Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

Harter Proj
“We have worked with Gerry Ellsbury and his crew at Plumb Square for thirty years. Why so long and for so many projects? Because they were absolutely reliable and responsive to our needs while their work was creative and of first-rate quality. All at a reasonable price.”

Philip and Nancy Harter, Washington D.C.

Akalovsky Proj
“I would like you to know how happy we are with the addition that Plumb Square Builders put on our house. We wanted to maintain the look of the house, built in 1906, and yet bring it up to the new millennium. This was done magnificently.”

“I always like to show to my friends what is over 100 years old and what is new. It is seamless. The workers were friendly, always on time and left the job site clean, neat and safe at the end of every day. The work was completed in a timely fashion and we were able to live in the house the whole time construction was in progress. Now, we truly enjoy entertaining and having guests stay at our home.”

Brigitte Akalovsky, Chevy Chase, MD

Linden  Proj

“We hired Plumb Square to execute a kitchen plan we had been developing for several years for our 1885 townhouse. The plan entailed significant modifications to an exterior wall and incorporating numerous large and small design elements acquired from architectural salvage warehouses over the years in preparation for this project. Gerry Ellsbury worked with us for several months, thinking through the final design configuration and lining up all the specific elements that needed to come together during construction. The Plumb Square was meticulous in its preparation, protecting floors and fixtures including two of the seven fireplaces that originally heated the house.”

“A detailed work schedule quickly went by the wayside once demolition started. After 125 years, there wasn’t a ‘plumb square’ corner in the entire house, and past structural and design modifications had left behind many problems to solve, requiring an ongoing process of demolition, reclamation, restoration, and, only then, construction. The Plumb Square team kept things moving along efficiently even as new problems emerged, bringing in the requisite engineering and architectural consultants to evaluate and solve structural and mechanical issues before attempting to implement less-informed solutions.  The masonry and carpentry work was executed flawlessly even as the Plumb Square team sought to include us in all upcoming and potentially consequential decisions and accommodating our ideas into the ongoing work plan.  The lead carpenter and job supervisor, Kevin, were adept at balancing the conflicting demands of aesthetic preference and efficient execution, and exhibited a level of skill, craftsmanship, creativity and pride that allowed us to be engaged in the ongoing process without creating chaos or reducing the quality of the results. Floors were swept, tools put away and all doors locked after each day’s work effort. Other than a couple of problems with material suppliers, work was only halted at times on our request or when observation time was required to assure that the work to date was done right before moving on to the next step.”

“Were there moments of frustration and doubt? Of course: one must anticipate and accept such periods in any major construction project. The process, however, was made tolerable through the efforts of the team, and the results were a seamless integration of our design goals and specifications with excellent workmanship and efficient execution. We would certainly use Plumb Square Builders again for a demanding and complicated construction project.”

Bob Linden and Nancy Desmond, Washington D.C.

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