As with many decisions, it helps to look at the details because they add up to the big picture. Builder Mark Hickman, of Mark Hickman Homes, shares this philosophy saying, “We focus on the details that make a house a home, from the way we interact with our clients to the way we build.”
From your first meeting with Mark, you know that you’re speaking with someone who you’ll be able to forge a relationship with, someone who will listen to you, and help bring your ideas to life in the place that you live.
“I build because I’m passionate about creating homes for people,” Mark says. As he describes successful projects completed by the Mark Hickman Homes team, he doesn’t just skip to the results, but explains the process and how they dealt with challenges along the way. Once, when a slab of specially ordered stone arrived cracked, the homeowners were distraught, fearing that their master bathroom would need to be completely rethought and the project would be delayed. In collaboration with the owners, Mark devised a solution and turned the cracked marble into a focal point of the master bath by bringing the pieces together to form an X. That kind of problem-solving ability is very comforting to potential clients and offers people the peace of mind they need during a potentially stressful time.
Mark enjoys working on projects of all sizes, saying, “Bigger is not always better. Some of my favorite homes are less than 4,000 square feet.” Sometimes focusing on a smaller footprint allows the homeowner to focus on wonderful finishes, interesting hardware, and elements that surprise and delight the family. As Mark says, “It is interesting to see how we can create something on a smaller space with huge detail.”
Smaller homes also tend to use less energy, which is increasingly important to people. Mark Hickman Homes is exploring how to go beyond size to look at new ways of building in a sustainable style. Mark explains, “We are also starting to focus on green building. It might mean using recycled or reclaimed materials, or looking at how we can save energy in operation.” Mark encourages the use of salvaged objects in homes. These include brick for fireplaces or pavers, doors, even found pieces of furniture like an armoire that is built-in to provide a truly custom touch.
Because he knows that clients are looking for these custom elements, Mark maintains a roster of craftsman who create one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures, stair balusters, and hardware.
All of this attention to detail results in homes with a timeless sense of style and place enhanced by modern touches and a high-level of functionality from well-designed pantries and workspaces and custom lighting controls.
Mark’s easygoing personality, the one that earned him “friendliest guy” honors in high school, makes him a natural choice to turn to for all of your home needs. As he puts it, “Not only does Mark Hickman Homes build, but we also do home maintenance and remodeling. No project is too small for us. We can do anything from cleaning gutters to painting rooms.” And, for many happy and satisfied customers, there is no one they’d rather have
taking care of those very important details.