About Kurt Kessler Kustom Builder, Inc.

Kurt Kessler has come from a long line of builders. Grandfather Homer, built homes and commercial buildings in Colorado in the 1920's and 30's before moving to Oregon in the 40's. In Oregon, he ran construction crews in building military barracks at White City, then moved to Astoria to build wooden cargo ships.


After WWII, Homer Kay, (Kurts father) returned from fighting in Europe (including the "Battle of the Bulge" in Belgium — receiving two Purple Hearts) and the whole family moved together to Brookings to start a family business.


This small community needed a place to buy building products, so Curry County Lumber was formed in 1945. The Kessler family supplied Brookings with building products until selling the business in 1957. At that time Homer Kay joined with Elmer Lee, a cabinet builder from Norway, and formed L&K Cabinet Shop.


L&K built their first house in 1960 amd continued building more homes (plus cabinets) until 1976. Homer Kay—after building a large 7500 square foot, single family home for the general manager of South Coast Lumber Co.— who liked his work so much he asked Homer Kay to head up a crew from South Coast Lumber Co. to build houses, apartments, airplane hangers, mill buildings, etc,. Homer Kay finished his building career in 1990.


In 1966 Kurt Kessler went to work on his dad's framing crew at age 13 and loved it. Kurt was hooked from day one on building. He continued building with his father—including cabinet making— until 1978. Since the Kesslers had always been independent business owners, Kurt was anxious to start his own business. So that year Kurt Kessler Custom Builder, Inc. was born. The word Custom in the name was used because Kurt saw a building as a larger version of a cabinet and Kurt's cabinets were always custom made. The eye to every fine detail must be right.


The Kessler family tradition of quality continues today. K.K.C.B. Inc. is locally and regionally famous for the very best quality home money can buy. Every home ever built by K.K.C.B. can be shown with pride. Clients often sell our services to others by word of mouth. K.K.C.B. inc. is recommended by banks, credit unions, realitors, and building supplies because of quality and service after the project is completed. Kurt insists on his own employees to do the work, and trained so as to build the Kessler way—quality control is essential. The project is not done unless it is done right.