Steve’s construction experience began at age 12 when he helped his father add a family room to their house, and continued in high school with a summer job building tract houses. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in photography, Steve ran a commercial photography studio for 20 years, building his own sets and renovating his home in his spare time. He founded Steveworks in 2000 and incorporated Steveworks LLC in 2004. His experience encompasses everything from gut renovations and additions to custom cabinetry and built-ins.
Steve is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor, Construction Supervisor, EPA certified Renovation Repair and Painting Contractor, and a NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) and NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) member. He emphasizes sustainable practices in all his work, and continues to develop his professional education with numerous classes in energy efficient construction and participation in regional construction trade shows and conferences.
Steve serves as an advisor to the Newton North Vocational Technical program and sits on the EMNARI (Eastern MA NARI) education committee working on college and high school level voc-tech programs. He rides his bike annually in the 150-mile Multiple Sclerosis Cape Cod Getaway. He also enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking.
Co-Owner, Design and Business Manager
Tova Greenberg, co-owner of steveworks, is our designer, space planner and business manager. She keeps the office running smoothly and also works with clients to optimize their designs and select their products and finishes. Tova is a NARI certified Universal Design Professional. Universal Design is application of practices to allow a home to be used for children as well as the providing for aging in place. It has very little to do with the universe as Carl Sagan explains it.
Tova holds a BA from Princeton University where she majored in Architecture. Her work experience includes stints at the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (focused primarily on transitional housing for women and children), The Green Roundtable (Director of Technical Assistance) and Sustainable Performance Institute (Director of Programs). She worked for over a decade at EKMS, Inc., a boutique intellectual property consulting firm, rising to Executive Vice President. Back when they were first married she also managed Steve’s photography business.
Tova loves camping, kayaking, organizing (there’s one is every crowd!), reading, and playing board games. She is also the go-to person for anyone who needs to pack a closet, car, or suitcase to capacity.
Asher is our production manager and lead carpenter. He does everything from scheduling and CAD (computer aided design) to rough and finish carpentry and energy efficiency upgrades. He runs the day-to-day field operations and is also involved in strategic planning for the growth of the business. And the clients love him!
Asher has been working in construction as long as he can remember. (Check out these photos of him wielding tools back in the mid-90’s.) He started officially working alongside Steve on summer jobs in 2004 and came on board full time in January 2012. Asher graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BS in Building and Construction Technology (BCT). A highlight of his studies was an independent study project comparing the characteristics of FastenMaster ThruLok fasteners to a standard carriage bolt assembly. He was Marketing Coordinator and then President of the student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders.
Asher was a runner-up for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)’s Kate Goldstein award for emerging professionals in 2015. He was recognized for his contributions to our Building Energy Bottom Lines group and his concern for quality overall.
Asher is a Bruins and Revs fan and loves spending time outdoors adventuring, as well as rock climbing and snowboarding. He gives back to UMass by mentoring BCT students through summer internships at steveworks.
We are pleased to have added a new carpenter to our team. Alex Pawling joined us in May so we can report that he’s fitting in perfectly with our crew. He grew up in Newton but had migrated all the way to Bozeman Montana when we snagged him and lured him back to the Boston area. Alex graduated Bridgewater State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. His work experience includes stints in copper roofing, finish carpentry and environmental testing. He loves rock climbing and all things outdoors.
Daniel has been with steveworks since 2009. After working summers for four years, he has graduated (with honors) from his original roles as coffee-fetcher and jobsite-cleaner to become integrated fully into the building process. He attended Boston University, where he captained the Ultimate Frisbee team (he still claims that’s a real sport). He graduated in 2012 with a degree in linguistics. When not measuring, cutting or installing materials, he can frequently be found lost in a book, completing a crossword puzzle, or enjoying any number of outdoor activities.
Ari worked with his dad during weekends and school vacations starting in his early teens, giving up summer camp to make “the big bucks” pounding nails. He received a degree in mechanical engineering with a certificate in sustainable energy from Princeton University and has moved on to a position at BR+A Consulting Engineers. He still pitches in, editing stevewords and helping with the occasional woodworking project. Check him out installing insulation, siding and trimming a pre-1900s farmhouse in Steve’s JLC article. Ari loves dogs, cooking, biking (motor, dirt and road), hockey (playing and cheering), and driving and restoring cars.
Site Supervisor and Director of Silliness
Moxie, a Lab mix, has been a member of steveworks since 2014. Her responsibilities include supervising crew lunches, searching the jobsite for shady spots, and sweeping up sawdust with her fur. Although she may not seem like the most active member of the crew, rumor has it that Mox is actually quite skilled with power tools, although she is not a huge fan of the shop-vac.
Moxie is great with children, and can visit the jobsite upon request.