We know there needs to be a seamless relationship between cabinetry, furniture, and millwork. The skillful blending of design, functionality, and beauty to create something with great meaning. Within this, life shaping truths formed that guide our work.
There is no work that needs to be done that is unimportant. We ensure the highest level of quality in every custom build. Each piece hand-crafted with care and attention to the smallest of details.
Located in Nevada County, California we have settled into a 6000 sq ft location allowing us the ability to keep up with the current and forecasted demand.
As we continue to expand, we have been able to care for the needs of other local contractors, providing a quality product fitting “their” client’s needs. The ability to offer in-house product finishing has allowed the opportunity to service the home remodeling market of kitchen and baths. Being able to install a finished product without major impact to the clients occupation of residence during construction has been invaluable.
Development / Operations Manager – Owner
Early in my life it became evident that I enjoyed working with my hands while working with my dad around the house. One of my most significant accomplishments was constructing a 5 ½ foot tall sawhorse before the age of 10. The height of the sawhorse was impractical but well built.
Following my pursuit of a baseball career after graduating high school, I attended Chico State. Coming to the understanding that life is bigger than sports, I looked for employment that would include working with my hands. After finding a construction company that modeled high standards in all areas, I began working as a laborer. This company was Van Son Construction. Quickly I was recognized for being highly detail-oriented, focused towards the finer and finishing elements of a custom home project.
In addition to filling a variety of roles for Van Son Construction from 2003-2014, I also acquired a General Contractor license in 2010.
After receiving significant training as a cabinet maker, there was an opportunity in 2013 to oversee all day-to-day operations for The Last Nail.
I enjoy the partnership with clients to see their desires achieved, and bring order and clarity to the client and team members for the execution of the project. The Last Nail has grown significantly under my guidance.
I have been married to my wife Michelle since 2004, and have three children.
Whether I'm creating a beautiful personalized piece for someone’s home or cheering on my kids at their activities, I do everything with great purpose and intentionality, knowing that it all has meaning.
Carl Van Son
Born the oldest of four boys, I often led my brothers in new business endeavors. As my creativity expanded, so did my passion to step into carpentry.
With woodworking inspiration from my father, who was a cabinetmaker from The Netherlands, I have spent the last 41 years focusing on the finer aspects of custom home building.
In 1981 my wife and I moved from Santa Barbara to Chicago Park where I continued my desires in woodworking and became part of a small community. Together we raised 3 daughters involving ourselves in many community projects, our local church, school functions and personally for myself 14 years with the Chicago Park Fire Dept.
Working 8 years for two of Nevada County’s premium builders, I put a plan together to launch Van Son Construction Inc. in 1989 using many qualities learned from these builders. Our company has grown exponentially over the years as we provide a personalized service directly to our customers, many of whom have become friends.
I have been a member of Nevada County Contractors Association since 1989 and in 1995, I became an active board member and then went on to serve as the NCCA President from 2008-2011. Being involved in this organization has expanded my understanding of the community in which I live and has afforded me many opportunities to give back.
In 2012, I launched The Last Nail, specializing in custom woodworking. After building custom homes for three decades, I saw a need for the "in-house" partnership between cabinetry, furniture, millwork and the custom homebuilder.
Besides building custom homes I enjoy many outdoor activities, traveling with my wife, spending time with my 3 daughters, their spouses and my 6 grandchildren.
As I continue on this journey of life I have learned so much from the people around me…my friends, my family and my community. I know I will continue to personally grow and look forward to what the future holds.