We fortunately sold our Newton home in March of 2013. Our desire was to move to Ames (we both graduated from Ames High School). We contacted a Realtor to start looking for a preowned home. My fear was that we couldn’t find a home and would have to build (so many decisions)! There were no available homes that met our requirements. After a month of searching we contacted Patty, a Realtor with Hunziker, we both remembered that the old H & F had an excellent reputation when we had lived in Ames previously and she arranged a meeting with HCS Builders.
We met with Chuck and Jill in May and after some discussions about what our preferences were he said “I think I know what you want” left and came back with a home design. It only had 2 bedrooms on the first floor (we wanted 3) so he called Ryan in and explained what we wanted. Ryan said he could do some redesigning for our review.
On our next meeting we reviewed the new plans and really liked the changes, 3 bedrooms on the first floor. Chuck also said that the house would be completed in time for my retirement from Vermeer Corp November 1st. Jill then reviewed the project plan with us, it was impressive and met our needs.
Throughout the construction Jill helped with all the decisions that had to be made. That help was critical and we will always be very grateful to her! Jill made building a home a less stressful experience! Throughout the construction Matt and Jill worked with us to make decisions at the appropriate times, they were both great to work with and we had a book that indicated when decisions had to be made which helped a lot. The house was completed a month early and we moved in on October 9th. Patty kept in touch with us throughout the construction process. HCS arranged for us to meet with Alfreds on several occasions to pick out flooring and carpet which helped to coordinate the interior. Their advice was critical. Fortunately we have a close friend, almost family, that took pictures (over 300) throughout the construction process which was great. Construction folks were very accommodating during her picture taking! Matt, Jill and Patty came to the house prior to our moving in to inspect the finished product and they identified issues that they wanted fixed, a great process!
Throughout the first year a few issues were addressed in a timely manner, thanks to Nic and Tim. At the one year time frame of ownership we received a letter from Tim to provide a list of issues which were fixed in a timely manner.
All in all the experience with HCS, in our opinion, was excellent! We still keep in touch with Jill and I have had some questions and needed advice which Matt has happily provided.
We want to express our sincere thanks to the staff of Hunziker Reality (Patty) and HCS Builders (Chuck, Matt, Jill, Ryan, Tim and Nic) for helping us, delivering ahead of schedule and would happily recommend HCS.
- Tom and Pam Magilton
In the winter and spring of 2014 we built a new home with HCS and moved into the home at the time of our
marriage in May. We are very pleased with the professional leadership and personal care of Jill Anderson who
superbly helped us every step of the process. She found answers to our questions and concerns and guided us to the people we needed for help. Everyone in the HCS organization did things in a professional way with
a caring personal touch. But Jill led the way and earned our trust. And made the entire process successful and fun. Special thanks to Tim for coming out to our home and helping us with problems. Like Jill, he is a true friend. Our home is of the highest quality, and the people with whom we worked are terrific at what they do. We recommend HCS as the best folks in Ames for building a new home.
- Richard and Elizabeth White
Seamless process from start to finish. Stayed on schedule and kept us informed and involved every step of the way. Everyone listened to and understood our wishes, and the final product was better than we had originally imagined
- Brian & Cherie Torresi
We were very happy with the help and service we received from Jill, Chuck and the rest of the HCS staff.
They were very good before we bought our home and afterwards.
Whenever we had questions,they had the answers.
We would recommend their company to anyone.
- Boyd and Irene Dohrmann
We chose HCS Builders based on recommendations and their reputation as builders of high quality homes. After touring several of their existing homes, it was evident that quality materials, first rate workmanship and attention to detail were of high importance. From securing a lot, through all stages of the construction and ending with the closing all of our expectations were met or exceeded. All involved were courteous, helpful and very knowledgable in their jobs and processes. The subcontractors they recommended were also easy to work with and provided us with quality products at reasonable costs. As first time home builders, our experience with HCS was very positive. We can highly recommend them to anyone interested in building a house they will be proud to call home.
- Rayanne and Stan Burrack
We were very pleased with the overall interaction with HCS on the design and construction of our home. We were especially pleased with the willingness of the designer to transfer our ideas into a workable plan and for his openness to the give and take of ideas as we revised and finalized the plan for our home (we asked for at least two fairly comprehensive re-designs). During the construction of our home HCS was very open to our day-to-day involvement in tracking the progress being made. We were very impressed with the sub-contractors used for the interior work in our home. They clearly took pleasure in their work and in doing a good job. They asked helpful questions and offered alternatives as to mid-course corrections as the finish work came together. We have a well-built, pleasing home and are glad to have had HCS as our designer and builder.