Building with integrity, integration, and ingenuity.
Kenneth Orion Gooch graduated from UC Berkeley in 1959 with a degree in
architecture and environmental design. He is both a California licensed architect (A.I.A. Member) and a California licensed general contractor. His first job out of college was helping to build 500 houses in Milpitas that sold for $10,000. Those homes are still there today. "I started out wanting to build quality housing that was affordable. In time, people wanted bigger and bigger houses, which we also built, always maintaining the same high level of quality," Ken says.
Full-circle affordable building for today's family.
Orion Homes has consistently analyzed and adjusted its building methods to best
serve the changing needs of clients. "Today's clients are once again looking for
more affordable houses. They want well-built homes that stand the test of time." Ken
says. "We've gone full-circle, which to me, is exciting. Because now there are so many
more options and products available. I enjoy design, and applying my creativity to build
beautiful, adaptable living environments for families." Orion Homes works with many
clients who are adding to their homes to accommodate both older and younger family
Like father like son.
Speaking of family members, Ken's son, Jason Orion Gooch grew up learning about
every aspect of home construction and design, first around the dinner table, and then in his father's shop. After Jason ran his own successful home remodel and restoration business, he joined forces with Ken. Other friends and family members also play key roles in the tightly knit family business.
Pioneers of green construction.
Long before "green building" became a buzzword, Orion Homes was a leader in
sustainable building practices. Ken and Jason have always understood the importance
of using energy efficient products and those that make as little impact on the
environment as possible. Ken says, "Environmentally-friendly building was our personal obligation long before it was a legal one."