Homebuilding Articles

Southwestern Style Wasn’t Invented, It Developed Over a Millennium»

March 18, 2014 –

Article by John Kaltenbach; Photos by Jerry Rabinowitz; Reprinted by permission of Su Casa Magazine Nowhere in the United States is the blending of Native American and western cultures better exemplified than in New Mexico. This unique blend is no better illustrated than in our…

Should Standard Features be Included in a Custom Home?»

August 9, 2013 –

When people look at homes to build or buy, the two biggest issues are usually cost per square foot and features or upgrades. Usually, these concepts don’t work well in the true custom building environment. When building a custom home, the client is more in…

The Beauty of Stone: Nature’s Oldest Building Material»

March 9, 2012 –

Stone comes from Mother Nature. Natural stone, both beautiful and durable, is one of the oldest and most dramatic elements found in architecture. Today there are many more types of stone available in both slab and tile form than here were just a few years…

What’s Wrong With Competitive Bidding in Custom Home Building?»

November 7, 2011 –

The quote from The Well Built House sums it up well. There are plenty of ways to cut corners to create a lower price. Competitive bidding just rewards the lowest price, it offers absolutely no advantage to good workmanship and actually encourages cost overruns and…

16 Considerations that Help a Home-building Project Run Smoothly»

June 1, 2011 –

By John McLean; Reprinted with permission from Fine Homebuilding magazine In building and renovation, few rules hold true all the time. However, a number of useful notions lead to predictable outcomes most of the time. Unfortunately, many of these notions are forgotten when we concentrate on making…

John Kaltenbach Homes Supports Habitat For Humanity»

May 4, 2010 –

John Kaltenbach served on the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for three years. In 1995, he built the “Blitz Build” house for the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, of which he was a board member at that time also.