It is with a great honor that I write this recommendation of Gelsomino Construction. I had my master bathroom completely renovated and the master bedroom and family room completed as a recent project. We also had an investment property renovated. The work was superb and I not only enjoy seeing these spaces everyday, but have received amazing compliments from everyone who has been to my house since the completion. It is rare to find a contractor who will ensure that your home is left in a neat, clean and orderly condition before days end, so that I never felt I was living in a "construction zone." Moreover, there were several obstacles and changes that came up throughout the construction, from finding problems with the original building to changes that I made, but Joe never once had an issue with the new requests, the word, "no," never came out of his mouth. There were multiple small "add-on" projects that weren't related to our renovation that Joe was able to complete that have significantly improved our comfort and quality of our house.
I feel that hiring a contractor is not only about the walls and plumbing, but that you must have an inherent trust of the person you are bringing into your home. You are hiring the person, not the truck. Much of what is done is not something that one has the ability to oversee or understand well (otherwise you would do it yourself). It is clearly evident that Joe Gelsomino takes such pride in the quality of his work and realizes that his reputation is not only built on the finished product today, but is built on the fact that his work truly stands the test of time. He cares about his clients and I frequently spoke with him late in the evening or on a weekend when he was returning home from an emergent problem that one of his clients had. Throughout the project, I always felt that Joe had our best interests in mind in regard to quality of work, quality of materials, and cost. As we got to know each other, he learned what our personal tastes were and was able to make suggestions based on his experience that helped make the rooms exceed our original vision.
I give my full and unqualified recommendation for Gelsomino Construction to you for your construction projects based on the quality of work performed and the quality of the people doing that work.
In so many instances people only take time out of their busy schedule to complain. Well you should know that is not the case here. We sit here on our screened in porch with smiles on our faces as we look around at the quality and craftsmanship. It is truly beyond my expectations. The additional suggestions you made regarding the lighting has proven to be extremely helpful especially late at night when the dog goes outside. The insulation was a big help over this winter as well. The fact that there were no hidden costs and everything was up front and honest was refreshing. Too many times we have had bad experiences with "unexpected costs" with other contractors. Your price quotes are precise and accurate.
One of the reasons we wanted to write to you is to tell you about a visit we had with our uncle who is a retired contractor from Ulster County. He has visited our home over the years and has always found flaws with previous home improvement projects of ours. Well, he walked onto the porch and stopped short. He said, "WOW who did this, the woodwork is outstanding". He pointed out different things that he said must have been very difficult to do properly because of the preexisting structure you had to deal with. It takes a lot to get a complement out of him so we appreciated the porch even more.
The porch is not the only work we are pleased with. The new architectural shingled roof looks great. We know it is going to last us a long time too. Also, we must say we think of you every time the sub pump kicks on which it did plenty of during the recent rain and defrosting of the snow. Truthfully we cannot say anything negative about our experiences with you. This is almost unheard of when dealing with a contractor. The fact is that you were hear when you said you would be, the work was completed when you said it would be and during each project, when you or your crew left for the evening, the area was clean and neat.
Thank you for all of the great work you have done for us. We are sure it has increased the value of our home.
After having looked into a number of contractors to build our addition, my wife and I settled on Gelsomino Construction. We are extremely happy that we did.
The many questions my wife and I had were met with calm reassurance by Joe Gelsomino, and never did we feel rushed to make a decision about style or substance. Joe would lay out all the options on the table and explain the pros and cons. This made it easier for us to choose the right one for us. This kind of service, during a time that is known to architects as ?renovation stress time', was greatly appreciated by my family. To us, the experience and patience proffered by Joe were welcomed virtues.
The friendly team of workers, led by Joe Gelsomino himself, was made up of hardworking, knowledgeable, and experienced craftsman who were punctual, courteous and always professional in their demeanor. The work they provided was specific and thorough and bore artisan's touch. Attention to details, both large and small, are imperative to Joe and his crew and I believe that this is what sets Gelsomino Construction apart from the rest. They will not leave the job until everything promised is delivered and the job site is immaculately clean. The project is not over until it has met the highest standard of customer satisfaction, and as high as that can be, I could argue that Joe's standard is even higher. His work ethic harkens back to the days when unique attention to crafted detail showed a pride in one's work that stood as a testament to the character of the builder himself. Gelsomino Construction is no cookie cutter construction company.
If all the compliments we have received on our new addition are any indication, you simply must use Gelsomino Construction. We recommend them highly and with no reservations whatsoever. If you are thinking about having a project done on your home, call Joe You'll be glad you did.
I'm pleased to be able to provide a testimonial to the great work you did on my house this spring. Hope there is enough here to be useful.
My first contact with Joe Gelsomino was through the Mid Hudson Better Business Bureau. I wanted to find a contractor who cared enough about his reputation to belong to a group like that.
The job at my house was small for a contractor (but not for me). Several other contractors did not even bother to call me back about it. I wanted to get a second window installed in the dining area of my 60-year-old house.
Installation of a new heater several months before had left the old heater in the wall at window height; if the old heater were taken out, there would be a hole in the wall. Putting in a new window would brighten and improve the appearance of half of the house.
Joe's thinking about this was that small jobs well executed led to more business. Several days later I had a new window that was exactly the same size and configuration as the 20-year-old one next to it (except that the new one is framed much better!). The exterior trim also was exactly matched. The old heater was discarded and the whole area was completely cleaned up. Even my old living room rug was cleaned up.
I was also looking for someone to remove a couple of maple trees, because our previous tree removal person had moved. The maples were leaning over the house. Joe got the trees down a couple of days before a windstorm that toppled a tree across the street. He also left intact a smaller tree right next to one of the maples.
These jobs had gone much better and faster than I had planned, so I asked Joe to think about a third one that I considered nearly impossible. He and his crew probably thought it was odd that I didn't use the front door of the house. But the door was still stuck after winter freezing and thawing had pushed up the piers supporting the house. Usually around mid-spring the floor of the house has settled enough to get the door open and closed without forcing it, but not this year. Joe reinforced the front center pier and porch steps. The door opens and locks with ease now, and the interior floor and walls are straighter than they have ever been. So are the porch, steps and even the roof.
Before, my house was crooked, had a defunct heater in one wall and a couple of leaning trees. In a little over a week, it was made squarer and more secure and attractive. Gelsomino Construction won me over with little jobs that were fairly priced and well executed, and various enough that I know they would handle a bigger job the same way.
The finished work for me was high quality and was exactly as discussed and planned. I look forward to calling on Gelsomino again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend them to my family and friends.
Approximately five years ago was our first encounter with Gelsomino Construction. We hired Joe to side a home and two garages.
Since then Gelsomino Construction has done numerous construction projects on our property including installing wrought iron fencing, attic fans, redesigning our laundry room, etc.
We have always found the job performance of Gelsomino Construction to be impeccable!
The task is always completed in a timely manner. The work site is left clean and ready to use.
If the job is not perfect, Joe will not leave! We never had to bring any part of the job to Joe's attention.
We highly recommend Gelsomino Construction to our friends and family and will continue to do so in the future.
It has been a year since you completed the reconstruction of our home. We are still amazed that you worked such wonders after the fire. I wouldn't have believed it possible.
Your workmanship was better than you promised, you always went the extra mile. We had a tight schedule and you delivered. It was a pleasure. The ideas for improving were great and really did make for more room and the feeling of a brand new house.
I'm especially thankful that you were able to handle the permits, ins, adjusters, etc. I wouldn't have known where to begin.
Please feel free to use our names as a reference anytime. If you need to show anyone just give a call and we'll make some arrangement. I hope we never have another catastrophe, but we keep your number handy just in case.
In 2007 our apartment received heavy smoke and water damage resulting from a fire on the second floor of our house. We were unable to live at home for seven months. This was, needless to say, a very traumatic time in our lives.
Joe Gelsomino, together with Dan and the entire team of plumbers. electricians, painters, etc. were contracted to do the renovations. We wish to express how extremely satisfied and happy we are with their work.
Throughout that grueling stretch of time we were constantly kept informed of their progress, including every detail of the construction. Joe went with us personally to help us choose fixtures of every type...lighting, plumbing, kitchen counters, flooring, and everything else involved which resulted in a beautiful job well done and reflecting our personal tastes. Joe was also very helpful in consulting with us on paint colors; he was quite savvy on how the colors would appear on the walls - not just on the sample chart or in the paint can.
All the work, including carpentry, painting, floors, electric, plumbing, exhibited professional and artistic talent. The quality of each category is superior to any we've seen elsewhere.
Whenever we had a question, Joe Gelsomino was readily available to speak on the phone with us. Often he would put aside what he was doing to meet in person to discuss various aspects of the job. He and all the members of his work force consistently demonstrated the utmost respect and politeness towards us. They were kind, pleasant, and understanding regarding our distress at not being able to reside in our own home.
One of the most important and very best parts of this enormous job was the manner in which Joe and all the men cleaned up wherever they had worked. They left every area immaculately clean and spotless.
Anyone seeing our "new" (106 year old) home for the first time is in awe of the gorgeous results of the work done by Gelsomino Construction.
We would highly recommend them to anybody who wishes to have the best in new construction or renovations. They simply are the best.
We are writing to say how incredibly thrilled we are with our "new" house, that you worked so hard on. When we first bought the house in a foreclosure situation, we knew that the visible damage was pretty bad, and that meant that the not-visible damage would be pretty bad. You laid it out for us from the beginning, and did a fabulous job fixing and adjusting and accommodating us in every way.
We were absolutely thrilled at the quality of your workmanship, the speed at which you finished the job (from permits to inspections and clean up), and the way in which you made our dream come true.
We will be calling you in the future, and will be highly recommending you when our friends need that kind of help. In our opinion, you are the best of the best, here or anywhere.
Thank you and if you need us for any references we would be glad to be contacted.
When the time came to put an addition on our home your name was given to us by some mutual friends and customers of yours. Only high praise was given about the quality of your work and the attention to detail that you put into each and every task. All descriptions of your work were accurate and to say we are pleased with the final result is an understatement.
I and my family would like to thank you and your team for putting in long hours and working thru rain storms to help meet our deadline. Our addition project was more like an overhaul and your crew showed professionalism and dedication to a high standard that my wife and I greatly appreciate.
In our future at this home, if the need should arise for any type of construction work you will be the first and only person I will call. I also would like to say that if any of our family or friends are in need of a good and reliable contractor you have my recommendation.
It is my pleasure to express in writing my total satisfaction with the work done by yourself in person and your assistants on several projects here on the parish property and in particular the entrance area of the church. There is nothing I can say short of this: If the need arises for similar work, you will be the one I contact first, and if someone asks for my advice on whom to call for construction work, I will offer that individual your number. You and your company have my gratitude and strong commendation.