"Overall, we had an extremely positive experience with our major renovation of our home. We hired Rick Cleary to renovate several rooms including kitchen, bathroom, living and bedroom and to add a second floor dormer. It was nearly a complete interior replacement. We were referred to Rick by neighbors who had also had a positive experience. The entire process from planning to execution was flawless and completed ahead of schedule, quite remarkable considering the complexity of the project and the uncertainties in renovating an older home. Design: Rick has a remarkable talent for design incorporating all important details of construction, lighting, function and flow, and even where furniture might be placed in the renovated room. He presented a professionally drafted plan which we reviewed together and made minor modifications to meet our needs. Budget and Timelines: We started planning late Sept 18 and the actual reno started mid Oct 18 with a goal of finishing before the summer season. The project was completed ahead of schedule in March 19. This was not surprising as every time we visited to check on things, there were members from Rick's team working. Not a day occurred when we visited and nobody was there. The budget was layout out clearly and itemized to cover all aspects including allowances for areas where we could choose. Rick gave us tips on how to save without impacting overall quality. For example, we saved ~10K by buying our kitchen cabinets from IKEA (Rick's team did the installation). We decided to add a few items not in the original plan and the cost of additions was accurately quoted and included. The final cost was within a few percentage points of the original budget. Work quality and team: We are so pleased with the final result and overall work quality. It's like we have a new home. Every detail was included. Rick's subcontractors were all highly professional and made us feel welcome whenever we visited to check on progress. Most have worked for Rick for 20+ years and held Rick in high regards. Special kudos goes out to Lisa, Rick's office manager and "can do everything" person. Lisa came with us when choosing plumbing, lighting, tiles, etc. and made several trips to IKEA (over an hour drive) with us to make sure that process went smoothly. She lent her experience and interior design expertise to help us with the multitude of choices available. As well, she was highly responsive returning emails and texts most within hours and none longer than 24 hours. She was with us all the way through the project acting as our personal concierge. Rick was also available to meet with us when needed. We were never left in the lurch with issues/questions that arose.
Anne & Jim, Harwich Port, MA
"Rick Cleary's friendly and personable approach as a contractor combined with his knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail as a builder made for a truly enjoyable experience! His personal and professional skills are perfectly complimented by his longstanding relationship with local suppliers and especially in his crew of dedicated subcontractors and laborers. All having worked with Rick for years, and more than a few for decades, every one I had the chance to ask said Rick was the best in the business and a pleasure to work for. All that said, his work speaks for itself! Our Cape Cod home was built in the 1820's and has been in our family since the 1940's. After a careful demolition and preservation phase, a full renovation of the original structure and a substantial addition were seamlessly incorporated into a "new" home that manages to feel both familiar, timeless and comfortable and yet completely elegant in its eye towards modern living. From the foundation and framing to the final finishing touches, Rick Cleary's craftsmanship, knowledge and pride in his work come shining through!"
Anthony & Jennifer, Eastham, MA
"Rick Cleary is a gentleman and world class builder. He is focused on saving you money in the reconstruction phase and ensuring you are 100% satisfied with the finished project. We completed a full house renovation/addition in 2006 and Rick remains dedicated to making sure he is there for any issue 13 years later. We agreed on the project with a handshake, you won't find many more who are as honest, straightforward and committed to delivering excellent results."
Bob & Kathy, Harwich Port, MA
"We basically had Rick build our home on a handshake. He is a man of utmost integrity. His professional knowledge, attention to detail and commitment to the customer resulted in a custom home we have greatly enjoyed and has been a source of pride. Rick stands by his work in all regard. We wanted a dream home and Rick delivered our dream."
John & Sally, Harwich Port, MA
"Rick is a superb builder and contractor! He has consistently delivered results that have exceeded our expectations. He works with a team of talented individuals who have been with him for years and their workmanship and quality is excellent. He is trustworthy, honest and reliable - a true professional and we recommend him wholeheartedly!"
David & Amy, Truro, MA
"Every once in a while you meet a small business man that walks the walk and talks the talk of high integrity, great workmanship, personal touch, customer service and real value for your money. Rick Cleary and his network of craftsmen delivered on all fronts for us. We couldn't be more satisfied with our relationship with Rick and we recommend him without reservation."
Jim & Carolyn, Harwich Port, MA
"We want to express our thanks for the superb job you and your staff did in building our new home. Your attention to detail was extraordinary and the finished product indicated your crew shared the same philosophy. Also, Richard, your knowledge of extraneous items, such as landscaping and plantings etc., was so very helpful to us. And your follow-up after the completion of our home was unexpected and appreciated. Each and every one of your staff was friendly and cooperative and performed their work with speed and efficiency. We have and will continue to sing your praises to many of our friends and others who have seen our home. Thank you so much!!"
Bill & Carolyn, Brewster, MA
"Rick designed and built our home in Orleans. From start to finish, it went according to plan. Rick's estimate was right on target, his crew skilled and he only hires quality subs. We love our home!"
Harry & Donna, Orleans, MA