Ladd Suydam Contracting, LLC

(314) 324-1537

Services Provided
We provide a large array of services ranging from general contracting to small home and property maintenance. The areas of work we focus on are kitchens and bathrooms, decks, historic rehabs, finished basements and finished carpentry.

Areas Served
We serve the St. Louis metro area and surrounding Illinois cities and towns.

Business Description
I've been married to my wife, Jen, for 12 years. We have two beautiful children, and my family is the love of my life. I was born and raised on the east coast but moved to the St. Louis area 22 years ago. I attended college at Southwestern Illinois College, Fort Lewis College and SIU-Cabondale. Though going for my Bachelors in Biology, I couldn't get my love for building off my mind, and I've always had a passion for building and creating. Over the years, I have honed my skills building houses, working on general construction crews, building high end custom cabinetry. I've also worked at an upscale furniture retailer, where I was designing custom built furniture to suit customers' needs. I even built my first piece of furniture in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia while working there for a year. In 2009, I decided to take all of my experience and start up my own company and Ladd Suydam Contracting, LLC was born.

Early on, we decided that the customer experience was as important as the quality of our product. We work hard to keep communication open and clear and to keep our client in the loop and part of the team. From clearly laying out the scope of work to be done in the beginning proposal, to respecting your home and property while on the job site, to providing friendly and approachable staff, our aim is to build relationships while building our projects.

We believe in quality craftsmanship, superior customer service and strong communication. Our goal is to create this foundation for every project we do in order to create a solid working relationship between our crew and our customer. We believe in working together as a team to turn your vision into reality.

Call us at 314-324-1537 to get started!

Certification and Awards
EPA Lead Certified Contractor, Gold Brick Award for historic rehab given by DeSales Community Housing Corporation in Fox Park, St. Louis Missouri
St. Louis General Contractor & Carpenter
Historic Remodel Specialist
Ladd Suydam 
2621 Ann Ave ,
St. Louis, Missouri,
United States, 63104 
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   Comment   June 30, 2014
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You are right that we cut down an old header for these shelves. We found the headers at an architectural salvage shop in our local area. The headers were lightly sanded with 100 grit sandpaper to remove any rough wood or areas that would give splinters or catch on fabric.
To attached the shelves to the wall we used: ½” diameter galvanized piping, floor flange, 3” screws and a spade bit. We started with locating the studs in the wall to set the spacing for the anchors. With the studs located we could then set the location of the floor flanges. These were installed on the wall directly over the stud. (Make sure you get good secure purchase here because this will be holding up the shelf and everything on it.) Use the threaded hole in the floor flange to located where a 5/8” hole will be drilled. This 5/8” hole for is to receive the ½” galvanized piping. A hole was drilled (very carefully) straight into the center of the header on the side of the board at the floor flange location. This hole will need to be around ½ the depth of the shelf so it will be easy to get off course and drill through the flat portion of the shelf so be careful, go slow and try a test on a scrap piece of board first.
With that you will need to screw the ½” piping in the floor flange and slide the shelf on the, now installed, piping. (When picking up the piping from the store you can have them cut it there. You will need to plan to have one threaded end on each of the pipes you plan to use as a support.)
Using this method of installation these shelves should not be loaded with much stuff. My guess is that you shouldn’t put any more than about 10 lbs. on the shelf. This will be best used as a decorative shelf and not a storage shelf.
Hope this helps!
June 30, 2014 at 6:55am   
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I forgot to mention that the finish on the shelves is a lightly tinted beeswax.
June 30, 2014 at 6:56am   
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   Comment   June 19, 2014
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Love the trim throughout. The door is beautiful and really stands out.
June 19, 2014 at 9:17am   
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Geez Louise
Very nice! Great work..
June 28, 2014 at 10:16pm   
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In 2009, Ladd Suydam Contracting, LLC built a beautiful, free-standing, 12’x 12’ cedar pergola over the back patio of our residence. At our request, Ladd adde...
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I have worked with Ladd Suydam Contracting for a couple of years now on various jobs and have found it to be a very good company. Ladd Suydam is very experienc...
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I can't say enough good about Ladd and how he operates his company. He is extremely professional and respectful at all times. He is the most honest and trustwor...
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Built in 1885, my home had suffered several years of neglect and deferred maintainance before I took possession. I am a busy, single, professional parent who t...
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I've retained Ladd Suydam Contracting for several projects, including the rebuild of a second-floor deck, and I could not have been more pleased with their work...
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