By Annette Langenstein, Staff
Chris Caldera is a general contractor who along with his
wife Michelle owns Coldstream Construction, named after the road that
he grew up on in Sumner, outside of Coos Bay. Nowadays his company is
located in a home office in Coos Bay, where they're open from 8 am to 5
pm Monday through Friday.
No stranger to the construction business, Chris has been
doing it for 25 years, and has owned his own company since 1990.
“My great-uncle and grandfather started in construction in the
late 1960’s," said Chris. "And I grew up working with my family
on the weekends since I was 12 years old."
Coldstream Construction specializes in drywall. "I put
up the sheetrock, texture, tape, do ceilings, walls, repair work,
cracks, etc," says Chris.
"But Chris also does everything in building from A to
Z,” said Michelle. "For example, we recently went to a house in
Myrtle Point to remove a beehive from inside the living room walls. The
owner wanted the bees removed, and not exterminated, and since Chris is
a hobbyist beekeeper, he was the ideal person to take on the job. We
were able to safely remove the bees, repair the wall, and re-home the
beehive to our own bee yard. The homeowner is happy, the bees are
happy, and we are thrilled to add another hive to our yard. Bees are so
important to our ecology!"
“I build from the ground up," added Chris.
“I also do roofing; basically everything except the electrical
and plumbing. Nowadays people are more interested in remodeling their
existing homes, and 90% of my calls are for that. People are being
careful with their money and improving what they already have.”
Michelle and Chris Caldera of Coldstream Construction in Coos Bay.
"I think the interesting thing about Chris is how much
experience he has for how young he is,” said Michelle.
“He’s been doing this kind of work all his life, starting
with his family.”
Chris continued, “We started out just doing
sheetrock, and then in the 2,000’s we went to building spec
homes, which I loved doing, but the economy bottomed out. Spec homes
are where you buy the lot, you build the house, and speculate that
you’re going to sell it for a profit. But the recession
killed all that. We all got bit in those times, but things have picked
up since then. Of course, it could still get better!”
“Chris often will get a call to come fix what
somebody else started and can’t finish," said Michelle. "And then
the customer is amazed at how fast he is, and what kind of quality he
produces. They wind up having him stay and give him a list of other
stuff they need done, and he winds up being at their place for another
two weeks. He’s got a really good reputation in this area. Most
of his business is by referral and he’ll end up being on the same
street for a month; people really appreciate him."
Although the Calderas haven't been advertising with the
Shopper for very long, "we’re going to stay with it," said
Michelle. "When you read the Shopper, the ads you see stay in the back
of your mind, and then you suddenly remember seeing them when you need
them. That's a good feeling. And DeEsta in the front office is just
great and has been so helpful!"
So what does the future hold for Coldstream
Construction? "The sky’s the limit," said Chris. "We’re
here, and we want to work."
“One thing I want to add is that as a consumer I
appreciate the work ethic that my husband has," said Michelle. "He's
out there on the job working hard, not taking a long lunch break.
There’s an element in him that makes women comfortable having him
in their home, and he gets lots of referrals from women, especially. I
always joke that all these ladies like him and they even feed him lunch
while he's on a job!"
Chris added, "It's usually the women that are the ones
putting the honey-do lists together. I have a good design eye and will
help pick colors and give advice to my customers on what they should
and shouldn’t do. I really care about how things look and
that’s part of my reputation.”
If you're in the market for a reputable contractor, give
Coldstream Construction a call at 541-290-7480. “You
can’t find anyone who’s going to care more about the
finished job than Chris,” said Michelle.
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