Whether it’s your first home or your last, choosing the right builder makes a huge impact on the largest investment in your life. That’s why Kootenia Homes constructs more than just houses, they build homes. Over the past 45 years they’ve built over one thousand homes for clients across the east metro. Along the way they’ve been awarded many awards for construction excellence and earned a coveted honor for business ethics, trust and communications. Each Kootenia home combines quality materials and superior design, meticulously combined to truly create a home of your dreams. From great products to the best craftsmen, they are determined to bring you “Quality First” and deliver on time — that’s the promise they build into every Kootenia Home.
What got you started in custom homebuilding?
Back in 1983, I joined Kootenia Builders, working for local homebuilding legend Bob Eibensteiner as a drafter. I loved the industry and learned all I could from Bob. Soon I took on design responsibilities, and then became general manager of the company in 1991. Five years later I took over ownership of Kootenia Homes when Bob wanted to narrow his focus. In 2013, Steven Frosch joined me as project manager, so I make the promises and Steven has to deliver the project — a great split of duties! The following year Bob retired Kootenia Builders so only one Kootenia exists today.
What inspires and influences your work?
I love working with clients, great design and furniture.
How would you describe your build style?
The style that our clients like. I like so many styles when they’re executed correctly.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
Trust! Trust is always number one. A father and son homebuilding team, Kootenia Homes has been around 48 years. With our team of subcontractors and vendors it’s all about the relationship.
What are some of your projects or accomplishments you’re most proud of?
When I was able to take the entire company with spouses on a trip to Mexico.
What architectural styles do you like best and why?
All styles when done correctly
What are some of your favorite trends you’re seeing this year?
Departure from white and gray!
What do others view as your “signature” in your homes?
Our ability to work alongside our clients building their dream home
What figure in history or your past do you admire most and why?
JFK and the cover up – need I say more?
What do you think are some of the most important elements of a successful build team?
Together everyone accomplishes more!
What do you wish others knew about your company?
“Kootenia” a missed spelling of river in Montana where Eibensteiner was a lumber grader prior to starting the company.
What makes you most proud to be a builder?
We provide a place for people to live and love.
Photography by Meghan Doll