Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Denver. After graduating from Arvada West High School in 1984, I moved to Grand Junction to attend Mesa State College. Although I enjoy spending some holidays back in Denver, I will always consider the Western Slope my home.
How did you get started in the building industry?
After graduating from Mesa State College, my wife Salina and I started Precision Paving and Construction. After the first 10 years in paving we decided to expand into land development, and then into general construction, both commercial and residential. Our residential construction company is Davidson Homes.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
I think the biggest changes in the industry are in energy efficiency and in the advancing of technology. With the building codes today, builders are required to build homes with much better materials and much more stringent building practices than in prior years. A few of the energy-saving items we include in our homes are: low-e windows, full stucco and stone exterior, energy efficient lighting, and upgraded insulation. I think technology has also evolved tremendously over the last 10 years.
What should consumers look for in a new home?
A home that fits their needs, not only now, but in the years to come. They should look for a quality built home at an affordable price.
What kind of questions should consumers ask a builder before they sign a contract?
I would recommend a buyer ask the builder what items are included as standard and what items are upgrades. I have heard stories of buyers’ home upgrades costing almost as much as their original purchase contract. The customer didn’t realize that paint and carpeting wasn’t included in the starting price of the home — (just kidding). At Davidson Homes, though, we very seldom have charges for upgrades because what we consider standard in our homes are many builders’ upgrades. A few items we consider standard are: custom tile flooring, hardwood doors and trim, solid granite countertops, energy efficient heating, and lighting. Another thing the customer should ask is how easy it is to modify their home after construction starts and what the cost would be. I actually encourage the customer to visit the site often during construction and offer any changes they think would make their home more enjoyable for them. My philosophy is that the customer is my employer and if we can make any changes (most at no cost to them) to make their home better and more functional for them I figure it will pay us back in word of mouth referrals later.
Is there a particular style of home that you consider your specialty or prefer to build?
I enjoy building any style and price of home. From a million-dollar home in Redlands Mesa to the first-time affordable home buyer in the Pear Park area. It’s the customer I like dealing with and it gives me great satisfaction to see the customer happy in the end.
What do you enjoy when you’re not working?
Although you will find me on a job site a lot of the time I would have to say spending time with my family and friends is very important. When we get free time our family’s favorite outdoor activity is camping, and fishing.
Family: My beautiful wife Salina and I have been together for over 20 years (I’m not sure how I got so lucky). Not only does she have a special talent for decorating homes but she also plays an important part in our house design process. Our son Skyler is 14 and in 8th grade at Holy Family. He has enjoyed karate for the past eight years and most recently is having a great time with his first year in football. Our daughter Alexia is 11 and also attends Holy Family. She enjoys spending time with her grandparents.
What do you enjoy about living in western Colorado?
Coming from a larger city I don’t miss the traffic and all the people. I think that Grand Junction is not too large or too small. All in all, the Western Slope is the perfect community to raise a family and call home.
What do you see as up-and-coming trends in the building industry?
I think the open concept home is something that has been very popular with our homes now and will continue in the future.
How is a brand-new home safer or more comfortable than a 20 or 30-year old home?
There is no comparison with today’s houses and houses from 20-30 years ago. The energy efficiency of the home makes today’s home much more comfortable than homes 20-30 years ago.
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