Somrak Concept and Structure was founded in 2007 with the commitment to deliver high-end custom residential and commercial building services. These services range from consultation and design to turn-key finished products. The proven efficiency behind this method of incorporating both design and build under one roof results in beautiful projects, expedient timeframes, and exceptional value to our clients, while never sacrificing quality.

Founder and President Benjamin J. Somrak, is joined by an extraordinary team to deliver your project in the highest fashion. We love what we do, which is always reflected in our work. We understand that earning your trust on a major investment is an honor and a privilege that we never take lightly. Thank you for stopping by our website, and we look forward to hearing from you!
A key success factor to any great project is a solid plan in-place prior to the shovel hitting the dirt.  Our team can effectively plan out your project, create scope notes, assign and align the team, and factor in all variables in order to avoid surprises that cost time and money once the job is in process. Facilitate competitive subcontractor bid pricing Budget Preparation, Cost Estimating & Analysis Value Engineering and Design Comments Timeline and Schedule Generation
Your incredible and beautiful home starts with us at the design phase. Our company prides itself on efficient design that fits your lifestyle in a design-build package that can't be beat. Who better to design your home than those who will build it? When we design your home, all of the details and questions that usually arise in the building process are already figured out come time to build it. After all, time is money and our proven method saves both of them so you can get back to enjoying your life in the beautiful Gunnison Valley. We enjoy the process of getting to know you, your family, and your lifestyle sometimes years before we put a shovel to the dirt.
New Construction
Ready to get going on one of the greatest adventures of your life? We look forward to making your project happen in the highest fashion.  From design to build, our well equipped team is excited to take on your project. With dedicated Project Managers for each job, backed by our dedicated office staff we have the experience you need in a builder, that simply, no one else can touch.  Our team looks forward to the opportunity to show you why we are the most highly respected builders in the Crested Butte area.
As the designer and builder for your remodel project, our all-in-one approach fuels creativity and success alike. The challenges of a remodel can be anticipated early in the design phase to save money and time when it really counts. In the design phase we bring your vision to life in our CAD programs and work in efficiencies for the building phase from day one. Just like new construction, throughout the project we also offer our interior design package that meets your needs and lifestyle for years to come.

New Construction

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Crew 23


Only the best of the best have ever been allowed to represent the number 23.

Our designers, carpenters, office staff and engineers work together seamlessly with one goal in mind: providing the ultimate in client satisfaction.  Crew 23 is our team of talented workers that embrace our values and commitments to creating incredible homes that are a reflection of our passion and skill.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you why we are the most highly respected building firm in the Gunnison Valley.

Meet Crew 23


Ben Somrak

Ben Somrak

Ben Somrak was born and raised in the Gunnison Valley and is a sixth-generation native of Crested Butte, having founding family roots dating back to the 1860s. He is a graduate of Western State Colorado University, where as a collegiate student, Ben worked closely with his mentor Sean Norton and developed a passion for the design and build trade. Ben has always been quite obsessed with the concept of of keeping the  harsh mountain weather out of the inside of a home, and creating a year-round sanctuary for our clients to enjoy.  Ben’s many years of building experience offer our clients a keen understanding of both the design and build phase of projects in this often-brutal high mountain climate. Along with his wife, best friend, and business partner Kate Somrak, Ben strives to create the ultimate “one-stop-shop” home building experience that there is.  Your largest investment is Ben’s biggest priority, valued with trust, skill, craft, experience, and transparency being the paramount elements determining the success of our final product.  Many times Ben is the architectural designer of our projects, which – in his own words, “Let us cook off our own recipes” and create great homes in an efficient manner without multiple lines of communication to become tangled-up in.  Ben was once voted back-to-back winner of “Best Skier” for “Best in the Butte,” a poll of the Gunnison Valley community. He is also a retired firefighter where he spent 12 years serving his community with pride, and earned the coveted 2007 “District Person of the Year” award.  During rare off-time away from a demanding work schedule, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife Kate, daughter Avery (named after one of Ben and Kate’s favorite mountains), and son Canaan, as well as enjoying craft beers in the Colorado sunshine with his friends and clients alike.

Kate Somrak

Kate Somrak

Kate grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Iowa graduating with a B.B.A. in marketing. She moved to CB in 2008 looking to explore her passion for the mountains and fell in love with the unique small town community. Kate joined the team in 2013. Her extended knowledge of sales and marketing, accounting background, and focus on client satisfaction made her the ideal candidate to “steer the ship.” Kate and Ben make the perfect team; Ben with his big ideas and creativity drives the artistic perfection behind the finished product while Kate manages the efficiencies of getting to that finished product through her clear vision, attention to detail and organized plan. Together, they feel both fortunate and humbled to help others share in their dreams of making this magical place a home. Kate can be found skiing with her beautiful daughter Avery, hiking with the family, mountain biking, water skiing, or practicing yoga. If you catch her during football season, you’ll find her cheering on her favorite team – the Chicago Bears!

Kyle Skinner

Kyle Skinner

Lead Carpenter Kyle Skinner moved to the Gunnison Valley in 2004 to pursue a college education and the mountain life that New Jersey could not supply and hasn’t looked back since. Kyle has been banging the nail for the better part of his adult life, mostly in Colorado, starting it off with a touch of East Coast carpentry. Kyle has worked on several projects throughout Crested Butte, all along acquiring the touch that custom home building in this part of the world requires. Kyle has plans to be a long time resident of Crested Butte, his beautiful wife and two adorable kids are going to help him make that goal a reality. When not creating the masterpiece that is a custom home, Kyle enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and spending time with his family. Kyle looks forward to seeing you on that next project!

Jeremy Erickson

Jeremy Erickson

Jeremy Erickson is one of our Project Managers and has spent a good portion of his life on the jobsite. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL where his Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather before him all made their livings in the construction industry. Jeremy spent 6 years in the Gunnison valley from 1999 to 2005, obtaining a degree in Economics and Enviornmental Studies from Western State Colorado University. Jeremy eventually moved back to Chicago working for, as a Field Superintendent, Project Manager, and Certified LEED Accredited Professional at Glenn H Johnson Construction. He has experienced the high stakes world of commercial construction and learned how to satisfy demanding clients such as Home Depot, Best Buy, Kroger, and many more on large scale projects. Through his experience, Jeremy has realized the importance of honesty, efficiency, teamwork, and getting the job done correctly the first time around. He returned to Crested Butte to enjoy the quality of life and work with clients on a more personal basis in a small town atmosphere. When not at work he enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, rock climbing, 4-wheeling, and fishing around the Gunnison Valley.

Frank Mangum

Frank Mangum

One of our Project Managers, Frank is truly brilliant; a mathematical whiz with artistic flair. The perfect combination for a leader on complex projects with an array of details. Seeing the whole project through all phases, scheduling and of course paying close attention to those details are what sets Frank apart from others in the Valley. His favorite day on site is when we’re installing the big posts and beam timbers on crane day. Being from North Carolina, he’s humbled and inspired by the vastness of public lands in Colorado. On a day off you might find him climbing fourteeners, rafting on the Gunnison river with his family, ATVing in Moab, making pottery in the garage or playing keyboards at the Eldo with his local band MILLK.



Ben Brown

Ben Brown

Ben moved to the valley from New Hampshire and quickly fell in love with Crested Butte. He loves living here because the mountains are truly our outdoor playground and we have open access to them at all times of the year. He loves working in the construction industry because of the immediate gratification you see as a result of the work you put in every day. The finish stage is his favorite part of a project because you really get to see your hard work pay off when everything comes together. His attention to detail and ability to proactively think about the needs of a project on a daily basis make Ben one of our best trim carpenters. When not at work, you can find Ben mountain biking and camping in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.

Toby Martin

Toby Martin

There’s something about putting on bags and getting to work every morning that makes Toby feel good. Rest assured that if Toby is on your job site, things are getting done. His vast skillset allows him to excel in many different areas of building a custom home but he appreciates the finish stage the most. Like many of our other crew members, he truly takes pride in his work. Toby loves living in a small town – breathing in the clean mountain air and enjoying the room to explore. In the summertime you can find Toby riding his Harley Davidson on the open road and in the winter you’ll see him out on the hill snowboarding or snowmobiling – anything to enjoy the great outdoors!

Warren Seekatz

Warren Seekatz

Warren came to Colorado from the suburbs of Chicago in 2003 and fully emerged himself in the mountain lifestyle. He is one of our valued carpenters here on Crew 23 and has been involved in all stages of our custom home builds from excavation to punch list. He loves seeing a job through from beginning to end and especially enjoys the details of fine finish work and nerding out on the latest and greatest tools for the job. When not at work you can find him enjoying the vast wilderness, around town, dirt biking, snowmobiling or with his family. He, his wife Heather, and their son Gus are proud homeowners in downtown Crested Butte and plan on being in this magical town for a long time!

Heather Seekatz

Heather Seekatz

Heather Allyn joined the SCS Team in 2017 and brings her experience and talented design eye to the office. Heather has a BFA in Interior Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.  As the in-house designer, she looks forward to making your project as beautiful as possible. Heather is also in charge of the insurance requirements along with safety programs we offer to our employees.  Along with her husband and SCS carpenter Warren Seekatz, they are another great example of our family oriented and close-knit team that we pride ourselves on.

Dennis Sanderson

Dennis Bio Coming Soon….

Lucas Kaichen

Lucas Kaichen

Lucas joined our Team on the most complex project taken on to date and impressed us with his great attitude and unparalleled skillset as a carpenter. Lucas enjoys being up in the air framing and seeing a project through to its final stages. There is a true sense of pride when you can look back and see everything come together as an amazing finished home. Lucas enjoys living in the Valley because we’re surrounded by so much beauty here and you can always enjoy the views. When not working, you can find Lucas enjoying good food and good times with his family. Hunting, hiking and endless back roads keep him and his wife happy in this small corner of the world.

Virginia Hewlett

Virginia Hewlett

Virginia grew up coming to Crested Butte as a child and has loved waking up in Paradise every morning since. She recently started working on the financial side of the construction industry and appreciates the intimate view into one of the largest industries in CB. She thinks it’s really amazing to see how all of the raw materials and receipts on the back-end come together to form your masterpiece/home as a finished product. When not at work you can find Virginia taking her son Brodie and two four-legged children on hikes around Crested Butte.

Mike Arbaney

Mike Arbaney

Mike Arbaney is the founder and principal engineer of Colorado Structural, Inc. He grew up in the Aspen Valley and has always been fascinated with the building process. He began his professional experience working in the construction industry building large custom homes in and around Aspen. Mike has had over 8 years of construction experience working with concrete, steel, and wood composite structures. He then went on to receive a BS degree in Civil engineering with an emphasis on structural and geotechnical engineering from CSU. Mike has over 8 years of engineering experience, including large custom homes, affordable housing, residential remodels, commercial buildings, multi-unit residential buildings, bridges, and hotel and restaurant renovations in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Mike’s hands-on experience as a builder provides him the skills and understanding of the construction process necessary to provide clients with a superior set of engineering plans ready for our team to make a reality.

Clients Testimonial

Somrak Concept and Structure and it’s president Ben Somrak should be considered for any project large and small ranging from design to a full construction package. For us, he contributed to the design, kept us on budget and made some great recommendations as the project progressed on a difficult mountain lot and his follow up was beyond reproach. His choice of his regular employees and subcontractors was on the mark. Interim billing was very clear and explained totally when we had questions. Bottom line is that should we embark on another project, Ben Somrak would do it.

Don and Missy B. from North Carolina

I hired Somrak Concept and Structure Inc. to add three bedrooms to a home we purchased in Mt. Crested Butte in October of 2013. Ben Somrak did the architectural design work and managed the construction. Be and his sub-contractors were professional, timely and respectful during the process as much of the time we were occupying the house. Ben had great ideas and solved several existing problems which were out of his scope of responsibility. They were on time and matched the quality of the existing custom home. Ben was a pleasure to work with and best of all, he was under budget! I would give Somrak Concept and Structure Inc. my highest recommendation.

Mark W. from Houston

Ben Somrak and the Somrak team were fantastic to work with throughout the process. We purchased a Mountain home which was in need of a full updated renovation. We met with Ben and shared our vision of the transformation we were targeting. Ben was a great partner throughout sharing ideas from previous projects, looking for opportunities to repurpose existing items in the home and keeping us informed from afar throughout the project. Ben works with top notch sub-contractors and has a keen eye for detail. He demands excellence from his team and works with only the highest quality partners. Our home was recently featured in Crested Butte News highlighting the transformation. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to enjoying many years on the Mountain in our fantastic “New” Home.

Dirk W. and Louise P. from California

Somrak provides the ultimate environment of trust and transparency every owner wants when building a house or doing remodeling. The attention to detail and craftsmanship delivered were top notch as it can be seen in our project pictures.

Eduardo and Kimberly M. from Indiana

From design to final product, Ben Somrak and his team have been great to work with. His attention to detail and professionalism is top-notch. He kept us on budget and was able to turn our visions into reality. Every detail exceeded our expectations. He delivered an amazing home that is better than we ever could have imagined.


Cindy G. from Boulder

We had the pleasure of working with Ben during the design phase and Jeremy during the construction phase. In short, it was a very smooth process with very few hiccups. When we first met with Ben, he took a lot of time to really understand our needs and goals for our home. His first draft of our plans were 90% on target. After a few rounds of minor revisions, it was time to hand the project off to Jeremy to break ground.

We broke ground on August 19, 2015 and received our certificate of occupancy on April 4, 2016. Needless to say, we were very pleased with that timeline, especially considering we built throughout the winter. Jeremy is probably the most organized person we have worked with. We never waited on subs or suppliers and he managed the timeline perfectly. Quality-wise, we are extremely happy with the final product. When Jeremy turned over the keys, the house was complete and ready for move in. Any minor issues that came up after we moved in were dealt with very quickly. 

Building a home can be very stressful, and we would be lying if we said there were not stressful moments. But Ben and Jeremy minimized those stressful moments and made the process fun and enjoyable. As it should be! We completed the project ahead of schedule and on budget. What more can you ask for!

We recommend Somrak Concept and Structure enthusiastically and without reservation. If you would like to speak with us directly, feel free to get our contact information from Ben or Jeremy.

Chad and Shelby M. from Crested Butte

Ben designed and built our home in 2010-2011. He was under budget and completed the project 2 months ahead of schedule. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him.

Jesse and Nina W. from Crested Butte

I view Ben as one of the most talented, outstanding young and upcoming contractors in the north end of the Gunnison Valley.

David O. from Illinois

Ben has approached this job with total commitment and enthusiasm. He clearly loves what he does, and is determined to deliver a great product. He has been creative, flexible, and responsive throughout. In those situations where he could have cut corners, he hasn’t, and the cabin is a testament to this attention to detail and quality. The cabin is a little masterpiece – it was thoughtfully designed and beautifully constructed. The end product far, far exceeds our expectations.

Seth N. and Priscilla N. from New York

Our realtor introduced us to Ben in the summer of 2012 when we found a Crested Butte property that looked like it had potential. Ben met with us at the property and explained his vision of how the place could be remodeled. As we walked through the unit, Ben’s exuberant personality and obvious experience got us very excited to begin the demolition. Since we live in Texas and would not visit the job site until completion, Ben communicated with us via email and telephone, sending us pictures as often as he could of the progress.

Three grueling months later, our Colorado home was complete. Ben’s attention to detail, his desire to make things “perfect,” and all of the local artisan subcontractors he uses resulted in a beautiful finished product. We would highly recommend Somrak Concept & Structure for any construction project.

Dave and Diana P. from Texas

Ben is a first rate craftsman. His work and what he expects out of others is nothing short of excellence. He was such a pleasure to work with on our condo remodel. With us living out of state, we counted on him for the success of the project. He exceeded our expectations. He sent pictures regularly to keep us updated on the progress, remained conscientious of spending, and came in under our projected budget, all while maintaining top quality. When we came up to see the final result, he was as excited and as proud of his work as we were to see it. We are pleased we chose Ben for this project and highly recommend him.

Barry E. from Texas

It was an absolute pleasure working with Ben and the SCS team on our expansion and renovation project. Ben operates in a totally professional and transparent manner with excellent communications. Most important is his absolute commitment to the delivery of the highest quality end product to meet the customer’s desires. Every detail of our project met or exceeded our expectations. A major driver for this result is that Ben is very hands on and pays a high level of attention to the details of the construction for his crew as well as for his sub-contractors. He is very conscientious towards the homeowners needs and watches the budget as if it were his own money being spent. We are totally pleased with the overall project results along with the process to get there. I am 100% confident in recommending Ben for any level of project.

Bob and Lisa S. from Massachusetts

In 2011, we decided to make a huge life change and move to Crested Butte. With that change, came a lot of decision-making pressures and stresses. We bought a home that was solid, but needed updating. Ben was the first General Contractor we met through our realtor, and ended up being the only one. We immediately trusted and liked him. Over the years, we’d worked with many general contractors on other homes, and had become bitter and skeptical. Ben changed that for us, both in his initial consultations and as evident in the final product in our home. He listened to what we wanted, and was open to feedback. We highly and wholeheartedly recommend Ben and his crew (Jeremy Erikson was a blessing as well!).

Cory and Beverly T. from Everywhere

The remodeling of this 1893 historic home in Crested Butte was our second project with Somrak Concept and Structure, Inc. We are return customers for a myriad of reasons, however, our complete trust in Ben’s integrity was why we chose to undertake this large scale remodel. We only observed the project in person twice over a 5 month span and arrived to find the home completed in a manner beyond our expectations, on time and within the budget we had discussed. Somrak created an atmosphere that bred complete confidence in the quality of his work and unparalleled attention to detail throughout the process. His understanding of the building process is deep and the quality of craftsmanship throughout the house is awe inspiring. Ben Somrak is the best we have ever worked with and receives our full and complete endorsement to those looking to engage a contractor in the Crested Butte area.

Derek and Stephanie L. from Texas

Contact Info

  • (970) 275-2849
  • kate@somrak.net
  • http://www.somrak.net
  • 503 Red Lady Avenue
    Suite 104
    Crested Butte, CO 81224

  • Mailing Address:
    PO Box 394
    Crested Butte, CO 81224