Do you find yourself looking around your home at those projects – both small and large – that need to be done, but you just don’t have the time or skills to tackle them yourself? Luckily we have Shaw Remodeling right here on Main Street.

Shaw Remodeling owner Colin Shaw (middle).

Owner Colin Shaw began the business as Handyman Services of CT back in June of 2006. Over the years, they added larger projects like kitchen and large bathroom remodels along with home additions, and Handyman Services became a division of Shaw Remodeling. In more recent years, their focus has returned to smaller scale projects. These include decks and smaller bathroom remodels.

It’s often a challenge to find someone with experience and the right skills to come out and take care of the small things for you. With a dedicated staff of ten full-time employees and two part-time employees, Shaw Remodeling more than fills that need. Their lead carpenter, Lloyd, has been with the company for over five years. In fact, most of Colin’s team has been with him for multiple years. Retention is something they value in order to deliver the best quality in workmanship, design and customer service. Colin says, “We owe our web presence and social media success to Marissa Avila, who joined our company about 12 years ago. She has been an integral part of the company’s success.”

If you’re wondering what makes their approach different, one meeting with Colin will answer your question. He personally manages each project, so you’ll have one contractor from the beginning to end of your project. They work hard to earn your trust through communication and attention to detail. They strive to adhere to project deadlines and client budgets. Everything will be in writing, and your quote will be detailed. And communication is frequent.

They offer a full spectrum of design and remodeling services, including carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Just ask and they’ll work to accommodate your project needs. They offer quality carpenters for smaller projects both inside and outside your home. The company is committed to providing quality craftsmanship at competitive rates with exceptional customer service. They provide expert advice and outstanding design services. Colin says, “Our pricing is competitive for the quality you’ll receive. We’re confident that you will not find the same quality craftmanship for less anywhere else.”

Colin and his team are thrilled with their Main Street location where they’ve been for ten years. People stop in frequently to ask questions, make appointments and even pay their invoices. Megan Hessling is the heart and soul of the office. She’s there to keep the flow of communication going among all parties. It’s nice to know that someone will always answer the phone, return your calls and respond promptly to your emails.

Shaw Remodeling has supported Niantic Main Street most recently by sponsoring the Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5k event. Visit them on their website at as well as on Instagram and their Facebook page. Check out the gorgeous photos of their workmanship – projects both in process and completed. And while you’re there, read the many positive testimonials from customers who have worked with Shaw Remodeling. After their first completed project, many come back to work with Colin and the team again and again.

Also, look for Colin’s newest venture – along with partner Ben Rovero, he is gearing up to launch an additional company called Rustic Yankee. They plan to offer interior and exterior décor. Samples of the products include flags, birdhouses, signs, seasonal items, furniture and much more. If you visit their website – – you can click on stay connected to be notified of their official website launch. They plan to sell their products online initially, and eventually they hope to open a retail store.

Shaw Remodeling
361 Main Street, Niantic


About Our Main Street Blogger:
Joanne lives in, and loves, our community. She was looking for an opportunity to help share all that our local businesses do to make East Lyme such a special place to call home, and she is excited to contribute to our blog. Joanne brings to the role her experience from New London Main Street where she contributed content to their website, newsletters and email communications for man

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