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Allen Griffen, Broadcasting Live from the 950 Home Improvement Hotline

950 radio show(HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 20, 2011) - Gryphon Builders President Allen Griffin joins 950 Radio Show host Bob Birner for the August 20 "Home Improvement Hotline" radio show. They talk insulation, remodeling, new additions, and tile. Listen every Saturday on the 950.

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remodeling trends

Top 10 Remodeling Trends for 2011

(HOUSTON, TX, May 4, 2011) - The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) conducted an exclusive poll of top builders and developers and found that while most people are not starting major renovation projects due to the economy, homeowners feel now is the time to take care of the smaller jobs around the home. Additionally, consumers are indicating that the most important goal in home renovation this year is to incorporate trends with staying power, not ones that will become dated as soon as construction ends.

So, what remodeling projects are on top of the 2011 list?

1. Bathrooms Rule:

When homeowners see the old tile getting a little grungy, they want a fresh look. It appears that 2011 is the year for a bathroom update. Bathrooms are the hottest project right now; possibly because baths cost less than a kitchen or an addition. Plus, people desire the luxury of a spa in the comfort of their own homes.

2. Must-Do Projects:

Rather than going through major renovations, this year people will continue to complete the projects that need to be done, like repairs to siding or roof leaks. "Have-to" projects instead of "want-to" projects are a trend that is remaining near the top of the list.

Read the full story in Houston Builder Magazine...
Dining Room

Before You Remodel

By Allen Griffin, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, Gryphon Builders

(HOUSTON, TX, March 27, 2011) - It all begins with a dream. Cathedral ceilings! Skylights! Room-sized closets! But, the dream may turn into a nightmare, unless you plan ahead. Before you remodel, follow these steps to get your home improvement project off to a good start.

1. Draw Your Dream & Consider Your Options

Even before you consult a remodel contractor, begin sketching out your ideas and collecting images of what you want your remodeled home to look like. If you are adding or expanding a room, think about how the space will be used and how the changes will affect traffic patterns. Also consider how new construction will affect the overall context of your home. An oversized addition may overwhelm your house or crowd a small lot.

Suessical, the Musical!Suessical cast

Congrats to the Cast & Crew

(HOUSTON, TX, February 6, 2011) - Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Suessical: The Musical," presented by the Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department. The curtain rose on the Mayde Creek players, February 4-6, 2011.

Allen Griffin's son, Avery Griffin, played the part of Vlad Vladifkoff. We're so proud of you, Avery! What a great perfomance! .

Based on the popular books of Dr. Seuss, the play is an amalgamation of many of the author's most well-known works. The play originally debuted on Broadway in 2000 and later spawned two US national tours and a UK tour.




Remodelors Council board of directors 2010

Welcome 2011 Remodelers Council Board!

(HOUSTON, TX, January 1, 2011) - Gryphon Builders would like to thank the outgoing 2010 GHBA Remodelers Council board of directors for another fantastic year! These superstar members step up to the challenge and volunteer time and time again for the good of the entire remodeling industry.

"I want to thank all of my board members who have worked tirelessly for the Remodelers Council over the last year and have helped in leading this great organization," said outgoing president, Wayne Ball, Lone Star Building & Construction. "Without these dedicated individuals who have given so many hours of their free time, our organization would have suffered greatly." Read about it in Houston Builder magazine.

Gryphon would also like to congratulate incoming 2011 RMC President Rob Hellyer and his 2011 board! We look forward to another successful year with this new group of dynamic, motivated individuals. Click here for photos from the December 14 Remodelers Council Holiday Party, where we 'passed the gavel.'

2010 GHBA Remodelers Council Board

President: Wayne Ball
Past President: Allen Griffin
Vice President: Rob Hellyer
Secretary: John Gillette
Treasurer: John Madsen
Public Relations Chair: Warren Clark
Speakers & Sponsors Chair: Maggie Medellin
Charity Chair: Phil Messarra
Membership Chair: Larissa Michael
Education Co-Chair: Scott Reach
Education Co-Chair: Salty Thomason


2011 Remodelers Council Board

President: Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS
Vice President: John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS
Secretary: Maggie Medellin
Treasurer: John Madsen, CPA
Past President: Wayne Ball, CAPS, CGR
Leslie King, GMB, CAPS
Judy Crain-Bonica
Warren Clark
Gonzalo Garcia, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP
Brandon Lynch, CGP, CAPS
Scott Reach, CGR, CAPS, CGP
Jim Nowlin


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