Builder stresses quality over quantity

Building a reputation

Treece Bohall began building homes again as a general contractor under the name Pool Creek Builders after back injuries forced a medical retirement from the Grand Junction Fire Department. Bohall doesn’t want to build a construction empire or even a large subdivision; he wants to build a few good quality homes per year that homeowners are happy to own.



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Treece Bohall began building homes again as a general contractor under the name Pool Creek Builders after back injuries forced a medical retirement from the Grand Junction Fire Department. Bohall doesn’t want to build a construction empire or even a large subdivision; he wants to build a few good quality homes per year that homeowners are happy to own.

This home at 365 Belden Court in Fruita was built by Pool Creek Builders. Construction on the 1,936-square foot home should be finished by the first part of August. Craig Huckaby with Bray Real Estate is listing the home for $275,000.



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This home at 365 Belden Court in Fruita was built by Pool Creek Builders. Construction on the 1,936-square foot home should be finished by the first part of August. Craig Huckaby with Bray Real Estate is listing the home for $275,000.

The kitchen in the home at 365 Belden Court opens to the dining area and the great room and has great working areas for those who like to entertain and cook. It also has maple cabinetry, granite countertops and hardwood floor.



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The kitchen in the home at 365 Belden Court opens to the dining area and the great room and has great working areas for those who like to entertain and cook. It also has maple cabinetry, granite countertops and hardwood floor.

The master suite in the home at 365 Belden Court includes this large, tiled walk-in shower, as well as double sinks and a great walk-in closet.



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The master suite in the home at 365 Belden Court includes this large, tiled walk-in shower, as well as double sinks and a great walk-in closet.

The upstairs bonus room at 365 Belden Court also has a closet and a half-bath and could be used as another bedroom, a family room or a home office.



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The upstairs bonus room at 365 Belden Court also has a closet and a half-bath and could be used as another bedroom, a family room or a home office.

Treece Bohall with Pool Creek Builders doesn’t want to form a multi-million dollar business, nor does he want to build dozens of homes per year. He does, however, hope to build his reputation as a builder of quality homes.

“I want to do one or two houses per year,” Bohall said. “If I can pay my bills, have a little fun and feed my family, that’s all I want.”

Bohall has been in the construction industry in one way or another since he was 16. He had an opportunity to fulfill the dreams of a lifetime when he was hired by the Grand Junction Fire Department in 2008. Two injuries on the job and back surgery forced him to take a medical retirement a few years later.

“That job is hard on backs,” Bohall said.

Although Bohall is a builder, he doesn’t actually swing the hammer or pound the nails. He runs the job, schedules the subcontractors and juggles the time and the money.

“I can’t do any of the work,” said Bohall. “I’m saving my back for picking up my daughter and playing catch with her.”

When he returned to the construction industry, Bohall decided to become an Energy Star builder.

“I needed something to give a competitive advantage,” he explained. If his homes were priced competitively but were Energy Star, Bohall hoped that customers would choose his homes over other homes because of the Energy Star certification.

“I had to relearn a little bit on what was a quality home,” Bohall said. Energy Star goes beyond appliances and light bulbs and is rooted in the bones of the home — the construction method and materials and other basics that can’t be seen once the home is finished.

Bohall chose Fruita as the area to build his first spec home because of the area’s track record and appeal to buyers. He also found a single lot in Vista Valley, a subdivision near K and 18 Road that was built out several years ago.

The home at 365 Belden Court has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three-car garage (one bay is a long tandem bay) and an upstairs bonus room that could serve as a fourth bedroom, a media room, an office or a family room. There is no wasted space in the 1,936-square foot house, which also features an open floor plan.

There are great work areas in the kitchen, which also has stainless steel appliances, maple cabinetry, granite countertops, a large pantry and hardwood floors. The hardwood floors continue in the dining area and the great room, where there is also a gas fireplace.

The master suite includes a four-piece master bath with spacious double sinks, a large and tall walk-in shower and a roomy walk-in closet with built-in shelving.

As an Energy Star-certified home, the energy efficiency goes beyond appliances and lighting, although buyers can be assured that they are Energy Star. The home also has an insulated slab foundation, 2-by-6 construction, blown-in cellulose insulation in the walls and ceiling, a tankless hot water heater and an anticipated HERS score of 60, making it 40 percent more efficient than a home built according to standard building codes.

Outside, the home has a stucco exterior and will be fully landscaped with underground sprinklers, grass and trees, along with a fence surrounding the backyard. A covered back patio looks over the back yard and the large open space right outside the yard.

Craig Huckaby with Bray Real Estate is listing the property for $275,000.

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