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We have a design build team of the finest carpenters, craftsmen and trades people available


As custom home building contractors, we have a design build team of the finest carpenters, craftsmen and trades people available.


John Snyder, founder of Classic Island Homes, Inc., began his career in the construction industry in 1973, working in adobe construction on the restoration of the Old Mission San Juan Bautista in California. There he handmade adobe bricks, adzed redwood beams, and learned many facets of the building trade.

John went on to work on numerous custom homes in the Santa Cruz area. He also owned and operated his own cabinet and woodworking shop.

In 1993 John started Classic Craftsman Log Homes, and built the construction company into a successful contracting operation in Lewis, Colorado. He built handcrafted log dwellings, specializing in high-end, one-of-a-kind, homes. In 2003 John founded Classic Island Homes, Inc. on the island of Kauai, a custom home building company aimed at building creative homes that harmonize with the natural beauty of the islands. Drawing from his background as a college art major, John blends influences from the Craftsman movement together with Scandinavian and Polynesian styles to craft island-style homes. Through Classic Island Homes John has served many satisfied customers that have become fast friends.


Licensed general contractor John Snyder is committed to honesty in business. Every effort is made to keep on schedule and within budget. He personally selects employees, subcontractors, and suppliers who share his business values, and is dedicated to maintaining good relations and communications between the client, the architect and his construction crew. His philosophy is that each project should be an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

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Licensed general contractor John Snyder, shoveling while making adobe bricks in the early days.