Managing Your Project

With more than two decades of home building under our belts, we have learned more than a few things along the way. Below is an outline of Cottonwood Custom Builders’ fail-safe system to keep projects running smoothly and ensure quality from the foundation to the final interior finishes.

Specs & Scope

We verify that construction drawings from your architect
include everything you want.


Detailed budgets are based on competitive bids from our subcontractors.
See more on budgets below.


You  receive a weekly schedule including major decision dates to ensure all finishes are ordered on time.

Job Checklists

Checklists for each phase of a job ensure that all work is correct prior to moving on to the next phase.

Change Orders

Written change orders are done before  work is completed, so you avoid  budget surprises after the fact.

Budget Tracking

A monthly spreadsheet tracks each budget item for work billed as of that month and the balance left to complete.

Walk Through

During our initial walk-through together we compile a detailed punch list of “to dos” and potential changes.

Final Walk Through

We walk through the project prior to move in to insure it is completed according to our standards.

Accurate Budgets and Schedules

Cottonwood Custom Builders has a long track record of on-time and on-budget custom home and remodeling projects. Our budgets are real and based on the bid specs agreed to by you and your architect. There is a contingency for any unexpected cost increases during construction, and change orders are completed and tracked per the contract on a timely basis. Monthly spreadsheet updates insure there are no surprises at the end.

Meet the Cottonwood Team

Our project management team has a combined 100 years of experience in custom green home building and remodeling in Boulder, CO and the surrounding areas.

Jeff Hindman
Jeff HindmanOwner & President
Jeff Hindman is the founder and CEO of Cottonwood Custom Builders Inc, incorporated in 1995. In that role he is involved in all aspects of the business.

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Kimberly Neill
Kimberly NeillProject Manager, Estimator
Kimberly Neill was first exposed to home projects through her father and brother. She joined the Cottonwood Custom Builders team in 2002.

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Tom Roberts
Tom RobertsMaster Carpenter
Tom Roberts has over 30 years of carpentry experience, earning him the esteemed title of Master Carpenter at Cottonwood Custom Builders.

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Lea Ertz
Lea ErtzProject Manager

Lea’s interest in green building practices drew her to Cottonwood Custom Builders. She enjoys the challenge and variety in her role.

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Karen Ramsey
Karen RamseyProject Manager

Karen has a broad background, ranging from commercial to residential to historic renovations. She is passionate about sustainable building.

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Bryan Ganzel
Bryan GanzelProject Manager

Bryan was drawn to work at Cottonwood by shared commitments to the environment, conservation, and building exceptional homes.

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Bob Jencks
Bob JencksProject Manager

Bob treats every project as an opportunity to strive for perfection while at the same time learning and honing his skills for the next time.

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Chris Sommers
Chris SommersLead Carpenter
Chris developed his passion for the environment and reducing our impact on the planet while earning his B.S. in Environmental Science.

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Hannah Finch Phillips
Hannah Finch PhillipsMarketing Director
Hannah is an adventurer & nature lover. She is honored to use her marketing expertise to support Cottonwood in building a more sustainable tomorrow!

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