Custom Home Building, Uncategorized

Suriano Homes Continues Growth

Myrtle Beach has been a good transition point for Tom and Paula Suriano.  Back in 2011 when they made the move they brought with them over 25 years of experience in framing/construction and building top quality homes in the New Jersey area.  Tom first built a home for his family in the Waterway Palms Plantation community, a beautiful intracoastal waterway and gated community in coastal Myrtle Beach.  After a few projects Tom was pegged as a “featured builder” in the prestigious Waterbridge, a sister community in Myrtle Beach to Waterway Palms Plantation.  Becoming a featured builder has been an amazing opportunity for Suriano Homes.  Being a custom builder and connecting with a couple of custom build communities, has ensured that Tom could press on with his dream to create dream homes for clients with a unique flavor different from track home builders.  Custom homes means a bit more creativity, a bit more interaction with clients and understanding the wants of the the clients while tying it all in with the restrictions of each community.

The past couple of years has been really good to us at Suriano Homes.  The market continues to improve, lots are selling, and people are buying again.  This is a great time for us, like others in the market continue to look forward at all the possibilities and opportunities ahead.  This YouTube video, shares a bit of our finished work in the past months and is a testimony of the gratitude we have for the blessing of serving so many great people with a dream they so long looked forward to.

Here is to the finished product, and the hope of new opportunities to expand the dreams of many others.  Click on surianohomes.com  or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/surianohomes/ to see more of our work updated daily.

 

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Choosing A Builder, Custom Home Building, Uncategorized

Choosing A Custom Home Builder

download (11)Not all builders are the same. Like any industry you have seasoned builders, specialized builders, new and eager builders, quality builders and poor builders.  Similarly in other areas of profession: Coaches, Teachers, Police, Doctors,  all vary in degrees of expertise, skill and competency.

What makes a builder great obviously is that they produce a dream home that the client desires.  One that is built well, lasts long, with quality products and professional craftsmanship.  The problem is that for most of us that are novices in the home building industry, simply walking into a home we simply are not prepared to ask even the right questions.

Sometimes people want to know “the bottom line price” or “price per square foot.”  As being the highest value ($), yet this can be misleading, depending upon who you are asking.  Some may quote $110 a square foot yet use inferior insulation and poorly designed windows.  While the $120 per square foot builder uses superior products.  We have seen also that initial quotes may not include total square footage but only heated square footage etc.  I don’t mention this to scare off anyone from building a custom home. Again, has anyone been taken to the bank by a hospital, teacher, or car dealer? The goal here is to broaden the preparation and education for the custom home buyer so that one of the top two decisions (lot selection (location) / builder choice) can be done more intentionally and informed.

One thing that Tom Suriano has put together to help prospective Custom Home Build Clients is a “NEW HOME CHECK LIST”.  I posted the document on this blog post.  The motivation as Tom says is to “compare apples to apples.”  Suraino Homes, Inc. frames new homes using Douglas Fir wood, while most builders in South Carolina use Pine.  Do we both use wood?  Yes, that is apples to apples.  But what about the “type” of wood. Some builders build their exterior walls with 2″ x 4″ framing, while Suriano chooses to build with 2″ x 6″ framing.  This enables the homeowner to have a better insulation product and helps with efficiency among other things.  What most of us see when we visit a model home to judge a builders craftsmanship are the finished walls with trim. What is behind the walls?  What gauge wiring?  What grade of plumbing piping?  Apples to apples means that you as a consumer are knowledgeable about the product that each builder communicates they will use and how they will build the house you pay for.  Trust me, not all builders then, like other professionals are the same.

In the New Home Check List we deal with these areas of building: Foundation, Framing, Roofing, Siding, Windows, Doors, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Interior Trim, Insulation, Painting, Flooring, Cabinetry, and Options.  There are other considerations of course.  Do you get charged making changes to your floor plans?  How much time is allotted for staff to guide you as a client before you get charged extra?  What is the process for choosing appliances, flooring, paint, cabinetry, etc?  This is one of the reasons we provide this document so that you can know the “right” questions to ask.  If any of you are interested, just send me a request for our document and I will be happy to send it to your email. Reach out to me at stuartsurianohomes@gmail.com.   This document will help anyone, not just Suriano Homes clients.  That has always been Tom’s heart as a Custom Home Builder.

Custom Home Builders integrity is one of the highest values you need to look for in choosing which builder to hire.  Do they do what they promise, when they promise it? Are they honest?  Did they work to the expectation that was clearly defined in the floor plans and the contract both signed? One of the best ways to find this out in advance is to talk with others that the builder has built for, research their business reviews online and talk with other people that know them.  We all know that sometimes builders in competition will speak negatively of other builders.  We find that unnecessary, but that should be a red flag if that is offered up freely.  Good builders let their “work do the talking”.  The better you have researched, and learned the right questions to ask, you will find the better prepared you will be to make your decisions for the builder choice and the discussions you will need to have with him so that you can feel secure and have all your questions answered.  You deserve it.  It is your home!

Floor Plan Design Process

Floor Plan Design Process

The idea of coming up with a floor plan can be very scary for almost all the clients we work with.  But it really doesn’t have to be.  Suriano Homes has a thorough system that we operate by that ensures quality delivery for each of our client’s dream home design.  The process is quite simple.  Lot selection, and by that, we have to remember to make the lot selection appropriate.  If we want a wide house on a narrow  lot, that is a dream nobody can fulfill.  So, keeping in mind the basic “look” you are going for, then selecting a lot that will allow for that dream to fit.  If you are uncertain, you should definitely us up front first. Better to consult than to settle for second best. Who wants to regret a land purchase before you break ground?

Once we have all of that out of the way, we get to the fun part.  We sit down with Tom, our very experienced builder.  He listens as you share everything that you desire.  He will talk budget, architectural review codes (if necessary), advantages of building up or out, and all the nuances you WILL NOT BE THINKING ABOUT.  Tom will then hand the “Dream” off to one of our qualified C.A.D. designers.  A floor plan is made!

But that is not all.  Almost 100% of the time, changes must be made.  So don’t panic, expect it!  In our follow up meeting, we will rework entryways, window placement, outlet placement, tweak porch dimensions, etc.  After resubmitting the ideas,  our CAD design team will make the changes real time so you can see how you like or dislike the suggestions.

Now we are ready to roll!  Don’t panic if the design is not finished in two or three meetings.  It is ok.  We are a team dedicated to getting it right with you.  Suriano Homes knows that designing a custom home takes some patience, especially in the beginning phases of the design/build process.

Take a watch at our short (1.37 minute), fun video.  The music and cinematic fun is just to show you how we see the process.  So don’t be intimidated, come in and let us hear your dream.  Who is ready to floor plan with Suriano?

Suriano Team

The Suriano Difference

So many wonder what is the difference between tract, spec homes and custom homes.  Well simply custom is made the way YOU want it!  Suriano Homes is dedicated to being the best in-house custom home builder in the Grand Strand.  Watch this brief video and see why Suriano Homes is the builder for your dreams

Custom Home Building

Suriano Homes Custom Builders

Suriano Homes has been in the Grand Strand since 2011.  Tom and Paula Suriano moved from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach, SC with a vision to fulfill a dream of designing and building high value and high quality custom homes becoming the forever dream homes for clients in our area. Tom has been at it with the skills and professionalism he gained in training as a master framer for over 25 years in New Jersey. Now, with much success, Suriano Homes is poised to grow in unprecedented ways. We have a tremendous team dedicated to handling the whole process of custom building in-house. From selection of lots, to designing your floor plan, our Sales Team, Interior Designers and C.A.D. Designers will ensure that you need not look outside of SURIANO for any of the needs during your custom build experience. Our goal is to understand your dreams and make it a reality with a quality experience.

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Paula, Julianna and Thomas Suriano

Memories are made mostly where we live and with our family. We are passionate about bringing your dream home to reality!

Suriano Homes represents quality and integrity and are current members of the BBB, Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Home Builders We are Licensed General Contractor’s in NC and SC and honored to be one of a very select featured builders for the WATERBRIDGE Community, Carolina Forest and featured builders for up and coming Waterway Palms Plantation as well.

Suriano Homes, dedicated to bringing dream homes to reality!