Legacy Poised for Another Great Year
Craig Jansma invested in The Legacy Building Company in 2016 and it showed. Angie’s List just honored Legacy with its 2016 Super Service Award, which is reserved for the top 5 percent of area contractors based on their online reviews. In November, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Legacy its Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) for whole house remodeling under $250,000. Legacy also received the 2016 Best of Minnetonka Award for Design-Build Contractors.
Jansma says the record year for awards bling simply reflects “a unique company reaching its stride.” In other words, expect the acclaimed Minnetonka crew to cover even more Twin Cities remodeling ground in 2017.
Legacy carpenters are employees
Unlike many General Contractors, Legacy keeps its own carpenters on payroll. These are the guys who proved themselves over the years and helped to build Legacy’s culture of mutual respect, hard work and good fun.
“They know, at the end of the day, they can depend on me absolutely. That’s why they are here. They trust me and I have never compromised that ever, ever,” Jansma explained.
With carpenters on payroll, Jansma ensures Legacy will have the manpower, talent and seamless communication for big, complex projects and the flexibility to respond to smaller projects from repeat customers in 2017.
Meanwhile, Legacy Building Co. established preferred relationships with two respected Twin Cities design firms, Pappas Design and Che Bella Interiors, last year to assist with space planning and selections. They are likely to play an even bigger role in 2017.
Nimble team poised to take on bigger players
Jansma is a big proponent of “right sizing.” He operated a large specialty construction business in the past, pulled back during the recession and rebuilt as a general contractor doing both interior and exterior remodeling over the past several years. Today, he’s not interested in becoming one of the biggest contractors in the Twin Cities. But he is ready to take them on when homeowners are looking for creative solutions rather than a cookie-cutter contracting.
“I like how nimble the Legacy Building Company is. We are able to be much more creative. We will be competing more with the big players in our industry this year, Jansma predicted.
Legacy culture a firm foundation
Jansma says he’s a happy man going into 2017. “Business was good in 2016. I only worked 45 to 55 hours a week and had time to enjoy my life. I plan to continue that in 2017 and not lose sight of how I got here.”
Jansma says his highest priority is to maintain Legacy’s unique culture as he adds staff. “I want to be very selective of the new staff I take on because that will affect the culture of the company. I don’t want to hire people who will not fit and I will not compromise on that. I will grow based on my ability to attract the right people to join our team, not based on a particular revenue goal,” he said.
Jansma reflected on how he impacts clients and crewmembers alike. “I look at life very differently than most people. I have this little company and I have the ability to affect a small group of people very well. That gives me substance as a human being,” he said. “It brings me joy.”
You might say there’s a lot of heart beneath the Legacy muscle.
Here’s what Karen Moeller, MD, said about her recent experience with The Legacy Building Co. team.