Our house, built in 1923 and last renovated in the 80s, badly needed structural repairs and renovation. We also decided that it was time to tear down the old garage and create two large studies.
We were looking for solid, high-quality work. Never having been involved in this kind of project, we sought advice from friends and then met with design/build companies and architects. RDB came highly recommended. What was important to us in selecting RDB were three things:
-Gary Rochman met with us for long initial conversations, taking us on to visit several of the construction projects that RDB was working on at the time or had just completed, and introducing us to members of his team. This was critical in assuring us of the stellar quality of their work.
- We soon realized that hiring a design/builder would make the whole project run more smoothly:
- Finally, we were really impressed with the atmosphere at RDB, which combines professionalism with friendliness.
The design process was great. RDB developed several options and walked us through them. The design we chose included a new garage with exercise room and a study. We decided against plans that would have located this study in the house. RDB steered us in this direction without insisting, and it was the correct choice. Due to the pandemic, we asked RDB to split up the project and work on the new garage first, since we did not want to move out of our house at the time. Gary Rochman was extremely flexible listening to our concerns and adjusting to our preferences. Working during the pandemic, RDB took great precautions to assure the safety of the work site. RDB then began work on the second project as soon as it became possible again.
Communication with us during the construction was and is ideal. The lead carpenter on our jobs, Mike Sokol, always responds quickly to texts about any issue that arises. During the weekly meetings, usually led by Glen DiGaetano, the production manager, RDB kept us informed of their progress. Olivia Dee, the interior designer, always provided us with tasteful suggestions. Everyone on the team was willing to explain the process in great detail and with great patience.
All the people working for the contractors whom RDB hired were excellent and were well supervised by Mike Sokol.
Given the structural conditions of the property and age of the house and poorly executed prior repairs, several unforeseen problems arose above and beyond the agreed upon price. This was dealt with honestly and clearly.
We are currently involved in the completion of the second half of the project. We would highly recommend RDB for any job, big or small. They are spectacular. This house will now last for decades before needing any further repairs. Everything is both solid and beautiful, ranging from the custom-built bookshelves in the first study to the new wooden floors, to the bluestone patio, and the retaining wall they built along the driveway.