One of California’s largest custom home builders, G.J. Gardner Homes, has announced that it will open a new franchise in Solvang, Calif. this month. The new franchise will offer customers in Santa Barbara County a chance to build their custom dream home at a reasonable price. Recently, the G.J. Gardner Homes North America was named one of the top 200 franchises in the world.

The Santa Barbara County franchise is owned by husband and wife team Ryan and Heather Cuff. In 2004, Ryan entered into the construction trade as an electrician with Blum and Sons Electric where he demonstrated his ability to handle a steep learning curve as he worked his entire first year building the new Marymount School facility in Santa Barbara. A dedicated member of the U.S. Army, Ryan was called to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO forces in the Balkans during 2005 and 2006.

Upon his return in early 2006, Ryan went to work as an electrician for SJM Contracting, and within a year he earned the position of lead project manager and superintendant. During his time at SJM Contracting, Ryan worked on and oversaw hundreds of residential and light commercial contracts. Ryan’s long standing goal and policy for all of his work has been to know, intimately, his customers needs and intentions from start to finish, which will contribute to his success as a franchise owner for G.J. Gardner Homes. Since completing his first active duty tour in the U.S. Army, Ryan Cuff has lived and worked in Santa Barbara County for 12 years. His combined military experience of 15 years includes five years served in the Infantry, and 10 years as an Airdrop Systems Technician. Ryan continues to serve in the Reserves and is responsible for the coordination of all West Coast Airborne and Airdrop Support Missions.

Heather brings over a decade of experience working in human resources and office management to the team. Together, Ryan and Heather are responsible for the day to day business operations of the G.J. Gardner Homes Santa Barbara franchise. They reside in Solvang, Calif. and share a love of fine food, wine, off road adventures and golf.

G.J. Gardner builds top quality homes for its clients at the site of construction. It offers clients the ability to design and build a new custom home at more affordable prices. Until now, consumers interested in building custom homes could only do so by paying $200 per square foot, or more or by selecting a high end tract house design and requesting changes. G.J. Gardner Homes offers a wide range of choices when it comes to floor plans, custom materials inside and out, and design aspects, from start to finish.

“Experience tells me that a customer of G.J. Gardner Homes will benefit immensely by using our systems and buying power to streamline their project and be cost efficient. My wife and I bought our current home just this year. And, we know firsthand the frustrations and costs involved with remodeling an existing tract home to your liking. At G.J. Gardner, we can offer better options, whether it be a brand new home, an addition, or a guest house or remodel,” explains Ryan Cuff.

The G.J. Gardner Santa Barbara County franchise will be hosting a grand opening event on December 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to introduce the new franchise to the community. There will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and raffle prizes. The event will take place on the rooftop deck of the G.J. Gardner office, which is located at 1670 Mission Drive in Solvang, Calif. For more information email Ryan Cuff at or call 805-691-9328

About G.J. Gardner Homes

G.J. Gardner Homes has been operating worldwide for over twenty-five years. Each G.J. Gardner Homes office is owned and operated by local licensed custom homebuilders who take pride in their workmanship and outstanding customer service. G.J. Gardner Homes is committed to building its business through excellent customer service. The company’s unique 5 Star Performance Guarantee maintains the highest standard of workmanship throughout the building of each new home. G.J. Gardner has hand selected its subcontractors for their standards of expertise and their commitment to excellence.

In California G.J. Gardner has offices and showrooms to serve the community located in Auburn, Elk Grove, Clovis, Fresno, Hanford, Madera County, Murrieta, San Diego County, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County, Selma, Bakersfield and Visalia. G.J. Gardner Homes operates and maintains a design center at each location where customers can meet the full team who will be involved in the organization and building of their new home. For more information, please visit


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