After 37 years in business, Robert Kraft and Kraft Custom Construction has become a recognizable leader in raising industry standards. We have perfected our procedures and processes to minimize surprises and ensure the entire project is taken care of in the best possible way. There will always be hiccups of one sort or another during the construction process. The goal isn’t to eliminate hiccups. That’s impossible. However, to have a skilled contractor in your corner who values solid procedures and an ability to exceptionally manage all the moving pieces of a job on any given day – controlling the uncontrollable – is worth their weight in gold. We know what we are about. We are about providing high quality construction services in a professional business atmosphere that exceeds our client’s desire for service, value, and craftsmanship. The only question remaining is whether homeowners are ready to be taken care of so effectually. Kraft shows up ready to listen, work, and communicate. Our clients need to be ready to do the same.
“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 Vail, Client, Whole House Remodel
Owner, Robert Kraft developed a love for historic buildings at an early age due to his obsession with a house down the street from his childhood home in Boston, Massachusetts, that was built in 1767. He graduated with a degree in economics from Hobart College and upon graduation became a carpenter, naturally setting himself up to become an entrepreneur in the construction industry. After years of expansion, Robert eventually downsized his company and decided to keep it simple. Kraft now has a handful of dedicated employees who share his vision for providing quality craftsmanship and a professional construction experience. Passion for carpentry, craftsmanship and professionalism has kept Robert Kraft in the business all these years.
“There’s a certain sense of accomplishment when you can see a physical result of your work. There’s a logical sequence between the work you put in and the results at the end of the day,” says Robert. “I don’t swing a hammer much these days, but I still get to do a lot of problem solving and learning the craft of business, which isn’t unlike remodeling, with all its moving parts and pieces. I love what I do.”
Kraft keeps business local, mostly working in Salem and Portland, Oregon. Robert was the first Master Certified Remodeler in the state of Oregon, is the past president of the Oregon Remodelers Association, and has been volunteering at the Salem Art Fair and Festival for over 21 years. Robert Kraft recently won the National Contractor of the Year Award for an innovative basement remodel where he, and his team, created a “ceiling to look like a wave.”
Roger Stuckart, Project Coordinator, has been working in the industry for over 30 years on commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial properties. The most interesting item he’s sourced in his career was keg taps to work with a certain type of beer a client wanted on tap.
“Every person and every project is different… we start with a client’s need, define it, plan it, work it, and finish it. I really enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when the project is done, and the joy it brings the client.”
Ted Wileman, Project Manager, has been working in the industry since 1982. He is experienced in residential, commercial, retail mall and office building construction. Bringing together green-building and modern architectural methods, as well as creating various finishes using wood, metal, granite, and glass, that work together and look great, is one of Ted’s favorite aspects to the ever-changing construction industry.
“I enjoy working with clients and helping their tastes come to life through their project. On-the-job management is also fulfilling — listening to clients, coordinating infinite details, and working with all the trade personalities.”
Charlene Ewing, Office Manager, has been keeping the offices in Salem and Portland running smoothly since 2000. She enjoys the unique custom projects Kraft creates, and especially likes seeing project transformations in the form of before and after pictures.
“I love hearing about the clients’ enjoyment of their finished remodels. I’m proud to work for Robert Kraft, a general contractor who provides such a great remodeling process to the client.”
Kraft Custom Construction is rated 5 stars out of 5 by Houzz.com (see our reviews in Salem and Portland). Robert Kraft is a Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen + Bath Remodeler, and Certified Master Builder with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry