In 1994 when my wife Andie and I contracted Martin Smith and Hawkeye Builders to construct our home, it was the best contractor choice we could have made. Martin was a pleasure to work with because he is sincere, conscientious, understands complex building designs, is a problem solver, has excellent product knowledge, and is hands on with his staff by being at the job. After the house was completed, Martin was always available for the next 18 years to consult with us about any maintenance problems, and if necessary, get the problem fixed in a timely and efficient manner. When we added on a significant addition and built a barn, there was no choice but to use Martin Smith and Hawkeye Builders. We know several people in the Durango area that have used Hawkeye Builders to build their houses, and every one of these people has a high regard for Martin.
Andie and Rudy - Durango, Colorado
Last year, 2011, Hawkeye Builders renovated my historic home and every room and system in the house was upgraded. It really looks beautiful now, and the work done is of high quality. Martin and his crew completed the project on schedule and it was within budget. He was available when needed, and we communicated often as the work progressed. I'm very satisfied with the results, and have received many compliments. I wouldn't hire anybody else.
As newcomers to Durango building our first custom home, we needed a builder we could trust to guide us through the process. After interviewing more than half a dozen builders, we chose Martin Smith's Hawkeye Builders. Martin provided us with the kind of guidance and advice we needed at every phase of the project while keeping us within our budget. The Hawkeye crew of highly skilled craftsmen was professional, took pride in their work and was committed to producing a home of the highest quality. Martin's personal attention to detail and his presence at the site ensured that subcontractors performed as agreed while meeting Hawkeye's high standards for quality. With the spreadsheet that Martin provided to track progress and payments, we always knew what had been completed and what our costs were. That allowed us to make intelligent, cost effective decisions about the design, features, and materials as the project progressed. The open and continuous communication made for a cooperative and creative working relationship that meant there were no surprises or unexpected costs.
Some two years since moving in, we find the house is comfortable, efficient, requires very little maintenance, and is easy to live in. We regularly receive compliments from passersby and visitors. For anyone contemplating building in southwest Colorado, we highly recommend Martin Smith's Hawkeye Builders.
Ellen & Doug, North Animas Valley â€“Durango
Hawkeye Builders are known for building outstanding new homes, but they should be considered for any remodel projects as well. Martin Smith has skilled craftsmen working for him, and his years of building locally gives him an enviable working relationship with sub-contractors as well.
Martin contributed ideas for our remodel that architects and engineers did not. We were able to blend our initial desires with his, and we now have an outstanding improvement for our home, inside and outside. We would recommend their work to anyone.
Martin is extremely fair with, and meticulous about staying on his budget, and avoiding any down time waiting on sub-contractors to complete their part. His planning and time table will keep your project progressing toward completion.
Jerry and Krista
We wanted to take this opportunity to comment and thank you for a great home building experience. Our plan to design and build had been a 10 year effort and we wanted to combine the best of our old 1917 California craftsman home with various era specific nuances and modern building techniques and materials. You nailed it.
The success of this project was very much due to your patience with us as you showed us options and ideas that we would otherwise never have been aware of. These improvements and the quality of finish made our home better than we had ever expected. In fact, we didn't expect that this quality of detail work could be replicated today.
You had great crew members, we always knew where we were in the process and could not have done this without the "Hawk"â€¦wouldn't even want to try.
Ken and Mary Ellen
What an adventure this has been for us! We are so grateful that we found you. We really canâ€™t imagine what it would have been like without your guidance, attention to detail, incredible knowledge, great ideas, and above all your terrific attitude. Please stay in touch. Weâ€™ll miss you!
Thank you for helping us design and build our dream house. Even though weâ€™ve only been in a few days, the quality and workmanship just keep jumping out at me. On one hand, Iâ€™m happy to be at this stabe. On the other hand, Iâ€™m going to miss the daily phone calls. Iâ€™ve enjoyed working with you more than I can say.
Thank you again for being such a great builder and friend.
Tami and I wish to express our appreciation and thanks for your diligence and care in building our house. Since we would be absent during the construction of the house, choosing a builder that we had absolute confidence in was a key element to a successful project. Our decision to employ Hawkeye Builders was a measured decision based on interviews with you and examining your completed homes. Further, your comment about ‘wearing a tool belt’ and actively managing the project from the ground up gave us assurance that Martin Smith was the guy that we wanted to build our home.
At the conclusion of the build, we found all your work and subcontractor work to be exceptional. Each phase of the work from excavation, concrete, framing, cabinetry, insulation, electrical, plumbing and painting was done by superior workmen and suppliers, and your trim crew did beautiful work; we marveled at the workmanship and the beauty of the final woodwork. We liked how you stayed on budget and accounted for all costs in a professional and businesslike manner.
Your advice on all phases of the building was much appreciated and valued. I remember the day you asked me to stop by while I was in Durango to review your recommendation to redesign the upper patio support. You wanted to eliminate the center support to enhance our view of the La Platas Mountains, and we are reminded of that brilliant decision every time we sit on the balcony. On another occasion, I remember you tore out and rebuilt some ducking in the storage room to ensure that the door opened and closed properly and as designed. It was a small detail in a room that nobody would really see, but I was impressed that you wanted to have the door work correctly. There were other countless ideas you had from the trap door to access the electronic gear, the roof rings to support snow clearance, the design work on the gables, the inlayed wood on the coffered ceiling, eliminating windows in front of the elevator and in the study; all your advice was appreciated and enhanced the beauty and functionality of our home.
Lastly, please feel free to use pictures and likenesses of our home to promote your workmanship and design, and we would be happy to open our house to your clients seeking confirmation and validation of your contracting skills and craftsmanship.