Since 1972, we’ve seen each and every project as a real opportunity for our team to develop and challenge our skills as both craftsmen and as individuals.

We are dedicated to excellence in design, craftsmanship, and customer service through providing remodeling services to our customers. We provide a systematic, professional and organized approach to our projects.

Because we know you take pride in your home, you’ll notice what makes us different right away. Creative, award-winning solutions for remodeling and renovation projects, with a DESIGN + BUILD managed process from your idea through completion.

Home Team



John has been in the remodeling industry for over 42 years and started the company while putting himself through Architecture school at the University of Minnesota, eons ago. He loves taking an existing home and working closely with the owner to better fit their current and future needs. He has been active in the Remodeling industry at both the local and national level and received the Harold Hammerman Award for Education, the highest in the industry, for his work in developing and implementing the Certified Lead Carpenter program. He is passionate about the outdoors and loves expeditions that take him to wild and far away places. Don’t ask about fishing unless you have some time.

Certifications: MCR, CKD, CKBR, CLC, CAPS
Kate Post
Production Manager

Kate is the “Maestro” of each project meeting, making sure that everyone is playing the same song. She skillfully organizes the schedule, then orchestrates every detail of every project through our carpenters, subcontractors and suppliers. She also has a keen eye for design.

Certifications: CKBR, CR
Les Anderson
Field Supervisor

Les has over 42 years of construction experience, including 36 years in residential remodeling. He has been with Sylvestre Construction for over 34 years, and a field supervisor for twenty years. Les is a CLC (Certified Lead Carpenter) and has been involved with NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) for over 18 years. In 2006 he started teaching the CLC class for the Minnesota Chapter of NARI. Les is married and has a son and daughter, and in their spare time, they like racing snowmobiles and golfing.

Certifications: CLC
Gregg Hanson

Gregg has been in the industry for 32 years. He started out as a Production Carpenter and quickly became a Lead Carpenter. He eventually moved into the office as an estimator and has been with SCI since 2000. Gregg married his high school sweetheart and has two daughters and a son. Gregg enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, golfing and hiking with his family.
Craig Windle
Lead Carpenter

Craig has been a carpenter for over 36 years. Prior to joining Sylvestre Construction 24 years ago, he was involved in new construction for ten years. Craig is married with two sons and a daughter. There really is no woodworking challenge that Craig cannot accomplish and has his own woodworking shop where he fabricates all kinds of different projects. His twin sons play professional sports…just ask him.
Jim Levens

Jim has many years of construction experience as well as owning a remodeling business for over 17 years. He has studied to be a Building Inspector and owned an internet auto parts store before joining forces with us. When asked his about his favorite outdoor activity, he lists hunting, fishing, camping and hockey before he takes a second breath and adds 4-wheeling, working on his truck and remodeling. He enjoys them all.
Cheri Saari
Design & Sales

Cheri joined our design staff a few years ago after owning her own design firm for nearly 20 years. She is NCIDQ certified and has taught interior design at both the University of South Dakota and the University of Minnesota. Besides being “conversant” in French, she enjoys cooking, boating, and of course, remodeling!
Will Hendrickson

Will joined our staff after working with his dad’s remodeling company since he was a youngster. He has a two-year-old daughter and new son. He is quite the adventurer, taking extended family visits to Vietnam to visit his in-laws and share the Vietnamese culture with their Vietnamese grandparents.
Brian KOntio

Brian grew up in Duluth learning the carpentry trade. Looking for a change he and his wife moved to Washington state and worked as a carpenter at a remote island camp. Brian is back in his home state working as a carpenter. He just finished his backyard sauna- a way to get relax the muscles after a day of carpentry.
Wayne Dewaay

Wayne was a partner in a remodeling company for over 30 years and ran the production department. His partners decided to retire which left him at a crossroads. He plays bass in our band, and after one of our practices, we started chatting and to make a long story short, he joined us in November. He has a wide range of interests including music, hunting and motorcycles.
Carolyn Smith
Office Manager

Carolyn has joined us as our office manager. Her experience is wide ranging but has worked in payroll as well as running the accounting for a non- profit business for over 17 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Fine arts and a Masters degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on working with medicinal herbs. She enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities – especially hiking to find medicinal plants.

MCR: Master Certified Remodeler, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
CKD: Certified Kitchen Designer, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
CKBR: Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
CLC: Certified Lead Carpenter, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
CAPS: Certified Aging in Place Specialist, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

YES, it IS possible to design and build with ease.
We’ve been doing it every day for nearly 5 decades.