BLOOMINGTON — A longtime McLean County carpenter hopes a hybrid between custom and prefabricated homes will catch on locally.
"This is a better way of building. It's the closest thing without being stick-built," said Colfax resident Brian Kuta about Wausau Homes, a Wisconsin company that lets builders throughout the Midwest use its designs for new home construction. "Doing it the conventional way can be really stressful, but this way you know it will be on time and with a firm price."
Kuta is betting on that vision with Wausau Homes Bloomington-Normal Design Studio, a new business he owns at 3703 Ireland Grove Road Suite 2A in Bloomington. The business will hold a grand opening open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.
For Kuta, 52, the venture is a natural extension of BK Carpentry and Handyman Service, the Colfax business he started, and his decades of experience in the field.
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"I've been remodeling homes and fixing people's homes for over 30 years," he said. "My son and I were talking one day about things I see built with sub-par materials, and stuff like that drives me up a wall. It's great for my remodeling business, but it's just not right at the end of the day."
Kuta said the new building business is starting small — with him; his son, Daniel; his daughter, Elizabeth; and his wife, Koleen — but he hopes to be able to hire more people as it grows.
"It's got the potential to employ quite a few people, not just through here but all of my subcontractors," he said. "I'm hoping to build between 12 and 14 homes per year, if not more."
Susan Kieliszewski, Wausau Homes' marketing manager, said the company has granted Kuta exclusive rights to use its designs in McLean County, and she looks forward to seeing his training at the corporate office pay off.
"We're excited to have him on board as a new builder," she said. "I think they're going to do a great job."
Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh