The Lamar Valley Craftsman Story

“We build many things during the construction process, trust being the most important.”

Barry Schram started Lamar Valley Craftsman to follow his love of architecture, building, and all things creative.  Barry is personally involved with all aspects of the building process, and having a small nimble company like Lamar Valley Craftsman allows him to bring the right people together to make a project shine. Team collaboration between architect, engineer, interior designer, and trade contractors are in place to support his clients’ dreams and visions.

Barry views the builder/client relationship as a sacred alliance, no different than any other professional relationship, in terms of confidentiality and trust. This trust is built by providing a solid building experience through understanding the needs of his clients, exceeding their expectations, and applying stewardship daily on a personal, financial, and professional level with every client. Barry’s faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ governs all areas of this journey.

With these beliefs in place, Barry founded Lamar Valley Craftsman in 2001, with his top priorities being accurate budgets, punctual schedules, good communication, attention to details, and team collaboration. Over the years he has been fortunate to work on a variety of diverse projects that have been unique and challenging, and he has been blessed to have worked with some fabulous clients.

“Building is not just about putting a structure up, it’s an orchestrated performance of skilled individuals, and great execution of the building process is an art in itself.”

Barry is a native of upstate New York, but has always had a love of the West, which was instilled in him by his parents and their family vacations to many of the country’s national parks during his childhood. After obtaining his B.A. in Business Management at The Rochester Institute of Technology, Barry moved to Fort Collins in 1998 to enjoy the good life and adventure of the West in camping, cycling, skiing, and Old Town Fort Collins. Barry loves Old Town and what it represents: community, historic homes, fun people, and good food!

Barry’s greatest moments include marrying Karrie in 2009 (which gained him three sons), and welcoming a new son into the family in 2011. His love of kitchens and great food stems from his formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

“For us, the quality of the experience is as important as the quality of the final product.”