In honor of the late Kim Komick, the KKC Fine Homes team continues her legacy of building fine homes throughout the South Bay.
- Written byLaura L. Watts
- Photographed byKim Pritchard
- AbovePablo Escutia. Photographed by Jeffrey Fiterman.
The team at KKC Fine Homes endured quite a blow in early 2021 when they lost the firm’s founder, Kim Komick, to pancreatic cancer. Kim passed on her 61st birthday, leaving behind a legacy of 200 custom homes she built in the South Bay since she founded the company in 1991.
This type of loss would cripple some organizations, but not the KKC team—including president Pablo Escutia, superintendent Dave Forrest, who has been with the company for 16 years, and operations manager Tracy Chaplin, who has worked with KKC since its inception. Rather than suspending operations, the team forged ahead to create beautiful, timeless homes—a move they’re sure their founder wanted.
“Kim had an aura that South Bay builders could not help but admire,” shares Pablo, who joined the company in 2010 and worked with Kim on all aspects of the development process. Like many of Kim’s peers, he respected her as one of the first female builders in the area.
“I’m honored to take the helm,” he says. “Kim left an amazing company, and I welcome the challenge to maintain her reputation and grow to even higher standards. KKC Fine Homes will continue to set the bar in custom building in the South Bay.”
For more than 30 years, KKC has taken projects from conception and land purchase to development and construction. They provide maintenance far beyond move-in day. “The maintenance part of our company allows clients to keep us involved with the daily function of their homes,” says Pablo. “Clients take pride in our work, keeping us around to make sure the homes remain untouched by time. When we say ‘full-service,’ we mean it.”
KKC has always been an advocate for giving back to the community, supporting such organizations and events as The Jimmy Miller Foundation and the holiday fireworks show. “We don’t just work here; we also live here,” Pablo points out. “Our clients are our friends and neighbors, so we like to stay involved. All of us at KKC take immense pride in our work and contributing to this community.”
Pablo’s goal for the firm is to keep building and growing—transforming the way residents enjoy the South Bay. KKC’s work is respected throughout the industry, as evidenced by its recent merit award from The American Institute of Architects.
“We’re just getting started,” Pablo shares. “We keep growing the family, working with new award-winning architects who change the face of design, and adding key pieces to our team so we can serve this community as it deserves. We will continue to enhance the beach lifestyle and push our innovative ideas.”