“Our goal is to build homes that look as though they belong as naturally to the site as the firs and cottonwoods, as permanently as the weather-worn rocks, and as gracefully as the waving grasses,” explains Leo Keane, owner of North Country Builders, Inc. in Whitefish, Montana and a 30-year veteran of building custom homes, as he takes time from his day to talk. “We expect our homes to blend in with nature and not detract from or ruin the site.”
Give Life and Spirit to the Garden
And what does their mission statement say about how North Country Builders builds homes? “Our mission has always been to focus on unique craftsmanship, enduring value, thoughtful guidance and communication, trustworthy and friendly employees, honest accounting, as well as the necessary references to the importance of budgets and schedules,” Leo responds.
“Yet, I’ve always felt that as a sought-after builder of fine homes in the Whitefish area, our clients should expect nothing less. In fact, I consider these the prerequisites of good building and good business. But even if budgets, schedules, and accurate accounting might keep me awake at night, these are not the reasons I jump out of bed in the morning.”
Putting it Into Context
“But inevitably the final and enduring joy for me happens as the last of the dump trucks and big excavators have rumbled off down the road and the tools and trailers are no longer in sight. The home stands where only months ago there was nothing but piles of lumber and a hole in the ground. Now with freshly planted trees and graceful gardens growing around the new home, it’s time to employ the builder’s Golden Rule, Step Seven—stand back and check your work. That’s what makes my heart beat: when what we have built adds beauty to what was always naturally there.” Leo’s description aptly reflects his motivation for building with nature by giving life and spirit to the Garden.
Respect, Listening, and Caring
The same attitude of respect extends to listening and caring about the client. “That’s my job, to make certain the client’s vision gets built, and to take complete responsibility for the project. The heart of this is listening and communication. For the homeowner, architect, and the trades, I am the listener and the conductor of information. I have been told that this is something our clients think differentiates us from other builders. When it comes to careful communication, we take it seriously, and we don’t skimp.”
North Country Builders is the thoroughly modern, go-to builders for thoughtful yet demanding clients. They believe that when they pack up their tools and drive away they have gotten it right when the home improves upon the landscape and the homeowners wave goodbye with smiles on their faces. Call North Country Builders, Inc. when you are ready to add “life and spirit” to your own special place in the world.