Denver Design Build concentrates on delivering modern living for younger professionals.
IN 2010, Jeff Ayres and Jeff Gates set out on a mission: to offer competitively priced design/ build services in a company dedicated to attention to detail and customer service. “We take a lot of extra time to work with our clients to make sure they have a superior experience,” Gates says.
The multifamily homes and commercial spaces the company is building are beautiful and built to last. Though the company’s current work is focused in Denver, the team also has built homes across the state.
“Our homes are designed to be appealing on the outside and built with quality,” Gates says. “There are a lot of people out there just building as quickly as they can – and the quality is low. We spend the extra time to make sure it’s built well on the inside, too.”
Devoted to building dream homes for individuals and families, Ayres and Gates felt there was a lack of quality construction at a reasonable price when they launched Denver Design Build. The numbers show the company has found a formula for responding to market needs.
In just five years, the company’s busy job log has catapulted it toward a projected $10 million in revenue for 2015. So far, the firm has taken on two duplexes, a six-unit townhome, five single-family houses and a few pop tops (a term for adding a full second story to a residence). The team also takes on commercial projects. They’ve built everything from warehouses to more creative spaces, like an indoor snowboard park designed to fit perfectly in the space formerly occupied by a movie theater.
“We work hard,” Ayres says, “but we also have great employees. Everyone enjoys working together and we have a lot of fun. When everyone is happy, we produce a great product.”
Another perk for the Denver Design Build crew is the opportunity to give back to the community that supports them. In May, the team joined more than 60 volunteers at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver for an event organized by a local chapter of the International Facilities Management Association. Together, the volunteers completed the largest major renovation of the facility ever – in a single day. The company is also an active member of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver.
In the Details
The company’s goal is to understand clients’ needs and wants.
Denver Design Build partners with clients to create a custom solution, incorporating their design concepts, finishes, location and budget.
Gates knows it’s the attention to detail that brings it all together. Unique elements, such as rusted metal finishes accenting interior wall panels and the use of reclaimed wood, make the properties stand out – an important feature for professionals in their 20s and 30s who seek to make Denver and its vibrant city life and outdoor opportunities their home.
One popular concept has been using beetle-killed wood – from trees killed by the mountain-pine beetle – for accent walls in homes or commercial spaces.
“It depends on the neighborhood, but a lot of the work we’re doing is contemporary modern,” Ayres says. “With an average price point of $400,000 to $600,000, our multifamily projects are perfect for younger generation professionals in their 20s and 30s. They’re more of a modern crowd.”
With a flourishing economy and what some perceive as a more liberated atmosphere – the state is now two years into recreational marijuana legalization – people are flocking to the state and the real estate market is booming, Gates says.
Homes that go on the market are sold in days, with multiple offers on the table, Gates says, adding that finding land for development can be challenging.
“We try to get properties that are not on the market yet, using wholesalers or looking for properties before they are listed,” Ayres says.
The company’s recent duplex property – two weeks from finish – likely will have both sides under contract before it’s completed.