“I know Joe”
For years this little saying has amused me, plagued my employees, and close friends that really do know me. I know a tremendous number of people and even more know me, that comes from wearing many hats over the years, and often being in the limelight.
Suffice it to say, I used to answer my phone “Friend or foe?” I genuinely love and connect with people. As they say “No man is an island”. Here is my brief story and that of my amazing team.
My name is Joe Levitch, I grew up in my father’s shadow remodeling in Berkeley, California. After graduating from high school, I took a hiatus from remodeling and school to pursue my interest in emergency medicine to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
I worked in West Oakland California for 2 years, then attended Stanford University Medical Center’s Paramedic program. I worked in San Mateo County as a Paramedic up until September of 1980 when I came to Boise to rescue a bankrupt business, Flying Pie Pizza, which has made national news for good things on many occasions.
Flying Pie is renowned for its quality, creativity and care for the community on both sides of the counter. I have since sold my portion of that business and continue in an advisory capacity.
I continued to pursue my love of emergency medicine with Ada County Paramedics for 10 years. I am a founding member of Saint Alphonsus Life Flight and proudly worked for Air Saint Luke’s as well. I recently retired from EMS all together at the top of my carrier after 37 years of service.
In 2001, I bought and completely remodeled several homes in my neighborhood and rediscovered the joy of remodeling. On 5-5-2005, I established Levco Builders LLC. (Paying homage to my fathers company that initiated me into the industry) so that I could remodel a neighbors home legally.
- I am an active member of NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and serve as a chairman of several committees including Safety, Contractors who care, and Membership. I am a Certified Remodeler through the organization, and also earned my Universal Design Certified Professional recognition.
- I am a roundtable member of Remodelers Advantage aka. RAR (since 2014) group MVP x 1
- I was elected to the Board of Directors for PBCLRB (Professional Building Contractors Licensing Review Board) a group that is bringing voluntary licensure to Idaho Contractors.
- I am the Regional Associate for TRP (The Reuse People of America) A non profit group that fosters the love for reuse, repurposing, and recycling of building materials.
- I am a Pro Reviewer for IBOL the state of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensing The overseeing agency for contractors registration in the state
- I am on the Boise School District Construction Program Advisory board. A group dedicated to make construction cool for high school students
- I am an active member of the Sunrise Rotary club A worldwide service organization “Service before self “
I have been honing my remodeling skills while practicing remodeling, primarily in Boise Idaho in the older part of town called The North End, where I live.
As I gather momentum towards my goal of becoming the “go-to” remodeling firm in the treasure valley. I am solving all sorts of interesting problems and developing exciting new ways to exceed the expectations of my clients.
This is done through clear leadership, continuing education, persistence, great communication, the hard work and dedication of my staff, trusted trade partners, and an involved board of directors. I say “We are only as good as our reputation”. To that end, I am building a solid world class company that can handle all sorts of residential and light commercial remodeling projects.
Everyday we strive to create repeatable excellence and grow a vibrant community of remodeling clients by using best practices and sound business practices.
My outside interests include vintage British vehicles, woodworking, writing, and fixing anything and everything.
In order to be a real business, it takes employees to execute my vision. This is no small task, as my dreams are grand and vivid. Like JR Simplot and other successful business owners before me, I have assembled a wonderful team of exceptional individuals. I have essentially surrounded myself with likeminded folks with a myriad of life experiences to accomplish the work. Here is a snapshot of my amazing team members.
Kim comes from a bookkeeping background and is a CPA she recently moved from Oregon and apparently brought the weather with her. She steps in with a joy for small business and a love for construction so we are a natural fit. I told her we were a non- profit by accident not by choice. I also explained the we were bound and determined to systematize the office and do things with less urgency to install some calm into the building. Going 90 MPH with our hair on fire is not her style.
As a team player Kim is a hit. Once she wrangled her office furniture and gizmos into the places she wanted, she was quick to create a new sense of order to our systems and processes. I think she is a keeper. When she said this is the last job she ever wants to have it hit home and we are getting along swimmingly. I want that too!
CAD drafting and design 20+ years of experience with architectural CAD and a wide diversity of residential design and construction. Well over 100 projects approved and built, mostly in the Treasure Valley. interested in historic remodel, green building, and designing based on the owners’ vision.
Familiar with building code and the permitting process. friendly, innovative and easy to work with. Good working relationships with many local quality contractors in all of the construction trades. Proud to be a part of the Levco team.
Andrew and I collaborated several projects. Once I realized we worked well together, I offered him a spot on the team.
He is a member in a band and loves his music. He recently incorporated Chief Architect into his list of programs he has nearly mastered but prefers ARCHICAD “It is like Chief Architect on steroids”
Lynn is an interior Designer. She loves what she does and it shows. A referral from a friend in the business who knows me well. Lynn is eager and helpful, she is used to getting things done quickly and efficiently. She is always cheery and anxious to get the next assignment. No job too big and no job too small, Lynn is a superstar. As an organizer she is hitting it out of the park.
Our clients are in for a pleasant surprise and a wealth of product knowledge. Look forward to working with her during the Design Phase.
Lynn brings light into the room, calm, casual and professional, not assuming or snobby, she can help you discover the best look and value for your project. Once she has the assignment it is as good as done. A great addition to the team in one of the high profile positions that can make a remodeling project a fond experience and sets us apart from the other guys just a dab further.
Sean hails from Washington State, he is here gaining a degree in Construction Management from BSU. A Junior, he is excited to be our newest member of the team. Eager barely begins to explain where his head is at when it comes to being a sponge for knowledge. He wants to be an estimator and by golly he is going to be a good one. I am anxious to get his hands a little dirty doing some physical labor to get a better rounded experience. In his spare time he likes to fish and golf.
Sean is learning our “special sauce” from David and is quick to jump on the phone to figure out problems or get a straight answer from a sub trade specialist. A lightning bolt and self starter we have a live one on the line.
David Van Lydegraf
I have lived in the Boise area my entire life. Recently I followed up with Joe about an estimating internship through school. I started going to BSU in 2011 an am about to finish up my degree in Construction Management. I am excited to bring my fresh experience and make an impact with what I love doing. Just last year I purchased m first house and did some major remodeling to it, So Levco is a perfect fit for me.
In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, bowling, playing my saxophone and working on small projects around the house.
David was plucked out of the BSU Construction Management program. He comes to us with a calm steady sense of what he wants. He is a computer buff and loves numbers. I am excited that we are offering him an amazing opportunity to get a real life construction education.
I am a Boise native and love living in this valley. I enjoy riding vintage off-road motorcycles, camping and snowboarding.
My passion for building began many years ago when I was a metal fabricator. I was fortunate to participate in building the ski jump, luge, and bobsled run for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
It is also around this time I began working as an apprentice to a local carpenter for the Park City area and fell in love with wood working and have been a carpenter ever since.
I have worked in new construction and remodeling and find that both present unique and interesting challenges. I really enjoy building homes and projects that enhance people’s lives.
Steve is a two time recipient of the Levco K.A. Award which recognizes excellence in customer service and defending of our core vale “Create enthusiastic referrals.” Steve wants to own this company some day and is willing to walk over hot coals to make it great. Our “Keeper of the culture” He has made it clear that building a production team is supportive, enthusiastic, and works smart is his irreplaceable asset. He hopes to own this company one day. Steve is a two time winner of the “Levco KA Award”
I have been in the carpentry trade for most of my life. My dad had me stripping forms when I was 10 years old. We had a small woodworking shop in our basement for furniture and knik knack shelves. Having an uncle that was a contractor I learned house building from foundation to finish. I later worked into commercial projects in the Boise area.
I have enjoyed working specifically in the remodeling field since 1990. I enjoy working with our clients and seeing the project come together.
I like to go fishing and camping. As a family we like to get out of town play horse shoes, have barbecues and just spend time enjoying the outdoors.
I have known Larry and have looked up to him as long as I have been in the NARI organization. He adds an amazing body of knowledge, is a teacher and is an inspiration to the team.
My name is Brett Buckendorf; I grew up in Caldwell Idaho and moved to Boise in 2008. I became familiar with Levco through a long tenure at Flying Pie Pizza. I am very excited to be a part of the Levco team and add many skills to my life’s
toolbox. When I am not working I am camping rafting and enjoying the local music scene.
I worked with Brett’s uncle Bart for many years and the Buckendorf name is synonymous with hard work, mild mannered, thoughtful, kind people. I am proud to have Brett on my team and admire his attitude as we tune up his abilities. Brett is a winner of the “Levco KA award”.
Josiah comes to us fresh off the boat so to speak. A convert from the daily drag of a regular job he set out on his own to do remodeling to help people. He was killing it doing odd jobs and handyman work when I was told a bout him from a friend. Holy cow, we went to coffee and had a great chat, I had to do some fast talking and convince him to come on board but so far so good. He is a hard worker and a quick study, he is always moving and can not stand clutter or disorganization.
Jesiah is a order freak and can not stand clutter. calm cool and collected he wins folks over with his warm and gett’er done mentality. Willing to come to work sick we have to monitor his enthusiasm with common sense.
- NARI member #12553829 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Local chapter. (since 2007)
- NARI Certified Remodeler # 4350 (since 2010)
- Idaho Licensed Contractor PBC #1520
- Universal Design Certified Professional #85 (since 2012)
- Chair Person, Lead Awareness & Safety Committee, Membership, & Contractors Who Care.
- Board Member Local NARI Chapter
- Board Member Professional building contractors association
- Responsible Person Boise City CON06-00469
- Member Remodelers Advantage
Although I am not a member “accredited” for many reasons, I discovered that I have an A rating. (Weird)IMHO, a great reputation is earned one client at a time.
Our reputation is built upon a far more stable foundation than any “for profit outfit” masquerading as as a “Non-profit governmental agency” consumer protection organization can bestow.
For the same reason, Guild Quality, another rating service, can take a hike as well.