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Ken Praiswater, Ken Praiswater Construction L.L.C.

Ken’s business and building philosophy is “Give the customer what he and/or she wants, and exceed their expectations, but have fun in the process.” For two and a half decades Ken has been doing just that. Ken feels his success is attributed to many things, but personally it “rises, thrives and survives on repeat and referral business.” You can always find him on the jobsite. He is definitely a hands-on builder and the only person for his customers. He believes “a straight line of communication gets the information to the person who has the ability to do something.” Ken has been building for 29 years with numerous awards from the Kansas City Home Builders Association. Ken's homes are listed with Reece and Nichols.

Jeff Foster, Fosters, Inc.

Choosing the builder for your home is the most important choice a new homeowner faces. Fosters, Inc. works with the client at every phase of the building process to ensure a home that both the client and builder are proud of.

I have over 30 years experience in the construction industry. Fosters, Inc. has worked on a wide range of projects from small remodeling projects to large custom homes. Fosters, Inc. is a family oriented business. My wife Linda handles the majority of the interior design choices and the office work allowing me to spend more time in the field ensuring a quality product. We have lived in the Clay County area near Johnson Ridge for 26 years.

Fosters, Inc. strives to provide clients with the quality home they deserve. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, Jeff Foster (816) 918-6575


Mark Crain, Crain Properties , Inc.

Crain Properties, Inc., a builder of quality custom homes and basement finishes since 1990 has grown out of the experience and knowledge of its owner, Mark Crain. Mark started as a trim carpenter and worked under the supervision of another well-known builder in Kansas City area. After several years of learning the building trades, he established his own building company, using his knowledge of quality construction techniques, an honest work ethic, and an ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with his customers.

Mark is more than a builder. Whether you are in the market to upgrade your comfort of living, or a first time buyer, Mark will assist you in all aspects of making the creation of your dream home come true. Our purpose in the custom residential construction and basement finishes is to provide you with assurances that your home will be constructed in a timely, professional manner that will not compromise quality and attention to detail.

Because Crain Properties is not layered with multiple levels of management, Mark can be easily reached so decision-making is prompt and effective. You will almost always find Mark at the job sites, and if not, he is readily available by cell phone.

Call Mark at 816-898-3160 or 816-415-3153 for an appointment, or e-mail Crain Properties, Inc. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. You may also check us out online at


Jacobs Construction, LLC

Jacobs Construction was founded by Rudy E. Jacobs more than 30 years ago. “I started in the construction industry when I was in high school working for my uncle during the summer months. I had my own framing crew for approximately 20 years and then I started building homes while continuing to operate my framing crew. I eventually phased out my framing company to focus on building homes.” Rudy’s son, Richard, started working with the company again in August, 1998. Previously, he had spent his summers working for the company during his school years. Rudy’s wife, Fae, is also actively involved in the business with day to day operations of the office and coordinating the decorating of all model homes.

“Quality and Detail In Every Home” is Jacobs Construction’s motto. One way that Rudy and Richard achieve their goal of quality built homes is to be actively involved in all phases of the building process. You will often find one if not both of them on site. They also maintain contact with their clients. “We’re just a phone call away and we feel that communication is key to building each customer’s dream home,” says Richard. Richard spends much of his time talking with clients, guiding them through the building process, and giving advice as needed.

Jacobs Construction has won numerous awards from the Kansas City Home Builders Association during the spring and fall Parade of Homes.

Jacobs Construction is actively involved in the community by helping raise more than $1.5 million for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping children fight cancer and other traumatic diseases. They have been able to do this by building “Kansas City’s St. Jude Dream Homes” and with the support of many generous individuals.

For more information, visit or call: 816-628-6058.