October 21 2015 at 4:29pm is an iconic time. This is the exact time and date that was featured in a scene from the 1985 movie Back to the Future that some of you may have watched. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since that movie came out. We are now the future that was featured in that movie! Reflecting on the last 30 years in home building has brought up some thoughts we would like to share.
Let’s start with some fun facts from 1985. Ronald Reagan was president of the United States in 1985 and Mikhail Gorbachev just became the leader of the Soviet Union. Michael Jordan, with the Chicago Bulls, was named “rookie of the year”. The famous song “We are the World” was recorded to raise money for famine relief in Africa. In your free time in 1985 you may have enjoyed listening to Phil Collins, the band Duran Duran or maybe watching the second Rambo movie or the fourth Rocky movie. The average U.S. price of a new existing home was about $89,000.00, the average income was approximately $22,000.00 and the average price of gas was $1.09…Oh how times have changed! (On a personal reflection the per pound price of bacon was $1.65 in 1985….mmm bacon!)
Where was Quail Homes in 1985? Our start in home building didn’t begin until 1989, with our first home completed in 1990. The home was a 1200 square foot single family home for $79,900.00. Building homes was a dream come true for our owner, Jon Girod. Even though at that time the economy was not ideal for building, he knew it was the right time to start building. A local bank was willing to give us a chance and the rest is history.
In 1992 Quail Homes participated in the “Super Good Cents” program initiated by Bonneville Power Administration. This was a program spear headed to incentivize builder to construct homes that exceeded code standards for insulation and home sealing. This building process made sense to us. We did it not to be “green”, but to build a better home for our future owners. Just as we do today. In the early 2000’s we started to build homes that we call “Green Homes”. This program focused more on environmentally friendly products than energy.
Imagine where we will be October 21st 2045! There have been so many changes to the building industry with technology advancements in the last 30 years. We am excited to see where the build smart model evolves for us in the future. Our past commitment to breaking the mold of what are standard building practices will not change. We are committed evolve and to building cutting edge smart homes as we always have. Past. Present. Future.
Learn more about how we work and build our homes by following us on Facebook, listening to our radio program every Saturday morning at 9:00am on Sunny KKOV 1550 and at 1pm on KPAM 860AM or in our radio archive and reading “Ask The Builder” in Vancouver’s Columbian newspaper on Sunday in the Real Estate section or on our website.