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Bryton Homes - Our Philosophy is Simplicity

Bryton Homes
McLean, Virginia

Rick Clendaniel, Director of Operations at Bryton Homes, has been in the construction business for over 30 years. Filling positions of Construction Manager and VP of Construction in everything from development to commercial work, the experiences Rick has had in the last 32 years has led to success in his current role as Director of Operations at Bryton Homes. With a central office in McLean, Virginia, Bryton Homes is in the business of Residential Construction, creating beautiful production homes for single families in the Virginia & Delaware area. In only its second year in business, Bryton Homes has additional offices in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Harbeson, Delaware.

The quick success that Bryton Homes has experienced is partly due to their initial purchase of UDA's ConstructionSuite software, which gives them the capabilities of a comprehensive construction management program, making it easy to create estimates and schedules, handle company management, including insurance tracking and lead management, while also integrating with QuickBooks for accounting purposes. "I like your software", said Rick, "I tell you, we've come a long way in one year for being a new company - it's incredible what we've got here."

Rick came to Bryton Homes, a brand new business, as a previous user of Sage Timberline, Primavera, and Excel, none of which were the complete package that UDA's ConstructionSuite had to offer. "I came to Bryton Homes and they didn't have any estimating management software," and after looking at many different options, Rick said, "ConstructionSuite is as close to perfect as I've found. When you're a start-up company, you try to keep the costs down and you have to be able to grow from that initial stage. ConstructionSuite will take us pretty far in the growth phase, and honestly, it works, very well."

The purchase of ConstructionSuite wasn't on a whim either. "We checked you out. We called others who were already using your software in the Virginia area that we knew and trusted. We got good feedback from those users, checked out reviews from others in the industry, and decided that ConstructionSuite was the system for us. The flexibility and the features that the program provided, the reputation that it was easy to learn, and specifically, the support that UDA offered were absolutely huge factors in what made us decide that ConstructionSuite was the best package for us" said Rick.

Bryton Homes was already using QuickBooks for their accounting purposes, and the seamless integration was just another advantage to choosing ConstructionSuite. The QuickBooks integration enables Bryton Homes to create their budget, complete purchase orders, and import all of their actual costs back into the ConstructionSuite system. This entire process makes it possible for their office to truly know and control their costs.

Not only is Bryton Homes able to easily control their costs, but they are also able to manage their daily business activities extremely quickly. Rick explains, "I've got a system set up where, if we sell a house, our sales agent will send us the needed information, and within thirty minutes, I can give them the exact cost of the house." But creating estimates isn't the only place that ConstructionSuite has helped Bryton Homes save a tremendous amount of time.

Rick said "ConstructionSuite saves me even more time because of the automated system of insurance and certificate tracking and especially when writing purchase orders. Because ConstructionSuite makes it so simple and easy, we can actually have the purchase orders for the entire project finished, printed, and sent to the vendors in a matter of three hours." Rick continued, "Our philosophy is simplicity - if we can keep it simple, know exactly what we're doing, and control our costs - well, that's why we like ConstructionSuite. It makes that possible."

Between the three office locations, Bryton Homes is set to complete approximately 50 houses this year, all while operating with less than twenty employees total. Their quick success has led to their current projects, three beautiful communities in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Harbeson, Delaware. The Preserve at Smith Run in Fredericksburg is an elegant community in the epitome of luxury and convenience located just five minutes from the Historic downtown area. The Trails and Meadows of Beaver Creek are two separate communities, both located near the beaches, the bay, boating, and golfing in a desirable area of Harbeson, Delaware. Bryton Homes is looking forward to completing yet another beautiful community in the Virginia and Delaware area.

Quick Facts about Bryton Homes

Location: McLean, Virginia
Website: www.brytonhomes.com
Industry: Residential Production Homes
Projects per year: 50

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