CHRIS + MARA RHODES
Chris and Mara began Soda Mountain Construction in 2006. Their vision took shape while specializing in fine home finish carpentry installation and quality small business management. As the years progressed so did their business. SMC began excelling in new home construction, luxury remodels and interior finishes, while staying committed to lower volumes of work and high customer satisfaction. As SMC continued to grow it was unique residential building opportunities that showcased the company’s talents. From 2009 to 2012 both custom and speculative projects kept their business afloat during one of Steamboat’s hardest felt recessions. In 2013 their developing design / build methodology received highest honors with multiple residential projects featured in Steamboat Magazine’s Architectural & Design Edition and along the Colorado Group’s Parade of Homes Tour.
Chris Rhodes, General Contractor, Owner
Chris moved to Steamboat Springs in 2000 to attend Colorado Mountain College. He graduated in 2002 and stepped into the labor force that same year. Starting with a broom, Chris’s construction career took shape as he excelled at framing, siding, and interior finish carpentry. Chris worked his way up as a journeyman master carpenter eventually earning the opportunity to manage large scale projects for other general contractors. In 2006 Chris branched out and started his own general contracting company. Chris provides both design consultation and general contracting for Soda Mountain Construction + Design.
Travis Mathey moved to Steamboat Springs in 2003 after graduating from Montana State University with a Masters of Architecture (2003) and a Bachelors of Environmental Design (2002). During his time at Montana State University, Travis spent his summers working as an architectural intern in Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. While gaining experience at other firms, Travis was fortunate to work on a wide variety of projects including large scale commercial developments, modest remodels and extravagant custom residential homes. Each experience has led him to focus his talents on mountain residential architecture. Travis believes in the design build model and has witnessed the benefits of this streamlined process. In 2013 Travis partnered with Soda Mountain Construction to round out the current design / build team.
“I love to push the boundaries and create new ideas with every client. Each person I work with has a unique vision and an original story to tell. I value the relationship I build with the homeowner and I’m always honored to help translate their ideas into reality. That’s what produces authentic results. Listening has become one of my most valuable tools through the design process. It’s not about my vision; it’s about bringing someone else’s to life.”
Kathleen moved to Steamboat in 2001 after graduating from the University of Vermont (with Mara!), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Art History. Before starting her interior design business, Kathleen worked for local Steamboat designers for 12 years. These years provided her with exposure to the various aspects of the industry, from fabricating draperies, tile design, full service residential remodel and custom building. Overtime Kathleen became a flawless fit with the Soda Mountain team. Her relaxed demeanor and creative flare has continued to bring style and beauty to each project. Kathleen works closely with Chris and Travis from the conceptual design stages of each space and home.
“I have a true love for all things Design. I strive to keep myself and my skills up-to-date as trends and tastes change. Each project and every client provide an opportunity to expand my knowledge of industry standards and products. Every new opportunity is exciting because no space and no home is the same. The vision is always unique.”
I excel at organization and detail-oriented work. SMCD is run with a high degree of integrity. We have very effective communication with a three step review process done bi-weekly to make sure every account and client job is balanced to the exact penny.
Jimmy Lorenz was born and raised right here in Steamboat Springs. He began working in the local construction industry in high school as a laborer, then carpenter, until his fascination of the industry led him to a degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. He then explored growth and opportunities in other cities and states, but his heart remained in the Yampa Valley, and he eventually made the decision to return to his childhood home to raise his own family. Now with over 40 years of local construction experience and a lifetime immersed in Steamboat’s unique lifestyle, his deep connections to the local industry remain invaluable when working with customers, subcontractors and vendors.
“As general manager for SMCD I wear many different hats. My collaborative role with the SMCD design/build team allows each project to utilize and take advantage of my 40+ years of construction knowledge, ranging from initial project review, the “build” side review, preliminary construction cost estimates, actual construction budgets, and to then project management oversight of the project itself. Our think-tank team at SMCD meets once a week to deliver our collective brainpower towards all aspects of a project, from initial project design to full construction assembly. It’s a very rewarding position for me to work directly with each of our clients from early on to the final walk through of the custom-finished product and an honor to be able to craft your unique dream to reality!”