Klaus Kubler: Constructing Success
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
PLEASANT HILL — Originally from Germany, Klaus Kubler got an early start in the construction industry under the tutelage of his father. “I was working with him for as long as I can remember—there are pictures of me as a five-year-old with tools in my hands,” he says. Despite his intention to stay on the tradesman path, Klaus’ career took an abrupt turn soon after he reached adulthood. “I was on track to become an electrical engineer when the opportunity arose to purchase a local bar. From there, I spent the next several years in the restaurant business. However, I kept my construction knowledge fresh by personally handling the renovations of the establishments I owned.”
Even though he found success as a restauranteur, the years of constant exertion left Klaus feeling the need for a fresh start. What he didn’t realize was that this would involve a transnational relocation. “I decided to sell my business, take some time off and visit some friends in the United States,” he remembers. “During my visit, I fell in love with the Bay Area and decided to stay.” Soon after, a one-time favor became a catalyst for Klaus’ return to construction. “A contractor friend of mine asked if I could help him with a job that was getting behind schedule, so I agreed,” he recounts. “Next thing you know, I obtained my contractor’s license and was back in the construction business.”
Today, as owner of Klaus Kubler Construction, Klaus says his favorite part of his job is solving difficult problems. “I love a good challenge. There’s nothing more rewarding than achieving something for a client that other contractors said couldn’t be done. I guess you could call me a professional problem solver!”
A resident of Pleasant Hill (where he lives with his wife, Petra), Klaus expresses his appreciation for the unique character of the Bay Area. “I like the atmosphere here—it’s a mixture of easygoing and hardworking, which I think is a good balance. Of course, I also love the climate.”
Outside of work, Klaus engages in a variety of active hobbies and pastimes. “My wife and I both enjoy food and socializing, so we do a lot of cooking and entertaining at our home, as well as dining out at local restaurants,” he says. “I also like being outdoors and exploring local parks.” Additionally, Klaus enjoys spending quality time with his and Petra’s two adult daughters, Lena and Anika.
In his life and career, Klaus espouses the importance of putting forth your best effort. “I’m a stickler for precision and quality, so I always try to achieve the best possible results in my work,” he explains. “I also try to apply that mindset in my personal life. Overall, I think the more effort you put into doing things right, the better the outcomes you’ll yield in the long run.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Klaus says he’d see the world. “It’s unlikely that I’ll ever retire because I love my job. However, if I did, I would do some traveling. There are several places I’d like to see, including Australia, New Zealand and South America.”
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: I drink both, but I’m a big coffee guy. I actually roast my own beans and have a top-of-the-line espresso maker at my house.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Kamado Sushi in Berkeley.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas, because it brings a nice, peaceful atmosphere. Also, I get to be Santa Claus—there’s a German school in Oakland that has a Christmas event every year, and I get to dress up as the fat man.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: German Christmas cookies—another reason I like Christmas so much!
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Antique doorbells.