When A Local Builder Creates His Own Home, It’s All Hands On Deck

“We wouldn’t be here without our families and friends,” insists John Patrick. Here is up Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs and is the second home that John and his wife, Jill (Randall) Patrick have built together. A transplant from Oklahoma, John is a builder by trade and the owner of Osage, a thriving small construction company named after the Native American tribe of his roots.

The business is growing, just like the couple’s children: Oliver (14), Sawyer (12), and Macy (5), who all pitched in during the intense nine months it took to build their home.  Every weekend and many nights, it was all hands on deck to help with framing the windows, laying floorboards, or helping Grandpa excavate. Jill’s mother likes to bake, so she contributed to keeping the troops fed.

Although the Patricks drew the floor plans themselves (with a final review by Grand Junction architect Christopher Krabacher), when it came to putting hand to hammer, they welcomed support not only from family, but also from their friends—many of whom are in construction, such as Jamie Spry from Accent on Tops in New Castle.

Stone, steel, and abundant natural wood have the effect of inviting the outside to come in. The many windows in the house do let in the natural light, and the views—especially of the queen of the Roaring Fork Valley, Mt. Sopris—make a person want to stop, stare, and breathe deeply.  

Of course, there wasn’t much time for reflection during the building process, but now that the project is behind them, both husband and wife can offer some sage advice for anyone embarking on their own home build. “Make sure you maintain some routine,” they agree. “Get your mental break in, so you can have patience with each other.” And most importantly, they add: “Take one afternoon off a week—together.”  

Now that they are settling in, the Patricks are continuing to make their house a home by putting up photos and artwork (some of which is created by their family and friends), helping their kindergartener set up her office in a corner of the kitchen, and inviting loved ones over for shared meals and merry memory-making by the indoor or outdoor hearths.