Suriano Homes Featured on Building Industry Synergy Cover Story
October 7th, 2017
"Suriano Homes, Inc. Your Dream Home Is Their Passion" by Susan Roush
A day without wearing his work belt is nearly unimaginable to Tom Suriano. “I am a hands-on builder,” he said. He has been building full time since high school graduation, beginning the journey with framing and masonry. Tom said, “It just turned into my passion.”
In the intervening thirty years, he has established Suriano Homes and compiled an impressive portfolio of custom homes that he has built in his native New Jersey, along the Grand Strand, and recently into Brunswick County, North Carolina. Suriano Homes is a featured builder in the Waterbridge and Waterway Palms Plantation communities within the thriving Carolina Forest area. His wife Paula has been in real estate for nearly 20 years, and besides being a talented design consultant and coordinator to Suriano Homes’ clients, she oversees the financial side of the business. They combine their distinctive strengths to serve their clients in a thoughtful and rewarding manner.
Besides Tom’s on-the-job presence, there are other distinguishing elements in the construction of a Suriano home. Tom uses Douglas fir instead of pine studs. He prefers it because it is stronger and straighter. Though more expensive than pine, he passes savings on through volume ordering. He added, “All my sheetrock is glued and screwed [as opposed to nailed]. The entire house is 12- gauge wire, and we do the Taexx® built-in pest control system exclusively through Home Team Pest Defense. I also install a centrally located Wi-Fi box.” Other materials that are standard to Suriano Homes, often considered an upgrade, include Pella or PGT windows, Typar house wrap and synthetic roofing felt that offers more durability and protection. A minimum 3000 commercial concrete mix adds strength and crack resistance over the typical residential-commercial mix. A good quality Sherwin-Williams paint primer is also used. Building codes require Energy Star ratings, but Tom boosts the code by using R38 insulation instead of the minimum R30. Tankless water heaters are the norm, and Tom offers the option of a gas furnace that will automatically kick in when the heat pump cannot keep pace with frigid weather.
Suriano Homes has an in-house CAD designer for creating or modifying floorplans. Many buyers come in with plans and clear ideas. “This [Waterbridge] is an upscale community and most of my clients want this type of package,” Tom said, referring to their model home. To make it easier for people to compare builders and keep track of their notes, Tom created a buyer checklist that breaks down exterior and interior structures, materials and options, “So they can compare apples to apples.” Of the homeowners Building Industry Synergy spoke with, all of them had done their due diligence, including builder interviews, before deciding on Suriano Homes.
Common themes emerged among
them about Suriano Homes:
quality and value.
Elise and Michael Zebrowski
recently moved into their
Waterbridge home. Tom Suriano
was the last builder they
interviewed, and as Michael said, “It
was meant to be.” Turned out they
were all from the same hometown
and went to the same high school
though they had not been in touch
for decades. After their meeting,
Tom came back with a plan and
Elise recalled, “It had everything we
said, so we felt he really listened to
us.” Elise added that she has a hard
time visualizing things and Tom was
very good at helping her visualize an
outcome. Michael has been in
construction and engineering for
nearly 30 years on large-scale
projects. He was an Engineering
and Facilities manager of a 6.2
million square foot hotel/casino – so
building a 2,700 square foot home
was not that daunting to him.
Michael said, “I have to tell you
what a pleasurable experience it was
working with Tom and Paula and
their staff. They were very receptive
to our needs and desire to achieve
the house we wanted. It was always
about what we wanted.” One of the
things they wanted was a stone hood
on the range. Another architectural
feature was a squared off turret off
the front corner house, which is
where the master bath shower is
located. The Zebrowskis love their
Suriano Homes Custom Builders
March 9, 2017
Suriano Homes has been in the Grand Strand since 2011. Tom and Paula Suriano moved from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach, SC with a vision to fulfill a dream of designing and building high value and high quality custom homes becoming the forever dream homes for clients in our area. Tom has been at it with the skills and professionalism he gained in training as a master framer for over 25 years in New Jersey. Now, with much success, Suriano Homes is poised to grow in unprecedented ways. We have a tremendous team dedicated to handling the whole process of custom building in-house. From selection of lots, to designing your floor plan, our Sales Team, Interior Designers and C.A.D. Designers will ensure that you need not look outside of SURIANO for any of the needs during your custom build experience. Our goal is to understand your dreams and make it a reality with a quality experience.
Memories are made mostly where we live and with our family. We are passionate about bringing your dream home to reality!
Suriano Homes represents quality and integrity and are current members of the BBB, Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Home Builders We are Licensed General Contractor’s in NC and SC and honored to be one of a very select featured builders for the WATERBRIDGE Community, Carolina Forest and featured builders for up and coming Waterway Palms Plantation as well.
Suriano Homes, dedicated to bringing dream homes to reality!
Why Live in Myrtle Beach
March 7, 2017
Quality of life is high, while cost of living is low. This may be what most people moving here find to be the deciding factor in their choice to relocate. For starters, home prices are reasonable, the same lifestyle that so many have come to love can be had at remarkable prices. Beyond reasonable real estate, the Myrtle Beach area has a very low cost of living—something not always typical of coastal cities, but what makes the area even more unique is the high quality of life. In the Myrtle Beach area, your dollar has a much higher buying power than virtually any other major area in the country with the cost of living typically situated at 7 percent lower than the nation as a whole.
The Suriano Difference
March 6, 2017
So many wonder what is the difference between tract, spec homes and custom homes. Well simply custom is made the way YOU want it! Suriano Homes is dedicated to being the best in-house custom home builder in the Grand Strand. Watch this brief video and see why Suriano Homes is the builder for your dreams.
Floor Plan Design Process
March 6, 2017
The idea of coming up with a floor plan can be very scary for almost all the clients we work with. But it really doesn’t have to be. Suriano Homes has a thorough system that we operate by that ensures quality delivery for each of our client’s dream home design. The process is quite simple. Lot selection, and by that, we have to remember to make the lot selection appropriate. If we want a wide house on a narrow lot, that is a dream nobody can fulfill. So, keeping in mind the basic “look” you are going for, then selecting a lot that will allow for that dream to fit. If you are uncertain, you should definitely us up front first. Better to consult than to settle for second best. Who wants to regret a land purchase before you break ground?
Once we have all of that out of the way, we get to the fun part. We sit down with Tom, our very experienced builder. He listens as you share everything that you desire. He will talk budget, architectural review codes (if necessary), advantages of building up or out, and all the nuances you WILL NOT BE THINKING ABOUT. Tom will then hand the “Dream” off to one of our qualified C.A.D. designers. A floor plan is made!
But that is not all. Almost 100% of the time, changes must be made. So don’t panic, expect it! In our follow up meeting, we will rework entryways, window placement, outlet placement, tweak porch dimensions, etc. After resubmitting the ideas, our CAD design team will make the changes real time so you can see how you like or dislike the suggestions.
Now we are ready to roll! Don’t panic if the design is not finished in two or three meetings. It is ok. We are a team dedicated to getting it right with you. Suriano Homes knows that designing a custom home takes some patience, especially in the beginning phases of the design/build process.
Take a watch at our short (1.37 minute), fun video. The music and cinematic fun is just to show you how we see the process. So don’t be intimidated, come in and let us hear your dream. Who is ready to floor plan with Suriano?
March 5, 2017
Not all communities are equal. Waterbridge, located in the Carolina Forest community, is a 10 minute drive to the ocean yet as it is set back in natural beauty surrounded by over 80 acres of lakes gorgeous pines and hardwoods and top level amenities. It has easily become Myrtle Beach’s premier custom home development. Take a look and see what is so special about this unrivaled neighborhood in our short 1 minute video.
Suriano Standards- Windows
March 4, 2017
Suriano Homes strives to build a quality custom dream home for each and every one of our clients. We know well also that in this industry, not all products are equal. We encourage each of our customers to be aware of the quality of the products used by builders as they research which builder to choose for their own. For us at Suriano, we choose a PGT High Energy Efficient and strong and sturdy windows and sliders. Homeowners can know that for most in our industry the windows and doors we use are typically upgrades for other builders. For us, the PGT windows and sliders are our standard window, no upgrade here. Nothing is as frustrating as having windows and doors that are not functional and after a few years they begin to fade and need repainting. Not our industry award wining doors and windows. Building a dream home can’t be done by cutting corners on excellence. This is why we choose to outfit our homes with a quality window.