About us

President Emma Kraft Saldivar and Founder Robert Kraft
President Emma Kraft Saldivar & Founder Robert Kraft
Young Emma Kraft Standing In Front of A Construction Site
Young Emma Visiting a Construction Site


Tackling a home renovation or design-build project is a big decision, and welcoming a contractor into your home requires a sense of comfort and deep trust. We understand the stress of this process, the disruption to your household, and the numerous moving parts. At Kraft, we strive to be a valued project partner, a reliable advocate, and a go-to resource for renovation and design-build services. We know details matter and provide the information you need to make informed decisions. Our expertise, craftsmanship, clear communication, and streamlined processes give clients confidence. The Kraft team is ready to listen to you, learn from you, and help advise and guide you—step by step. We respect your home and are committed to earning your trust every day.


A passion for quality craftsmanship and a commitment to dedicated service are at the heart of the Kraft Custom Construction story. Our company emerged in 1982 from Founder Robert Kraft’s love for historic homes, carpentry talents, and desire to provide the Salem and Portland markets with top notch renovation and design-build services.

Growing up in the business, Robert’s daughter and now President, Emma Kraft Saldivar, faithfully continues the family legacy, leading Kraft's long-standing team of experienced craftsmen and trade partners with an energized approach. Driven by her background in social work, she is client-focused and gives thoughtful attention to managing the ever-moving parts of the design-build process. Emma's commitment to elevating the customer experience will guide the company's success for years to come.


Year after year, Kraft Custom Construction evolves and grows to best serve its clients. At Kraft, growth doesn’t mean the bigger the better. Our dedicated team refines systems and processes to create a more personalized design-build services approach. As a service-oriented business, addressing clients’ needs and concerns is our top priority. Your satisfaction measures our success—happy clients who love their homes.

“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 is a recognized leader in raising industry standards. Our work and our contributions to the community are well known in Portland, Salem, and throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley.

We are Experts. Kraft has been in the business for more than 42 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 thoughtful planning, 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 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 Kraft Founder


Connecting with people is one of Robertʼs greatest joys. He is dedicated to responding to every phone call and email he receives. He values communication, friendliness and having a light-hearted attitude, always seeking to provide solutions to clients' concerns. He is a born educator, and loves teaching what he knows about the industry.

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.



Robert's daughter Emma grew up in a carpenter's home. She learned the business by watching him fix and build things, and eventually gained the skills needed to handle tools and help on smaller projects. She even participated in a major kitchen remodel in their family home—and Robert claims she was both the youngest and bossiest supervisor heʼd ever had! For a time, Emma explored a path that led her away from the world of carpentry — she graduated with bachelor's degrees in psychology and Spanish cultural studies, gained fluency in Spanish and initially worked in social services for a number of years. Yet her roots kept calling her back to the world she grew up in. Emma began working for Kraft in 2018, and currently manages office operations, marketing, sales, and development.

ROGER STUCKART Project Coordinator


Production Manager
Roger has been working in the industry for over 35 years. An Oregon native, he started working in agriculture at a young age, both in the field and in the shop. Combining this experience with learned knowledge, Roger obtained a degree in Construction Technology and began working with a contractor in Silverton, Oregon in 1983. Over the course of 15 years, Roger worked and gained knowledge in project estimating and coordination for commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial projects.

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.

TED WILEMAN Field Superintendent


Project Manager
Ted has been in the industry since 1982. His experience ranges from residential to commercial construction, including custom home builds, spec homes and tenant improvements. In 2006, Ted moved from the Seattle area to Oregon, and in 2014, joined the Kraft team as a Field Superintendent. In addition to his remarkable skill, Ted enjoys getting to know clients and provides exceptional customer service. He mostly focuses on rough and finish carpentry, and enjoys finding solutions to obscure or custom requests—a process he calls "creative problem solving." Ted is the brains behind the "wave" ceiling in the basement remodel that won Kraft the 2016 National Contractor of the Year Award.



Office Manager
Katrina has been the perfect addition to the Kraft team since she joined the company in 2021. At an early age, her love for art and architecture led her into the construction industry as an architectural drafter. She was particularly interested in historic preservation and adaptive re-use. Working as a drafter, she contributed to a large range of construction projects including residential homes, historic restorations, large commercial properties, and educational buildings. Since moving to Oregon in 2009, she has continued her career in the construction industry, working in the office to support all aspects of a project team. Katrina is always eager to assist with any admin or production needs, and is passionate about turning people's dreams for their home into reality.



Jordan started working with the Kraft team in 2018. A Salem native, Jordan enjoys camping and playing music with friends. Jordan approaches each project with an open attitude, an eagerness to learn new skills, and optimism to see where his learning will take him. He believes working for Kraft is a great opportunity to build a strong career in the industry.



Lead Carpenter
Edgar joined the Kraft team in early 2023, bringing over 9 years of construction experience in residential, commercial, and historic restoration work. Along with his skill, Edgar has a passion for learning and positive attitude, making him an excellent team player. He approaches every project with the client in mind, and goes above and beyond to make sure their expectations are met (and usually surpassed!). His “measure twice, cut once” methodology is proof of his commitment to quality craftsmanship. Edgar believes that Kraft is a place with many opportunities for growth that will help further hone his skills.



Marketing Coordinator
Joining the company in 2023, Avari adds a vibrant and dynamic energy to our team at Kraft. She is a proud alumna of Corban University, where she majored in marketing and excelled both academically and athletically as a skilled indoor and beach volleyball player. Recently graduating with her MBA, Avari's educational journey equipped her with a strong foundation in business and marketing strategies.

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.




  • Salem
  • Keizer
  • Portland Metro
  • West Linn
  • Lake Oswego
  • Tualatin
  • Wilsonville
  • Albany 

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