Tejas Budget Buildings in Corpus Christi has you covered
Josh Boyd (left), Steven Rives and Kenneth and Joyce Rives in front of some of the strong and sustainable buildings they are offering at Tejas Budget Buildings in Corpus Christi. Photo by Jane Kathleen Gregorio
While others see retirement as a time to unwind after years of hard work, for Kenneth and Joyce Rives it was an opportunity to get back to work – this time as partners of Tejas Budget Buildings, a company which is already developing after only two years of activity.
With nephew Steven Rives, commercial painting contractor and third generation landowner, and grandnephew Josh Boyd, accountant and entrepreneur, they formed a new dealership. The four became co-owners of Tejas Budget Buildings in August 2016.
Ideas for their now four businesses blew their home town’s reputation as the windiest city in the country, which is also located in a hurricane zone. The four partners decided that Corpus Christi and Coastal Bend were the perfect markets for strong and durable portable buildings, garages, carports and trailers.
They started with Premier Portable Buildings, well known for their ability to withstand winds of up to 130 mph. Retired contractor – one of the first in the area to use metal poles in buildings – Kenneth Rives knew the importance of sustainability in Coastal Bend structures.
Premier Laptops, available in a variety of colors and designs, can be used as storage sheds, raised barns, cabins or homes. The smallest is a 6 foot by 10 foot; the largest 16 feet by 48 feet.
“We can also build larger custom buildings,” Joyce said. “If a client needs a shed but can’t get one on their property, Premier can actually build an urban structure in a client’s backyard.
Only four months in operation, Tejas Budget Buildings was recognized by Premier Portables for its exceptional sales. It was at this point that they decided they needed to add another source of income to the family business, one that would not conflict with the Premier buildings.
“The answer was American Steel Carports Inc.,” Joyce said. “It specializes in quality structural steel garages, carports, and farm, storage and custom buildings. ”
Premier and American Steel provide financing options to customers. Premier offers traditional financing through GreenSky or lease-to-buy as a no-credit check option, while American Steel Carports also offers financing through GreenSky and its own lease-to-buy program. Customers can also finance through their own credit union or banks.
The next business move was to build tiny homes, turning sturdy and durable portable buildings into temporary or even permanent residences. One of the first buildings Tejas Budget Buildings sold was a 14ft by 40ft building to a couple who planned to live there while their ranch was being built.
“It was just an empty shell,” Joyce said. “But boy, they fixed it inside!” The finish was superior.
The hangar has been customized to include three lofts and a hallway leading to a bathroom. The bedroom was equipped with an air conditioner / heater and the bathroom was equipped with a washer / dryer. The interior was painted white and included a wrap-around kitchen.
After the couple’s ranch was built, they paid Tejas Budget Buildings a fee to resell the cottage, a service the company provided as long as the product was purchased from its dealer.
During Hurricane Harvey, portable buildings at Tejas Budget Buildings were instrumental in providing temporary housing for some of the affected residents of Coastal Bend.
“We have been able to provide hire-purchase Premier cabins to customers in Rockport, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Taft,” Joyce said. “Customers lived there until they could get back on their feet and build their homes. “
Four months ago, the company added two more product lines to its directory: Texas Bragg Trailers and Lark United Cargo Trailers. Trailers range in size from 5ft by 8ft, ideal for lawn mowers and golf carts, to 40ft gooseneck trailers for heavy equipment. To complete the new ranges of trailers, Tejas has a permanent after-sales service for all trailers and all brands.
As a family business, Tejas Budget Buildings is committed to helping customers while benefiting the community.
“We are a local, family-owned business that supports the community, and our customers can expect to be treated with honesty, professionalism and quality products,” said Joyce Rives. “And to quote American Steel’s slogan, ‘If you can dream it, we can build it.’ It is something wonderful to experience and to experience.
Tejas Budget Buildings is located at 5548 Ayers St. For more information call (361) 290-5690 or visit tejasbudgetbuildings.com.
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