Our Company



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Our Company

1st Choice Builders, LLC is a quality and customer service driven company specializing in custom home remodeling and construction in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin area. Whether it's a kitchen you want to update or a new addition you have been thinking about for years, let us take care of your project!

When it's time to work on your home, you need to make sure that you have the right people to help you. We have all heard horror stories about contractors that exceed the budget and have barely started when the original time line has expired. We at 1st Choice realize that time and budget are your primary concern and pride ourselves in being effective communicators to make sure everyone involved is continuously running with the same expectations at any point during a project. We also realize we are guests in your home and will take all precautions necessary to show you the utmost respect while we are welcomed as your guest.

Company History:
1st Choice Home Improvement LLC was founded by Chris Koss in July 2004 as he loved the construction industry and solving homeowner's issues. With a degree in Construction Management, Chris grew his business from an in home office with one employee to the 9 employee general contracting business with a beautiful office in the heart of Stillwater, Minnesota. The name was changed in 2012 to 1st Choice Builders LLC as the company has grown into general contracting for major remodels, additions and new homes.

Client Testimonials

We at 1st Choice believe that our quality and professionalism is what keeps our customers happy and satisfied. Here are just some of the things that our past clients have to say about us.

"Chris helped me fix the windows in my home so that I did not have to replace them after only 15 years in the home due to a rotting issue from the manufacturer. I found him through my lumber provider after going through many other avenues with no luck. He came highly recommended and I was excited and pleased that he could actually do the project. He was great!! He solved my problems and I am grateful to have it completed. Thanks Chris!!" Anglea P., Afton, MN

"We couldn't be happier with the quality and service that 1st Choice provided on our kitchen remodel."
Abby D., Oakdale MN

"Hey guys, Thanks so much for the great work! It's great to know there are contractors out there who pay attention to detail and strive to keep their customers happy. If we have any more heavy work we will call you first." Josh & Kellie S., Cottage Grove, MN

"We hired Chris and his company to update our two 1970's bathrooms and were very pleased with both his design ideas, and the quality of his work. We have two great looking rooms that we love and still managed to stay within a reasonable budget."
Jan & Daryl, Maplewood MN

"Dear Chris, I just wanted to send you a letter to thank you for the great job you did for us. Our kitchen looks just wonderful now and we're ready to move into out new dwelling. Shoud you need a positive referral, please consider our willingness to shout your praises. Sincerly Gerald Z." Oconomowoc, WI.

"1st Choice Builders recently completed our addition / remodel and we could not be happier! Our addition included a new kitchen, three new barrooms, a new mud room and a master suite. From our initial meeting onward Chris, the owner, listened to us and delivered! His attention to detail and pride in his work allowed my wife and I to sit back and watch with the confidence and to know it was going to be done right! Choosing Chris and First Choice Builders was the single best decision we made in what was arguably the biggest project we have ever done. A quick story. I called Chris a few days before Valentine's Day to see if the temporary furnace would be on in the new addition so that I could surprise my wife with a Valentines Day dinner in our construction site of a kitchen. He let me know immediately it would. But he went one step further and came over Saturday morning to hook up our new gas fireplace so we could enjoy it during our dinner. AWESOME! Chris is not only an outstanding builder / general contractor but he also a great guy who can be trusted to have your best interest in mind." - Kevin K; Hudson, WI

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