Meet the Legacy Team
Craig Jansma has been building his Legacy story since 2000, first in the St. Cloud area where he grew up and then in the Twin Cities beginning in 2006. When you meet Craig you won’t likely forget him. It’s not just the shaved head, bodybuilder physique and tattoos.
He speaks (and listens) with a balance of clarity and calm that builds confidence and trust. Unlike many remodelers who limit their involvement to bidding and selling jobs, Craig still keeps it real by strapping on his tool belt periodically to work with the crews. Craig attributes his success to a career that has evolved from specialty roofing and framing to complex remodelings including additions, custom kitchens and baths.
“I learned the bones of construction by framing more than 400 homes and covering 350 roofs. Then I mastered the fit and finish side to deliver the complete package,” he explained.
Craig likes to surround himself with talent and develop systems that ensure professionalism and accountability throughout the design and remodeling process. His remodeling mantra can be summed up in three words, “Make it memorable.”
Jonathan Bednark, lead carpenter
Jonathan is Legacy’s all-round carpenter. His skills go well beyond framing and trimwork. He built his own home in 2006 and did most of the work himself, including framing, siding, roofing, electrical, tile, flooring and painting.
Jonathan joined the Legacy Building Company team in 2002 and credits his dad and Craig for teaching him much of what he knows about construction. First his dad had him help with repair and maintenance projects at rental properties he owned and managed. Then Jonathan joined Craig’s St. Cloud framing business and followed him into Twin Cities remodeling.
Watch Jonathan fit millwork for 5 minutes and you’ll understand why clients consider him a perfectionist. “If it’s not to the best of my ability, it’s not good enough,” he explained. Yet he tries to be just as meticulous about efficiency.
“Craig has taught me the importance being organized and planning ahead so we don’t waste time with unnecessary trips.” Jonathan and Craig met as boys when they were home schooled. At 31, Jonathan enjoys having fun with his young daughter and riding his sport bike. If he’s on your job, count 104.1 Jack FM punctuated with the sounds of nail guns and saws for the Jonathan groove.
Greg Holmquist, carpenter
Greg joined Legacy in April 2015 after 14 years in the construction trades.He grew up in Clarrisa, a little town near Alexandria. As a boy he reveled in building tree houses. He began his actual building career in commercial construction, working with concrete, steel, wood and heavy equipment. He then earned a business management degree at St. Cloud Technical College and spent several years managing a cabinetry shop before Jonathan introduced him to Legacy.
Greg says he knew Legacy would be a great place to work when he reported for his third day on the job and discovered someone had popped a lock on his van and stolen most of his tools. When he told Craig, the reaction was it’s not your fault. Replace the tools and we will figure it out.
Greg does a variety of things for Legacy but enjoys carpentry most. “With Craig, the focus is always on quality and details. That suits me,” he said. He lives in Golden Valley, enjoys sports and the outdoors and plays guitar.
Although he was only 23 when he joined Legacy in 2016, Christian Anderson had already worked in HVAC, masonry, excavation, and landscaping and amassed thousands of hours building and fixing things on his family’s Hutchinson farm. But it was his passion for custom automotive painting — not his broad construction background — that sparked the Legacy relationship.
Craig spotted him at a drive-up ATM and remarked “I like your car.” After they spoke, Craig handed him his Legacy business card and invited him to call if he ever needed a job. Christian took to Craig’s upbeat, outgoing personality and was impressed by the professionalism his website and its project photos conveyed.
Christian learned remodeling and construction from his dad as the two rebuilt the family home. But he credits the barn they took down for fueling his personal building trades journey. “It gave me an endless supply of lumber,” he recalled. His first solo project was a two-story tree house, where he devised a complex pulley system to lift building materials and single-handedly position the heavy framing. He had started on a third story when a big windstorm split the tree in half.
Christian discovered his talent for painting vehicles in middle school on the old Schwinn banana seat bike he painted, re-chromed and modified with a chopper fork. As his rides matured he leveraged an early knack for crashing to refine his auto body and painting skills. His favorite project was the 1978 Lincoln Mark V he customized with gold rims, special paint, pinstripes, tinted windows and white wall tires. Today, when he is not doing carpentry with Legacy and pimping sweet rides, he keeps busy remodeling his first home in Carver.
Matthew Cole, carpenter
Rock ‘n Roll Matt Cole joined the crew as a carpenter at the beginning of 2014. Matt is Mr. Efficiency, especially on smaller jobs and exteriors. Matt’s uncles were roofing contractors and his dad was a landscaper. He was operating Bobcats and cleaning up job sites at 13 and worked for his uncles through high school. Over the years he also worked for a large roofing and siding company, handled maintenance and repairs for a 180-unit apartment complex and helped a master carpenter build a house.
“Once you build a house from a hole in the ground up, everything comes together,” he said.
Although Matt has a reputation for getting things done, he owes the “Rock ‘n Roll” moniker to playing guitar and serving as sound engineer for an aspiring Twin Cities garage band. Matt enjoys being on the core Legacy team because of how Craig uses technology to keep jobs organized and efficient.
“I access the app on my phone and it tells me the address, what is the first thing I need to do when I arrive and everything to get done over the course of the day. So I can get right to work. Even the customer sees it. Everybody is happy.”
Mary Jane Pappas, CID, ASID
St. Louis Park-based Pappas Design is a key design partner in Legacy’s design-build team. Mary Jane brings nearly 40 years of space planning experience as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a MN Certified Interior Designer (CID). She also has earned the ASID-MN Designer of Distinction award and her work has often been featured in national publications.
Mary Jane and Craig Jansma teamed up after participating in an ongoing National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) roundtable group and discovering they appreciated each other’s insightful questions and answers and the directness of their communication.
“There are no games, no finger pointing. Maintaining the emotional stability of the clients is key,” she explained. Mary Jane likes to say she designs spaces with people, not for people. “Some designers say, ‘Trust me.’ We don’t. It’s your home. The design has to fit your life.” she said.
“We help clients understand the questions. We never design an interesting space just to be interesting,” she added. If the devil is in the details, Mary Jane is a veritable design exorcist.
Tracy Hains, Allied ASID & NKBA, principal designer
Tracy Hains, owner of Burnsville-based Che Bella Interiors, is one of Legacy’s preferred designers. She and her lead designer (new mom) Calie Pierce help Legacy clients choose features, fixtures, surfaces and colors for their remodeling projects.
To say Tracy is a people person would be like calling a diamond a mere stone. She enjoyed a successful 15-year career in recruiting and human resources while running SLH Home Systems with her husband, Don. SLH was the foundation for her shift to interior design. SLH integrates technology while Che Bella integrates environments.
Tracy grew up in Davenport, IA, with seven siblings. The first hint of her affinity for interior design emerged when she finally got her own bedroom. “ I rearranged the furniture every couple of months. The rest of the family thought it was pretty funny. They never knew what to expect when they walked into my room, but everything had its place because I’ve always been organized,” she recalled.
Tracy credits her human resources experience for helping her relate to her interior design clients and achieve their goals. She admires construction firms, such as Legacy, that team with professional designers. “Everybody is busy. This enables everyone to concentrate on what they do best,” she explained.
When Che Bella works with a Legacy client, Tracy and Calie draw up a Letter of Agreement that outlines the scope of their services and estimates time and costs. Tracy believes everyone should have access to good design advice when remodeling. “We are good at breaking down all the steps so clients don’t feel overwhelmed,” she said.
Tracy earned a BA in Organizational Administration from Northwestern College in 2004 and graduated from the interior design program at Dakota County Technical College before founding Che Bella.