About Us
....just in case you were wondering....

Man at work!!

                                            

                                             

Stand back, she has a weapon....

 

Puttin' the boys to work....

Just in case anybody wants to know, or someone actually looks at this besides our families, here goes....

 - Bruce Young  is originally from Lake County, Illinois, and is descended from one of it's oldest and most respected farm families. He has been a master carpenter for over twenty years and has built many multi-million dollar homes for large corporations. In the last decade, he has turned his attention to greener ways of building, focusing on using reclaimed old-growth wood. Currently, he prefers to build the things that make a house a home (heirloom furniture) rather than the dwelling itself.

 - Kathryn Thoman  is an architecture historian and has been kicking around abandoned buildings since the seventh grade. While living in London, England, she realized her passion for buildings and thier histories were what she wanted to pursue, and changed her college major.  Character Builders began after a local mansion was set for demolition, and she arranged to rescue items in the nick of time, then had no idea what to do with them.....so she is learning as she goes!

 - In our spare time, we work on our own houses, have a large organic garden, recycle like crazy, and raise the four children we have between us. (Who LOVE coming to work with us.) Occasionally, we do speaking engagements, trade shows, appear in publications, and update this website. We also laugh at each other and ourselves on a regular basis....