If I could give 6 stars I would. The team was extremely professional, clean and thorough. Sander was detailed and exact in his deliverables. I am pleased with how our lofts turned out. He threw in some exotic Chinese elm wood to top off a really interesting red maple railing. My two daughters LOVE IT!!!! I would recommend his team to anyone.
— Julie C

We have a terrific new loft bed and desk for our granddaughter, and had a terrific experience with Sander and with Zen Carpentry in general.  We agreed a design and price, and two weeks later the job was complete.   We started with photos from the web site, Sander modified the design to fit our quite eccentric space, added a desk and suggested other things we would need - e.g. electricity at the loft level.   Sander quickly got the necessary insurance for our co-op and was completely professional dealing with us, and with the building employees. They prepared the room (part of a closet needed to be demolished), built the bed in their workshop, and then installed the loft and desk while we were on vacation.  All went very smoothly. There were some field decision add-ons, but Sander stuck to the original price: for example, not charging us for a light fixture he decided we needed and he bought and installed below the loft.  They even came back after we had paid in full to do some paint touch-up and cleanup that Sander realized needed to be done. We have a gorgeous custom solution to our need to provide a ‘grown up bed’ for granddaughter and to create space in the room for her little brother for only a few hundred more than we would have spent at Pottery Barn Kids (their lofts were too tall for our apartment anyway). We are delighted with the room and our experience working with Zen Carpentry and highly recommend them.
— Teresa H.

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Zen Carpentry built a beautiful loft in our apartment two years ago. It was built with beauty and perfection! Experienced carpenters have commented on the immaculate construction. It has held up exceptionally well.The guys worked very hard for us completing on time for me while my husband was away, and their dedication to the job left me feeling at ease - particularly in an area I don’t know a huge amount about! All the guys working, including the owner, were genuinely lovely people who I enjoyed getting to know during the process of the building. We have recently moved to Brooklyn - and had to say goodbye to our beautiful loft! I would recommend Zen Carpentry to anyone looking for unique carpentry of timeless quality.
— Lucie H, Manhattan

I hired Zen Carpentry and the Sander Hicks team a week ago to build a loft bed in my son’s room in Brooklyn.  Even though my son is only 8, I wanted more of a platform second floor, and less of a “kid-looking” little loft bed.  I requested it cool, open, and airy, with a simple modernist sensibility to it, but with an added railing for safety.I couldn’t be happier with what these guys put together for us!  It’s a platform loft bed (similar to the one on their website that they built near the WTC), and it’s truly gorgeous.  More importantly:  it’s solid as a rock.  I have been in it with my son, wife, and myself, and it doesn’t budge a millimeter.  I could throw a dance party up there; seriously.Interestingly, I’ve lived in this apartment for almost a decade, and this is the first bit of construction i’ve ever done.  Why?  Because I don’t like the hassles of dealing with contractors and construction persons in my small space.  Plus I didn’t know how to choose one I could trust.  Well, I got really lucky here, and I want to explain why:These are good guys.  These are the type of guys you can have comfortably in your space while you’re at work.  These guys felt so trustworthy to me, and had such a pleasant, friendly vibe, I was stunned.  I plan to hire them several more times in the year to come. 
— Patrick, Brooklyn, NY

I recently had a loft built by Sander from Zen carpentry for my 20 year old son. After viewing photos and a visit from Sander we agreed on a design.  We were eagerly awaiting the final product. One week later we had a beautiful custom queen size loft. I told Sander that he outdid himself. The loft is amazing. It has doubled our space which is much appreciated, as city apartments can feel cramped. The room now has an open airy feel with a rustic touch, not to mention a woodsy scent that I wish would would stay for good.I would highly recommend Sander and Zen Carpentry for a custom loft. You will be thrilled with your new space, appreciate the attention to detail and enjoy a cozy new experience!

Maura, NYC

I researched for months and finally came across Zen carpentry. The tiny previously useless room my two kids share is now transformed into a magical forest like oasis. They each have their own loft beds with unique tree trunks as supports. The tree trunks even have footholds for them to climb! They have custom desks, shelves of natural wood, and curtain rods so they can enjoy some privacy. I can't begin to explain how unique, beautiful and artistic the beds and desks are. Sanders came over the day after I called and we talked over the design. He incorporated all my ideas into a workable plan. A week later the crew was at my house! Kyle, who helped with the build, was kind and extremely creative himself. He made some hangers out of extra branches for my daughters necklaces, and put the footholds on the tree trunks for my son to climb. Though you will spend more than you would for a bed in a box, for what Zen Carpentry did the price was extremely reasonable, and it's local, so much more ecological, and will transform your home!

Kira, Mother of two, Brooklyn, NY