Custom home building is our niche

Standing on an Okanagan Lake dock, looking towards an incredible custom home nearly ready to hand over to its owners, Darren Witt admires the work Bercum Builders, their sub trades, designers, and all the members of his team have contributed towards making this amazing lakefront home a reality.

“This is our niche,” says Darren, “working on the lake, this type of high-end, custom building, you can’t do a lot at once because we want to keep our standards so high. To build homes of this quality, for the kind of discerning clients we work for, really, this is my dream, this is the point I’ve been working to my whole life.”

High expectation clients bringing challenging and unique designs require a skilled, creative, and communicative builder, and for more than twenty years Darren has been turning clients’ plans into reality. Now, as the principal of Bercum Builders, he has solidly established his legacy as the North Okanagan’s top high end custom home builder.

To appreciate the legacy of Bercum, you have to go to its founder, Bill Crum. Moving to B.C. from Holland in the 1960s, Bill has been involved in construction for more than four decades, including thirty years building Bercum into the most successful and craftsman-like custom home builder in B.C., building homes all over the North Okanagan, including Silverstar Mountain and some of the finest lakefront properties in the valley.

If there is a secret to the ongoing success of Bercum Builders, it is the unique combination of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and relationship between builder, trades, and clients. As Bill says, “communication is very important, being a builder is a bit like being a conductor, you’re making sure that everyone does their part. For one person we built a castle on the lake, and when it was done he had a little party, invited all the sub-trades, thanked everybody for coming, and made a little speech. His comment to me was that I had a very good ability to surround myself with the quality of people that could build this house. That’s what you have to do to make it work, and that’s something that Darren continues.”

A few years ago, Bill decided it was time to slow down, but wanted to ensure that Bercum could maintain the painstaking quality of construction that built the company’s reputation.

“Well,” Bill said, “I was interested in working with Darren, and it’s been a really good fit, his outlook and philosophy are the same: do the best job possible for people, be transparent, be above board, never hide anything, know you have dependable people, and work with the same team to maintain quality.”

In an industry where names and relationships come and go, Darren Witt and Bercum Builders hold firmly to the legacy, the craftsmanship, the heritage, and the pride that goes into creating only the finest custom homes.

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