PIEDMONT — Quick poll: How many people know an 18-year-old you can count on to take care of household responsibilities like mowing the yard, pushing the bins to the curb on trash day or cleaning out the attic?
There are some out there, even with stout competition from Xbox and Facebook. But how about an 18-year-old you could count on just to go out and build you a whole new house?
In Piedmont, in 1979, that's what Phil Boevers decided to do.
At age 18, having put in a couple of summers working for builder R.C. Hall, Boevers said he “connived” a local bank into extending him a construction loan.
The kid built a house.
Not long after that he did some further conniving with Hall's daughter Cindy, who became his wife.
Over the past 34 years, Boevers has built homes by the hundreds, responding to — and maybe even accelerating — Piedmont's mushrooming growth over the decades.
In fact, when the Piedmont High School graduate who was barely old enough to vote constructed his first home, “there was nothing out here,” Boevers said.
Since 1979 Piedmont has grown from a population of around 1,500 to nearly 6,000 today.
This year, Boevers Homes LLC will complete around 45 homes, according to its founder. Boevers' company is now active in seven Piedmont additions, all of which he developed and in which he builds exclusively.
Cindy Boevers manages the family enterprise, as she has over the years.
Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said home construction is strong.
“People move out here for the schools, of course,” Crosby said, and for the “rural” feeling afforded by the fact that so many lots are available at 5 acres or larger
Boevers Homes' model is at 2023 Silver Crossing in the Emerald Pointe addition, off Sara Road just north of NW 164. At 2,168 square feet, the three-bedroom, 2 ½-half-bath home lists at $242,000.
Inside features include a full home office, separate formal dining room and a private master suite that stretches from the back of the house to the front.
The master bath includes marble vanity tops, custom wood cabinetry and a stone tiled shower.
The living areas are comfortable and accommodating, flowing from a spacious living room with a raised ceiling and a stone-surround fireplace to the fully appointed kitchen, finished in deep, rich-toned hardwood cabinetry.
Boevers' homes are built to high energy-efficiency standards, from the water heater to high-SEER rating central air units and tilt-out, low-E double-pane windows.
Homes in Emerald Pointe sit on half-acre lots and are priced from $210,000 to $240,000.
Next door in his Coyoteee Springs addition, where five custom homes are under construction, lots are 1 acre with homes offered in the $300,000 to $500,000 range.
Boevers explained that the triple “E” in the addition's name is not the result of a heavy finger on the keyboard but rather “an English teacher client” who hated to hear the common mispronunciation of coyote as “KY-oat” and suggested that Boevers help others to avoid the temptation by loading up on the “E's”.
Neighboring addition The Oaks features houses priced starting at around $800,000, Boevers said.
Boevers said he “used to build everywhere” but has now settled exclusively on Piedmont. As the “bedroom community” where he raised his own family has spread eastward toward Oklahoma City, Boevers has even been instrumental in constructing its commercial center.
Today there's a lot less “nothing” out there than there was when Boevers started, but Piedmont still feels remote, even pastoral.
Isn't all that undeveloped ground a temptation for the man who's spent his adulthood — and a few years of his adolescence — making it livable and shepherding Piedmont's slow expansion toward its metropolitan neighbor?
Not really. “I'm trying to wind down,” Boevers said, surveying a sea of rooftops he built.
Fresh from a visit to Laguna Beach, Calif., he said he'd “like to travel more,” but with his growing family now rooted in Piedmont, including a granddaughter, McKenzie, he said he would never stay gone for long.