home renovations in flanders, nj

Derek Chervenak
A little about myself

Ever since I was old enough my dad would take me to work with him on weekends or when I had off from school. I would climb into his van and accompany him to Channel Lumber or Rickels after dinner to pick up supplies, and ice cream. I remember trying to keep up with him in the store as I looked upon all the shelves filled with tools, hardware and lumber. He always included me in what he was doing, and from that, I learned so much.

My dad was a very proud Korean War Veteran, who owned his own exhibit business, Third Dimensions Inc., and as a child, I spent countless hours watching and helping him in his shop. I loved everything about his work — the tools, the smell of sawdust, silk screening signs, and the creative process of building something. I saw the pride when he would finish a project. It gave me a respect for blue collar hard work and dedication, and I admired the craftsmanship of his exhibits. And I admired my dad.

In Front of Third Dimensions Inc.

I worked in various fields throughout my life, attended music school and was a pastry chef for about 15 years, even worked in Japan for a little while, but I always found myself coming back to carpentry and doing projects around the house.

I spent some years working for other contractors and building home renovations, bathrooms, kitchens, and tile work. Eventually, I decided to work for myself and have my own business and be the company I would want to hire for my own home.

My wife and I love all types of music and are Beatles fans, and in 2014, we took a dream vacation to England and visited Liverpool and the Abbey Road Studios in London. That's us crossing the famous street!

The Beatles have a song on Abbey Road called "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"... so... SILVER HAMMER HANDYMAN was born!

Derek and Wife The Beatles Drumset

I have a lot of pride in my work, and feel lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to have my own business. It’s so much fun! I really enjoy meeting new people, talking about their house, and helping them find ways to improve their home.

Moving to Mount Olive Township has changed my life. I have spent the last 2 years building my business in a new area where nobody knew me, and now have a long list of references and referrals. From the large remodels to the small fixes I am grateful for all my customers. I have done a lot of small jobs for Seniors, and helped widows maintain their home that their husband put so much hard work into. Helping a widow clean out her husband’s garage or shed is such a personal experience, and I am blessed to be part of that for them. Getting to know this area of NJ and the people in it has made my job so much sweeter.

Derek, The Silver Hammer Handyman

My wife and I really love this area of NJ and driving around the beautiful roads of Morris, Warren, and Sussex Counties, we even got our boating license last year! I am so grateful that my dad saw these last 2 years and shared in building my own company, Silver Hammer Handyman. I always told him about my customers and the jobs I was working on and the new tools that I bought. That’s what I’ll miss a lot. Because of him and what he taught me I get to help all of you.

Derek and His Father
3/27/1932 - 12/13/2017