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Pat, Celine, and all,

Thank for the card and gift basket. We appreciate the help and guidance you provided in the building of our new home.
 
You are all more than welcome to drop by for a visit, whether soon or next summer for a cool drink in the screened porch.
   
Thank you all,
Terri and Denis
Indian Lake, 2013
Indian Lake 2013

 

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Hi Celine and Pat, 

Good to hear from you. I am so pleased to know that you like the cottage. It's great isn't it? Bernard is a wonderful contractor and a real perfectionist. He gave me such good ideas when I was in a quandary about decisions. One of the best things that happened to me was coming across Evergreen Concepts. You provided the basis for this cottage and were immediately at the end of the telephone or on the email when needed....
Again many many thanks for everything.

All the best,
Janet- Lake Joseph, Muskokas
Modified Kingfisher, Island property

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Well Pat, it was nice working with you... I was a bit sceptical of the process earlier in the summer but you’ve proved me dead wrong. This project is far better managed than what I expected.

Cheers,
Mike
Bob’s Lake, 2013

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Buck LakeDear Pat,

… From the beginning your no-nonsense approach to keeping costs and quality in line kept us within budget and delivered a cottage which, although the interior is yet unfinished, is winning in praises of all who see it. I am well aware of the various problems that cropped up during the construction process and we were impressed by the way in which you managed the difficulties in a timely way and stayed on when others would have become discouraged, I originally thought I might manage the project myself and am certainly glad I did not choose to do that.

Your skills as a project manager were invaluable. For your perseverance, patience, good humour and basic honesty, thanks to both you and Celine. I will recommend you to friends who are thinking of building and would be pleased to speak with any of your prospective clients that you direct to us for references.

Buck Lake 2

M & P Oldham

 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter & Margaret Oldham
Cottage: Buck Lake, Ontario

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Celine, Pat & Mike,
 

Thank you for all your help, guidance and professionalism in bringing our new home to completion. We love it.
Your generous gift basket was very much appreciated- the ginger cookies were especially delicious and Phoebe loved her doggie treats!
We will be glad to provide references for you for other home builders wanting a dream house.

Sincerely,
Claudia & Gord
Almonte, ON - Fall 2012

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Dear Pat & Celine:

We are writing to say “Thanks” for your part in building a great house for us!
First, the excellent design and planning and project-management services that you provided played a big role in helping us finalize the floor plan and get the foundation and building shell completed on time. The finished package is attractive and very tight and energy-efficient. The house works well and should look great for many years to come with a minimum of maintenance.

Second, thank you for your support in solving problems and dealing with the technical issues that inevitably will arise during a construction project. We couldn’t have done it on our own, and knowing that you and your people were there kept our blood pressure down.

Third, choosing a contractor can be a risky business. The risk was higher in our case because we were living in Ottawa and didn’t know much about local builders around Perth. But the contractor that you suggested to do the electrical and plumbing work, design and install the heating and AC systems, install the flooring trim and drywall, etc. did a first-class job. We appreciated the fact that you visited the site regularly to make sure that the work was going as planned. Again, this really lowered our stress level!
In short: if you want to use us as a reference, please do so. We’d be happy to talk to a potential client.

Best regards,
Malcolm and Kathleen Jordan,
Perth, Ontario

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Wow!! Thanks for these (photos) Celine. I can't tell you how much I feel like a kid in a
candy jar. So excited. Jean and I will go out of our way to come and see you
when we get back sometime over this weekend. ...You folks have been absolutely fantastic to deal with and Pat has continued to instil in us the honest approach I bet he takes with all of your clients. It has been a pleasure. We'll take lots of pictures for you.

 
Cheers, Gary.
(2011 - Gary & Jean, Catchacoma Lake- Buckhorn, ON)

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Hi Celine & Pat

 I am writing this letter to thank you personally for your professional help in making our "dream" cottage become a reality. As you are well aware, this project began in late 2009 as a fairly straight forward renovation of an existing cottage, but became a much more complex project involving extensive modifications to the cottage design. We knew that there would of course be some delicate issues regarding design and limits to renovation based on the proximity of the original cottage to the lake. However, we did not expect that we would have to delay construction until a minor variance could be processed by the township. This entailed, as you know, a redesign of the cottage, and associated engineering reports and approvals by the RVCA to move the project forward. Without your guidance and help, this would not have been as painless as it turned out to be. I thank you for sticking with us through this unavoidably slow process and in dealing with all the issues that arose, and finding a way forward.

Your team was excellent in providing ideas and options for the cottage and transforming these ideas into a final design and a set of construction plans. You were also amazing in scheduling all the contractors at a time of high demand, obtaining the required documentation for permits, and overseeing construction. Your choice of contractors was also excellent. The work was of the highest quality and always exceeded the required standards.

Finally I want to thank you for your professionalism, patience, honesty and integrity in all aspects of the project. Both I and my wife felt that we had engaged a team that we could trust and in fact, I feel we ended with more than a business relationship. I feel that we now have a friendship that we wouldn't hesitate to call on in the future.

Jim and Roghieh
Lake, South Frontenac
2009-2010

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Hi Celine & Pat

... I can't think of anyone else to build that dream home but you guys.
No one better understands the balance of construction and preserving the beauty of nature of this lot than you two... Thanks again

 
Don & Carol

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Hi Pat and Celine

I have to send an email as I don't have a phone at present. I just got back from checking out the building site and I have to say how incredibly happy I am. Mr. Blackburn and his family have done an amazing job in all aspects, and the retaining wall they put up is exactly what I had envisioned in my mind. In fact, it is almost a little freaky how close they got it, they may have some sort of telekinetic powers. It really will make the house so much more impressive on the exterior. Thank you so much for everything you have done thus far making this dream a reality for us I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Please also express my personaly gratitude to Mr. Blackburn and his family for the incredible job they have done, I know that we are paying for a service but they have left me so happy that they are the people we are paying, (I know they already run a number of businesses but they may want to considering doing hard/landscaping as well, seriously). I also want to thank you both for being able to secure and recommend such fantastic contractors, this entire process thus far, even with the obstacles has been nothing but a great experience. And the best is yet to come!

Wendy
- Custom Evergreen Home Package,
- Ottawa 2010

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Dear Pat & Celine,

We would like to thank you for making our cottage a reality. Your experience and knowledge of project management gave us the courage to pursue our dream and we cannot tell you how happy we are with the final product.

Eric & Narine Martel
Val-des-Bois, Québec

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Dear Pat & Celine,

We also wanted to express our gratitude for providing services well beyond those of construction project management. We are grateful for the carefully crafted advice and actions that you provided, (Pat) to help us secure and purchase additional land, which was required as a result of sudden and unexpected changes to local building codes (…)

Jim Bottomley, Holly Evans
Luskville, Québec

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“A dream comes true”

Pat and Celine, you can’t imagine our joy of living in our dream home on the lake. Without your services, dedication and watchful eyes on every detail of the project, this may not have been possible. We certainly appreciate your professionalism as well as your friendly personalities. Being able to call either of you for advice or feedback on any detail, made the process of building our home a lot less stressful. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to express our sincere gratitude. We wish both of you the best in life and future endeavors.

Pam & Randy McKee
Mississippi Lake (Carleton Place) Ontario

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Dear Pat,

After seeing you and Celine in the Ottawa Home Show supplement I thought that I would write to wish you well with your new enterprise. I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to have had you as the project manager for the construction of my house. I know that without you I would now be broke and left with an unsatisfactorily finished house. You even went to bat for me when I had a serious problem with the municipality and were successful where I probably would have handled the matter poorly. … with my heartfelt best wishes for all your endeavors.

Michael & Brenda Hewes
Chelsea, Quebec

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Dear Pat and Celine Shank:

… You have made what can be a stressful situation into one of the most enjoyable projects that both my wife and myself have been involved in. It turned out to be far above our expectations. It was a very special high point when our home was completely assembled with the roof and the windows installed…

Ann & Dave Brown
Rideau Lakes, Ontario

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 Dear Celine & Pat,

Thank you both so much for all your help in buying and building my beautiful little home in Percé, Gaspé, Québec. As you anticipated the home blends in well with the extraordinary panoramic setting in which it finds itself. I went to you with excitement of the purchase of a new home and also many worries about cost, quality of materials, building permit, building contractors, types of foundation, support beams, bearing walls as well as a host of other problems, that had to be solved. Your understanding, patience and kindness took all my worries away and gave me the chance to enjoy watching a most exciting project in process. I highly recommend you both for your willingness to go that extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. To anyone looking to purchase or build a new home I can honestly say that once you meet Celine and Pat, you will not need to look any further. Again thanks so much and hopefully some fine summer you will sail to Gaspe and stay with me in the home you helped me build.

Bill Maloney
Gaspé, Québec

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M. Shank,

(…) avec tous vos contacts dans le domaine de la construction, vous nous avez déniché d’excellents ouvriers et vous vous êtes assurés que tout se déroule bien, même très bien. Tout au long de la construction, vous étiez présents pour nous conseiller ainsi que pour guider les différents quarts de travail qui ont œuvré sur notre demeure. Nous vous remercions sincèrement pour l’aide précieuse que vous avez apportée lors de la construction. N’oublions surtout pas la patience ainsi que le support moral et technique que vous nous avez apporté. Nous vous remercions car sans vous, la construction ne se serait certainement pas aussi bien déroulée. Pour terminer, nous sommes très satisfaits de notre nouvelle demeure et apprécions la qualité de vie qu’elle nous procure.

Eric Labelle, Caroline Fisher
Luskville, Québec

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Patrick,

Jackie and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for all the help during the construction of our house last year. To an amateur, building a house is a stressful, major undertaking and you helped make it a much more pleasant and rewarding experience. You demonstrated tremendous knowledge in all areas of the construction process, guided us through the tough decisions and saved us considerable amounts of money over what we would have paid without your input. (…) We also appreciated your candidness of opinion during some of the decisions we had to make and your good judgment where we were not available to make the decisions. We always felt we could trust you. Of particular note, we feel you went above and beyond the call on several occasions (e.g. bedroom insulation, chasing down a more cost effective contractor), which resulted in a much happier customer . The end result is fabulous and we love our new house. There should be more people like you in the industry. Please accept our gratitude and friendship for all you have done and don’t hesitate to call if you are looking for references for future customers or just to say hi.

Jeff and Jackie Oman
Richmond, Ontario

 

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