"Auburndale Builders (AB) did a total renovation of our 100-year old historic home. The project included relocating stairs and bulkhead, new dormers, new kitchen and bathrooms, insulation throughout and a new solar-powered heat-pump heating and cooling system. AB owner Nick Falkoff is an award-winning specialist in building net-zero energy homes. "Net-zero energy" describes a house which, due to thoughtful insulation and solar installation, generates as much power as it uses during a year.
Our project manager, Jim Buckley, knows older homes. He was not only able to address unforeseen circumstances which arose after the walls were opened up, but to anticipate them so that nothing became a crisis. This was important as we had a short-term apartment lease, hence a firm deadline for project completion. Moreover, when we made a few additions to the scope, owner Nick was very fair and transparent on the pricing of these change orders. Overall, AB's contract bid was accurate and they worked with us to meet our budget.
AB's subs are, almost without exception, excellent - expert in their craft, prompt and respectful of our home. Finally, during each phase of the project - initial contact, bid review and negotiation, construction - AB was always open, honest and responsive in their communication.
We now have a charming, energy-efficient home (not quite net-zero, but close) in which we can age in place and stay in our community."
ANGIE'S LIST REVIEW
"I hired Nick Falkoff of Auburndale Builders for a large project consisting of a first floor addition, gut remodel of the kitchen/family room, gut basement remodel, HVAC installation, construction of new deck, and remodel of a first-floor bathroom. Nick and his project manager Jimmy are true professionals and great guys, and we could not have been happier with the way this project worked out. The first thing to know about Nick's team is that they truly care about the quality of their craftsmanship. They are perfectionists and it shows in the finished product... Read the full review on Angie's List →
Angie's list review
"They are great. VERY responsive, especially to good clients. They will come quickly if I have an emergency, even if it is a small one. They are very pleasant to work with. They are clean and manage the site well. They have done even difficult things like matching up out of availability molding. Only good things to say about them!!"
"I cannot be happier with the result!! This company was the best choice to help plan and execute this project. They were professional, on time and within budget. I would not hesitate to use this team again."
West NEWTON, MA
"We were delighted working with Auburndale Builders from start to finish. The design process itself was complex since there were so many degrees of freedom-- we were completely modernizing a 140-year Colonial house and doing a to-the-studs renovation to about two-thirds of it. While we obviously had final say, the design process was highly collaborative throughout and I think that the end product was much better because of everyone's input. We've been living in it for several months and have no complaints."
"A wonderful job. Gave detailed estimates by discipline and room and was the only contractor to separate code updates from other work as the insurance company requested. Hired them because of their project management. We met weekly and every meeting was documented, change requests were also documented and agreed upon via e-mail confirmation. Anytime, we had a question, it was answered quickly. Can't say enough about Nick, the owner, the subs he used, and his Supervisor."
"They were outstanding to work with... extremely professional, polite and conscientious. They helped make my dream kitchen a reality and did a beautiful job. When they noticed potential issues they notified us promptly and even helped us resolve an issue from prior work with another contractor. I would highly recommend them and hope to work with them again in the future. [Auburndale Builders] renovated our kitchen including re-plumbing to move our stove, leveling and reinforcing joists for the new floor."