The HearthStone Team
Owner / Broker
While building distinctive homes in the Evergreen, Colorado area Howard discovered an abiding interest in architecture and how things are made. Perhaps unique for a pre-law graduate of the University of Colorado, this growing awareness compelled Howard to build homes and studios that were grounded in some unusual construction concepts, primarily the use of material already available which eliminated the need for production of new materials.
Fast forward 30 years and carpentry gave way to more formal professional construction, creating a style that melded resort destination development and single family residential building.
“Our methods and goals are eerily unchanged,” says Howard. “In fact I find they enjoy more favor in the fast paced information age, when nearly everyone is more aware of the need to achieve sustainability.”
The approach has evolved HearthStone into an entity that Howard characterizes as a green collar company. “The developments we become involved in stress respect for the environment, our precious resources and respect for our neighbors' space, as well as the wildlife that come with these outdoor preserves. Our company now specializes in environmentally sound construction, development, and residential destinations.”
Anne Begg is the marketing director and office assistant. Her background includes 19 years as an insurance agent and several years as a closing agent for a local title insurance agency where she did real estate closings. She is a former resident of Toledo, Ohio and has a B.A in sociology from the University of Toledo.
A resident of the area since 1977, she resides in Long Lake Township with her husband, Patrick, and two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. She and her husband have three grown children and two granddaughters.
Anne has been active in both The Friends of the Traverse Area District Library and The Grand Traverse Chorale at Northwestern Michigan College. Her hobbies include photography and gardening. When she's not tending to her garden, you'll find her designing greeting cards from her large collection of photos.
Collaborative & Consultive Services
One of the strategies we employ to achieve success is assembling a team of professionals with a wide range of expertise. Here are links to some of our most trusted and valued collaborators and consultants.
SetPoint Property Tax Consultants
SetPoint helps homeowners and business owners align their taxes with realistic assessments in this economy.
Gourdie - Fraser Associates
Engineering for municipal, development and transportation projects.
Due North Marketing Communications Inc.
Web sites, email newsletters, Facebook, online video and traditional marketing & PR techniques to connect small business with current and potential customers.