About Simons Custom Homes

Throughout high school and while attending college I worked construction during the summers. My final year in college I worked part time for a commercial construction company as a framer. Even after graduating with a degree in biology I continued to work construction. I enjoyed the challenges and rewards as well as the ability to take time off to pursue my passion at the time—climbing.

Matt and Kara in the North Cascades

Matt and his wife Kara – North Cascades

For the next couple years I worked for a high end contractor as a lead carpenter and project manager. Finally, in 1997 at what I call the end of my climbing career, I stepped out on my own and began what is now Apex Construction Management. I lived in the Seattle area, building homes on Lake Washington for the next three years.

In 2000 I had the opportunity to move to Guemes Island for work. Having enjoyed Guemes ever since I was a child, I jumped at the opportunity. Thirteen years later I am still in disbelief that I am lucky enough to live and work here on the island. When not working, my wife and I are usually enjoying the outdoors, whether in our yard, riding dirt bikes, skiing, diving, fishing, backpacking, or simply relaxing on the beach.

—Matt Simons