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G. D. Enterprise

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G. D. Enterprise

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 38 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

John B.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

1 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Very efficient, was very regular in showing up, kept the project moving, and the finished quality was outstanding, he was a very creative problem solver.

I would give them a '10+'. I liked the ease of working with him. He was very easy to work with.

Les C.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

2 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He has been very patient.

When I ask to have something done or re-done, it is done without question. He has done everything I have asked him to do and even gone beyond.

Kathie N.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

3 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was honest, straightforward, and good at his job.

The quality of the work

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G. D. Enterprise provides custom construction and remodeling services for residential clients throughout the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition to remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, building new homes and room additions, and renovating entire houses, the company can install skylights and other products.

Owner Gregory Danz says his favorite part of the remodeling business is solving the challenges that often arise during custom construction projects. “There aren’t many variables with new construction, but remodeling projects require a lot of shifting and problem solving in order to make the new work blend with the old. That’s the sort of thing that inspires us to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations.”

G. D. Enterprise’s ability to handle most phases of construction in-house (rather than delegating the work to subcontractors) ultimately saves its clients time and money. “We’re more knowledgeable about the different construction trades than most contractors,” says Mr. Danz. “The amount of services we provide in-house really sets us apart from our competition.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON G. D. Enterprise

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Service AREA

the Peninsula
Redwood City
San Bruno
Pacifica
Daly City
San Mateo
South SF

SERVICES PERFORMED

New Home Construction
Whole House Renovations
Room Additions/Garages/Carports
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON G. D. Enterprise

A recent residential remodeling project by G. D. Enterprise

Company Profile

G. D. Enterprise provides custom construction and remodeling services for residential clients throughout the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition to remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, building new homes and room additions, and renovating entire houses, the company can install skylights and other products.

Owner Gregory Danz says his favorite part of the remodeling business is solving the challenges that often arise during custom construction projects. “There aren’t many variables with new construction, but remodeling projects require a lot of shifting and problem solving in order to make the new work blend with the old. That’s the sort of thing that inspires us to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations.”

G. D. Enterprise’s ability to handle most phases of construction in-house (rather than delegating the work to subcontractors) ultimately saves its clients time and money. “We’re more knowledgeable about the different construction trades than most contractors,” says Mr. Danz. “The amount of services we provide in-house really sets us apart from our competition.”

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Company Philosophy

"We treat our customers the way we'd want to be treated: by clearly explaining every aspect of our work and educating them about all their options. This is a referral-based business, so our ultimate goal is to ensure total customer satisfaction, and we achieve that by making sure every client receives a high-quality job at a reasonable price."

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Comparative Summary

Maintaining customer satisfaction is a crucial aspect of any business, but it’s even more important for remodeling contractors that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award. For G. D. Enterprise, the key to achieving and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is taking a comprehensive approach to every project that includes the hands-on expertise of owner and industry veteran Gregory Danz. “I’m not an ‘on paper’ contractor–I’m on the jobsite every day working alongside my employees,” he says. “That way, I’m able to personally guarantee everything is done to the client’s exact specifications.”

G. D. Enterprise has been providing custom construction and remodeling services for residential clients throughout the San Francisco Peninsula since 1992. In addition to remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, building room additions and new homes, and renovating entire houses, the company can perform lathing and plastering work, install skylights, restore property damage caused by water and pests, and more.

Unlike less experienced remodeling contractors that lack the foresight and training to complete projects on schedule, G. D. Enterprise prides itself on carrying out every job with proficiency and expediency. “Our crew members are very knowledgeable and skilled when it comes to getting things done on time and on budget, which ultimately makes the construction process much easier for our clients,” says Mr. Danz. “People really appreciate the peace of mind that comes with having their projects handled by capable professionals.”

Another attribute that sets G. D. Enterprise apart from its competition is the accuracy with which it calculates estimates. “I have a business background, and that really helps when it comes to bidding jobs,” explains Mr. Danz. “Few contactors have that type of experience, and it shows when it comes to numbers. By combining my business knowledge and two decades of on-the-job experience, I’m able to consistently provide highly accurate bids.”

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Industry Info

When taking on a remodeling project, make sure you don’t skimp on structure. There are many ways to keep a remodeling project under budget, but according to Gregory Danz, owner of G. D. Enterprise in Redwood City, cutting back on structure isn’t one of them. “You can’t cut corners on a concrete or wood structure because it has to meet a minimum code requirement,” he explains. “If there’s any money to be saved on a project, it’s on the finishing end, not the structural foundation end.”
If you need to remodel on a budget, many contractors recommend completing the project in gradual stages, which will allow you to give each phase the attention it requires. In some cases, this means starting with the mere structure itself—the “shell” of the remodel. This includes not only handling the wood and concrete work, but also having the interior plumbing installed in anticipation of installing fixtures. In addition, the beginning phase of remodeling includes a significant amount of permit costs, which is something homeowners often overlook when calculating a preliminary budget.
There are many ways to save money on the finishing end of a remodeling project, such as choosing between Formica and granite countertops or between tile and linoleum flooring. These kinds of details are of less importance than the structure, but they can still have a considerable impact on the overall cost of the project, which is why homeowners should focus the bulk of their budget cuts here. This can be easier said than done, especially for those with expensive tastes, but the only true way to remodel on a budget (with the exception of performing your own labor) is to compromise taste for practicality. “For example, instead of custom fixtures, you should choose standard fixtures,” says Mr. Danz. “If you’re doing new construction on a limited budget, you have to start by using standard products. In addition to saving money, it’ll take a lot less time than having something custom-made.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will my construction project take to complete?

A: Barring any unforeseen variables, we can complete most jobs within three or four days of the initial estimate. Also, we don’t have to wait for subcontractors because we handle everything in-house, which speeds up the process even more.

Q: How do you ensure the accuracy of your bids?

A: Our bids are highly accurate because we break things down with much more detail than most contractors. We use a state-of-the-art computer program to calculate specific figures, so if something gets altered during the course of work, it’s very simple for us to go in and change a few variables rather than redoing the whole list by hand.

Q: Can you provide a list of vendors you use?

A: Yes. There are obviously high and low ends when it comes to vendors, but we’ll take your budget into account and determine the best fit for your particular situation.

Q: Can you help me design my construction project?

A: Yes. We have a lot of experience helping our clients come up with creative ideas for their projects. Once we find a good starting point, we’ll put you in touch with an architect that knows the way we operate, which will allow us to work in unison to complete the project quickly and efficiently.

Q: Can I still live in my home while my kitchen or bathroom is being remodeled?

A: Yes, and we deal with that situation quite often. We can create a ‘plastic bubble’ that will keep the dust out of the rest of your home, and sometimes we’ll even take further measures like moving furniture into a storage unit. Basically, we’ll do whatever it takes for you to be able to live comfortably in your home throughout the duration of your project.

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  • Greg Danz is a 25-year veteran of the construction industry and owner of G. D. Enterprise, a Diamond Certified company since 2012. He can be reached at (650) 409-1232 or by email.

Greg Danz: Unshakeable Roots

By James Florence, Senior Writer

REDWOOD CITY — Heading into college, Greg Danz was determined to transcend his family’s roots in the trades, but he ultimately found them harder to shake than he’d anticipated. “Most of my family is in the trades, including my uncles, who are contractors and electricians,” he explains. “Following high school, I went to college with plans to pursue a different kind of career and ended up studying finance. After graduation, I got into property management and did some speculative real estate on the side. My brother and I bought and flipped a house, which gave me some hands-on experience with home remodeling and repairs. As it turned out, I became a professional building contractor, so even with a degree in finance, I still got sucked back into the trades!”
Despite not working in the financial sector, Greg says his education wasn’t wasted—on the contrary, it still comes in handy on a regular basis. “A lot of contractors will give their clients numbers and assume they’re going to make money, but they don’t know how to calculate things like net profit versus gross. So, from a business standpoint, having a finance background has helped me a lot, especially when it comes to doing project estimates.”
Today, as owner of G. D. Enterprise, Greg says his favorite part of his job is the challenges it entails. “Almost all of my work is residential, and we work with a lot of older homes, so there’s the constant challenge of how to bring things up to code while preserving the home’s integrity and antique style. It’s like a puzzle—you have to find a way to make it work, and that’s a challenge I really enjoy.”
A lifetime resident of Redwood City (where he lives with his wife, Brigit, and daughter, Emma), Greg expresses his appreciation for his hometown roots. “Being born and raised here, I have a lot of great connections, which is a big advantage. I’m constantly running into people I know, whether at the store or on the street, so it’s nice to be so connected to my community.”
Outside of work, Greg engages in a wide range of interests and pastimes, from wine tasting to outdoor activities. “My wife and I love spending time in the wine country,” he affirms. “We’ve actually made wine on a novice level, which was a lot of fun. I’m also a big outdoorsman and enjoy hunting and fishing, both at our family’s property in Montana and up north in Oregon and Washington.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Greg espouses the value of simple honesty. “I consider myself a straight-shooter—I give each client the best job I can for a fair price,” he says. “A lot of contractors try to take advantage of people, but it’s really not necessary. If you simply do right by the customer and deliver a quality product, you’ll have that customer for life. A lot of my business comes from repeat customers, so it goes to show that honesty and quality go a long way.”
When asked what his future retirement might look like, Greg says it’ll likely involve a mixture of country and city living. “We own property in Montana and I’d like to retire there, but my wife is more of a city girl, so it might not work out. Instead, we may end up moving to the wine country, where we can enjoy the slow pace of life and beautiful scenery while still being fairly close to the city. Plus, maybe we can get more involved in winemaking.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: The Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: I’m actually not a big breakfast eater—I usually just grab an apple and a cup of coffee on my way out the door.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably South America, just because I’ve never been there before.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played football.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Wine.

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  • Upgrading Your Electrical Wiring

    REDWOOD CITY — If your home was built prior to the 1960s, it may still have its original knob-and-tube electrical wiring, a precursor to modern Romex wiring. While it would be excessive to say knob-and-tube wiring is dangerous, there are some potential safety concerns. The main one is that its sheathing tends to decay and fall apart over time due to high heat exposure. This can create an unsafe condition—you don’t want heat conductors coming into contact with metal boxes and light fixtures.

    To avoid this safety risk, consider replacing your knob-and-tube wiring with Romex. In a Romex cable, all wires are securely housed within a vinyl sheathing, which insulates and protects them. Plus, unlike knob-and-tube wiring, Romex wiring is grounded. That’s why modern homes have three-pronged electrical outlets while older homes have two-pronged outlets—that third prong connects to a ground wire, which knob-and-tube wiring doesn’t have.

    An ideal time to upgrade your wiring is during a home remodeling project. Since the walls will already be opened up, this measure can be done for little additional cost—a small price to pay for the increase in safety.

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  • Preparing for a Contractor Meeting

    REDWOOD CITY — Prior to meeting with a contractor to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, it’s important to do your homework. You’d be surprised how many homeowners don’t take the time to do this and simply expect their contractors to have all the answers. Your contractor’s job is to translate your vision for the project into reality, but if you don’t have a vision, there’s not much to work with. That’s why you should come into the meeting with at least a rough idea of what you want and how much you have to spend.

    Consider the following steps to prepare for your meeting:

    • Look through remodeling magazines and cut out pictures of designs and materials you like. In addition to helping you gather ideas for your project, this will give you a visual aid for communicating them to your contractor.
    • Make a list of features you’re looking for with your project. Divide these into two categories: “wants” and “needs.”
    • Estimate the project’s budget. Your budget will determine the scope of the project, as well as the kinds of features and materials you can afford.
    • Research materials and appliances to get an idea of what’s available and what would work best for your project.
    • In some cases, it may be more efficient to meet with a designer or an architect first—that way, you’ll have drawings to present to your contractor.
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  • Video: Preparing to Meet with a Contractor

    Complete Video Transcription:

    REDWOOD CITY — Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to meeting with a contractor to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, make sure to do your homework. Today we’re in Redwood City with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Danz of G. D. Enterprise to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Danz: Today’s tip is some things I have in mind when you meet with a contractor for your prospective project. Take the time to do your homework. Make a list of things that are wants, needs and also the budget that you’re planning on.

    You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to do this before they meet the contractor. I walk in. They meet with me, and they expect me to have all the answers. I’m here to make your project the best I can for you. Unless I know what you want from a budget, materials, style, I can only do so much to make it a pleasant experience.

    Sometimes it’d be better to meet with a designer or an architect before the contractor gets brought in. I’m here to basically take your ideas, build them the best I can at a reasonable price for you the consumer.

    Take this job, for example. This started off as a simple laundry upgrade and a small bathroom. After the walls were down, the homeowner started getting ideas of what could be. We are now on the third phase of this project and it’s growing and cost over-runs and change orders end up- Even though it’s going to be a beautiful project when it’s all done, if we took a little more time up front with this project, we’d have a much smoother transition both from a timeline as well as a price point.

    So take the time to do your homework. Get a wish list, materials list. Talk to your contractor, and hopefully they can explain to you the pros and cons from both the cost and [00:01:32 usable] standpoint so you’re not wasting valuable time and money. Thank you.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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  • Video: Preparing to Meet with a Contractor

    Complete Video Transcription:

    REDWOOD CITY — Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to meeting with a contractor to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, make sure to do your homework. Today we’re in Redwood City with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Danz of G. D. Enterprise to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Danz: Today’s tip is some things I have in mind when you meet with a contractor for your prospective project. Take the time to do your homework. Make a list of things that are wants, needs and also the budget that you’re planning on.

    You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to do this before they meet the contractor. I walk in. They meet with me, and they expect me to have all the answers. I’m here to make your project the best I can for you. Unless I know what you want from a budget, materials, style, I can only do so much to make it a pleasant experience.

    Sometimes it’d be better to meet with a designer or an architect before the contractor gets brought in. I’m here to basically take your ideas, build them the best I can at a reasonable price for you the consumer.

    Take this job, for example. This started off as a simple laundry upgrade and a small bathroom. After the walls were down, the homeowner started getting ideas of what could be. We are now on the third phase of this project and it’s growing and cost over-runs and change orders end up- Even though it’s going to be a beautiful project when it’s all done, if we took a little more time up front with this project, we’d have a much smoother transition both from a timeline as well as a price point.

    So take the time to do your homework. Get a wish list, materials list. Talk to your contractor, and hopefully they can explain to you the pros and cons from both the cost and [00:01:32 usable] standpoint so you’re not wasting valuable time and money. Thank you.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 38 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
G. D. Enterprise : Average 9.5 out of 10 based on 38 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

John B.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

1 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Very efficient, was very regular in showing up, kept the project moving, and the finished quality was outstanding, he was a very creative problem solver.

I would give them a '10+'. I liked the ease of working with him. He was very easy to work with.

Kathie N.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

2 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was honest, straightforward, and good at his job.

The quality of the work

Les C.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

3 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He has been very patient.

When I ask to have something done or re-done, it is done without question. He has done everything I have asked him to do and even gone beyond.

Lucy B.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

4 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were reliable and professional. They did quality work.

They did things right.

Pete D.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

5 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They do a great job, they are here when they say they will be, and they do quality work.

The quality

Walt W.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

6 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Greg is extremely professional, and he has the highest integrity. He does what he says he is going to do, and he will troubleshoot. I had a mysterious leak, so it was a difficult project to find the source of the leak. He was very honest about the expectations we should have, and he was able to prevent a leak in the future.

His knowledge of the job that he was asked to do, and he communicates very well.

Alyce L.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

7 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's very professional, he really pays attention to detail, and he just does a fine job.

I really liked his professionalism, skill, and his ability to solve problems. He was skilled in many areas. He's really great.

Barry H.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

8 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're very detail-oriented and careful. He may take longer, but it's worth it.

They're very detail-oriented and careful.

Jim S.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

9 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

High-quality work, reliable, and knowledgeable

Their reliability and the quality of their work

Lucy B.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

10 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're professional, efficient, very personable, and helpful. They give great advice. They're just wonderful. We've used them quite a few times.

Greg is easy to get along with. He listened to what we wanted and gave us his opinion and good advice. I thought they were great.

Lisa H.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

11 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Just good craftsmanship, he takes time to make sure it's done correctly. He doesn't cut corners. He gets it done right.

He said what he would do. He double-checked to make sure what we wanted, and it came out exactly like he said.

Nancy S.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

12 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If you want a no-headache, high quality product/service, use Greg Danz.

It was so straightforward. There weren't any issues. I thought he communicated well. The price was more than fair. The timeliness and efficiency were right on. There were no problems with inspections or permitting. He did a great job.

Bruce H.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

13 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If I have a customer who is in need of a contractor, I definitely would recommend him.

He is clean, neat, and he communicates well. The walls are straight. All the qualities you want in a contractor.

Jen V.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

14 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

It's like having a relative whom you trust completely in your home. I left the key with him. He made decisions that were exactly what we wanted. He took care of things. It was like he read our minds. He was awesome.

I would give him more than a '20'. I had so much trust in his expertise.

Mimi L.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

15 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Knowledgeable, fair price, extremely helpful and accommodating

I think his knowledge and the time he takes to explain things to his clients. Overall, he's one of the best contractors I've known.

Cathy T.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

16 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's efficient, very organized, helpful, and he communicated well. His workmanship was excellent. My husband used to be a journeyman carpenter, and he was satisfied.

I think the fact that he communicated, he was upfront, the cost and how long it would take, and kept to that. He also communicated with us all the way through, letting us know what was happening.

Jim S.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

17 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would say the quality and reliability are really high. He is friendly and easy to work with.

I think the quality of his work is one of his biggest strength.

Kristin O.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

18 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's reliable, efficient, honest, and he has good suggestions for how to grapple with the issues on the project he did for us. He was conscientious of the customer's budget. Instead of edging us towards the most expensive way, sometimes he'd tell us he didn't think it was worth it and give us practical suggestions to save money.

His professional manner and the quality of the work

Lucy B.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

19 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very reasonable.

He was personable, professional, and honest. We were very happy, in fact we are waiting for him to start another project for us.

Michele D.

VERIFIED G. D. Enterprise CUSTOMER

20 of 38

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

The quality is very professional. He is very flexible and easy to work with. He is punctual. He works with clients as to basic design and esthetics, and in optimizing the goal. He is totally easy to work with and gives great advice.

Just his overall ability to deliver exactly what the customer wants, he did such a fabulous job. I've used him on three different remodels, and if I wasn't happy with the quality of his work, I wouldn't keep using him. Once I hired him, I never looked back.

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