Bryton Homes

Challenge

Verve Electric used three spreadsheets, each an independent silo of information, to manage clients, estimates, and invoices alongside a basic online calendar to share project information when away from the office. Finding a client, their associated projects and files, and then communicating detailed information from office to jobsite was difficult, time-consuming, and limited.

Solution

The unified database provided by ConstructionSuite enables Verve Electric to quickly search across their projects. They can now easily find estimates and invoices for any given client, improving their processing speed and streamlining their workflow for both new jobs and numerous repeat customers. Integration with ConstructionOnline’s powerful Mobile App made it possible for Nathan to easily view the same centralized data set in the field, making it possible to open a project’s estimate and files away from the office.

Our Philosophy is Simplicity

Rick Clendaniel, Director of Operations at Bryton Homes, has been in the construction business for over 30 years. Filling positions of Construction Manager and VP of Construction in everything from development to commercial work, the experiences Rick has had in the last 32 years has led to success in his current role as Director of Operations at Bryton Homes. With a central office in McLean, Virginia, Bryton Homes is in the business of Residential Construction, creating beautiful production homes for single families in the Virginia & Delaware area. In only its second year in business, Bryton Homes has additional offices in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Harbeson, Delaware.

The quick success that Bryton Homes has experienced is partly due to their initial purchase of UDA's ConstructionSuite software, which gives them the capabilities of a comprehensive construction management program, making it easy to create estimates and schedules, handle company management, including insurance tracking and lead management, while also integrating with QuickBooks for accounting purposes. "I like your software", said Rick, "I tell you, we've come a long way in one year for being a new company - it's incredible what we've got here."

Rick came to Bryton Homes, a brand new business, as a previous user of Sage Timberline, Primavera, and Excel, none of which were the complete package that UDA's ConstructionSuite had to offer. "I came to Bryton Homes and they didn't have any estimating management software," and after looking at many different options, Rick said:

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The purchase of ConstructionSuite wasn't on a whim either. "We checked you out. We called others who were already using your software in the Virginia area that we knew and trusted. We got good feedback from those users, checked out reviews from others in the industry, and decided that ConstructionSuite was the system for us. The flexibility and the features that the program provided, the reputation that it was easy to learn, and specifically, the support that UDA offered were absolutely huge factors in what made us decide that ConstructionSuite was the best package for us" said Rick.

Bryton Homes was already using QuickBooks for their accounting purposes, and the seamless integration was just another advantage to choosing ConstructionSuite. The QuickBooks integration enables Bryton Homes to create their budget, complete purchase orders, and import all of their actual costs back into the ConstructionSuite system. This entire process makes it possible for their office to truly know and control their costs.

Not only is Bryton Homes able to easily control their costs, but they are also able to manage their daily business activities extremely quickly. Rick explains, "I've got a system set up where, if we sell a house, our sales agent will send us the needed information, and within thirty minutes, I can give them the exact cost of the house." But creating estimates isn't the only place that ConstructionSuite has helped Bryton Homes save a tremendous amount of time.

Rick said "ConstructionSuite saves me even more time because of the automated system of insurance and certificate tracking and especially when writing purchase orders. Because ConstructionSuite makes it so simple and easy, we can actually have the purchase orders for the entire project finished, printed, and sent to the vendors in a matter of three hours." Rick continued, "Our philosophy is simplicity - if we can keep it simple, know exactly what we're doing, and control our costs - well, that's why we like ConstructionSuite. It makes that possible."

Between the three office locations, Bryton Homes is set to complete approximately 50 houses this year, all while operating with less than twenty employees total. Their quick success has led to their current projects, three beautiful communities in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Harbeson, Delaware. The Preserve at Smith Run in Fredericksburg is an elegant community in the epitome of luxury and convenience located just five minutes from the Historic downtown area. The Trails and Meadows of Beaver Creek are two separate communities, both located near the beaches, the bay, boating, and golfing in a desirable area of Harbeson, Delaware. Bryton Homes is looking forward to completing yet another beautiful community in the Virginia and Delaware area.


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Exceptional Work. Superior Results.

Professionalism and quality are both incredibly important for TriVista USA to do exceptional work with superior results. Michael explains, "Communication is 90% non-verbal, and if you show up with a level of service that starts at a high level, and that level remains consistent as you dive into the job - if the specs look good and contract is well-presented - if everything looks good and is tight and neat - then everything, including your company, looks professional because it is. Obviously, it begins and ends with you doing what you say you're going to do, but ConstructionSuite helps people do that and get stuff to clients on time, stay on budget, and that's the beginning and end to me."

sauri4_300x300A few of TriVista USA's current jobs get Michael really excited, especially one extremely unique home in the D.C. area. "We're working on some very cool things right now - specifically this amazing home that is set into the side of an extremely steep hill. So steep in fact, that a parking deck had to be built to give the family parking access from the street. From this parking deck, there is an architecturally beautiful bridge they walk across to get into the house but the space beneath the bridge and parking area has gone completely unused so far," said Michael. He continued, "TriVista is recreating this area to make a gorgeous flagstone patio and the family will finally start enjoying this amazing space."

Excitement, passion, and love for what you do is extremely important, especially when you have the hectic schedule that Michael Sauri has. His passion truly shines every day when he has the chance to develop creative solutions. He says "I love the design part of what I get to do - the first few meetings are always the best. I meet with my clients and they've got something in their home that just isn't working for them. I have the privilege to come in and transform that space, usually with a solution they never thought possible."

Another thing that keeps Michael excited and challenged is the fact that everything TriVista works on is custom made. "It's easy to just do something you did in a previous project because you know it works, but we don't do that. Everything we do is custom made and by making yourself come about something with a brand new approach each time, it ensures that your end results will be even better," said Michael. The end results are extremely important to Michael, as he explains "in my industry, I am constantly building things that outlive me - every single day. I am very aware of that in everything I'm doing, because in ten years, I may not be here, but my work still is, and honestly, I don't want that to suck."

It may be that mindset that contributes to TriVista USA's exceptional work which continues to earn notice. Michael was just recently selected to be the Green Building Technology and Strategies on-camera spokesperson for the online component of Remodeling Magazine, Remodeling TV. He is featured on Remodeling TV to discuss the ins and outs of Green Building. TriVista USA was also recently selected to be featured on BobVila.com for their recent work on a home in Washington, D.C.

While these adventures just add to Michael's busy schedule, he's extremely excited to be a part of it. He said, "What I hope comes from these opportunities with Remodeling TV and Bob Vila is that I'm going to help other business owners who are in similar situations by giving them insight into what's been working for us. Hopefully those who see my ideas will reach out to me, either by giving me constructive criticism or just telling me their different opinions. That alone will help TriVista USA and myself grow and improve because really, bouncing ideas off of each other is going to make us better and also the industry as a whole."

Media attention isn't the only attention that TriVista USA has been receiving. The solid results they've produced have resulted in the 2009 Arlington County's Green Home Choice Award as well as multiple National Association of the Remodeling Industry's Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards. TriVista USA was recognized in 2008 with COTY Awards for their work on a commercial interior at the Robert Shields Interiors office space, and for an entire house renovation for a home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Additionally, they were awarded COTY Awards in 2007 for their commercial interior work in the Washington D.C. restaurant, D'Acqua, and for their residential exterior renovation of a home in McLean, Virginia.

Location Website Industry Years in Business
McLean, VA USA www.brytonhomes.com Residential Production Homes 10

 

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