8 responses to Forest Ridge Builders of Lancaster County, PA
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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Forest Ridge Builders of Lancaster County, PA (July 18th, 2014 at 20:19)

    Beautiful looking craftsmanship! I love the dual access stairway…very practical!

    Are most of Forest Ridge’s customers English or Amish?

    Once again, I like these “getting to know about Amish businesses” postings. Thank you!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Building for the English (July 18th, 2014 at 21:15)

      Building for the English

      I’m almost certain they are majority English. They would probably need to be given the number of builders in the Lancaster community, even as big as it is.

      We visited four or five of John’s homes the day I spent with him, one was Amish (a relative of John’s I believe) and the rest English.

    • Alice Mary I passed your question along to John, here is his reply:

      The vast majority of our customers are “English”. We do occasionally build for Amish neighbors and friends and very much enjoy that, but our typical customer is non-Amish in the Chester County PA area.

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    Comment on Forest Ridge Builders of Lancaster County, PA (July 18th, 2014 at 21:27)

    Enjoyed reading the post.. Thanks!

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    Sandra Kathleen
    Comment on Forest Ridge Builders of Lancaster County, PA (July 19th, 2014 at 09:05)

    The pictures presented show beautiful workmanship. thank you.

    A question: What do you do to keep yourself and your employees abreast of current building materials being applied and building codes? Did you need to pass a contractor’s exam or other certification for a license to conduct business? Do you need a license to be a building contractor. (In Kentucky, you do not!)

    Amish carpenters were used by an English-run company for some of my house renovation. After the renovation, it was found that the concrete cement siding was not applied per manufacturer guidelines (eg, felt behind each joint to maintain vapor shield) and there was no drip edge applied at the bottom of the siding; also, the roofing was not applied correctly in certain areas. I was able to remedy the drip edge and roof “readjusted,” but the siding issue just has to be “lived with” — the warranty, however, was voided.

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      PA Amish Contractors' Licensing and Exams

      Sandra Kathleen, John was able to answer your question too. Here is what he wrote:

      There is no contractors exam required in Pennsylvania. A contractors license is required to ensure proper insurance etc, but no demonstration of competence is required. The good news is that in this area, poor workmanship or incompetence can soon result in a contractor going out of business to due the abundance of competition.

      The burden of selecting a good contractor is definitely on the homeowner though, thus the high level of interest in this topic whenever we write about it or discuss it. I feel it is important to be knowledgable about building codes and products and to stay abreast of changes to them in order to do a good job and stay profitable.

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    Beth Weishaupt
    Comment on Looking for Amish cabinet makers near my home (January 2nd, 2017 at 23:59)

    Looking for Amish cabinet makers near my home

    Hello, I found your web site on the internet. I don’t know how far you are from Kingston, NY 12401. I am looking for an Amish cabinet maker in my area to construct new kitchen cabinets.
    If you know of an Amish contact in my area I would appreciate it if you could email me a telephone number or email address.
    I have found several Amish websites on the internet that advertise kitchen cabinets online. I don’t know if this is common practice? From the photos on the internet, the cabinets look beautiful. It is concerning for me to order online using my measurements.
    Beth Weishaupt

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