Established in 1982, Braden Construction started as a residential remodeler located in Lake Elmo Minnesota. In 1994 our commercial division was established. It didn’t take long, and we felt the pressure for a larger building that offered more office space, storage and a millwork shop; so in 1998 we built our present facility in Houlton WI, just across the river from Stillwater MN.

At Braden Construction we focus on integrity, reliability, and quality. From small remodels to major renovations, and new home projects as well as full scale commercial buildings; we monitor every detail that goes into your project. We’ll be with you every step of the way from an initial idea thru design schematics and budgeting to final cost estimates.  Our office staff works in unison with our skilled supervisors and carpenters to smooth out the final touches for our many successful projects.

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Paul Patnaude Residential President

Paul has over 30 years experience in all aspects of residential construction. Beginning his career in 1984, his field experience includes 10 years in cabinetry and finish carpentry. He spent three years as a jobsite supervisor before becoming a project manager, which he has been enjoying for the past 15 years. Being co-owner of Braden as well as a skilled craftsman, his eye for detail and high expectations ensure quality workmanship. Paul shares his experience, talents, and passion to every Braden project.

In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, golfing, boating and travel.

Richard Vezina Commercial President

Richard “Rick” was involved in construction during college and ever since graduating in 1983 with a degree in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Rick got hands-on experience in the field, first as a laborer and carpenter; A few years later, he worked into estimating and project management. Rick also spent several years as a construction manager for an international restaurant corporation where he learned project development from the ground up. In 1994 Rick started the commercial division of Braden construction, and today has completed hundreds of successful projects.

Rick spends his free time working on his “hobby farm” in Eureka WI, taking Mountain adventures or enjoying one of the many winter and summer sports he loves.

Contractor of the Year
  • Best of show
  • Best Home Office
  • Best First-Time Entry
  • Best Bathroom over 50 square feet
  • Best Lower Level under 1,000 square feet
MN Builders Awards Logo
  • Best Bath over $60,000
  • Best of Show
  • Best Addition $200,000 and Under
  • Commercial Remodel
Chrysalis Awards
  • National Award Winner for Commercial Remodel