Steady Construction LLC
Steady Construction is a custom home designer and builder and seamless home additions provider to Mesa County residents.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in a small town in South Dakota and was raised in Denver. In the 1970s I moved to Grand Junction and have lived here for the past 40 years.
How did you get started in the building industry?
Construction was in my blood. My father was an electrician and I started as a drywall finisher in the 70s and quickly decided to become my own boss and founded RiteWay Systems in the early 80s specializing in commercial framing and drywall. The years of experience and relationships that I grew as a business owner led me to begin building custom houses as a general contractor in the 90s.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
The industry has changed due to the change in the needs of the families that are building their own homes. In the 1970s energy consumption was not a concern, nor was having multiple bathrooms! Needless to say, energy is true concern now and the living space for families have grown. Conveniences that were not even considered are now common such as laundry rooms on both the main level and upstairs in a home, a family room near the children’s bedrooms as well as a living room on the main floor of a home.
What should consumers look for in a new home? What kind of questions should consumers ask a builder before they sign a contract?
Consumers should look at what their needs are. Building custom homes is amazing because we can discuss each of these needs and draft the home accordingly. From the first hand-drafted line, the future homeowner is involved in the process. Another concern that has occurred recently is the energy consumption of one’s home. Being a certified Energy-Star builder has given Steady Construction real insight into the appropriate ways to make a home more efficient while still being ultimately comfortable for the family.
Is there a particular style of home that you consider your specialty or prefer to build?
I build truly custom homes. Sitting down with a future homeowners and not only asking them what they want, but helping those wants become a well-functioning and beautiful home is my chief concern. I believe that this is a collaborative process from the time the drawings begin until the last towel bar is installed. I work with homeowners to make their dream a reality.
Custom homes do not have to be from the ground up either. By creating seamless additions and remodels, I get the opportunity to help people who love the area they live in, love the homes they live in as well without any signs that there was an addition or change to their home.
What do you enjoy when you’re not working?
When I am not spending time with my grandchildren, I enjoy working on my Jeeps and target shooting.
I have three children: Cathy (35) a local photographer and owner of Knightsbridge Photography, Brad (30) a supervisor for local government, and Jamie (28) an interior designer for Richmond Homes American Builder and working out of Denver. I also have three amazing grandchildren Hope (7), Connor (5), and Charlie (3).
What do you enjoy about living in western Colorado?
I enjoy the landscape and surrounding area. The ability to get out into the mountains or desert and enjoy the area is incredible.
How is a brand-new home safer or more comfortable than a 20 or 30-year old home?
New homes and new building regulations make homes significantly safer and more comfortable than they were 30 years ago. In 1980 there were four bedrooms in only 17 percent of houses built and more than two bathrooms in 23 percent. Now that number has doubled for both according to the census bureau in 2011. Houses have gotten bigger and more spacious which causes more function of a home.
Being an Energy-star builder has really changed the way I look at efficiencies in homes. Simple changes can save homeowners significant capital every year. In the 80s, efficiency was considered how quickly a house could raise or drop its temperature, today it is a consideration of the heating, ventilation, and cooling, or HVAC system, the sealing of a home during the build process and many other considerations in order to show efficiency in a matter of how long a house can hold its temperature consistent, therefore using less energy.
Looking for a builder? Call the HBA of Northwestern Colorado at (970) 245-0253 or visit http://www.hbanwco.com