"MAKING SURE THINGS ARE DONE RIGHT"
Michael Bell of Bell Construction, Inc. is a native of
Indiana, and like many area builders, has a family
background in the business.
as a youngster by my uncle, Jim D. Williams, a
contractor in Valparaiso and my grandfather, who
worked as a trim carpenter, I was taught the
importance of doing things right. If something
doesn't turn out right, take it down and do it over.
These values are still important to me today."
As a young man, and
after serving in the Navy, Michael returned to work with his uncle and
grandfather for five years. With their guidance his specialty became
custom woodworking, building cabinets and specialty items. Michael
says, "They were basically old-time builders; so we did our own
plumbing, electric, heating, bricklaying, concrete, and what ever was
necessary to complete the construction. Obviously, those days are
over, but the experience I received in seeing how the different trades work,
has helped me in identifying whether my own subs are doing a good job."
knew I wanted to build houses. I had learned a
great deal from my family, I had taken architectural and
business courses at Purdue North Central, so starting
my own business was the next logical step. In 1981 I
started with just one employee doing remodeling,
additions, garages, roof tear offs, sub-contracting for
other builders, what ever we could get. I felt
we were successful because we were very busy, even in
a bad economy."
"I built my first house under my own name in 1987 and
two more in 1988, and we've grown steadily from that
point on. The majority of the homes we build are
what I call customer-custom homes. We have
several designs that we have built and normally have
one home for speculation at all times so our clients
can see our work. We can then take parts of the
plan and make changes to personalize it for the
customers, but they're buying based on a product they
have actually seen. We are also custom
builders. If a customer comes to us and wants
something special, we will build the style he or she