A note from Joe »

Many times when our clients come to see us, they are making one of the, if not the biggest investment during their lifetimes. It is not often that any particular family decides to spend $20,000 on a bath remodel, $80,000 on a new kitchen or several hundred thousand building a new home with us. Whatever size project we are doing for you, we realize that it really is a lot of money you are spending with us. Now, more than ever, you can rest assured that we are making your dollar go as far as possible when building or remodeling with Halsell Builders. How do we ensure we deliver value to each customer? It is not easy, but nothing worth doing ever is, is it? Below are three of the most important things we do differently to ensure we deliver projects on time, on budget, and as promised.

Quality of Staff: Construction in your home is a risky business. Can you really trust the integrity and skill of the company you hired? At Halsell Builders, we have assembled the best team of designers, tradesmen, project managers and support staff available on the Central Coast. This helps us do the job right the first time while minimizing the stress that any construction project will certainly bring to your life.

Sourcing of Quality Products: If you have visited our showroom, it is filled wall to wall with just about all the products you will need to complete a beautiful, durable new home or remodel.  Every single item in our showroom was hand selected by our designers to represent the very best value available from tile floors, to cabinetry to the different types of stucco finish and roof tiles.  There are levels of finishes avail to fit just about any budget, and of course our designers are ready to assist you if you would like to explore options outside of what is displayed.  The best value, of course, is hanging on our walls!

Schedules that are hard to beat: At Halsell Builders, we strive to continually improve the methods we use to deliver our projects on time. No builder is perfect, and we struggle from time to time to meet our initial deadlines, but you will find our project managers are seriously concerned with your move-in date. Something unique about construction is that every project is a prototype – they are all unique in design, each client is unique. Often, this is the first home or major remodel the client has gone through. And certainly each job site is unique. Weekly training sessions with our project teams, along with a web-based project portal for each client to track the progress of the job from any PC, are just two of the ways we stay ahead of the curve when it comes to getting your job done on time.

Have a truly blessed 2012!

Joe Halsell, CEO

Halsell Builders

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»  by James Halsell

Old buildings are monuments tocraftsmanship and good design that stand the test of time. They also tell a story of the many generations that came and went and left their mark.

The buildings on the historic Foxen Canyon Road, which travels from Santa Maria to Los Olivos, have been a favorite of mine since I was a child. We would take Sunday drives down that road as a family. We also spent some time with the Holt family at Rancho Sisquoc Winery. I have maintained a fondness for the area ever since and it has had great influence on my designs. I have actually modeled my families’ two Alzheimer’s care homes on Song Lane in Orcutt after my favorite buildings on the wine trail. The first is a nod to the Wickenden/Foxen home across from the Foxen Winery and the second is a representation of the old schoolhouse which later became the Sisquoc Grange. If you drive down Song Lane in Orcutt you can view the homes. There are also pictures here.

I also fell in love with the San Ramon Chapel. Shortly after returning to Santa Maria, I started attending Mass there with my family and knew I wanted to be involved in the preservation of the historical site. I am currently the president of the San Ramon Chapel Preservation Committee and am asking for your help.

The San Ramon Chapel sits atop a little hill in Sisquoc. Although it is only 15 minutes east of Santa Maria, many people in our own city do not know that it exists. And of those that know about it, most know about it from the Rancho Sisquoc wine label. The chapel was built in 1875 and had suffered from years of neglect before a preservation committee was formed in 1975. There has always been a long list of things to do at the tiny chapel. Many generous people in our community have come together over the years to maintain the chapel and improve the grounds. The exterior siding, trim, and foundation have been on the list of “to-do’s” for many years, but funding was always a roadblock. Unfortunately for the chapel, there are some major repairs that can be ignored no longer. Insects, rodents, and dry rot have compromised its structural integrity. The work needed to begin immediately, and the chapel would have likely closed, if not for a generous donation of $125,000 to complete Phase 1 of the project. This phase will repair the foundation, reframe the interior walls/ceiling, and install new electrical, heating system, and handicap access ramp. The entire interior will be reinstalled over the new framing and will look as it did when it was completed in 1875. The second half of the project consists of a complete exterior rehab of the siding and trim work, as well as some improvements to the chapel grounds. The preservation committee needs to raise an additional $125,000 by February 1, 2012 to proceed with Phase 2.

Please consider a making a donation of any amount; and spread the word to your family and friends. Call me at 805-928-8948 if you would like more information.

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Failing furnace?

We have been busy replacing furnaces, ducting, and insulation in the Santa Maria Valley this winter. Before the weather gets really cold, give us a call; we’d be happy to come out and see if you are eligible for a new furnace and get rebate money for replacing it! Most of the furnaces we replace are sized too large, which means they are costing people a lot of money in high gas bills. The new furnaces are highly efficient, which means they will cost you a lot less to run, are much more quiet, and have much better air quality. Did you know you can get a “UV Germicidal Light” attachment to go inside a new furnace that kills all the bacteria and germs in the air as it circulates through the furnace? Most schools use them, so why not have one in your home as well? The Energy Upgrade California program gives rebates up to $4,000 for energy-efficient upgrades. Financing is a snap with the EmpowerSBC program (www.empowersbc.org) for those living in Santa Barbara County. Rates start at 5.9% up to $25,000 unsecured loan for upgrades. Call Matt, our Program Director, at (805) 680-5333 to schedule a free consultation.

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B E N E F I T   P O K E R   T O U R N A M E N T

for Santa Barbara City Firefighters

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carriage Museum

129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara

$75 per player (includes entry, food & drink)

$25 food & drink only

C O N T A C T

jzampese@santabarbaraca.gov

P A Y   O N L I N E

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Employee Profiles »

Name: Jeremy Green

Position: Renew Restoration – Project Manager

Family: wife – Erin / children – Jaden (10), Ella (8),

Eden (2) / pet – Dozer (dog)

Hobbies: family, surf, snowboard, soccer

What do you like most about your job?:

my co-workers, as they are like family

What have you learned at your job?: A company can innovate and grow to be a huge success in a short amount of time when they allow their employees to do what they are good at.

What are your goals?: I would like to help Renew advance to the next level in all of the areas of restoration that we are focusing on – water damage, fire damage, contents, and crime scene clean-up – through creativity, persistence, and hard work.

Name: Bobby Clevenger

Position: Halsell Builders – Estimator

Family: wife – Stephanie / children – Jacob (5),
Whitney (2) / pets – Rosco (dog), Jasper (cat)

Hobbies: golf, horseshoes, BBQ’s, UFC, Jacob’s sports

What do you like most about your job?: Making people’s dreams come true! And the staff!

What have you learned at your job?: How to be a professional. Humility.

What are your goals?: Land profitable jobs for Halsell Builders; make jobs easier for the Project Managers; improve on my estimating skills through my past experiences.

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