Dale & Nancy Harrington, Wickford, RI

Having had four new houses constructed for us during the last forty years, we have learned that there are three acid tests that a successful General Contractor must pass to make your dream house a memorable experience. In truth, the fourth house was constructed by Steve Lawrence next door in 2008 for our daughter and son-in-law but we were involved. Test No. 1 is the Contractor’s relationship with the architect. They are almost always subtly antagonistic at best and mutually hostile at worst. So be pleasantly surprised when you contact architects that have worked with Steve to find out that the experience was first rate. Each responded to the others concerns … and there are many as the house goes together. Steve establishes a friendly, professional and cooperative relationship with the architects and your dream becomes reality and you sleep well at night during the process. Test No. 2 is the quality of the subcontractors. Contractors never pick up a hammer … the subs do all the work and there are lots of them and they need to be scheduled and managed. Once a Contractor has executed the construction agreement, he is pretty much free to pick and choose among the low bidders to get the job done and maximize his return. Steve is different. He has a team of first rate people, all of whom have worked together in the past. From the grandfather, father and son team who digs the hole and pours the concrete, to the acrobatic rough framers who swing through the trusses with tack hammers, to the incredibly skilled finish carpenter who breathes life into the structure (and enjoys every minute of it) they are all first rate artisans. Talk to them if you get the chance during one of Steve’s projects. Finally, Test No. 3, the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is issued and you have moved in. What now? Doors get sticky, paint may show some plaster, and a few parts might be missing here and there. It happens in all new construction. Steve responds promptly and stuff gets fixed. As this testimonial is being prepared one year from the CO, Steve has responded to an issue in the basement that needs correcting. Four houses in forty years … this was the best!
Dale & Nancy Harrington, Wickford, RI
Dale & Nancy Harrington, Wickford, RI