Kaya’s Years of Construction and Building Experience in the Portland Truly Sets it Apart

Kaya Construction’s successful building & remodeling experience as one of Portland’s Premier Remodelers sets it apart from all of the other general contractors in the region.  It all started in 2000 by Northwest native Greg Martin. Beginning as a laborer during high school, Greg learned construction skills and gained building experience that eventually took him through college where he earned two degrees; one in Political Science and one in Education from the University of Portland. After college, Greg spent two years working in Massachusetts for two non-profit organizations and spent his free time renovating an 1870’s home.

Upon returning to the Northwest, he worked in construction management at a large commercial and residential contractor in Seattle managing multi-million dollar projects. His career took off and he created and managed his own division, secured large contracts with companies such as Puget Sound Energy and managed commercial projects around the metropolitan Seattle area. However, his dream was to start his own company in Portland. When planning to build Kaya Construction into a premier Portland Remodeler, Greg hoped to work with people wanting to enhance or renovate their homes and buildings in a way that also fostered community improvement and development. He left the job in Seattle and moved to Portland, assembled a great crew of experienced and personable craftsmen and founded Kaya Construction. The company’s name was inspired by Greg’s passion for kayaking.

“The satisfaction of helping people realize their project dreams in the spirit of adding value to the community is really what this business comes down to,” says Greg, “and for that reason renovation is the majority of the work we do.” As one of the highest quality Portland Remodelers, Kaya also specializes in Additions, Dormers, Full Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms and more…

Today, Kaya prospers with a staff that is highly educated, skilled, gracious and honest. “Kaya strives to be cognizant of the world which we all live, by promoting products which are renewable and sustainable.” Kaya remains authentic and rooted to its beginnings by adhering to these basic principals and beliefs.

KAYA: (kai-ah) Connecting Our Community, Our Earth and Our Homes.

Kaya Construction, General Contractor, Portland, Builder, Home Remodel


Interior Renovation 90%
Additions & Dormers 88%
Design & Build 80%
Kitchens & Bathrooms 65%
Commercial 60%
Specialty 65%

Years of Experience

Completed Projects

Skilled Professionals


  • "We then asked our architect for help, and he recommended Kaya Construction. This turned out to be a wonderful thing. Greg sat down with us and consulted carefully with our ideas and budget in mind and was able to propose a complete project within our budget. What impressed us most was Greg's problem solving skills. He is creative and agile in terms of coming up with resourceful solutions for getting over any hurdles, as well as recommending alterations or ideas for the project that would make it better – lots of things we would not have thought of. For us, communication and responsiveness during the process was critical, and Greg and the crew turned out to be exceptional in that regard. Greg always aswered the phone or called back immediately with our questions or concerns. I felt like we had a true partner in this project, not just a contractor. The dormer addition was complete on time an came in right around the expected cost. "

    Gene Gratton
    North Portland
  • " Thanks for a job well done. We came to you with no expertise in remodeling and you were able to make the project as “painless” as possible. We are extremely pleased with the quality and professionalism of Cliff. As we have now completed this project it feels a bit like he is one of the family. He and Gabe were always prompt and courteous and a delight to have in our home. They worked through the numerous, unexpected problems with a smile. Again, thank you for a great job. As we look forward to further remodeling projects, you can rest assured that we will return to Kaya."

    Robert and Heléne Miller
  • "I used Kaya Construction, on an extensive renovation of rental apartments, did a quality job, on time and for a reasonable price. Altogether a pleasant experience, not only do I recommend Kaya, we are using them again."

    Roger Vrilakas
    Praedial II LLC
  • "We appreciate the integrity you displayed from the start, your expertise in getting us what we wanted, and the high quality of your construction skills. You're the best!"

    Judy Froemke / Sonya Gregg / David Froemke
    North Portland
  • Greg & The Kaya Crew, Thanks again for all of the hard work you guys put into our house remodel. We appreciate it so much and are so happy with the work completed! Greg thanks for the general oversight and Gabe thanks for keeping everyone on task. Also a big thanks to Hank and Jeff. They both truly care about their craft and it shows in everything from the framing to those trick bamboo floors. Also, a big thanks to everyone else we didn’t mention. Good fortunes to you all on future remodels!!!

    Ian, Melissa, Elise & Simon
  • I can’t say enough positive things about my home remodeling experience with Kaya. From our very first meeting to get a quote through the finish of the remodel. Kaya and all of its personnel and sub-contractors were courteous, professional, hard working and genuinely cared about the quality of the work being done as well as my concerns and needs. Perhaps most impressively, they bent over backwards to keep the rest of my house clean and protected while they worked. My job was finished quickly and the work was top notch. They worked within the framework of my budget to deliver me the finished product I was looking for. Kaya certainly gets my highest recommendation. Thanks again!

    Aaron Lopresti


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