Creative Solutions, Caring People, and a Design-Build Process

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

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.

We provide a systematic, professional, and organized approach to home remodeling. So you can relax and keep living your life.

We'll treat your home, belongings, and pets like they're our own. Special touches – like temporary kitchens, dust barriers, and spiffy nightly cleanups – make the process more comfortable for you and your loved ones. Yes, it is possible to remodel with ease. We've been doing it for almost 50 years.

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Resources Remodeling

Life in a Construction Zone, Coping with a Major Remodeling Project.

Living through a major remodeling or renovation project can be a battle of wits, nerves, patience, privacy... Read More

Remodeling for Graceful Aging

Renovating to make homes easier to live in isn't just something for people with aging on their minds. In general, we try to make homes more user-friendly... Read More

Your Remodeling 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
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.
Brian KOntio
Lead Carpenter

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.
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)

Male architects or engineers write a draft of the construction project on the blueprint.
Career Opportunity

Production Field Supervisor

The Production Field Supervisor is responsible for supervising employees and subcontractors and coordinating activities related to the successful completion of a wide range of residential remodeling projects sold by the sales department and taking a project from job start to final completion.  This position is part of a team, remodeling homes while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction throughout our process.