Custom Home Building Testimonials
Greg and Hunter built a custom vacation home for us and we couldn't be happier with the results. We received personal attention throughout the process. The end product was a high quality, energy efficient, and comfortable home that we will enjoy for many years.
Being 300+ miles away from the construction meant that we had to place a lot of trust in our builder. We couldn't have chosen anyone better than Greg and Hunter. They receive our unqualified recommendation.
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
My wife and I worked with the Mantell-Hecathorn team to build our house in Durango, CO, and could not have been happier with either the process or the results.
Of all the builders we interviewed, Greg and Hunter stood out from the rest for their command (and successful prior implementation) of efficiency and green building techniques. Their attention to detail was superb; their craftsmanship first notch; and the results of their hard work were exactly what we were looking for. As important - Greg, Hunter and Tara were a pleasure to work with throughout the process. Building a home is an ordeal: the details are never ending, the bills significant, and the stress can run high. Given that - you want a team to work with that earns and maintains your trust at every step of the way.
Greg, Hunter, and Tara did just that. Our project wrapped up on time and on budget. Though the process we gained three new friends in the M-H team.
One statement covers it all...they are without question the most incredible contractors we have ever worked with. As the house got started, they kept us informed everyday with every minute problem that came up. They never made a decision unless we were well informed and signed off on it.
As far as quality, Mantell-Hecathorn Builders was incredible. The subcontractors we used through them were nothing short of great.
I highly recommend Mantell-Hecathorn Builders.
Betsy and Jay C.
We wanted to have a very well‐built, energy‐efficient home for our new residence in the mountains of Durango, Colorado. We really appreciated the ease of working with everyone at Mantell‐Hecathorn Builders, and have been so impressed with Greg and Hunter’s knowledge of construction and their ability to build at this level.
During construction and after completion we have experienced the high quality of Mantell‐Hecathorn Builders workmanship and the genuine comfort of our new home on the coldest Durango winter day. Our electric bills have been zero (we actually have a net credit due to our photovoltaic system). The cost of propane to heat the house with the thermostats set fairly low at 60 degrees when we haven’t been there has only been about $350 from July through May! (Our 1000 gallon tank was filled to 80% in July and now reads at 60%, which means we used about 200 gallons of propane.) Pretty remarkable for a 3800 SF home in this climate!
We are happy to provide a reference for Greg and his team and can sum up their work in one word – Awesome! That’s kind of an overused, even trite sounding word these days, but it fits here. We were in awe of what he did on our project, how he did it, and how fast his team finished the job. We have never seen someone in Greg’s industry that is as organized, thoughtful and thorough as Greg. Once you’ve had the best, you can’t go back – kind of like good wine…
In fact, I was just admiring some of the work he did at our home a few minutes ago as I was working out in one of our rooms here. All the little details are so well figured out and done. Five years later, it still just feels good to look at it. True quality is enduring.
Anyway, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it. Good luck with your project. You should pick Greg to do it, hands down!
Jim and Catherine F.
Dear Greg and Tara, Since we have recommended you to many of our friends, it occurred to us that we could help by offering to speak to any prospective clients; sharing our experiences and opinion of Mantell-Hecathorn Builders’ excellent work.
Having known you and worked with you as clients for over 20 years, we feel pretty qualified to describe your abilities and integrity. In all the remodeling projects that you did on our house, we were always extremely pleased with every aspect of your work including planning help, on-going communication, quality of work, attention to detail, adherence to schedule and budget, and general ease of the whole process. Other contractors we hired before we met you didn’t come close to your standard of excellence.
Please tell any interested prospective clients to feel free to call us. We can provide whatever level of detail they wish to know about the quality of workmanship they can expect from Mantell-Hecathorn Builders, Inc.
Regards, Peter and Gail M.
Our house barely sips energy.
The bottom line for us is that our Durango house will cost us a tiny fraction of what our Texas house costs to operate. Factoring that into our cash flow calculations, these savings will have a material impact on my retirement plans.
In effect, selecting Mantell-Hecathorn Builders to build our house will likely allow me to retire 3 to 5 years earlier than I had planned. Pretty powerful stuff, for a fact. So thank you and Hunter and Tara for giving me those years - they will be priceless to me!
Cheers, Doug M.
We were very happy working with Greg and Hunter. We interviewed a lot of builders in Durango, Cortez and Mancos. They were our first choice from when we first interviewed them.
They were very concerned about doing the best job possible. All of the builders we got bids from were more than we had originally hoped to build the house for. Greg worked with us to get the budget closer to what we could afford. They finished the project on time based on the project management time line they developed.
They were the only builders we interviewed who truly knew and practiced energy efficient, healthy, green building technology. Greg and Hunter seemed to appreciate Laura's knowledge and welcomed discussions of products and building practices.
Regards, Bill & Laura
Mantell-Hecathorn Builders did a great job. They were here regularly and kept an extremely tight schedule. They really did a great job and I felt like they completely understood my vision. They also helped me make decisions if I had trouble deciding. I honestly would recommend them and if I were building or remodeling tomorrow, I would definitely use them.
On a personal note I’d like to thank you for everything. You always gave me confidence and delight in this project. I can’t imagine a more pleasurable remodel, you deserve full credit. I look forward to working with you again.
Fondly, Diane G.
I am delighted to be able to write about Mantell-Hecathorn Builders. After one conversation with Greg, we knew we had found our contractor. Not only is he personable and fun to work with, he is brimming with ideas and solutions. We started with a basic design of our kitchen from our architect, but it was Greg that we refined it to the kitchen it is today. He sat with us over a course of probably 4-6 weeks in dissecting and improving the design before we even started. Based on his experience and design ideas, we probably saved many dollars in avoiding costly mistakes and he was able to finish in a timely manner.
Another reason we appreciated working with Greg is his organization. His invoices are fair, easy to understand and accurate. His subs come on the day they are scheduled and are very loyal to Greg, giving him priority over other contractors. Best of all, when the job was all done and signed off, if there was anything that came to our attention afterwards, Greg came right away to address it.
In summary, I would highly recommend Mantell-Hecathorn Builders. Their competitive edge is their integrity, incisive design ability, and their friendship. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
Nancy and Norman P.
Dear Greg, I cannot recommend Greg and his group strongly enough. We were extremely happy with the service that he offered on the kitchen renovation so that we went to him on a bathroom renovation several years later without even getting another bid.
We found the service of Mantell-Hecathorn Builders to be excellent. Although they were a little more costly then some of the bids we received on our first project, the timeliness, service, attention to detail and schedule were excellent and worth the little extra, cost wise. Greg was always sensitive to our needs, anxieties and frustrations and managed to keep us well informed as the projects progressed. The crews that he employed were first rate and a pleasure to work with. The quality of the work was top notch and the follow up provided well after the projects were completed was exemplary.
I would not hesitate to use Greg and his group again without any reservations.
Sincerely, Allen V.
Greg Mantell-Hecathorn is an exceptional builder. A few years back, he remodeled our kitchen and two rooms. We were so pleased with that job and experience, we later had him remodel the rest of our home. That consisted of an extreme make-over of four rooms and three bathrooms. Not only were the jobs done right, they were started and completed on time and within the budget estimate.
Before the projects started and during all phases of construction Greg always listened to our wants and concerns and complied in every way he could. He didn’t just do as we ask, but actively consulted with us and at times suggested changes and upgrades that were always the right way to go.
Greg and his team are professionals. They arrived each day to work and left the job at day’s end with materials put away, the work area clean and swept. The crew was polite and courteous with as little intrusion as possible. This was extremely important since we lived in the home through all phases of the remodel.
Thanks to Greg we’ve received numerous compliments on our home. For professional quality work we highly recommend Mantell-Hecathorn Builders.