Answer: Spanjer Homes is a small to medium-sized building company that has built in some of the finest Northern Colorado communities over the past 30 years.
I started in construction 38 years ago with another small Fort Collins custom builder, who performed almost every aspect of building a home. Then in 1978, I formed my own company, Spanjer Construction Corp. doing remodels, carpentry work and an occasional spec home, our company became notable for its distinctive interior trim work and its furniture-quality woodworking details. At one point, Spanjer Construction employed 17 specialty trim carpenters. In 2003, we decided to adopt a trade name to more accurately describe our primary focus, and now our company is widely known as Spanjer Homes.
Q. What kinds of building does your company do, and what do you specialize in?
A: Spanjer Homes has always specialized in building one-of- a-kind custom homes. Right now, we are building homes at the Harmony Golf Club in Timnath. But we also have a division that develops and builds small infill communities, like the Bennett Road Bungalows, which is located across from Bennett Elementary. That particular project is a community of 16 homes and was created to showcase the architectural details, colors and character of the early 1900s prairie or bungalow style.
Another division of Spanjer Homes has built a number of infill condominium projects throughout Fort Collins, such as Summerhill (81 residences), Landings Bay (47 residences) and Promontory (47 residences). Currently, we are building the Myrtle Court Townhomes (16 townhomes) in the Eastside Park neighborhood near Old Town. We also occasionally do major home remodeling projects.
Q: What's the secret to your company's success for the past 30 years?
A: I think it's the love for creating fine homes in our community, a dedication to the people we work with and a constant drive to improve what we are doing and how we are doing it.
Our success continues due to wonderful clients, devoted employees, loyal tradesmen, constant communication and hard work. Building homes is exciting, but building what our homeowners really want is extremely rewarding. We'd like Spanjer Homes to be remembered for establishing honest and long-lasting relationships, as well as for providing a good value and building distinctive homes that stand the test of time.
Q: How are you coping with the slumping housing market and the down economy?
A: We feel fortunate to be relatively stable. Because of the talents of our employees and our history in the community, we've stayed busy with several projects. Sometimes a change of pace calls for taking on a greater number of small projects where we self-perform a lot of the work rather than "subbing" it out, but we have managed to keep enough work in front of us to keep our full staff employed. Fortunately, we have a very versatile staff, which makes it possible for us to do a wider variety of work.
Q: What do you see for the future of Spanjer Homes?
A: We are passionate about building homes. Not too long ago, our business consultant asked me: "If you could choose anything to do as a hobby, what would it be?" I told him I would build houses. It is what gives me "juice." So, the plan is to continue building houses with our talented team of dedicated employees for as long as possible.