"We have never built the same house twice."
"First and foremost, I wouldn't have anyone else build a home for me other than Kimbel Construction. In ways you can say I am blessed having the opportunity to build two homes (so far) with Kimbel Construction. The Kimbel team is top notch. You guys have accomplished assembling a group of individuals and contractors that all walk with similar visions which is truly amazing. It's not just one person that makes you great, it's the fact that everyone cares about their specific trade and wants to go the extra distance to do things right. I have built other homes and work in the contracting business myself. It's easy to find people that will do a job 70%, 80%, even 90% right. It's the last 10% that really makes it what is should be and that last 10% is difficult for many others. That's what separates Kimbel Construction from other builders. So many great projects have been completed by you. Made in America homes, ENERGYSTAR, small to large, remodels, basements, you name it. What a tremendous portfolio of projects you have after 20 years, and all of them finished with excellent quality unmatched by others."
"Having Vince Kimbel build our custom home was one of the best decisions we ever made. From slow economy to start, Vince was amazingly patient. We initially wanted an Energy Star home and he had more experience than anyone. Our relationship began at a hard time for builders and yet Vince hung with us thru the design process and lovingly and patiently built the perfect home for our family. Every detail was meticulously planned and taken care of: the design, the trim, the finish and the interior were all perfection. We had a hard fall away lot and Vince made it into a patio and man cave. We wanted windows everywhere and architectural concrete designs in the floors and porches and Kimbel Construction made it all happen. The house was exactly what we wanted and so much more. The quality of the house was unmatched, as evidenced by the inspector who
evaluated the house when we had to sell it for a work relocation after 7 years. He said he had never seen a house in over 30 years of inspections built to this standard. What a joy to live in each day - and the electric and gas bills were very low compared to similar houses in the neighborhood. When we moved, our kids said that they were disappointed by the house we moved into and nothing compares to our old house. If we ever come back to Louisville, we will ask Vince to build us another house! Thanks for everything."
Chris and Bonnie M.
Made in America House
This was the third custom home my wife and I have built so it also was not the first time around the block for us. Vince was absolutely the best contractor I have ever used, bar none. I would recommend him to anyone. His attention to detail and customer service are top notch. Vince is known for building energy efficient homes. Our home tested to a HERS rating of 33 which is really good! The average new home today has an HERS rating of 100, so we are 67% more energy efficient than a standard new home built today.
We worked together to design a custom home from scratch. We finished the plans but were not able to start the home construction until we had finally sold our old home. We then bid the house out and he gave us an excellent
budget to work from. I had another bid, but Vince’s was the most complete and thorough and was more reflective of what the house would actually cost to build. The other builder (which I had used in the past) had a different process to build the home from and I very much preferred Vince’s process among several other reasons for ultimately choosing him. We actually paid all the contractors directly and Vince took a fixed fee to construct the home for us. Having built homes on cost plus, and fixed price with allowances I found this to be the best method by far. Vince acted as the general contractor on the home and was ultimately responsible for the home construction, but we paid all the cost directly. Any discounts for early payment were our discounts to keep. If nails cost less than we figured, it was our savings. It also went the other way some too, but I have to say that we came in well under budget on the project and we added some things along the way that were not budgeted. It is a great way to build. He keeps records to the penny, updates the budgets monthly to reflect overage/ under on our allowances. The best part of his process is that he uses real numbers to create budgets and allowances. The cabinet allowance was based on numbers bid by several companies and what we went and selected for the home based on the designs. If we didn’t meet the budget it was because we changed something, not because the allowance wasn’t enough or too much. Another major thing to comment on with Vince is the quality of our home. Having built (3) custom homes already this is by far (and I’m not sugar coating this) the best quality home I have ever been in. It is tight, comfortable, and about as perfect as it could be. He personally makes sure that the quality is to a very high standard. Many builders talk quality, but he really takes it to a different level. If having attention to little details is important to you then he is your guy. I can say that he is my number one pick to build a home with.
"Vince and his team built our new home in 2015-2016. Although we’ve known Vince and his family personally for many years through church and our children’s school, it was in the late 2000’s, when my job involved energy efficiency programs and technologies, that I learned more about Vince’s experience with constructing ENERGYSTAR Certified homes, geothermal systems, etc. We selected Vince for a variety of reasons, but the primary reasons were our desire to build an energy efficient home and be confident in the quality of every phase of the construction. In addition to getting that, Vince and Kelly brought excellent communication, integrity, professionalism, timely answers, alternative ideas, and expert subcontractors. In particular, Vince’s trim carpenters are outstanding – which was very important to us because of a number of features we designed in the house. We love our home!"
Bart and Cheryl B.
"My wife and I were interested transitioning from a crowded neighborhood to more serene setting with acreage. We are both healthcare professionals and appreciate some quiet time after long workdays. Our search lead us in two areas, with the first being finding the right property and second, finding a quality builder to build our dream home. After locating our property, we interviewed six builders and we were able to quickly narrow our choice to two. We chose Kimbel Construction primarily for two reasons: 1. After meeting and speaking with the finish/trim carpentry crew at one of Vince’s sites, and seeing the quality of work, I was interested in meeting the builder. 2. We contacted Vince he was happy to meet us after hours on a weekend to do a walk though of that job site. We were impressed with his emphasis on energy saving initiatives and appreciate his Made in the USA approach with
regard to materials. Vince, from the start, never assumed he would be our builder until we were ready to go, and he and his team were great at guiding us in the right direction making sure we did our 'homework' with regards to what we wanted when our home was complete. Important phases included having a well thought out layout/floor plan, communicating the ‘must have’ elements and the level of trim, appliances, hardware and finishes greatly influence costs of a custom built home. Vince was very helpful throughout these important decisions. I can truly say that Vince and all of the folks involved with our home building truly cared that our home was built with quality in mind and I would have no hesitation using him again or recommending him to friends and family."
Mitch and Andrea L.
"We had the pleasure of working with Vince on our dream home in 2012. It was a very unique sprawling ranch plan with multiple unique features and details. We already had our plan selected prior to meeting with Vince. He was immediately engaged in the project from the first meeting but took a great deal of time to get to know us, our property, and used that info to make smart changes in the early stages of the project. He focused on energy efficiency which was very important given the footprint of our home, the multitude of skylights and large windows. He is the energy efficiency guru in my opinion. His team of craftsmen were all very professional, highly skilled, and easy to contact and communicate with. Their work was excellent, and 7 years into living with a family of 5 kids, the woodwork, stonework, flooring, and cabinetry/built-ins have stood the use and abuse
and the house is as tight now as when we moved in. I elected to order my flooring from a company in Maine on my own and Vince and his installer were supportive of that and it is one of my favorite features of the home. The unique bank of 27 skylights in the main ridge of the home was something that certainly was new to one of his builds, but his framing crew worked diligently to make the install clean, seamless and they accomplished this detail as if they had done it 10 times before. Not a drip of leak from 27 tandem skylights over 7 years thus far is certainly a testament to the team's attention to detail.
Vince is a pro, he's friendly, hard working, and is as directly involved with your build as a contractor could be. But he also is constantly concerned if we had any suggestions, questions, or dislikes as the build progressed. In the end we were extremely pleased and proud of our home. We have remained friends with Vince over the years and referred another family to his services. They also have been well pleased. Kimbel Construction is top notch, highly recommended, and can basically do anything and everything that a house build requires without reservations."
Bart and Elizabeth D.
We entrusted the future of our dream home into the hands of Kimbel Construction. They not only made this dream a reality but they treated us as partners in the home building process. They provided excellent communication, transparency in costs, prompt response time, and never left any unanswered questions! We knew what to expect at each stage. They went to great lengths and spent a lot of time to collaborate with and educate us, making sure we understood the impact of our choices on the project. Through every decision we made we had a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and organized
builder on our side. Vince has an advanced knowledge of all building systems and was responsible for making sure the subcontractors effort made each and every corner beautiful. The home building process can be extremely stressful but Kimbel Construction actually made it fun and we ended up with a home that exceeded all our expectations.
Bill and Melissa R.