to his first job in construction at age 17. While learning the ropes of the trade, he saw the good, bad and ugly, and soon his mind began turning in search of a better way.
This dogged drive toward “better” would stick for life—carrying him through two tours overseas as a Ranger-qualified Team Leader in the U.S. Army, as well as many more adventures in commercial and residential construction.
As owner and lead contractor for Shack Built, Derick continues pushing for a better way every day—in serving clients, in elevating his team’s work, in educating other builders and in furthering his own experiences.
He is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and co-chairman of its Education Committee, teaching certification courses to NARI members in a variety of core subjects. Active in the Kansas City community, Derick also serves on the board of directors for the Supporting Kids Foundation.
Few things are more personal than our homes. It’s where we sleep, eat, play, work, raise a family, welcome friends, get comfortable and express ourselves. At Shack Built, our clients welcome us into these personal spaces every day—opening their doors and entrusting us to transform the house they already treasure into an even greater expression of themselves.
Respecting our work in this way means we place high value on our ability to build and maintain strong relationships with each of our clients. It’s what sets us apart as a contractor and a business partner. We’re proud to have earned the praise and endorsement of so many homeowners and fellow construction professionals.
As a Shack Built client, you can count on open, regular communication from the start of your home renovation project until we remove the final dust cloth. We offer you experienced, sustainable remodel and design solutions that work within your unique space and budget—whether we’re reimagining your home or business—to help achieve your vision of modern living or working.
People often ask if we have our own aesthetic when it comes to building perfect spaces. The truth is we believe in—because we’ve seen—a variety of ways to realize the potential of any room. With that in mind, we’ll often encourage our clients to consider the qualities of warm, natural and modern, and visualize what those characteristics mean to them. Then we’ll work together to translate those ideas into your ideal living room, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor deck, office or whole home renovation.