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Jim Barber

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Specializing in Home Remodeling, HouseWurks of Zionsville has been remodeling and building custom homes since 2005.

Whether building, remodeling or simply adding on to your home, the concept of universal design is something Jim Barber, founder of HouseWurks Custom Homes and Renovations in Zionsville, recommends incorporating into your plans. Home designs that maximize safety and security are increasingly important for seniors and their families.

Universal Design ensures people of all ages and ability levels can live comfortably and safely in their home. Housewurks has the Certified Aging in Place Specialist certification, a program developed by the National Association of Home Builders.

Barber says the universal design approach incorporates safety and independence into all areas of the home. "Our goal is to help people make their homes work for them for a lifetime, regardless of their age, income or abilities," Barber says. "(Universal design) isn't just for the elderly or handicapped. It accommodates all family members at all stages of life, all of whom benefit from homes that pose fewer restrictions on daily activities. With universal design, you want to have a plan so that any of your friends or relatives that may have disabilities can access your house like anybody else would," Barber says. "You want your friends and family to feel welcome to your home."

Jim Barber received his MBA from Butler University. Along with his passion for remodeling homes, Jim is an avid marathon swimmer and has an impressive amount of long-distance races under his belt. Beginning in 1988 with a 45 KM marathon swim around Manhattan Island, Jim has continued to push himself with marathon swims around the world. Jim received the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2010. Jim is currently working towards becoming part of an elite group of swimmers to achieve the Ocean’s Seven. The Ocean’s Seven consists of seven long-distance open-water swims and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.

The discipline and perseverance that he exudes in his swims are applied in every aspect of his life, personally and professionally. He is extremely goal-oriented. “I treat my projects like I do my swims,” says Barber. “I’m not finished until I get out on the other side of it. I think that it’s important in our daily lives to have a set of objectives and goals. You have to wake up to something.”

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5 ⭐️ is not enough for the attention to detail and professional qualities that Jim, Linda and Martin exhibited in our kitchen redo! We r absolutely thrilled with the craftsmanship and their desire to get it “right” The kitchen is beautiful and a pure joy to be in every day! Thank you Jim!Read More

Jim completed a whole house interior remodel for me in 2017-2018. The house went from a dated 1970's ranch to a cool, calm and relaxing midcentury gem. Love living in my 'new' HouseWurks designed home.Read More

Jim Barber contacted me to learn more about one of the national programs for residential design which I helped develop. The CAPS program was a joint project with the AARP and the Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the time I was the National Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was interested in the efficacy of the program and subsequently became certified by it. As we became acquainted, I was impressed by his concern for accuracy in estimating, soundness of plans and his command of excellent communication skills, (The Big Three). These are possibly the three most important aspects of a successful project and a satisfied client. I was a successful contractor in several fields of construction but favored residential design/build. The satisfaction of personal contact with a client in creating projects that met the needs, most of the wants and even a few of the wishes of my clients was what drove us as a successful company for over 32 years in Carmel. This seems to be the same driving force with and Jim Barber dba Housewurks. I have enjoyed working with him since as a mentor and can confidently recommend his company. Good work only comes at a fair price and a fair price is dependent upon project design and cost comes from good communications and sound planning - Jim Barber's company is an excellent source for these. M M "Mike" Weiss, CGR, CAPS, GMB/R BAGI/Indiana Builder-Remodeler of the Year National Remodeling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award - Hanley-Wood FoundationRead More

Most remodeling experiences are frustrating and disappointing. Not so with HouseWurks. From design phase through the end-of-job tweaks, Jim listens, gives advice, and delivers a stellar product. The big difference in this project/contractor is communication. You won’t come home to any surprises. You won’t find decisions that have been made without your approval. The attention to detail is beyond any I’ve experienced in a contractor prior to now. I won’t hesitate to hire HouseWurks for my next project.Read More

Working as a real estate agent for the past 15 years I quite often refer clients to builders in my area. My most recent experience was a project with Housewurks. I found Jim and his staff to be very professional and very receptive to my clients wants and needs. They listened to his concerns, and were able to accommodate the many details, and design changes, he requested along the way. The quality of materials and workmanship was impressive. The process was smooth and deadlines were met. Jim was personally involved from beginning to end and communication was excellent! I would gladly recommend HouseWurks to my clients in the future!Read More

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