Where did you grow up?
My family moved to Colorado from Wisconsin when I was in first grade and to Grand Junction when I was 10. I have called the Grand Valley my home ever since.
How did you get started in the building industry?
My dad was a builder; he started Maves Construction in 1989. For as long as I can remember I spent my summers helping him with the business or working for various sub-contractors learning the trades. After many years working for and managing Maves Construction, I bought the company from my dad in 2003 and it has been actively growing ever since.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
The two biggest changes are technology and energy efficiency. Technology has changed not only how we operate our business, but also how technology is integrated into the home for our clients today is a huge change. Energy efficiency is the other area that home construction has changed. When Maves Construction began 24 years ago we were committed to building the best possible home we could build, and that hasn’t changed. As you will see in our house for the Parade of Homes this fall we are expecting a HERS rating in the mid 50s meaning with a few minor changes to standard construction the home will be 40-50 percent more efficient than an average house.
What should consumers look for in a new home?
A consumer should look for product and construction quality, energy efficiency, attention to detail and ability to customize the layout. Remember it’s the little things that make the difference. Little things such as window size, ceiling heights, view corridors, privacy from neighbors and orientation to the sun, to name a few, are the things that most consumers don’t think about but will make all of the difference in the long run.
What kind of questions should consumers ask a builder before they sign a contract?
Make sure you get the specifics in writing that are included for the price quoted. The very last question should be price per square foot. There are so many different variables that go into that number; any builder can build a home for the low price. How much attention does he pay to what your desires are for your home? What questions is he asking you? Ask what their current backlog is? Do they have time for your job? Make sure to get a contact list for past clients, call them and ask them about their experience.
Is there a particular style of home that you consider your specialty or prefer to build?
Maves Construction specializes in FULLY custom homes, with our in-house CAD and interior design staff we can make your dream a reality. We have extensive experience in many styles, including Mountain, Southwest, Prairie, Modern and Industrial to name a few.
What’s the most unusual feature you’ve put in a home?
We put a two story closet in one home. This gave the homeowner a way to rotate the winter wardrobe from the summer wardrobe while still having them all hung up all year.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Basically I enjoy anything outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. I also am involved in different ministries, including Warrior at Heart men’s ministry and Younglife Student Ministry.
My wife, Kelly and I keep ourselves very busy with our 15-year-old son and 12- and 11-year-old daughters. Real estate is “in the family” so to speak, with Kelly selling real estate at Keller Williams Colorado West Realty.
What do you enjoy about living in western Colorado?
Everything, proximity to recreation is big for us, being an hour from just about any sort of recreation you can imagine is just about as good as it can get! We enjoy that Grand Junction is big enough to get what we need locally but small enough to raise a family.
What do you see as up-and-coming trends in the building industry?
A few years back the “bigger is better” mentality was the trend, now we are seeing people making more functional use of smaller square footage which requires efficient, creative design.
How is a brand new home safer or more comfortable than a 20 or 30 year old home?
Homes previously were built strictly for functionality, with low ceilings, square or rectangular exterior shape and rooms that didn’t flow well. Now we are building homes for enjoyment and aesthetics as well as functionality. It’s your home, you should love it!