Wilco Enterprises LLP
Wilco Enterprises, LLP, was formed in January 1982 by Dennis and Carol-Ann Wiltgen. We started doing remodels, new homes and light commercial projects, which we are still doing today. Over the years we managed the building of McDonald’s restaurants and Round Table Pizzas and commercial office/warehouse buildings. Wilco has built and designed more than 200 different custom homes, as many remodels and a number of commercial jobs. The company has created design plans for many customers and builders. Dennis has held the office of HBA of Northwestern Colorado president and served on the board of directors for six different years. He also served as National Association of Home Builders Director for 22 years, a Senior Life Director of NAHB (20-plus years), NAHB Remodelers, Certified Green Professional and CHC Certified Renovator.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Minnesota and grew up in Security/Widefield, Colo., living there until 1976.
How did you get started in the building industry?
After going to college and studying architecture and working in the construction trades, I started drawing plans for the first woman custom homebuilder in Colorado Springs. Then I started my own home plan design company before moving to Grand Junction for a management job in 1976. In 1980, I started a company installing cabinets, countertops and doing remodels. In 1982, we started Wilco Enterprises, LLP.
How has the industry changed since you got started?
The industry has changed as construction has evolved over the years with changes due to new products and building techniques. With this, came new styles of homes and customer needs. Also, changes in size — from an average of 1,200 square feet to larger 2,800-square-foot homes Even garages went from one car to two cars and now three cars.
What should consumers look for in a new home? What kind of questions should consumers ask a builder before they sign a contract? What customers should look for in new homes should first “be energy efficient” and then have a good living floor plan with good proven products and construction. Customers should ask for references, contractor’s license, insurance and building relations with their suppliers and subcontractors. How much experience and how long?
Is there a particular style of home that you consider your specialty or prefer to build?
We build all styles and sizes of homes, specializing in award-winning designs in the 1,200- to 5,000-square-foot homes (in all price ranges). We were one of the first builders to build open-concpet homes. We have built more than 22 Parade of Homes and won Best of Show and Best Kitchens and Floor Plans on a number of them.
What is the most unusual feature you’ve put in a home?
One of the most unusual features in a home, we had to design a glass room space for a 14-foot python snake with automated temperature and humidity control. This area needed a fresh-water pond, natural tree limbs and habitat for the owner’s snake.
What do you enjoy when you’re not working?
Spending time with my wife and family members, boating at Lake Powell, fishing and short getaways when we get extra time off.
Family is having been with my wife and partner Carol-Ann for 50 years of marriage. We have had three great children: Deborah (deceased) David and Daun (King). My three grandson, Skyler, Kody and Kameron have been a joy to us.
What do you enjoy about living in western Colorado?
Living in western Colorado has provided great four seasons of good weather, convenient location to outdoor activities and a great town to live in.
What do you see as up-and-coming trends in the building industry?
Newer trends in construction are going to smaller homes with many new upgrades. Better floor plans that fit the new lifestyles of a generation on the go, but family oriented. Kitchen have become the central point on the home and place to spend time with the family while planning and preparing meals. (Not in a small room off by itself.) Larger homes are being built as multi-generation homes for the current family needs.
How is a brand-new home safer or more comfortable than a 20- or 30-year-old home?
Homes today have much stricter construction codes and better building materials. The new building materials have a better usability and ease of care. More safety items are built into these homes which are not in the older homes. As a builder, we must keep going to school and training for a new building methods and products every year. A good builder is always improving and learning new ways of building.
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