When Quality and Originality Matter 10

Flaherty Custom Homes

You want your new home to be built with premium quality construction by first-rate contractors who get it right the first time. And that’s the core ethic behind Flaherty Custom Homes in Eagle.

Owner and President John Flaherty says the key to his company’s success is having a solid team of first-rate, experienced professional subcontractors “you’ve worked with over and over again, you know what kind of work they do, and they know what I expect out of them.”

What Flaherty expects out of them is quality craftsmanship from start to finish, “and that’s how we get the job done,” he says. “We’ve really tried to hone in on not having houses where people have subcontractors there the rest of their lives.”

Flaherty offers the expertise of having built 400 homes. Combining that kind of experience with an excellent professional subcontractor team means clients can sleep well at night, having placed their home-building needs in his hands.

Flaherty’s interior design team, for example, “takes a lot of the burden off” the buyers as far as their selection of colors of the house, appliance packages, tile, carpet and wood flooring and more, “so they’re not second-guessing themselves,” he says.

Flaherty is building a beautiful custom home in Meridian for his interior designers. Replete with a swimming pool and extensive landscaping, the roughly 4,000 square-foot, single-level home features upgraded tile and cabinetry, a bonus room upstairs, and a 1,000 square-foot garage and detached RV garage, featuring a loft with a bathroom. The home boasts engineered hardwood flooring through about half of the downstairs, interior wood beam, a hidden pantry and a barn door feature that closes over the family room. “It’s a feature that people love today,” Flaherty says. The owners upgraded to a high-energy efficient furnace with zone systems throughout, and included low-voltage electrical systems. The overall cost for the home and amenities is $865,000.

You’ll pay a little more for the high-end homes Flaherty builds. But, like anything really worth buying, paying more up front for a Flaherty home can save you numerous headaches and expenses down the road. “You really do get what you pay for,” Flaherty says.  “You can’t just take the lowest bid everybody gives you to build a house, or you’re going to face warranty issues over and over again. You’re going to pay more in the end than if you just do the job right the first time.”

Flaherty started out as a subcontractor in the glass business and did new-construction shower doors and mirrors. “Through that I realized how inefficient some of the people working on houses were,” he says. “They made it look like just about anybody could do a better job than some of them.” Flaherty knew he could, and with the help of one of his best friends – who had built “probably a thousand houses” – he created John Flaherty Construction in 1996.

Starting with entry-level homes, Flaherty moved up into the mid-level and “started a pretty good production of homes,” he says. “We built almost 55 houses one year, which was a pretty good clip for us after only building houses for about four years.” He stayed at that level of construction until he started building larger homes, which were more involved and required adding staff. Flaherty and his team were building almost all spec homes “about as fast as we could, because they were being purchased about the time we reached sheetrock stage,” he says. Gross sales reached $18 million in 2005. “You can probably tell what happened after that,” he said.

After surviving the recession, the housing market began a new boom and Flaherty moved into building high-end custom homes almost exclusively, in prices ranging from $250,000 to $1 million-plus, and renamed the company Flaherty Custom Homes.

Although he does build a few spec homes to “keep product up for people to look at,” most of what he builds is new from the ground up, built to customers’ exacting specifications. His clients are primarily cash customers, and private investors, rather than banks, comprise much of his financing. He is enthusiastic about the future and sees boom times ahead for the building industry. “I don’t see this building trend slowing down for many, many years,” he says.