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Preservation Carpentry



Waterbury, Vermont


Hunger Valley Construction is a full-service construction company with years of experience and expertise in carpentry, contracting, and building conservation. We specialize in historic preservation and rehabilitation, ensuring all work meets the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 

Project Management

Construction and Remodeling

General carpentry and remodeling services:

Additions, kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors, siding, roofing, flooring, tiling, and framing. 

Managing, overseeing construction and renovations:

General contracting, project review, grant funding compliance, owner's representative, and site supervision. 


Building upkeep and repairs:

Painting, window restoration, rot repairs, and handyman services.




about Me

Alex Tolstoi is a builder by trade. He has been working as a carpenter for over a decade, first building custom and high-efficiency homes with a local builder. After years in the field, Alex decided to combine his love of history with his craft and study building conservation at UVM, earning his M.S.  in Historic Preservation. After a period of managing historic sites and working in community development, Alex chose to form his own construction company. His passion is restoring something old and worn—breathing new life into historic materials and buildings.


When not swinging a hammer, Alex can be found wandering the woods or working around the house with his wife, daughters, and trusted dog Eddie.  

Alex transformed my bathroom to meet the needs of my multi-generational household without compromising even an ounce of style.  He listened to my goals and helped me thoughtfully and creatively reconfigure the space so that it was accessible to my 86 year old father with limited mobility yet modern and appealing to my college age kids.  I even ended up with a sweet little soaking tub for myself. Everybody wins! 
Alex’s communication, workmanship and work ethic are impeccable.  My project finished on time, and on budget with no surprises.  I’m already planning my next project with Hunger Valley Construction!

Katie B. (South Burlington)

We want to start off with the highest possible recommendation for Alex Tolstoi and his team at Hunger Valley Construction.  We couldn’t be more pleased with their work.  The project was an old porch that was a safety hazard attached to our 99 year old house.  Alex  gave us design ideas and submitted a detailed estimate.  He started the project on time, demolished the old porch, and built a beautiful new one ahead of schedule and on budget, despite running into the customary problems involved in working on an old house.  The result is just beautiful.  We couldn’t be more pleased.  Alex and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with every step of the way.

Betty and Frank Woods (Montpelier)



Tel: 802-289-9308

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