Greater Pacific Construction - Home Construction in Orange County: Everything You Need to Know

Custom Home Construction in Orange County: Everything You Need to Know

Owning a custom home is such an accomplishment. It represents your hard work and aspirations for yourself and family. So, before you part with your hard earned cash to buy and construct a custom home in Orange County, it is important to know some basics first.

Custom home and Production Built

A custom home is when a house is defined specifically according to your desires. It can be an existing home or still to be built on your own lot. Production built on the other hand, are several homes by builders on a neighborhood that are pre-designed. It is typically cheaper to buy production built than to have custom home.

1. Buying a new construction

First things first, get a buyer’s agent. A buyer’s agent can help you search for new constructions as well as guide you through the process of acquiring your home. Negotiate with the agent well to maximize your money and buy the property that you really want.

2. Study your choices well

When choosing homes in Orange County, figure out which area is most suited for you and your family. Consider what is near your work, kids’ schools, etc. With the current state of home building in California, you are in a position to look for more affordable homes. Once you’ve zeroed in on what you want, do compare warranties, contracts, and prices. Do a general pros and cons for a few locations you have narrowed down for optimal decision-making.

3. Prepare your offer and secure the contract

Before you ink that sales contract, ensure that your lawyer or agent has reviewed the contract thoroughly. You will sign the sales contract before the closing documents and that itself is already binding. You still have a room, though for few adjustments. Protect yourself and make the offer contingent on the home passing inspection and appraisal. Ensure that you verify your upgrade options and pricing.

4. Getting a mortgage

Take your time to decide on what type of loan is best for you as well as the financial institutions. Builders also have their preferred lender and it’s worth looking into it as well. As with any loan, carefully study your options such as fixed rate versus adjustable.

5. Custom home

Now it’s time for you to personalize your new home. Be prudent in considering what you need for upgrades and customization. Make sure too that it is within the lenders’ approved improvements. Ask your agent for recommendations for builders. In Orange County, Great Pacific Construction is a contractor with excellent reputation and integrity in building custom homes and has a great portfolio.

6. Inspection

Even new homes need to be inspected so make sure yours get a thorough check. Should any issue arise, you can use this as bargaining tool. In case the house did not pass inspection, you are protected to get out of the agreement if you included the contingent in your contract as mentioned previously.

7. Closing documents

The final step in your custom home is by signing the closing documents. This is when you bring your certified check to pay your lender and other parties. Once you have signed all the paperwork, the house is all yours.

Discuss with a reputable contractor on what you want your custom home to be. Study the design possibilities in terms of function and aesthetic in consideration with your lifestyle. Greater Pacific Construction is known for superior custom home construction and workmanship. The quality of custom home they build goes beyond the aesthetics and into every detail of construction.
Reach out to them by calling (800) 469-1922 and request for a consultation.

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Tenant Improvements: Things To Know

Congratulations! So, you found the perfect commercial place for your business! But just before you sign the contract, consider first what tenant improvements you are allowed before you start designing your space as per your needs.

What is “Tenant Improvements”

Tenant improvements or leasehold improvements are simply the bespoke interior finish or build-outs that a landlord or tenant will do on a specific commercial rental space for the benefit of the lessor. The rental space could be an office, shop, or warehouse.

The reason you need to hold your horses (if you are the possible tenant) before signing that commercial lease contract is because you need to be fully aware of the terms on alterations you or your landlord can do to the space. You do not want to spend money making improvements only to find out your landlord is against it, right? Also, when the lease term is up, who owns the improvements made? Therefore, it is necessary that tenant improvements must be negotiated clearly and agreed upon by the tenant and landlord prior to signing the commercial lease agreement.

Also, improvements can be secured to the property or assessed to the tenant on the unsecured assessment roll, according to the California State Board of Equalization. Further, properties – commercial, industrial, and others that generate income, require regular monitoring by the assessor to determine value in light of the changes made. Alterations in the property must be reflected in the assessment if they qualify as new construction or not as required by law.

The California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 441(d) requires the landlord and tenant to provide the assessor with a copy of the lease and the construction contract. Don’t worry because the terms and information provided in both the lease and construction contracts are kept strictly confidential. The assessor needs to analyze the lease to determine whether a separate assessment for the lessee-owned improvements should be created.

In case the lease has ended and nothing was defined in the contract between the tenant and landlord, it will be good to know that the law has defined default rules on fixtures that a tenant may or may not remove. Generally, fixtures are those affixed to the property like water heater, pipes, air conditioners, built-in furniture like cabinets, sink, and others.

The California Civil Code §1019 allows a tenant to remove during the lease term from the premises “anything affixed for purposes of trade, manufacture, ornament, or domestic use, if the removal can be effected without injury to the premises, unless the thing has, by the manner in which it is affixed, become an integral part of the premises.” If the tenant does not remove these before handing over the property, it is deemed part of the premises and owned by the landlord.

The State of California basically allows a tenant to remove any improvements it has made on the premises before returning the property. The tenant must return the property in pre-improvement conditions. In this case, tenant must repair the property or compensate the landlord if the removal of any improvements will cause any damage. The most common example will be re-sealing a wall that bore a hole due to an improvement done.

Still with us? Carry on, we have a few more to talk about.

Who Pays?

Tricky. But not really. Everything can be resolved through good negotiations. In tenant improvements, the landlord would generally pay for the alterations. This is so that the property can attract a long-term lease.

There are also several ways to go about tenant improvements. The paying landlord can shoulder a tenant improvement allowance of $5 to $15 per square foot budget on the build-outs. The landlord also oversees the project.

On the other hand, the landlord can also offer a discount on rent for a number of months if the tenant is shouldering the improvements. In this case, the tenant oversees and controls the project.

What Tenant Improvements Are Allowed

Having established your agreement with the landlord, you are now ready to embark on your space improvements. Every tenant improvement is unique as it is guided by your own design principle in consideration of company culture, functional and aesthetic needs, and many more. This is also why an experienced and reliable contractor such as Greater Pacific Construction is a necessary ally.

Tenant improvements are necessary in most commercial spaces as it is quite uncommon to find a space that exactly meets your needs. The negotiation of a favorable tenant improvement agreement with the landlord is crucially important to minimize your capital expenses. The alterations are structural by nature:

  • Partitions
  • New floor (tiles or carpets)
  • Walls
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Disability changes or upgrades
  • New or change paint
  • Adjustments in ceilings
  • Windows
  • Any other structural changes agreed upon

Cost and Timeframe

The timing and cost of tenant improvements largely depend on the scope of the work and the existing condition of the premises. A property without built-outs or in shell condition will relatively cost significantly to improve. It may also take an average of three to four months to complete. It is expected to cost less and faster to improve if the property has been previously occupied (unless a complete redesign is envisioned).

Design and Planning

With everything done and dusted between the landlord and tenant, the next phase is to find that reliable partner in executing the improvements.

As time costs money, it is necessary to discuss the budget with your contractor and the expected completion time (based on your need to operate). When looking for a contractor, consider the following:

  • Reputation of the contractor to deliver timely and impeccable services
  • Licensed
  • Insured
  • History in the business
  • References or sample projects that have been completed
  • Knowledge of local building codes and requirements

Look no further as Greater Pacific Construction have been in the industry for over a decade and has some of the most impressive projects in Orange County.

The General Contractor

With particular designs and requirements you need for your commercial space, finding the right contractor is a must. An experienced general contractor in Orange County can do these improvements within the agreed time frame, with the least discomfort or inconvenience to your operations.

Greater Pacific Construction in Orange County is of great reputation and experienced general contractors. Currently, they have quite an impressive portfolio of commercial projects completed successfully and to the utmost satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.

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What Luxury Home Contractor in Orange County Considers a Valuable Splurge

A luxury home is a good thing to desire and own especially when it’s something you have saved on and dreamt of for sometime. Who wouldn’t want to live in a majestic, sprawling property equipped with the most advanced technology and the neighborhood’s standard of luxury living? How about a showcase modern apartment with a nice view of the city?

Luxury homes though are not specifically defined but share a few characteristics such as prime location, premium interior finishes, high-end kitchen appliances, customized closets and cabinets, hotel or spa-like amenities, and a lot more. Typically, a property with a $1 million price tag would merit the term luxury home.

In 2017, a luxury home in Los Angeles was listed at a median price of $4 million dollars. The price skyrockets if we’re talking about ultra-luxury home for example, as with a property in Bel Air that came with a commanding tag of $350 million in 2017. To a simple mind, it would be easy to generalize that a property worth nine figures has all the best features, top-notch craftsmanship, and amenities.

But what really makes an expensive home construction a valuable splurge? Greater Pacific Construction offers some insights on luxury home features that are worth spending on.

What’s worth the splurge

Energy-efficient systems

There’s a clamor about going green when building homes. In a 2017 National Association of Home Builders survey of home buyers’ preferences, “green” features were some of the essentials considered by homebuyers who earn over $150,000 a year. Some of these hefty spends include energy-saving window systems, heating and cooling devices, appliances, lighting, weather-resistant materials and building techniques, and more.

Kitchen

Consider a state-of-the-art kitchen as the centerpiece of your luxury home. The kitchen is always where improvements can be made from time to time. Depending on your design cues, a kitchen island with modern fixtures might be appealing to you. Upgrade the kitchen’s looks with cabinets that are taller and minimalist, additional LED lightings for mood effect and functional use, and appliances (go for as many stoves as you like). A well put up kitchen is quite a consideration among buyers should you decide to sell your property in the future.

Lighting

Lighting is one aspect of luxury home construction that you can have as much as you like. A well-lit home is always more inviting and warm. You can add more in your kitchen, bedrooms, or other rooms that need more brightness and create moods.

Storage solutions

A luxury home does not have an issue with space, that’s guaranteed. However, a high-end apartment may be a bit challenged when it comes to space. So building a smart and innovative storage solution can help conserve the space and add aesthetics when it’s properly done. Spend quality money on built-in cabinets, hidden or open shelves, pull out organizers or bins, etc. With a slew of available designs and technology-driven solutions, adding storage solutions to your spending list is desirable.

Garage

For obvious reasons, garage is one of the splurges you should make to provide a comfortable resting stop for your expensive cars. With pricey and sleek vehicles, the rule is: “the bigger, the better.”

It would be easy to add and splurge on fixtures and features for your luxury home that may not necessarily be worth your dollar. While personal preferences are the topmost consideration for most homeowners, it is also noteworthy to consider prioritizing to spend on the most functional and practical for your luxury home.

When building your luxury home or looking to remodel, it is best to consult a trustworthy contractor. An experienced general contractor in Orange County can help plan and build your luxury home with utmost quality, craftsmanship, and expertise.

Greater Pacific Construction in Orange County is of great reputation and experienced general contractors. Currently, they have quite impressive portfolio of Home Renovation and Home Remodeling projects completed successfully and to the utmost satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.

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Accessory Dwelling Units: Boom and Boon

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) must be something you’ve heard of quite a lot these days. Are you also toying with the idea of improving a part of your property? How about building your own accessory dwelling unit (ADU)?

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU), also known as granny flat or in-law suite, is an additional living space within a property apart from the main house. The ADU is not exactly a new idea but is certainly seeing a good revival these days.

Think of an accessory or additional dwelling unit (ADU) as an adult playhouse. It’s within our parents’ backyard but our own space? That is what essentially is an ADU in the eyes of grown ups. It is an adult dwelling place separate or attached to the main house but a complete living space on its own.

The attractiveness of having ADUs is driven mainly by the fact that it’s compact and commands a lower price rent. As such, quite affordable housing options are made available to the public.

Accessory dwelling units also bring forth an invisible or gentle density, wherein the number of residents grows without necessarily building large structures. The increase in density brought about by the availability of ADUs reduces the costs associated with extending utilities to new dwelling units.

There are many reasons for building the additional dwelling unit. Some of these are:

  • Additional space needed to use as a studio or private space
  • Guest house
  • Short or long-term lease for tenants
  • Intimate space for elder family members to live on their own but nearby

In California, 3,917 accessory dwelling unit permits were issued in the first seven months of 2018 and 1,384 in the Los Angeles-Orange Counties, according to The OCR. The popularity of having additional dwelling units is undeniable and as such, the government of California passed the State of California Accessory Dwelling Unit Law: AB 2299 and SB 1069 which govern building an ADU.

There are different types of accessory dwelling units as defined by the City of Santa Ana Planning and Building Agency. For your future planning needs, these are the types of accessory dwelling units:

  • Attached accessory dwelling unit: the additional dwelling unit is attached to the main house (internally or externally) and has its own living quarters including cooking and sanitation facilities
  • Detached accessory dwelling unit: a housing unit that is completely separate from the main house and includes a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living area, and efficiency unit as defined under the California Health and Safety Code section 17958.1

ABCs of ADUs

With the increasing appeal of building ADUs, communities need certain requirements to fulfill to make sure their structures are in accordance to California laws. Keep some of the following in mind:

  • Primarily, the lot must be zoned for single- or multi-family use only
  • The ADU is not for sale individually or separately from the main house
  • Located on the same property either as attached or detached dwelling
  • The total floor area should not exceed 1200 square feet
  • Floor area of the attached ADU should not be more than 50 per cent of the existing living area of the main dwelling unit
  • Compliance with the local building code requirements especially with regard to detached dwelling units

To avoid any unnecessary expense and inconvenience, check first with your local city on what is allowed before embarking on a major construction for ADU. There may be differences when it comes to parking, setbacks, height, landscape, areas of coverage, and others depending on the city.

Benefits of having ADUs

Creating something out of an unused or empty space is always a good thing. Granted that you are qualified to build an accessory dwelling unit as set out by the law, here are some possible gains for you or the community from building an ADU:

  • Additional local housing supply especially in areas where rent is astronomical
  • Reduce property development pressures and somehow preserve neighborhood character
  • Denser communities also allow for less carbon footprint
  • Rental income for homeowners
  • Low-cost housing for adult children who are not yet able to afford high rental rates in particular areas
  • Increase property value
  • Expanding livable space

Potential Drawbacks

Your property’s development is a good thing for you and your family. However, a few snags in building an additional dwelling unit may arise, such as:

  • Neighbors complaining of “strangers” in the community
  • Possible rise in crimes or vandalism
  • Higher maintenance cost of the property
  • Increase in tax payments
  • Restrictions on sale of property
  • Decrease or even loss of usable space within the property

Cost of Building ADU

Having studied your options, you may still come to a conclusion that building an additional dwelling unit in your property is the best option. Typically, an ADU could hover in the area of $45,000 to $100,000 depending on the scale of your construction – whether attached or detached ADU.

Building an ADU could be a major investment and so finding the right partner in terms of financing and great contractors is a must. There are financing options available like home improvement loans, unsecured personal loans, and others that could depend on the equity of your home or income.

Depending on your family or financial goals, building an additional dwelling unit’s long-term benefits may outweigh the initial heavy cost. It may be more cost-effective in the long run to provide a private home to an elderly family member or the potential of rental income to boost your coffers.

Once settled on the source of funds, it is equally important to find the right partner in building your ADU. In Orange County, it is but proper to choose a contractor that has an impeccable track record in delivering projects on time.

The General Contractor:

There are many designs that you could think of for your ADU but there’s only so much you can do if you don’t choose the right contractor. An experienced general contractor in Orange County can do these additions constructed in the least time possible, with the least discomfort or inconvenience to your family and neighbors.

Greater Pacific Construction in Orange County is of great reputation and experienced general contractors. Currently, they have quite impressive portfolio of Home Renovation and Home Remodeling projects completed successfully and to the utmost satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.

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Who Is the Top Commercial Contractor in Orange County?

The one who successfully completes your commercial project on-time and on-budget of course!

In spite of awards and recognitions, the best contractor for a typical project, may not be the best for your project. So how do you go about finding YOUR best commercial contractor in Orange County?

There is no shortage of good contractors around, but to find the best one for your project, consider following these simple steps and you will be on track to finding the best contractor in Orange County.

Write a Job Description or RFP

It only needs to be a paragraph or two (or longer depending on the project) and should include all the necessary details a contractor will need to provide an accurate estimate. As you receive estimates from individual contractors and compare their responses you can be confident, they are working off the same parameters … your description.

Get at Least Three Estimates

Getting fewer estimates may not give you enough comparable information, more than three and you may be bogged down under an avalanche of numbers. Keep in mind while comparing estimates that price should not be your sole determining factor. Extremely low bids should be considered with skepticism, if it’s not evident how a contractor is able to complete the work at a decidedly less amount (one explanation may be that they own the needed equipment while other contractors need to include the cost of leasing the equipment) it’s also possible the cost savings will show up in materials or workmanship of lesser quality. They may also not be covered by

Make Sure They Carry Adequate Insurance

Find out if they carry adequate insurance to cover any potential issues or accidents.

Get Everything in Writing

The best contractors will not hesitate to provide estimates, pricing, and schedules, etc., in writing. This is just a sound business practice and for good reason; it protects both parties’ interests if problems arise down the line.

Know Before You Sign

Verify the contractor’s credentials prior to signing a contract for the project. Licensing and insurance are examples of relevant credentials.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Both you and your contractor need to be kept informed of the project status, changes and any number of issues which can happen during construction (and sometimes even before and after). Communicate to them on regular basis and make sure that you keep abreast of the latest developments. Do not wait for your contractor to contact you. If you have questions or concerns, contact him or her directly. Your best contractor is a professional and will respond to you accordingly. Encourage them to contact you with any question or concern they may have as well.

Don’t Skip the Final Walk-Through

After completion of the project, take delivery by conducting a walk-through with a copy of your contract, job description and checklist. Compare the results and go over details. This is your opportunity to point out any deficiencies, or better yet to appreciate the contractor’s workmanship.

Family owned and operated since 1989, Greater Pacific Construction is considered the top Orange County Contractor for commercial projects.

The study also found that 70% of people want to work in the office for most of their workweek. However, they want to see changes from the pre-pandemic density levels, ensuring there is more space for physical distancing while addressing noise and cleaning protocols.

So what is clear is that the earlier prediction that “It’s the End of the Office” may not hold true, but instead we will be working in offices which would have been remodeled and upgraded to accommodate the worker’s health and wellbeing in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Here is what we do expect to see:

  • Companies will have to implement new hygiene and safety precautions
  • Distributed offices and rotating days for the staff
  • One-way hallways would become common, creating one-way primary circulation paths in the workplace
  • A return to 8×8 workstations with higher panels or the addition of Plexi-Glass divider screens — essentially “breath barriers,”
  • Touchless technology for doors, elevators, coffee makers, and more
  • Use of fabrics and surfaces allowing for more frequent, aggressive, or high-powered cleaning methods

Overall, the harsh realities of the COVID19 world have and will alter the preferences and behaviors of the workforce over time and the office and workspaces to stay relevant they would have to evolve and accommodate that.

Greater Pacific Construction has been a leading Tenant Improvement Contractor in Orange County for nearly two decades. Family owned and operated, Greater Pacific creates the most functional and affordable TI which insures project ROI.

Call us (800) 469-1922 or fill out our contact form and let us help you with an estimate or general questions about our commercial services, such as Commercial General ContractingTenant Improvements, Industrial Construction, or Warehouse Construction. We look forward to serving you!

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Home Remodeling Projects for Summer

Nothing says summer like outdoor barbeques and family get-togethers. As a smart homeowner, you must have been making mental notes, throughout the dreary winter months, of the things you would like to renovate or remodel. Now it’s time to turn those home remodeling ideas into a list, the list into a plan and the plan into projects.

The Purpose behind the Change:

the two main reasons for home improvement are:

  • Upgrading for more comfort
  • Reselling

Whatever you choose to remodel, renovate, add, install or build, depends on the sought outcome. But first there are three essential steps:

  1. Make a plan: Decide whether you require Interior or Exterior renovations
  2. Decide on a budget: It is worth your while, in the long run, to invest in good quality renovations and additions
  3. Choose a contractor: your choice must be a licensed and bonded commercial general contractor

The plan:

Decide what type of renovations is most essential.

Interior Home Renovations include:

  • Kitchen upgrading: granite counter tops, kitchen cabinets, plug points for appliances, backsplashes
  • Bathroom renovation: showers, cabinets, faucets, sinks, lighting, plumbing, countertops, hardware
  • Living room and bedrooms renovation and remodeling
  • Addition of a new room
  • Flooring
  • Walk-in closets

While the most popular Exterior Home Renovations include:

  • Deck building: Get a deck constructed and spend summer evenings there with your friends.
  • Backyard remodeling: Have a charming gazebo installed in the backyard
  • Pool building: Have an in-ground pool built for your children to enjoy a great summer
  • Roof renovations: Very important repairs after the wear and tear caused by the harsh winter weather
  • Exterior Siding or Re-siding: Again, very essential repairs to carry out for more safety and protection.
  • Landscaping Enhancement: Add charm and beauty to your home with fresh new ideas for the landscape
  • Front door upgrade: Give your home that added edge and enhances its value

The Budget:

This could turn out to be quite a challenge. Have a detailed and prioritized plan to help you understand where you need to spend more. A reputed general contractor in Orange County will help you make these important choices at this stage.

Decide how you are going to finance your remodeling plans. Research charges of contractors and prices of materials. It’s important to remember here that a little extra investment goes a long way and works in your favor, should you decide to sell your home in the future.

The General Contractor:

There’s really no end to what you can do and an experienced general contractor in Orange County can have these renovations and additions constructed in the least time possible, with the least discomfort or inconvenience to your family and neighbors.

Greater Pacific Construction in Orange County are reputed and experienced general contractors. They have a very impressive portfolio of Home Renovation and Home Remodeling projects executed successfully and to the complete satisfaction of their clients in Orange County.

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How Office Design Will Change After Covid-19

As we cautiously make our way toward working with relaxing Covid-19 lockdowns, many of us are starting to envision a time when we can stop working at home and on our kitchen tables and return to the office. Yet, in the absence of a vaccine, aspects of modern workplaces will have to change if employees are to safely return to their desks.

According to Gensler research, the study that surveyed 2,300+ full-time U.S. office workers at companies of 100 or more people from April 16 to May 4 found that only 12% of U.S. workers want to work from home full-time.  Before this experience, only one in ten U.S. office workers had worked from home, and less than a third previously had the option to work from home. The research found that the majority of people want to return to the office. Most people want to return to the workplace, but with key changes to address social distancing.

The study also found that 70% of people want to work in the office for most of their workweek. However, they want to see changes from the pre-pandemic density levels, ensuring there is more space for physical distancing while addressing noise and cleaning protocols.

So what is clear is that the earlier prediction that “It’s the End of the Office” may not hold true, but instead we will be working in offices which would have been remodeled and upgraded to accommodate the worker’s health and wellbeing in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Here is what we do expect to see:

  • Companies will have to implement new hygiene and safety precautions
  • Distributed offices and rotating days for the staff
  • One-way hallways would become common, creating one-way primary circulation paths in the workplace
  • A return to 8×8 workstations with higher panels or the addition of Plexi-Glass divider screens — essentially “breath barriers,”
  • Touchless technology for doors, elevators, coffee makers, and more
  • Use of fabrics and surfaces allowing for more frequent, aggressive, or high-powered cleaning methods

Overall, the harsh realities of the COVID19 world have and will alter the preferences and behaviors of the workforce over time and the office and workspaces to stay relevant they would have to evolve and accommodate that.

Greater Pacific Construction has been a leading Tenant Improvement Contractor in Orange County for nearly two decades. Family owned and operated, Greater Pacific creates the most functional and affordable TI which insures project ROI.

Call us (800) 469-1922 or fill out our contact form and let us help you with an estimate or general questions about our commercial services, such as Commercial General ContractingTenant Improvements, Industrial Construction, or Warehouse Construction. We look forward to serving you!

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Things to Consider When Embarking on a Room Addition Project in Orange County

Thinking of adding a room to your home because it’s feeling a bit cramped with your growing family? Then room addition can be a good solution, but do yourself a favor and avoid the stress associated with construction projects by doing your homework. The toughest part of embarking on a room addition project is choosing the right general contractor. Once that’s behind you, the rest of the job will be smooth sailing.

Gather Your Ideas for Design & Materials

Have a clear idea about what you want, download images, take pictures or go through interior design websites and magazines. Gather these materials and share them to the general contractors.

Ask Around Before Choosing

Ask friends and family to recommend tried-and-trusted general contractors, get in touch with the contractor and ask to see samples of their work, ask for their credentials, talk to them face to face in order to make sure they understand your ideas and be clear and precise, no room for guessing here.

Watch Out for Warning Signs

If the contractor gives you an estimate before getting the details, accepts only cash, tries to skip the building permit, tries to beat around the legal requirements or tries to use leftover or sub-standard materials, then you should raise the red flags.

Be Frank About Your Budget

Making it clear on the onset that you have a specific budget to work within, and that you don’t intend to go overboard, will save you a lot of headache later.

Get it Down in Black and White

Draw a room addition/ home improvement contract that enumerates the exact job you want done and the price. Having it in writing will allow you and your contractor to fully understand the scope and cost of the project agreed upon. Don’t be sparing with the details; the more precise, the better.

Check for License and Insurance

You should ask for proof of a license and insurance before hiring a general contractor or you can do an online license check in Orange County. Insurance will cover property damage and injuries caused by the contractor’s work. Make sure the general contractor’s insurance includes workers’ compensation, which covers injuries the contractor’s employees may suffer while doing work on site. Greater Pacific Construction is a licensed and insured general contractor in Orange County.

Ask for Receipts

Always ask for receipt for any materials bought and check for yourself that the right material is being used. Transparency is what makes Greater Pacific Construction –Residential one of the most trusted residential general contractors in Orange County.

Be in Touch

Maintain regular communication with your contractor during the execution of the job and check on the progress of the construction regularly. Be prepared for surprises and allow for 10 -15% increase over the estimated budget, but not more. Also make arrangements for the contractor’s crew to have easy access to the materials and supplies.

Don’t Make the Full Payment Upfront

Pay minimum partial payment up front. to a minimum and settle the remaining amount when the job has been completed to your satisfaction. Alternatively, you can negotiate to pay in thirds– 1/3 up front, the other in the middle and the rest upon completion of the project.

Greater Pacific Construction, the most trusted general contractor in Orange County, has years of experience in general contracting and have successfully completed all types of room additions. Our room addition services include architectural and engineering design, obtaining city permits, foundation, footing, forming, shoring, retaining walls, framing, HVAC systems, plumbing, drainage piping, electrical works, main panel, light fixtures, siding, insulation, drywall, plastering, taping, painting and much more.

  • Kitchen extension
  • Two-story extensions
  • Bedroom addition
  • Family bathroom addition
  • Second story extensions
  • Sun rooms
  • California room
  • Garage conversion
  • Dormer addition
  • Bump out addition.

Greater Pacific Construction is a full-service general contracting company with decades of experience in building room additions in Orange County. Call us at (800) 469-1922 or fill out our Contact Form.

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DIY Custom Home vs Hiring a Custom Home Builder in Orange County

Whether to raise a family or for retirement, most Americans dream about building their own custom home on their own from the ground up. It’s an admirable, ambitious and daunting undertaking. Whatever the reason, planning and working with an experienced, bonded and insured custom home builder make a big difference when it comes to making your dream home a reality.

“Finding the right team to work with makes building your dream custom home a fulfilling project and a great achievement,” shared Kaveh Zabeti, a highly-experienced general contractor and President of Greater Pacific Construction, one of the leading custom home builders in Orange County. Hiring a contractor to build your custom home can save you time, money and a whole lot of grief.

Challenges of Building Your Own Custom Home

Building your own custom home can seem very adventurous and exciting. After all, building your home from scratch is something that not many people are capable of doing or experiencing at all. However, going it alone can be fraught with challenges. Here are the some of the biggest challenges we see homeowners face when trying to build their dream home on their own.

Time

Building a custom home can take anywhere from six months to one year or longer. Several things can impact the time frame, such as the size of the house, complexity of design, availability of materials, weather, unexpected delays and more. The key to a successful custom home construction is patience and planning.

Budget or Cost

Even with proper planning, sometimes the cost of custom home construction balloons beyond allotted budget or estimates. Thorough research and sticking to timeline, design and materials based on first estimate will help keep the project on budget. New ideas that pop up while in the middle of construction add up faster than you expect.

Priorities and Focus

Most people who decide to build their own custom home struggle with too many choices for materials and design. It can be overwhelming when you’re faced with too many options for tiles, finishings, colors, and so on. The simple solution is to gather ideas and photos of your ideal home and create a mood board or a scrapbook. This will help you stay focused and keep the project within timeline and budget and not spiral into different directions.

Benefits of Hiring a Custom Home Builder

When deciding to hire a custom home builder or not, it’s still worth considering the benefits of working with an experienced custom home contractor. Tapping the expertise of a contracting company can be costly, but it may outweigh the cost and guaranteed to make your vision a reality. Let’s face it, building an entire custom house is not quite the same as repairing or remodeling an existing house. If you are considering building a custom home in Orange County area, take a moment to consider these benefits of hiring a professional custom home builder like Greater Pacific Construction.

Years of Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

Custom home construction is a profession and most custom home builders have mastered the best practices for construction with years of working building multiple homes. Only experience can teach how to avoid mistakes or handle unexpected mishaps, which could easily add unnecessary cost to the project due to wasted materials and/or delays. Most importantly, a well-established custom home builder has a streamlined process that ensures your custom home is built on time, within budget and done right the first time around.

Mitigate Challenges

Hiring an experienced custom home contractor can help mitigate these challenges and help you manage all aspects of the project . By having a general contractor on your team, you can leave them to attend to the more tedious task and have you focus on the enjoyable part of building your custom home–watching your dream home come to life.

Increase Home Value

The experience and expertise that a custom home builder bring to the project will help increase the value of your home. The professional finishing, high-end materials, fine design and quality craftsmanship will construction

those fine construction materials and modern design elements all increase the resale value of your home. They may have cost you some at first, but pay you back a great deal in the end. Those high-end materials and new appliances will last for years, saving you money too on home maintenance and repairs.

Plus, you won’t be spending more on remodeling your home later down the road. It’s already exactly how you want it, with all the updated features that new homebuyers will be looking for when you want to sell.

Save Money

Custom home builders build homes day in, day out. They develop relationships with vendors and suppliers and they get discounts and the best prices for wholesale purchase of fixtures, materials, fixtures, equipment rentals, etc. at leading construction supply stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes. Someone who will do a single DIY custom home project will not be accorded the same discounts and will most likely pay the full price for the same things.

Save Time

Building a custom home construction is a time-consuming undertaking. It will take time away from your family, job and other aspects of your life. This can translate into missed bonding moments with your spouse and children and lost income, which all adds to the entire cost of the project. Building a home is a custom home builder’s job. They have the resources and all the time to commit in managing all aspects of the custom home project.

Network of Skilled Sub-Contractors

Experienced general contractors and home builders have spent years cultivating relationships with sub-contractors who have exceptional skills that can be useful for completing your custom home. This poses less risk than working with a contractor that’s new in the business. Generally, sub-contractors choose to work with more experienced and established general contractors who have built a solid reputation and known for delivering high-quality of work and sticking to best business practices.

Greater Pacific Construction is a full service general contracting company with decades of experience in building custom homes in Orange County. To help make your dream home a reality, call us at (800) 469-1922 or fill out our Contact Form.

Greater Pacific Construction - Planning a Room Addition in Mission Viejo & Finding the Right Contractor

Planning a Room Addition in Mission Viejo & Finding the Right Contractor

In the old days, when people ran out of extra space in their homes, they would move or buy a bigger place. It’s different these days, with the availability of room additions as a cost-effective alternative to the expensive purchase of a bigger home and the time-consuming house remodeling. Greater Pacific Construction, a leading and licensed general contractor in Orange County, specializes in custom room additions that are built to fit your home and family’s needs.

We are a licensed general contractor for Room Additions in Mission Viejo and we provide the best suggestions for construction and remodeling purposes. We have years of experience in design, engineering, and construction. We handle the design and planning, and we take care of the various types of permits required for construction, such as structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical.

Benefits of Room Addition

Room addition is an excellent option especially for homeowners who have grown attached to their current homes and not keen on moving into bigger homes or taking up another loan. You can get an affordable custom design for room additions and increase your property value! However, we have to emphasize that a room addition project is a major undertaking and it’s important that you plan ahead to ensure that it’s the right decision from both the practical and financial standpoint before embarking on the project.

  • Get More Space- Adding a room or an extension to your house will give you the space that suits your needs, such as having a home office, a workshop, a nursery for the new baby, or a guest room.
  • Increase Home Value- Additional square footage is always enticing for home buyers. A carefully-planned room addition makes a home more attractive when the time comes to put your home back in the market.
  • Source for Extra Income- An additional room in your home can be rented out, an additional revenue stream for you and your family. This works out well if you’re house is located near a university or business facilities.

Ideas for Room Addition

There are several options for a room addition. Here are a few ideas you can choose from:

  • Master Suite Addition – Construction of master bedroom suite includes careful planning, especially with the plumbing for the additional fixtures shower, bathtub, sink, and toilet. Our room addition specialists will work closely with you to build a space that fits your style and meets the need for more privacy.
  • Second Story Addition – As expert room addition contractors, we make sure that the footings and foundation structure are reinforced to support the second-floor addition.
  • In-Law Suite Addition – In-law suite addition is fast becoming popular. We will work with you to ensure the additional structure flows with your home’s current architecture.
  • Bathroom Addition – We specialize in simple and upscale bathroom constructions and we help source the tiles and fixtures that we know will boost the value of your home.
  • Sunroom or Patio Addition – We have extensive experience in building California rooms, patios and sunrooms to give you the extra outdoor space you need. Our work is designed for comfort, performance, quality, and durability.
  • Guest House Addition – You can build a guest house right on the side of the house to accommodate visiting families and friends. You may choose a master suite or master bedroom with a bathroom or without a bathroom.
  • Bump Out Addition – Bump out addition is a small scale house expansion that adds 50 square feet or so. It is enough to make room for a kitchen island, turning an otherwise cramped dining area into a comfy place for eating and entertaining guests.

Cost of Room Addition in Mission Viejo

Before embarking on a room addition project, we recommend researching the cost of room addition in Mission Viejo. While the national averages provide us a general idea, it’s important to remember that such numbers don’t usually include other factors that impact final costs, such as hourly rates of local labor, material costs, and fees for local permits. 2020 estimates for cost of room extension or additions in Mission Viejo, Orange County show a range of $13,000.00 to $108,400.00. This estimate does not include fees for permits required for room additions, equipment or machinery rental, cleanup cost, inspection/building fees, construction materials and supply, sales taxes, general contractor fees. The size and type of room addition also impact the overall project cost.

Finding the Right Room Addition Contractor You Can Trust

The success of your room addition project highly depends on finding the right general contractor who’s right for the job. Find an experienced, licensed, and insured contractor who understands your needs and is capable of accomplishing the room addition you’re planning to have. Choosing a contractor is a major decision, but it doesn’t have to stress you out. Greater Pacific Construction, a highly-rated general contractor in Orange County, is an expert in building room addition projects and has developed a reputation for building and remodeling houses in Mission Viejo and surrounding communities. Visit the company’s portfolio of successful residential construction projects.

About Mission Viejo

Considered as one of the biggest master-planned cities in the country, Mission Viejo is truly a remarkable community that welcomes residents from different walks of life. It is a blossoming city that features a well-balanced structural and architectural theme; perfect for families who want to live a comfortable and quiet life. Mission Viejo homeowners are in the right hands, thanks to the solid contracting background of Greater Pacific Construction. They transform your room addition ideas into a completed project that is delivered within timeline and budget.

Mission Viejo has an image to uphold. Its over-all design theme, which is a combination of Spanish and early California, sets it apart from neighboring places. And having Greater Pacific Construction as the city’s number one general contractor will make sure that Mission Viejo keeps on getting the recognition it deserves from organizations like the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Contact Us for Room Addition Construction

Add both space and value to your home with the help of Greater Pacific Construction, Orange County’s top general contractor. We specialize in making your room addition dreams a reality. Call (714) 942-5355 or fill out a contact form to learn more about your room addition options.