I received a note in my LinkedIn message box this past week from a former customer.
Here is the comment.

Hi Kent,

We just want to say hello and to let you know that we still LOVE our custom built home. We've done a couple of remodel projects since you originally built it back in 1993 but are still very happy with our home. 

Thank you for building us a great home! Wade and Cheryl Bloom

McLean Residence

McLean's Residence
Custom home designed from scratch and built for the McLean's by Mortensen Construction, Inc.
April 29, 2016

This home looks smaller then it actually is. The lot is only 100' wide so in the design we added some depth to the home plus with a full daylight basement, the home is just under 4,500 Sq. Ft.

Final Photo of home with Perspective renderings of home before home was built.

Plan rendering of Entry

Plan rendering of kitchen

Plan rendering of great room

6658 S Lodgepole Place, Boise, ID - Custom Home Lot - to be build by Mortensen Construction

It is always nice to have a happy customer. Below is an email I received this evening from a customer I have been working with.
Just a little background: Bobbie Schultz of Jordan Homes asked me to help her manage a job that she was asked to do for Carol's Design House. When we meet the owners on the job site for the first time and I meet Liz she was excited that I was going to be helping with the building of her and her husbands new home in Wilder, Idaho. She had seen many of our Parade of Homes that we had build over the past years and knew of our reputation for building quality homes.
Thanks Liz for the kind words.

What Liz said:
......:-). ...... Just so you know, I consider it a privilege having you looking after the building of my new home. I'm pretty sure building this house is nothing compared with what your accustomed to, but it means pretty much everything to me.

I  couldn't be happier with the way it's coming together and I sincerely Thank You  Liz Sent from my iPad

This past year I was asked to draw up plans for a cabin that a client wanted to build for themselves in Donnelly, Idaho. They asked me to help them build the home and act as their construction manager. Progress is going well and we plan on being completed by the first of October this year. Take a look at the photo diary of the Sargent Cabin to see the progress of this beautiful home.

I have been a little slow about adding some additional pictures of the home I completed this last fall. I added about a dozen more pictures showing more of the finished product.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Check out the FAQ's we recently added to our website. You will find it as the rightmost tab under the header.

As a home builder, our least favorite question to answer is "What is your price per square foot?". Click on our FAQ's to learn why it makes us cringe to get that question...and we even answer the question...kind of.

Do you have a question for us? Please ask it in the comments or email us!

What we really need in business and industry today...

What we really need is people and workers who can focus. The ability to focus on the task at hand is what employers should be after, not that false sense of multitasking. The fact of the matter is that you cannot listen to a podcast and analyze your company's latest financial reports and do both well at the same time. Either you will focus on one or the other...or your brain flips channels rapidly so that you focus on one briefly than the other briefly. So in reality you do both poorly.

I've attended a few leadership training seminars in which developing the ability to focus was taught. Once you get the mind and body focused intently, it is truly amazing what we can accomplish both physically and mentally. I witnessed and experienced for myself some pretty awesome stuff as a result of focus.

Premier athletes talk about the ability to get "in the zone". I experienced being "in the zone" powerfully once during high school wrestling. I was going up against a guy from Boise High that had beaten me twice previously that season by a narrow margin. As I warmed up, I focused on my breathing and stretching...kinda yoga-like; before I even knew what yoga was. In my mind I could foresee the entire match and exactly what I would do in each situation...what moves I would make, what counter-moves I'd make...even counters to counters. When the ref's whistle blew to start the match I was still "in the zone" - a perfect synchronization of mind and body. My poor opponent didn't stand a chance. I racked up so many points that I won in the second round by technical fall.

We need contributors to society and business that are zoned-in, not zoned-out. We face such a huge variety of distractions in life that often carry over into our work. We are so often distracted by our quest to be entertained that we infringe on our time and ability to contribute to the good of the real world.

I'm not saying that watching a hilarious video clip on YouTube during the work day is a bad thing. There is a time and place for it. What I'm recommending is that when we sit down to work on a project or complete a task that we focus on it, and only that task until it is complete. You'll be surprised at home much more you can accomplish is much less time when you work "in the zone."

I'm as guilty as anyone of my generation. I get distracted so easily. I might be going to the web to look something up for work and I notice that I have a half dozen tweets, a couple Google+ notifications, an invitation on LinkedIn, news articles that are begging to be read, and some comments on my blog. Some strange and anxious feeling irrupts inside me and I feel like each item needs my attention right this very minute. That's when I need to take a breath, relax, focus on the task at hand knowing that I can always come back later to that non-life-changing stuff.

Here are some recommendations for myself and those of my generation and younger to help with our focus and productivity in today's world:
  • Make a conscious decision to focus on the task at hand and only that task.
  • Eliminate all the distractions you possibly can.
    • Facebook friends can wait. Most emails can wait. Most phone calls can wait.
  • Take a minute or two before beginning that task to focus on your breathing and clear the mind.
  • Start each day by tackling the biggest gnarliest thing on your to-do list. Once you complete it in record time you will get an endorphin rush that will carry your productively throughout the rest of the day.
    • Sometimes a big gnarly task can be complicated and overwhelming. When this is the case, break the task down into manageable baby-steps on your to-do list. Then attack those small steps one by one.
  • Apply the one-touch principle. If you pick up a paper or open an email, address it and complete whatever it is you need to do with it. Then file or round-round file it. Don't let items linger partially done and don't let a huge to-do list paralyze you.
  • Once you've completed a task, feel free to reward yourself by checking your favorite Facebook page for a few minutes, or even better, get up and take a walk and get some fresh air or text a love note to that special someone in your life.
  • Approach the next task or project by starting over on this list.
Leave multitasking to computers. We want human focus. The world needs your amazing contributions born of your incredible ability to focus.