3x Best of Houzz winner
Bay Area's Trusted Custom Home Builder Specializing in Large Remodels
J. Sullivan Construction is a custom homebuilder that specializes in large remodels in the San Francisco Bay Area. Owner, Justin Skuce, has been building custom homes from the ground up for over fifteen years. J. Sullivan Construction prides itself in the level of detailed craftsmanship each new project receives. From the bidding process all the way through to the punch list - every customer has access to Justin's expertise, eye for design, and overall knowledge of custom home building. J. Sullivan Construction believes in full transparency when it comes to the bidding process, allowing homeowners to review and approve each bid. This allows each customer to have clarity on where investment dollars are being spent and why.
Custom Home, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, New Home Construction, Project Management, Custom Homes
Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, West Menlo Park, Woodside, Burlingame, Hillsborough
3 Houzz Awards
4 Houzz Badges
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8 Reviews for J Sullivan Construction
Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars5.0|8 reviews
Five plus stars all the way around for Justin and Greg. We had an A+ experience, and while we are not planning to build another new home for a very long time, if we did, we would absolutely do it all over again with them. Having worked with two general contractors in the past, we knew what style worked best for us and what was important in our decision making process. We live in Burlingame, and were referred to Justin by our friends who worked with Justin for their remodel a few blocks away and had a wonderful experience. Why J Sullivan was excellent: - Quality. We wanted to not just build a structure but build a home that was very high quality. We had some somewhat unusual requests that they gracefully and efficiently helped us work through, and recommended various specialists. Examples included working with an acoustic engineer on sound deadening, engaging an outside lighting designer, and working with us on air quality with an HRV system given our concerns about wildfire. - Creative. As is natural in projects, there were times during construction, once things started to come together, when they saw an opportunity to improve the original design on paper and offered fantastic suggestions to make it even better. For example, they wanted us to make sure we were happy with the spacing and flow between the kitchen and dining room so they built plywood mock-ups of the island and dining room table down to the inch. - Our project started demo in November, 2019. Then, mid way through the project, covid hit. We watched Justin and his project manager, Greg, expertly and calmly navigate a slew of subs through very stressful situations from calendaring to materials procurement and more. Justin and Greg have done over 20 projects together and this deep experience proved invaluable. - Communication. Throughout most of the project, we had weekly on site meetings and walk throughs with Justin and Greg. They summarized each meeting and sent notes to us, our architect, and interior designer, so we were all on the same page. They were also proactive in working with our neighbors which we greatly appreciated and helped them feel comfortable around noise, the adjusting fence for the property boundary, and other things, and were also fantastic in working with the city inspectors. Each of their subs had a great deal of respect for them too. - Detail oriented. Justin and Greg care about every single little detail. When they noticed things that weren't up to their quality and expectations they'd ask their vendor to return to make sure it was right. - Knowledgable. Every curious question we asked, they always had the answer, and if they weren't sure, they knew how to find the right answer. - They are just great guys you'd want to hang out with. If you choose to work with J Sullivan, they will care about you and your project like it was their own.
Justin and team are simply wonderful. They have high standards, very easy to work with, stick to the timeline and budget and are truly partners along every step of the way. Couldn't imagine working with anyone else!
J Sullivan Construction was retained to remodel our kitchen for a specialty need. Justin Skuce was our general contractor, and took personal responsibility to over-see the design, and construction of the project directly as the general supervising the subs. In all respects, this contractor/project manager was outstanding. The work was completed not only to my full satisfaction, but all (quality, cost, timeliness) performed to a level beyond our expectation. I am incredibly impressed with the integrity, expertise, and professional nature of this contractor and would recommend them to anyone looking for a quality and high end construction firm.
I hired Justin for our house remodel and I give him the highest recommendation and would absolutely work with him again. Some of the highlights: 1) very honest and transparent with high integrity and fairness, 2) incredibly responsive (text, email, phone), 3) constructive and collaborative and great problem solver (always felt like a partner in thinking through everything from design to approvals to materials to budget, etc), 3) on time and on budget (on time on a more aggressive timeline than we received from other bids, provided a detailed and accurate budget with periodic updates along the way), 4) fairly priced (we got 4 quotes and he was very fairly priced, he also stood out clearly from others as doing things differently/better than the old GC way), 5) clear communicator (eg what does he need from us, when will people be at our house, progress reports), 6) high quality and detail oriented work (trusted and experienced subs), and 7) personable and pleasant (a pleasure to work with). Again I highly recommend Justin. We have high expectations and he significantly exceeded them.
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If I could give them 6 stars out of 5 I would. We used Justin with J Sullivan Construction on our first home remodel/addition. I had heard so many nightmare stories about contractors and was always told that no matter what I would have an issue. They were always over budget, never on time, didn't pay attention to details, made mistakes and the negative list goes on. I assure you none of those things happened with J Sullivan Construction. I can't say anything but positive things about Justin, his work and his crew. He was on time, on budget and he and his subs could not have been more pleasurable to work with. I had neighbors compliment how polite everyone was during the process. If you are considering using J Sullivan Construction, you would be crazy not to. 100% perfection! We love our remodeled home and years later still refer many jobs to J Sullivan. You won't regret using them!
There is one word I can use to describe Justin and the quality of his work: outstanding. Time and time again, I'd been warned that by the end of my construction project I would be over budget, well beyond the initial planned timeframe and angry at my contractor. I was NONE of these things with J Sullivan, and in fact, it was the complete opposite. Reasons I am such an advocate for Justin and his work: -He is imminently accessible and incredibly responsive; as a client, you have direct access to him, always. I've been layered before by contractors, and it's beyond frustrating. -He is clear in his estimates and communications around costs. Justin manages a working document and portal with projected costs, actuals and any adjustments with each billing cycle, so there is always clarity around budget and any changes. His billing documents are clear and precise. He also does not take a percentage of the cost of materials which I always found to be an incredibly frustrating model (why should a contractor make more money because I chose more expensive flooring or a nicer sink?) -He was a great steward of my budget, and was always making me aware of different options to shave off dollars, certainly something he did not have to do. -His subs were great! Completely reliable, and I always trusted them. Rarely did a day go buy when he didn't have guys onsite doing something. There was never a 'pause' in the project. -He always suggested helpful improvements and changes. He could easily just show up and build out what is designed, but instead Justin really spends time thinking about the best approaches and if there are elements that could be changed to make the space even better. Again, something he certainly does not need to do - it's over and above. -He provided a realistic schedule and stuck to it. He is completely honest and up front - and accurate - about what a project entails. And he delivered exactly what he promised, and he worked diligently to pull forward as much as he could. -The quality of the work is fantastic. His experience is extensive. -He also did not disappear once the project wrapped up. He's been available, and equally responsive, after the project has finished to address any loose ends or issues. It's been amazing. Justin is also so above-board, transparent and is always doing the right thing. I don't know how one puts a pricetag on honesty and professionalism. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and would serve as a reference at any point to those interested.
Justin did a great job for us. We got four bids on a 4000 sq ft whole-house remodel and addition in Palo Alto. Justin did the work, including additional scope that wasn’t in the original plan, in less time than the other contractors quoted. He was always fair and reasonable, kept everyone on track, and always managed to reassure us and be a knowledgeable and calming presence in what is inevitably a stressful process. We highly recommend Justin.
Justin and his team are a pleasure to work with. Not only does his team think through details carefully, they have such a great eye to help problem solve with design challenges. Their commitment to make a project turn out as great as it can be is one of the best things about working with them. One of our favorite contractors and team, we highly recommend!