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Home Improvement Experts

40 years of experience | 1,000 completed projects

Your home is important to you and investing in your home deserves the sound wisdom, knowledge, and expertise of an experienced team that can provide you with the confidence you need to bring your project to life.

The Hammerheads

Hammerhead Construction was co-founded in 2020 by Dave and Dusty Nickel, a father-son duo who wanted to provide high-quality, fairly priced and professional construction services.


Our roots run deep in residential construction and development with more than 40 years of building experience and over 1,000 completed projects of all sizes and types.




BBB Accredited Business

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a non-government organization established to enhance marketplace trust and credibility. For over 100 years, BBB has been helping consumers find business's they can trust with confidence. Hammerhead construction is proud to be a BBB Accredited Business, meaning we adhere to the strong business standards and practices set by the organization.

Our Story


A carpenter by trade, Dave started his career in home construction in the 1960s. Since that time, he has worked with some of Western Canada's most prominent home builders as a builder and supervisor of major projects and developments. His experience and expertise span both residential and commercial construction, and has been involved in the construction more than 500 homes.

Dave serves as a Site Supervisor on all of Hammerhead projects, ensuring each project stage is completed to our highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.


Growing up, Dusty was essentially spoon-fed with a hammer (aka, a Hammerhead). At a young age, Dusty started working with Dave and his crews around the job site being tasked with odd jobs such as keeping the job site clean and hauling lumber.


Dusty attended Mount Royal University on a scholarship starting in 2012 and was a member of the MRU Cougars Men's Hockey Team. He graduated with a degree in General Management and Finance in 2016 with Honours and as a 4x CIS All-Canadian Academic-Athlete. He is currently continuing his education, pursuing his MBA in Real Estate at the University of Calgary's, Westman School of Real Estate Studies.


With Dave's vast industry experience, and Dusty's aptitude for business and management, the duo embarked on a journey to improve the industry for today's homeowners. In an industry that has left many homeowners stressed and wary of trusting contractors, the duo is on a mission to stand out, providing customers with a simplified and trustworthy solution.

Hammerhead was founded to provide homeowners with the comfort of working with a single trusted partner for all of their home projects. Someone with the sound wisdom and expertise to to guide and provide confidence that their project would be done right.

A long standing history

The business has run in the family for as many as three generations starting more than 60 years ago. A lot has changed since then in our communities and in building practices. But the fundamental principles still remain the same - provide professional service people can count on, provide high-quality service, plan diligently, and keep it simple.

What we do best

Our primary focus is in basement developments, drive-in-ready garages, and backyard projects including decks, fences and pergolas. Our core team has expertise in project management and framing. Where we do not have specific expertise, we have partnered with the best qualified local trades in order to provide you with the best complete team possible for your project.

Where we do it

We serve homeowners, homebuilders and real estate invstors in Calgary and surrounding areas such as Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere and the Rockyview County.


What We Do

Hammerhead Construction is a family-owned and operated home improvement contractor. We specialize in basement developments, garages, and outdoor living spaces, including decks and fences. We are a full-service one-stop shop for all your home construction needs. Our team has been serving Calgarian homeowners and builders for more than 40 years. Our focus remains on providing professional service and the highest quality craftsmanship.


What makes us different

We believe our years of experience has provided us with virtually unmatched industry knowledge and wisdom to provide you with the expertise you can trust to get your project done right.

Our Experience

Our team has over 40 years of building experience and has completed over 1,000 projects for both homeowners, homebuilders and developers. This level of experience is almost unheard of and we are very proud of that. Not all projects are as simple as they may seem and it takes sound wisdom and experience to foresee any complications that may surface in your project and plan the best way to mitigate potential obstacles before they are encountered.

Our Passion

We are passionate about what we do. We believe in it and we take pride in ensuring you are fully satisfied with the process as much as you are the final product. We take pride in attention to detail and providing the highest-quality of work in the business.

Our Network

Our years of experience in the business have provided us with the ability to work with the best local trade partners and suppliers in the industry. Where required, we team up with specialized trades to ensure your project gets the highest quality attention to detail that it deserves. We are also partnered with a list of well-recognized local suppliers to provide you with incredible selection and service.

Our Community

We want to continue to be involved in our communities. Wherever we can, we look to be involved with improving the communities we work and live  in.

Our Commitment

We are commited to ensuring your full satisfaction when your project is finished. We offer extensive industry leading warranties to provide your long-term comfort. If you have any issues where you believe our work is not up to your standards, we will make it right.

Our Focus

Our goal is not to take on as much work as possible. Instead, our team remains focused on providing the best attention we can to only a few projects at a time.

Tell us about your project today.

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