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Drama is fun when it's HGTV, but not so fun when your own home is on line! We discuss real life renovations while equipping you to edit out the contractor craziness. Why shouldn't this be a delightful and drama free process? You're beautifying your home, not trying to create "must see" TV!
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Shaping the City

Shaping the City

2024-04-2631:07

Who is shaping the city of Greenville, SC?Our guest on this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! is no doubt on the short list. Her name is Shannon Lavrin, and she’s the city’s CEO, also known as the City Manager.Shannon spends her days, nights, and weekends implementing city council priorities and engaging with citizens. Shannon joins us on this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! to discuss the city's future and what is going on with downtown residential development. It’s a fascinating conversatio...
Guide-Design Phase

Guide-Design Phase

2022-08-0833:19

You've likely heard the phrase "Design-Build". It's a time tested process for getting architect and builder on the same page so the finished product is built efficiently. At Daniel Builders we've taken the Design-Build process and enhanced it by adding a preliminary phase referred to as the Guide Phase. We're calling our process "Guide-Design-Build". In this episode we take a look at what a Project Guide does? And more importantly how they benefit clients by tran...
Under What Conditions

Under What Conditions

2022-07-2024:38

Daniel Builders was honored to have 3 well respected guests on this first episode. These local industry leaders include Taylor Lyles, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greenville; Greg Gambrell, VP-Sales GBS Building Supply; Dustin Hughes, Corporate Sales Director for Jeff Lynch Appliance. You’ll get a "30,000 ft view" of the housing market in upstate South Carolina - a truly wonderful place to live! Recommended listening for all who wonder what is happening in t...
How do you know you've found a trustworthy electrician? Of course, competence is key. A positive attitude, genuine passion for the work, and a drive for excellence are additional qualities that build trust. Do you know anybody who fits that description? We do! Our guest on this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! is Nate Collins. He’s the Lead Electrician at Trusted Tradesmen & Co. On this episode, Nate shares distinctions between electrical systems in condos and single-family hom...
Who is your structural sounding board? Want to move a wall in your condo? While there are many con-”DOs”, there are plenty of con-”DON’TS” when it comes to building structure and safety. Our guest on this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! is an expert in structural integrity. His name is Chad Brendle, and he’s the owner of CB Engineering Group. Chad joins us to explore the complexities of remodeling within multi-story buildings. Whether you’re a condo owner looking to remodel or a prospective ...
What obstacles stand in the way of establishing the design aesthetic for your condo? Who has the interior design expertise to overcome those obstacles? It just so happens we're answering both questions on this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! Chisana Hice-Smith, Lead Residential Designer at In Site Designs, has significant condo remodeling experience. She shares a few things to consider before embarking on a condo remodel. You won't want to miss this conversation full of design flair! So, let...
Voluntary Sales Force

Voluntary Sales Force

2024-03-2929:16

Daniel Builders has a highly effective in-house salesforce called Project Guides, but did you know we also have a voluntary sales force?Yes, you read that correctly, “voluntary”. Who would attempt to sell something without receiving any benefit for their effort? We’re consistently humbled by the kindness of our voluntary salesforce, comprised of raving fans who share their positive experience through word-of-mouth referrals.On this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! you’ll hear from a current f...
Where do you begin when remodeling a condo? That’s a good question, but an even better one is “Who do you begin a Condo remodel with?” You no doubt expect us to say Daniel Builders, and since this podcast is produced by Daniel Builders, you’d be right. However, we’re adding a slight twist. It’s probably best to by listening to someone who has used Daniel Builders, yes past clients. We have one coming on the show in a few weeks. One recurring theme among cli...
Obviously, many do.Plenty of amenities and conveniences make city living appealing. There are a few trade-offs as well. Much of it comes down to finding and fixing up just the right place to suit the needs of your family.The Ready, Set, Renovate! podcast is embarking on a ten-part series focused on condo living. The guest on our first episode is Nick Van Gorp, an engaging and gifted realtor well-versed in the intricacies of condo life. As you’ll hear, he knows what to look for when seeking a ...
If you could be an expert on anything, what would it be?For Andy Naples in an expertise in electricity. Andy is an an electrical engineer (Georgia Tech graduate) who spent decades studying and utilizing electricity. Andy joined us on the Ready, Set, Renovate! podcast to share a few practical pointers and some fun facts about electricity. His passion for electricity can get anyone charged up discussing this topic.So let’s get to it!Are you considering a major remodel? You’ll want to ensure the...
Common as Concrete

Common as Concrete

2024-01-1314:45

What is the most common building material?Answer: CONCRETEIt’s literally everywhere and has vast construction applications. From home foundations to unique countertops, concrete is so common you're likely within a few feet of it right now. Despite being common, not all concrete is equal. Getting good concrete doesn’t just happen. You need the right mix, the right delivery system with trucks & drivers and the right finishers to ensure form and function. &...
Go Directly to Build

Go Directly to Build

2023-12-0812:34

How much Design time should you spend prior to starting a home remodel?Some need quite a lot, which is why the Guide-Design-Build process exists. Project drawings, a detailed scope of work, a complete list of selections and a fixed cost to build are all part of that process. Not all projects require this level of upfront legwork though. Some remodels have a super straight forward Scope of Work. Can a remodel like that go directly to the Build phase? Turns out yes.There is a ...
ADU Architect

ADU Architect

2023-11-2213:59

Daniel Builders created a FB post of a detached Accessary Dwelling Unit (ADU) on Nov 16. The post took on a life of its own generated over 2K likes and that number is still growing as Nov 22. Why all the interest in ADUs? The Building Trust blog asked that question, as well as a few others to the architect, Billy Zion of Zion Architects. Billy designed the ADU in the FB post. As you’ll hear Zion Architects is an excellent place to start a custom build whether it’...
Coming from Afar

Coming from Afar

2023-10-0620:09

Is it crazy to uproot your family and travel thousands of miles in search of a new state? Some might think so, but not Ricardo Rodriquez and his wife Amber. They thought it was a great idea. And after a year of living in South Carolina, they still do.Two years ago they were living in Bakersfield, CA. Amber convinced Ricardo that farm livin' is the life for them (to borrow a lyric from Green Acres). Long road trips ensued. They traveled to Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and South Carol...
At Daniel Builders we have a blueprint for Building Trust. Not everyone chooses us to be their remodeling contractor, but we aim to establish Trust with everyone. If you’ve seen our trucks, you know our tagline “Building Trust”. Perhaps that sounds like abstract marketing gibberish, but we see it as a very practical pursuit. We're serious about trust and we've identified five components to building it - Honesty, Communication, Connection, Commitment, and Competence. Spend tim...
Kevin Schreiber knows tile. From beautiful bathrooms to backsplashes Kevin routinely produces beautiful work. And as a remodeling contractor, we at Daniel Builders love that about him! As you may expect, he's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to tile. In this episode of Kevin talks about the art, science and cost of tile, (some of it can get pretty pricey). This is an opportunity to hear from a true expert in his field, as well see his work which speaks for itself.&n...
Uplifting View

Uplifting View

2023-07-2919:59

Drone photography is an aspect of construction that is really taking off! On this episode of Ready, Set Renovate! we speak with drone photographer Ryan Swanson of Upper Edge Drone Photography. Ryan talks about utilizing drone photography with benefits that go beyond capturing cool photos. It’s an uplifting conversation sure to give you a better view of remodeling work! (sorry can't keep the dad jokes to myself)So let's get to it!
An Accessary Dwelling Unit is secondary housing option. You may recognize them by other names such as Granny Flat, Guest House, Garage Apartment, or In-Law Suite. ADUs offer all the same characteristics of a home - kitchen, bedroom(s), bathroom - while sharing the same property as the primary house.An ADU may be attached or detached or even inside the primary house. They can benefit families who care for loved ones in a multi-generational home. ADUs also create rental income...
At last! The remodeling of this iconic Pendleton SC home is complete. The home has been part of the Pendleton community for well over 100 years, and officially ready for another 100 years. Getting to his point was no easy feat as project manager Sam Parkinson explains. In this final installment of a year long documentary, Sam expresses the excitement of finishing and finishing strong! His efforts culminated in a stunning home, with so much of its original charact...
Asking Why

Asking Why

2023-06-0713:29

Hard to say for sure, but you likely started with a one word question every toddler throughout history has asked. "Why?" Pretty cool how humans are programmed to search for reason at such an early age. Turns out understanding "Why?" is vital to the remodeling process. Knowing the honest answer reduces stress, and more importantly protects you from buyers remorse. In this episode of Ready, Set, Renovate! Chris Cloud talks abut finding reason behind the renovation, as well as ...
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