On The House: A Chat with Mark Molthan
On The House With Mark Molthan: Memory Points
by D-Home’s Loren Means
Mark Molthan is a pro. He has been voted one of D Magazine’s Best Home Builders for the last seven years. Mark entered the world of home building in 1993, shortly after graduating from Southern Methodist University. After getting some experience, he started Platinum Series by Mark Molthan in 1999. To date, he has built more than 1,000 homes. His approach to building is simple: he combines enthusiasm, expertise, and the ability to customize according to a clients’ priorities.
While Mark is passionate about his field, he is a bit wary about being categorized as a “builder.” He notes that there is sometimes a negative connotation of the term since so many people have bad experiences building homes. “I am a steward of your finances,” he says. “Clients entrust us with their money to deliver a product.” Mark buys the best materials at the best prices to ensure that his clients are making smart investments. He is constantly implementing money saving techniques. “My clients pay me for my expertise to make sure that I save them money,” he explains.
How many months does a project take?
Twelve to fourteen months. But I work very closely with clients and establish relationships that sometimes continue long after the finish date of a home. The first person I ever built a home for is my biggest fan on Facebook. I want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience for the client more than anything else.
How do your clients convey their vision to you?
Several clients will tear pages out of magazines, or I tell them to create a concept board using Pinterest or Houzz.com. All I need from the client is mood. We can look at the images together and they can walk me through what they like. Eventually we will have that “aha” moment and I am able to take their vision and make it work.
How do you keep your clients from being overwhelmed during the process of building a home from scratch?
We break it down for them. Step by step, we focus on one task at a time. The very first thing we decide on is appliances and we follow a checklist after that. There is definitely a method to the madness.GO TO ARTICLE