Business Highlight: Katt Design & Carpentry


Today I have honor of introducing you to a friend and peer in the home industry: Les Katt, owner of Katt Design & Carpentry, is an artisan carpenter and designer here in Grand Rapids. Les and I collaborate for various projects, and I am thrilled to be able to share a bit about his unique business with you. Les opened his doors in 1986 as Katt Construction and Design, and 30 years down the road he still completing beautiful, artistic projects with Katt Design & Carpentry.

Les agreed to answer a handful of questions so we could all learn a little about him and his work:

How did you get started in the trade of carpentry?

I started out as a young boy hanging out with my grandfather who was a carpenter. I really enjoyed building and visiting different jobs, and kicking around in his workshop.

When I was in High School, I got an opportunity to work for a local Builder in Spring Lake as the “gopher”. There were just a few guys working for him at that time, and I was able to get some hands on experience at a young age.

Tell us a little about your background and why you decided to start your business?

Like I said, hanging out with my Gramp got me interested in the carpentry trade, but at the same time I loved to draw and started taking private art lessons from a local artist. He taught me to paint with acrylics and was a huge influence on my life in my early teens.

After High school, I went to Kendall College of Art and Design. I graduated with a degree in Design and went on to work for a publishing company in Grand Rapids. After about 5 years, I decided that wasn’t fulfilling enough for me; I called up the builder I had worked for previously in Spring Lake and worked two years with him before going out on my own.