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Helping You Create Your Dream Home: An Interview with Homes by Marie, Inc.

By Kristen Bosse

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

My company has been Homes by Marie Inc. since 1990 and I will now be managing Mesa Verde Homes. My company, as well as Mesa Verde Homes, designs build and helps/hold client's hands from the design stage to the color selections on the walls.

What is your ultimate goal when working with each customer?

My philosophy is to create the clients "dream" and in my opinion, a new home is usually a "dream". My ultimate goal is to hear, listen and create the clients dream. After all, it is their dream, not mine. Therefore, listening and truly hearing the client's wishes is very important.

Do you offer remodeling services as well?

I often do remodeling. I find it a bit more difficult than new construction, as with new construction you can give a very firm price on what it will cost to build. Remodels has many unknowns and surprises, and makes it difficult to capture all of the "what if's".

How did it feel to win Home Builder of the Year last year? Did it boost the success of your company in any way?

It was quite the Honor, surprise and very much a sense of satisfaction. It did not seem to boost my company as far as work wise. I do think it helped keep my name out there for other states as well. It was very humbling and yet one of the most exciting honors I have ever received.

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

My approach to building is different in that I truly listen to my clients, I understand the commitment and how difficult it is to build a home. I try to cross all my t's and I's so that I make it fun for the client. For example, I put selections together for my clients. They do not have to run around trying to select items. I attempt to put selections together for colors, tile, countertops, backsplashes etc.. usually I am very close to what my client wants.

In today's economy, how are you able to provide such beautiful homes at a relatively affordable price?

There are many things that can save money and yet make a home look good. Paint is inexpensive and being creative with paint is fun and it can easily be replaced. Helping clients blend colors with items they already have is a great way to help them save money. Creative counter tops and using different materials such as a Masonite door and paint it to look like it is antique, or a very dark color saves money from a solid door.

What should homeowners be looking for in a quality custom home builder company?

Clients should be looking for good windows, with good R factors, good insulation, and good stucco, if it is a stucco home. An efficient home is very important in this economy and day in age. I believe in "green" and do build "green". But at the same time, I believe there are things that are important for the home and resale.

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

The best way for clients to contact me is my office 505-342-1532 or 505-991-1405.

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