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 [David] made my start as a drafter under local homebuilding legend Bob Eibensteiner. During that time, I devoted myself to learning all I could from Bob and in doing so my love of the industry grew. In those years I discovered how thoughtful design has a profound influence on how we live our lives. In 1996, I took over the ownership of Kootenia Homes and in 2013, my son Steven joined me as project manager. Coming from a home where a drafting board always stood in the basement, Steven shares the same spark which began my journey, an excitement which influences each part of our business.
What inspires and influences your work?
I love working with clients, great design and furniture.
How would you describe your build style?
Our style reflects the vision and needs of our clients. From traditional homesteads to modern living spaces, we make each of our projects as unique as those who call it home.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
Each client comes wanting the same two things: a brand they can trust and a role in the process. The success of Kootenia Homes comes from giving our clients the tools to build their dream home, a commitment which has made us a trusted brand for 48 years.
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?
We make our mark by empowering our clients to influence every aspect of the process.
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?
Success comes from teamwork. 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?
Watching our clients transform a house into a home. We are given a rare opportunity to play a role in how people live their lives, for that we are grateful and proud.
Photography by Erica Loeks