Deer Creek builder no longer goes it alone

Denise Patterson hires superintendent to help oversee 16 home projects for 2013
BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Modified: March 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

Until this year, if you hired Denise Patterson to build your home, you got something unusual.

You got Denise Patterson, building your home.

“I was doing it all,” Patterson said from the beautiful Deer Creek Hills home she built for her own family nearly five years ago.

Now she still does it all — the only difference is that with plans to complete 16 homes this year, Patterson has brought on a superintendent to help cover projects when she needs to be in more than one place at a time.

It's the kind of adjustment the Deer Creek-area native is pleased to make. Home construction contracts for the company she founded, Denise Patterson Custom Homes, this year are running three times where they stood in 2010.

Patterson said it has always been her style to work side by side with clients through every step of the homebuilding process, customizing designs, budgeting, scheduling the many craftspeople and subcontractors. Chances are she is on the job site every day.

“I'm not a designer, and I'm not an architect,” Patterson said. “But my clients and I have come up with some great cocktail napkin designs.”

As Patterson has done for more than a decade, in 2013 she'll bring those designs to life in those 16 homes. Although she tries to keep several spec projects on the market, “70 percent will be custom builds,” she said. Many of the homes are being built in the Ironstone addition, on NW 164 near Portland Avenue.

Patterson called her Ironstone homes “smaller floor plans” ranging from 1,500 to 1,700 square feet, priced in the $170,000-$190,000 range.

Patterson said she loves working with her “team of craftspeople” who “treat smaller homes the exact same” as her larger custom builds — homes that reach up to 6,300 square feet.

“Those designs don't lose anything,” Patterson said. “It's the same finishes, just built on a smaller scale.”