Why Mike?

Colorado Springs Home Building Case Studies

Home Building Case Studies

Why Mike?

Many builders showcase “testimonials” on their website, and we are no different. We added testimonials to our website because people like to read them. Unfortunately, sometimes snippets of people’s opinions don’t often give you a lot of detail or specifics nor do they help you truly trust the person the testimonial is about.

So, in addition to testimonials, we have chosen to share with you some Case Studies that we feel do a better job at portraying the type of builder Mike Hall is and also help you understand some struggles that people run into during their home building experience. These are just a few Case Studies that we have chosen to highlight. Through Mike Hall’s extensive experience, he has accumulated many others. When you first meet with Mike Hall to discuss your home building project, feel free to ask him about his experience solving some challenges that you may face.

The Knowledge to Nail It

Here’s an Idea

Go Ahead… Pinch Your Pennies

I’ve Never Liked Surprise Parties

Why Mike?

Case Studies I’ve Never Liked Surprise Parties

I’ve Never Liked Surprise Parties

Problem:

This client’s project came to Mike after it was started by another builder. The home was already $30,000 over budget without any specifically defined reason. The main beam for the great room arrived and it was the wrong one. The architect proposed building a soffit around the beam. The client was unhappy and decided to terminate the current builder and bring in Mike Hall to finish the job.

 

Solution:

When Mike took over this project, two things were obvious. First, the project finances were not totally disclosed to the client. Mike quickly corrected this problem by bringing total transparency to the client. Secondly, the client felt forced to accept a major architectural feature that was incorrectly ordered. Mike did not want the architect to try to correct the problem with a work around, so he contacted the vendor to return the beam and re-order the correct beam. Mike arranged for an accelerated delivery so that no time was lost.

Why Mike?

Case Studies Here’s an Idea….

Here’s an Idea….

Problem:

Building a “green” home is a very popular concept. This client was convinced that they wanted to build a LEEDS certified home. Once the cost estimates came in, the client quickly realized that it was over his budget. The client was still adamant about building “green”.

 

Solution:

Mike scoured the project costs and made some key adjustments. By removing the solar component and adding geothermal heating, Mike was able to drastically reduce the costs while still implementing some key energy saving components. In addition, Mike decided to utilize an Icynene insulation product which further provided energy savings. In all, Mike was able to reduce the cost from $300 per square foot to just over $180 per square foot and still maintain the “green” aspects that were important to the client.

Why Mike?

Case Studies Go Ahead….Pinch your Pennies

Go Ahead….Pinch your Pennies

Problem:

This client was interested in building a small energy efficient home on a private lot within a tight budget. A fantastic lot in Cathedral Pines was a perfect solution. After the final plans were drafted, the cost per square foot exceeded the budget.

 

Solution:

After reviewing the plans Mike determined that the home could not be built within the specified budget.  Originally, the client had a main level house with a large upper floor loft.  Because it is cheaper to build a lower floor than an upper floor, Mike worked with the client to re-design the floorplan so that there was more lower level square footage and less upper level square footage.  The client was able to still have their upper level loft, but the re-tooling of the square footage was able to bring the re-design within budget.

Why Mike?

Case Studies The Knowledge to Nail It

The Knowledge to Nail It

Problem:

Ever have that sinking feeling that you have spent too much money? That is exactly what happened in this Case Study. The client has originally interviewed Mike Hall as part of the builder selection process. When the client selected another builder we thought that was the end of our potential relationship. Several months later, the client contacted us to see if Mike could take over the project.  The builder originally selected was approximately $300,00 over budget and they had just finished the foundation.

 

Solution:

Spending control was the key thing to fix in this situation. Mike Hall believes in total transparency especially when it comes to finances. The large amount lost early in this project was probably impossible to recover in total, but with Mike’s financial diligence throughout the rest of the project, he was able to stop the hemorrhage and complete the project to the client’s satisfaction. Mike spent a lot of time with the client reviewing the total project cost, cost-to-date, and upcoming costs. By being transparent and upfront about the project expenses, it helped the client feel confident about the completion of the home.