Twenty years ago this month – Sept. 1, 2001 – marked a major milestone for us. That was the date we founded JKD Builder.
After more than two decades of being the behind-the-scenes magician building gorgeous homes under other people’s names. Two decades of Keith wrangling and finessing subcontractors to prioritize his boss’ jobs while following his own exacting construction standards. Two decades of being the on-the-jobsite face and resource to homeowners as they watched their dreams become reality. Two decades of honing his craft and building a reputation as one of the top custom home project managers in Austin, it was time for Keith to begin making his own home legacies under his brand.
Just 10 days after we finally made what for us was a long-considered, bold but scary decision to launch JKD Builder, the world as we all know it changed. On Sept. 11, 2001, no one was thinking about what tile to choose for their new bathrooms, or which appliances they would want in their new home’s kitchen. Including us. The world stopped.
Each year when we remember 9/11, we remember our shock and fear and anger and grief. Like others, we can remember precisely where we were that day in detailed technicolor.
On the 20th anniversary of both 9/11 and JKD Builder this year, those emotions were also mixed with intense gratitude. Not only for the heroes that day, and the lives saved, and our country’s leaders. But also for the 20 years that came after that event, for a just-launched business whose trajectory could have taken any number of directions.