How did you get started in the building industry?
Mike Hartman started Hartman Construction in 1985 in his hometown of Alma, WI. What began primarily as a roofing and remodeling business quickly grew to framing and then custom home building and land development. Today, the company (now Hartman Homes, Inc.) works mostly throughout the Twin Cities Metro and Western Wisconsin, and recently expanded with a Montana division. We’re known as a diverse building company in all markets from single-family and rebuild construction to luxury homes.
What sets your company apart?
The Hartman Homes team works with clients throughout every step of the building process. The company’s in-house showroom allows homeowners to easily make selections and their in-house designer ensures each project comes full circle. A close selection of contractors and a well-respected team are at the heart of the business and are what set our company apart. Hartman Homes has the expertise and resources of a large company with a close-knit team that shares a passion for the process. Building is all about starting from scratch, creating something from nothing, and bringing our client’s visions to life.
What inspires and influences your work?
Each custom home built by Hartman Homes is thoughtfully designed and executed with our customer’s vision and influences. Our inspiration comes from exceeding our customer’s expectations and providing a home they are proud to call their own.
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
When navigating the long list of decisions that come with building a custom home, the key is to start with the exterior and then move inside to lighting. Lighting really drives the direction of everything else.
What are the most important elements of a successful build team?
Communication, trusting relationships, systems, and organization are the keys to a successful team. Hartman Homes has sought out the best subcontractors, vendors, and employees in the industry and prides itself on the long-standing tenure of the team members. Throughout the years, Hartman Homes has refined its operating and build systems to increase quality, efficiency, and communication between the customers and our entire team.
What do you enjoy most about building custom homes?
What is most rewarding is when our clients tell us that they chose Hartman Homes because they wanted a home that “stands out from the rest” or that “they would build again if they didn’t love their house so much.” Exceeding customer expectations is what Hartman Homes strives for with each build.
What are some of your favorite trends and styles in new construction?
Trends tend to come and go. We strive at Hartman to avoid trends, yet go for a timeless design that will stand the test of time.
Photo by Meghan Doll Photography