Salem, NH 603.952.3192
Amherst, NH 603.769.4938

Ladd Kautz

Design Consultant


Education: Mitchell College, University of Bridgeport, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Experience: Hospital Chaplain, Former Company Trainer and Area Manager for a national food retailer, CEO of a national building company, Husband and Dad

Design Philosophy: I share a fundamental philosophical point of view best written by John Ruskin. He wrote, “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” This is a “truth” that has guided me in my personal and professional life. Ruskins really is talking about investing in what you do, not going for short term satisfaction or gain, but investing for the long term. In remodeling, projects must pass Ruskins litmus test. As a designer, I must uncover my clients’ aspirations and goals. Only then can I assist them in meeting these goals and expectations. Great design is achieved by combining functionality, form, simplicity and beauty at the price one is willing to pay to get the value one desires. Applying that concept to my life, I have something better. I’ve been given 5 wonderful children, 6 grand children , a great wife and partner, a large and close knit family and great friends. I am a man of faith. I enjoy the outdoors, above and below the water, dahlias, golden retrievers, blue sky and rain. I am a Reiki Master and enjoy teaching and practicing it. Life is good and the sun is still rising in the sky.