Photo by Meghan Doll Photography
How did you get started in the building industry?
My uncle was an architect, and my aunt was a real estate agent in Colorado who sold new construction. When I was younger, for Christmas, my uncle and aunt always bought me architectural scales, pencils, drawing paper, and triangles. I was always surrounded by real estate, so when I was a senior in college, I decided to get my real estate license and start selling new construction. Within three months, I knew I wanted to build new homes. Now, after 33 years, I’ve got a complete understanding of all aspects of real estate, development, and building.
What inspires and influences your work?
As a general contractor, I get inspiration from my clients, architects, and designers. ADOR is not a design-build firm. We specialize in custom, one-of-a-kind homes that are dreamt up by our clients and brought to life by a great team. I love the experience of discovery with clients—I’d say that is the most fun part of the process as everyone has something of a vision to start, but yet they come to us to help organize that vision.
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
Teamwork. When I first meet a client, I ask them who they are thinking about as an architect on the project. If they are unsure, I listen and am able to help. Once the architect has been added to the team, we then add the interior designer right away. The best way to bring a client’s dream to life is to make sure that everyone understands the emotional and philosophical choices of their vision. It’s important from the first design meetings to have the team together with the client to listen and understand. Once construction starts, there is a clear path that creates that special home!
What are some of your favorite trends and styles in new construction?
I love that Minnesotans have embraced the modern home. It has been refreshing to see another style permeate our market. That has opened up so much in way of architecture and styles. I’m also excited that so many in our market are open to new design styles. You see many interior designers mixing and matching designs and colors. There has been so much diversity which makes building more fun!