WATERFORD — Mike Kopach has been Mr. Painting and Decorating for 33 years.
Born and raised in Brantford, at age 14 he starting helping his dad, who had a painting business. That continued through his high school years at Pauline Johnson Collegiate. Eventually, he put the skills he had learned over the years into his own business.
He specializes in old homes and buildings. He does wallpapering, plastering and resurfacing, in addition to painting. He said he enjoys the problem-solving required to do resurfacing or retrofitting and has worked in many century homes in Norfolk and Brant counties.
His previous home in Scotland was known at Pilkey’s House. It was built in the 1800s and took 10 years to restore, only to be destroyed in a fire.
He and his wife, Debby, have lived in Waterford for over 20 years. They both feel residents here are very community-minded.
Kopach said he sees a growing interest in restoring old homes that are part of the area’s heritage.
“The work may be the same but the houses are all different so I love the environment where I work,” he said.
Kopach has completed medallion ceilings in two large Waterford homes, known at one time as the Hare and McMichael houses.
People used to put dates and sign plaster before wallpapering. In Scotland, he found the date of 1896 under four layers of wallpaper.
Kopach said that he has noticed that large homes and public buildings in the Waterford area are built with beams and cross-members as used in ship building. He suspects that some settlers may have had ship-building backgrounds and used the same methods in building homes and even the Old Town Hall in Waterford.
He likes to volunteer for the community and helps with painting and other work at the Old Town Hall. He also volunteered to stain the large deck on the former train station, which is now Waterford Quilts.
Kopach can be reached by telephone at 519-755-4937 or by email to email@example.com .
Carol Steedman is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. Readers can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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