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The Founder, Charles French, who started French Builders in 1960, was a General Contractor and Architect, designing and building homes in Nebraska for over 20 years. In 1984, French Builders became Level 4 and has developed a reputation for excellence and high quality work. In 2012, Charles retired and turned the company over to his sons, Troy and Lane.

Level 4 specializes in remodels and new builds for residential and commercial applications along with finish carpentry. Whatever your need; whether a newly built home or office, remodel or addition, basic trim out or custom, intricate trim work; full stair cases or built-ins, tile or wood flooring, decks, doors, windows, cabinet installation, we are the solution.

The management of Level 4 has over 40 years of combined experience in the carpentry field. We are a company with the drive, vision, and the ability to handle your needs; from design and permitting to final inspection. Our mission and standard, to "deliver the next level of excellence” is the same whether the job is large or small. We look forward to working with you!

Meet The Owner

  • Carpenter Troy French
    Troy French
    Owner / Master Carpenter
    Born: Lincoln Nebraska,1968
    Graduated: University of Central Florida, 1992
    Studies: B.S., Business Administration
    Skills: Accounting, Sales, HR, Coordination and Scheduling, Design, Estimating, Installation.
    Experience: 30+ years

    Troy is married to his beautiful bride, Ellen, and has 3 children: Victoria, Mackenzie, and Garrett. He is a graduate from UCF with a BS degree in Business Administration and Management. In 1985, he began working full time as a Frame Carpenter for several years with a local company. After college, he gained experience in a wide scope of trades and skills needed to accomplish remodel projects. Since that time, Troy expanded his business to include start to finish new construction, remodels and additions for both residential homes and commercial applications.

Meet the Team

  • Lane French
    Field Manager / Master Carpenter
    Born: Lincoln, Nebraska 1972
    Graduated: Manatee High School
    Skills: Estimating, Design, Installation
    Experience: 30+ years

    Lane is married to his beautiful bride, Laura, and has 3 children; Keith, Evan and Reece. He has been in the construction industry since the mid 80’s and has learned several different scopes of work through the years ranging from framing to finish carpentry. He has experience in wood and tile flooring, but specializes in woodworking; taking pride in the workmanship delivered on every job.

  • Tim Walsh
    Tim Walsh
    Tradesmen Carpenter
    Born: January 17, 1985
    Graduated: Manatee Community College
    Studied: Psychology
    Experience: 10+ years
    Tim comes to us with several years of experience in the construction field. He is most experienced in drywall hanging and finishing, wood and tile flooring, framing, and trim carpentry. Other skills include: garage door installation, cabinetry installation, painting, and landscaping. Tim came recommended to us through a mutual friend, and we are very glad to have him on board with us. He is personable, a hard worker, and takes pride in a job well done. We very much realize that those qualities are hard to find any more, and because of that we are very glad he works with us.


  • Lauren Brooks
    Lauren Brooks
    Office Manager
    Born: Chillicothe, OH
    Graduated: Marshall University, 1998
    Studies: Regents B.A.
    Skills: office administration, HR, scheduling, payroll

    Lauren has been married to her husband Josh since 2001, and has 2 boys, Max and Jackson. She is originally from the great state of West Virginia and has lived here in Venice, FL since 2011. She is a graduate of Marshall University, obtaining a Regents B.A. with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness. She has over 15 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant in areas including HR as well as the medical field.

    Lauren is typically your first point of contact here at Level 4, and will work hard to ensure that your home building and remodeling experience goes as efficiently as possible from the first phone call to final inspection!

Service Area

Counties We Service:

Level 4 proudly serves the following counties:

Sarasota County
Manatee County



  • We were in need of an additional bathroom. We hired Level 4 to do the work. They took an unused closet and a portion of the laundry room and made the area into a beautiful bathroom. Their workmanship in framing, tiling, installing fixtures, cabinets and hardware was the best, as well as the choice of sub-contractors who assisted. Level 4 completed the project as promised and Level 4 would be the first to contact if I needed further work done. I would highly recommend them for their knowledge of what needs to be done and the manner they complete the job, as well as their honesty and work ethic.

    Pat ThoenEnglewood, FL.
  • My experience with Level 4 LLC construction was absolutely amazing. I knew that when I asked Troy and Level 4 to give me an estimate to convert my lanai into a family room, I would be able to trust Troy.  Not only did he do the job he was hired for, but exceeded my expectations. Troy and his brother completed the job in the time they said it would take within a day or two. The quality of workmanship was superb. I highly recommend them for their creative ideas and vast knowledge in home improvement. I would hire Level 4 for another job in the future. Thank You

    Peter J. SiracuseVenice, FL.
  • Troy gave us a free estimate.  He reviewed with us all the options and never tried to ups sale the product. he was timely, efficient, reasonable and professional.  We are glad we found such a great handyman!

    Kathryn MaggioEnglewood, FL
  • Troy visited and provided an estimate for the work to be done, which was used as the final cost when the job was completed.  He also provided a materials estimate, and suggested stores with competitive prices for the materials.  Troy and his partner Lane are very professional and provide high quality work; they are also very pleasant to deal with and personable. Troy kindly explained problems or other issues when encountered and generally offered solutions to resolve them.  He is also very connected with people of other trades and various stores; he knows where to find the proper materials, supplies, or other contractors such as the painter to complete the work.  Overall he and his partner did an excellent job;  I would use their services again when needed and would recommend them to my friends.

    Tony NaamanSarasota, FL
  • I am very happy with their work and professionalism.  I will be using them in the future.  I am an interior designer.

    Ron WheelerPinecraft, FL
  • We had the work done on our vacation home in Florida. Not being present during the work made us apprehensive. This contractor was understanding and very easy to work with.

    Richard BobbyChesterton, IN


  • Finish Carpentry

    “Finish” or “Trim” Carpentry is the application of Millwork products to create a finished look in a variety of Style ranging from simple/ Modern to detailed/ Traditional. Because of the literally thousands of different combinations of Millwork profiles, you can put your Signature on the end look of your Home or Office. Whether it is a large custom home or smaller track homes, we are able to handle your needs.

  • Remodels and Additions

    We have many years of experience in remodeling. If you are looking to do a full remodel on a Kitchen of Bath, or just a fresh update, we can help. We work with qualified and experienced people. We have the resources to get the job done.

  • Design Consulting

    Turning Design and Vision into functioning reality can be tricky sometimes. Are you having difficulty designing your vision for maximum space and function? With our many years in the field, we can help give you some creative ideas and innovative options to solve your challenge.

  • More

    • Replace old Windows and Exterior Doors
    • Custom Outdoor Living
      • Decks
      • Pergolas
      • Gazebos
      • Lanai Remodels
    • Disappearing Attic Stairs


Level 4 LLC carries Two million dollars in  Liability Insurance through Cypress Property and Casualty. 

Contractors can request a copy of Declaration page with Contractors being named as “Additionally Insured”.


  • A material removal process that cuts raw stock materials, which can create a variety of features on the stock by cutting away the unwanted material. The milling process requires a milling machine, workpiece, fixture, and cutter.

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  • The raw materials used to produce finished “Mill work or “Trim”. Stock materials can come from a variety of different sources; Wood, Stone, manmade Composites, etc.

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  • The finished result of milling. Historically any woodmill-produced building construction interior-finish, exterior-finish, or decorative components. Mill work has become a general term used to refer to all types of milled materials regardless of source stock; i.e. – wood, stone, etc. Mill work from wood can still be called “Wood work” or “Trim”.

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  • The “mill” of something refers to the dimension of the milling, usually how thick a profile is. Because mill work is produced in Lot runs, each time a profile shaper is set up there can, and usually is, small differences in thickness or profile dimension. This is why it is important to make sure you have enough or even more of what you are using to make sure the finish is as exact as possible.

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  • The features that are cut or shaped into the stack materials through the process of milling.

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  • The last step in the carpentry process. It most commonly involves the installation of finish woods and trim made of plastic or molded polyurethane. Finish carpenters perform tasks such as installing crown molding, baseboards, windows, stairs and other features of a building that requires aesthetic appeal.

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