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THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT "FULL STAFF" EMPLOYEES by Keith Moehle

Starting a remodeling project is such an exhilarating experience. You begin imagining what the final project will look like and you think of the party you’ll plan to show off your new renovation.


However, in all the excitement of wondering and planning, you can sometimes forget or overlook some of the terms that contractors use in their advertisements. While they may sound good, they can sometimes have a hidden meaning.

For example, most contractors or remodelers will advertise that they have a full staff of employees ready to work on your project. They set a schedule for your project and they tell you their guys will show up on these days at this time. But as they begin working on your project, you notice that fewer and fewer people are showing up to the job. And you notice that the employees start to show up at times that were not the times discussed by your contractor. When you confront your contractor about it, you find out that the “full staff of employees” they advertised are actually a handful of subcontracted employees. 

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Since these employees are sub-contracted out by the contractor, they’re not obligated to follow your contractor's schedule and often make their own schedules of when they want to show up, what time they want to show up, and how long they feel like working on your project. And if they’re subcontracted to other jobs as well, they might prioritize higher paying jobs over your project. 

So when you’re considering a contractor for your next remodeling project, make sure to ask what kind of employees they have. If your contractor has a full team of W-2 employed workers, you’re good to go. But if they say that have a large team of subcontracted employees, then you should think twice before using their service. 

Here at KM BUILDERS, you’ll never have to worry about what kind of employees we use because we do have a full staff of W-2 employed workers as well as a full team of in-house designers, architects, and estimators. So give us a call at 210-680-5626 for your next remodeling project and we promise to give a high-quality job with the best high-quality team. 

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

THE HUMBLE HISTORY OF KM BUILDERS by Keith Moehle

In honor of celebrating 35 wonderful years of being in business and we wanted to share our humble beginning with you. 

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KM BUILDERS was founded in June of 1984 when Keith Moehle created KM Construction which was geared towards new construction. Keith carried the business from 1984 to 1989 right up until the peak of the Savings and Loans crisis which hit the U.S economy hard in the late ’80s. It was very hard for Keith and the team to find work in new construction so he decided to take a carpentry position with USAA for stability and kept KM Construction running part-time on the side. Everyone thought he was crazy for working both jobs, but his hard work paid off when Keith ended up being laid off from USAA in 1996. 

After he was laid off, Keith bounced right back with KM BUILDERS full time doing new construction, outdoor living, and other small remodeling projects. After 4 years, Keith and his team hit 1 million in gross profits! Then in 2003, Keith decided he wanted to shift his focus from new construction and wanted to dive deeper into remodeling. After that, business was booming! Keith and the team had even started another side company doing air conditioning and plumbing. 

Then came the big recession in 2008. KM BUILDERS took a hard hit with business volume cutting in half overnight. But Keith persevered and was able to keep the business running into the successful and largest full remodeling company that we know and love today. 

Some of the lessons that Keith and his team learned as the keys to success:

  • Starting a business is not easy and requires hard work and dedication

  • Be nimble, flexible, aggressive, and be willing to change. Learn to focus not on what you want to do but what you have to do in order to keep the business going

Some of the wise words of wisdom that Keith likes to share with everyone:

  • Don’t compromise on your principles and business values

  • Have a passion for what you do

  • Be loyal and learn to invest in people

  • Be knowledgeable and always continue to learn something new

  • Learn to have a self-sacrificing attitude

So if you want to a remodeler that is truly experienced and can defy the odds, call our KM team at 210-680-5626.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

THE HONEST TRUTH by Keith Moehle

Over and again we hear horror stories of how homeowners are ripped off or taken advantage of by other contractors on a remodeling project. This can make it even harder to start a remodeling project because you're just not sure of who you can trust these days. But here at KM BUILDERS, we can assure you we’ll be upfront and truthful from the start.


As a homeowner, it can be so hard to trust someone with the well being of your home. You do your research, you look up reviews, and you ask for recommendations from family and friends to find the best person possible to do your remodeling project. Here at KM BUILDERS, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the honest truth.

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Our team understands the concerns from homeowners as we know they have either heard of a bad remodeling experience or have had a bad remodeling experience themselves in the past. Our team also understands the risks that come with any remodeling project. But we work to assure each and every client that we come in contact with that we will only provide the truth about their project.

At KM BUILDERS, we employ a structured and well-oiled team that cares about each individual client to provide a well-rounded client experience. From the moment you call our front desk, the meeting with Keith, the consultation with our architect and design team, and all the way down to our project managers and trades crews we keep your best interest in mind. We only provide ideas and solutions that are unique to your project. We show you our costs, our profit, and our overhead so you know we’re completely transparent. We won't give you any false or fake information because we genuinely care about you and your home.

Here at KM BUILDERS, our team operates like a family, so we know the importance of family and we care about your family. So call us up at 2120-680-5626 for your honest visit from Keith Moehle and he’ll make sure we get the job done right.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

TECHNICAL EXPERTS ENSURE OUTSTANDING REMODELING SERVICES by Keith Moehle

If you would have to have a difficult life-saving surgery performed would you want a doctor who has been practicing for 30 years to do the surgery or a young doctor who is in his first year out of medical school? Obviously, we already know your answer. Experience is the winner, and that should also be the case when it comes to remodeling.

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There are many remodeling companies you can choose from in San Antonio, but you should definitely take experience and technical knowledge into consideration. Keith became interested in construction when he was 12, he then worked in construction once he was old enough, and then started KM BUILDERS in 1984. Since then he has only hired the best in-house team of estimators, architects, cabinet designers, design consultants, interior designers project managers, and field crew to help with your project!

There are many things you have to get done during a remodel and you need to have someone on your side that knows all of the details. One only acquires this knowledge after years of working in the industry and knowing how to get the job done properly from designing your project to proper installation and everything in between.

It can be tempting to go with a young remodeling company who is excited about doing projects, and they may even give you a deal that is financially tempting. However, as we mentioned earlier, just as you would choose an experienced doctor to work on your body, you will be happy that you chose an experienced remodeler to work on your home.

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!




KM BUILDERS 2016 AWARD-WINNING ENTIRE HOUSE REMODEL by Keith Moehle

Here is the fourth and final post in a series to show you some of the projects we completed this year that recently won awards of excellence from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). This project won a Contractor of the Year Award of Excellence in the category of Entire House Under $250,000.

The homeowners came to us looking for help on a complete remodel of an existing vacation home along the banks of the Blanco River. The home had been flooded during the May 2013 floods and was severely damaged.

The project was a complete gut and rebuild. During the project we also fixed some of the relationships to the bedrooms and modernized the kitchen and all the bathrooms with new materials and tile.

Included in the rebuild was a custom utility room, living room and custom craft room.

The homeowners have a big family and use the home for large gatherings around the holidays and other special occasions, so they requested that we bring back the house for them without radically adjusting the floor plan, as they wanted to have a feeling that it was still the old house.

The result is a gorgeous home the homeowners can use for their large gatherings with the nostalgia of the previous home but even better in that it allows them a better space for the next century of family and friends utilizing the space.