I’ve been captivated by an ever increasing portfolio of desirable Reunion property lately and wanted to learn more about them and the team behind some of the most beautiful pieces of real estate in Central Florida.
With a recovery in investment confidence around many areas of the globe, Reunion homes are thankfully rising proudly out of the earth again. Guests are returning again, and with them, a new trend in travel; multi family and multi generational groups.
It’s been going on a while, but the new ‘super homes’ are perfectly designed to cope with lots of guests, and most importantly, lots of parking for their cars! The very early large homes often lacked driveways and strained the roadways, but smart builders like Greg Givans from Triton, saw this as an opportunity to guide their home buyers towards a whole new product.
I wanted to learn more about Greg’s latest and upcoming mansions and family homes, but first wanted to know what motivates the man that is always looking to build like a master. After meeting this week at Triton Builders Inc model home on Golden Bear, I took some notes and asked a lot of questions and quickly realized why I could never be a builder!
Some quick facts about Triton Builders Inc and Greg Givans;
- Greg’s father, a mason, inspired his passion for construction
- Greg has been in construction since he was 18 working for a concrete company forming foundations etc.
- Worked my way up through that company in Coral Springs Florida for 8 years in the middle of the custom home boom in Boca Raton.
- Greg was the youngest superintendent they ever hired.
- Quickly moved up the ranks to project manager then had kids and moved to Naples , Florida
- Forged his skills on large custom homes in Naples/ Bonita springs including The colony, Mediterra, Bonita bay and Quail West.
- Became a project manager for Imperial Homes in 2008
- Started Triton in May 28, 2008
- 48 builds so far in Central Florida/Reunion
- 8 New builds will start in the Fall/Winter of 2015
- Over 55 contractors and staff members
What’s changed the most in the design of the homes over the last few years?
GREG – TRITON
Pretty much about everything! In the earlier years, Reunion’s homes were often a subtle blend of Spanish/Tuscan style of architecture, and that has gently given way to a much more contemporary style, both inside and out.
It’s been a great fun designing and building the newer homes to ensure that they still complement the overall feel of what is without doubt the most attractive resort in the region. We have a responsibility to build exciting new homes, without detracting from the existing feel of the luxurious neighborhood.
Triton appear to be producing some amazing and very distinctive homes, that not only have curb appeal, but function perfectly for large families and groups looking for luxury accommodation.
GREG – TRITON
I think any great builder or architect would agree, that although we move heavy materials about for most of the day, our craft is very much centered upon art. We have to do the hard work, but always with a creative eye and vision for the home owner’s benefit. We are also always in search of new and interesting features to introduce into our homes, but with a tasteful result rather than a gimmicky outcome. That’s what people always seem to appreciate about a Triton home. Great ideas, lovely features and nice surprises at every turn when they view their completed home for the first time.
Where do those ideas come from Greg?
GREG – TRITON
Just like any builder, I often find myself awake at night excitedly thinking of new ideas or solutions, but in fairness, I think that the homeowners, and fabulous architect that we use are a huge part of our success.
We are very proud of the relationships with our owners, many who come back repeatedly for further homes.
Triton is a customer facing business and that interaction makes working together on styles, features and detailing a pure pleasure. We’d go crazy just building the same homes each month!
What’s the competition like in the area?
GREG – TRITON
I genuinely love competition. Without it, we would not be as strong a builder as we are today. We’d still be building the same homes from 2009. There’s a lot of respect within the main group of builders here and that comes from understanding that our industry is challenging, but enjoyable if you have the right attitude to succeed.
Ultimately though, we love to try and outdo each other!
What advice would you give to a new owner that’s planning their first mansion?
GREG – TRITON
Some owners know exactly what they want, perhaps they’ve researched for months or even years, others want us to take care of virtually everything. Our success is very much down to them that we give them the expertize to get a great result.
Deciding on finishes, materials and features is only easy if the owner has got the right team around, and Triton take care to listen to all of the contractors, property managers and designers before we move a shovel of dirt.
The best advice I can give to an owner, is to pick a builder that can offer that advice and that will listen to the owner.
What’s the hottest trend in Reunion right now?
GREG – TRITON
There’s been a big shift towards those fabulous ‘themed’ built in bunk bed rooms, secret doorways into kids’ dens, led lighting and smart audio/lighting. Features that make the home ‘pop’, not only in the rental brochures, but also in real life for the owners and their guests!
What exciting news can you share with us about 2016?
When we started Triton Builders Inc, it was just myself and my wife Marna, but we were very fortunate to have Seth Flaugher and Mike Donnelly join us to develop the sales, while I concentrated on the construction aspect of the business.
It’s been a fabulous success and we all wanted to take things to the next level this year and expand our efforts even further.
Seth and Mike are not only great friends, but outstanding sales professionals and it made a lot of sense for the building and realty sides to head up as separate businesses that continue to work together.
That way, as individuals, we can focus on our core strengths, and support each other as great businessmen.
The Triton story has been a great one, with lots of chapters to continue and lots of great opportunities for 3 friends to keep building and selling dream homes together!
2016 is already set to become our most successful year yet for starts, and it’s only November 2015, but we are always looking for new ideas, new projects and partnerships to continue as a the ‘go-to’ builder of luxury homes in Central Florida.
We hope that all of our contractors, colleagues, business friends and homeowners have a fabulous holiday season while we run up to the New Year!