Schafer Construction – The Beginning

by Tom Schafer

As owner, operator, and CEO of Schafer Construction, I am personally invested in each and every project. I graduated from Montana State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology. My work life began in Reno, NV, where I answered an ad for a “carpenter’s helper with a truck and tools”.

I worked my way up from apprentice, to carpenter, to superintendent, to owner of Schafer Construction, Inc. within a ten-year span. At the time we left Reno, I performed all general contracting duties for custom homes and light commercial projects.

Schafer Construction moves to Bozeman, Montana

Thankfully, I was able to move back to the Gallatin Valley with my family in 2000. My years of experience in a highly regulated construction environment in Nevada gave me an edge in the Bozeman building market. I had learned production and quality techniques that were well suited to the structural framing projects in Bozeman.

I love a challenge and I thrive on providing a high quality product in a timely manner. My goal is to add value and efficiency to each project. Over the past fifteen years in Bozeman, I have differentiated myself from other framers through my hands-on, efficient, dependable execution of projects with time, site and structural difficulties. Dealing with those challenges rather than making excuses is what sets Schafer Construction apart.

What Sets Schafer Construction Apart

Previous experience with projects from start to finish reinforced the idea that the framing contractor was a large factor in the success of the project. Success defined as quality, timeliness and adherence to budget. If the framing was correct the first time it made everyone else’s job easier – nobody has to make allowances for incorrect rough openings, rooms out of square or joists in the way of plumbing and HVAC.

We pride ourselves on meeting the challenges your project offers! We love to pre-build components on the ground keeping our crews safer and expediting some of the more difficult elements of the job. This leads to higher quality work, shorter schedules and better use of resources.


We were all very impressed with the professionalism of the crew and the politeness shown to not only us, but to other crafts.  It was a pleasure to see the cleanliness and pride you maintained and the schedule coordination throughout your work on site.  One example of the quality of your work was demonstrated by the perfect alignment of the stud wall that the kitchen cabinets were mounted on. We, and the General Contractor, appreciated all aspects of working with you and we all know that you and the crew went above and beyond what would normally be expected.

Joe Nelson, Elder, Co-Chair Building Committee
Springhill Presbyterian Church

Photo of Tom, CEO of Schafer Construction, & his wife, Joan Schafer standing in a field before a custom modern home.