"I found a picture in a magazine of a curved stair railing, and our forman Erin sent a template of it over to France for fabrication. We were delighted with the way KMV approached every challenge we presented."
- Rebecca Helzel
Our favorite part about building this house was being able to use so many unique materials. We had antique doors from France of all different sizes, three-hundred year old limestone floors, and antique fire brick in the fireplaces. It's a lot of fun to work on such a well-thought-out house.
"As an architect, the qualities I value in a contractor are the ability to think outside the box, the ability to invent new ways of doing things, and a transparent process when it comes to cost. These guys did a great job."
- Susan Desko
In a house like this, where raw elements are all exposed, getting the subs to slow down and care about the quality is key. Their work won't be covered up by carpeting or sheetrock! Everything counts. We were proud to see this house win the AIA House of the Year award.
"People said, 'Joan aren't you nervous, building this house?' I wasn't nervous at all! Because I knew I was in good hands. I had the best experience - it was so easy! I just love this house."
- Joan Katz
The front pivot door was one of a houseful of very cool details in this Sun Valley contemporary design.
"Erin McGinnis, the foreman on our job, lived and breathed this house from beginning to end. And it shows! We never believed we'd have such a beautiful home."
- David Squier
This house presented a fascinating mix of exotic materials, all of which needed to be set to exact standards. To achieve the extreme horizontal stonework styling the architect had specified, for instance, we worked closely with the mason to select the right shapes and colors. We are fortunate to have some of the best craftspeople in the West on our team.
"You hear so many horror stories about people building homes, and this was our first experience building a house from scratch. But it went so smoothly and it turned out so well, I'd do it again - if I could imagine leaving this house."
- Gail Allison
The roof line with its curved dormers was inspired by an English country home. As the site slopes away at the back, one of the dormers is actually at ground level. Its French doors open onto a cozy terrace - one of many outdoor living areas in the Allison house.
"We decided to pursue a LEED Gold certification late in the process. Even though it added extra compliance to KMV's workload, they were all onboard with it."
- Craig Johnson
This was one of the first LEED Gold houses in the valley, and we were excited to be a part of it. The experience allowed us to hit the ground running when Ketchum adopted the National Green Building Standard.
Squier Fishing Cabin
"The owners wanted something that was very rustic and kind of old-fashioned. They wanted it to look like it had been there 100 years."
- Matt Franklin, architect
In our second project for him, Dave Squier asked us to build a fishing cabin at his secret spot on the Lost River. The cabin turned out so nice it was featured on the cover of Country's Best Log Homes.
"Victor Vandenberg was our foreman. Fantastic! He was a lot of fun, very even tempered, and always looking out for us with the subs. We had a great relationship with Victor and still do."
- David Giersdorf
The Giersdorfs had the objective of building a team and that's important to us too. We always listen with an open mind to what a client and architect are saying - and offer our suggestions when appropriate. You would be surprised by how many great ideas are out there.
Lodges on Trail Creek
"I'm proud to be part of this project, which I consider one of the premier developments in the Wood River Valley. I couldn't have asked for better craftsmanship. The homes are exquisite."
- Michael Cortese, Developer
This five unit, 35,000 sq ft luxury town home development offers a bucolic Trail Creek setting within easy walking distance to downtown Ketchum. It features approximately 10,000 sq ft of underground garages and driveway.
Cold Springs Crossing
"We set out to do a model project that would offer larger unit sizes, better finish details, and excellent sustainability and livability, while still being rent affordable."
- Mike Doty, architect
From groundbreaking to turnkey, we were able to build Cold Springs Crossing in just under a year and on budget. It feels good to deliver on the vision of creating a great project for the community.
"I produce films, and budgeting for films is very exact. The KMV approach was the same - we always knew where we were at any moment on the project. Victor was amazing. I'd hire him in a second to be a line producer on one of my films."
- Steve Miner
The polished concrete floors in this house were a lot of fun. Steve Miner came up with the design and we worked back and forth to achieve the right colors, the right degree of polishing and a raw-looking finish for the inlaid hardwood.
"It's a very complex building and these guys did a great job. The posts and beams were fabricated on site, and they all had to be stabilized, erected and shored properly before getting the rafters in place to tie the system together."
- David Cinamon, Project Architect
The Ivey residence was designed by nationally known architect James Cutler, whose intent to express the building's raw elements turned our building process inside out. Concrete stem walls were left raw; wood studs and plates were exposed - essentially, the foundation and the framing became finish work.
"Outside of having children, the process of building this house was probably the most wonderful thing we've taken on in our 39 years of marriage."
- Marilyn Moran
An 11,000 sq ft Sun Valley Classic with log and river rock accents and exceptional detailing throughout.
"I like how they listened. They respected all of my ideas and loved figuring out how to incorporate them. We couldn't have asked for a better builder."
- Kaye Kearns
Kaye is so creative and had a lot of unique details she wanted incorporated. That's what makes this house so special; it's a very personal house.
"This was a big project, there were a tremendous number of design elements and construction standards, a lot of things that had to be precise. And in the end, when literally hundreds of decisions came together, it fit like a glove."
- Gordon Younger
This is the largest single-family residence we have built to date - 21,000 square feet, with an additional 16,000 square feet of heated terraces and driveway.
Mountain West & Strada Townhomes
"KMV understood what we were trying to achieve and how to get there. Their practical suggestions and the spirit they instilled in the subs reflected that. The whole team had an ownership attitude."
- Sam Williams, developer
This was a 37,000 sq ft mixed-use building in downtown Ketchum that demanded extremely tight site control, high efficiency and high quality in both the commercial and residential aspects.