Gordon James is as much about building relationships as it is about designing, building and remodeling homes. Their team practices three main tenets of a home building business: organization, detail and structure. Everyone from project managers to clients are involved in the building process from start to finish, and clients can check on the progress 24-hours-a-day through their online system. The company’s many testimonials from satisfied clients sparkle with words like “trust,” “focus,” stability,” flexibility,” “thorough,” ethical,” “terrific team,” and “on schedule and on budget.” A great reputation certainly stems from clients who enjoy the process and love the resulting home.
What got you started in custom homebuilding?
I [John] left the corporate world so I could make a difference in my local community. Being a builder gives me that opportunity.
What inspires and influences your work?
The team at Gordon James thrives on delivering dreams to our customers. Watching their ideas come to life is an amazing experience that we love to be part of.
How would you describe your build style?
As a custom builder, we pride ourselves on not having a style. Our customers’ styles are all that counts.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
Our attention to detail on the entire project, not just the build.
What are some of your projects or accomplishments you’re most proud of?
Thriving through the economic downturn and being nominated again for Builder of the Year.
What architectural styles do you like best and why?
My personal preference is coastal cottage look.
What are some of your favorite trends you’re seeing this year?
Functional pantries, mini suites for parents and the expansion of outdoor living.
What do others view as your signature in your homes?
As I said earlier, this isn’t “our” home, it is our customers home, and each one is unique to them.
What figure in history or your past do you admire most and why?
My Dad. He grew up very poor in St. Cloud, MN and eventually made a life for himself and his family in Albert Lea, MN. He built a successful business, was very involved with the city and was one of the most compassionate individuals I’ve ever known. He left behind a legacy for all his family to be proud of.
What do you think are some of the most important elements of a successful build team?
We believe the architect, interior designer, our project coordination team, and the customer need to work hand-in-hand from the start of the process to ensure the smoothest delivery while keeping the budget under control.
What do you wish others knew about your company?
That we have an amazing team of professionals committed to our customers.
What makes you most proud to be a builder?
The friendships we’ve formed with our customers we have built for.
Photography by Meghan Doll