I grew up in Taylor, Arizona, a small farming and ranching community in Northeastern Arizona. My father was a home builder in the area and I grew up helping him on his job sites, mainly cleaning, hauling lumber, shoveling dirt etc. As I grew older I helped him with pouring concrete, framing, roofing, siding, electrical wiring, plumbing and basically everything that had to do with building a home. Back in the day, the contractor and his employees built the entire house. This gave me a good foundation in the custom home building business.
In junior high school I took a mechanical design class that sparked my interest. I continued taking architectural design and drafting throughout high school and eventually started drawing house plans for my dad. As the word spread I began drawing house plans for other people who were looking to build a home and who needed a set of custom house plans.
After serving a 2 year church mission in Japan I decided to study Engineering at Brigham Young University in Utah. During my engineering studies at BYU I had the opportunity to travel to Japan and work for two different manufacturing companies as an intern. After Graduation I worked for several Japanese Automotive manufacturing companies including Subaru where I worked as a Sr. manufacturing Engineer in areas such as Quality Control, Process Improvement, Production Efficiency, and Continual Improvement.
After about 10 years in the Engineering field I became more interested in going into home construction like my dad. In 2003 I took a job as an engineer for a custom home building company north of Atlanta. I was hired to help this company with their scheduling, estimating, budgeting, and to select design software for drawing house plans. I eventually started building their custom homes as well.
In 2005 I decided to start my own business building custom homes. We sold our home and moved in with my wife Katy’s parents for a year while getting started. We have been building custom homes every year since. We have built over 96 custom homes to date and currently build about 12 custom homes per year. I love what I do and am committed to building the highest quality custom homes in the area.
Dan with his sister Kathleen on a jobsite 1974
Ellsworth Construction 1974