Our Legacy | Our Story

“The quality and joy of a home is created by craftsmanship… without which, the home is unexceptional and spiritless”

~ Hans Robert Johnson, Founder
HR Johnson Homes

Kendal Johnson, CEO/President, HR Johnson Homes

Kendal Johnson, CEO/President
HR Johnson Homes

Our tradition of homebuilding distinction originated in Bergen, Norway in the nineteenth century. At the time, Bergen was Northern Europe’s fastest growing and most important commercial, shipping and industrial city. This rapid economic growth demanded a committed movement of artisans devoted to the highest quality of workmanship in the building trades. The strong work ethic and craftsmanship of our family’s first generation of carpenters, woodworkers and homebuilders was exceptional!

And that commitment has evolved over five generations in Europe and the United States to culminate in the refined approach to custom homebuilding that HR Johnson Homes is known for today. Our company is founded on extraordinary attention to detail, from the planning and design of our homes through every phase of the construction and building process. We are dedicated to standing above other homebuilders in quality craftsmanship, both inside and out.

At HR Johnson Homes, we have one focus — elite custom homes. Our specialization allows us to offer you superior, personalized execution during every phase of your homebuilding experience. That’s what you should expect, and as our client, that’s what you’ll receive.

The heritage of HR Johnson Homes began with the emigration of Hans Peter Johnson from Norway to the United States in the late 1880’s. In America, Hans Peter Johnson applied generations of experience obtained through the highly-skilled trades of carpentry and custom homebuilding in Northern Europe to the rapidly growing and industrious areas of the Northwest.

In following in his Father’s footsteps, Hans Robert Johnson and his sons Dennis and Dean continued to employ the expertise of the art of carpentry and custom home building over the ensuing decades as a Custom Home Builder in Montana, California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. Notably, the name of HR Johnson Homes is derived from the initials of Hans Robert Johnson and his son Dennis continues to be involved in the custom home building of HR Johnson Homes.

As the Builder and General Contractor of HR Johnson Homes, Kendal Johnson continues the legacy inherited from his father Dennis and his Grandfather Hans Robert Johnson regarding the application of unmitigated attention to detail in the home construction process and long-term dedication to customer service. As such, HR Johnson Homes focuses on building highly energy-efficient and green certified luxury custom homes with available accessibility and aging-in-place options to meet specific needs of the clients. In particular, HR Johnson Homes, as a Veteran owned company, is fully supportive of Veterans and wounded Veteran causes that blend high performance custom homes with accessibility and Universal Design options to aid the client to live as independently as possible within the home.

Comparatively, this same balance of building high performance custom homes with accessibility and Universal Design options is conveyed to homeowners that are Active Adults and Seniors in the sense of constructing the residence to match the living requirements (or future needs) of the clients.

In a brief biography, Kendal learned the building trades from his Father and Grandfather over many years as a young apprentice in Montana. Later, Kendal served in the United States Army as an Airborne Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division, and Kendal is also a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm of the first Gulf War. After the Army, Kendal graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree. While attending the University of Montana, Kendal worked full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in a Life Flight Ambulance and Emergency Room program. Upon graduation from the University of Montana, Kendal was employed as a Special Agent with a Federal Law Enforcement Agency for over a decade. After a career as a Special Agent, Kendal started a family and founded HR Johnson Homes in 2007 to carry on his heritage and tradition to build luxurious and high performance Handcrafted custom homes that match the dreams, aspirations, and particular needs of the homeowner.

Additionally, Kendal is trained and designated through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) as well as a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Energy Star Program, and Green Build Council (GBC).