Our beautiful forested ocean-front lot, and unique 2-storey log structure was marred by a very dated, inefficient and shabby interior. Minimizing the enlargement to the original footprint, preserving the unique log structure, and keeping it’s charisma, whilst providing a spacious, functional and efficient home, was our goal. Hence, a major renovation was the only option for us, and so we looked for a long time to find a contractor who could turn our ‘cabin’ into our dream home. Once we met with Greg and Heidi, we looked no further, and have never regretted that decision. Our ‘new’ home exceeds all our expectations.
Greg and Heidi worked closely with us on the scope of the project, providing creative ideas, guidance, and workable solutions to overcome some of the quirkiness of the original layout. Once we had settled on the scope of work, budgets were drawn up, reviewed, discussed and revised as required, until we were all happy that the proposed work met our needs, and was do-able within our budget. From the outset, even before the jack hammers started the interior demolition work, Heidi communicated tirelessly with us to keep us fully informed of all aspects of the work, especially updates on project timing and budget. She and Kelsey Ann were spectacular when it came to picking materials, appliances and finishes, much of which was done via email and internet, as we could only spend limited time on the island. Heidi’s eye for design, knowledge of the budget, and understanding of my tastes and preferences ensured that decisions on choices and changes could be made confidently.
As with any remodeling of an old home, there were more than a few unexpected surprises, resulting in potential upward impact on the original budget. Greg apprised us of these issues before proceeding, in terms of the cost impact, but more importantly, provided proposed mitigations and solutions, with acceptable and practical offsets from other parts of the project, so that we could stay close to the original budget. GNB were also very aware of financial initiatives and incentives form energy efficiency programmers, and ensured that plumbing, electrical, insulation, door and window choices optimized these incentives.
The level of craftsmanship in our new home is a tribute not only to Greg, and his own very high professional standards, but to the teams and trades that he employs. The work ethic, and degree of professionalism exhibited at the worksite, by not only Greg, but all his sub trades, is reflected in the finished home. GNB were a delight to work with. There is not one thing in our ‘new’ home we would change.
We have no hesitation in recommending GNB Inc to anyone who is thinking of remodeling or renovating. We are already planning some future work to recreational outbuildings, and will be ‘booking our slot’ with Greg and Heidi.