The bold yellow doorway of the rehabbed Victorian house at 615 E. Washington St. in Butchertown is merely the first clue that Buena Vista Construction isn’t the typical construction company. Beyond that eye-catching entrance is a hallway floor painted blue to resemble a Mexican creek; the effect is enhanced by a long row of river rocks brought from south of the border.
Buena Vista owner Marcos Mendoza welcomes his clients into an airy office that features the latest 3-D design computers and a glass-topped coffee table made from a 1905 railroad cart.
The son of a Russian mother and a Mexican father who taught water skiing to movie stars, Marcos was born in Canada but raised in Acapulco. He studied international hotel management in Vancouver and managed restaurants in that city before moving to Louisville nine years ago.
“A friend told me that the real estate market here was very good, compared to the West Coast, so I came to fix up houses and sell them, at the rate of about one per month,” he said. “But I had trouble finding reliable contractors: They didn’t return calls, and something always seemed to come up.”
His dissatisfaction inspired him to learn the contractors’ skills and do the work himself. After taking courses and attending seminars, he opened Buena Vista five years ago. Last June, he finished transforming the brick building that houses his business and the yoga studio he created for his wife, Wendy.
That challenge showcased only a few of the tasks that Marcos and his team of about a dozen workers can complete. They also can install a driveway, put on a roof, or construct a house from scratch – and design just about everything that goes into it.
“Our clients like the fact that they don’t have to hire a separate designer for furniture, lighting and other features. Being from the West Coast, we bring a different eye to design – a fresh perspective,” he said. “We are also very ‘green.’ We recycle whatever we can and donate cabinets and other items that can be reused.”
Buena Vista has more than 400 clients and usually tackles two projects per week. Current ones include a $70,000 bathroom remodel for a house in Oxmoor Woods and a boutique hotel in Mexico.
His background in the hospitality industry taught Marcos the value of having employees who are well-groomed, punctual and tidy. Attention to such details has helped his business grow by about 400 percent each year.
“The No. 1 thing for us is that we’re always available to our clients. We e-mail them pictures to say, ‘This is what we’ve done so far.’ If they text me a message at 11 p.m., I answer,” he said. “Fifteen minutes before I walked down the aisle to marry Wendy, I was still talking to my clients. They don’t have to worry or micromanage us. We give them peace of mind.”
For information, visit www.buenavistagrp.com or call 502.648.1797.
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