When Carl Kerby, President, founded the Westhills Company in 1970, he had already worked extensively in the home building industry for a decade, first for a building supply company and then for a contractor. Carl knew from the start that home building would become his life’s work and that he would be a "hands-on type" of builder. “I have always enjoyed working in the field,” he says. “I still visit job sites every day. I want to make sure the whole process, from properly placing the home on the site all the way thru the final trim detailing, is done to the highest standards we've set at Westhills.”
Having a team of experts working on each home is an important key to his success, maintains Kerby. Westhills employs a staff of highly-skilled building professionals who have earned Westhills the reputation as the Valley's finest builder. Teamwork, maintains Kerby, is the key. “Every member of the organization is important to our success. It takes each of them to achieve results that have earned us our reputation.”
Westhills Company builds twelve to fifteen homes a year that range in size from 1,600 to 12,000 square feet and in price from $250,000 to $1 million. “Our niche,” Kerby says, “is 2,600 to 4,000 square feet contract custom, but we also build and sell a number of spec homes each year. We have been successful with speculative homes primarily because we ‘take the bugs out of the plans’ before we build the house. We have a reputation of giving people what they are looking for.”
A great deal of research goes into the creation of each Westhills home. “We attend home shows, kitchen and bath shows, and visit other markets to evaluate the latest trends,” Kerby says. Innovative design, he adds, is high on their buyers’ priority lists, as well as lots of detail work, bonus areas, quality materials, and luxurious kitchens and baths.
"Mrs. Cannon and I want to commend Mr. Kerby and all of the Westhills personnel who constructed our new home. We are VERY pleased with the results. We selected Westhills to be the general contractor because of its reputation as a premier builder and because of its unquestionable integrity."
-- Carl & Mildred Cannon
Kerby says that quantity has never been one of the company’s goals; instead the Westhills team focuses its attention on putting extra touches in each home. For example, they work closely with the subcontractors and the customers to ensure that electrical receptacles and HVAC outlets are properly placed. "When you walk into a Westhills house, it has a different feel –– an elegant feel, we're told. A lot of it is the quality of our finish and trim work," says Kerby.
It is quality even in the things you cannot see that sets a Westhills home apart. Kerby is meticulous in his trade and feels a home should be built carefully from the inside-out.
Westhills Company also provides professional remodeling and renovation services. Whether it's a kitchen, bathroom, family room, basement, living area or porch patio, deck -- or an entire home -- our experienced team of professional builders can breathe new life and energy into your existing home. We have become the Valley's most trusted name in remodeling services for over 40 years and are happy to provide examples and references of our work. To view our "Before and After" portfolio, please click here.