“Ben is FABULOUS!! I am an Ashland homeowner who resides on the east coast — so finding a quality contractor was that much more challenging. Lamenting my predicament with a local merchant during a recent visit to town, Ben’s name surfaced. I asked a couple questions from a variety angles. “Has he worked on your home?” “Were you pleased with the results?” “Was his pricing fair?” What’s his demeanor like?” “Would you hire him to more work for you?” The answers were positive and sincere so I gave him a call. What can I say beyond FABULOUS?!? He was very polite and responsive. He accommodated my out-of-town scheduling needs to ensure we met in person and walked through my Ashland home together to discuss the job. His quote was reasonable and I hired him to perform the work. His team interacted extremely well with my tenant and Ben kept in touch along the way. The result was great!! If you’re looking for quality and competence, consider making Ben the Builder your first call!!”
“Ben did a major renovation in my 100-year-old home that included our kitchen and an adjacent stairwell, laundry room, and bathroom. The project was a total gut that included demolition of a dropped ceiling that had flooded with sewage.
He rebuilt the exterior doorway, replaced all the original plumbing and electrical in the kitchen and basement, handled asbestos abatement, and refurbished the original windows, pantry built-ins, and as much trim that could be salvaged.
The new kitchen has all-new subfloor and flooring, tile, light fixtures, custom-designed cabinets, wood trim in the historic style, and paint.
The project also included lots of “honey-do” add-ons that included hand-fitted “dutchmen” in old doorways, several custom-made screen doors, and rehabilitating all the old window, door, and cabinet hardware. They also replaced multiple false beams under the eaves on our home’s two-story exterior.
The renovation was a huge undertaking, but Ben was always sensitive and accommodating. His crew and subcontractors are pleasant and professional, and I never felt uncomfortable being home alone with any of them.
I have never collaborated with a more skilled and professional contractor. Ben is not intimidated by the idiosyncrasies and surprises inherent in tackling a historic property, and our renovation reflects the high level of his professionalism and craftsmanship. We could not be happier with the outcome.”
“Ben’s remodel of my bathroom and pantry was flawless from start to finish. He and his crew were professional and personable. Their attention to detail was consistently evident. I could not be more satisfied, and highly recommend.”
”Ben and his crew worked on our beloved family home to expand the livable space by building an addition into our old carport. I worked with Ben from the beginning in creating the plans to best utilize the additional space. Ben had great insight into how to design the layout and where tolocate all of the features we wanted to include. Ben was also great at listening to my own ideas and desires and working that into the plan as well.
We lived in our home during the renovation and everyone working for Ben was absolutely wonderful. We have two small kids and a dog and everyone was safe and secure during the whole project. Our needs were always thought of and we were surprisingly unaffected by a whole exterior wall of our house being opened up. The crew also worked while we were away on vacation and I felt confident and safe with both our home being in their hands without us and also in their ability to makedecisions without us.
Some particular appreciation of Ben’s services:
His attention to detail is immaculate. All the little details were thought of on each project, no matter the size.
Ben was super flexible and accommodating with us continuously adding projects to his list. He always let us know how it would affect both the price and the timeline, keeping us informed on how our project progressed.
Ben was incredibly professional and organized. His invoices each month were very detailed and I always could tell exactly what we were paying for each month.
Ben allowed us to be as hands-on as we desired. He clearly stated what was needed for us to move forward if we were going to tackle certain aspects ourself.
The very few small concerns I had were quickly remedied by Ben and his crew. I felt comfortable both voicing my concern and thrilled in how they were approached and fixed.
Our home is now one bedroom larger and excitingly, one bathroom richer. We whole heartedly recommend Ben the Builder. Our addition is exactly what we were hoping for and couldn’t have been completed by anyone better then Ben. We are anticipating more projects in the future and hopeful we can rely on Ben to tackle them.”
Ben designed and drew building plans. We replaced the kitchen with a new layout and removed the kitchen walls to open the floor plan of the main part of the house. To remove the walls we re-framed the roof structure with an engineered plan. We installed custom cabinets in a new configuration with an island, glass counter top, range hood, granite sink, and new dishwasher and refrigerator placed in new locations. We installed new lights fixtures, and oak flooring to match the remainder of the house. In the master bathroom, we bumped out the walls and installed a freestanding bathtub, tub faucet glass tiles on the walls, and heated tiles on the floor. The front stair case and deck were installed with concrete footings and rebar, pressure-treated wood and steel connections, flashing, cedar treads with stainless screws, and railings built with 4×4 utility panel and cedar. From the stair landing we built a circular retaining wall and gate. The back deck was also installed with concrete footings and rebar, pressure-treated posts, beams, and lumber attached with steel connections, cedar treads with stainless screws, and railings built with 4×4 utility panel and cedar. A French door with sidelights and transom window was installed to access the deck.
We designed and built a new guest cottage that was awarded Historically Compatible Addition of 2015 by the Ashland Historic Commission. It features period interior woodwork, as well as columns, detailed eaves and a dormer. It was built to high energy efficiency standards and was pressure-tested to verify it surpassed the highest air leakage standard. The Ashland Historic Commission stated that, “the attention to detail is truly breathtaking.”
We built cabinetry in the main house in 2014.
We installed electrical wiring, made plumbing changes, installed low voltage wiring, and stained exterior woodwork in the main house in 2017.
We painted much of the exterior of the main house in 2019 and stained exterior woodwork. We repaired exterior trim and siding and the fence, and reattached the electrical meter.
In 2013 and 2014 we completed an interior remodel with a large deck and patio. We remodeled multiple rooms with mahogany window and door jambs framed in chrome trim that is flush to the wall surface without the use of face trim. We built a mahogany floor to ceiling cabinet built-in with a hidden door and grain-matched alcove. We remodeled the bathroom, vaulted the ceiling, added a transom window and a pocket door that slides behind the shower, marble walls that appear to float with a recessed polished brass bottom, heated tiled floors with barrier-free zero-step shower and almost invisible tiled line drain, heated towel bars, and flush mahogany door and window trim. The deck was built of mahogany and featured a stainless steel cable railing. The large patio was edged with a long flush curving concrete wall that was installed with an inset large moss stone at the side of the footbridge.
In 2017 we remodeled the downstairs bathroom with matching flush mahogany window and door jambs framed with chrome, marble walls that appear to float with a recessed polished brass bottom, mahogany bump-outs and a floor to ceiling mirror with a floating vanity mounted on it.
In 2014 and 2015 we redesigned and remodeled a home. We vaulted ceilings and removed walls to open the floorplan. The kitchen and bathrooms were updated, including a curving glass tiled roman tub and a pearl shell tiled shower. A wood fireplace was installed with a custom designed mantel and marble hearth extension, and updates were made to increase energy efficiency. We finished with curving local stone walls and a clean and simple round entry archway.
In 2017 we replaced the existing old downstairs terracotta tile floor with hickory flooring to match the flooring we had installed in the remainder of the house. We also replaced the existing old sliding door with tall French doors with sidelights and transom window.
In 2015 and 2016 we designed an addition and worked with the Ashland Planning and Historic Commissions to get approval for a zoning variance for the existing non-conforming structure, and to follow historic guidelines. We remodeled the house, changed the flat roof to a peaked roof, and added a two story addition to the back of the house that doubled its size along with a full length walkable storage attic with skylights. We moved the kitchen and installed wood paneling on feature walls using wood that had been reclaimed from the original house.
In 2015 and 2016 we replaced the foundation and the floor framing and beams under the kitchen-living building and extensive deck of a large three-building home. We used full-height wood-grained concrete stem walls and connected them to the cedar siding with a clear cedar band trim. We leveled the building and attached it to the foundation to resist seismic forces. We re-built the edge of the roof eaves and installed fascia trim and gutters. Then we installed roof and foundation drains.
In 2016 and 2017 we repeated this process with the second building and decks. We leveled the structure, rebuilt the beams and floor, and installed the concrete stem walls, seismic attachments, and cedar band trim. We installed fascia and gutters, rebuilt the eaves, and installed roof and foundation drains.