Character Above All

Ethics seem to be popping up all over.  Politicians are signing ethics agreements, schools are teaching it and contractors are building ethically.  Are there business ethics?  We believe the same as Peter Drucker that no, there are just ethics.

Our staff has worked at various companies and struggled with their cultures, which is why, being like minded, we are here.  We grew tired of hearing “it’s just business” and the end result being if the action made money than it was OK no matter the expense to others.

Looking back all of us at Crown credit our character that we bring to our jobs to our parents.  When we say we treat a customer’s projects and money like it was our own, we do, as it is our nature.

My first and strongest introduction to ethics was when I was very young and found an inexpensive ball in a large open field, not near any houses including my own.  As soon as my Mom saw it she said to take it back right where I found it as it was not mine and someone will be looking for it.  So I did.

This lesson has stayed with me for decades twofold.  One being if it is not yours and you didn’t earn it, then don’t take it.  Two being the beginning of my empathy for others thinking about how someone was missing the ball.  Combine this with the Golden Rule and you have the basis for the character that we at Crown share with our customers, families and throughout life in general.

We like an Inc. Magazine article “The Only Ethics Guide You’ll Ever Need” ( that listed the following questions.  If an action in question fails any one of the tests, just don’t do it.

  • Is it legal?
  • How will it make you feel about yourself?
  • How do others feel about it?
  • How would you feel if your actions were made public?
  • Does the behavior make sense?  Will it hurt others?
  • Is it fair?
  • Will people in authority approve?
  • How would you feel if someone did the same thing to you?
  • Will something negative happen if you don’t make a decision?
  • (Our favorite) Would you do this if your mother was watching?

We’re not perfect and you can be sure that we have all have done things growing up that failed the last test, but all that has combined to make us who we and Crown are today.  We feel that our culture combined with our unparalleled construction and management experience makes us the best choice for your residential and commercial projects in Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.

Emil Turean, Principal

Crown Construction

Realtors Working With Architects and Contractors Makes Sense

Proper planning prevents poor performance applies to everything we do including purchasing property for a new house or an existing home to be remodeled.

Costs can escalate and dreams deflate when problems arise following the purchase of a property.  Zoning, well and septic, site conditions, existing structure constraints and building codes to name a few, not investigated prior to closing can create insurmountable issues.

Many if not all of the issues that can impact a home or property purchase can be identified and resolved early in the process by the realtor and home owner teaming up with an architect and contractor.

This group approach plays to the individual strengths of each member.  From the start budget, goals and ground rules are set that will continue through construction and turnover.  This type of process is transparent and results in all “having each other’s back”.

The architect along with the contractor will make sure the project is buildable.  The architect will work with the client to visualize their dream incorporating all their unique needs and wants and set a budget.  Together with the contractor he will work with the client to formalize the design within a detailed and inclusive budget.

Selecting a proven architect teamed with a contractor that will manage the total process and openly communicate cost and information is the formula for success for realtors and their clients.

Crown believes this is the only way to approach a project and our staff has been doing it successfully for over 20 years in the commercial and residential fields.  Most recently we have been fortunate to have worked with Bamesberger Architecture located in Valparaiso and been part of the creativity, passion, knowledge and accountability that Fred brings to everything he does.

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