To Prospective Eligius Homes Buyers,
As a result of our experience over the last twelve months, we feel compelled to write this unsolicited letter of recommendation.
We believe that many home buyers make the decision to build only with great trepidation. After meeting with several builders last year, we were anxiety-filled and glum over the prospect of becoming involved in a treacherous New England homebuilding saga that many of us have heard stories about. We wondered whether there was something inherent in home-building that made it often result in disappointment or frustration.
We ultimately picked Liberty Hill Estates not only because it promised to be a wonderful family neighborhood for our three young children, but also because we both believed Peter Karassik was someone we could work comfortably with. At this point, we are very pleased to represent that our “gut feelings” of twelve months ago have proved to be on target on both counts.
Architectural DetailAs we worked through iteration after iteration of draft architectural drawings with patience instead of pressure from Peter and his architect, John, we quickly became assured that we were working with the right builder. Once construction began and we were exposed to Peter’s employees and many of his subcontractors our comfort level continued to rise.
Peter’s exuberance, enthusiasm and excitability are contagious. I found that even when we were on different sides of an issue, he was always fair and never wavered from his standard of genuinely trying to accommodate the customer. Throughout the process, the Eligius Homes crew maintained a “can-do” attitude and responded to our “aesthetic changes” with a smile rather than a sneer. Linda, the mainstay of Peter’s office, did a remarkable job keeping calm amidst our myriad requests for information.
We are very thankful to John MacKoul, the foreman. John’s presence made our once-a-weekend trip to see the house more than enough. He made us, chronic thinker/worrier types, seem carefree with his ever-present attention to our home’s issues. A caring gentleman, full of integrity, he has been a pleasure to work with. (Not to mention the fact that our dog and children silently wish that he would move in with us.)
We’ are also grateful to all of those who brought their workmanship and artisanry to our home, from the plasterers and finish carpenters (Bobby, Sean and Erik) to the painters, John, Dennis and Raymond. We thank them not only for their skills and input, but also their pleasant manner. And to Bob Sponenberg at Kitchen Associates, who supported our choice to go for the white in the kitchen, thank you for making all those home decorator magazines come to life.
Also, many thanks to Sandee, the lighting consultant/decorator whose constant enthusiasm and genuine comments ranging from “that’s tacky” to “I love it” were invaluable and made her a joy to deal with. Lastly, thanks to Ralph Lorusso whose upbeat demeanor was surpassed only by his tile work which was done professionally and impeccably as his very thorough quote said it would.
Sure we’re a little giddy right now; we are days away from moving into a wonderful home in a great neighborhood. However, the sentiments of this letter are the same ones we have consistently conveyed to our friends throughout this process.
In conclusion, we are happy to strongly recommend Eligius Homes and Liberty Hill Estates to any prospective home buyer looking for a family-oriented neighborhood (with a pool and tennis club called Karassic Park, aptly named after the magnanimous individual who will some day agree to build it for the neighborhood). We are going to keep working on you, Peter.
Patty and Paul Gannon