Growing up on a farm in
North Dakota is not the usual route to a career in construction.
But when Ken Kinzle’s dad concluded that farming
was not a route to prosperity, he became a carpenter, and introduced
his son, Ken, to the trade. Since those days in the 60’s, Ken
has accumulated a wealth of experience, and brings a broad range of
knowledge to WSA.
By the time he was thirty, Ken was managing the build-out of several
big residential developments in Spokane, as well as a wide range of
commercial projects. Geographically,
Ken has covered the map, from Alaska to Hawaii in his career. He’s
overseen the construction of big multi-family complexes, the complete
infrastructure for entire planned communities
and high-end custom homes.
Perhaps the most
realistic assessment of Ken comes from his clients:"Ken is the consummate
craftsman, combining years of experience with a gift for making things
exactly the way we wanted them. There was
never ‘it can't be done.’ When there were options, he
made samples so that we could actually see the finished work, which
gave great peace of mind and took away any guesswork. Many in the building
trades from other areas have commented on the quality of the finish
work in our home. Ken is a perfectionist, a gentleman,
and after working with him on our home, has become a dear friend.
After all these years in construction, Ken is still a farmer at heart.
In the summer months, he spends his weekends and evenings cutting
and bailing hay for dozens of people in the Methow Valley. But life
is not all work. In the winter, he and his wife Hannah hook up their
draft horses for sleigh rides. When it’s time to relax, there’s
nothing he’d rather do than spend time with his family.