TR Hughes struggles to survive

TR Hughes struggles to survive

There are 34 comments on the www.stltoday.com story from Jun 12, 2008, titled TR Hughes struggles to survive. In it, www.stltoday.com reports that:

Over the last year or so, Tom Hughes has put his vacation home up for sale, and sold his company helicopter to raise money.

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dirk65

Saint Peters, MO

#21 Aug 12, 2011
We have two Hughes homes in our family. Good design. Well built. Maybe the whiners who are commenting are just mad at the world.
dirk65

Saint Peters, MO

#22 Aug 12, 2011
We have two Hughes houses in our family. Good design. Well-built
homes. Maybe the whiners are just unhappy with the world and their lives.
Kathy

Saint Charles, MO

#23 Aug 13, 2011
I love my home in St. Andrews. Tom built a great home back when I bought a few years ago & still does. I couldn't be happier with my home.
Susan

Saint Charles, MO

#24 Aug 13, 2011
My parents bought a villa & are thrilled with everything. They made the whole buying process easy & would I recommend TR Hughes to anyone.
Happy homeowner

Troy, MO

#25 Aug 14, 2011
I built a TR Hughes home in 2003 in Stonecroft. I loved it then and love it now. I feel the quality with which my home was built is excellent. I am proud of my home and the builder. I am happy he is still building homes and wish him and the company my best.
Memphis

Saint Charles, MO

#26 Aug 14, 2011
We need more people like Tom on this earth.
He has done so much for the community over the years & that's why he's liked by so many. He builds a good quality home & his subdivisions look better than most.
mary

United States

#27 Aug 14, 2011
Looks like tom or his boy Jason is on the computer writing some good comments for themselves. He was shut down and run out of Illinois
Experienced

Chesterfield, MO

#28 Apr 2, 2012
The world is Not Enough wrote:
The problem with builders is they start out with good intensions. Then when the money comes in, it breeds GREED!. I can't feel sorry for people who wipe their butts with $100.00 bills and don't make good business decisions. I saw Tom bid on a $10,000.00 class quilt at a school event. Some people like myself saved thier money during those good years and paid things off. Sometimes its better to climb the ladder of success slowly and prosper than to fall off the top. I really feel sorry for the hard working trades that put these people on top.
It is funny how those who haven't made good money find something to complain about when those who have made good money use it for helping others like supporting their community schools through donations.
St Andrews

United States

#29 Jun 5, 2012
Every time you have a question for the main office they NEVER answer the phones. You can leave voicemails galore and if your're lucky they will call you back in a week it two. The lots that have not been sold look awful because they aren't mowed when they should be. I could go on and on. Not a happy home owner of TR-Hughes home. :0(
Shawn

United States

#30 Jul 27, 2012
sayit wrote:
He is a good guy....and has done a lot for the community.
Just because someone throws money at a community doesn't mean he is doing the community any favors, especially since it's a tax write off. The money that he is donating could be put toward the homes he has fuc*ked up!! Leaky roofs, unstable 2 story decks, sinking foundations, mold infestation should I go on??
Know Better

Saint Peters, MO

#31 Apr 11, 2013
I've been in the Real Estate industry for over 20 yrs with over 100 million in sales... We are not to be partial to certain Builders- but we certainly can verbalize our past Buyers experiences. Tom Johnson Construction has by far the least issues to arise in a Building Inspection- with either New Construction or in his past developments as resale home! He is one of the top rated builders in the State of Mo! TR Hughes is right there too! HOW CAN YOU REFERENCE TWO BUILDERS ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE- WHEN YOUR HOME WAS BUILT WITH TRIAD!! HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU? And as far as buyers "staying clear" - Rely on a Professional who deals with local builders daily!!!
Pale Dago wrote:
Hey,T R isn't the only crap builder,Tom Johnson is much worse. You should see my house.I bought from Triad,what a piece of junk. I paid extra for window sills through out the house,looks and feels like the carpenter routed the edges with a friging beaver instead of a router.Had a problem with a decorative porch column,had to take it down for a proper fix,guess what I found? It had been shimmed with folded news paper and then covered the edge with caulk to hide it. If I were in the market right now,I would stear clear of T R,Tom Johnson and for sure Triad,they build crap. Bye <quoted text>
morals

O Fallon, MO

#32 Apr 12, 2013
Know Better wrote:
I've been in the Real Estate industry for over 20 yrs with over 100 million in sales... We are not to be partial to certain Builders- but we certainly can verbalize our past Buyers experiences. Tom Johnson Construction has by far the least issues to arise in a Building Inspection- with either New Construction or in his past developments as resale home! He is one of the top rated builders in the State of Mo! TR Hughes is right there too! HOW CAN YOU REFERENCE TWO BUILDERS ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE- WHEN YOUR HOME WAS BUILT WITH TRIAD!! HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU? And as far as buyers "staying clear" - Rely on a Professional who deals with local builders daily!!!
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I do not agree! Been in the construction business for over 40 yrs. Seen the work of these builders and many more. Many call-backs regarding these companies. People are right when they talk about GREED because that is exactly true. On the other hand, they go thru lots of carpenters and sub contractors and some are much more skilled than others. They want you to hurry up every chance you get, then get caught-up and lay-off until work picks back up. Cut corners, use cheaper grade product, profit off upgrades, failure to respond to home-owners in a timely manner, etc. Its unfortunate for any homeowner to have to experience this by any builder.
Amazed Reader

Yates Center, KS

#33 Apr 12, 2013
I totally agree with the GREED ISSUE & the SO CALLED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ISSUE that prevails in todays business world. Wouldn't it be nice to just go back in time to plain old TRUST & FAITH and not MONEY & GREED .
Pale Dago

Saint Peters, MO

#34 Apr 13, 2013
Know Better wrote:
I've been in the Real Estate industry for over 20 yrs with over 100 million in sales... We are not to be partial to certain Builders- but we certainly can verbalize our past Buyers experiences. Tom Johnson Construction has by far the least issues to arise in a Building Inspection- with either New Construction or in his past developments as resale home! He is one of the top rated builders in the State of Mo! TR Hughes is right there too! HOW CAN YOU REFERENCE TWO BUILDERS ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE- WHEN YOUR HOME WAS BUILT WITH TRIAD!! HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU? And as far as buyers "staying clear" - Rely on a Professional who deals with local builders daily!!!
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Good day,and allow me to expound upon my comments of awhile back. First off,allow me to congratulate you on your success in the real estate industry. Years back my wife and I completed the R E course at Flo Valley C C. We had a teacher by the name of Sullivan,he was great, and he also was a very successful realtor. We never sat for the state test,though I'm sure we would have done well based on our course grades. We just looked at the industry, and saw that it was a very intense job requiring much more time,effort, and inter action with the public than we cared to devote.

Now then. I wasn't just blowing smoke about the builders out here in St Chas. My offspring live out here also, and had the misfortune of buying a house in Avondale from Johnson. Way too many faults with the whole place. Cracks in foundation that leaked like a spring. They had to hire a company to install a leak control system to the tune of about 5k,all on their dime,nothing from Johnson. The floors not covered with carpet are a joke. They look like the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Johnson made a half ass attempt to correct but could'nt resolve entirely.

T R did a half baked build on friends home up north of the city of ST Chas off old 94. One trip through this house and you would have to wonder if the framers ever heard of a level or plumb line. You see my friend, I have had a close up experience of which I speak. Regarding Triad. Had the misfortune to buy their junk. I'm retired and had the opportunity to watch Triad finish up my neighborhood. Watched the same group of hill billies building the homes around me. These guys moved from one site to the other throughout the day,never finishing what they started,the next day when the bunch of new hill billies showed up,didn't know where to begin. Watched them walk to another finished house to see how to configure the roof above the bay window,you think they would have had a print to go by. I saw the same guys do framing,drywall,
hang siding etc. Must have been jacks of all trades. Using this type of work force is exactly what is wrong with these companies. I know of what I speak. Have a great day.

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