About Norton West
I can fix almost any electro-mechanical device. It is part of finding alternative and inventive uses for old, out-of-fashion, "broken" objects. I cannot bear to throw anything out that can be reused, recycled or find a new use for. Now, we call it being "Green", "re-purposing" or “Sustainable.” For me, this process is an engineering challenge. I took mechanical and electrical engineering at Va. Tech for three years, and then completed my studies in Business Administration. Since then I have owned and restored eight old New England homes, plus done the same type of work for other home owners as my business since 1989.
I learned many of my skills by watching my father fix things at home and on our old wooden cabin cruiser. As a result, I learned to do home, auto and marine wiring, carpentry and plumbing.
When I moved to Maine in the 1970’s, I took a two months course for cabinetry at Maine School of Cabinetry put on by Thos. Moser.
I started Norton West and Co. in January 1989. My first job was a cedar shingling job on a three story cottage style house in Portland, ME. It was very cold that winter in February 1990! I specialize in kitchen and bath design-build projects. I studied engineering in college, including mechanical drafting, electrical and mechanical engineering.
In 1992, I worked at Home Quarters Warehouse in the millwork department and as a kitchen - bath designer using the CAD computer design program for design work and customer plans. After learning cabinetry and marine construction, painting and repairs, changed my perspective on home repairs. I tend to build home projects as if they are a boat that must float and standup to the rigors of ocean stresses and storms.