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Building Homes with the Cost-Plus Advantage: An Interview with Dalton Homes, Inc.

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Dalton Homes, Inc. is an award winning custom home builder. Each home we build is uniquely designed to meet the needs and desires of the home owner. We are partners with the home owner to make their dream home a beautiful reality. Our expertise assures the home is esthetically and technically well designed; and exceptionally well built for comfort and livability. New Mexico is an amazingly beautiful place and our designs provide breathtaking views and the best lot placement so the home captures beauty from both the inside and from the street outside.

We have a strong work ethic and strive to achieve excellence in every home we build; our business is based on our integrity. We pay careful attention to every phase of construction and assure the quality of every product that goes into the home. Our trusted experienced subcontractors have worked with us for years; and we are on the job daily to oversee the work, assuring the work is done to specification.

We always use energy saving technology in our custom homes and continually research the latest, most efficient and cost effective energy-saving methods for your project. We can help you with the paperwork required for tax incentives, and estimate your payback on each energy saving idea you select.

What sets your business apart from other comparable companies? What do you do better/different than the competition?

It has been our experience that cost-plus is the best building method for our customers. Cost-plus makes the building process much easier, faster, and hassle free. It allows the homeowner to know the cost of everything that goes into their home, and allows them to more easily control their budget. There are no "packages" or "that's not in your budget" issues; the price of everything is up front, and understood by the customer, who makes their own choices.

We also offer a unique service for persons who want to be owner-builders; we advise the home owner through each phase of construction from design and permitting to construction completion.

What sets your business apart from other comparable companies? What do you do better/different than the competition?

Our remarkable family owned business is composed of Pat Dalton and Eva Sanchez, a husband and wife team; and Diane Dalton, 'Mom'. Each team member is involved with all phases of construction; and we each bring distinct expertise to the business.

Pat Dalton is our designer and construction site superintendent. Pat is an accomplished artist and has 25 successful years in the Fine Art Business. During his career his works were displayed in The White House, notable collectors include: Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna and many others. Pat Dalton has sold out shows in galleries in Santa Fe, Scottsdale, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. His art work has given him a critical eye for exacting measurements and he is exacting in assuring his designs and the engineering in the home are carried out correctly.

Eva Sanchez is our licensed contractor. Eva is a third Generation Contractor and Ninth Generation Native New Mexican. Eva is from a long line of New Mexico builders. Her grandfather Harold Gipson was a master builder for the US Navy with high security clearances. After leaving the Navy he moved from Iowa to New Mexico where he worked on construction of the State's National Laboratories and built several multi-housing units in Albuquerque. Eva's father, Joe Sanchez, has been a contractor for over 40 years in New Mexico. Eva grew up on job sites, and as soon as she was able, began working alongside her father. It's not a surprise that Eva would eventually end up as a licensed general contractor.

Diane Dalton has worked in the computer industry since the early days when there were very few woman in the field. She has long term experience in project management of multi-million dollar business projects. She uses that expertise to successfully complete home building projects on budget and on time. Diane joined Dalton Homes as a business partner after retirement. She quickly acquired the skills and expertise to obtain her GB-98 contractors license.

What are some steps homeowners should keep in mind during the home building process?

Building a truly custom home, one that is designed to meet your unique needs and desires, may take up to 6 months to a year to complete. Many factors are involved in determining the time to completion, including home-owner specified changes during construction, materials availability, subcontractor availability and weather. Our sprit of partnership with the home owner creates an enjoyable environment. Watching a dream transform day by day from an empty piece of land into a recognizable form and then into a home is a great experience to be enjoyed. We strive to make it a memorable fun experience.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

To contact Dalton Homes, Inc. please call Pat Dalton at 505-259-0900 or Diane Dalton at 505-270-7105. Please visit our website to learn more and to view photo galleries of our many home building projects at

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