What makes Brian D Wiggs Homes different and better? We start with the end in mind. We start with checking the soils beneath the foundation to see if they are suitable. We have the interior designer sitting at the table from day one to think about how’s the furniture going to fit, where am I going to plug in my lamps and oh my God you cannot use that color! It’s common within the industry to have one person draw some house plans. And that is one way, actually only one way with one person’s thought. I prefer to have a team of people, each doing their job, each following their dream, architect’s for the form, engineer’s for the strength, designers for the beauty and trade partners for the latest in efficiencies and materials.
I grew up watching old westerns like “Wagon Train”. There was always trouble ahead for those pilgrims but the wagon boss always was able to get them through. At least the ones who would trust him to do his job. I often felt like that old wagon boss. I think of those who I want with me when the creek is rising and the cattle have scattered. Who can help me get these people safe? Who can I depend on, who has the diligence and guts to stay engaged and stay true. Those are the people I work with everyday and am constantly looking to find more of the same.
When people come to me to talk abut buying a new home, they aren’t thinking about all the things in the above narrative, they just want to know can I trust you? Will you care about me and my family? Will you keep me in budget and get done on time. The answer is yes! The key is in knowing where we’re going and what the map says. We’ve been down the path before and we know there is a Clear and Proven Path. We make plans to follow that path, we schedule times to be at the right place at the right time on the path. We know what it costs to stay on the path. We have a clear and proven path and we have the knowledge, experience and Integrity to follow the path!
Every trade partner, every certified and degreed professional, every crew boss that works on every Brian D Wiggs home share these values. It doesn’t take long to see it once you step on one of our job sites or walk into one of my homes. People say you can feel the difference. I think they’re right, I feel it every day! We are making dreams come true!
What was the transition like when you started Brian D Wiggs Homes?
From Brian Wiggs – in the early days we began building spec homes in hopes that we could guess what the marketplace wanted and build that. But we quickly realized that what we were better at was talking with people and discovering what they specifically wanted and building that. The spec homes are built for the masses and we wanted to do more than just build widgets. At Brian D Wiggs, Custom Home Builder Tulsa, our first homeowner was our signature house number two. It went particularly well because we were doing exactly what we wanted to do. The couple actually would host open houses and talk to people about how great their experience was. Another couple helped us with our new home owner seminars. They would come to the seminars and give their testimony about their experience. I remember him saying once, “Let me make this simple, if you don’t build with Brian, you’re stupid!” As we continued to meet new homeowners and explain to them and help them understand the process, we realized for us to be successful, we need to know what their dream is. So we spent a lot of time asking, “What’s your dream? What does that look like? Who will be visiting you? What will you be doing in the home? How will the home help you do what you want to do?” This is why we encourage you to experience the top Custom Home Builder Tulsa has to offer.
What was the transition like when you started working at Brian D Wiggs Homes?
Erin Deweese – My wife and I built our home using Brian D Wiggs Homes Custom Home Builder Tulsa and I had a lot of conversations with Brian along the way. Over time I actually became the General Contractor for our home project and Brian was very impressed. Soon after we finished building the home I was working for Brian. That was in 2010 and it’s been a great ride. I started out in the field doing demolition on some of our projects and I got to actually use tools that I knew how to use but had never used on an actual project. The first project was a remodel addition in midtown Tulsa, the best part of this whole process, as I was doing the demo, was seeing how things were actually put together. It gave me an appreciation for construction, the skill required, and the attention to detail needed for projects like this. This gave me a front seat view of the best Custom Home Builder Tulsa has to offer. We actually removed an exterior patio – roofing, electrical, concrete, brick, etc. to make room for the addition to the home. A funny story attached to this project; as I was framing the roof for the patio, I went to cut a beam… but didn’t realize that an electrical wire that had been attached to a previous ceiling fan was still attached to the beam. I fully expected the beam to fall to the ground, but since the wire was still attached, it created a pendulum and the beam started swinging toward an existing window of the home. To add another layer, the homeowner was sitting in the room of said window and as the beam started swinging toward the window, panic set in. Luck was on my side that day, however, as the beam literally swung all the way to the window and made the cartoon “ting” noise as it touched the window before it swung back. No damage was done and the customer and myself had a good laugh about it. I managed multiple projects after this, learning the ins and outs of how to build homes but my passion really was in how to build the business. After managing projects I started working closely with Brian on estimating projects, bookkeeping and marketing, helping Brian D Wiggs become the best Custom Home Builder Tulsa has to offer. I gradually took on more responsibility allowing Brians’ wife, Carolyn, to retire from the company. My role grew into managing Sales and Marketing, Project Estimating, Financial Management and Contract Management as well as, because it’s a family business, I also had to empty the trash from time to time and make some coffee!
Currently, I am officially the Vice President for Finance along with several other hats that I wear – as you can imagine in any family owned business. I enjoy being a part of the team of the most trusted Custom Home Builder Tulsa has to offer.