Why Contract Transparency Matters When Evaluating Builders

By | GH Builders Technology

In the modern world, we have options…a lot of them. From your car to your clothes, your pets and your food, there seems to be a world of options to choose from and the home building industry is no exception. When you’re on the hunt for a builder, not just any builder will do, and hiring the wrong home builder can be a disaster. One of the most important aspects of the home building process is contract transparency, which if you can believe it, can sometimes be hard to find with many builders. Knowing what you’re getting and what to expect during the building of your home is crucial and unnecessary headaches, like hidden fees can cause problems. Here’s why contract transparency matters when evaluating builders.

Knowing What to Expect

Building a new home can come with a lot of questions that need to be answered by you. That’s why it’s important to iron out the details with your builder, so that there are no surprises before, during or at the end of your project. Aspects of your project that will need to be clear and concise include:

  • Timeline

  • Cost

  • Home design

  • Lot details

  • Finishes

the list goes on. Being able to refer back to your contract to get the answers you’re seeking is a big advantage. After all, it is almost impossible to remember everything you talked about with your builder, so instead of wondering about a specific detail, you’re able to check your contract and know exactly what you’re getting and what to expect.

Knowing What You Can Afford

A big factor in building a home is cost. This may not come as a shock, but if you’re not well-versed in the home building industry, you may not be aware of how changes to the layout or additional features can impact the numbers…and the timeline of your project. Seeing these details in black and white can help you figure out just what your budget is, so that you can get the most out of your home project. Plus, having transparency in your contract means no hidden fees and no surprises.

Here at GH Builders, we offer a web feature that allows clients to make structural changes to their project, helping them to better understand how these changes can impact costs. Prospective clients, as well as current clients are able to utilize this feature to go through all major structural options, seeing how the price changes automatically for all areas of the project that can actually be controlled. There are some exclusions to this, one of them being land options, since building in Golden Gate Estates has many variables that are discussed in the preliminary stages. No competitor in this market offers this type of calculating tool, which helps take the guesswork out of the entire way the home building process works.

The Importance of Contract Transparency

Finding a builder who offers contract transparency is not only helpful, but imperative to the success of your project. Not only does this increase the level of trust that you have in your builder, it helps keep everyone involved on the same page. In some cases, where there isn’t contract transparency, the homeowner may have an entirely different picture in their mind about their project than the builder has, which can result in tension and disappointment. The last thing you want to experience during this process is excess fees, longer timelines, added stress and not getting what you expected.

When it’s time to start a home project, look for a builder who provides you with a clear outline with no strings attached. Not only will you know what you’re getting from the beginning, so will your builder. After all, open and honest communication is everything when it comes to the success of your home project.

The GH Builders team is proud to provide contract transparency to its clients. Call (239) 451-6157 or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com for more details.

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GH Builders Announces that Construction Has Begun on Golden Gate Estates Model Home

By | New Homes

Naples, Florida, October 22nd, 2019– Golden Gate Estates home builder, GH Builders announces that construction has officially begun on its new model home. Created by Gulfstream Homes, a prominent Southwest Florida home builder, GH Builders appeals to the cost-conscious buyer by offering a first-class, value-driven home buying experience. GH Builders creates home designs that implement the latest building trends, technology and building practices in the industry.

Construction on the model home, which is located at 25th Street SW in Golden Gate Estates is underway. GH Builders broke ground on this model last month and announced last week that the slab has been poured and plans are in place to move forward with the rest of the construction process. The team will showcase the fabulous features offered in their homes through this model, including quality finishes, best in class building materials and pristine attention to detail. The expected completion date of this model home is slated for the beginning of next year.

GH Builders (www.ghbuildersnaples.com) was created out of the necessity of creating affordable homes without losing value. Through high-quality fixtures, modern finishes, a variety of ways to customize the homes and many more offerings, GH Builders has created a home buying experience like no other. With the use of many technological advances, such as the ‘Design Your GH Home Online’ interactive portal and complete transparency in the process, GH Builders is revolutionizing the home building industry in Southwest Florida.

GH Builders Operations Manager, Chris Ghannam speaks about the model home and the importance of its progress.

We are really excited to get this model home project underway, so that we can really expand upon our offerings to our clients. I am looking forward to unveiling this home at the beginning of the year, so that more potential clients can see just how much we can do for them,” he explains.

About GH Builders

The mission of GH Builders is to make the construction of single-family homes both exciting and affordable again! The team at GH Builders understands both the positive attributes that are associated with a strong and vibrant construction market, and conversely, the unique challenges in keeping construction affordable when demand remains very high while trade resources remain finite.

To learn more about GH Builders, please call (239) 451-6157, email info@ghbuildersnaples.com or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

Ultimate Guide to Energy Efficient Appliances

By | GH Builders Technology, New Homes

You’ve chosen the perfect paint color and the right furniture for the space. Your home’s layout is exactly as you imagined it and you’re working on fine tuning all of the details that go into building a new home. An important decision that you will need to make is what type of appliances you will include in your home. Whether you’re building a new home or you’re simply looking to upgrade your existing appliances, one thing is for sure…energy efficiency reigns. When it comes to getting a return on your investment, perhaps nothing provides that more clearly than choosing energy efficient appliances for your home. Not sure where to start? Here’s our ultimate guide to energy efficient appliances for every aspect of your home.

Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

Perhaps the most used room in the home, the kitchen houses more appliances and more chances for energy efficiency than any other room. Think about all of the appliances in the kitchen. Now imagine how much money you could save if you opted for energy efficient appliances as opposed to standard appliances. Not only have there been impressive advancements in the world of energy efficient technology, many more appliances are being offered in energy efficient options. These include:

  • Refrigerators

  • Dishwashers

  • Ovens

  • Cooktops

  • Microwaves

As one of the biggest consumers of energy in the kitchen, the refrigerator is one of the first appliances that many homeowners choose to upgrade when it comes to creating an energy efficient home. As you see how much you can save with even one energy efficient appliance, chances are, you’ll want to choose energy efficient appliances throughout the entire home.

Other Energy Efficient Appliances

When we think of energy efficient appliances, we most always gravitate toward the kitchen; however, the whole home can benefit from installing energy efficient appliances. Laundry rooms, especially, can benefit from energy efficient washers and dryers, and there’s a host of other options available throughout the home as well, including:

  • Thermostats

  • Ceiling fans

  • Whole-home dehumidifiers

  • Air purifiers

Energy savings doesn’t stop at the kitchen. Many homeowners choose to outfit their entire home with these appliances to reap the benefits of energy efficiency.

The Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Although energy efficient appliances tend to cost slightly more than standard appliances initially, you’ll end up saving more in the long-run. Not only will you decrease your energy bills, energy efficient appliance are long-lasting and durable. Instead of having to replace them every few years, many varieties of energy efficient appliances last 10-20 years longer than traditional appliances. You may also get to take advantage of certain tax breaks when you have energy efficient appliances, so be sure to speak with a financial professional and mention your energy efficient household.

When it comes to thinking about upgrading your current appliances or choosing appliances for your new home, you may want to seriously consider energy efficient appliances. Not only will you save money, you’ll also help the environment in the process. Choose what works for your home and your budget, and remember all of the benefits that come with energy efficient appliances.

The team at GH Builders is excited to help you build the right home for you and your budget. Call (239) 451-6157 or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com to learn more about us.

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GH Builders Breaks Ground on First Model Home in Golden Gate Estates

By | New Homes

Naples, Florida, September 24th, 2019– GH Builders, a Southwest Florida home builder, created by Gulfstream Homes announces that it has broken ground on the site of its first model home on September 19th in Golden Gate Estates. The home builder specializes in providing clients with a value-driven home building experience, offering a level of transparency that is unmatched in the industry. Through the team’s use of revolutionary technology and top-of-the-line building practices, GH Builders gives clients value without compromise.

Located on 25th Street SW, construction on the model home has officially begun. The team at GH Builders focuses on providing the cost-conscious buyer with a first-class home building experience. Plans for the model include state-of-the-art design, superior craftsmanship and impressive features throughout. The team expects to unveil this home close to the new year, as they also strive to finish construction on four other homes in the area as well.

GH Builders (www.ghbuildersnaples.com) seeks to make the home building process not only affordable, but exciting. Through it’s ‘Design Your GH Home Online’ interactive portal, clients are able to design their homes virtually and send the plans directly to the GH team. Clients also have a multitude of options when it comes to designing their homes, including a variety of floorplans to choose from, designer finishing packages and lot selection services.

Chris Ghannam, Operations Manager with GH Builders, speaks about breaking ground on the model home.

We’re excited to have broken ground on this new model and we look forward to being able to showcase what we can do, so that potential clients can have a more solid viewpoint of their project. We aim for transparency and value, and we’re excited for the future of GH Builders,” he says.

About GH Builders

The mission of GH Builders is to make the construction of single-family homes both exciting and affordable again! The team at GH Builders understands both the positive attributes that are associated with a strong and vibrant construction market, and conversely, the unique challenges in keeping construction affordable when demand remains very high while trade resources remain finite.

To learn more about GH Builders, please call (239) 451-6157, email info@ghbuildersnaples.com or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

GH Builders Launches “Design Your GH Home Online” Interactive Portal

By | GH Builders Technology

New Feature Allows Home Buyers to Customize Their New Home Instantly at ghbuildersnaples.com

Naples, Florida, September 17th, 2019– Southwest Florida home builder GH Builders, created by Gulfstream Homes, announces the launch of its “Design Your GH Home Online” Interactive Portal now available on their website. The home builder specializes in providing the cost-conscious home buyer with a first-class, value driven home building experience in Golden Gate Estates. Through a more interactive process, buyers can be more involved in the building of their home.

The “Design Your GH Home Online” Interactive Portal offers a new level of transparency to the home building process. By clicking on an available floorplan, potential clients can build their home with the click of a mouse, watching the floorplan transform right on their screen. Floorplans can be altered with up to 30 structural changes on some plans, and there are over 900 possible selection combinations in one floorplan alone. Not only does this give clients the chance to customize their home exactly how they desire, the program also populates a price, so that clients know what they can expect to pay for their new home from a structural standpoint.

Spearheaded by the GH Builders team with the partnership of web designer Terry McKyton with TCMC Interactive, a revolutionary new way to customize a home virtually has emerged. Customers make their selections in the comfort of their own home, eliminating the pressure and risk associated with selecting these options without seeing the finished product first. Prospects and clients can send their plan directly to GH Builders, making for a more streamlined process. GH Builders’ complete transparency (www.ghbuildersnaples.com) makes it easy for clients to know what they can afford before embarking on their home building endeavor.

Chris Ghannam, Operations Manager with GH Builders, speaks about the program and how GH Builders seeks to provide even more value to their buyers.

We want our clients to feel more included in the home building process. Instead of worrying over how a certain selection is going to impact the space or the price, clients are now able to see it in real-time. This is just another added value to our clients and it really helps to open up the dialogue at our initial meetings, because now they know what they can achieve with our services. This is made possible through our partnership with TCMC Interactive. Working with Terry [McKyton] helped to make this project a reality as he was willing to push the envelope and try something that has never been done before,” he explains.

McKyton explains the process and the outcome of the service.

The [GH Builders] team really knew what they wanted to accomplish, and it all came down to figuring out how this was going to work with the artist’s renderings and the conditional logic of the floorplans. We’re really happy with how this program turned out. Everyone I’ve showed this to has been really impressed, and I really think clients will be as well,” he says.

About GH Builders

The mission of GH Builders is to make the construction of single-family homes both exciting and affordable again! The team at GH Builders understands both the positive attributes that are associated with a strong and vibrant construction market, and conversely, the unique challenges in keeping construction affordable when demand remains very high while trade resources remain finite.

To learn more about GH Builders, please call (239) 451-6157, email info@ghbuildersnaples.com or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

Tips for Getting Your Home Hurricane-Ready

By | New Homes

In light of recent events, many homeowners have been prompted to re-evaluate their current hurricane preparedness plan. Even though we haven’t experienced a hurricane this season, it doesn’t mean that we can forget about proper hurricane prep, making sure that our home is ready to stand up against anything that comes our way. When we consider how to prepare for a hurricane, protecting our families comes to mind first, which means that a properly protected home is crucial. Whether you’re building a new home or you simply want to safeguard your current home against inclement weather, we can help. Here are some of our top tips for getting your home hurricane-ready.

Invest in Proper Hurricane Protection

Don’t wait until a hurricane is barreling toward us to start thinking about getting proper hurricane protection for your home. At this point, many manufacturers have a wait list and products will not arrive on time. The key to being ready for a hurricane is always being prepared. If you’re building a custom home from the ground up, you may want to consider impact-resistant windows or getting metal storm panels fitted to your windows. Many homeowners like the idea of impact glass, simply because there isn’t any installation time. Your protection is always there. Homeowners also like storm panels, since they’re not difficult to install, but it’s important to work with a qualified provider to ensure that they fit your windows perfectly. Other forms of hurricane protection for your home include:

  • Accordion shutters

  • Rolldown shutters

  • Hurricane fabric

All of these products are specially fitted to your windows to ensure a tight seal, protecting your home from wind, rain and flying debris during a hurricane.

Do a Little Spring Cleaning

It doesn’t have to be spring to clean out your gutters to ensure that they’re working properly. After all, if there is too much debris in your gutters, water will not flow off of the home like it should, which can cause problems during the heavy rain we tend to experience during a hurricane. You will also want to be sure that your windows and doors have an adequate seal around them. If not, moisture can sneak in during a heavy rainfall, so caulking around these areas is important.

Have a Hurricane Kit and Plan At the Ready

Your hurricane kit will need to include helpful items that will get you through a few days without power. Compiling a kit now will help you save time and worry later, and it can be easily stored so that it is readily available at storm time. You’ll need to include items like:

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Canned food

  • Plenty of water

It’s also important to know your evacuation route if you should need it. This is especially important if you’re moving into a new house that may be in a different area of town than you’re used to. Be sure to read up on proper evacuation procedures, so that you’re not lost if and when the time comes to leave.

Storm-Proofing Your Home

Here in Southwest Florida, we can’t be too careful during hurricane season. That’s why it’s imperative to protect your home and make it the safest it can be, so that you and your family can stay safe and protected. We may have lucked out this time, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Devastating storms can come crashing onto our shores at any moment, so storm-proof your home for the sake of your family’s safety and keep these tips in mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

The team at GH Builders is ready to build you a home that can withstand the Southwest Florida elements. Call (239) 451-6157 to learn more today!

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GH Builders Nearing Construction on Four New Homes in Golden Gate Estates

By | New Homes

Naples, Florida, August 20th, 2019—Gulfstream Homes officially launches GH Builders! Golden Gate Estates newest home builder will begin construction on four new homes in the area in the next few months. GH Builders is creating substantial value with unmatched quality for the cost-conscious buyer. Seldom will you see such a diverse range of high-quality finishes at such affordable prices.

Currently, three homes are under contract and construction will begin on these homes, as well as a model home in the next few months. Locations of these home sites include: 11th Avenue SW, 2nd Street NE, 5th Avenue SW and the model home, which will be located on 25th Street SW. The team at GH Builders has many more interested buyers in the area and are diligently working to secure home sites for those clients. If you have a lot on the market or you’re considering selling land within Golden Gate Estates or the surrounding area, GH Builders wants to know!

Large estate lots, structural floorplan options and exceptional designer finishing packages are just some of the perks of partnering with GH Builders (www.ghbuildersnaples.com). GH Builders utilizes their unique affiliations with local trade partners to help drive incredible savings, which is passed on to the valued clients. GH Builders provides clients with an enhanced construction experience, best in class building materials and unmatched expertise in the industry.

Chris Ghannam, Operations Manager for GH Builders speaks about what makes their homes a cut above the rest.

Homeowners are putting their trust in us for good reason. Our team is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and respected builders in the region. We are all about raving fans – not just satisfied customers. Our team is fully committed to earning your respect, ready and willing to go above and beyond industry standards to achieve lasting relationships. Considering that homeowners haven’t yet had the chance to experience our finished product in person tells you a lot about our construction process and the value we offer. Clients know that GH Builders will give them smart choices with great prices and to us, that’s something to be proud of,” he explains.

About GH Builders

The mission of GH Builders is to make the construction of family homes both exciting and affordable again! The team at GH Builders understands both the positive attributes that are associated with a strong and vibrant construction market, and conversely, the unique challenges in keeping construction affordable when demand remains very high while trade resources remain finite.

To learn more about GH Builders, please call (239) 451-6157, email info@ghbuildersnaples.com or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

Kitchen Design: Modern Features You Won’t Want to Live Without

By | New Homes

Modern design is king in today’s home. Clean lines, contemporary touches throughout and a host of other upgrades have been making their way through each room of the home for years, and the kitchen is no exception. In the busiest room of the home, shouldn’t there be modern touches as well? Doesn’t the kitchen deserve the very best that designers and builders can offer? We think so! When it comes to kitchen design, here are some modern features you won’t want to live without.

Smart Kitchens

Smart home technology is taking over virtually every space in the home, including the kitchen. In the days of making life easier, perhaps the kitchen is the room that can benefit the most from these technological upgrades. Everything from smart appliances to smart tech gadgets can be found to make life a bit easier in the kitchen. Smart ovens allow you to control the temperature and cook time from your smartphone and touchless faucets are dominating this space in the home. Other smart additions to the kitchen include:

  • Refrigerators

  • Coffee makers

  • Wi-Fi enabled crockpots

  • Microwaves

  • Thermometers & scales

  • Blenders

Smart devices make cooking easier with less worry, making smart technology a top feature that many homeowners desire. Builders and designers are also focusing on this aspect for their new homes to appeal to the masses.

Sleek Design

Many homeowners and designers and seeking to minimize the “stuff” in the kitchen by implementing a more sleek, low profile design. Clean lines and simplicity reign in the home, which means that the kitchen should naturally follow suit. Many homeowners are also choosing to remove the upper cabinets to allow for a less cluttered look in the space, but seek other ways to avoid this area from looking too boring. Bringing in materials with texture, such as reclaimed wood has been a trend, giving this space more depth in its design.

Quartz Counters & Dark Cabinets

The white shaker cabinet style that we loved so much is on its way to saying good-bye as its darker counterparts are now taking center stage. More designers and builders are choosing the dark style to “break up” the space and add an element of color to the kitchen. Homeowners are gravitating toward darker cabinetry, because it doesn’t get dirty as easily. This coupled with the sleek look of quartz counter tops gives off an air of luxury in the space. Quartz counter tops are not only extremely beautiful, they’re strong and are easily maintained.

Modern Kitchen Design

In the days of all things modern, it seems as though the kitchen has a tendency to lag behind. With some of these modern additions, you’re able to function at top capacity in this space, while maintaining a beautiful contemporary appearance at the same time. When it comes to the kitchen, adding in touches of technology, clean lines and durable materials will bring your space into the modern world in no time.

At GH Builders, our team is excited to help you build a beautiful home in Southwest Florida, complete with a modern kitchen! Call (239) 451-6157 or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com to learn more.

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Golden Gate Estates Home Builder, GH Builders, Welcomes New Team Member

By | GH Builders Team

Naples, Florida, July 17th, 2019– GH Builders, a Southwest Florida home builder announces that Kyle Mitchusson has joined the team. GH Builders builds quality and affordable homes in Golden Gate Estates, promoting a mission of ‘Value Without Compromise’ to its clients. The builder offers the cost-conscious buyer the chance to own a beautifully-designed custom home in the up-and-coming area of Golden Gate Estates through innovative design, cutting-edge building practices and a passion for excellence.

Born and raised in Collier County, Mitchusson’s passion for construction began in middle school, where he started cleaning job sites after school and on the weekends. Mitchusson got a deeper understanding of the construction industry when he was a part of the construction academy in high school. He went on to further his expertise in the field during high school and college in all aspects of carpentry in custom residential construction for established General Contractors on Marco Island. Graduating from The University of Florida in 2018, Mitchusson strives to deliver perfection and joins the GH Builders team with confidence in his work. In his free time, Mitchusson enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

GH Builders (www.ghbuildersnaples.com) offers clients a new way to build a home in Golden Gate Estates. With lot selection services, six floorplans to choose from and a variety of designer finishing packages available, clients are able to get a quality and affordable home.

Chris Ghannam, Project Manager with GH Builders speaks about Mitchusson’s arrival to the team.

We’re really happy to have Kyle onboard and we’re looking forward to watching him succeed and grow with our team. I have no doubt that he will be an asset to this company,” he says.

Mitchusson is also excited to be a part of the GH Builders team.

I have worked so hard to get where I am and to be a part of an amazing team, like GH Builders is something that I’ve always dreamed of, so I’m looking forward to making them proud,” he says.

About GH Builders

The mission of GH Builders is to make the construction of family homes both exciting and affordable again! The team at GH Builders has an understanding of both the positive attributes that are associated with a strong and vibrant construction market, and conversely, the unique challenges in keeping construction affordable when demand remains very high while trade resources remain finite.

To learn more about GH Builders, please call (239) 451-6157, email info@ghbuildersnaples.com or visit www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

Top Home Building Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irma

By | New Homes

It has been quite some time since we have experienced something so powerful, so catastrophic as Hurricane Irma in our tranquil city. The sheer force of Hurricane Irma as she crashed upon our shores is something that not many of us will ever forget, not to mention the absolute devastation that followed. In the wake of Irma’s wrath, home builders across the state came to a conclusion…changes needed to be made. It’s been almost two years since Irma made landfall and there have been lessons learned in all facets of our lives. Here are the top home building lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Stronger Roofing Techniques

In the aftermath, it was noticed that many new construction homes weathered the storm quite well, as opposed to older homes that saw ample damage to many areas of the structure. This is true in most all areas, except one…roofing. Roofing techniques since Hurricane Irma have been seen to undergo a transformation. More expensive roofing techniques and materials are being implemented into homes to offer a higher level of protection at storm time. Metal roofs seemed to be spared a lot of damage, resulting in many builders considering this as an option for their homes, and many homeowners opting for metal roofing materials after the storm.

Home Material Upgrades

Concrete block homes stood against Hurricane Irma and her violent winds more so than wood frame homes. This is why you’ll see many home builders choosing concrete block and implementing concrete construction in many areas of the home. These include:

  • Concrete block exterior walls

  • Concrete culverts and aprons

  • Concrete covered lanais

  • Concrete driveways, walkways and entryways

New construction homes are also including either impact-resistant glass or storm panels with the home to make it easier for homeowners to stay protected during a storm. In not having to go out and buy storm panels, this can ensure that more homeowners are ready the next time a storm is on its way.

Flooding Precautions

Flooding is a major concern in our area, especially during a storm of epic proportions, like Irma. Not only are homeowners required by lenders to carry flood insurance if they live in a FEMA designated flood zone, home builders are taking flooding into consideration when they are building new homes as well. Many home builders are elevating their homes to help alleviate the risk of flooding during this dangerous time.

New Home Building Practices

No one could have known what Irma carried with her and how strong of a storm she was going to be, but what we know now is that anything is possible. Home builders across the state are constantly learning new building practices and techniques to better prepare their homes during a catastrophe. The risk is too much for the building industry. That’s why new building techniques and more superior materials are being implemented into new construction homes, and many homeowners are seeking to upgrade their homes to withstand some of the most violent winds that Mother Nature can bring. As we prepare for whatever comes our way, we get stronger, as an industry and as a community. We don’t know what the future holds, but we’re ready for it.

At GH Builders, our team implements some of the most cutting-edge building practices in Southwest Florida. Get started with our team by calling (239) 451-6157 or visiting www.ghbuildersnaples.com.

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