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Aug 7, 2015
Aug 20, 2015

Those who are dedicated should Come. If not look to another level of standards.  

The GuildQuality Program is a great way to focus on what is important, The Client. The Surveys allow the Client to feedback to the Builders or contractors. To ensure a great achivment build the GQ principals and ethos into your interactions. It's not easy although separation from your peers shines. If you are in the Lowcountry stop by


Mark Miles asked:

Jan 13, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

WINE LOCATIONS FOR HOMES TIPS BY GAVIGAN: try to focus on the location and what the intent is. Eacch region offeres different benifits and depending on the use and frequency an owner can make a show piece or a true wine cellar or wine rack. Proper plannning makes for amazing spaces. Be Bold and Be Creative - Billy-

Mark Miles asked:

Jan 13, 2015
Jan 19, 2015

Mark, the answer depends on the topo ie the slope and terrain. Consult a local structual engineer..

proper drainage away, footers, rock, filter cloth, french drainect ect ( water is a hydrolic tool)

The design and layout are also important

*** A great engineer showed us the value of reenforcing a wall with a block planting box....  this gave an enormus amount of protection from failure

Best of Luck

Billy Gavigan


Mark Miles asked:

Jan 13, 2015
Jan 29, 2015


if you need amazing go with 4k tech and tv video. this is trending now for media although, I believe the more informal family setting is popular.

The Clients who have new homes are spending more time with family and less time in a formal movie setting area. Families are coming together and the market has shown that in the end family and the friends you have are more important than anything. We look for more Family centered engagment in a setting. NO DATA OR IPADS ALLOWED. 

At Gavigan we even have gone so far as to have a NO DATA policy layout i.e. a room for Computers and data devices only. the owners may have a plan or family only in the family room and talk or enjoy time without data.

Ask your Clients about a Data room.  try making a no data policy and engage in family time layout. Having two beautiful daughters and the best wife has shown this to work in our home as much as we can... its a challange although a goal :-]

Billy Gavigan


Ralph Kerr asked:

Feb 15, 2015
Feb 22, 2015

Ralph, Security Systems as we know have come along way over the years. The "glass break" or "open" sensors are what I believe you're speaking of. We use the ADT Pulse systems because of System functionality and how it operates.  My Previous Career Experiances are in Militarty EOD ( Bomb Squad) operations to include Advaced training in access and Denial Training/ operations  of each system and sensors. So my answer is based solely on the specific question answered. 1. Bruce is Spot on about warranty checks although I would add that ADT would more than Likly come out and reinstall or update at little to no cost and there functionality to me is key and they would be the ones with the experiace and structure to validate. From an Experiance base answer I would suggest looking possibly at updating to a Pulse style system or aka Smart home system that allows Video and active security measures. The importance of the installer or service provider being the installer  is based on the " durning Need time frame". knowing your system is set right is piece of mind and could be life saving.  Active motion sensor lights | IR and Proximity sensors inside | And a HOME setting for perimeter security are good standards of practice. Gavigan Homes


the best security system is a great plan and training 

Feb 15, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

Ask Your Wife First!!! Happy Wife Happy Life... and Hire a professional Do Not attempt this under taking witht he amout of recon and intel You have provided here.

here are a few industry terms

  Deck Building Terms

Deck Diagram

Here are some of the terms you'll need to know to complete this project:

Beam: A horizontal support member (Also see post.)

Decking: The material installed over the supporting framing members to which the roofing material is applied

Edge: Either of the two longer sides of a board, perpendicular to the face

Face: Either of the two wide surfaces of a board

Footing: The base on which a masonry wall or other support rests. It spreads out the load to prevent settling

Joists: Horizontal framing members that support a floor or ceiling.

Pilot Hole: A small-diameter hole that guides a nail or screw

Post: Any vertical support member

Rim Joist: The outermost joist in a structure's floor framing

Rise: The vertical distance from one point to another above it; a measurement you need in planning a stairway or ramp (Also see run.)

Run: The horizontal distance a ramp or stairway traverses (Also see rise.)

Screed: Leveling concrete, sand or other material by pulling a board pipe or other straightedge across it in a sawing motion

Three-Four-Five Triangle: An easy, mathematical way to check whether a large angle is square. Measure 3 feet along one side, 4 feet along the other. if the corner is square, the diagonal distance between those two points will equal 5 feet.

Toenail: To drive nails at an angle.

CJ Robinson asked:

Apr 27, 2016
May 14, 2016

seweing kit and a glue strip or sealent under the seam without looking at it. I would call a capet install compamy and have them look at it for sure. Find out what the cause is before the remedy. Gavigan Homes uses Lowes for install

Ryan Ralphe asked:

Apr 16, 2016
Apr 17, 2016

Edgar makes great points of matter in regards to the window selection and the Point of Insualtion. We SPray Foam Every New Home and are extra focused on sealing the envelop properly. We are located in a sub tropical climate and the principles apply adversly although nearly the same.

We ar eable to achive Power bills from 60-160 dollars on homes from 2000 sqft to 6500 Sqft. Air Loss, Insulation, and proper install of product

PROTIP: Watch ou twith the Term "Builder Grade" A Seasoned Window and door expert from Lowes will educate You on who makes the  "Builder Grade" windows You might speak of. There is a lot of " Razzle Dazzle in Windows and doors"

Check the performace & Rating. Do Not get Oversold and get a solid warranty orinated window.

Remember if they are not installed correctly and sealed IT does Not matter.... air flow is air flow... Loss =Loss

Billy Gavigan

Great Question!!

Jul 30, 2015
Nov 26, 2015

Contact the HVAC manufacture i.e. Goodman, carrier...ect also and notify them to iniaite a warraty log and ask them for assistance. If you have a NEW HOME book from the builder it should list the HVAC Install company of the HVAC Sysyem. Be Professioanl and Persistant. No Builder is perfect and most importantly try and notify the leadership of the company. Be flexable and cooridinate within the schedule set by the warranty ENSURE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM IS REGISTERED IN YOUR NAME AS IT MAY EXTEND COVERAGE

May 19, 2014
Nov 1, 2015

Great Question here and the answer is one of how the "chef" of the home cooks and always check the code and manufactures specs on clearances and proper guides for install.  Not knowing the model in the Question I would suggest an exercise in pulling the manufactures specs and install guide to see what is required and always know the WHY. 

bob web asked:

Jul 29, 2015
Sep 1, 2015

Bob, Get that clutter Out. You Might look into some good old fashion horse power... i.e. Young men wuith strong backs to assist you. Try asking Your local Youth charities or maybe football programs to raise money fo rthem and keep You Young... Keep it simple. If you put a large amount of weight in the module it might not be able to come out :-)

1 part Atheletic Youth + a Ryder truck = Kids learn the value of work and Bob saves $$

PRO TIP: Ensure there is a chain of command and the palyers or kids learn the right way... Mountain dew adds super fuel #nextgeneration

Daniel Hoff asked:

Feb 8, 2015
Feb 11, 2015

Daniel, Gavigan Uses Tankless water heat ( Gas or LP) when ever possible. The industry and level of Quaity have surpassed common standards. Knowing how to check and possibly service the system is a a Must. The systems are low maintance although knowing Why and how to check if it's working is key incase of a power outage, freeze, or just need to know. 

PRO TIP: KNOW WHERE THE FLUSH Lever is and how to remedy in a freeze situation. See if you need a 7 or 9 Gallon system ( flow) 


Billy Gavigan

Feb 7, 2015
Feb 8, 2015

To Spray or Trap? treatment for termitets

Joe, the question you ask is a question to a deeper need in home ownership. Ask not how many times you should have your home sprayed for termites... ask what your warranty company should do for you to stay active and in place. Many home owners know about the termites that are active in the lands in our regions although the bond or warranty is more important at the end of the day. Make sure your home is protected and has a company that can stand behind thier treatment both active and passive. Check what type of system they use and chemicals. Most importantly read the warranty or Bond. At Gavigan we use a  wood treatment during construction and a Taexx pest control wall sytem. If your home is built already do not worry about what was done before its more important to ensure what is current. bait traps, tests, and a good company will have a plan. Great Question...

Inspect and Validate

Billy Gavigan


Jan 21, 2015
Jan 28, 2015

Sealing the floor with an epoxy or sealer is a great feature like Bob said. Also make it a hang out with cool furniture and theme it to match what you love...

A finished room over the garage is a great place for guests to stay on your property and not feel like they are "in the way" from Inlaws to old friends the Guest suite can be an amazing place to get away

If the ultimate work shop is your flavor look into conditioned space or controling the moisture

- Note check building codes and NEVER use existing HVAC  for garage area space to be applied to cool/ heat. mixing living space and garage space on the same system is very dangerous due to gases and fumes.

SPOUSE TIP: Always look to an expert and Let your loved one do what they do best and Outsorce the rest

Billy Gavigan

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