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Timothy Stonestreet is the President and CEO of Six Star Construction Inc.

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Why You Need a General Contractor

By: Tim Stonestreet

Owner-builders are a current trend in custom home building. Many systems and books exist that claim to help you reduce the cost of building a home by serving as your own contractor. While it is possible to be an owner-builder, there are several distinct advantages to hiring a custom homebuilder like Six Star Construction, Inc. to serve as a general contractor. 1. General contractors are experienced experts. They take care of all of the necessary permits, paperwork, and inspections that can often frustrate owner-builders. 2. General contractors have established relationships with professionals and sub-contractors for all aspects of building. 3. A general contractor can help by assessing the feasibility of the home you would like to build, establishing an initial budget, selecting regionally appropriate designs, and finding undeveloped property that will meet your specific needs and requirements. 4. General contractors often receive discounted prices on materials. Owner-builders, who only buy materials for a single job, will often pay significantly more than general contractors, who make bulk purchases for several projects at a time. 5. General contractors can help manage the building timeline and keep an eye on your budget, bringing your home in on time and on budget without cost overruns. 6. If your budget determines that you need to compromise on some of your choices, your general contractor can help you find acceptable and affordable alternatives. 7. General contractors are experts at sub-contractor management. 8. Building a custom home is a stressful process. A general contractor can help remove a great deal of the stress by managing the day-to-day operations of the project. 9. General contractors supervise the quality control of your home, ensuring that you get the high quality you are paying for. 10. A general contractor can make sure your home complies with local laws to avoid problems down the line.

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Golf in Summerlin

By: Tim Stonestreet

As the owner of Las Vegas construction firm Six Star Construction, I’ve built numerous custom houses in the Summerlin master-planned community, which offers a park-like setting with European-style villages and several world-class golf courses. The community features the Jack Nicklaus Bear’s Best course, two Tournament Players Club golf courses, and five others. Voted Best Golf Course in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal and one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest, Bear’s Best Las Vegas uniquely groups together 18 of Jack Nicklaus’ favorite holes from a long and notable playing career. In designing the course, Nicklaus and his experienced design team pored over literally thousands of photos and plans of some of the most challenging holes he ever faced. These range from holes at former PGA Tour stop Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado to a hole at Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana, which Nicklaus himself designed in 1997. The first and last holes at Bear’s Best Las Vegas feature large water hazards and come from Nicklaus’ Private and Resort Courses at The Club at PGA West. The grounds conditions at Bear’s Best Las Vegas are reputed to be some of the finest in the greater Las Vegas area, and the courses include firm and fast bentgrass greens. Many of the holes feature a view of the nearby Red Rock Mountains, while two holes face directly toward the distant Las Vegas Strip. Due to the course’s initial success, another Bear’s Best course opened in Atlanta a year later featuring different holes. Nicklaus commented that the process of designing Bear’s Best Las Vegas, when all was said and done, took more time than simply designing a new course. I am of the opinion that the effort was well worth it. The outstanding attention to detail makes a Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf experience world class, which Nicklaus fans and Summerlin residents alike have come to expect.

The Summerlin Community

Mr. Timothy Stonestreet, owner of contracting company Six Star Construction, Inc., is a featured builder for the Summerlin Community in Las Vegas, Nevada. With seven custom neighborhoods covering 22,500 acres, Summerlin contains almost a thousand homes in a spacious community with inspiring mountain views, more than 150 miles of trails to explore, and extensive park areas. All Summerlin streets are lined by trees on both sides, and interesting streetscapes and roundabouts give the entire neighborhood a quaint European feel. Since its inception more than two decades ago, Summerlin has become one of the most celebrated master-planned communities in the country, securing a number of awards for its superior design. The community is also home to a number of the nation’s top golf courses. The Las Vegas area is a diverse landscape, and Summerlin’s success is partially due to its backyard, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which provides endless entertainment for naturalists, climbers, hikers, cyclists, and other nature enthusiasts. Summerlin residents have easy access to the area and can often be found exploring various paths, seeking out new wildlife, and exercising against the breathtaking backdrop of towering cliff faces and rock formations. Children living in Summerlin have access to 12 public schools and 13 private schools, including Nevada’s premier preparatory schools. In addition, Summerlin boasts four higher education institutions, including the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.