Veteran builder busy mak­ing fine houses

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In mid-March, Will Prull and Jodi Vevoda had 10 homes ei­ther planned or un­der con­struc­tion. It’s a far cry from late 2008, when, after build­ing houses in the Santa Fe mar­ket for al­most a quar­ter cen­tury, Prull was un­sure that he’d ever do one again.

The im­pacts of the sub­prime mort­gage cri­sis and the re­sult­ing re­ces­sion were im­me­di­ate and wide­spread. “We had two homes can­celed in Septem­ber of ‘08 when Lehman crashed, and the phone did not ring for six months,” Prull said. “I had to let every­body go, peo­ple who had been with me for 15 years. It was re­ally sad. I didn’t knowif I’d ever build an­other cus­tom home again, but we got through that fall and win­ter with re­mod­els. We ramped back up in 2009 and the next year we had two houses in the Pa­rade of Homes.”

Since that time, Prull has col­lected dozens of awards for both new con­struc­tion and re­mod­el­ing projects. Two ex­am­ples from the 2017 Ha­cien­das— A Pa­rade of Homes event were a “best crafts­man­ship” award for a Las Cam­panas house, and a spe­cial award “for ex­cep­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween builder and client” for a new res­i­dence off of Tano Road. Prull was the con­trac­tor on the adap­tive re-use project con­vert­ing the 1927 Man­der­field School to high-end con­do­mini­ums, and his firm won a top award for it in last year’s Ex­cel­lence in Re­mod­el­ing Awards.

The styling of new­houses by Prull Cus­tom Builders has shifted dra­mat­i­cally. “In the 2000s, nine out of 10 of our homes were tra­di­tional,” he said. “Of the last 10 we’ve done, nine were ei­ther soft con­tem­po­rary or edgy con­tem­po­rary and one was tra­di­tional de­sign.” Nowhere is the shift more re­mark­able than in the tony Las Cam­panas sub­di­vi­sion, which has been known for large homes of con­ser­va­tive de­sign since its in­cep­tion in the early 1990s. “There’s still an ele­ment of the pop­u­la­tion here that laments the change from Santa Fe Style and Ter­ri­to­rial Style to con­tem­po­rary, but I think most peo­ple re­al­ize to keep the com­mu­nity vi­brant and keep peo­ple com­ing here, that has to be ex­panded to what other peo­ple are want­ing,” Prull said.

He has been build­ing here since 1984; his early homes were what he now­calls “pas­sive-so­lar shoe­boxes” in El­do­rado. “In 1990 we built a house in La Tierra be­fore there was a Las Cam­panas, then we did the first two in 1994 in Las Cam­panas.” To­day his house tally is over one hun­dred. “In the old days we did three or four a year and now we’re do­ing about six.” He has eight full-time su­per­vi­sors, an of­fice staff of five and a field crew of about six.”

Asked about the later aes­thetic evolution of his work, Prull said, “That whole move- ment in the 1990s was the sort of Tus­can pe­riod, that Mediter­ranean in­flu­ence­with dark wood and smaller win­dows, ev­ery-

PHO­TOS BY PAUL WEI­DE­MAN

Views of the Prull/Vevoda home ex­te­rior and kitchen

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