by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by 360 Tours


Whether it’s friendships, romantic partners, or work colleagues, symbiotic relationships make the world go round. Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes, knows this all too well as uses the same group of subcontractors and vendors for all the custom homes he builds. This includes the foundation company, framers, electricians, HVAC, plumbers, and drywall team. As for vendors, he uses Ferguson, ICC Floors, and Indiana Kitchen Cabinets.

“I’m not one of those builders who, when I bid on a job, bid it out to multiple people because I want that same team whom I know I can count on,” says Garcia. “It’s important that we’ve worked together in the past so they know what’s expected of me, and I know what’s expected of them. It just makes things easier.”

One crew that he has used for more than a decade is trim carpenter J&B Interior Trim. Garcia has been impressed with their work from the very start.

“Whether it’s built-ins or beams, paneled walls or ceilings, they do any wood-type feature,” says Garcia, who appreciates that they bring a lot of unique ideas to the table.

Anytime Garcia meets with a client, he does a trim walk with them before they start, going through the house, room by room, so that Garcia can ask the client how they would like their closets and their built-ins done. Oftentimes the client will show a picture, and Ike Bradley, president of J&B Interior Trim, will say, “No problem! We can do it.”

It’s also not unusual for a client to ask for suggestions. Bradley will draw notes on the primed walls with a pencil to show different possibilities.

“They [Bradley and Steve Johnson, Vice President of J&B] bring a lot to the table from that standpoint,” says Garcia. “They really go the extra mile. In fact, I’ve never seen them say they can’t do something.”

Garcia, who notes that the J&B team only work with the best custom builders in the area, make great partners because they are easygoing, provide extraordinary workmanship, are incredibly punctual, and always stick to the schedule. That’s vital when building a home because obviously if trim work doesn’t get done, that pushes back the painters and so on, creating a domino effect.

“I can say, ‘Hey, we’ve got five weeks to finish this house,’ and they’ll make it happen,” says Garcia.

He’s in the midst of building a home for a client who has hired interior designers from Chicago. They had specific ideas in mind when it came to the staircase. Rather than a typical handrail that’s mounted to the wall with brackets, they wanted a handrail that’s integrated into the millwork, making it all one piece.

“When I showed Bradley the picture, he said, ‘Yeah, I can do this,’” says Garcia. “Some of these custom homes can get crazy with what we do, and [Bradley and Johnson] are always like, ‘No problem.’ Nothing surprises me with them.”

Between the designers and the trim company, Garcia knows he can rely on his dynamite team for great ideas, particularly when they are doing a Home-A-Rama home where they are free to brainstorm unique ideas.

“I always tell my clients that I’m not the one building your home,” says Garcia. “I’m the one who puts together a great team of people who do!”

If you’re looking to build a phenomenal home with unique stylings, contact G&G Custom Homes today.