Sunny Brook Builders


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About Us  

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 The quality of the work on your home is a combination of the person holding the hammer, the administrative support, and an open, easy flowing relationship with the client.  At Sunny Brook Builders, we take great pride in skills that each of us bring to every project.  And each of us takes great pains to develop open, honest relationships with our clients.  Our subcontractors have been carefully chosen to have the same commitment to excellence and extensive experience in their field.  When you read through our bios below you will notice a common theme.  Most of us have college degrees along with many years experience, which shows our commitment to this trade.

We are proud to announce that our values of fairness and respect extend to our employees as well. Our payment practices meet the standards for certification as a Living Wage Employer. A living wage has been quantified by AFCU and is the pay rate an employee that works 40 hours per week requires to meet their household basic needs.   Sunny Brook Builders is one of 81 certified employers in Tompkins County.


MARK BARBER, CGR, President and Production Manager

Mark is a lifelong resident of the Ithaca area, and grew up on a dairy farm in Danby.  Mark has nearly 3 decades of construction experience at Sunny Brook Builders doing all phases from excavation and welding to finish trim and painting, Mark can do anything.  Mark uses not only his production experience, but his strong people skills to support and mentor our carpenters and maintain the high level of customer service we are known for.  Mark is our Production Manager and the President of Sunny Brook Builders.  In January 2009, Mark was awarded a Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation from the National Association Of Home Builders.  Mark is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.


DEAN SHEA, CGR, CGP, Vice President and Administrator
Dean received his Bachelor's Degree in business from SUNY Fredonia.  Dean learned the building trade in his youth working with his father remodeling and maintaining his families apartment buildings and home. Dean also has extensive experience in the plumbing and heating field where he worked as a project coordinator.  Dean joined the Sunny Brook Builders team in 1999 and is the Administrator and Vice President of Sunny Brook Builders. He currently serves as a Board Member and Immediate Past President of the Tompkins Cortland Home Builders and Remodelers Association. Dean is also a Board Member of Tompkins Cortland Habitat for Humanity as well as serving on the construction committee and directly overseeing Habitat projects under construction.  In January 2004, Dean was awarded a Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation, in May 2009, Dean was awarded a Certified Green Professional Designation and in September 2011 Dean Was awarded a Certified  Aging in Place Specialist Designation from the National Association Of Home Builders. Dean is a Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and is certified in OSHA 10 safety protocols.


RAY BREHM, Lead Carpenter, Estimator

Ray is a lead carpenter in our remodeling division and has over a decade of remodeling successes at Sunny Brook Builders.  Ray enjoys trim, cabinetry and wood working but is also skilled in flashing and envelope technologies.  Ray has great customer service skills and is also performing estimating and assisting in energy audits.  Ray is taking National Association of Home Builders course work and pursuing his Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation as well as Building Performance Institute certification.  Ray is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.  While training for carpentry at TST BOCES Ray took 1st place regional, 1st place New York State and 6th place National awards for his finish carpentry.


RICH HAYES, Lead Carpenter

Rich is a Lead Carpenter for Sunny Brook Builders performing New Construction, Major Remodels and Additions.  Rich came to us with over 2 decades of experience, highly skilled at framing, siding, roofing, cabinet making, and interior trim. Rich has experience in all phases of construction and has a thorough understanding of building systems and flashing which are critical to the integrity and longevity of the homes he works on.  Rich is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.


 DAN OSTDIEK, Lead Carpenter Home Maintenance

Dan is the lead carpenter in our Handyman Home Maintenance Division and is able to do it all from rot repair to laying tile.  Dan has over 2 decades of experience is new construction, remodeling and painting.  On repair projects Dan knows how to take it apart and restore it correctly using flashing details that will last, he can make adjustments so things work smoothly and he is skilled at putting in new windows, moldings and what ever finishes you desire to upgrade and update your space.  Dan performs estimating for these small projects.  Dan is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.



James is a carpenter in our remodeling division who is working his way up to a lead carpenter position.  His skills include extensive experience in staining, painting and interior finishing as well as flooring installation, flashing systems, window and door installation.  James is certified in EPA OSHA 10 Safety protocols.



BOB MIKELS, Carpenter

Bob is a carpenter in our Handyman Home Maintenance Division with over 2 decades of carpentry and mechanical experience.  He has lead construction crews, run his own construction business and performed all phases of residential construction from the ground up.  Bob has experience and training in weatherization and running a blower door to measure infiltration.  Bob served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged.  Bob is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.



CHAD WHIBLE, Carpenter

Chad is a carpenter with extensive experience in framing, decks, pole barns, roofing, flashing systems, window and door installation, exterior and interior trim finishes. He has interacted with the Sunny Brook crews on multiple jobs over several years before coming on board as an employee.  Chad is a carpenter for both new construction and remodeling projects.   Chad is certified in EPA OSHA 10 safety protocols.




Tony is an apprentice carpenter working in remodeling and new construction.  Tony has training from BOCES carpentry and Union Local 281.  Tony served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged.


Robby is a new carpenter on our staff.  .


DIANNE MCFALL, Administrative Assistant

Dianne is our Administrative Assistant and has been serving with us since 2005. She  has worked for various local municipalities and is a real pro.





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