There comes a point in your life when you realize that the only way to get a home that truly works for the way your family functions is to build it yourself. We realized this a number of years ago after we viewed so many existing homes that were for sale that I feared for our impact on the sanity of our realtor. Of course none of them were exactly what we had in mind, and we didn’t want to compromise any more with such an important part of our life. When we announced that we were intent on building, we received many amused looks and cautionary commentary about blown budgets and marriages from friends, but we were resolute. We triangulated recommendations on various builders from friends and people we knew in the building trades. We then interviewed many builders before awarding the project to Gary Herman.
My wife and I concluded that Gary would be very attentive to our thoughts and ideas on our project. We noted that when he spoke with us, he spent as much time directing his conversation to my wife as he did to me. This was important to us because we had heard many stories about builders who were seemingly less attentive to the thoughts of women: my wife had a lot of good ideas that needed to be considered.
Throughout the project, Gary made himself accessible to daily phone calls and nearly weekly meetings that–due to our unpredictable work schedule–took place over weekends and in the evening. We believe that Gary always had our best interests in mind when dealing with suppliers. He often went out of his way to find better pricing to help us stay on budget. Gary was easy to get along with and has the unique ability to go outside the box on many of his projects. If you have an idea, Gary will figure out how to make it a reality. He truly understands that he is there to build what you want, not what he thinks you should want.
In the final analysis, our home was completed on schedule and on budget. My wife and I exchanged not a single cross word with each other throughout the entire project. We enjoyed the process so much that we are looking forward to designing the next house for Gary to build after our three boys have left the nest. My wife and I both highly recommend Gary Herman to anyone considering a building project. It was a pleasure building our home with him.
David and Christina