Recent Review: This is one of those reviews that are so deserved, but as a client you internally hesitate to write because you fear OTHER people will realize what a gem you have discovered and you want them all for yourself. I write online reviews fairly rarely, unless something is truly terrible or on the flipside, if an entity has truly blown me out of the water. I don’t think I’ve ever had an instance in the construction industry where someone deserved a higher review from me than these folks do. I live in Florida and help my mother manage a property in Park Slope. She needed to redo her entire first floor kitchen, polyurethane the floors in the entire two-story apartment, paint the apartment and we needed it done in one month (between tenants). She has been through the absolute wringer with the worst of what New York contractors have to offer, including a slew of poor performing, outrageously expensive, and/or completely unscrupulous individuals and companies, including one we had to take to court for failing to complete a job. All of these contractors had good reviews or came recommended from other people. My mom had literally given up hope on finding someone that wouldn’t rip her off or give her the runaround. I desperately needed to find someone that would both be fair as well as be willing to spend some time with her. I needed someone who wouldn’t get frustrated having to work with and answer questions from someone who wasn’t intimately familiar with the technicalities of renovation. I needed a decent human being. I interviewed over half a dozen contractors, all of whom I found off of Angie’s List and were well reviewed. Not surprisingly, a few of them weren’t pleasant and one guy made it seem like I was straight up inconveniencing him (seriously?). I got some who couldn’t give me a straight answer on price and some that were so high, I couldn’t believe they were getting any work. I honestly don’t understand how some of these folks survive. I guess people are desperate in the City these days, but I’d made up my mind to find someone I felt I could trust to do good work, be fair, and be caring before I’d let my mom give money to another “compromise,” no matter how long it took. During my initial contact with John at Dunrite, he made me laugh. “Listen.” He told me. “I’m the best.” It wasn’t said in an obnoxious way. He instantly reminded me of my grandfather who was an old school New York clothing salesman in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s… and I mean that in an absolutely good way. My grandfather was a true gentleman with a good heart and a great sense of humor. He was someone who deeply cared about the quality of his work and the people he sold to. I immediately got the same vibe from John. He had great reviews on Angie’s list and between that and my gut, I decided to go with him. Boy am I glad I did. I provided designs that I had drawn up using an Ikea planner. He used his materials and put together a close match to their product, while also identifying some areas the Ikea folks had made mistakes with. We had a very tight timeline, and he was very careful not to overpromise in that area. He made us give him five days more than we wanted, but ultimately I was very appreciative of that because I felt he put effort into making sure he was creating a schedule that he could actually deliver on. John was always available to answer the phone if I had a question, or he would call me back in very short order if he couldn’t pick up. This alone was priceless based on our other experiences. As expected, there were a few additional things that we encountered during our renovation, including having to replace windows, moving some electrical, and adding some paint work. All of these things were done at reasonable cost AND ULTIMATELY DID NOT PUSH THE COMPLETION TIME FRAME BACK. He found us high quality, expensive tiles that were on clearance and hence wound up fitting into our budget. He provided his input as to the stone countertops and we love the end-product. At our request, he did custom work on the island cabinets to make them more interesting. We finished the project on schedule and without any further budget increase for the initial project (only for the add-on items which were again, very much within reason). The quality of work was overall excellent and great care was taken to leave the house in exceptional condition when they were done. The workers were all pleasant and efficient. There were some little finishing things that needed to be addressed after the job was completed. I gave the list to John, and made a great effort to make sure every loose end was tied up. He went above and beyond to do so, including some things that were outside the project scope. He clearly invested himself personally in this project and was also very proud of the final result. Another thing John told me during our first conversations was that he keeps his clients forever. A lot of people out there talk a big game, but I can tell you that from this experience that he was right. John and the folks at Dunrite have indeed earned my (and my mom’s) business for life. You guys rocked it.