About Us

Creative Professionalism

George Shaeffer founded our company in 1979 when Vail was just taking off. Our company grew alongside the community, establishing relationships with local architects, building a reputation for excellence in home construction and adding to a portfolio of awe-inspiring residences throughout the Vail Valley and Colorado.  Today, the company that George built is led by David Hyde. Marking our 42nd year in business, we introduced a new name: Shaeffer Hyde Construction.  As a LEED-accredited professional, Hyde continues to move the company forward, helping design teams and clients navigate sustainable design and construction practices while embracing current technology that streamlines cost modeling and catalogs the details of every project.


Every family and every property is absolutely unique. That’s why we balance individual priorities with creative solutions, collaborating closely with clients, while never compromising an amazing outcome.

Singular. Stunning.

Expert craftsmanship is about precision and the extra effort passion brings. We have a reputation for superior construction that lets us stand proudly behind every house we build. And while we love making first impressions, in the end it’s all about lasting relationships.

Our Approach

From Idea to Realization

Shaeffer Hyde Construction offers a time-tested, flexible framework to bring a client’s vision to life from the initial design concepts through the finishing details. It allows clients to collaborate closely with our experienced team to achieve project goals.

Our project managers, superintendents, and preconstruction engineers are with you throughout the process, offering guidance on the constructability, material selection, and maintainability of your home.


The building process starts by understanding your vision and how you plan to use your home. By working closely with the design teams and clients throughout the design and construction phases of the project, the Preconstruction Department lays the foundation for success by establishing an accurate budget, developing a detailed schedule, as well as providing the team with recommendations necessary to make important decisions in a timely manner.

Our Preconstruction Department provides comprehensive preconstruction services that include:

  • Accurate conceptual budgets developed from our Historical Cost Database
  • Detailed cost estimating with trade contractor input
  • Building systems evaluation
  • Site evaluation
  • Value engineering
  • Competitive bidding to subcontractors
  • Sustainability and EcoBuild evaluations
  • Permitting assistance

Construction Services

Our Construction Services Group gets involved early, adding their expertise and insights to the project cost models and building schedule before the first piece of dirt is turned. Each home has both a project manager and site superintendant who execute the design team’s vision, manage the day-to-day staging, schedule and trade team, and facilitate decisions about finishing details.

By appropriately valuing trade contractor services, Shaeffer Hyde Construction has forged strong relationships within the trade community; these relationships help us deliver premium homes in a timely fashion.

Our Construction Services Group provides the following services:

  • On-site supervision
  • Quality control
  • Safety management
  • Detail and material selection recommendations
  • Detailed meeting minutes
  • Submittal and RFI coordination
  • Weekly reports & photo updates e-mailed weekly
  • Owner’s manual and training


Custom homes are built on relationships.  When we turn over the keys to your property, we remain committed to helping you keep it in pristine condition.

Our Home Care Team can survey your home’s performance each season, providing a wide range of services – everything from replacing a light bulb to large scale repairs and maintenance.

The Renovations Department is available to manage scoping and building remodels and additions.  In the event that one of our homes is sold, we will extend our Home Care and Renovations services to the new homeowner, thus ensuring the home performs as designed well into the future.

Our Team

Invite Experience

The average Tenure of a Shaeffer Hyde Team Member is 12 years! Our project managers, superintendents, and preconstruction engineers are with you throughout the process, offering guidance on the constructability, material selection, and maintainability of your home.

Enduring, Evolving.

George Shaeffer

George Shaeffer

Founder and CEO

David Hyde, President Shaeffer Hyde Construction

David Hyde


Heather Duncan, Shaeffer Hyde Construction, Vail Valley, Colorado, General Contractor

Heather Duncan

Director of Operations

Steve Hooker

Steve Hooker

Pre-Construction Manager

I have completed several projects with Shaeffer Hyde over the past ten years. On every occasion they have provided work of the highest quality with integrity, honesty, and professionalism. They are extremely responsive, organized, thorough, detail oriented, and a complete pleasure to work with.

D.W., Client