“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.”


Lamar Valley Craftsman is blessed to work with many amazing and talented trade contractors and venders throughout Northern Colorado. Some of these relationships are long standing of many years while others are fairly new, but the common thread that runs through this group of individuals is integrity, customer care and a commitment to quality.

The team that supports our clients on a daily basis has many years of custom home buildings experience, with each person bringing a different and varied skill set to each project.

We look forward to journeying with you.

Barry ~ Owner & Project Manager

Kelly ~ Office Assistant

Diana ~ Finishes & Client Coordinator

John ~ Site Superintendent

“It might be a jobsite to some people, but to us, it is your home, and we are stewards of it each & every day.  Our job is to worry about what is important to you, our client.”

About Barry Schram

Wow ~ it is amazing how fast time moves forward ……… Starting with our first home renovation in 1997 and our first new home build in 2001. We are blessed to have been entrusted to steward clients’ dreams, finances and family needs. It has been an amazing journey with much success and also a few days of heartache negotiating unexpected home building challenges. Some of my greatest lessons have come about by way of struggles. As Yoda says in The Last Jedi – “the greatest teacher failure is, yes, it is”.

First & foremost, if it wasn’t for our Heavenly Father, none of this would be possible. Beyond that, I have had the opportunity to surround myself with great people over the years which has been instrumental in the home building journey; architects, engineers, trades and venders, but most important, I have had great clients, and I thank each one of them for their trust.

In the middle of growing a small custom home building company, God brought an amazing woman of faith into my life which has been a blessing all its own. A journey of life together and to watch my three stepsons grow into young men pursuing their dreams has been quite amazing. Our son Nathan, now in middle school, has knitted us all together over the years.

I am happy to sit down over coffee and discuss my entire background of home building, the Lord, my training at the Culinary Institute of America many years ago, or anything else on your heart. Our stories are the fabric of our journey and makes each one of us unique sons and daughters of God.

We would be honored to be considered for your renovation or custom new home build.

Barry Schram

Spring 2023


Barry Schram started Lamar Valley Craftsman to follow his love of architecture after being inspired by the Not So Big house concept by architect Sarah Susanka. Barry is personally involved with all aspects of the building process, and being a small nimble company 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 client’s dream & vision.

A native of upstate New York, but always with 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. By which the name of the company was inspired by the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Pak. 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 ~ camping, cycling, skiing and great weather. Barry loves Old Town Fort Collins and what it represents.… community, historic homes, fun people and good food!