Your One-Stop Shop for Construction
By: Kim Young
Photography: Jason Roberts
The best thing about writing for NHOME Magazine is the people I meet and the places and products I learn about. My meeting with Bryan E. Smith of Vision Design and Build couldn’t have come at a better time.
Ever since I bought my garden home, I’ve needed help visualizing a new kitchen. My kitchen is functional, especially since I am not a cook, but, as a realtor, I know what sells. Kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living/entertainment spaces sell a house.
When I had the opportunity to interview Bryan, I jumped at the opportunity to pick his brain. It was like having a contractor in the family, or a favorite brother-in-law. He is the real deal. It’s obvious that he loves what he does. There are not enough words to describe how creative, innovative and visionary he is.
While ‘one-stop-shopping’ may have become a worn out expression, Vision Design and Build truly is the only stop you need to make. There is a reason that his team is the “go to” of detail guys for many home builders and designers.
Bryan is currently the President-elect of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. He has been involved in the industry for almost 20 years, and a local custom builder for well over 14 years. He has an impressive background with a degree in mechanical engineering, which attributes to his ability to be detail-oriented. He and his team back up everything in written form; from spec drawings, plans, selections, schedules to billing and more.
“Scheduling and hiring quality contractors are something I pride myself in,” Bryan said. “We had twice as much business in the first six months of this year than we did last year. It’s all word of mouth,” he added.
As with any good contractor, hiring the right crew and management is a key element to success. When unforeseen events take place, such as the passing of one of his project managers, the need for a replacement arose. Bryan is the type of business owner who doesn’t just settle for average, so it took several months to find the right person to fill the position.
Not settling for average explains why 90% of his business is repeat business and referrals, and why it was one of the most awarded in San Antonio last year. In April of this year, Vision’s team was awarded by the National Association of Home Builders as the Remodeler of the Month for the nation. They have also won Summit Awards for 10 straight years. Talk about consistency!
“Several years ago I had a paradigm shift that customer concerns and issues, even after the project is completed, need to be a priority for our company,” Bryan explained. He added that the hardest part of the job he loves is the challenge of dealing with things outside of his control. “It’s my passion,” he said.
Vision Design and Build specializes in renovations, new homes, and custom construction. They do what the big boys don’t have the time or desire to take on. “You have to adapt to the market,” he said.
If you are trying to decide which path to take, be it new construction or remodel, call and discuss the many options, 210-737-2800, or visit www.visiondesignandbuild.com.