Our story began when owner Robert Kraft developed a love for historic homes at an early age. He became enthralled with a 1767 house near his hometown in Massachusetts, and this sparked his lifelong passion for carpentry. Robert graduated from college with a degree in economics, and after a cross-country road trip to the West Coast, began working as a carpenter in Eugene, Oregon.
This Old House
In 1979, Robert was serendipitously introduced to the producers of Boston’s PBS station. They were about to air a new show and needed a carpenter/caretaker for the home they were renovating. Robert lived in the house and put his carpentry skills to work during the first season of “This Old House,” then returned to Oregon to settle down and build a life. It became one of the more popular TV series on PBS, resulting in a number of spin-offs, as well as a magazine.
Robert Kraft Carpentry
In 1982, Robert obtained his Oregon General Contractor’s License and started running Robert Kraft Carpentry from the back of his truck. As business grew, he began working from his homeʼs basement, and by 1988, Kraft Carpentry, Inc. was born.
Kraft Carpentry continued to grow throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, reaching over 15 employees. To meet his business’ growing needs, Robert bought the old West Salem Post Office building in 1997 and completely renovated the space into what is now Kraft’s main office. It was around this time that Roger Stuckart joined Kraft as a Project Coordinator.
Quality Over Quantity
After years of expansion, Robert realized that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to a service-oriented business. He saw the value in taking a more personalized approach to each project. He did this by refining Kraftʼs systems and processes to ensure his clientsʼ needs and concerns were taken care of from start to finish. Most of all, he wanted his clients to be happy and love their home.
With this in mind, Robert made a conscious decision to downsize, and renamed the company in 2001 to Kraft Custom Construction, Inc. to better reflect his desire to provide a more sophisticated, personalized home remodeling experience.
A Boutique Company Offering High-End Custom Work
Kraft now has a handful of dedicated employees who share his vision for providing the highest quality work, craftsmanship and service to a select number of clients in the Portland, Salem, and Eugene metropolitan areas.
“I hired good people to do their thing, and I got out of the way. They were smart in figuring out what I needed. The original scope of my imagination was very limited compared to what I ended up getting.” – Angus V. (client)
Who We Are
We are Leaders. Kraft Custom Construction, Inc. is a recognized leader in raising industry standards. Our work and our contributions to the community are well known in Portland, Salem, and Eugene.
We are Experts. Kraft has been in the business for more than 40 years. We have perfected our processes and procedures to minimize surprises and ensure the entire project is taken care of. When you work with us, you have a skilled contractor in your corner who values solid procedures and has the ability to exceptionally manage all the moving pieces of your job.
We Build Trust. Trust is everything. We help you create a home you love living in, that flows with ease—and lasts a lifetime. To that end, we use the highest quality materials, and only work with tradesmen we trust. We also work with clients who trust us to exceed their expectations.
You are Our Priority. We make sure designing and creating the home of your dreams is fun and stress-free. Through daily communication and mindful awareness, we aim to anticipate your needs and minimize disruptions to your daily routine. From the moment we meet you to the final walk-through, we are with you every step of the way.
Over 140 Years of Combined Experience
Behind every successful company is a dedicated and hardworking team. Kraft Custom Construction, Inc. wouldn’t be an industry leader without its talented employees. They are the bread to our butter and the foundation of everything we do.
Meet Our Team
Robert believes in the power of being involved in the community and exerts every effort to do so. He currently serves as the secretary of the Architectural Heritage Center Board of Directors, is a member the Portland Rotary Club Preserve Planet Earth Committee and the Oregon Ethics in Business Steering Committee, and has been the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Salem Art Fair and Festival for more than 25 years.
As a Certified Master Builder, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, and a Master Certified Remodeler, Robert is the only licensed general contractor in Oregon to hold all three of these credentials. His zeal has also earned Robert numerous industry awards.
In 1999, Roger decided to switch gears to work for a smaller company on more specialized projects. Almost twenty-five years down the line, Roger remains with Kraft as our esteemed Project Coordinator. He is the main communication hub between clients, architects/designers, trade contractors, material suppliers, building departments, field superintendents and the rest of the office team. Roger manages project estimating and scheduling, and ensures each project runs smoothly from start to finish.
Avari's enthusiasm for building relationships and fostering connections shines through in her interactions with clients and colleagues. Avari's innovative thinking and perspective ensures that our marketing strategies remain cutting-edge and impactful.
WHERE WE SERVICE
WE PROUDLY OFFER REMODELING SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Portland Metro
- West Linn
- Lake Oswego
Not on the list? Reach out to see if we can remodel in your area.