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Stan Acton, Founder & CEO

Stan Acton is the Founder of Acton ADU and a passionate advocate for housing and long term family planning in California.

Stan has been a builder since he was 10 years old. It began the day he broke his father’s wooden mallet. The mallet was a family heirloom that Stan’s father had crafted himself on his own father’s antique Shopsmith lathe. Stan was devastated and rushed to grab a hunk of old firewood. He carefully took the wood, placed it on the antique Shopsmith--and in that moment, his passion for carpentry was born.

While studying computer science, Stan worked his way through college as an apprentice to John Warren, a local remodeling contractor. Upon graduating, Stan was well on his way to working in SIlicon Valley tech, but he always found himself drawn to his roots as a craftsman. So he made a decision. He would be a builder. A builder who learned from John Warren the satisfaction and pride of quality craftsmanship, and the profound importance of integrity. Values that helped shape the foundation of Acton Construction in 1990 and propel the vision of Acton ADU.

Little known facts:

Stan is a certified Redwood climber, an avid student of neuroscience,learned to speak German living in Freiburg, Germany in the 5th grade, kept bees in his backyard but never made honey, and Stan's dad is a Solar Physicist who flew with the crew of the space shuttle Challenger for 8 days in 1985 (Stan couldn’t make it, but he did get a t-shirt).