Building Park City’s Future

by Sabina Dana Plasse

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With less and less property available to build upon, Park City remodelers are leading the home improvement market from reconstruction and additions to upgrades and updates. Providing Park City with some of the most cutting-edge and contemporary design remodeling projects are RM Koemans Construction and Evolution Design Build. As remodeling becomes essential to living in Park City, so does knowing how a remodel is executed, from permits to finishes. RM Koemans Construction and Evolution Design Build know the ins and outs of how to complete a remodel project no matter how small or large and, above all, how to take care of their clients.

Evolution Design Build

Takes Remodeling Concepts from Ideas to Reality

“Our philosophy at Evolution Design Build is to use a ‘construction triangle’ for all of our builds and remodels. QUALITY, SCHEDULING, and BUDGET are the three components that comprise the sides of our ‘construction triangle.’”

–Scott Kelley, Owner, Evolution Design Build

Scott Kelley, owner at Evolution Design Build, a full-service design and build remodeling firm in Park City, brings 22 years of remodeling experience to every job, no matter how small or large. More than 85 percent of Kelley’s business comes as referrals, but Kelley understands that the remodeling process must be delicate while accomplishing orderly engineering feats.

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“Our philosophy at Evolution Design Build is to use a ‘construction triangle’ for all of our builds and remodels,” explains Kelley. “QUALITY, SCHEDULING, and BUDGET are the three components that comprise the sides of our ‘construction triangle.’ All three elements are extremely important, and each client should choose at least two. At Evolution Design Build, we try to be part of the early planning during the design process to ensure that we can help design a project while preserving the budget. We have all phases of the process scheduled far in advance, without sacrificing quality, and with the goal of completing the project in a timely manner. Although expedited services are available, it is our mission to coordinate and schedule in a manner as to prevent or eliminate costly changes associated with poor planning.”

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Kelley has worked in Colorado, Kansas City, and Park City. He decided to raise his family in Park City and enjoys many of the activities the mountain area has to offer. The close proximity to Salt Lake City has provided an excellent geographical location for both materials and workforce. Whether it is a master bath or a complete custom build at 10,500 feet in a remote location, every single job is important and receives the same quality in construction and attention to detail.

In addition, Kelley also understands the changing business and the demand for energy-efficient homes constructed with healthy building materials, as well as the convenience of smart technology. “There is a limit on new land,” tells Kelley. “It can be challenging to find, and there’s plenty of potential for remodeling and updating homes in Park City. One of the largest tasks in the remodeling process in Summit County is the permitting process. The process is now completed online and can be quite complicated.”

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“Park City does not look or feel big, but it’s surprising how many nooks exist and how many homes are dated.Remodeling is essential to mountain towns as lots become less available to build on.”

–Scott Kelley, Owner, Evolution Design Build

Kelley has been fortunate to work with many great people on his team. He enjoys having clients as part of the local community. “Park City does not look or feel big, but it’s surprising how many nooks exist and how many homes are dated,” he says. “Remodeling is essential to mountain towns as lots become less available to build on. I have been in the industry a long time, and I am still learning new and better ways to do things. Knowing energy codes and restrictions as the area continues to grow and develop is important, especially to maintain our picturesque mountain town but to include modern trends and technology. It’s a balance.”

For more information, contact Scott Kelley at Evolution Design Build at scott@evobuildgroup.com or call 435.241.9668.

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RM Koemans Construction

Building a Better Park City

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Remodeling is about problem-solving. That’s Ryan Koemans’ definition, and it makes perfect sense. His company, RM Koemans Construction, has done plenty of transformative work (aka remodels) throughout Park City. The result has been happy clientele, and a portfolio of updated spaces throughout a busy building market.

“We start with understanding our clients’ expectations,” says Koemans. “Most people haven’t experienced a remodel project, and we want to be with them every step of the way; that’s where a lot of the education happens for homeowners.”

The team of competent builders at Koemans is in the midst of a massive overhaul on Park Avenue for the mayor of Park City. It’s a 5,000-square-foot project and the remodeling has taken the house down to the studs.

“We want our clients to feel excited about coming to the site every day. They connect with our team and know that we are dedicated to creating a positive environment, while getting the job done,” Koemans explains.

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For Koemans, this work is personal, having grown up in Park City. He knows the work his company is doing will shape the look and feel of the future of the town. It’s a gratifying position for this former ski racer with a hospitality-based background.

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“Remodeling in a mountain town has a unique role. Oftentimes, we are bringing historic structures into the present day, while still paying homage to our roots,” says Koemans.

“Remodeling in a mountain town has a unique role. Often–times, we are bringing historic structures into the present day, while still paying homage to our roots.”
–Ryan Koemans, Owner, RM Koemans Construction

Paying special attention to how materials are sourced is also a priority for Koemans, along with accommodating all the needs of his clients. “Park City has people from all over the world who are living here and have different tastes or knowledge of what the latest trends are. It’s important to be very well-versed in every facet of a building and know all of the options you can offer to a client.”

Every wall can present a new set of challenges, and that’s what draws Koemans to the business. The combination of taking pride in his work and his team, coupled with a drive to find solutions, gives him the tools needed to thrive in a booming remodel market.

For more information about RM Koemans Construction, contact Ryan Koemans at ryan@rmkoemans.com or call 435.659.7110.