Our family of three had been looking to move from Arlington to Lexington for a couple of years, as with many other families, driven by a desire to have our 9-year old son be part of one of the better public school systems in the state and country. When the spring of 2015 arrived, we knew we had to make it happen that year. And, luckily we got to meet Brian Morin of CJM Builders and our realtor Jonathan de Araujo of RE/MAX Leading Edge.
It started one evening in March in Jonathan’s office in Lexington Center – we met Brian for the first time to hear about the house that he and CJM Builders was planning to build at 22 Ledgelawn Avenue. Brian had come prepared with large-scale drawings and a spec document to outline his plan. We hit it off and a one-hour meeting became a two-hour one – given that we were new to this, we liked the fact that Brian was open to our questions and willing to suggest things and guide us towards a decision. First and foremost, he agreed to not finish the third floor since we did not need that space. But he still plumbed all the necessary lines through so that it would be easier for us to finish at a later point, if needed. Over that meeting and subsequent discussions, we agreed to make several changes to the family room as well as the upstairs bedroom/bathroom/laundry room and signed the P&S in April with an agreed upon completion date of early August.
However that was not the end of our dialogues. We felt that the whole project was collaborative – that was important for our family since we wanted to be involved and Brian was very open to it (even 7:30 am conversations onsite when I would drop in on my way to work in Bedford). Brian had a very good team working for him – we got to interact with folks such as Mike, Jose and Scott as well and found them all very helpful. We were able to make our own selections for various things ranging from bathroom fittings and door handles to bathroom/kitchen countertops and hardwood floors, and worked with Brian and his suppliers on them. What we liked is that as Brian got to know our tastes/preferences he would often guide us towards more cost-effective alternatives.
Given that we were planning to start our son in the Lexington Schools in Fall 2016 it was important that we be in possession of the house by August – Brian stuck to his promised schedule and made that happen (we closed on August 13th). We love our new house and certainly have Brian and his team at CJM to thank for making it a reality. What worked really well for us was that good balance we were able to achieve with Brian between having the ability to make changes to suit our tastes/needs and having a pre-defined plan.
We have stayed in touch with Brian and are certainly recommending him to other friends that are looking to move homes in the area.
We were extremely pleased with CJM Builders when they renovated our home. They were the only contractors that provided us with a timeline up front and worked hard to keep pace with their proposal. Brian was easily accessible and always responsive throughout the construction process. We are grateful to CJM Builders for a job well done!Michelle & Steve Goldner
Thank you so much for building our dream home. It was a great experience and I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and help getting us back to our new home.Don & Kim Chamberlain
My husband and I highly recommend CJM Builders for their professionalism, time management and most of all their communication with us throughout our home remodel project. We never felt as though we were “left out of the loop” and we were always aware of the next stage/scope of work that was to be performed. There were no surprises!
The project went with much ease and we enjoyed watching the progress being made more than we had originally thought we would.
We thoroughly enjoy our new surroundings and would not have done it any different! CJM Builders has earned our trust and we highly recommend them for any project needed.
AFTERDarlene & Don Kenney
We just wanted to thank you for building our new home for us. Your professionalism and personal touches exceeded our expectations. Thank you for making our experience of building so enjoyable. We absolutely love our new home.Julie, Garry, Dylan & Jenna
I wanted to give you a recap of our feelings toward the job you did for us at 7 Highland St. Wakefield, Ma.
First of all your statement to me at the very beginning of our association that “I could relax and everything would be done at exactly the price quoted” was true. Thank you! We had no wiggle room.
The time at which the job was completed and the quality was very commendable. I’m not any kind of expert on major construction so I relied on the bank’s inspector who repeatedly gave you very high marks for the job site and they way you conducted business. He was your true advocate.
This was the largest undertaking for us in our lives and we had everything riding on it. We needed to find someone we could trust. Speaking of trust, I appreciate you advising us that the bank had overpaid you in error. It has been brought to the bank’s attention that you did that!
I never in my life dreamed I would be doing a $1mil+ build out. It was very stressful at times and although we went bank & forth on some issues Cheryl and I have always felt grateful that God put you in our lives at this time. I don’t think we could have ever worked through all the issues we encountered with anyone else.Dick DelRossi