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Your team is headed by Jim Edwards who started the company in 1994 and Andy Smith who joined in 1997 and became a partner in 2008.

Jim and Andy’s combined experience (over 65 years) in custom residential and commercial building and remodeling provides the assurance that Edwards Smith Construction has the experience to deal with and resolve any complexities your project may entail.

Jim and Andy limit the number of projects accepted each year – ensuring each gets the time, attention and expertise you deserve. Additionally, they insist on working with only the most talented and dedicated employees as well as subcontractors who share in the company's philosophy. Several individuals and companies have been associated with Jim and/or Andy for more than 20 years. At Edwards Smith Construction, we recognize it’s a team effort and that it takes the entire team (owner, architect, builder, subcontractors, etc.) working together to get the outcome you desire. The result is a project in harmony – and it’s evident in everything we build.

Click on any of the team members below to find out more...and be sure to check out what our clients have to say about the team HERE.

Meet The Team

Jim Edwards

Entered the construction industry in 1975 as a framer. After 13 years of firsthand experience, he branched out to become a general contractor, continuing to self-perform in multiple aspects of his construction projects. Jim has an inherent ability to surround himself with high quality, high performing personnel and subcontractors. Jim's success as a custom luxury home builder can be attributed to 40-plus years of experience, an eye for detail and strong communication skills.

Integrity, according to Jim, is what sets Edwards Smith apart. "Maintaining trust is paramount, not only in business, but in life. It's the foundation of our company."

Industry Involvement:

  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Idaho Building Contractors Association
  • North Idaho Building Contractors Association – Past Builder Director and past member of Strategic Planning and Government Affairs committees
  • Multiple Parade of Homes winner

Community Involvement:

  • Leadership CDA

Andy Smith, PHIUS CERTIFIED BUILDER℠

Entered the construction industry in 1990 as a framer. In 1995, Andy went into business as a framing contractor, where he was then hired by Edwards Construction, Inc. and framed multiple projects. By 1998, not only was he acting as the framing contractor, he was taking on superintendent roles for Edwards Construction, eventually merging companies in 2008, to become Edwards Smith Construction, LLC.

“Authenticity,” according to Andy, “is what matters. In a world where truth and honesty are becoming harder to find, being real, being authentic defines Edwards Smith. We’re the real deal. We tell the truth and work hard. We do what we say we’re going to do.”

Industry Involvement:

  • National Association of Home Builders
  • North Idaho Building Contractors Association
  • Passive House Alliance
  • Black Rock Design Review Committee

Community Involvement:

  • Kootenai Humane Society – Current board member and past president

Tom Henkel, Superintendent

Entered the construction industry in 1975 as a framer during the housing boom in Colorado. He has been with the company since the beginning, working with Jim Edwards prior to the Edwards Smith merger. In his role as superintendent, he strives to clearly communicate ideas and expectations with those involved in the projects he oversees. Throughout the life of a project, he provides continuity to the process, while ensuring a safe, efficient, productive and clean job site. 

“Seeing our clients using and enjoying the homes and commercial structures we have built for them gives me the greatest satisfaction,” says Tom.

Buff Kobs, Superintendent

Entered the construction industry in 1975 working for Dave’s Drywall in Coeur d’Alene. His association with the company goes back to completing the very first drywall job for Jim Edwards. Today, in his capacity as superintendent, Buff’s goal is to ensure everyone associated with a project is moving in the same direction. As a project nears completion, he enjoys seeing the talented labor of a lot of people come together to create a great home for the client.

“I am proud to be part of a tremendous group of talented craftsmen,” says Buff, “and that goes for all of our crew, as well as our subcontractors.”

Mike Ridlehoover, Superintendent

Entered the construction industry in 1997 building curved stairs. He started working for Smith’s Contracting Services in 2005 prior to the Edwards Smith merger. When asked what he sees as the most important responsibilities in his position as a superintendent, Mike said every piece of the puzzle – from the smallest to the largest was important, noting that paying attention to every detail is what sets Edwards Smith Construction apart from the competition.

Tipping the satisfaction scale for Mike is “handing over a one-of-a-kind work of art to our delighted clients.”

Chris Sears, Superintendent

Entered the construction industry in 1999 as a carpenter’s apprentice. He joined Smith’s Contracting Services in 2004. After a brief hiatus, he returned to Edwards Smith Construction in 2014. As a superintendent, Chris says his most important responsibility is making sure the highest level of quality and sustainability is achieved at each phase of the project.

Job satisfaction, says Chris, is the result of “providing quality craftsmanship, maintaining integrity and striving to exceed customers’ expectations.”

Max Martin, Finish Carpentry Superintendent (a.k.a. Trim Wizard)

Entered the construction industry in 1980, moving quickly from a laborer to a framer. He’s been with the company since the beginning, working with Jim Edwards prior to the Edwards Smith merger. Today he is responsible for trim design and the material takeoffs and budget associated with those designs. He also manages our trim crew. As time permits, Max is in the shop or our clients’ homes deriving his greatest satisfaction ensuring the end result, from conceptual drawing to finished product, is just as expected.

“Edwards Smith builds more than just functional houses,” says Max. “We create true works of art.”

Russ Nalley, Carpentry Superintendent

Entered the construction industry in 1988 handling framing, siding and concrete. He joined Smith’s Contracting Services in 1999 and has been a part of the Edwards Smith team ever since. He is charged with ensuring accurate material and labor estimates in addition to hiring our stellar crew.

At the end of the day, says Russ, “it’s about getting the right materials and the right staff to the right place at the right time, resulting in a job well done.” 

Hillary Fairfield, Project Administrator

With a bachelor’s degree in interior design and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, Hillary worked for various architectural and design firms in North Idaho in addition to running her own design and creative consulting business prior to joining Edwards Smith in 2014. As Project Administrator, Hillary helps bring clients’ visions to life, through documentation, selections, project coordination and collaboration with superintendents, crew members and subcontractors. She also offers clients in-house design services.

“My focus is making sure our clients are heard and their wants and needs are met in each phase of the project,” says Hillary, “guiding their unique vision to reality.”