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 the application of practices to allow a home to be used for people of all abilities as well as 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.
Abe Fender joined the steveworks team in early 2018. With more than two decades of carpentry experience under his belt, Abe is a seasoned professional adept at all aspects of residential construction including framing, roofing, siding, doors, windows and trim work … to name just a few!
Abe grew up in Cambridge and has been interested in building and construction since he was given his first set of Lincoln Logs as a child. Along the way, Abe spent many years in the San Francisco area. While there, he owned his own construction company and learned structural techniques to ward off earthquake damage. We hope those won’t be needed here, although they do speak to the durability of his work.
Abe and his wife, an artistic painter, live in South Boston. Full of competitive spirit, Abe admits that he and Asher have an ongoing challenge to determine which of the two of them are doing the best finish work. We’ll let our clients decide!
George joined steveworks in the fall of 2018. A social worker for the first 20 years of his career, George’s path to the trades was unconventional. As an administrator at the Brookline Teen Center, George helped develop a program to connect high school students with green construction companies. Under the guidance of local contractors, students built a tiny house in the teen center maker space, and earned summer internships with the contractors. Through that program, George met the steveworks team. Itching to shake things up in the second half of his work career, George approached Steve about hiring him. At steveworks, George enjoys using the handyman skills he built as a homeowner, and the problem solving skills he developed over the years as a social worker.
In his free time, George enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing with his wife and two daughters. An avid biker, George regularly commutes to job sites on his bike, and is looking forward to riding with the steveworks crew on the MS Cape Cod Getaway.
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.