Our Process-Or as we like to call it, what makes us better

What makes GNM different than other post frame specialist companies?

Direct communication and responsibility from the owner. You will be working directly with the owner from the first phone call until the handshake at the end of the project. No passing the buck. No “sorry but that is company policy”. ONLY straight talk and straight answers from the owner.

We start with a phone conversation to help us both determine where you are in the design specification phase. If you have already done your homework and have a good idea of what you desire, we can go through a list of questions over the phone and prepare a detailed proposal package that we mail to you for your review and consideration.

If you are just beginning to look around and have a lot of questions, you are at the right place. Actually, educating customers and helping them make wise decisions is something I truly enjoy, as you will see.

Site Visit Consultation:

If desired, we can set up a meeting at your property to view the site and this meeting has many advantages.

We can discuss site selection, including views, turning radius, landscaping, how best to achieve excavating (see excavating services), underground utilities, well, septic locations, and required setback distances. We should determine (before our meeting) all of the local zoning requirements, including setbacks, size limitations, etc. to assure you can building where and what you want (see permit process).

We will then review your existing building architecture and take measurements and pictures as required for the design phase. Matching your new garage to your house is something we enjoy doing and take pride in doing well.

Next, we move on to product samples that are neatly organized in a truck bed and toolbox. We then move on to showing you pictures of past projects with hundreds of options and detail pictures to help you visualize the unlimited capabilities we offer. Last but not least, we will get to know each other better and what is important to you.

After our meeting, I will have completed several forms which will be utilized to guide me through the estimating process. You will receive a very detailed proposal package through the mail for your review and consideration. No pressure ever, although I will request that after you have reviewed the proposal, you provide some feedback regarding your plan.

Long-term relationships with quality suppliers

Our suppliers are committed to providing high quality building components on time, every time.
You benefit from our relationships, their research and dedication that make them leaders in the construction industry. All products are carefully studied before being offered to the construction professionals (only). No big box store purchases here, only top-notch products delivered by top-notch people. You can always count on your project deliveries to arrive as planned and as specified.

Sales agreement meeting
We will have a lot of critical items to cover at this time and I typically recommend to allow a minimum of several hours for this meeting. There are many items to discuss, review and confirm to assure a successful construction project outcome.

If we have not already met, we will start by reviewing your building site and discussing setbacks, excavating, underground (and overhead) utilities site access, etc. Colors are chosen and doors and window locations are determined (while we have outside visuals).

Next, we normally move inside to finalize the paperwork and review all of the specifications and plans together. We fine-tune the locations of doors, windows, downspouts, electrical conduit, etc.… I can offer a lot of assistance to you to assure you are not overlooking anything during these important steps.

We review the permit application together and ask you to sign it so that I can submit it to your township along with your construction drawings. Your plot plan information is reviewed (see permit process) and I ask you to read the remainder of the sales agreement and ask me any questions.

After all questions have been answered your signature and 10% deposit finalize the meeting. I am then able to proceed with the construction drawings and submitting your completed permit application.

Construction process
During our sales agreement meeting you will be provided with a detailed 2-page form explaining what happens from this meeting until final building completion.

The permit issuance begins the construction scheduling process.

After you have paid for your permit and we have your permit number on file, we will contact your excavator to coordinate our schedules. We then provide you with a construction start date for the building so you will know exactly when we plan to start. We follow this up with a letter stating the planned construction start date.

We schedule your footer inspection (as required) and the crew arrives around 7 a.m. followed by the building supplier delivery at 7:30. I typically meet with my crew at noon time the first day to discuss your project in more detail.

As each phase of construction is completed and the next phase is scheduled, I contact you to review the project and give you updated scheduling information. This way you know when to expect each construction specialist on your project.

Permits
Permit obtainment(s) are included in your proposal as part of our standard services.

We are more than happy to review your proposed garage/ horse barn with your township zoning officer to help determine zoning requirements. We provide you with a report of our findings to help you decide your next step.

Some of the issues that must be determined are: setbacks, building separation distances, maximum building height, maximum square footage, impervious percentage, building coverage area and whether your building will be a zoning permit or a building permit.

Another issue that may affect pole building is storm water management plan

requirements. If your township requires a plan, we can typically assist in providing the design requirements and we can discuss this issue with you in more detail.

Variance relief is often required when the pole building/ garage does not meet the zoning requirements. We can assist you through this process including attending the variance meetings with you if desired.

Townships normally allow a (3) week (15 working day) review period to review your completed permit application, making it important to begin your planning early. The zoning information will be utilized for the plot plan completion.

The plot plan can usually be a hand drawn sketch of your property that shows the existing buildings, well, septic, driveway locations and the proposed building location and how far it will be from all of the above including property lines. The plot plan can also be a subdivision drawing, printed off the county tax map, etc.…

Physically locating your property lines and verifying the planned building location will be your responsibility since we do not have knowledge of your property lines and corners.

Bottom line, we can expedite the permit process for you at no additional charge. The primary items that you provide are your signature on the application (owner) permit  fees (check required upon issuance) property line identification and building placement. Any plot plan information you can provide is most helpful and will help with the permit issuance.

Now, if you would like to speak directly to me about your project, you can contact me now by clicking here. If you would like to see some of our work, click here. If you would like to see what some of our past clients are saying about our work, click here.