Porter Homes LLC
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a rural community located east of San Diego and moved to Grand Junction to attend Mesa State and play baseball for the Mavericks. After graduation, moving back to California was never a consideration – I was too attached to the beauty of Western Colorado.
How did you get started in the building industry?
I grew up around construction. My family all worked in the industry, from roofing to general contracting. I guess I never really believed I would make a living any other way than to build homes.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
Energy efficiency is becoming less of a bandwagon ideal and more of the norm. As a community we are recognizing that building with energy efficiency in mind is not just for the “green” minded but for those interested in comfort, quality, and long term value.
What should consumer look for in a new home? What kind of questions should consumers ask a builder before they sign a contract?
They should start by looking for an Energy Star Qualified Builder. An Energy Star Qualified Builder has gone through an extensive review of building methods and materials used as well as basic and ongoing training in energy efficient processes and materials. Choosing an Energy Star Qualified Builder will pay off for the consumer in greater comfort and far lower utility bills. As far as consumer questions before signing a contract… Dyou use the same subcontractors on every house? Are you or a representative from your company on the job daily? How do I figure out my finishes, windows, doors, paint colors? Do you have an interior designer to work with or are we on our own? Can I get a list of the last five to 10 homes you completed with contact information of the owners? There are hundreds of questions for the builder and his team. Building a home is a partnership in my opinion and cannot be taken lightly. You will spend hours working with the builder and his team and personality plays a major role in your happiness and building experience.
Is there a particular style of home that you consider your specialty or prefer to build?
No. I look at all projects as an opportunity to expand my portfolio. I have built all types of homes in the nearly 70 homes I’ve built since 2007. Right now we are designing a “modern/industrial” custom home for the 2014 Parade of Homes.
What is the most unusual feature you’ve put in a home?
Last year I personally built a slide indoors that went from the pantry to the game room down stairs. It was a barrel slide that curved 90 degrees and was built out of 1/2” by 1/2’” strips of green (wet) pine to allow the curvature of the slide. Why use the stairs when you can experience being a kid again?
What do you enjoy when you’re not working?
Mountain biking is my main recreation. My boys are getting to the age where they can join me on some of the trails we ride. Also, my dad and I coach Little League baseball together.
I have been married to my bride for nine years and we’ve created four wonderful children. My dad and mom also live here in GJ. They moved here three years ago from Durango due to my pleading. My dad, Rod Porter, works with me as our project manager and my mom spends every opportunity with my wife and kids. We’ve got it good.
What do you enjoy about living in western Colorado?
The outdoors. All the amenities we have at our fingertips are outstanding. Hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, rafting, golfing, gardening, rock climbing, the list could go on. The other day I was mountain biking in Palisade and saw some petroglyphs. We have the opportunity here to really live life to the fullest. We are truly blessed here in the Grand Valley.
What do you see as up-and-coming trends in the building industry?
Nationally I see Energy Star Rated homes becoming the norm. Regulations will require builders to go down that road eventually. The interesting thing is the price to build something comfortable and energy efficient isn’t super inflated from building to our codes, it just takes a little education and planning. And if someone is budget conscious they may have to sacrifice granite counters and put their money into insulation. I also see a trend toward smaller, more energy efficient custom homes, both in our market and nationally.
How is a brand-new home safer or more comfortable than a 20 or 30-year old home?
It is difficult to say if homes built today are safer than homes built 20 or 30 years ago. We have more regulations now, but that does not always mean safer. As far as comfort goes there is no doubt that new homes today are more comfortable. We use better windows, insulation, doors, air conditioning units and furnaces. We build our homes tighter than 30 years ago which requires properly planned ventilation. All of these factors combined create a more controlled, comfortable environment.
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