Saint Paul Remodeling Testimonials
An Amazing Experience
Ben Quie & Sons (BQS) provided an excellent remodeling experience. The planning process was thoughtful–he brought ideas, but also listened to our ideas, and came up with a plan that corresponded to our needs and desires. Project communication was excellent and I never had to worry about the project. We were very comfortable with our back-up kitchen set up (we had everything except a stove) and the remodeling process was incredibly clean! There was very little dust or mess outside of the remodeled space. The work reflects beautiful craftsmanship, and a knowledge of older homes. We are thrilled with the final product and feel reassured that if something comes up in the first year, BQS will take care of it. All and all, an amazing experience.
Ethical and Committed
Our experience with Ben Quie & Sons has been, in a word, fantastic. Construction began in March, 2011, but before then we had met with Ben many times, going over plans and budget. Ben has an excellent eye for design, materials, and also knows when to ask the right questions. When we asked him to help find solutions to architectural issues, he found them. And he found solutions that made sense for our budget. Also, we were able to make major changes to the house, while keeping its “soul” intact. The new work blends in perfectly with the original design of the house, while accommodating our needs as a modern family.
Throughout the construction phase we had an excellent project manager from Ben’s team, Kate Post. Kate met with us every week and we had a chance to communicate what we were thinking, and she always let us know ahead of time if there was any issue that might incur additional expense. Kate had the respect of the construction team and was always ready and able to resolve any issue. For example, when we were debating whether or not to re-stucco the entire house versus just certain areas, she was able to give us estimates of the costs and help us make a good decision. Ben and his team also did a great job finding a solution for air conditioning in our home. A perfect solution for us, and again, met our budget.
I think what is very important is that whenever we had a question or a problem, we could pick up the phone and get an immediate response from Ben or Kate. In addition, we felt we had the HIGHEST quality woodworkers, carpenters, and cabinetmakers on our job. EVERYONE on that team was upbeat, obviously liked their job, and did excellent work.
Finally, we were pleased to see that at the end of every work day, the project areas were neat and clean. Each person on that team had a personal work ethic that made sure we, as owners, didn’t have to worry about safety, cleanliness, or waste disposal.
We would highly recommend Ben Quie and Sons to anyone contemplating a home construction project. Working with such ethical, committed, and budget-conscious people was a true delight, and we are living in our dream house thanks to their hard work, vision, and commitment to customer satisfaction.
~Mary and William Baker, A Childhood Home–Re-built
Our experience with Ben Quie & Sons was truly outstanding. Trust me! You want to work with a general contractor who listens, is well connected with reliable sub-contractors, keeps to an established schedule, communicates with you regularly and answers ALL your questions, and assures your total satisfaction with both the process and the result! It’s truly a blessing when you can rest assured that the work will be done right, and that all their dealings with you are based on a respectful partnership. We recommend Ben Quie & Sons with the highest possible endorsement!
~Helen Warren and Joyce Halverson
We Knew You Would Do Right By Us
Certainly I could point out the myriad details that demonstrate the fine quality of your work and high level of craftsmanship. I could mention your attentiveness to our timeline and budget or I might discuss how pleased we were with your crew and with the subcontractors you chose for our job. Any of those things set your work apart from that of your competitors. But at the end of the project, what I am left with is this – at every step of the process, from working through the initial contract to putting up the house numbers, we knew you would do right by us. We trusted that you would bring your very best to our home every day and that you and yours would meet every challenge (including those posed by the homeowners) with a critical eye, with patience, and with integrity.
~Marga Miller, Saint Anthony Park Home Addition
Great to work with
We have used Ben Quie for two remodeling projects. They are great to work with, Prompt, Courteous and Cost effective. They always work cooperatively to both anticipate and solve problems. They really understand and appreciate the beauty and the challenges of older homes. We are an enthusiastic repeat customer!
~Steve and Kathy Wellington, Bungalow Renovation
Reliable, Honest, Creative and Fun
We had an outstanding experience with Ben Quie & Sons on a major project to renovate and add to our early 1900’s home. They provided exceptional services from the first to final day of the project at fair and reasonable prices. Ben Quie & Sons are well known for their superior quality of work, and the outcome of our project was everything we wanted and more. Just as important to us, we really appreciated their approach to our project. Ben Quie and his team were reliable, honest, creative and fun. During the project, we knew we could trust Ben’s advice and leadership at every turn. Now, as we enjoy our renovated home, we are grateful everyday for Ben Quie & Sons craftsmanship and judgment.”
~Eric and Lisa Nicholson, St. Paul Two-Story Addition
The Best of Both Worlds
We used Ben Quie & Sons for our three-story addition a couple of years ago. We chose them because of their reputation and the quality of their craftsmanship. Ben Quie knows and understands old homes, but is also knowledgeable about the latest products to update a home. Ben’s attention to detail and aesthetic sense ensured that the new part of our house flows seamlessly with the old. We believe we now have the best of both worlds with a more energy-efficient, comfortable, convenient house, and still all the charm of an older home. Ben and his crew are very dependable, trust worthy and pleasant to have around. I would recommend them for any project, large or small.
~Mary Hamel and Jim Snapp, Kitchen in an Old Train Station
Every Detail is Finished Beautifully
Over the years Ben Quie has done many projects in our home. He and his workers take pride in their work and are never satisfied until every small detail is finished beautifully. Ben is a delight to work with. He is good natured and honest and finishes projects on time. I have recommended Ben to my neighbors and friends with confidence that they will be as pleased with his craftsmanship as we are.
~Joan Hershbell and Gary Johnson, A Cook’s Kitchen
High Quality at a Great Price
Consistently high quality craftsmanship and honest, friendly service at a great price. We’ve been repeat customers for the past ten years!
~Linda and Alain Baudry
A Tremendous Artisan
Ben did an enormous kitchen remodel for us. He did great work and he finished on time and on budget. How many general contractors can you say that about? We loved working with Ben and his associates. The house was immaculate at the end of every work day. They worked hard and fast and did beautiful work. We will hire Ben again the next time we do a major project. Ben is not only a tremendous artisan, but he is a great guy as well. You can trust your project to him.
~Julie and Chris Causey, Prairie School Kitchen
Real Integrity with an Eye for Old Homes
It has been our experience that working with Ben Quie & Sons guarantees that the job will be done thoroughly, on time and on budget. Their work is first rate and they treat customers with real integrity. Beyond that, Ben and his team bring an attention to detail and “eye” for restoring these wonderful old homes that distinguish our neighborhood. We have learned to follow their advice and have always been delighted with the results.
~Steve and Nancy Plagens, Victorian Front Porch
Very High Quality
To be short and sweet, Ben Quie & Sons delivered a very high quality job and did so with the utmost of hands-on supervision so it minimized the problem situations. Problems will always arise on any construction project and certainly any remodel where unforeseen circumstances arise. You were always upfront and got the problem resolved and kept the project on schedule. I would highly recommend Ben Quie & Sons.
~Jerry Larson, An Open Kitchen | Roomy Bathroom & Dressing Room
Working with Ben Quie & Sons on our remodeling project exceeded our expectations! We are completely satisfied with both their solid craftsmanship and character. From start to finish, the company maintained a reliable and efficient schedule, showed leadership with project decision making, and consistently delivered the highest quality results. We are so happy with the remodeled space that we used Ben Quie & Sons again for a second project.
~Cari and Mike Jaro, A Jack and Jill Bathroom
Reliable, Excellent Craftsmen
Ben Quie & Sons recently completed a kitchen remodel in my home and the whole experience couldn’t have gone smoother. Ben Quie, his crew and the people he contracted out were reliable, honest, hardworking and excellent craftsmen. Ben was extremely responsive to all of my questions and concerns and even installed a temporary kitchen in my dining room complete with a full size sink and portable stove so I could cook and clean up without a big hassle or inconvenience. My kitchen turned out beautifully and I am completely satisfied. I would unconditionally recommend Ben and company for all your construction needs. I can’t wait until they can redo my bathroom!!
Practical Solutions to Old-House Challenges
When Ben Quie remodeled our attic, his practical solutions to our old-house challenges impressed me as much as his ability to meet his time schedule. When he remodeled our bedrooms and bathroom, I realized how important his sub-contractors were to our project, and I appreciated both his attention to their work and the good advice he gave me on purchasing fixtures and materials. The temporary kitchen he set up for us made our project a breeze. I have always been able to rely on his honesty and his great sense of humor. In all of these projects, his outstanding craftsmanship and aesthetic sense have been invaluable, and his understanding of both children and on-going maintenance has given us a house we have enjoyed for many years.
~Mary Griffin, Craftsman Kitchen Renovation
Integrity and Friendliness
Ben and his team completed a challenging 2 story addition to the back of our 1911 Arts and Crafts home in 2001. We appreciated the integrity, craftsmanship and friendliness of Ben and his crew throughout this project and continue to enjoy the results including our beautiful new kitchen these many years later. Ben and his crew perfectly matched the 1911 woodwork and details of our existing home. We have tremendous confidence in Ben and his crew and enthusiastically recommend Ben Quie & Sons to anyone who is considering remodeling their home.
~Laura and Robert Ranum, A Kitchen for Entertaining
An Eye for Restoring Old Homes
Ben’s team did an amazing job renovating our kitchen. While we initially worked with an architect, Ben provided his expert design guidance as well. He truly has an eye for restoring old homes. A kitchen project is probably the most disruptive project you can do. Thankfully Ben’s team helped us live through the twelve week process by setting up an outdoor kitchen (complete with sink and refrigerator) for us to use and enjoy the remaining summer months. We look forward to working with Ben as we continue to improve our bungalow.
~Shannon O’Brien & Shaun Curtin, Stainless Steel Kitchen Meets Traditional Craftsman
Outstanding Quality and Worksmanship
As anyone who has done it knows, remodeling is more likely to be a nightmare than not. Our experience with Ben Quie & Sons completely shattered that expectation. Ours consisted of several pieces: complete overhaul of our kitchen; removal and replacement of a center staircase; and extensive changes in our master bath. Every aspect of the firm’s dealing with us was exemplary. The quality of workmanship not only from Ben’s staff but from the several sub-contractors involved in the project was outstanding. The overall management and scheduling was near perfect. We were consistently amazed at how easily it seemed that the pieces of the project fit together recognizing this was a complicated set of logistics. And, the people involved were a pleasure to work with. We have no reservations about using them again or in recommending them to others.