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About Us

Butch Kronlund, President of Big Sur Builders, began his career in building in 1975 on the central coast of California. Initially specializing in the field of structural concrete construction, Butch and his crews successfully completed over 80 significant projects on the steep hillsides of Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay and Pismo Heights. Those projects were predominantly related to foundations and retaining walls, and weighted heavily towards hand-formed, carefully crafted and highly accurate starting points for others to elaborate on.

In 1990, the Kronlund Company was awarded the contract for all structural and decorative concrete work at Big Surís Post Ranch Inn. Once the original scope of work was completed, Butch stayed on as superintendent of construction and from that association grew a deep and abiding love for creating enduring quality amid nature's beauty.

Throughout the 90ís, the Kronlund Company became even more enmeshed in difficult, “off the grid” projects that provided challenges both architecturally and organizationally.

In 1998, El Niño struck Big Sur and those that lived through that event still speak in awe. Roads closed and people under immense pressure networked and helped one another unconditionally. A very rough time but in retrospect, a defining moment in shaping Big Sur Builders future.

In 2000, the Kronlund Company contracted with the Esalen Institute to recreate the original “Cliffside Bath” experience as interpreted by Mickey Muennig, “The Premier Oraganic Architect” of our time. The results are stunning.

From the completion of the Baths Project to the present, many other projects, large and small, contemporary and traditional in style and execution have been constructed under the new entity of Big Sur Builders. Some of these projects can be seen on the Projects page.