In a small town like Sunny Tsawwassen you'll find many good neighbours who smile as you walk by and offer a courteous greeting. People are just friendlier in smaller communities because they tend to know and care about one another. Which is why it's appropriate that Kemp Construction has a "Good Neighbour Program" to help out people who need small jobs done by a reputable contractor.
The Tsawwassen-based business, founded right here in November 2006, will do small projects for a reasonable "fee simple" price. According to president and founder Steve Kemp, the program is about helping out those who find it difficult to land a trustworthy contractor for small projects without the risk of being cajoled into spending more money.
Although Kemp Construction is a small company willing to take on small projects, it has a big reputation in homebuilding and renovation circles. The company has been working with Sarah Gallop Design in recent years—coincidentally, the two are located in the same rental space in Century Square at the entrance to Tsawwassen—to build some truly impressive projects.
"Lately we've been building a lot of traditional homes that have a lot of style and character but we're building them to a very high performance standard," says Steve, whose company is proudly certified as a BuiltGreen contractor.
BuiltGreen certified homes are specially designed and recognized as being envioronmentally responsible and resource-efficient.
The company has been a finalist or winner of a multitude of business awards, including a finalist in the 2016 Georgie Awards and winner of the "Green Business of the Year" in the 2015 Delta Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Steve says the awards are nice but the driving factor is to always improve the quality of their work for their clients.
"It's just like being an athlete. You're trying to be the winning team and we just keep pushing ourselves to keep working at a higher standard."
Part of that team includes construction manager Michael Chase, who brings 30 years of construction experience to the table. And while Michael and Steve are out of the office, Debbie Kemp acts as "Chief Everything Officer" to keep things organized.
If you're curious about renovating your home or starting a new build, Steve says you can simply call them with no obligations.
"We'll sort out exactly what they're looking for, assess the property or the house in terms of what they want to do relative to their budget. We also work in the same fashion with interior designers. So they might send us to a house to see whether the scope of work is going to fit the budget that the customer has proposed."
You can also meet the members of Kemp Construction at the Vancouver Fall Home Show from Oct. 26-29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.