Built to Last

Bettis Construction builds on its 40-year legacy with a father-son partnership.

Home builders work to bring clients’ dreams into the light of day. As someone who gets entrusted with one of life’s most important investments, a builder must negotiate the demands of reality against a client’s wishes and needs. Anyone who has struggled to manage a major remodel or building project can respect the indispensability of a skilled construction company. As project manager, consultant, confidants and taskmasters, the best builders offer an unimpeachable level of craftsmanship and dependability.

Over four decades, Fort Worth residents have been able to turn to Bettis Construction for just such an impeccable degree of service. As a veteran of the industry, Bill Bettis has done it all in regards to residential construction. As he continues to build his business and serve his clientele, he can count on the support of a dedicated team: one that now includes his son.

What has grown into a family business started out small. In the beginning, Bill Bettis didn’t build homes — he repaired them.

“After the military, I moved to Fort Worth to earn my fame and fortune,” jokes Bill. “I was fortunate enough to fall into business in Westover Hills and Rivercrest, around the vintage homes. There’s where we found our niche, and we started with basic home repairs. One thing led to another, and we began to take on the whole package.”

The whole package now includes everything from new custom homes built from the ground up, large and small-scale renovations, and kitchen and bath construction. Bill has developed relationships with world-class designers and architects to ensure that clients’ visions become accurately represented.

His trust in a group of select subcontractors and suppliers has deepened over the years, so that Bill can faithfully bet the Bettis Construction name on the quality of his team’s work. Throughout the process, Bill maintains personal oversight. This level of personal commitment and expertise has won Bill the gratitude of clients — and continues to win him business.

“Ninety-nine percent of our business comea from word-of-mouth or personal referrals,” says Bill. “We’ve been fortunate to have an unbelievable clientele. We only work with a limited number of contractors and have developed those relationships over years. Our clients see that and appreciate the talent we bring to the table.”

Forty years is a long time to spend in an industry. To have dedicated that time to a single community has granted Bill an uncommon understanding of how to best serve the needs of west Fort Worth clients. Whether it’s connections to the best designers in town, or insights into building trends, Bill serves as a fount of expertise.

“People love the old neighborhoods,” says Bill. “There’s a great trend for staying in Monticello, Rivercrest or Westover, and a lot of the houses in those areas are so outdated that the best use is to clear the lot. That’s not the case for all of them, though, and the character of some of those homes makes it worth keeping the facades.”

Among the trends that Bill has identified are improvements to a home’s energy efficiency, updated lighting designs, and an emphasis on creature comforts such as heated floors and outdoor kitchens. A significant part of Bettis Construction’s recent business has come from the development of acreage. Families who want the country living experience will hire Bill and his team to renovate or construct traditionally rustic Texas ranch homes.

Though Bettis Construction does no design work itself, it can help clients set budgets, define needs, and connect with architects and designers.

“The first stage of every project we do is providing a concept of the budget,” says Bill. “We’ve done this for 40 years, so we have a pretty good handle on what things will cost.”

For the next 40 years, Bill can count on the help of his son. Andrew Bettis has been around his dad’s construction business for his entire life. After graduating from Texas State in 2009 with a degree in finance, he joined the family business.

“His attitude is well suited for the business and he likes the work,” says Bill. His personality complements mine. He brings social skills to the company, where I’m sometimes a little rough behind the collar. It’s an incredible privilege to have your son working with you.”