We have been so pleased with our experience working with J. Francis that this is our second project with them. We plan on having them do an additional project next year. They are the best!
Pittsburgh's Thoroughbred General Contractor. I could not be more pleased with selecting and hiring J. Francis to renovate my 68 year old colonial style house, from the basement to the attic, and everything in between. Everything they touch is improved beyond my highest expectations. I'll continue to work with them in the future - Their entire team is professional, expert and caring. Having the J. Francis Team in our house, for the last five months, has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you John McCloskey and your Team. Extraordinary work by a phenomenal Team!
J. Francis was a pleasure to work with. Every employee was extremely professional, friendly, and helpful. They were always on time and cleaned up beautifully, putting a high priority on making our kitchen renovation as unobtrusive and easy for us as possible. They even helped us set up our “temporary kitchen,” so we could cook throughout the renovation. The design of the new kitchen is absolutely beautiful and is really functional. It is so much fun to cook and entertain in our new space. We wonder if this excitement will wear off, but we like to just sit in the kitchen and marvel at how much we love it.
I was extremely satisfied with my experience with J Francis Company. The project was complete remodel and rehab of a 1,000 s.f. single family residence. The project involved a complete interior demo, a new roof and all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.J Francis excelled at every step in the process... ... A high quality design and specification process ensured that all the fixtures, equipment and finishes were as expected and agreed. J Francis had full work crews and/or subcontractors on site every day of the project --- there were NO fallow periods when the project went dark. The few change orders that arose were completely legitimate and arose only from conditions that were truly unknowable --- the problems were addressed in a professional fashion and solutions were developed well within my contingency budget. I am completely satisfied with the results which are of a very high quality.
A very professional process from design through execution. The results are even better than we hoped.
We hired J. Francis to help with some small projects and we kept bringing them back. They make everything extremely easy during the entire process. I think we have done several hundred thousand with them. I think the fact that they are a design build company is significant, they take ownership of the project from start to finish. I would highly recommend if you're considering a contractor for any of your projects.
Although my 1894 house is not a designated historic property, I wanted a job done that was suited to a historic district. And that is exactly what I got from J. Francis. The rebuilt porch roof looks as though it was built with the house. And the neighbors agree. The job has been complimented by many neighbors.
Areas Of Satisfaction - Done in a timely manner
Areas Of Satisfaction - Flexibility of scheduling and their overall professionalism.
Expertise - The J Francis team was very experienced through all of our projects. We had many ideas of what we wanted for our deck, kitchen and bathroom. J Francis was able to sythesize our ideas and make recommendations that we had not even considered for better function and overall better designs.
Professional & Organized - Each day the J Francis team had a task list and managed to it. We were updated on budget and timing throughout the projects. The team was always respectful of start and end times so they didn't impact our family routines.
Schedule - J Francis Co. stuck to the initial schedule as much as they could. We discovered some unforseen issues when digging for foundation and WE added a lot of scope along the way :)
Construction Quality - Every time we entertain we consistently hear "your house is beautiful", "the design and details are gorgeous". J Francis made sure the quality and details were perfect. If there were ever material issues J Francis never hesitated to point it out and offer alternatives or replacement options.
Clean & Safe - Every day I was delighted to come home and see that the areas under construction were clean and organized for the next days work. Tools were always put away and stored.
Likely To Recommend - I recommend J Francis often to friends and collegues.
Areas Of Satisfaction - Their ability and expertise to recommend ideas and options for design consideration was eye opening. We ended up with better design and function because of their expertise.
Additional Comments - The work that J Francis completed for us has completely changed the function of our home. We have a gorgeous chef style kitchen which has made us to enjoy more home cooked meals as a family and entertain friends. Our outdoor living space has been revamped to increase our useable space and enjoy the outdoors as if we were at a resort. Our master bathroom has transformed into a spa with many luxourious details. I always liked our home, but now I love our home! J Francis Co. took the time to understand our vision and make that vision a reality!
I had a great experience working with J Francis. They completed the work in a Timely Manner, and were very knowledgeable about what needed to be done.
The work done at my property was done professionally, in a timely manner, and to my specifications. I would definitely use J. Francis Co. in the future!
I have enjoyed working with J. Francis Company and John McCloskey. These people are professionals who do top notch work and have a deep understanding of all aspects of the renovation business. I highly recommend them!
Areas Of Satisfaction - Communication and professionalism
J. Francis is a go-to company for quality work, done quickly and at a fair price. Always does right by me.
Areas Of Satisfaction - Communication, quality of work, fair price, good people.
Lead Source - Past work experience.
Additional Comments - Great company to work with. Never disappointed.
This was the worst experience I have ever had with any contractor. Project was months late, punch list took additional months to complete, communication was awful. Don't just stay away, run away. Workmanship was good and project was on budget, even though it took twice as long as expected to complete.
Melanie Verbaarschott was very creative in her design on our projects. She managed to create beautiful, inviting open spaces out of our previously cramped areas. Our project managers (Andy and JP) were very professional and caused as little disruption as possible. The quality of the workmanship is outstanding and the were quick to address any issues or concerns that we expressed.
Areas Of Satisfaction - When decisions needed to made, they were made fairly and with deliberate thought so that the best solutions could be found. When one part of the project did not tun out as planned, the company immediately took action to correct the problem to our satisfaction. J Francis Company takes pride in the work they do.
The job started in April with replacement of the original builder's grade deck. The finished product is aligned with the concept drawings yet so much better. And the additional pergola is the perfect addition. The addition seemed to take a long time to come together and be under roof. And then the original walls started to come down, the spaces came alive, and it starts to be understandable; why so much effort goes into the rough construction. Bob and Kris along with the team that worked thru to this point have done a tremendous job helping us to live in a construction zone. I was told 6 months. We have had some set backs and of course added work. We will see how the timeline ends up.
The project scope was to completely gut and renovate the kitchen in an old, redbrick home (1902 approx.). The original space was dark, cramped and worn out. J Francis made new openings in the interior and exterior walls, resulting in a much brighter, useable space, with views onto the rear garden. We would be happy to employ J Francis for future renovations.
Having worked with numerous contractors in 3 states over the past 40 years, I'm pleased to tell those of you who may read this survey that these guys are the real deal! Dave Meyers was our project manager and his professionalism and attention to detail in every aspect of our project was unparalleled in my experience! The job site was kept clean and orderly, and the employees and subs were respectful and courteous at all times. I cannot say enough about the principal too, John McCloskey. I've gotten to know John recently, even more now that the job is complete, and he is the reason this well-oiled machine called J. Francis Co. is so successful! One of the real surprises were the suggestions they had along the way to help me reduce costs during our $250K+ renovation. In my experience, most contractors go the other way. They went out of their way in fact to try to NOT charge any extra for small things that come up with every job, it didn't happen all the time, but it was sincere in its attempt - rarified air in today's uncertain business world I can tell you that. I also loved the fact that none of my tenants complained (too much) during the project, which was done without interruption to their day to day work habits. They worked evenings and weekends to avoid any disruptions during normal hours, and built this into their bid - a VERY pleasant surprise too I must say. I think if I used one word to describe this company for potential new clients who were wavering about who to hire - I'd say HONESTY. Dave and John may not have always told me what I wanted to hear but they always told me the truth! I would be remiss to not give one more thumbs up to Dave again, whose daily emails/site visits/calls and professionalism made this 4 month project the best build out experience I've had the pleasure of being involved in! You will NOT go wrong letting the team at J. Francis do your next project!!! In fact, I invite you to come to our offices and see their work anytime - I am proud of our new offices, and J. Francis (and a quarter million bucks) made it happen! Dana DiVecchio - President - Holland Mortgage
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Absolutely no issues. Started on time finished ahead of time, and the cost was very competitive.
The process has been very simple and straightforward. All of my questions and concerns have been addressed promptly.
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