What are our clients saying?

“I have worked in a professional capacity with Locke Construction for several years and was immediately inspired with their creativity, innovation, and vision. The fact that it is a family business with a proven track record is reflected in the pride and workmanship of their product. They take the time and utilize their expertise and experience in order to make each home or project reflect each client’s unique visions and needs. The quality of their work and attention to detail gave us great confidence in hiring them for a variety of projects in our personal home, The value and functionality of our home has increased with their input and involvement, and they will be our first choice for all future construction projects.”


“After careful evaluation of multiple contractors, Locke Construction , LLC was selected because of Tate Locke’s solid construction background, his knowledge of the most recent “green” technology, his congenial manner and ability to communicate.

In consultation with the architect, Tate, ideally located the house on a challenging site. It was built as a comfortable, relaxed, “greenhouse” with many of the latest technical features to include: hyper insulation, geothermal HVAC and air exchange, CIF basement walls, double pane windows, solar panels and whole house soundproofing. HERS rating is 22. Spatial arrangement of the house was ideal. Tate is able to tweak blueprints for maximum use of living and storage space. In his effort to make our vision a reality, he drew on his problem-solving and creative talents. For example, he included material harvested on the land in railings and other aspects of the house. His base is carpentry, and it shows throughout the house , ranging from cabinets to custom-made furniture and bunk beds. He stayed on budget, played well with others and stayed close to the timelines.

In the end, a beautiful, harmonious and impressive home was built. We are most pleased and appreciative and look forward to enjoying our home and in creating memories for years to come.

J. Hammerick

“Locke Construction is one of the most innovative and creative builders I have had the pleasure of doing business with.These guys really knock it out of the park!

Brad H.

“Tate was great during the planning and design phase of our home. We presented him with the challenge of helping us decide between 3 lots in one particular part of our sub-division. We had an ultimate design in mind, but we had no idea of how of how to adapt this design to the selected lot. We think that the design created by Tate fits perfectly with the dimensions of our lot, and serves our particular needs. As we progressed through the various building stages–rough framing and carpentry, selection of a myriad of finishing details, and finish carpentry–Tate and his crew were always there to assist us.

We had the opportunity to meet and work with most of Tate’s personnel, both in the office and at our site. All the on-site individuals were hard-working, professional, and very helpful with all our needs and questions. Members of the office staff have been exceptional, giving greatly of their talents and time to assist us any time we asked for help. We have never met a better crew of people with whom to work, and all of them should be congratulated.

We appreciate the follow-up with various details, both with Tate’s personal crew and with sub-contractors. We look forward to many years of enjoyment in our new home. ”

Chuck & Pat

“Over the past several years Locke Construction has completed two major renovation projects for us. An exterior and interior make over. Tate’s knowledge of design was of particular value in both projects. He keeps current on industry trends and always strives to bring that knowledge to his clients.”


“Cristee-Meade remodeled our Master Bath, added a deck bench that can seat 20 and created a new circle drive and entry at our Victorian style home. The whole process was professional, timely and on budget. The bath tile work was exceptional as was the design and carpentry on the deck bench. We were very impressed with all of the craftsmen who worked at our property. They were always on time, worked well as a team and always cleaned up every day before leaving. We have built houses and remodeled before, but Cristee-Meade is one of the best in our experiences. We highly recommend them.”


Our home is beautiful, efficient and satisfying in every way imaginable.  Tate captured the essence of what we wanted and made it a reality for us.  He uses quality subs and does not tolerate shoddy work.   He made a number of suggestions that improved the end product immensely, but was always respectful of our decisions.  We would definitely recommend Locke Construction to others.  He came in at his bid amount and was the low bidder.  We not only got a beautiful home that was everything we wanted and then some, but we did it economically.   Since we were long – distance owners, we needed to have confidence in our contractor and Tate never let us down.

John & Noreen

By far the most qualified and most willing to work with our plan. They did an outstanding job and were a delight to work with!

Melinda & Alan

After we met Tate we knew he would do a great job, and like his work ethic.  We liked that Tate cleaned up each day before he left and tried to make sure our lives were not disrupted!


Workmanship is very impressive and the uniqueness of the design and your ability to incorporate all our wish lists in a cost effective manner, and the log work is exceptional – plan on using you more.  Excellent follow-ups on any needs that were overlooked by owners.

Karen & Lynn

“They have the best reputation of builders in the area and were willing to work with us to produce cost savings during all phases of the project.”


“I love the flooring, shower, back splash and tile. The painting was also done well, good subcontractors! I’m very pleased.”


“We hired Tate to figure out how to put a door into our house from the attached garage: the previous owner hadn’t bothered to do that when he built the house. Tate figured it out right away, even tho we had all the wrong ideas, and had other good ideas of his own about the project. Good thing we hired Tate; if we’d been in charge, it would have been a disaster ; > )


“They are very cordial and professional. The workmanship is superb. I am sure they could do tract homes, but they don’t need to. Their craftsmanship makes their custom homes real things of beauty. They keep up to date on new trends and new materials and techniques.

I had them do a commercial remodel for me, but I am in the real estate business and have seen several of their large custom homes. They are all works of art.”

Perry H.

“Locke Construction provided a complete bid for the project. They have a good data base of what material and labor cost are and they draw from it to provide the bid. The finished project came in very close to the bid even though we made changes.

Locke Construction was always willing to explore different options at any point in the project. They were very accomendating and able to give good ideas for improvement and change. They always focused on our satisfaction.

Locke Construction from Tate and Julie down to the new employee were very respectful to us and our property. The job site was clean and orderly.

In our opinion Locke Construction is the best choice a home owner can make to create a dream home. This was done for us within the time frame promised.

GJ Feazell

“My experience with Locke Construction, now Cristee-Meade, was and continues to be exceptional. True professionals in every sense of the word, from the overall picture to the smallest detail. Design, innovation, communication, knowledge…they have it all. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Monte Designs

“We have worked with Tate for around 4 years. He is professional, very detail-oriented, calm, and conscientiously involved in projects with his clients. The clients he has scheduled to visit our showroom have nothing but the highest compliments about Tate and his crew.

Dahl Plumbing in Montrose

“Bathroom remodel. Consultation, advice, design and estimate for services. Included in the work – electrical – plumbing – tile and grouting – replacement of tub with a special therapeutic jetted, heated unit and lighting. The work was completed on time, professionally and of unsurpassed quality. From set up to completion, Tate and Julie made certain we were completely satisfied. I would recommend Locke Construction, dba Christee-Meade without reservation.


“I started out thinking that I wanted to be my own General Contractor. I soon realized that was a mistake. I asked various people in town for references. Everyone said that Tate Locke of Cristee-Meade Building Company was the man to see. I wanted to build a very energy efficient home. I had a passive solar, earth-bermed home in mind. In our first conversation, Tate and I realized that we were on the same page in terms of energy efficiency and quality construction.
Not only were Tate and Julie Locke easy to work with, but their employees were competent and fun to work with. Additionally, Tate has a great group of subcontractors that understand his desire for quality work.
I have asked Tate to do a second project for me. If you ask your General Contractor to build a second building for you, then you must be a very satisfied customer!


“Cristee-Meade is top-notch! The crew and subs that Tate assembled to build our barn were all professional, pleasant, knowledgable and first-rate. Remodels can sometimes be harder than new construction – as in this project, but Cristee-Meade welcomed the creative challenge in solving design issues to work around existing limitations. Tate is inventive and innovative yet practical. He repurposed the old barn wood into the new building. The project was on-time, in budget, beautifully designed, skillfully built and communication was easy! Not only did we get a new barn, we made new and dear friends!


I did not know there are builders such as yourself who really care and put passion and their artistic and creative expression in their work. I have always settled with mediocrity in housing because I did not know there are people such as yourself. We have been married nearly 30 years and move from home to home and we even built a home and it was all still mediocre, maybe beautiful, but not comfortable, not holistic, not something that reaches down into your heart and says YES. I see you capture that essence, that spirit. There is nothing more than I would like than to have you build our home. Thanks to your family for showing us your home and Thank you for your integrity in building creative homes of inspiration, solace, and a sense of HOME.


After what seemed like endless interviews, Tate was the only person that seemed capable of completing my kitchen… and I was right.  It is BEAUTIFUL!””


“Locke Construction becomes your advocate instead of your adversary.  Material selection is made easy.  Any issues with subs are dealt with.  Corrections of problems are completed long after move in.”

Al & Jo

We were referred to Tate from a neighbor. We liked his energy efficient suggestions. He builds a strong, well built home.


 “Pretty, Nice, Clean, Solid.  We’ve had a lot of compliments.


We were impressed with the workmanship, they were very professional, paid attention to detail, and were easy to work with.  Continue the excellent work!”


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