By Robert Swart on July 26, 2021
Although Kevin has been in construction most of his life, he took the brave step 3 years ago to start his own business, KLF Construction. With that Kevin Field and his KLF Construction team bring decades of experience to turn ordinary spaces into elevated functional areas whether it is the remodeling of kitchens or bathrooms, adding on an additional room, or commercial and business remodeling and renovations from Walnut Creek to Livermore.
“What makes us different is that we care about our clients and our only purpose is to get the best results for our clients, turning their vision into reality and make our clients happy. Although KLF Construction has been in business for 3 years, my team and I bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and wisdom to bear on every project based on us honing our trade and skills over 30 years.
I am a licensed contractor with the Contractors State License Board of California (CSLB) which holds licensed contractors to a higher standard. It gives our clients peace of mind because if in an event something goes wrong, they will have recourse. There is no recourse for clients when using a non-licensed contractor. Clients can also check the CSLB website to see if there are any previous complaints against us.
We have remodeled many kitchens and bathrooms over the years and have a wealth of experience on what works and what not and what increases the value of the home. This meeting of minds (let’s call it co-designing or collaboration) between the client’s vision and our experience led to out-of-the-box thinking with amazing and successful projects.
Remodeling and renovation are a people business, and the involvement and experience of the project manager are critical and the most important part of a project. I am a seasoned project manager that personally manages every project ensuring that we deliver on the client’s vision and adhering to all the relevant regulations and standards, and within the time and budget.
Our clients can rest assured knowing their project is in dependable hands. No matter the size or complexity of the job, our team will always aim for complete satisfaction. We deliver results that drastically improve our client’s property. We can take on any type of contracting work you want or need to be done!”
The KLF Construction team’s unique approach has also earned them rave reviews from their clients as can be seen from some of the reviews below.
“Install Solid Surface Countertops. I hired Kevin and his team to install two quartz countertops in my bathrooms. They also installed new vessel sinks and faucets. His team was quick and on time. The finished product was absolutely amazing. I will definitely hire them on my next home improvement project.” – Annette
“He turned my 40-year-old condo kitchen into a dream kitchen. Very accommodating, very nice guy. It was a real pleasure.”- Justin
“Phenomenal job for our bathroom remodel from start to finish. Very professional, perfection to detail. Exceeded our expectations. Excellent communication during the entire project. I have an upcoming kitchen remodel planned and will definitely hire Kevin and KLF Construction to do.”- Karen
Kevin, married plus 5 (3 from his previous marriage and 2 from his wife’s previous marriage), is the owner of KLF Construction. He moved to Newark twelve years ago following his heart. He is a raving sports fan and attends the Giants and Warrior games.
“My wife is my biggest supporter, and it was due to her motivation and support that I have stepped out and started KLF Construction. “
When his kids were younger Kevin managed baseball and basketball teams and was the assistant coach at Newark Memorial High School for the football team.
Kevin is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High standards of professionalism and the strong work ethics of small business owners like Kevin are the infrastructures of the Bay Area economy.
We sat down with Kevin for a quick interview –
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: “It is the biggest feeling to deliver a project and the client is ecstatic about the outcome. To see their reaction when they see their vision, in reality, is awesome.
The whole process, from the initial engagement with a client, co-designing their vision, and then deliver on that vision is what makes me get up in the morning. It feeds into the artistic side of me.
In 2018 when I decided, with the unwavering support of my wife, to use my experience and education to get my own license and start KLF Construction, it was the best decision ever. I never looked back.”
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: “Well, my dad was an art teacher, so got a little bit of artistic ability. My love for art was always more towards the industrial arts. When I was in high school, I was drafting, metal shop, woodshop, and auto shop – all the shop classes I could take. I was always working on projects designing, making, and building stuff. My art comes out in the things that I design, make, and build.
When I was in the 5th grade my parents were divorced. So, whether it was mowing the lawn, hanging drapes or blinds, fixing the door, I was doing it since I was in junior high school, and I became the man of the house at that point.
So, when the water heater wouldn’t light, I was the one who had to go out and figure out how to light the water heater and when the weather stripping had to be put on the door, I was the one who had to go put the weather stripping on. Back then we didn’t have a screw gun. Everything was done with an old-fashioned screwdriver. So, I had to learn from the ground up.
My grandparents’ house or fence must be painted every couple of years. So, I would go, and my grandpa would show me how to do this and how to do that. I just kind of learned as I went along.
Then I joined a heavy-duty construction company and it all started until I did my certification with the Contractors State License Board of California (CSLB) in 2018 and started KLF Construction. I also have a business degree from the Oregon State University.”
Q: Being a general contractor, Kevin works directly with many people, we asked him what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to him on the job?
A: “Sometimes one needs to make tough decisions. I had a guy that was stuck on what he wanted. He wanted to break out a wall and make it half round with a built-in dining area with a round bench seat. I tried to explain to him how expensive that little architectural design would be and the engineering behind it. It was a two-story house, and that design must be carried all the way to the ground floor. Unfortunately, I just had to walk away – not something I do lightly.
Q: If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a general contractor, what would it be?
A: “When you interview a contractor, make sure it’s somebody that you can talk to. Someone that will listen to you and give you feedback, not somebody that is going to talk over you.
You also don’t want a contractor that says yes, yes, yes to everything you say but someone that you can actually have a positive interaction with.
Find a contractor that you feel comfortable with, someone you can bounce ideas off, and also show you an alternative solution that can save you money without affecting the quality or value.
Clients must validate the contractor’s certification with the Contractors State License Board of California (CSLB) and ensure their licenses are still in effect with no complaints outstanding against them. You don’t want a contractor to work for a week and get some money only to disappear never to be heard of again without any recourse.
Check the contractor’s references and reviews those clients have left on social media platforms and with the CSLB. You can also check a contractor’s background with the Better Business Bureau.”
Q: If you can give a tip to the readers on how to get the best from a remodeling or renovation project, what would it be?
A: “The biggest obstacle in the way of achieving and delivering on the vision of a client, is a mismatch in the interpretation of what the client has envisioned in their mind.
The best way to overcome this is for the client to almost create a vision board of what they want. Give the contractor as much information as you can. Show the contractor pictures of something similar (kitchen cupboards, faucets, baths, tiles, countertops, samples of color schemes, etc.).
This will also open the door for an open and meaningful discussion of the envisaged result.
After all, contractors want to give a result that their clients will absolutely love and be happy with.”
Q: What do you love about your community/city?
A: “Newark does not have an old downtown with town square or an old bustling township. It has just morphed into a nice suburban type of area with shopping centers., but we love it here.
Newark is a nice town due to its location in relation to the major freeways. Within 10 – 15 minutes you can be on any of the major freeways in any direction and get to your destination within an hour. For example, I can be in downtown San Francisco within an hour.”
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: “I love golf and scuba diving but unfortunately I haven’t done either one in several years”
For those of you who are looking for a professional general contractor for any type of remodeling or renovation, Kevin and his KLF Construction team should be your first choice. Call Kevin at (510) 209-0115 or visit www.klfconstructioninc.com – Seriously Dependable General Contractors!
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