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Tom Trent first worked for us more than twenty years ago, when we were building our three bedroom, passive solar home in the hills of Sonoma County . Tom proved to be a terrific problem-solver when faced with interpreting sketchy architectural plans rather than the usual, more detailed blueprints.

Naturally good natured, he maintained his composure in the face of multiple, and often on-the-spot, design changes. He collaborated well with all the personalities involved in the project, including other carpenters, the architect, various sub-contractors, and the owners. And he was a good listener, a not insignificant quality for an owner-builder project like ours.

When we added a guest house to our property several years later, we called Tom, and if we ever have another building project, we will certainly call him again.

John K. and Laurie P.
Sonoma County, CA

Having experience working in the building trades myself, I recognize craftsmanship and skill when I see it and Tom Trent embodies these words. When we received the go ahead from the county to replace our 68 year old home west of Duncans Mills with a new home, Tom was the first person who came to mind as the builder of choice. We were fortunate to find him finishing up a project and able to take on ours. His bids were competitive with other local builders and extra work was priced fairly.

Initially, we only wanted Tom to build the foundation and frame the house, but we ended up asking him to complete the entire house, from exterior decks and fencing to interior doors, hardware and trim, including cabinetry. Tom introduced us to subcontractors he works with and we were pleased with their professional performance. It was obvious that they all worked well with each other, making for a pleasant and smooth construction process.

Since the house was finished, we have had endless comments about the quality of construction and perfection in detailing which are a testament to Tom Trent’s skills as a craftsman and ability as a contractor who can be depended upon. I would hire Tom again and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for an exceptionally skilled builder.

Mike Keller
Duncans Mills


Approximately three years ago, we had Tom Trent design and build two decks on our home in Zamora , CA . It was a pleasure to have Tom work for us, and we were delighted with the completed project.

Tom handled all the details of the job, and finished it exactly when he told us that he would. His design ideas were both creative and yet practical.

Because he is a true craftsman, Tom added a unique appearance to what might otherwise have been a very simplistic design.

We very much appreciated having him add the “special touch” which was so needed. Tom takes great pride in his work, and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any building project.


Leslie P.
Zamora , CA


Our choice for a building contractor, Tom Trent Builders, was the easiest and wisest decision we made when we decided to build our home in 2002.

From the beginning, looking at bare land, to the beautiful finished project, Tom was prompt, efficient, and organized. His experience, natural ability, and feel for his craft made our dream home possible. He shared his extensive knowledge and expertise, yet was open to ideas and explored new frontiers—log building and alternative energy technologies—while maintaining professional standards.

Tom’s wide range of contacts and recommended sub-contractors were also professional and worked in concert with him smoothly. Tom truly listens to what is desired and works incredibly hard to make it a reality. We could not have found anyone more exceptional and capable, from building the foundation to the smallest architectural detail. Tom worked with us openly and honestly and we felt confident in him from day one.

Tom is distinguished in that he maintains the art of the building craft in the highest standards of quality, personal uniqueness and care, while mindfully blending environmentally sustainable awareness with integrity of structure and logistics. Remarkable, trustworthy and dependable, we highly recommend Tom Trent Builders for any building project.

Len and Natalie G.
Cazadero, CA


Judy and I would like to thank you for another great job well done. A few years ago when we built my barn together (I make a pretty good helper) I recognized that you do quality work in a timely manner. More recently and much more challenging was the bathroom remodel and dry rot repair. Again the work performed by you was very well done, as was the work done by the subcontractors you arranged.

I have eagerly recommended you to my friends and would be happy to be contacted by any of your future customers as a reference.

Jack and Judy M.
Sebastopol, Ca


I have known Tom Trent for the past four years. I met him when looking for someone to replace a deck on my home.

Tom does beautiful work – he is honest, dependable and hard-working. He talks with you about your ideas and plans and implements them to perfection. He has great ideas on how to improve and expand on your design and always takes time to listen.

I was so pleased with Tom's work that I had him build one more very large deck and replace a front porch. He has done work for many of my friends and we all agree that Tom is the best in his trade.

I highly recommend Tom Trent both as a person and a fine craftsman.

Roberta P.
Cazadero , CA


We are writing to recommend the work of Tom Trent Builders. Over the last eight to ten years, Tom and his men have done several projects for us at our ranch. They have always used quality material and shown excellent workmanship.

List of projects:

  • Replaced the old wood shake roof with a metal roof with gutter on the garage
  • Replaced a fiberglass roof on the back porch with a metal roof and gutter
  • Removed an older shower and made a two tier clothes closet with accordion door
  • Remodeled a broom closet and made a seven drawer easy roll out storage unit
  • Replaced a series of ten windows on the shop side of the barn
    --Did structural repair to the floor of the barn, put in a concrete apron the length of
    the barn with the proper angle to assure water drainage
    --Installed steps from the floor of the barn to the loft

We would not hesitate to have Tom come back when the need arises. We have recommended him to several friends as well.

Loren and Jeannette T.
Cazadero, Ca


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