Shep Greene
Owner and Founder
I didn't set out to be a builder. After graduating from Colgate University, I began work at CBS News as a writer-producer. On weekends, I spent long hours fixing up my first home, a 1700's farmhouse in southern Connecticut. Then, after two careers and three more whole-house renovations, I decided to make a change. My love for renovating old houses to make them better than ever, better than new, fell together with my love for the environment, energy, and resource conservation. So I launched The Somerset Hills HandyMan & Co. in 2001.

Whether we're renovating old homes, adding on, or repairing, we use green building practices wherever possible to preserve old houses and construct environmentally friendly, energy efficient modern homes that are healthy new spaces with greater market value. Not everyone wants or can afford geo-thermal heating and cooling, but every home can use energy more efficiently. We help our clients select building materials that are manufactured from resources that do not deplete the planet of non-renewable resources or pollute your home's internal air quality.

Clients understand the equation: Select the right green building materials, select the builder who knows how to build green, and the home will be healthier, happier, and gain more in value. Clients love this approach and see the value in being diligent about using good insulation, energy efficient appliances, windows, and doors. For our company, going green also means limiting waste - we try to use radiant heating or recycle wood from older homes. Very often, we can suggest sustainable materials like Silestone or Corian or Quartzstone countertops made from recycled glass.

But perhaps the strongest selling point of a green home is that they're often healthier. Since these homes are built more tightly than drafty older homes, we install systems to bring in and filter fresh air. We also use paints that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and avoid the carpeting, adhesives, and varnishes that often give new homes their distinctive smell (and associated health problems). Our green additions and modular remodels cut energy usage and cost because they use efficient; spray-on foam insulation, which fills and seals wall cavities better than the fiber glass used in most residential construction. So do multi-zone heating systems and super efficient water heaters and kitchen appliances we use in remodels.

Green homes also are more efficient; spray-on foam insulation, which fills and seals wall cavities better than the fiber glass used in most residential construction, cuts demand for gas and oil heat. So does multi-zone heating systems and super efficient water heaters and kitchen appliances.

Whether your home is new, old, or in between, whether you are repairing or remodeling it, you can use green building approaches to save resources, money, energy & create a healthier environment for your family

Servicing Somerset Hills, New Jersey Neighborhoods Since 2001

Basking Ridge
Bedminster
Berkeley Heights
Bernardsville
Bridgewater
Chester
Far Hills
Gillette
Gladstone

Green Village
Harding
Ironia
Liberty Corner
Lyons
Martinsville
Mendham
Meyersville
​Millington

Morris Plains
Morris Township
Morristown
New Vernon
Peapack
Pluckemin
​Stirling
Warren
​Watchung

Testimonials
“The job you guys did on the kitchen still blows me away - and caused the 'WOW' factor when we came to sell. And we had 6 years of good use. It has been such a family focal point. We have had some good times just hanging out in there. Thanks for bringing in the team that could envision what we could do with that space, and then carrying it out. ” — Sonia Heinje, Basking Ridge