“There is a lot of work available,” said Bancroft. “I knew being outside is where I was meant to be. I enjoyed my job and basic maintenance landscaping, walkways and retaining walls.” The business evolved into where Bancroft is now a general contractor for his clients. As a LLC, K.J. Bancroft will be able to grow as business needs grow. Now he works with a team of one full time employee and one part time employee focusing on residential and light commercial development.
The connections in various industries he has vetted over the years, allows him to pick and choose who he will work with on different projects, to have the best of the best working for the clients from CAD drafters and plumbers to electricians and builders. Bancroft examines the work history, Internet and social media presence for everyone he works with. “Essentially they’re carrying our name. We try to vet them very carefully,” he said.
The company is insured, but is not required to be licensed in the State of Maine. “Being nationally certified stands out among the competition. It puts us ahead of the curve to take the step to legitimize ourselves,” he said. “What I was taught and learned was like spending 25 years in the business.”
As a rule, he travels within a 25 mile radius of his home base in Raymond. He does work in Falmouth, Scarborough and is involved in a development project in the Standish/Buxton area.
“We’re proud of every project we roll out of,” he said.
K.J.Bancroft clears, stump grinds and moves trees, they cover the earthwork side and then they manage the project to completion.
“Our goal is to take it from A to Z, so the homeowner can sit back and have a point of contact,” Bancroft said. People who don’t use a general contractor can often have set backs that can throw off the entire timetable for subcontractors, putting projects behind for months.
K.J.Bancroft offers three different construction plans for homes featuring a ranch, a cape and a colonial, but all can be customized, he said. “They are canvases to start. What would you like to see?”
Land can already be owned or found first, then the home built, or K.J.Bancroft can do a whole building package from start to finish.
“We make sure the customer is completely happy. Communication is effective. Customers say it’s so easy to get in touch with me. It’s about customer service whether it’s a small $800 job or building a house,” Bancroft said. “If you’ve got a spot for us, we can make it happen.”
The company was named for himself and his son Kolton James. “I wanted to start something for him to continue,” he said.
Bancroft is very involved in the Raymond community. He was born and raised there. He is on the planning board, making him familiar with permitting in Raymond and thus in other towns. He is part of the Raymond Fire and Rescue Department and is a pilot for the Raymond Fire and Rescue boat.
He is a member of the Raymond Rattlers Snowmobile Club and donates from the business as well.
K.J. Bancroft wants the opportunity to use their skills to create projects that enhance the communities of the area.
K.J. Bancroft is a member of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.