Brekhus Tile & Stone is an award-winning, family-owned business founded in 1998. Architect, owner, and CEO Kym Brekhus ensures expert estimating, technical planning and impeccable execution. “Kym’s educational and professional background adds a unique asset to our company. Competing tile companies don’t normally have this advantage.” -company founder Jeff Brekhus
In 1995, Jeff was working as a mechanic for Continental Airlines. When this company decided to leave the Denver area, Jeff found himself faced with a new opportunity, to relocate or get a new job. He decided to get into light tile construction.
“About 15 years ago, the day before Christmas Eve, I was picking up some material and there was a big general contractor at the store. He asked if I could do a hotel and I said I’ve never done one, but sure. We did the hotel then he got a multi-family project of high-end finishes in Breckenridge and asked me for a quote. That is how I got into the commercial world.” – Jeff Brekhus
Today, Brekhus Tile & Stone installs tile and natural stone in some of Colorado’s most high-profile projects, including the Colorado Supreme Court building, Denver International Airport and Union Station. Actually, the company, which does about 70% commercial and 30% high-end residential, is two companies.
“Seven years ago we decided that since a lot of people asked if we did granite work as well, we would open a fabrication shop,” Jeff says. “We called it Brekhus Marble & Granite.”
There was just one catch: In order to find the time and energy to start a new company, Brekhus needed someone to run the original company. For that, Jeff turned to his wife, Kym.
“I hired Kym about nine years ago because I needed someone who could read architectural plans,” he recalls. “She was an architect who had been laid off when her firm went out of business. She said she would help out for a while until a new architect’s position came available, but has stayed ever since.”
One of the things that sets the Brekhus company apart as a sub-contractor on commercial projects is that every job is assigned a project manager, who is on site weekly and stays in constant contact with the general contractor. Additionally, Jeff is in the field every day, making sure the lines of communication stay open.
Brekhus Tile & Stone is the only fabricator in the Colorado region to offer a full service operation in order to meet all client needs – all of which include designing, supplying material, fabricating and installing for not only commercial projects, but residential as well. We work throughout the Denver, Colorado area and have delivered superior craftsmanship in hundreds of jobs in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes and the nation’s largest restaurant and hotel chains.
“We work on a schedule,” Jeff explains. “That is the most important thing to a general contractor. The hands-on aspect of the ownership makes it easier to do business with us. We can make decisions on the spot and if change orders need to be signed, I am right there. I have my camera (I probably take 200 photos per day) and send photos of what the conditions really are on the jobsite to the contractor. There is a lot of dialogue going on all the time.”
Our organization takes pride in being well versed in all related tile and stone needs. One of a kind custom stone fabrication and installation is what we specialize in, as well as intricate tile installation. Many of our jobs are custom, complex, intricate jobs that present technical challenges that often other companies tend to avoid.
“Our basic philosophy is on all of our business cards. Quality, Timely, Professional. That pretty much says it all.” –Jeff Brekhus
Here at Brekhus, we understand the importance of your job and pride ourselves in delivering the best customer service in the stone and tile industry. Stop by our showroom to see just how we can be of benefit to your next tile and stone project.
Brekhus Marble & Granite
Brekhus Tile & Stone has its own shop where we manufacture custom countertops and stone for complex multi-piece designs.
• Commercial & Residential Projects
• Expert Installation
• Historical & New Construction Projects
• Repair & Maintenance
• Interior & Exterior Tile & Stone
• Custom Stone Fabrication
• Waterproofing & Steam Showers
• Large & Small Projects
• Detailed Shop Drawing
• Counter-top Template Layout
Brekhus Tile bidding reflects consideration of best-priced materials, informed consultation, quality craftsmanship in labor, and reliable on-site management to prevent cost overruns.
Residential: Our staffed interior designers will quote residential countertop or tile projects based off of provided customer job information. After material selection has been finalized to determine the scope of the project it is then that our fabrication shop will set up a time for a laser guided template that provides us with accurate measurements. Once template has been completed, a shop drawing layout (see image) will be sent to the client for approval. Once approved, the fabrication shop can then move the project into process. Typical time frame from start to finish usually range from 2-3 weeks (3-5 business days for the fabrication shop to get in contact to set up a time for template and 10-15 business days from time of template to installation, however this process could be held up if customer approval is not approved within a reasonable time frame).
Commercial: Once we receive client bid inquiries, one of our commercial estimators will be assigned to your project. When the project is awarded, our staff will have all information saved and organized for scheduling. Submittals are provided to ensure general contractors and estimators are on the same page. Shop drawings and schedules are sent for approval prior to install. Our expert estimators are onsite weekly to ensure job quality and maintain project deadline scheduling. Upon project completion, we provide you with close out documents which include warranty information, material care and maintenance.