We lucked out when we chose you as our builder. We are so happy with our new home in Narragansett!
You and all your crew have been fantastic. The quality of work has been top notch. You are so easy to work with and a really nice person too!
Thank you – Steve & Maureen
My family had owned a beach cottage at Point Judith for over fifty years. The opportunity to replace this old and tiny cottage with a year-round home was a dream come true.
Steve Lawrence of Lawrence Builders Inc lives in the neighborhood and after seeing his home and other homes he had built, we asked him to be our contractor. We worked with Steve and his architect to design our home that would blend in nicely with our neighborhood.
We had an emotional attachment to the old cottage which my family had built in 1960, so Steve, who is an environmentally friendly person, suggested I save the cottage by donating it to a needy family who would move to a new site. Steve said that I would save demolition costs by giving it away. Today, the cottage is nestled in the woods of Coventry, and has become someone else’s dream house.
Lawrence Builders has provided the highest quality materials and workmanship, at reasonable prices. Steve also provided specialists to help us choose kitchen and bath items, hardwood flooring and tile. Steve may be a young man, but he has good vision, some great ideas, and certainly the experience to build beautiful custom homes. My wife and I would recommend his company, Lawrence Builders, to our friends and anyone wishing to build or renovate their home.
– Richard & Ann Watelet, Narragansett, RI
My spouse and I engaged Lawrence Builders for a major remodeling project on our home. It involved near reconstruction of the house, including remodeling one bathroom and adding another, removal and reconstruction of interior walls, excavation and laying foundation for and construction of two new rooms, removal and replacement of new and larger windows, demolition and reconstruction of the roof with new pitch, rewiring, enhanced electrical service, construction of new front and rear porches, redesign and plumbing of the heating zones, installation of central air conditioning, installation of a new upstairs laundry, and construction of a fully new and redesigned kitchen.
Workmanship on this job was outstanding. Inside and out, all specs were met, and the workmen were very careful in their attention to detail.
Of course, any project of this magnitude is bound to have some things go wrong, and we encountered a couple of unforeseen complications subsequent to completion of the work. From the outset, Steve assured us that he would stand behind his work, and he kept this commitment. In the few instances where we later observed problems, he came right in and resolved them to our complete satisfaction.
Perhaps most remarkable is that the whole project came in under budget. We saw no padding to bring costs up to the contracted level that had been agreed upon. When we tell this story to our friends, their jaws drop. Just about everyone has a story about dishonest, misleading, or incompetent builders. This project with Lawrence Builders, however, was as satisfying and stress-free as any construction job could be. We liked the process, we love the outcome, and we very much came to like Steve Lawrence who is everything that a builder should be.
– Theodore N. Bosack, Wakefield, RI
Steve Lawrence and Lawrence Builders handled a very extensive and complicated renovation of our home that was completed about two years ago. We were delighted with the work that was finished on time and under the contracted price. We found working with Steve Lawrence and all of his sub-contractors to be an enjoyable experience. They are an exceptionally professional, competent, and friendly group.
Equally amazing and satisfying to us is the exceptional way in which Steve Lawrence stands behind his work. Over the two-year period since the renovation was completed, there have been a number of items that have broken or become worn, mostly from simple and expected wear and tear. Nonetheless, because Steve had done such excellent work, we continued to contact him about these issues. Steve has always responded to our inquiries quickly and has either come himself or sent others to deal with our problems. He has always put things right, providing the needed repairs. Never has he sent me a bill.
We are so fortunate to have selected Lawrence Builders for our project. Since we did so, we have seen other friends and family work with other builders and end up with interminable projects, shoddy work, and financial losses. We will most certainly work with Lawrence Builders on any future building projects that we may pursue.
– Theodore N. Bosack, Follow-Up Letter
Thanks for an awesome house that gets nothing but compliments when people see it. You and your team made me feel completely comfortable during the days and weeks I couldn’t be on site. Your use of email and digital images to keep in touch and eliminate the guesswork and mistakes that come with absence was pivotal.
Throughout the process, you were flexible with changes to the plan, and offered valuable suggestions to improve the design and function of the home. You always kept the job moving and continuing forward. Your good report with town officials and engineers only helped the process be that much more smooth.
One thing I tell people, that seems to explain it all, is that you and I are friends now—not many people can say that after a building project. Special thanks to John Meegan for his skills and command of the building project!
– Steve Gibree
In the Fall of 2007 we contracted Redhouse Drafting and Design to design a two story bungalow on Boon St in Narragansett, RI. The design was mature enough in late 2007 to send out for bids. We sent the Request for Quote to 4 Contractors and received 3 Bids. After reviewing the Bids we prepared a final Statement of Work and requested Final Bids. Two of the Contractors changed their prices significantly (one increase and one decrease) and one did not change.
Lawrence Builders did not change their bid. The values were within $5,000 of each other.
We selected Lawrence Builders to build our house based on credibility and schedule. Steve Lawrence has lived up to our expectations and we would recommend Lawrence Builders without equivocation.
Starting with the Framing and structural integrity and the exterior the work was performed as if there were a complete set of detailed drawings. And, there is not a squeak in the house. Steve supplied expert advice on our choice of shingles (pre dipped and baked) and the man made (maintenance free) Decks Railings and other external finish pieces.
The interior is spectacular. The finish work, detail and choice of woods, framing, door design and Bathroom Layouts make it a pleasure to be in any room of the house. The 5 inch Red Oak flooring (finished in the house) was a Steve suggestion as well as the moldings.
Steve recommended Kitchens Direct for Cabinets, Harbour Lighting for fixtures, Electronic Surveillance for Alarms and Environmental Monitoring, Best Tile for Tiles and Bath Splash for Plumbing Fixtures. We used all of them and are pleased with the final products. It is notable that everyone we talked to spoke very well of Steve.
The Craftsmen that worked on the job clearly worked well on their own and knew exactly the level of quality that was expected. We make decisions and choices in advance of their need which allowed Steve to move at a steady and coordinated pace.
Around the 10th of August we realized that the house would probably not be ready to move in for our daughter’s wedding on the 24th. We said to Steve that we were expecting guests and would like to be in the house. Steve just said Ok. On Thursday the 22nd furniture and beds arrived as the last craftsman was leaving. Not only was the house livable it was spectacular. There was never a doubt that he could do it and he wasn’t even in town the last week.
The house is the envy of the street.
-Judy Ober and Bob Donaldson
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
We started with a vacant piece of land and a dream. Steve Lawrence made our dream home a reality and it was everything we dreamed. He took us on a tour of several homes he had built, and we were impressed, particularly after seeing features that we had planned for our home.
One of the reasons we selected Steve was because he promised he could get the home completed quickly, and he did not let us down. Several times he got in and did needed work himself to keep things on schedule, and we saw him work extremely hard in those cases.
During the course of the building, issues inevitably rose, and Steve dealt with them to our complete satisfactions. Often times he identified and corrected things before we even knew about them. He also has a genuine interest in ensuring that things look nice and that they function properly, always keeping an eye out for those details.
Steve managed to get the work done and keep things moving quickly despite the fact that he was also building a huge million dollar house at the same time that our home was under construction. Our house looks beautiful thanks to Steve Lawrence and the highly competent subcontractors he uses. We highly recommend him for our custom home building needs. We can’t imagine anyone better.
-John and Kathy Hearty
Steve Lawrence completed additions and renovations to our Narragansett home in 2005. For timeliness, craftsmanship and clean up, his crew was tops.
Steve’s ideas and suggestions helped us create two spectacular rooms; a living room with fire place and bookshelves and a year round sun room with a radiant heated floor.
Steve has our endorsement as contractor and a wonderful person with whom to work.