About Our Company
With The Grain is a licensed, bonded general contracting company specializing in residential design and/or construction in Teton County, Wyoming and Idaho, and the surrounding areas.
With more than 24 years of experience, our philosophy is based on straightforward values—honesty, dependability, quality, and expertise. Driven by a commitment to understand the homeowner’s lifestyle and maximize the home site’s characteristics, With The Grain offers customer-focused design, construction, and remodeling services. We draw on a local network of loyal and qualified subcontractors who share our vision of creating a high-quality, cost-competitive project.
Kurt and Todd | Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography
Meet With The Grain's Principals
Kurt Mitchell | Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography
Kurt Mitchell, the founding partner of With The Grain, has 24 years of residential and light commercial construction experience. He is a natural leader with a proven history of employing practical project management methodologies that optimize project resources while focusing on client objectives and project delivery schedule and budget. His management style fosters cooperative partnerships with project subcontractors, owners, and stakeholders by effectively communicating expectations, performance, and goals. As a detail-oriented supervisor, Kurt ensures subcontractors, laborers, and vendors work safely and build per plans and specifications. An effective problem solver, he can analyze problems and make sound decisions in a timely manner based on objectives, risks, implications, and costs.
Prior to moving to Teton Valley, Kurt worked in residential construction along the Front Range and mountains of Colorado, that is where he met Todd Witek. Kurt and Todd have worked together on numerous projects throughout their 17-year business relationship.
When not on a project site, Kurt can be found enjoying family time on the water or slopes around Teton Valley. He is an avid water- and snow-skier and enjoys hiking and horseback riding.
“We found Kurt to be highly experienced, dedicated, skillful, with integrity beyond question”
Greg McIlvain, Principal, Keystone Development Company
Todd Witek is Managing Partner of With The Grain and has been in the construction industry for 25 years. Todd began his career at the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1995. During his time at CU, Todd worked as an architectural intern for Robert Chisholm Architects in Golden, Colorado. Upon graduation, Todd found a passion for woodworking and the complexities of the building industry in San Francisco, where he worked for a firm restoring Victorian homes. From San Francisco, he relocated to Durango, Colorado, to build upon his architectural experience with TMA Associates.
Dedicated to learning and practicing all facets of the building industry, Todd founded Artisan Creations in 2000. He evolved from designing and building ornate custom cabinetry and furniture to designing and building home remodels and new construction. Since moving to Teton Valley in 2005, Todd completed numerous design and construction projects on both sides of Teton Pass. In Artisan Creations’ 15-year existence, Todd worked side by side with Kurt Mitchell for more than half that time. The two formed a brotherly bond that helped shape the collaborative foundation of With The Grain. As the building industry continues to change and evolve, Todd is passionate about green design and environmental building practices and remains a student of the industry.
In his free time, Todd enjoys time with his wife and daughter and almost any outdoor activity—fly fishing, mountain biking, back-country hiking and packing, skiing, and snowboarding. On Sunday mornings, you’ll find him playing guitar at church.