John D’Anna grew up working construction in the summers and once he graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in mechanical engineering, he bought an old home in New Hampshire. After working on his home in his free time and on weekends, slowly restoring it to its 19th century glory, he realized his true calling was carpentry.

John left his work as a mechanical engineer and completed the carpentry program at the world-renowned North Bennet St. School in Boston. After graduating from the program, he worked for two high-end residential building companies in the area: Bickford Homes and Cabinets and Liberty Hill Construction.


Vermont – a place he considers home – called to him in 2016. John re-located to Vermont and started Copper Dog Construction, a play off his redbone coonhound Penny.

What makes John different? His background and degree in mechanical engineering leads him to take a different look at jobs he works on and to focus on more efficient ways to build. He combines his experience in carpentry and engineering to deliver the best, most efficient build for clients. He is also interested and focused on energy efficiency and green building, which sets him apart from many contractors in the area.

John’s attention to detail, customer service and ability to offer in-house design services makes him the perfect choice for your kitchen re-model, home addition or even greenhouse!