P.O. Box 11537 Shorewood, Wisconsin 53211
414-963-1901
contact@thoughtfulcraftsmen.com

Historical Restoration

No other company in the Milwaukee area is as focused and dedicated to working on old and historic homes; but this, in fact, is not what is most unique about us.

About Us

I’ve been working on the homes of the Eastside and near-North Shore for over 20 years now and approaching 18 under the “Community” name. Like many young carpenters setting off into the wily wooly world of contracting, I originally aspired only to build big additions and perform major remodeling jobs. Soon, however, I fell in love with the old homes of the area and their often-neglected details and connective tissue. With my growing crew I began taking on those jobs that no one else seemed to be willing to do (except during recessions) and then only half-heartedly. We decided to make this difficult, tedious, and demanding sort of restoration our specialty rather than leaving it to someone else’s afterthought.

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Services

We focus on the restoration of historic homes. Painting, carpentry, roofing and so much more, we take an incredible amount of pride restoring your old & historic homes.

Exterior Restoration

Window Restoration and Storm Windows

Porches, Rails, and Decks

Copper Roofs and Built-in Gutters

Painting

Portfolio

Take a look at some of the projects we’ve worked on over the years.

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

Erik,

Thank you very much for sending Alex out. He did an outstanding job and was a pleasure to meet. Thanks for letting me “hold one end”. It was a nice way to spend a few hours. He really did a great job. The camber of the ship’s deck looks great!
Jon

Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI

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We bought a fairly common Milwaukee bungalow in the summer of 2007, and CBR has helped us make it into an uncommonly wonderful place.The most dramatic work was a full gut kitchen and full bath remodel, a huge project that we initially found daunting given its scope and expense, and even thought about putting off. However, a colleague of mine raved about the new porch and kitchen remodel that CBR had done on her turn of the century home, so we went ahead and called.

Ben and Susan Zarwell

Shorewood, WI

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CBR has been a wonderful resource for me through the years when it comes to my old East side Milwaukee home. When I need any kind of help I always start with Erik Lindberg and Todd Hill at CBR. If they know how to do it I hire them, even for small projects where they will bill me by the hour. If they don’t have the expertise to handle the matter they will refer me to someone who has the requisite expertise (e.g. masonry work).

Steven R. Duback

Quarles & Brady LLP

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Donation Program

We will donate up to $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity in your name!

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Latest News

The Race to the Bottom

The best way to insure a long-lasting paint job is to remove the paint down to bare wood. That way you might get a job that lasts 15, even 20[…]

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Introducing our new donation program with Habitat for Humanity

Old home restoration is our passion and a well-maintained housing stock is an important part of a community’s abundance.  We’d like to see every pre WWII home in Milwaukee restored[…]

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Tune and Repair Your Windows

My Windows are Old. I Need to Replace Them Right? NO! Occasionally there are good reasons to replace old windows.  But most can be repaired, restored, and tuned-up so that[…]

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