We had the good fortune of connecting with Israel Ochoa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Israel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking played an important role when we decided to start our home building company. there is a saying in Spanish that says, “el que no arriesga, no gana” which translated to English says “nothing ventured nothing gained”. This was true on the year 2020, when Covid hit. After getting laid off from my designing position of almost 8 years and struggling to find a job, or a simple interview really, i realized that i needed to do something in order to provide for my family. My first professional job was designing homes for a local company back in 2007 and have never stopped doing that, and i even did it as a side business.
when the layoff happened i remembered that it was always a dream of mine to build houses, from start to finish. I called my wife and told her i had been laid off, a couple of weeks after i told her i wanted to pursue my dream and
she supported me since the beginning. After making a lot of calls, gathering the capital to buy 3 lots and start building one house, and partering with my brother, Alex Ochoa, we started building our first house on Sep. of 2020. fast forward to today and we have 6 houses under our belt and are ready for more. And its all thanks to that leap of faith we took, or that risk that we took if you will.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What set us apart from other in the home building industry is the care that we have towards each project we have. Being a small and up and coming company in the area allows us to really pay attention to the details, to the little things, and also allows us to be flexible and go the extra mile for our client. Our proudest moment was when our first house was under contract. We were not even finished with the second stage of the house when it was under contract and sold. That was a sign that felt like we were doing the right thing.
To get to where we are now was not easy, its still not easy. We continue to learn as we go, and that is what makes us want to be better. Took me about 12 years to finally decide to go full time into my business, this time prepared me to learn about what people wanted in their house, how other building companies arent as flexible and a lot of times charged an arm and a leg for simple changes. We wanted that to set us apart from the others, to let the client feel that we are on their side when it comes to putting the effort and care to their forever and sometimes dream house.
When it comes to the world to know about us, and out company. I want them to know that we care about our clients, that we will do whatever it takes to make their dream house a reality. That all the years of waiting for the right moment helped us to become the company they need to build an excellent house whith them in mind every step of the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Thankfully my best friend and i have very similar things in common. i would pick him up from the airport and take him immediately to vics and anthony or a brazillian steakhouse with his family and mine, we have kids the same age lol.
i would probably take him to an astros game and also a soccer game at the relliant, we both enjoy soccer a lot and having a big diverse city we are lucky to have international games in the area. we would also take the kids to Kemah, and to Dave and Busters and to top things off a good movie at a local movie grill where we can watch a movie and dine at the same time with out wives.
And to end the trip, on sunday we would most defenetly go to Lakewood Church to recharge spiritually. no better way to end a friends gathering.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my AMAZING family! My loving and supporting wife, Ytzamar Lara for believing in me and always being so supportive and being my number 1 fan, I love you.
My 2 sons, Azael and Yareth Ochoa, the loving motor behind this dream.
My brother, Alex Ochoa and literally partner in this adventure, thanks for the support.
My parents, Felipe & Minerva Ochoa, and my younger sister, Amy Ochoa, the lessons and teachings continue to echo as we treat each project as our own and put all the effort in them as you have taught us. We love you!
thanks to our amazing photographers JERS Ideal Photography for always capturing the best pictures