Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in a small community in northern British Columbia . I moved to Grand Junction in 1998 where I met my wife Rena and we are fortunate to have four amazing children: Dylan, Jack, Lizzy and Anna. We spend as much time as possible enjoying the endless recreational opportunities that we are lucky to have in western Colorado.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
I have spent most of my life involved in every aspect of the home building industry. Construction, real estate, and land development are the family business. My mother and step-father work in land development and real estate. My father was a home builder and I began learning the trade at an early age, working with him after school, on weekends, and during summers. I spent four years in Arizona working for a design-build company similar to what I do today. I then spent 12 years in Vancouver working with my sister, who is a Realtor, building and remodeling in one of the most demanding and expensive markets in North America. I have owned and operated my own construction business for over 25 years.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
To some degree, it has changed in almost every aspect. There are very few things that go into a new home today that are not improved from the past. Technology has come a long way. Today’s homes are integrated to make them more secure, functional, and enjoyable. Energy efficiency is multi-faceted and encompasses a wide range of features including insulation, plumbing, heating and cooling, windows and doors. Even details such as light fixtures, light bulbs, and appliances have evolved tremendously. Today’s homes are more luxurious, yet more efficient, than they were in the past due in large part to advances and changes in the industry.
What do you see as up-and-coming trends in the building industry?
I think after the very severe downturn in the real estate market over the last six or seven years, people are really trying to stretch their dollars and get the most for their money. One way to accomplish this is by downsizing — either by building a smaller home with all the amenities, or by backing off some of the high-end features. People are realizing that they can get by with less. Many people have seen home values fall and are hesitant to sink money in to the housing market, but in my opinion this is the best time in recent history to build a home due to the very low interest rates combined with relatively low construction costs. The only better time to build than today is yesterday. There is a local awareness of Energy Star and the benefits to the environment and the consumer. Most Conquest Construction homes meet Energy Star standards even as the bar is being set higher and higher. The National Green Building Standard goes even farther. It begins with the development of the land, and includes every aspect of construction to reduce waste and use environmentally preferable practices and materials from start to finish with the goal of minimizing the environmental footprint. This trend is taking off nationally in some of the more progressive markets and hopefully will become more commonplace in Western Colorado soon.
What sets you apart?
Conquest Construction is a full service design-build firm, meaning that we design all the homes that we build, which includes floor plans, exterior finish, interior design, lighting design and even the landscape design. We prefer to be involved from the very beginning, including site selection, so that we can ensure the type and style of home that the client desires fits the site. We pride ourselves on building a home on time and on budget. Being involved from the outset helps us and the customer stay on track with the budget they have set. Attention to detail is what sets Conquest Construction apart — our houses are timeless and elegant. Time-honored architectural style is evident in all Conquest homes, as is the individuality that makes each home unique and one of a kind. Inviting courtyards and outdoor living spaces allow for entertainment and enjoyment year round. Large, comfortable living spaces, unique ceiling detail, extravagant-yet-functional kitchens and huge closets are some of the features our homes are known for. Stone fireplaces, wine cellars, and home theatres are also incorporated into many designs. Conquest Construction is also set to break ground on several new homes in Mesa Estates, a growing community on Orchard Mesa. The HOA takes care of lawn maintenance and snow removal, giving the homeowner the ease of a lock-and-leave lifestyle. The homes in Mesa Estates will be between 1,400 and 1,800 square feet and moderately priced, but with the elegant look and feel that comes with a Conquest Construction home. Conquest Construction takes pride in building a beautiful, functional home that you can be proud of. We can help take the stress out of building your dream home with our expertise, knowledge and experience.
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