This is a profound thank-you and recommendation letter for the incredible transformation you accomplished on our home. To call our project a “remodel” would be a huge understatement. Our six figure project was a total “rebuild” from concrete floors and studs up. Our small circa 1976 house was a chopped-up, four bedroom design nearly uninhabitable after being a rental for ten years. With hardly any previous upkeep or maintenance, it was a wreck, inside and out.
In the beginning, after Cecilia and I suffered a huge case of “buyer’s remorse”, a family member gave us your contact info with high regard. We met with three other contractors as well to look at the large scope of what we wanted to do with our new “hovel”. Meeting with you last was a godsend as we knew within five minutes you were “the guy”. Our initial impression of you as a professional, knowledgeable and successful contractor was so true. You immediately calmed our distress in taking on such a huge project after just moving and facing some serious health problems.
You were so flexible with our schedule, health issues and working with our family members doing projects (e.g., huge demolition, stucco repair, all painting, flooring, baseboards, 2000 square feet of concrete, etc). You even installed all new windows and doors that we procured from a family contact. One of the GC’s we interviewed said absolutely no family involvement. At every turn, you were interested in saving us money by working with and around our self-help projects. Your own pricing schedule was upfront and transparent with all original material receipts sent to us. There were no hidden fees, labor costs or upfront money required. Just that separates you from the large pack of home remodelers out there.
Now we have a very open, modern home with a drop-dead gorgeous kitchen, living and dining areas all in one great room that opens to a large patio and outside living space. Our enlarged master suite with private entry, custom walk-in shower and large walk-in closet is a true retreat. You took our rough design and ideas, turned them into precise cad drawings, and built this incredibly easy living home. Your “design eye” was impeccable and always dead-on when we ventured into “not a good idea” territory. You always had the fix when small problems arose with design versus contractor reality. Every person that has entered this house has literally stopped and had a jaw dropping moment. Yes, it really is that unique and beautiful, and we get to live in it.
A few things demand special comment. The custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets you built are the epitome of quality and craftsmanship. There are no nails, staples, presswood or MDF board to be found, and the impressive hardware was made in America too. I would put the St. John cabinet operation up against the finest cabinet makers in the State. Your prices for USA built are actually so reasonable. The dual outside patio coverings are huge, beefy and so well constructed. We truly have significant added living space, day or night, right outside our sliding doors. Buying all our upgrade appliances and hardware through your contacts gave us prices and savings that even the big box stores could not equal.
The completely redesigned master bath also draws the “oohs and aahs” from everyone that sees it. It is amazing with dual, adjustable shower heads, lots of glass, bench and a river rock shower pan. The solid bamboo cabinets, dual vanity and quartz countertops push this bathroom over the top. It is an incredible experience everyday. Our granite kitchen countertops (20 x 12 ft) and island (9 x 4 ft) are striking in every detail. Your stone subcontractors are truly skilled artisans. The skip trowel finish on all walls and ceilings with bull nose corners throughout gives the entire house a clean, custom, finished look. The new HVAC system, duct work, gas hot water heater, LED lighting throughout and R40 insulation in the attic make our home energy efficient and so comfortable.
Pete, this letter is long because you earned it. We hired a GC and walked away with a new friend and family. You knew the difficulties of our move from Colorado and buying this house. Words can’t thank you enough for the incredible job you did on the last home we’ll ever buy. It is simply a joy to wake up and go to bed in this house. You and all the great employees and subs we met have our enduring thanks, sincere appreciation and highest recommendations. All of you were a pleasure to have in our home. Regards always.
Our home was custom built by the team at St.John Construction. We are absolutely delighted with the overall design and excellent workmanship. The quality and attention to detail shows in every room on our home. The custom cabinetry in each room, not only looks impressive but we have endless storage thanks to thoughtfulness of Mr. St.John. He made sure that we maximized our space without compromising the beauty and integrity of the home. The kitchen design is timeless. Pete and his team created a classic yet modern kitchen that makes cooking a true pleasure. Our favorite feature of our home is the outdoor living room area. The St.John team created an amazing space that we use for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors, year round. Friends are so impressed when they see the design and custom detail of this outdoor space. Building a home with St.John Construction is what building a home “should be”. A complete sense of trust from start to finish and the peace of mind knowing that you’re working with a builder that truly cares about his customers!
I would like to take this time to say thank you to Pete St. John for being a contractor that I can trust to get the job done professionally, timely and courteously for any project I need for my home. Several years ago, my husband hired Pete to build a backyard living space that he and I could enjoy together with our children and grandchildren. The project was completed on time, within our budget and was exactly what we had asked for. We enjoyed many happy celebrations in our backyard built by Pete St. John and his crew. A few years later, my dear husband passed away. As a widow, I was overwhelmed by the numerous house repairs I needed not long after his passing; a new roof, whole -house stucco, paint, windows, doors and vents. Once again, I called Pete St. John of St. John Construction and once again, he took care of everything. Not only was the workmanship superior, the customer service was excellent. If I had a question, I would call Pete and he would respond immediately with an answer. As you can imagine, as a widow who had never handled a construction project before, I had a lot of questions. Pete was always happy to answer. Thank you again to Pete St. John and St. John Construction. I will be using this company for any construction projects needed for my home in the future.
We write this letter of recommendation in connection with the remodeling project at our home in Chula Vista (see address at the head of this letter). The overall project included a complete remodel of the kitchen, updgrades to adjacent living areas, completion of a Casita in the back yard and construction of a Pergola adjacent to the swimming pool. Our experience with Pete St. John and his team is that they worked seamlessly on the various projects including working alongside other contractors. Team members were courteous and respectful at all times throughout the project phase. The products delivered by St. John Construction, Inc. are of a high quality and standard of manufacture & design. My wife and I are delighted with the style, finish and arrangement of the items that serve to provide us with an ideal living space and an attractive outdoor setting in the back yard.
In regards to construction and remodeling, St. John is the best. I had my kitchen totally remodeled. We discussed the plans, and with a few suggestions from Pete, we began. The job went went very smooth, was completed perfectly, and on time. The quality of workmanship is the best that I've seen. Thanks for putting in the extra effort to make us happy with our new kitchen.
Pete St. John of St. John Construction remodeled our kitchen during the summer of 2009. The project met all of our expectations and then some. Pete is an excellent communicator and guided us through the decision-making process of selecting appliances, counter top and back splash materials, and so forth. We were given plenty of lead time and did not feel pressured into making decisions at the last minute. Pete frequently visited the work site to check the construction activity and to answer our questions as necessary. His employees took pride in their work and were very polite. They always cleaned the work area at the end of the day. In summary, the project was completed on time and within our budget. The finished product was of high quality. This project was completed a few years ago and we are still getting compliments about our beautiful kitchen.