ABOUT US

Integrity. Honesty. Fairness. Trust.

"Knowing that we've built something to last a lifetime is amazing. Realizing that our work makes an impact on someone's life is even better."

Brandon Marcey, Master Carpenter and Owner of Top Margin LLC

Brandon Marcey

Owner, Master Carpenter

I have been in construction all my life. The Shenandoah Valley is my home and there I learned many different trade skills from my father and other skilled craftsmen.

Continuing my education and following my love of music brought me to Richmond, VA where my focus became finish carpentry. Here I led teams for a large local contractor, River City Carpentry, where I worked for five years before starting Top Margin LLC with Claire in January of 2019.

The business keeps me busy but when I'm not working with wood, I'm playing guitar with my bands, recording, and (in normal years) touring somewhere around the world sharing my music.


Claire Zitzow

Owner, Manager

Claire studied sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to earn her masters from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches in the art departments of both the University of Richmond and VCU when she is not building and designing custom pieces for Top Margin clients, or working in her gardens and tending to their chickens, cats, and beagle named Townes.

Claire also maintains her art studio and Top Margin's shop at their proeprty in eastern Henrico County. You might she her on the job with Brandon occasionally, and if not you can contact her via email for any design or scheduling needs.

What our clients say:

The Top Margin team is THE carpentry team to call. Brandon's master carpentry skills are incredible - but his character as a person will impress you even more. Along with Claire and Matt, the Top Margin team remodeled our home, creating a space for our famil that is a showpiece of craftsmanship.


Paul - Chesterfield


Brandon and his team did such an amazing job with my cedar closet. What I'm so impressed with is that I could not describe what I wanted but they were able to take my limited description and desgin something beyond my expectations with being limited in space and budget. The whole team was courteous, hard-working and respectful of my home. The team was able to take care of some smaller project while there. I highly recommend and will use them again for my future needs.


Brian - Henrico

From start to finish the experience blew away our expectations. They were professional, collaborative, timely and the outcome we desired! I cannot provide a higher recommendation.


Brittony - Hallsely


Ph. (540) 975-2057