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Another Happy HTR Customer

HTR Construction Lexington, MA

My home is on the first level of a traditional two-family built in 1920. It has all of positive characteristics of construction from that era – including beautiful woodwork with great attention to detail. It also has some of the more negative characteristics of construction from that era – including horsehair plaster and very little closet space.

I had the idea of transforming an underutilized portion of the front hallway into a closet, which would necessitate taking down a portion of a wall, moving the doorway to the bathroom, filling in the old doorway, relocating the toilet, and some electrical work. A relatively small job, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to gain the attention of a quality contractor. I was referred to Tom and pleased when he immediately responded to schedule a time to take a look at the proposed job.

After a thorough walk-through and a Tom sharing a series of questions and observations about the job, many of which I never would have thought of on my own, I elected to move forward with the project and HTR. At our next meeting, Tom brought along Justin – who would serve as my day-to-day contact and the project’s lead carpenter – to do another walk through and to confirm the timeline for the work.

Justin and his crew arrived on a Monday morning as planned for the first day of the project. The timeline we had discussed for the project was a full two weeks, and so I was pleasantly surprised when on that Wednesday morning he told me that I could have my living room – which had been serving as the staging area – back that afternoon. By the end of that day, the demo work was complete, the sheetrock up, and there was absolutely no sign of the mess that invariably occurs when working with horsehair plaster.

The job finished on schedule, with Justin texting with any questions or points of clarification along the way. And the final product is better than I ever could have imagined – you cannot tell that the closet was a recent addition, the quality of the work blends so perfectly with my home’s original architecture. The finish work on the interior closet is just as stunning as the exterior – enough for me to want to keep the door open despite the coats and boots stashed inside.

~Beth M.




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