Brian, I just wanted to say how much we have appreciated your hard work, patience, availability, and communication during this process.
This makes it a little easier to handle all of the newness, and makes it very exciting and enjoyable.
The Hauschildt Family
We are beyond pleased with the high quality of work and communication of ideas before and during our home renovation.
We currently live out of state and purchased our new Stonegate Home in October in anticipation of retirement in February. We were immediately impressed with the quality of the home and the professional manner in which we were treated. The home was in the final stages of completion and we made several requests to personalize it. We had to trust that the builder would follow through as promised even though we would not be present. We were not disappointed. Everything we asked for was done, we were kept up on the progress and the builder was very responsive to adjustments we asked for.
Our contact person was Brian, who is also the owner of the company. He made it clear from the start that he wanted us to be happy with our new home. He was always prompt in responding to us whether by phone or email. He listened to our needs and made helpful suggestions throughout the process.
We are very excited about our new home and would highly recommend Stonegate.
John and Kathy Thompson
"We began working with Brian in the spring of 2014. This was our first experience building a home, so we were fairly nervous in the beginning. We scheduled two meetings with Brian over a two week period and during that time Brian was able to help us create a custom floor plan, tour a home with a similar floor plan, provided us with a timeline of events for the project and a detailed budget. We had met with several other builders, but none with the integrity or transparency that Brian had. We knew exactly what we were going to get with him; no surprises and no add-ons.
The quality of our home is incredible and turned out better than we could have expected. Brian was great at answering all our questions and was always very patient with us. Brian kept us informed of what was going on throughout the process and more importantly helped us to keep on schedule and on budget. All of the subcontractors that Brian works with are professional and very skilled in their respective trades.
If we were to build a home all over again, the first and only person that we would call would be Brian. We are extremely happy with our beautiful home and would highly recommend Brian to anyone interested in building a home."
Sincerely, Joel & Traci Ridgway
"Working with Brian enabled us to build the home of our dreams. In the beginning he met with my wife and me to explain all of our options and help us pick a layout. He encouraged us to do our research to figure out what we wanted. He was very patient with us as we revised our plans numerous times. Once construction started he held our hands throughout the process. Day or night, he was always available to answer questions or address our concerns. His sub-contractors were all very professional and were eager to answer our questions. If we ever build again we will use Brian Ophoff and Stonegate Custom Homes."
Nate and Marcy Kemmer
Brian's leadership enabled us to build the house we have always wanted. His expertise and ability to manage and coordinate the various contractors allowed our home to be constructed on time, within budget and of the quality we desired. We would highly recommend Brian for your home project.
Curt and Deb Liscum
We have lived in our Stonegate custom built home for over a year now and are loving it! I was a first time "build your own custom home" owner. My wife and I knew we wanted to build, with rates where they are and what was currently on the home market we thought it was the right option for us. Our youngest son also has autism so we wanted to include some autism friendly features in the home that not all homes on the market had. So we started out looking at floor plans. We looked at a lot of plans online, open houses, magazines, etc. We eventually saw one we liked on the Stonegate website. It was everything we were looking for we just needed to make a few "minor" adjustments. So we called Brian Ophoff, owner of Stonegate and he came over to our home and met with our family. Brian quoted us a estimate based on what we needed and he drew up a new custom floor plan. Being first timers we were looking for someone to hold our hand through this process and Brian did a great job of that. We had a lot of questions along the way and Brian always got back to us promptly and answered our concerns. If there was ever an issue we just shot Brian a text, email, or phone call and he handled it. Budget wise Brian kept us up to date throughout the build, we always knew if we were over or under on certain parts of the build. During the build we made some changes along the way, and Brian was able to keep us on budget in the end even after all our tweaks. Also Brian even hit the timeline for the build that he quoted us in our initial meeting, maybe we just got lucky and found the right builder.
Brian seems to know all the right people, he has many contractors he uses throughout the build most of whom I got to know on a personal level all were very professional and did a great job. There was one day where Brian spent the whole day with my wife and I where we went out to some "vendors" to pick out the items we needed to finish off the home (lighting, hardwood floors, cabinets, countertops, masonry work). This was extremely helpful because Brian helped us focus in on what we needed that would fit our budget, and of course he always had a great contact at the vendors which made the experience as easy as it could be.
If we ever have to build a second home we plan to use Stonegate Custom Homes again. For now we are loving our new home in Hudson! I have recommended Brian to some of my friends, and will continue to do so. Thanks Brian!
Integrity, Willingness to work with the homeowner and Knowledgeable were the characteristics I searched for when looking for a builder.
I feel like I hit a homerun with Brian Ophoff, Stonegate Custom Homes. He led me through the journey of selecting a floor plan; making changes along the way; to finally putting the key in the lock and walking through the front door.
No question was ever too inappropriate, and no change was ever insignificant. He took my phone calls and emails and kept me informed at all times. When he had a question for me, he respected my time and my answers.
I had heard many times from friends and family that building a home is one of the most stressful things you will ever do in your life. I did not find that to be the case. I enjoyed it all. Making choices and decisions were not always easy, but the trade partners and Brian were able to guide me, assisting me to stay within my budget.
I live in a beautiful home now, and everyone asks: would I do it again and would I have the same person build another home. The answer for me is simple: yes, and Brian Ophoff, Stonegate Custom Homes would be my builder of choice!
We recently bought a custom home from Stonegate Custom Homes in September 2008. We started working with Brian in May 2008. Brian is an excellent builder and we are glad that we chose him for this critical project of our life. Within a few days of our meeting Brian gave as a timeline of the project and made sure that everything went according to the timeline so that we could move-in in September. To put it in the right perspective this period overlapped with the floods of 2008! We lost several days initially because of heavy rains, a few days in the delivery of lumber because the interstate highway was closed and after the floods all the contractors in the area were overbooked.
To top it all, we added upgrades/changes to almost every step of the process. Brian was always available, replied to our emails promptly and happily made those changes on the fly. Not only he was able to keep his contractors in the busiest times, he hired people to work over the weekends to make-up for the lost days. He never compromises on the quality of construction and always tries to do his best. He takes great pride in his work and included some free-upgrades, just because he believed that the house would look better or be more durable with them. We love each and every part of our house, because it is exactly what we wanted. We are pleased to recommend Brian Ophoff, to anyone who wants to build a custom home or is buying a home built by him. We have already recommend him to some of our friends who after seeing our home are thinking of building a new home.
Anil Purohit and Reetu Bachhawat
September 12, 2008
My husband and I bought a spec home from Brian in June 2008. As part of the deal to purchase the house, Brian finished the basement to our specifications. Brian and his subcontractors moved quickly to finish the basement, as we were living in the house at the time. Brian always let us know who would be coming to our house next and how long each job would take. We were impressed with Brian’s professionalism, communication and follow up. Whenever we had a question or concern, Brian always took care of it in a timely manner. We were also very impressed with the quality of the workmanship that shows throughout the house.
It is obvious Brian takes a lot of pride in the houses he builds. Our house has a lot of nice upgrades, but they are “smart” upgrades that add true value to the home. I especially love my mudroom with the built-in lockers, my gorgeous and spacious kitchen, and the generous size of all of the bedrooms. Our garage is huge and has floor drains as well as a heater. Our back deck is oversized with plenty of room for our patio table and chairs, as well as our grill. Whenever I take a shower in our master bathroom, I feel as if I am at a five-star hotel because of the beautiful tile and countertops.
I have no hesitation in recommending Brian Ophoff and Stonegate Homes to anyone who is looking to build a home.
Cindy and Fidel Lominchar
April 6, 2008
We just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful experience we had with you finishing our building project. After a nightmare experience with a different builder we finally found confidence in finishing our home with Stonegate Custom Homes. Your honesty and integrity put our minds at ease and we were actually able to enjoy the building process. We greatly appreciate your willingness to answer our countless questions and we are thrilled with how you found solutions to our previous building problems. It is comforting to know that we can trust you to give us honest advice based on your years of experience in building homes. We are thankful for how accessible you are and how you have kept the project moving. Your outstanding organization, planning and attention to detail are reflected in the finished project. Your budget plan and detailed paper work are impeccable. Thanks to you, we don’t have just another house; we have a home that was built from someone who honestly cares and takes pride in their work. We definitely found out that it matters who builds your home. With that said, we will highly recommend Stonegate Custom Homes to others.
Dr. Brad and Jennifer Krueger
March 3, 2008
When my husband & I made the decision to build a new home we had some concerns about the stress-level that comes from building. We have 2 small children at home and didn't have extra time to worry about the construction process of our new house.
Brian made the process so easy for us. He gave us timelines and lists of selections that we needed to complete. My husband & I never had to go check on the house to make sure progress was happening. Every time we visited the house had progressed nicely. The contractors that Brian chose were professional and their quality of work was excellent. Whenever we had questions Brian was always available to answer them immediately.
Brian takes the time to build a home as if it were his own. He cares about the craftsmanship & pays special attention to each and every detail. He made the process so seamless for us, we have recommended him to all of our friends/family. We look forward to building our next home with him.
Thank you Brian for giving our family a beautiful home.
Eric & Kim Gourley
February 29, 2008
Chris and I recently built a home with Stonegate Custom homes. Brian drew our plans and supervised the whole process. He was very easy to work with and always available for my many questions. The building process was fun and Brian is still answering questions three months after completion. I compare him to the energizer bunny that just keeps going and going with his service. Our home is beautiful! Thank you, Brian.
Mary Lou Blanchard
February 27, 2008
When we made the decision to move to the Iowa City/Coralville area, we were considering another builder. The more we were into the plans we didn’t feel comfortable in the route it was taking. It was suggested we meet with Brian of Stonegate Custom Homes. When we left after that first meeting with Brian, we both felt very comfortable with him and felt like he listened to what we wanted.
Thank you Brian for building our home and not just a house. We knew that we needed a contractor that we could trust as we lived 120 miles away. After our second meeting you had the plans finalized and we moved forward with the project.
All along the way, Brian listened and suggested different ways of attaining the home we wanted. His attention to detail is one of his many attributes as well as his patience and understanding. He was always on top of any situation that would arise. Brian and all the sub-contractors were professional, courteous, knowledgeable and easy to work with.
One of us really wanted a walk out finished basement and the other one wanted a sunroom, which we now have. Both areas are more than what we thought they would be as we spend a lot of time in the both areas.
We are proud to show our home to family and friends because you cared about the little things as we have received many compliments, which go to you.
Please use us as a reference for any future prospects.
Ken and Karen Schulz
October 16, 2007
Brian and his crews did an amazing job on our kitchen and 1st floor remodel. We had a very small window to complete everything before moving into our newly purchased home and Brian not only finished on time, but within our budget.
In both the planning and construction phase he was very patient with all of our questions and changes to the original plan. And in each instance of change he would give us an updated invoice so we could see how the changes affected our budget. He was there at 7:30am the day we closed on the house, already starting the demolition phase. Once that was finished he had his various crews (painting, electrical, flooring, carpenters) stacked behind each other waiting to get in and complete their part of the project, knowing that we didn’t have much time before we needed to move in.
All of the people Brian contracted with were also extremely accommodating. On several different occasions they were working at the new house on the weekend, giving up their own free time. And like Brian, were also very patient with the changes we requested throughout the project. That understanding was greatly appreciated.
We are a busy family. Both of us work full-time, and we have two young and very active boys. Due to our lack of free time, we relied heavily on Brian throughout the renovation process to present options, make recommendations and schedule work. We absolutely love our new, bright kitchen, and have to say that the final product turned out better than we could have ever hoped. We would highly recommend Brian and intend to use him in our next remodel.
John and Erika Hall
June 10, 2007
Brian, Thank you for the tremendous job you did with our room addition. This is something we had contemplated for several years and would not have come to fruition without your help.
The various crews were timely, professional, courteous, and always cleaned up after themselves. We appreciate your flexibility and input on our vision for this addition.
We couldn’t have done this without you.
John & Kathy McDonell
June 1, 2007
Over the past few years my wife and I have debated about whether to build a home that suited our lifestyle and our three boys. We spend a lot of time thinking of concepts we wanted in our perfect home, but putting them all together in a complete floor plan proved to be a daunting task and we had heard horror stories about how stressful and expensive the building process could be. To say we were apprehensive would be an understatement.
When I approached you with my ideas for a floor plan, you took time to listen to what we wanted and were extremely patient with our constant revisions (about a dozen of them, I believe). It was evident that you realized that this was not only a major investment for my wife and I, but also the place that we wanted to raise our family in. You talked extensively about your commitment to quality and your dedication to customer service. You promised that you could build us a home that we would be proud of.
Now, after being in our house for a month, I’m pleased to say that you were able to deliver on all your promises and build a wonderful house, on time and within budget!
Your integrity, attention to detail, high expectations from sub-contractors and flexibility made the building process not only easy, but also exciting and enjoyable. Your enthusiasm was infectious. In fact my wife and I often joked that you seemed almost as excited as us as things started to materialize throughout the building process. Truly, it was great to see our builder take so much pride in building us the best house possible.
On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to excellence, for your patience and understanding, and most importantly for building us the house of our dreams!
February 12, 2007
Thank you so much for the great job you did on the basement. It was a pleasure to work with you from start to finish. You are very easy to work with and did a great job incorporating our needs into the design and flow of the basement. I found the process significantly easier than building the house originally.
I particularly liked some of your suggestions to increase the amount of usable space we ended up with. I also liked the fact that you were able to do multiple drafts of the plans for us as we kept changing and rearranging before construction started. Once it started, your team handled the few glitches that occurred due to unforeseen issues quickly and without any delays in the schedule. Your subcontractors were extremely good at their jobs, friendly to the children, and respectful of mine and my wife’s opinions.
The finished project is much better than we imagined and we find ourselves spending lots of time in the basement. While adding about 25% to the square footage of the house, it has basically doubled the amount of usable living space for the kids. That makes our lives much better.
Please feel free to use us as references for prospective clients. I hope that you will still be building in this area in the future as Kirsten already has ideas for what the new house will look like.
Kirsten and Cormac O’Sullivan
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for doing such a great job on our new home. My family and I are enjoying it every day. The quality of construction and design of our home are excellent. You made the experience of designing and building a new home a very pleasant one even with the number of changes we made. We have not had any problems what so ever. If we ever build another new home, you will be the builder. I won’t bother getting a quote from anyone else. You were not just a builder, you are a friend to us.
All the Best
Jack, Juli and Annie Hardin
Cedar Rapids, IA
Just want to say thanks for the extra time and care you spent to make sure my storm door was on. I really appreciate your thoroughness.
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