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Testimonials: Barrymore

Penny's KitchenThree years ago we decided to tear down our existing house and build a new one - all very exciting and very intimidating. We knew that Jerry Ralla was a well-respected builder in Richmond, and also had an opportunity to look at some of the houses he had built. We were thrilled when he said that he would do the job - and that was the beginning of a great adventure. From the planning stage, through to completion, Jerry worked with me to create the house of our dreams. A stickler for details and timelines, he made sure that everything was done right, on time, and on budget. When there were changes to be made that involved extra costs, he explained everything thoroughly. When something didn’t look quite right, or if it occurred to him there was a better way to do something, he'd let me know and invariably the finished product exceeded our expectations. For example, a deck off the back of the house was designed without a roof. On a rainy January day, he stood out there and came up with a way to create an outdoor room for us, protected from the elements and useful 12 months of the year. The change actually improved the overall look of the back of the house, and I can’t imagine living without it . One of Jerry’s hallmarks is the quality of work he demands - his subcontractors are all experts at creating a high-quality look that is beautiful, but having watched from beginning to end, I know that underneath that finished exterior is a structure that is equally as well done. And if it’s not done right, it gets done again.

I was fortunate in being able to do the picking and choosing of all the materials and fixtures myself, essentially doing all the design work while the building was going on. This could have been a monumentally difficult task, and wasn’t easy, but Jerry made it a lot simpler by sending me to his suppliers, providing me with a timeline where he would let me know when he needed something, and some guidance and advice about what would work and what wouldn’t. When an idea I had didn’t coincide with his vision, he was quick to let me know, but also respectful of my wishes if I felt strongly enough!

The finished product was better than I could have imagined, and we are still getting compliments from friends and strangers who come by the house and stop to admire it.
I would definitely do it again, and would definitely recommend Jerry to anyone who is interested in having a quality home built for them. As far as I can tell, I'm one of the only people I know who describes the whole experience of having a house built as "fun"... because for me it was!

Penny Talbot

Penny's House