Veselica Testimonial, March 2019
“We had lived in our small 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath contractor-grade ranch home for over 15 years, and in the mid-1990s it was time for an upgrade. We loved our rural 6-acre farm location with a great view and already set up for the horses we were showing, so moving to find what we wanted wasn’t an option. We already had in mind what we wanted in an updated home, and we needed to make some serious decisions about who would do the work for us. Touring homes featured in the Parade of Homes in our area allowed us to see, first hand, the quality of work done by local contractors and actually talk with the people who had done the work. Michigan Valley Homes in Brooklyn, MI, owned at the time by Don Gaddes, stood above the rest in quality, design, and fit and finish, so we selected Don and MVH as the contractor for this large remodeling project. We added about 50% to our home’s footprint in this renovation with an enlarged basement, main floor great room, and master suite with an existing bedroom converted into a walk-in closet. Included in the remodel package were vaulting some existing ceilings, kitchen modifications, new siding, roofing, windows, interior doors, and oak woodwork throughout. We were more than pleased with Don’s quality of work and attention to detail, and the entire remodel experience while still living in the house the entire time.
Time went by and as we grew older our needs were changing. We were still using the original contractor-grade kitchen and baths from the mid-1970s and a basement laundry area. In the fall of 2014, we again went with MVH to remodel our main bathroom. By this time Don had retired and Victor Brown, who had worked for Don on our first remodel in 1995, was the new owner of Michigan Valley Homes. Vic and his crew completely rebuilt the bathroom, removing the final 1970’s harvest gold memories. This bath rebuild was just a warm-up, and allowed Vic to demonstrate his talent and skill in the pattern that Don Gaddes had set years before. Quality, fit and finish, along with attention to detail were all incorporated in our new bathroom.
Even as the bath work was going on, we knew that a much larger project was just on the horizon. We were caring for aged parents at the time, but by 2016 we were ready to begin again with a third, major, renovation. Again, we selected MVH and Vic Brown to handle this project based on our past positive experience with him and our confidence that he had the talent and resources to complete this large project.
For this renovation we designed another addition to the footprint of our little rancher, this time adding a large new kitchen, a first-floor laundry, a full bath, a screened 3-season porch, a new deck, a basement workshop, and landscaping. Vic was involved every step of the way from transferring our ideas and vision to working architectural drawings, incorporating our choices for everything from drawer hardware to ceiling design to workshop ventilation in the final design, and then building the actual structure that we had envisioned. Again, quality and attention to detail were featured every step of the way. Now we have a home where we can age in place, with safety features incorporated in the design, work areas conveniently located on the main floor, and low-maintenance finishes throughout. Vic again demonstrated his skill, dedication, talent, and trustworthiness in completing this renovation project for us. We are most grateful.”
– Gary and Janelee Veselica, 3.27.2019
A Complex Remodel Experience
“Last summer, we asked Vic Brown of Michigan Valley Homes to do a complete remodel of our kitchen, made even more complicated because we wanted to extend hardwood flooring throughout the whole first floor. From our very first meeting and throughout the process, we were treated with great respect and professionalism. We always felt that Vic understood our vision for the kitchen. We got good advice and terrific workmanship. The subcontractors and workers showed up when they said they would, and they carefully tended to all the details of the complex remodel. Best of all, the project was completed on time, and we were able to prepare the family Thanksgiving dinner in our new kitchen! In the months since the completion of the project, we continue to take great pleasure in the quality of the materials and the workmanship that made our beautiful kitchen possible. We would trust Vic with any building project we might want to do in the future.”
– Diane H.
General Contractor with Stellar Reputation
“We have worked with Michigan Valley Homes for over 26 years. As residents of Lake Columbia since 1975, in 1991 we decided to build a custom home. The decision to hire Michigan Valley Homes as our general contractor was made as a result of their reputation on the lake for quality, beauty of design, and state of the art energy efficient technologies. The building process began with a thorough design stage, to take the best advantage of the lake front property, and to communicate the desired expectations. Once construction began, we observed the carpenters/crew, and various sub-contractors, adhering to the high standard of quality, for which MVH is known. They worked well as a team, paid close attention to details, kept us informed with the progress, so that the work was initially completed correctly. As a result, we were extremely satisfied with our home, and the entire building experience. Over the next decades, multiple remodeling projects were under taken, as well as the addition of a large, four season room. We continued to hire MVH for these projects, which were completed with the same high standards. As repeat customers, we were always treated respectfully and given priority. As a result of our long-term association, it is with pleasure that we recommend Michigan Valley Homes to anyone.”
– Dave H.