Budding Builders, Inc., is proudly owned and operated by builder and master carpenter Emerson "Andy" Brazee, who lives in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
"In 1940, they bought their lifelong home on Clark Street in Bonner Springs for $700. The house needed a lot of work, and Bud took to the task. He worked on the house his entire life -- even digging the basement by hand -- illustrating his unrelenting patience."
"In addition to teaching his children and grandchildren the joy of laughter, he also took the time to teach most of them -- including the girls -- his beloved trade. Bud was a carpenter his entire life and built hundreds of homes throughout Johnson County and beyond and dozens more in Bonner Springs. Some people estimate that he built and worked on nearly 1,000 homes in his lifetime. A few days before his death he told family members that he wished he had a photograph of every house he built."
"Bud also built the Community of Christ Church (formerly RLDS) in Bonner Springs (where his services are to be held) and the church's retreat compound "Camp Chihowa" near Perry. Bud did this work as a service to his church and his community and refused payment."
"His kindness spilled over into his daily work as a carpenter and builder. He felt that carpentry was something he could do that was meaningful, that he could make a difference and help people through his trade, according to his wife Anna:
Bud had a special compassion for widows, because his mother was left a widow. So anything that a widow needed, he would get it for them or build it for them. I was so proud of him because that was such a wonderful trait, I was never upset that he was off doing things for others. They would call and need screens fixed or need a new door lock, general repair on their homes, in many cases he did not charge -- only if they offered to pay, he never asked."
"Making money was not important to Bud, just as long as he had enough to take care of his family. Many of the carpenters that he trained in his lifetime went on to be major builders and very successful financially, but Bud was content with his life and what he had and did not have the same ambitions."
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