By Marti GaciochScott Murfey began learning the construction business as a young boy while building the treehouses and forts of his dreams. Later, his passion to build evolved smoothly into his career after he earned a degree in construction management at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo.
Murfey said he learned the trade on his own, but along the way he found mentors. “I looked up to the masters,” Murfey said. “They were always willing to share their knowledge, and in construction, you’re always learning new things.”
Before opening Murfey Construction in 2009, Murfey worked for eight general construction firms where he learned the various facets of construction. Since then, he’s built a wide range of commercial and residential projects, including cathedrals, golf courses, hotels, condominiums and apartment buildings.
Now partnered with his brother, Russell Murfey, who has a strong financial background, Murfey is working on multiple projects, including a custom 4,000-square-foot, two-story Cape Cod home in La Jolla Shores and a mixed-use residential/commercial development project in San Diego.
According to Murfey, project building is a long process, so it’s wise to have a designer or architect on the team. “It’s good to have someone who does space planning and layout to figure out how things are going to function,” Murfey said. “I always tell my clients that it’s also good to have photos or magazine clips to show a builder what your intent is.”
Building a home is a collaborative team effort involving client, builder and designer, so Murfey finds that weekly meetings help keep his clients involved and the project running smoothly.
While the majority of Murfey’s work is residential, his other projects include the W Hotel in downtown San Diego, Four Seasons Aviara in La Costa, the Park Laurel condominiums near Balboa Park, and a renovation of San Diego’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Murfey said that “Transitional Style” is the current trend in residential construction.“It has a classic look, but with modern, clean, crisp lines and a contemporary edge that’s very popular,” he said. “It’s a simple, more European style that people seem to appreciate. We’re an old-fashioned company, in terms of customer service, and we like to make our clients feel important and treat them special, but we’re very modern with our use of technology.”
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