Originally from Texas, Rick is a Marine whose role is job site supervisor for RPH. He has over twenty-five years of experience in construction and is a carpenter, mechanic, and general jack-of-all-trades. His wide range of skills helps us tackle the many diverse situations that are encountered on our job sites on a daily basis.
When he isn't working Rick and his son Aidan like playing football, going camping, and mountain biking.
Leonard began working with tools when his mother and father started renovating houses in their New Jersey hometown, and was exposed to a multitude of projects and skills. Years later relocation brought him to Louisville and he has been a member of the RPH team since 2013. Leonard's many roles, enthusiasm and strong work ethic keep the wheels of the RPH machine turning.
In his spare time, Leonard enjoys singing and playing guitar with his girlfriend and can sometimes be found on the local open mic circuit. He also enjoys deejaying underground electronic dance music and is part of a collective of artists and performers that produce monthly events.
Allen is the son of a Kentucky homebuilder and grew up learning construction from his father, and has continued honing his skills for nearly two decades since. He is a talented carpenter who excels at fine woodworking. Whether building custom furniture, installing trim, or framing, Allen's work is always done with great craft and care.
Allen lives in Southern Indiana with his wife Mollie and son Jack.
The team is lead by founders Derek Paprocki and Emily Fisher Paprocki.
Derek and Emily met in architecture school at Ball State University, and found that they shared similar interests in collaborative design/build projects and sustainable practices. This interest is what took them to San Francisco immediately after graduating where they stayed for more than a decade building their skills working with award winning firms.
In 2008, with two young children, they moved to Louisville to be closer to family-- not necessarily expecting a large market for what they loved doing. They bought a house in Crescent Hill and began a total renovation and addition to make it their own, and through this process began to build a network of like minded craftsmen, contractors, and suppliers in the Louisville area. What began as a personal project ended up connecting them to a network of colleagues and interested clients. Eventually this turned into the thriving Rock Paper Hammer.
Bigger is not always better. We find that effort is better spent on quality rather than quantity. On existing structures we encourage clients to work within the footprint of their home if possible, reworking existing spaces so that they function better in order to reduce the size of addition or possibly eliminate adding on.
Dismantle an old barn and bring the timbers back to life as structure in a new building. Incorporate a meaningful item from your past into a special place in your home. There are many opportunities to repurpose building materials in unique and creative ways. Any way you cut it, we love salvage.
Construction sites are inherently wasteful and we go to great lengths to recycle. From donating usable materials to Habitat for Humanity, to recycling cardboard packaging and scrap metal, we do all we can to minimize what goes into the landfill.
The particular needs of every project deserve a unique solution. We do not adhere to any specific architectural style, but pull from context and other influencing factors. The result is an inspired, timeless design that fits your vision.
We embrace new products and technologies and advise clients on the best ways to make their home more efficient, from adding insulation to investigating alternative or passive heating and cooling systems.
We use a common sense approach to ecologically responsible design to create spaces that are beautiful, functional, and efficient. We support local businesses and craftspeople and buy American made products whenever possible.