by Christy Heitger-Ewing
Originally from northwest Indiana, Joe Garcia earned a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University before going to work at U.S. Steel in Gary. After moving to Indianapolis in 2001 to work as an engineer at Eli Lilly, Garcia built his own house and a seed was planted.
“I was ready for a career change and was itching to start my own business,” says Garcia, who erected a few spec homes on the side for a couple of years before diving, full-time, into the business in 2005.
“I left Eli Lilly in May, and my wife and I had our first baby on the way in December so people thought I was nuts to leave a stable job with insurance and all of that, but I knew I loved building homes so I went ahead and made the jump,” says Garcia, who, along with his wife launched G&G Custom Homes in May 2005, building beautiful custom homes on Indy’s northside.
“I figured if I fell flat on my face, I could always go back and get a corporate job,” says Garcia. It turns out, he didn’t need a Plan B. Though the recession in 2008 and 2009 spelled doom for a number of builders who were left with too much inventory, Garcia fared well. In fact, his business started to grow.
Early on in his career, Garcia made sure not to bite off more than he could chew so he only built four or five homes each year.
“Back then I was doing everything myself,” says Garcia. He has since hired two project managers and a designer who works with the clients, enabling him to build 10 to 12 homes a year and still carve out precious time to spend with his wife and two sons.
“I think our clients appreciate the personable service,” says Garcia, who notes that though clients spend a lot of time with his designer making physical selections, he is still the main point of contact for his homeowners. “I’m the one they meet with up front, at the very end, and lots of walk-throughs in between.”
Garcia always utilizes the same sub-contractors and suppliers because that is the team he’s put together and whom he trusts whole-heartedly.
“I’m only as good as the people I have working with me, and I hire the best,” says Garcia. “The vendors, contractors, designer, and project managers – we are the perfect fit to provide our clients with their dream home.”
Garcia says that nothing pleases him more than when he gets feedback from homeowners about how much they love their homes.
“Especially now, during the pandemic, where everybody is spending extra time inside their homes,” says Garcia. “It’s great to know that my clients are happy with the end result.”
G&G Custom Homes has come a long way over the past 17 years. This year they are building one of the 2020 Fall Home-A-Rama homes in Holliday Farms in Zionsville.
In addition to Holliday Farms, G&G builds in two other vibrant northside communities. These neighborhoods feature amenities such as large lots, ponds, streams, creeks, wooded areas, golf courses designed by the legendary course architect Pete Dye, parks, playgrounds, social meeting areas, such as clubhouses, miles of nature trails, and more.
They are also able to build on your lot and integrate all the features and elements you have always dreamed of. G&G is experienced in building a wide variety of styles, in a wide variety of settings.
As Joe Garcia says, “I build every home like I’m building it for my family.” Any custom home builder can tell you that – but G&G will give you all the proof you need to know that they mean it. Contact G&G online at ggcustomhomes.com to discuss building your forever home.