Greater Pacific Construction Blog - Benefits of Hiring a Custom Home Builder

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.


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 - Residential Construction Vs Commercial Construction: What's the Difference?

Residential Construction Vs Commercial Construction: What’s the Difference?

It might be easy to think that when you want something built, you might be prone to say it’s a general construction. However, there are gray areas and would be better for you to understand the difference between a residential construction against a commercial construction.

When looking to build your property, it is best to identify the use or purpose of what you want to build.

A residential construction is defined as something that is built for the purpose of dwelling. It can be ground surfaced such as single- or semi-detached houses, row houses, etc. or non-ground based (condominiums, apartment buildings, etc).

A commercial construction is all other types of projects such as schools, skyscrapers for offices, public structures, malls, and others that are meant for commercial purposes.

It is essential for you to know the difference between the two for funding or loan reason. Most importantly, you can choose to work with a contractor based on expertise. In Orange County, you can count on Greater Pacific Construction that has the ability to complete and deliver projects for both residential and commercial constructions to the satisfaction of clients.

Residential projects normally involve the direct liaison between the general contractor and client. They both agree on the scope of work, design, and completion time of the project.

Commercial construction takes a much larger scope and needs different capabilities or expertise to implement than residential projects. Workers on this type of project need to be able to adapt to a multi-task environment and equipped with special skills. It is funded by the client/company through bank financing, by a government agency, or by the owner or developer.

Residential construction, meanwhile, has a much lower level of requirements in terms of project size compared with commercial construction. This project type could range from new build, an add-on or improvement home feature, or a renovation. The residential construction’s scope may be smaller but does not mean the need for professional experience and skill to complete the job is less. Expertise and reliability of the general contractor is still a must just like Greater Pacific Construction.

Both residential and commercial constructions are run by project managers alongside engineers and architects to ensure completion.

In both types of projects, a single general contractor with a complete team is enough to deliver on time. It is fairly common in the construction industry that sub-contractors are performing some aspects of the projects especially if the skills required are highly technical.

As a client, it is best that you check on the status of a contractor and their license before you hire them for either a residential or commercial project. You have the right and responsibility to be diligent in contracting anyone to do an important project with you. Always consider a general contractor that is licensed and in good standing. You may also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any records of complaints filed against a specific contractor. If your project is in Orange County, you might want to see the project history and clients’ testimonials for consideration.

You and your contractor should clearly understand the differences between a commercial and residential project. Apart from the scope of project, each entails different types of permits and must be handled properly with the correct city agency. A contractor that tries to cut corners and not follow proper procedures will cost you more because of penalties and fees.

Consult Greater Pacific Construction if you have either a residential or commercial construction project. We take great pride in our work and consistently provide excellent, high-quality work at a reasonable price, along with uncompromising standards of safety and outstanding customer service. Greater Pacific offers services across Orange County, namely Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange County, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Dana Point. Call us at (800) 469-1922 or fill out our contact form for more information.

Greater Pacific Construction - Everything You Need to Know About Room Addition

Everything You Need to Know About Room Addition

Greater Pacific Construction, a leading room addition contractor specialized in building Home Additions and Expansions for over two decades, is known to be an expert when it comes to doing home additions, expansions and home construction. An addition or expansion to a house is described as adding new rooms, areas, or additional square footage to an existing house. Whether building a 2nd level over an existing house or expanding the existing ground floors. There are many features that are or can be added to a house. Areas such as new and expanded kitchen and dining area, master bedrooms and bath, bedrooms and bathrooms, 2nd floor additions, California room and outdoor living spaces.

The nature of an addition for every property is unique and different. Each lot and property have characteristics that require specific creativity and design approach. Depending on the size of the lot and the amount of space available on a lot for the new build addition or expansion, the design approach will vary. One of the first things we as an expert room addition builder will want to find out is, what would be the purpose of the addition? Is it to gain more living space? Is it to gain more storage space? Or is it because we are trying to gain additional bedrooms or other living spaces? We first try to fully understand our clients’ needs and must haves when working on the process of an expansion or home addition. Understanding the day to day needs and functions of a family, future size and growth of the family, the amount of entertainment they have at the house and many other day to day functions and habits that will be studied in order to propose the best case solution and most feasible addition for the project. The key to a successful addition and home expansion as we always say is: 1. It shouldn’t look like an addition when its all completed and finished. 2. The new addition should blend in perfectly with existing design and layout of the house. 3. It should help enhance the life style of our home owners.

We will then pick the most feasible section of the existing house where the expansion will make most sense. There are many different architectural elements and designs that will roll into play in addition to the structural challenges that each project poses which we will work with the design team to come up with the most practical and creative designs for the work. Upon final design decisions and completion of the entire design package; the design team would start working with local jurisdictions such as the home owners’ association or local city building and zoning department in order to obtain and receive all necessary permits and approvals for the project. Upon pulling the construction permit, we would finally start getting ready for the actual build. By this stage of the process we already have drafted our construction schedule spelling out all the activities involved in the process and have our build team and suppliers and other related members all selected and all ready to start construction. The actual breaking ground and construction will start once our owners are fully ready and on board with the work and direct us to proceed forward.

We would start by building the rough phases of the work which in most cases will start with the initial demolition, underground utilities such as electrical and plumbing, foundation and framing and other parts of the project. Upon completion of the rough phases we will proceed with our City inspections for getting us ready to start on other phases of the work which involve covering walls and ceilings and exterior of the project with different finishing elements and materials.
A great amount of energy and efforts goes into the structural and concealed parts of a home that are not visible to the ordinary eyes. Things such as the quality of the materials being used, the level of craftsmanship and attention put in to the work, and the kind of strength and quality the home is built with. There are many important factors that come into play affecting the quality and life of a structure. In most cases, they are not visible to the eye but can make a huge different in quality and life of a house. The quality of routing the plumbing lines and installing the fittings and fixtures, the quality of wiring and installation of electrical fixtures, the quality of installation of ductings and all heating and cooling equipment and elements, quality of waterproofing of different areas of the house such as exterior walls and window openings, showers and bathrooms, roofs and all other elements related to roofing. There are many different factors related to quality and durability of a building that we consider at the time of build. We creatively use different methods of routing the plumbing lines, electrical lines and HVAC ducting and other components to make sure the architectural essence of the house is maintained and we are not cutting in to the design. During the material selection process, our clients have already made all their choices and the materials have been procured and purchased, now its time for installation. Carefully installing all the finish related elements after drywall finishing or at the stage of drywall installation can include: cabinetry and millwork, floor tiles, wood floors and trims, stair cases and railing, backsplash and many other finishing materials. Quality craftsmanship in the installation process can make all the difference in how a project presents itself and our team of installers and finishers at Greater Pacific Construction can make that difference. From proper installation of all finishes and fixtures according the best industry practices and standards to final finishing touches to different details such as custom tile installation and wood trims or other decorative elements, all and all are accounted for here at our company because we believe in building our clients home just like its ours. With the same quality.

✔ We build additions and expansions that are unique with a different architectural essence. Transitions from existing to new are seamlessly performed so we can achieve a successful and meaningful addition.
✔ After building 100’s of projects and building a successful track record of jobs, we understand what to look for in delivering a quality project and an addition that makes sense and lasts for the life of the house or even longer.
✔ We bring unique, creative and up to date solutions and ideas for our clients.
✔ Our build team are experts at what they do and have been performing additions and specialty trade work for many years, giving them a competitive advantage in the industry.
✔ Our insurance, warranty and product back up is unmatched in the industry. We stand behind our work because our reputation is at stake.
✔ We monitor and supervise our projects daily to insure quality and reduce the amount of errors. Nothing goes passed our eye unless its done correctly and property and client is satisfied.
✔ We do not use any materials out of tolerance. All of our materials are purchased project specific meaning we don’t carry materials from one project to another.
✔ Our staff is amongst the most reliable in the industry and always a phone call away to address our client’s needs.
✔ Safety is our number one concern on the job. Insuring all safety measures are considered at the job site protecting all the workers and our clients.
✔ Our waterproofing systems and moisture control systems are amongst the best in the market.
✔ We deliver turnkey projects meaning we will walk out of the project once all and every detail of the work is completed and approved by the client. No item is left behind incomplete.
✔ We use the newest and most up to date materials and methods of construction.
✔ We inquire the newest architectural trends and methods feasible with the project.
✔ We have the friendliest staff on board making it easy for the clients to work with.
✔ We barricade the construction area in ways to have the least amount of construction effect on clients’ day to day life style.
✔ Construction clean up and tidiness is a top priority at our company.
✔ We rely on our past project success and relay that experience and knowledge to our clients.
✔ We specialize in bringing value to our clients’ homes.
✔ We have a credible reputation for quality amongst city inspectors and do not compromise quality over cost.

All and all we are about making construction a pleasant and memorable journey for our clients while improving their home. We believe in adding value to our clients lives and go out of way to enhance and improve their life styles and the quality of their homes.

In addition to the last section above, please add something like this paragraph below to explain what sets us apart additionally. With our company, clients can be relieved of the worry about making the right decisions for their house. The amount of experience we bring to the table for them answers all their questions. They will be working with a team that’s considered a leader in the industry. We specialize in performing all types of expansions and additions with a successful track record that speaks for itself. Our ideas are unique and exclusive. We rely on our past project success and relay that experience and knowledge to our clients.

Hiring the best in the industry will deliver the best and will also provide that surety about the decisions that clients make for their home. It’s all about making the right decisions and choices and we are here to help you make that decision. Quality, Dependability, experience and reliability is what we are known for.

At Greater Pacific Construction we are experts and high quality kitchen remodels. We use only top grade materials and skilled artisans on your kitchen remodel. This is why so many home owners choose Greater Pacific Construction as their Orange County Kitchen Remodeling Contractor. And since our business is family owned and operated, our reputation is at stake in every kitchen remodel.

Greater Pacific Construction - Ask Your Orange County Kitchen Remodel Contractor

Ask Your Orange County Kitchen Remodel Contractor

Homeowners will spend more money on their kitchen remodel than on any other home improvement project, and because kitchens act as the hub of our home life the time and money spent on a remodel should be spent thoughtfully. The right kitchen remodel contractor can help you with the decisions and strategies which make a successful remodel project. Because of his experience your contractor can be a terrific partner, so don’t be afraid to ask.

  1. Plan, and then plan some more.

The planning of your remodel project should take more time than the actual construction. Working with your contractor during the planning phase is beneficial in countless ways, from reducing the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction to staying on budget.

  1. Keep the same layout.

Changing plumbing pipe locations, electrical outlets, and knocking down walls will drive up the cost faster than anything else. Your contractor can help you get the features you want with your existing footprint.

  1. Don’t get more appliances than you’ll use.

Don’t get carried away with sub-zero refrigerators, or six-burner cooktops. These may be eye-catching centerpieces but appliances are essentially tools so invest in the ones that best suit your cooking needs and lifestyle. Ask your contractor, he’s familiar with a variety of appliances.

  1. Understand the power of lighting.

Task lighting installed over food prep areas will help you works safely and efficiently. Recessed lighting and track lighting can also add value and appeal to the kitchen. Your contractor can help you with lighting design and then hardwire it in!

  1. Buy quality.

Resist low-quality bargains, ask your contractor for recommendations on products that combine low maintenance with a long warranty. Also, products with substantial warranties can be a great selling point if that’s in your future.

  1. There’s never enough storage

If you’re working with the same footprint, adding storage can be a challenge. Consider installing cabinets that reach the ceiling, mount small shelving units on unused walls, hang pots and pans on a ceiling-mounted rack, and add hooks to the backs doors for mops and brooms.

  1. Communication is key.

If you’ve started your project working with your contractor back at planning stage, you’re already ahead of the game, keep it up. And don’t forget if you have a question, ask!


At Greater Pacific Construction we are experts and high quality kitchen remodels. We use only top grade materials and skilled artisans on your kitchen remodel. This is why so many home owners choose Greater Pacific Construction as their Orange County Kitchen Remodeling Contractor. And since our business is family owned and operated, our reputation is at stake in every kitchen remodel.

Greater Pacific Construction - Bath Renovation ~ Big Ideas For Small Spaces

Bath Renovation ~ Big Ideas For Small Spaces

Trying to make everything fit in a small bathroom can feel like to a crossword puzzle. The challenges can include separating the sink and toilet to meet code, room for a shower and even where to put the towels. Below are tips for renovating a small space to the perfect size.

Use a large-scale pattern. Patterns like wide stripe, can trick the eye into seeing a bigger space and the bathroom will feel bigger.

Install a wall-mounted faucet. A wall-mounted faucet allows you to use a narrower sink or vanity, and frees up square footage in the whole bathroom. Wall-mounted faucets are a popular choice this year.

Choose a corner sink. A corner sink across from a toilet works better than placing a sink across from your shower because you’ll avoid awkward “walk around” situations.

Use a shower curtain. A shower curtain in lieu of a shower door that opens in and out.

Install a round the vanity. Tight spaces can make sharp corners hazardous. A round vanity can be perfect in a square space and no more bruises.

Build shelves or a counter over the toilet. This arrangement can take advantage of wall space often overlooked in the bathroom. Toilet placement is unaffected, and the look is clean and modern.

Use a bigger mirror. A mirror that stretches across the wall instead of just over the vanity enables two people to use it at once. It also reflects light making the space feel roomier.

Mount the towel bar on the shower door. A towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You may have to store most of your towels in a nearby closet, but it’s essential to have one handy.

When you’re ready for a bath renovation contractor in Orange County give us a call at Greater Pacific Contractors for a free quote. Our team of experienced designers can help you find the best option to make your bath renovation a big deal. We will show you big affordable bath renovation ideas to make the best of small spaces


Greater Pacific Construction - Can’t Miss Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Can’t Miss Kitchen Renovation Ideas

You want to be cautious of the “hot trends” when it’s time to renovate your kitchen. A kitchen that appears outdated in just a few years because you followed a trend with no staying power is not a good investment. Instead, look at the trends for the value they’ll bring to your home and your life for the long run!

Below are seven popular can’t miss trends that will add value for years because they address lifestyle and convenience and enduring style.

  1. White Cabinets & Appliances

White kitchens are still popular, white cabinets are the choice for 67% of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members.

  1. Don’t want white? Try Neutral Gray

A grey color scheme was the fastest growing choice for kitchens in 2014, especially matched with a splash of yellow or another bold color.

  1. Smaller Appliances

Small is big these days, especially for retires or millennials. Micro-living may be a new movement but experts say it’s not going anywhere. Micro-appliances include a two-burner cooktop, a microwave/convection oven combo, and an 18” dishwasher among others.

  1. Quartz Countertops

Quartz and granite countertops have been almost tied in popularity up to now. Now the trend is definitely towards quartz. Quartz is easy to maintain and doesn’t require annual sealing like granite.

  1. LED Lighting

Below cabinets, along toe-kicks, concealed in crown molding, on the inside of cabinet doors; LEDs are showing up everywhere! They emit practically no heat, come in a variety of color, last longer than traditional bulbs and use less energy to boot!

  1. Point-of-Use Refrigeration

Put the cool where you need it. Install a counter height unit for produce next to your prep area for example or as a juice/soda fridge for kids.

  1. Touch-Activated Faucets

Trendy? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely! There so convenient you’ll wonder what took them so long to produce. Another important feature available with many models is their ability to turn off automatically, which can add up to significant water savings.

When you’re ready for a kitchen renovation contractor in Orange County give us a call at Greater Pacific Contractors for a free quote. Our team of experienced designers can help you find the best option to make your kitchen renovation a big deal. At Greater Pacific we will show Can’t Miss Kitchen Renovation Ideas.

Greater Pacific Construction - Tricked Out Orange County Bath Remodels

Tricked Out Orange County Bath Remodels

Smart, unique and high-tech alternatives and additions to a bath remodel are a world apart and out of this world. They’ll bring a lot of bang for your buck and if you’re bath remodeling, these ideas are easy to incorporate.

For example, if you often struggle to find items in your dark bathroom cabinets try built-in cabinet lighting like recessed downlights (use glass shelves so light will filter down) or a backlit panel to illuminate the entire storage space.

To keep your hair dryer, electric toothbrush or shaver easily accessible use a compact cabinet located on the top of your vanity with a lift-up door. Position the cabinet at a convenient height and next to outlets so they’re ready to go.

If you have kids reaching on tip-toes for the faucet consider a pull-out or fold-down step. Position it at the base of your cabinetry to give little ones an extra boost. It can also give you a boost to reach the top of the mirror for cleaning.

Use drawer organizer to bring order to messy drawers. Similar to kitchen organizers, with inserts that divide the storage space into separate, easy-to-manage sections.

Push-touch drawer systems and soft-close door hinges are a solid investment for any bathroom, especially one for families with young kids or people with motor or mobility challenges. They’re safer, durable and ergonomic and they offer smooth and silent function,

Medicine cabinets with a mirrored interior a mirrored interior allow you to see items that are hidden at the back of your cabinet, which means you’ll be able to quickly find whatever you’re looking for.

Go high tech. For those who wish they could watch the news while getting ready in morning, or a favorite TV show while in the tub at night, get a medicine cabinet that features a mirrored door with an integrated LCD TV screen. Also, consider adding some built-in speakers to your cabinets to listen to music while preparing for the day or night ahead.

Greater Pacific Construction is an innovative Orange County Bath Remodeling Contractor with years of experience in unique solutions to create the most functional bathroom spaces.

Greater Pacific Construction - Who Is The Top Orange County Contractor?

Who Is The Top Orange County Contractor?

The one who successfully completes your job of course! Awards and recognition notwithstanding, the best contractor for one project, may not be the best for yours. So how do you go about finding YOUR best contractor in Orange County? There is no shortage of good contractors around, but to find the best one for you, consider following these simple steps and you’ll be on track to finding the best contractor in Orange County.

Write a Job Description

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’re working off the same page…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 only 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 possible the cost savings will show up in materials or workmanship of lesser quality.

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 arise during construction (and sometimes even before and after). Don’t 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 walk through the project with a copy of your contract and job description and compare results. 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 residential and commercial projects.