Jim Van Horn

I grew up on a dairy farm in SW Michigan, building, inventing, and creating the necessary recreation toys and structures that allowed us to enjoy what little free time we had after farm work was completed. Hay bale forts, tree houses, wooden battleships and lunar modules gave us experience with wood and an appreciation of spatial relationships in various structures, especially timber framed haymows.

Early in my career I combined dairy farming with building construction, working with numerous talented individuals who helped me grow as a carpenter. In 1984 we relinquished the dairy farm and began focusing exclusively on many rewarding projects in the custom home building industry.

While baling wire could often be an emergency repair fix for many farm failures, our customers are normally more demanding than the everyday bovine. Our years of custom building experience enables us to creatively solve structural, mechanical, and design issues in ways that improve the building and protect the bottom line.

Mary Jane & Ron...

Thank you for the beautiful transformation in our kitchen! We've loved spending time in it over the holidays and find it to be pretty efficiently useful! It is always a pleasure to work with you and your team. Wishing you a blessed new year!"

our history

on task

Knowledgeable in problem solving, innovative solutions and a wide range of building style experience. Creative, artistic, skill in melding new areas seamlessly into existing rooms and buildings.

Calm and collected in "crisis" situations.

Why Hire Us?

A successful building project requires talented craftsmen, good communication, and a great attention to detail. Add a great design and you an see why so many choose us to bring their dreams to reality.

Our employees have years of experience, and have already made and learned from their past mistakes. This gives you a group of experienced, seasoned carpenters, and also allows them to keep a firm grip on any eager young helpers that are often a part of our staff. Our craftsmen build your project as they would their own, using quality materials and time proven techniques to ensure lasting results. Taking the necessary time to carefully complete important details will assure you a a project that will out perform those structures built cheaply and in a rush..

Good communication between our staff and you, the owner, allows us to avoid disappointments by clearly establishing plans and specifications. While we strive to be on the job as much as needed, we are committed to staying tin touch by phones, fax, e-mail, and even the time worn postal service. You can rest assured that your project is in good hands whether you live nearby, or far from the site.

Good designs and specifications allow us to carry out intricate projects with confidence and assurance. Whether you come to us with a completed design, or let us bring your "napkin sketches" to life, you can watch as your dream becomes reality.

Make your Dream Home a Reality!

Good communication between our staff and you, the owner, allows us to avoid disappointments by clearly establishing plans and specifications. While we strive to be on the job as much as needed, we are committed to staying tin touch by phones, fax, e-mail, and even the time worn postal service. You can rest assured that your project is in good hands whether you live nearby, or far from the site.

advantages

High Quality

High quality individuals on my crew. Experienced, respectful, and skilled.

Creative

Creative solutions for challenging circumstances.

Experienced

High quality network of experienced subcontractors that provide exceptional service.

skills

Creative and experienced builder with highly skilled craftsmen engaged in supplying well built projects. We build from owners plans or from those that we provide, and use the skills that we have learned to wisely complete the construction process.

Service Area: Constructing quality projects in Southwest Michigan, generally in and around Kalamazoo and west to the lake. Licensed: Yes, I am appropriately licensed for my trade.

testimonials

Jane ...

"I wanted to add a "written" thank you to the verbal thanks we've already given you on your "super fine" remodeling job on our cottage.

We absolutely love the improvements ... no better proof than the fact that Dale is still staying out there from Wed thru the weekend! He can't wait quite get use to the fact that, thanks to insulation and the heat pump, he can actually stay warm and cozy as the temps drop.

Everyone who has seen our place since all your good and hard work, has nothing but superlative comments! this includes our son who recently returned his stint in Afghanistan. Please pass on our most sincere and heartfelt THANKS to Mark and Dick. "

Jane