and then, you hear about partnerships that really work; people
whose talents and personalities compliment each other with admirable
results. Mike Hastings and Bill Bath came together in 1989 to
build a custom home on the shores of Big Bear Lake, and what
started out as a joint venture turned into one of the most successful
business partnerships in the Big Bear Valley. Family men with
deep religious convictions, they discovered they had a lot in
As they began to tackle one project after another, they recognized
their ability to combine their individual strengths without
duplicating tasks. Mike takes construction to the drywall stage,
and then Bill comes in and finishes the project. Both interface
with customers, so that everyone involved is a part of their
team. By 1992, when the Landers/Big Bear earthquake hit, Mike
and Bill were well-prepared to take on the difficult assignment
of retrofitting the Big Bear Municipal Airport Terminal complex.
Their reputation spreading, the work load became greater with
each passing year. Custom lakefront homes became their specialty.
While Mike worked on the design and structural aspects of some
of Big Bear's most prestigious homes, Bill communicated with
the clients to ensure the transfer of ideas from concept to
reality. Soon they recognized that their mission was to build
zero-defect homes that would give their clients a product that
they would enjoy for generations to come.
The benchmark year for Construction Junction was 1995, when
Mike and Bill found themselves building five custom lakefront
homes for an elite group of very demanding clients. With painstaking
care, hard work, and strength derived from their shared faith,
they turned out five singular homes that established their reputation
at the the forefront of valley builders.
Today, Construction Junction is renowned for it's design as
well as its construction. Big Bear Valley Contractors Association
has recognized the company in many award categories including
remodel/additions, and it won the Contractor's Design House
of the Year for unlimited size homes. While they build homes
of nearly every style, some of their most spectacular projects
have been rustic, lakeside homes. Currently they are building
and Alpine log home on Inspiration Point that is creating quite
a stir in the community. Constructed from dead standing trees
harvested in Montana, this 4,400-square-foot, single family
home is being custom-crafted into the slope of the hillside.
Mike and Bill are noticing an increase in the demand for log
homes lately, and are proving to be on the cutting edge of this
type of construction.
When asked what is their most difficult part of building a custom
home, Mike will tell you that it is the transfer of concept
from the customer to the contractor. "The average person
does not see all of the intricacies conveyed on a set of plans
and therefore cannot visualize the finished product. That is
why it is so important to have a quality draftsman. Tom Owens
has worked with Construction Junction since 1989, helping us
to design what the customer is looking for. His skill and talent
have been very valuable to us."
The second biggest challenge they face is coordinating efforts
among subcontractors. When the ball gets handed off to Bill,
there is little time left to completion and many different trades
end up working under crowded conditions. It is during this time
that is critical to maintain the quality and make sure that
nothing gets overlooked or damaged along the way, and their
intimate understanding of the client's needs enables them to
pay attention to critical details.
In residential construction, there are many variables that can
contribute to the frustrations of the future homeowner. Construction
Junction has proven that those can be managed so that problems
don't materialize. Communication and cooperation are the key.
"It all comes down to teamwork," says Bill, "and
there is no part of our team that is unimportant." As construction
nears completion, the final teammate, the interior designer,
is brought in for the finishing touches. Patti Dokter of Interiors
has lent professional advice to Mike and Bill throughout the
years to help create truly unique homes. "She has a wonderful
eye and incredible resources," Mike notes.
The last three years have really kicked into high gear for Mike
and Bill as their work load has increased and the scope of their
projects has become much broader and more complex. Their goal
remains the same, superior quality, and as they reflect on the
value of their partnership, they can only give credit to God
for holding them accountable to the expectations of their clients
as they build dreams for people who choose Big Bear as their