PJ is a Cape Cod native and grew up visiting his dad in Connecticut where he learned the family trade of Carpentry. Being surrounded by mechanics and trades people, he quickly learned additional trades including general contracting, landscaping and finish carpentry. PJ attended Hofstra University for communications and pursued a career in the corporate world building a knowledge base of marketing, sales and communications.
After years of corporate world experience, he started to take his skills as a manager and adapting them to his hands-on skills as a carpenter. The natural step was to start buying, fixing and selling real estate. His philosophy is to buy the cheapest houses in the most expensive neighborhoods, looking for the worst of the worst, the house everyone else turns their nose at. In his mind every house has potential, you just need to buy it right. Some just need a bit more love than others...
PJ resides in Hingham Ma and does home renovation projects across the South Shore of Massachusetts. He lives with his wife Lizzy, and their two kids.
What people don’t know is that for about 5 years Lizzy had moonlighted as the lead designer as she worked a full-time job in Athletics. As she helped PJ pick all the finishes in the homes we realized it was a skill that takes patience and creativity both traits she thrives at. Since 2020 Lizzy now acts as the full-time Lead Designer at OAK. She is in charge of working with our team members to pick every finish in our spec homes as well as customer renovations while helping organize the flow of materials to meet our aggressive deadlines.
Creative Marketing Manger
Melanie graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from MA College of Art & Design. After graduating, she attended Tufts University earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. She began her career as a High School Art Educator Over the past 10 years, Melanie has led workshops, professional development, and also served on the Alumni Leadership Board at MassArt. Melanie's fearless mind and creative eye led her to take a chance at a new career as the Creative Marketing Manager. At Oak DD as the company's photographer and digital marketing creator Melanie continues to work as an artist on the side and lives on the South Shore with her wife Devan.
Director of Finance & Human Resources
Cindy grew up alongside her little brother PJ here in New England. Early in her life, Cindy knew that a path in finance would serve her well. She became a Certified Public Accountant during her time with Grant Thornton, spent time in the the private sector as a Financial Controller and moved quickly to Financial and Human Resource Consulting when starting her own family.
Cindy has been with OAK since the start, lending support and advice first in a non-official capacity. As time has gone by, she has taken on a more full-time role focused on the financial, accounting and human resource aspects of the business.
Rochelle joins the team after her retirement from a successful career as a paralegal for Boston and New York area law firms. She has always been passionate about home decor and dreamed of a second career working with those as enthusiastic about development and design as she is. From corporate mergers and acquisitions to real estate acquisitions, Rochelle has found her dream job as Oak’s office manager. Rochelle hopes to put all her hours watching HGTV to good use as she decorates her new home in Hull. She looks forward to entertaining family and friends, and watching her granddaughter play in her new backyard.
It All Started
When we started to look at office spaces we were rudely reminded that overhead is tough! We also found it hard to invest money in someone else’s space to make it look right and still have to pay rent
So that made us think… How can we create a space that shows our design, vision, and craftsmanship without renting something? The ultimate goal was to buy a small commercial space but at the time, we needed to grow and we needed a cost-effective spot to work at other than Starbucks.
We started to think, what about a job site trailer?
But not one of those metal terrible looking ones, but rather a high-quality long-lasting Tiny House office?!
We worked with our partners at Tiny Foundations Northeast out of Lime, CT to determine the best trailer for our needs. We then gave our desired floor-plan and they helped build us a steel framing plan to build the outside walls. Ultimately, we wanted to stay as true to the Tiny House culture as we could while keeping it practical for our use.
In the end, we built a functional, cost-effective Tiny House that was the perfect design until we could buy a traditional office building. Today, the Tiny House is parked next to our new OakDD office in Hingham, MA and Is used daily by the design meetings, and home to our weekly podcast Half in the Toolbag.