We Create Home.
Established in 2002, Great Northern Builders provides creative, timely, and green-friendly solutions for home remodeling projects, while maintaining the rich character that defines New England architecture.
We pride ourselves on building a reliable and honest relationship with our clients. We guide our clients through an established and predictable pre-construction process, making all of the "unknowns" known before construction begins. We achieve excellent customer satisfaction through listening, attention to detail, and by exceeding expectations. Delivering high-quality work is our top priority and we will continue to add beauty and functionality to our community, one home at a time.
Our mission is to design and build beautiful solutions for our clients home remodeling needs. We deliver a pleasant, stress-free experience while producing quality work, guaranteed.
We take care of the details; you enjoy the results:
From creating conceptual designs through managing a quality construction process, Great Northern provides a comprehensive remodeling experience. From the first time you pick up the phone to call us, we will be your single point of contact & guide you through our well-developed planning and remodeling process.
With our design capabilities, we are a perfect fit for executing substantial kitchen and bath remodels, whole house renovations/expansions requiring expertise in not only building forms but also its systems and proportion, interior space planning, permitting regulations, and technical know-how with respect to structural, mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems.
What's it like to work with Great Northern Builders?
- Collaborative, innovative, and thorough
- Design and budget work together from day one
- Excellent communication with client and crew
- Efficient team work that provides quality results from a staff that is friendly and dependable
- Commitment to Timeline
- Clean and orderly work sites
- Warranty work and follow up
- You’re a client for life!
Client / Craftsmanship / Community / Family
We are more than just home construction professionals. We take an active, involved role in our community, within our industry, and the various charities we support.
- We value each client and treat them with respect
- We practice ethical business values with our clients, trade partners and staff
- We build relationships on honesty, integrity and trust
- We utilize the best industry practices in all facets of construction
- We handle each project as if it were our home
- We maintain professional demeanor with every interaction, even during the most trying circumstances
- We play an active role in our community schools, library, 4H, and town events
- We provide sponsorship to those organizations in need of help
- We are actively involved in our trade’s associations locally, regionally and nationally
Combining ongoing education into the latest advances in building science and a deep appreciation for the traditions, beauty and practicality of New England architecture, Great Northern Builders offers industry-leading aesthetic and functional designs to create a beautiful home for each client.
While we will travel for projects and have done work well beyond the towns listed below, our typical range includes: Maine - South Berwick, Eliot, York, Ogunquit, Wells, Berwick, North Berwick, Kittery, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport New Hampshire - Dover, Rollinsford, Durham, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Newington, Greenland, Rye, Madbury, Barrington, Lee
Kitchen & Bath Remodels • Additions • Whole House Remodels • Deep Energy Retrofits • Multi-Generational Living/Aging-in-Place • Finished Basements, Attic & Roofline Remodels • Custom Carriage Houses & Barns • Home Offices • Porches/Decks/Patios/Outdoor Living • Guest Cottages • Vacation Properties • High-Quality Apartments
What Great Northern customers and trade partners are saying about us:
"We give you all the highest kudos for all aspects of the job you did for us. Especially, we appreciate your responsiveness to our particular needs. That is, you listened to us, a rare thing these days. Your work was timely and professional. We are pleased with it all, and have already recommended you to friends. Feel free to have folks call us for references."M.S., South Berwick, ME
"Len and Maya were terrific to work with. They were great communicators, professional and timely and the completed work went just as we'd hoped. As new homeowners, Len walked us through a big project, making suggestions and offering ways to think ahead about possible outcomes that we hadn't considered. They clearly love the work they do, and they made sure we were comfortable and understood the process of the renovations well before moving on to the next project phase. Overall, we would recommend them with confidence, and we look forward to working with them again on future projects for our home."J.O., South Berwick, ME
"We love our kitchen remodel!! The enjoyment of the loveliness still has not worn off – it is everything we hoped it would be and more!"L.J., South Berwick, ME
"Our favorite part of working with Great Northern Builders is that they are a personable company. It's easy to coordinate jobs with them and they make sure they communicate well. Not only do we work with them professionally, but they are the contractor we've chosen to work in our own home. We couldn't be more pleased."D.B., Mr. Electric, Rollinsford, NH
"Buying a fixer-upper seemed like a great idea, until we realized how miserable it can be to work with contractors. When we found Len, life got so much better! We have called him for project after project, and are always happy with the experience. He is responsible and easy to work with, but even more importantly, he has exceptional judgement. He plans ahead and anticipates potential issues BEFORE they become major problems, which has saved us time, money, and stress. This is what sets him apart from the others - and keeps him on our speed dial."W.J., Portland, ME
"The crew at Great Northern Builders are true professionals. They were timely in their work and the kind of people that allowed you to walk out of your house and know everything would be fine when you returned. They are honest, well spoken, helpful, creative and skilled. The crew worked through and around a most uncooperative winter. Len's estimate was right on target. The few changes to the original plan were handled in a way that was reasonable to both Len and to me. Any sub-contractors were also highly satisfactory, and Len's overall orchestration made the job flow nicely. TOTALLY recommend Great Northern Builders!"C.G., South Berwick, ME
"Very professional. Always on time. Great Northern Builders did an awesome job and made our house into a beautiful home!"S.C., Shapleigh, ME
"I want to thank Scott and Len for having the cleanest, neatest worksite I have ever seen!"N.P., South Berwick, ME
"We are so pleased with the deck Great Northern built – solid as a rock and aesthetically very pleasing. This was a challenging project – needing to adapt the design, working with and around other subcontractors, meeting a pressing deadline, and handling a building inspector keen for details. Len and his crew navigated all of this so skillfully, and have given us a deck of Master Carpenter quality that will last us a long long time. For any future projects, Great Northern will be top on my list to call."R.P., South Portland, ME
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Great Northern Builders, Inc. has developed into one of the premier design/build remodeling companies in southern Maine. Owner and designer Len Bogh discovered early on a passion for working with existing spaces to create beautiful and lasting solutions for his clients’ home remodeling needs. Each project that Great Northern designs thoroughly blends the distinctive character of the house they are working on along with their customer’s unique vision, ultimately producing a rewarding remodeling experience.
Len, his wife Maya, Great Northern’s business manager, and their Project Manager, Scott Buchanan, work closely with their clients to ensure an enjoyable and smooth process, from initial design consultation to final walkthrough, and beyond.
Our aim is for each of our clients to become part of the ever-growing Great Northern family-homeowners who look forward to working with us as a trusted partner in all of their future remodeling needs.
Len is a fourth-generation Mainer. He traces his roots back to his great-great grandparents who came to Portland from Denmark. Heading west for college, Len majored in history and English at Montana State University. The draw of Maine brought him back and he soon began working as a carpenter on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay. He was fortunate to apprentice with several old school New England craftsmen in his formative years, teaching him time-honored building techniques and enhancing his innate love and appreciation for his craft. Len has accumulated vast experience in all facets of building. This knowledge and passion comes shining through on each and every project Great Northern undertakes.
Maya grew up in Montreal, Canada. Her father is from Southern India and her mother, from Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She grew up traveling in Canada and the US, as well as India, and Australia. Maya graduated with Honors in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a minor in Biology. After graduation, she worked for Fairmont Hotels in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. It was here that she developed her skills in maintaining the highest degree of client satisfaction.
After five years, it was time to return to a real love – teaching horseback riding at a girls’ sleep-away camp in Poland, Maine. It was there she met Len, who was helping to build a new horse barn with Pennsylvania Amish Timber Framers. Immediately star-crossed, they soon married.
Maya’s role in Great Northern began with organizing Len’s records and bookkeeping responsibilities. Over the years, it has evolved into a true partnership. Some of the many areas Maya handles include: legal matters, contracts, human resources, and various trade associations both locally and on the national level. She is laser-focused on maintaining structure, so clients and trade partners alike receive what they need, when it was promised. Achieving the highest level of client satisfaction is always Maya’s first priority.
Scott is a talented and creative craftsman who takes a great deal of pride in his work. With a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and a decade of experience in home renovation, he has both the skills and knowledge to handle just about anything that pops up as a project progresses. Excellent communication skills with both the client and the office ensures a smooth project from start to finish. As a lifelong artist, Scott's eye for aesthetics blends well with his practical understanding of construction fundamentals. The results are projects that are both highly functional and visually appealing. He looks forward to adding you to Great Northern’s growing list of satisfied customers.