About Rick Horn Construction Inc
The roots of Rick Horn Construction Inc are grounded in the history of Horn Brothers. In the early 1970’s, nine brothers founded Horn Brothers Construction Company, myself being one of them. The basics of our early success came from a family loaded with craft skills and a willingness to put our shoulders into the work.
Because we were not deeply skilled in financial and administrative matters, the path was not always smooth. After 10 years or so, some of the brothers started to drift away to pursue their own visions. The dream lasted until 2004 after which Horn Brothers assets were split up and the company was formally closed out. Being a young fellow like I am the only thing left to do was to start over, and the took the form of Rick Horn Construction Inc. My personal history was somewhat different from my brothers. I pursued an academic career. Eventually, I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an Army Commission. My military experience lasted five eventful years during which I graduated Airborne and Ranger Schools and spent a year in Vietnam as an advisor. Highlights of my tour include two purple hearts, two bronze stars, one for valor and one for merit, an Army Commendation metal for valor, two air metals and a combat infantryman’s badge. After those years I found pursuing the art of war not to be to my liking.
At this time Horn Brothers was just forming up so I decided to get out of the deconstruction business and go into the construction business, a decision I have never regretted. Fortunately before I left the Army I was able to complete a Master’s Degree Program in Business Administration with a minor in finance. The last piece of education was fortunate since Horn Brothers was short on administrative, financial and general management skills so that is the position I took in the company. However, informal education continued over the years and I became well versed in the craft skills and materials technology.
In later years I developed some people skills much to everyone’s surprise. Job estimating and necessary job costing also came easy based on my engineering and administrative background. The last skill to develop was artistic architectural design. This skill is particularly natural but is more fully based on our many years of experience building hundreds of additions and homes. Most of those jobs are of our own designs although we still work with architects when required.
With our broad range of the necessary skills along with the financial and administrative talent of my wife of 36 years, Cecilia, and myself has found going it alone to be a successful and exciting experience. We are standing ready to apply our skills and energy to bring life to your dreams. So when you need to get your custom project right the first time, you can rely on our 30 plus years of knowledge, reputation and experience.
New Deck & Screened-in Porch
Rick Horn & his entire crew did a great job on our new addition, which included a new deck and a screened in porch. The workmanship was great. The crew was on time, and followed through with the days plan. They kept the work site clean & were an absolute delight to work with! Thank you all, Katie, Steve & Lola
Excellent Quality and Service
The team from Rick Horn Construction did a careful and thorough job. We had all of the exterior siding, trim and gutters replaced and it looks like a new house. Better, in fact, as Keith and his crew suggested some design and trim changes that made the later additions match the original house. They were also careful to make sure no stains or paint got on the driveway (including from workers' trucks). I would recommend them without reservation.
WELL DONE. TIMELY WORK.
The Rick Horn experience was a very good one. He and his crew showed up either on time or early. They stayed till the work was done and the work site was clean. Mr. Horn always responds quickly to all inquiries. He and his crew are always willing to explain what they are doing and why to the level of detail that the customer desires. Which for me was quite deep. Work - the repaired the plaster in two different bathrooms and installed ventilation ( along with all the appropriate wiring to bring both bathrooms up to code from 1928 when the house was built). The also repaired plaster in a bedroom ceiling that looked like two tectonic plates that were shifting against each other. I will always keep these folks in mind for any work to be done in the future. They were great to work with. You truly get what you pay for.
Unusual Construction Did Not Deter
My house is of the “pole and beam” design. As such, it is not the typical house structure. Flooring/decking/roofing boards span 8 feet, not the typical 16”, 18” or 24”. •The main floor has a cathedral ceiling with no attic space. Roof repair involved removing/replacing many of the roofing/ceiling boards (5-1/2”W X 2-1/2” thk tongue & groove red cedar faced). When the boards were removed, portions of rooms were open to the sky. After the roof boards were replaced, rigid foam & OSB were applied to improve insulating properties. •Wood beams (wooden 3-1/2” X 11” cross-section X 8’ to 12’ long) supporting the main floor overhang and the adjacent deck required replacement. Overhangs ranged from 2’ to 6’. Overhang portions were jacked to restore levelness of the supported rooms prior to insertion of the new beams. Deck surface boards (2-1/2”W X 5-1/2” thk ranging from 16‘ to 22’ long) required controlled positioning (both laterally & vertically) while maintaining consistent board-to-board side gaps before being secured with 8” nails driven horizontally. The above is noted because the uniqueness of the repair effort discouraged several contractors from bidding. To their credit, Rick Horn Construction was willing to take on this non-standard effort. More importantly, the repair, which took approximately 4 months, was done in a quality manner. Certain issues that I identified several months after the repair was completed were corrected without any negative discussion. This says something positive about the integrity of Rick Horn Construction.
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