There is a place in Ontario where natural beauty can make even the most seasoned traveller feel overcome by a sense of wonder. A place of picture-perfect vistas and rugged scenery. This is the western Georgian Triangle.
"Breathtaking," "magnificent," and "astonishing" are the words used by the discerning nature-lovers who choose to reside or vacation in this region.
Shaping this rugged landscape into a natural retreat where you can escape to with family and friends calls for a thoughtful and sensitive contractor. One who understands the challenges posed by the complex climate and unrelenting shorelines of our region. A local company that respects the natural beauty of the area and holds themselves to a world-class standard of client care.
At Hutten & Co., we know you love this unique region. We love it too! That's why we've devoted the last two decades to helping homeowners in Bruce and Grey County shape their properties in ways that captivate, inspire and bring them closer to nature.
The Hutten Way
When it comes to construction, there’s nothing more frustrating than the unexpected surprises that seem to come with every project. We work closely with you to develop an accurate proposal with a clear design, promptly schedule milestones and deadlines, and communicate proactively throughout the project.
Expect warm and friendly service, punctual team members, team leads that know you by name and, of course, calls and emails that are answered within five business hours. During construction projects, our crews arrive on time, treat your property as their own and are mindful of the inconvenience your project can cause your neighbours.
You love our region for its natural beauty. We do too! That’s why we focus on naturalized designs that complement — rather than replace — the natural ecosystem. Every one of our designs will protect your property while also keeping the surrounding environment in mind, especially when choosing plants and materials.
At Hutten, we build to the highest standards, with superior craftsmanship that matches the breathtaking beauty of our region. In fact, we’re so confident in our handiwork that we back all our work and material for five years, including plants, when an irrigation system and property care package are present.
To shape our rugged landscapes in ways that captivate, inspire and bring people closer to nature.
When we live out our mission, we see:
Business partner and bro to Ken, Mark grew up working in the family business since day one. He is super passionate about living in recreational Owen Sound and sharing the surrounding land and shore experience with others, with a horticultural flair from a Humber education. Keen on growing with the business, Mark is supported by his lovely wife and three girls who can often be found in the office eating the lion's share of the customer candy supply. Although he thinks he's laser focused, Mark is actually highly excitable, and can often be found making interesting sound effects and gestures as he gets off track with his other passions! One thing is for sure, if Mark had his way, all landscapes would be designed in one colour, KTM orange.
Highly artistic and talented, Ken brings a lot of passion to operations, along with a dedication to providing a top shelf client experience. Ken’s family of six is keen on travelling, so we like to think he brings world class influence to the culture here. They can be a rambunctious bunch, but the littlest lady of the household clearly has everything under control! Ken is also very resourceful, and an exceptional builder. He has a natural ability and keen eye to recognize and create great design. On the side, Ken is a tech lovin', quadcopter flyin', video shootin', computer buildin' cyber nerd. It’s all Greek to us, but it sure comes in handy!
The original Patriarch, John, aka Dad, founded the business in 2000, with a machine, a truck and a whole lot of heart. His early business motto was “Yes, that’s our specialty”. We learned a lot! Kindness, generosity, and a focus on customer satisfaction built a strong business that continues to grow today. Now he’s a number crunching spreadsheet guru, dialling in statistics like nobody’s business. At least that's what we think he's up to. Reports are, he's often truant, absent without notice, or otherwise missing in action. Let us know if you catch him!
Bryan is the man. The dock guy. The shore guy. He wears a lot of hats, and he wears them well. Confident, passionate, and enthusiastic, Bryan brings an exceptional customer experience with strong product knowledge, and the service to back it up. Bryan loves his baseball, drumming on drums, and hanging out with his family of four. We know he’s glad he missed out on the Big Leagues, life just wouldn't be the same here without him.
Amy is the office organizer extraordinaire. She's proven herself to throw a mean team party, and has us all on a tight budget. Amy is a dedicated team player with a solid background in business administration, and takes great pride in her professionalism. On the side, Amy is a spirited hockey mom, nutritional guru, and vegetable growing health nut; which is exactly what we needed to keep us in every other shape but round!
Kyle is our Ace in the Hole. A natural numbers analyst, he is a master of crunching spreadsheets and balancing budgets and is always keen to share his knowledge. While Kyle is significantly beardier than when he first joined us as an estimator, he still has a heart of gold and fits right in with the fun culture we’ve come to enjoy here. Adding to his already impressive repertoire, he has also completed training as a Certified Landscape Manager. Along with a passion for cuisine, plants, and beard oils, Kyle’s dedication to his family and ours is exceptional, and we are lucky to have him on board!
Craftsman extraordinaire, detail specialist, timber enthusiast, blacksmith aficionado. You can often find Ben wandering the hills of Woodford near his home - wife, sons, and dog in tow, observing nature's niches with an admiring ‘That’s purdy neat!’ Besides the outdoors, our Bearded Ben has a passion for hand forged tools and the old ways of craftsmanship. Ben has recently moved into Project Management here on our team, offering sound leadership and mentoring to our growing family; now that’s purdy neat!
Elise, our first resident designer! Her favourite foods are cake and toast, in that order. She is always up for pouring a fresh cup of coffee into one of her many quirky mugs. Elise is a talented graduate of Fanshawe college and brings a new perspective to our team and designs. She recently left her home in the GTA for our rugged views, fresh water, and world class hiking – the only thing she is missing is IKEA. Don’t let Elise’s quiet nature fool you though; she is tough as nails and ready for anything!
Jill is our fast paced, customer lovin' care giver found on the front lines. Call our office, you'll catch her! With a diploma in office administration, she brings meticulous and cheery service to company and customer alike. Jill doesn't just like words, she likes songs too. Come in singing a tune, she'll join right in! Jill really doesn't like cheesies under her fingernails, so her weapon of choice for that cheesy goodness? Chopsticks. She bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie, and can drive a big tractor better than most. Don't believe it? Challenge accepted.
If you've never heard of Skijoring, you should probably look it up. Myles is a Skijoring pro, and has some awesome dogs to go with it. Being an avid outdoorsman, he's ready and capable at the drop of a hat to slink off into the woods and survive for months on his skills and supplies all found in one backpack. Myles jumped in with both feet when he joined Hutten & Co. No stranger to continuing education, Myles has nearly completed the Horticultural Apprenticeship program with flying colors. His most recent endeavour is taking the lead in setting up our Garden Management division.
Scott takes in the craziness here with a quiet, methodical scrutiny that doesn't miss a beat. He has an uncanny handle on the entire landscape scene and a meticulous eye for detail. With over 20 year's experience in the field, he's earned it. When he isn't crafting the best landscapes in Ontario, he is likely ripping around with his son on dirtbikes! Braaaaap!
Laurie - the everything guy. Professional snow clearer, seasoned dock service veteran, skilled machine operator and landscape tech, and dedicated family man, Laurie is an excellent addition to the team. Somehow, he is always smiling, even when you’d expect a frown. He’s also been known as the home depot guy, where he’s taken home several consecutive employee awards in a row. The reason is obvious; he’d cheerfully give you the shirt off his back. No questions.
Meet Adam. Adam came to the Hutten team with a wealth of knowledge in construction and service. After spending a year in a wet suit helping with docks, he transitioned to landscaping. He is a great team player and a terrific asset in the field, whether it be swinging rocks or planting trees!
Dave comes to us with lots of landscaping experience. He’s got a great attitude and a strong work ethic. When he is not working, look for him parked somewhere along the Saugeen River, where you will probably find him fishing. He is currently working toward completing the requirements to become a Certified Landscape Technician.
The resident tree expert, Eric has a real passion for the outdoors, horticulture, and making a place beautiful. When he's not assessing rare or possibly endangered bark from strange trees, he is working at an abnormal rate of speed that seems like it simply must run out. But it doesn't. It keeps going. And going. We're not sure what the sauce is, but we're really fortunate to experience all that energy! Eric is also a really generous dude. He brings lotions, beard oils and other products for our grooming pleasure. We're glad, it's a nice mix from the copious amounts of candy that we can also enjoy from his mitt. Thanks Eric!
Dedicated, passionate, and an exceptional team player, Kevin pumps out the production, while keeping things fun. When he isn’t working, he’s probably spending time with his family, tending to his outdoor rink in the winter, ice fishing, or playing sports.
Mike, the magnet for poison ivy. He brings a history of adventure, world travel, and international teaching to our team. A staple in many music and arts scenes, and with a passion for permaculture and all things sustainable, he also signed up for the Horticultural Apprenticeship program at Fanshawe. When he’s not on site particularly profiling production points, you can find him hanging at the trailer in Sauble Beach or cuddled up with his favourite person – his cat. No matter where Mike is, he’d rather be with his cat!
Kyle has joined landscaping full steam ahead! He’s got a contagious work ethic and is always giving 110%. He loves the world of plants, so being enrolled at Fanshawe for the Horticultural Apprenticeship program was a natural fit. He loves his dog, and he also likes fishing; well, he has a boat anyway. We are excited to have him aboard!
Matthew, the son of a legend. He is just as dedicated as his dad too. After helping us out here and there installing some docks and laying some sod, Matt has joined our team full-time, and we are glad to have him. While he enjoys quiet days at home with his PlayStation, Matt is a go-getter in the field and will always go the extra mile to help his teammates. We are excited to see him grow with us!
Joe is an energetic man of many facets. Husband, dad, a real go getter no nonsense guy, he likes bombing around on atvs, long walks down the short dock, hunting and making his own hammer handles. On the professional side, he comes from a builder background, has run his own business and has a red seal certification in carpentry. There really isn't much he can't do. His biggest dream is to be a successful hunter and put food on the table, but he can't sit still long enough, and not to mention, No Frills is directly on the way home from work. But don't worry Joe, we know you're eventually going to bag the big one, we just hope you'll share!
Dustin may be the only one here who not only doesn’t like coffee but won’t even try it. We’ll work on him yet! Dustin comes from a slippery background spending most of his time managing ski runs at private ski clubs, so he is ski bum extraordinaire. He is now a super dedicated dock pro, loves sailing the ocean blue with his wife on his 8 ft yacht, and can sometimes be found golfing in blundstone boots. His other specialty is bow hunting, because apparently using a rifle is cheating.
Jamie is very multi-talented: he is a limo driver, wedding officiant, chief story teller, and gourmet cook, just to name a few of the hats that he wears... That we can remember. It makes us tired even trying to think of the rest of the list. He literally has a true story for everything you can think of, from chasing chickens in the Caribbean (did we get this right?) to sending an exploding propane tank through a research camp in the Yukon. You name it, he has done it, owned it, ate it, raced it, or has a license for it. Oddly enough he is the quietest of the bunch, but don't let that fool you - his die-hard sense of duty is unparalleled as he fills many roles here. The only fault we have found is that he doesn't sleep. Ever.
Take a walk down memory lane with us!
John and Wilma Hutten take a brave step from the farm life, and move to Owen Sound with schemes of a new idea. Have Bobcat, will travel!
The future Hutten shop and office begins to take shape, marking the beginning of years of property development and changes on this century farm just outside of Owen Sound on the busy "by-pass".
Spring of 2000, the year we call official. Hutten Bobcat Services begins advertising in earnest, and we're off to the races! Whenever the phone rang, John's response was "that's our specialty!" The rest is history.
Brothers Ken and Mark Hutten get involved from the get go, scheming and dreaming, and spending years in the trenches.
Marketing gets serious on the local restaurant placemats. Merry Christmas John and Wilma!
Everyone loves a good machine demo! Especially when you have a family member on the inside at the dealership. Thanks Matt!
Early construction projects evolve on the surrounding inland and waterfront properties of Grey and Bruce Counties. Look at that view!
John, Mark and Ken make sure they take time out for fun. Some things never change...
Roll-off services are introduced to Hutten Bobcat Services - a memorable part of the Hutten History!
2006, what a busy year! But we still had time for extensive training in making Timmies runs. Copious amounts of coffee were consumed with Dad.It still continues today. Small black anyone?
Hutten Bobcat Services makes a major brand change! Recognizing the diversity of services offered, the company name is changed to Hutten & Co., operating landscaping, disposal services, and snow removal companies.
Partnerships with Professional Landscape Architects and designers becomes part of the process for all landscape projects at Hutten & Co.
The year of the oak desks! Incredibly stylish and very welcoming. Ken, John and Mark discuss the finer things of business.
A massive yard expansion is completed with new concrete bulk product bunkers and a brand new commercial entrance shortly to follow.
The yard is opened to the public, a source with bunkers full of bulk products and stone. Stack it low - it'll never go, Stack it high - watch it fly!
The DockinaBox line is added to the products that Hutten & Co. provides. Along with pro service support from the team at Hutten, this product proves to be perfect for the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
The Hutten rig is spotted at the Owen Sound Christmas fair, getting in the community!
Hutten & Co is rebranded to fully encompass all of the services it provides on Land and Shore, while continuing to raise the bar on a high level of craftsmanship in all areas.
Mark and Ken Hutten take over ownership of Hutten & Co., and the team continues to grow along with an exciting vision!
Award Winning Team! Hutten & Co. joins the stage in taking home ten awards across multiple categories at the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence Gala!