The prospect of designing and building our vacation/retirement home on Vancouver Island, while living in Calgary, was daunting. Choosing Paul Dabbs as our general contractor has been a great decision!
Paul has been involved in our project since we purchased the lot. We really appreciate Paul’s ability to listen to our “dreams” and then translate the intangible into something tangible. He worked with our home designer to create a plan that met all of our needs and most of our desires within our very limited budget for a second home.
Our lender was quite demanding in their requirements prior to financing, and Paul went above and beyond to help us jump through their hoops.
Since we broke ground in the late summer of 2012, our project has gone very smoothly. We are now past the 50% completion mark, and because of Paul, we are on time and under budget. Most of this is due to Paul’s excellent logistical skills. He never wastes time or resources. He is a skilled negotiator and very creative, resulting in significant savings in many line items of our construction budget. This has allowed us to upgrade areas of our home, in spite of a fixed budget.
Paul is a man of strong ethics – we trust him implicitly to look after our interests. Over and over he has passed great savings on to us – savings we wouldn’t have known about that he could easily have pocketed for his personal gain.
Paul is also very personable, easy to work with, and a great communicator. He keeps in touch with us every few days by phone and email, sending photos and walking us through progress. We never feel out of the loop, even though we have only visited the site once since construction began.
The feedback we have received from people involved in our project has all been positive. Paul has built good relationships with our future neighbours. Our landscape designers said they have never seen a builder who took such care in ensuring a lot had proper drainage. The framer told us it is a pleasure to work for someone who appreciates quality workmanship. Paul genuinely cares about the people he hires; bringing them coffee on cold, wet days or arranging for prompt payment for work they have completed.
Unlike some builders, Paul won’t rush the building process to complete a house in a few months. He believes in letting wood dry properly. He doesn’t cut corners or skimp on crucial components of a house. He researches products that he recommends and doesn’t just assume that new ways are better ways. For instance, he understands that houses shouldn’t be so airtight they can’t breathe. We are confident our Paul Dabbs Custom Home won’t be plagued by mold and other moisture issues prevalent in so much of today’s construction.
We are extremely picky about workmanship, and so far Paul has shown himself to be even more demanding about quality than we are. He has impeccable taste, and although our home is modest compared to other Paul Dabbs Custom Homes, it doesn’t look like a cheap adaptation. Our new home has character and style; it’s exactly what we were hoping for.
We would encourage anyone looking for a builder to seriously consider Paul Dabbs Custom Homes. We recommend Paul Dabbs highly. Paul can give you our contact information - please feel free to call us if you have any questions.
Ron & Natasha F.
In 2007 my wife and I purchased a luxury home in Nanoose Bay from Paul Dabbs.
We have now enjoyed living in our new home for four years and have found virtually no problems. The quality of materials and workmanship is first class. Paul paid so much attention to every detail during construction that everything was built correctly first time round. This resulted in only minor fixes or adjustments at the time of end-of-first-year warranty inspection. It is obvious to us that Paul monitored all aspects of construction as if this house were his own. With all the trades and sub-contractors he was a stickler for detail, personal care, and quality of installation and construction. When we first moved in, we were nicely surprised and delighted by comments from our neighbours as to the sensitivity and courtesies Paul extended to them during construction to minimize any inconvenience. This was sure a nice start with our new neighbours!
Occasionally we have had to call on Paul regarding the inevitable small problems that do arise from time to time. Paul was amazingly helpful, either attending to these personally or advising us on how to proceed. On a personal level, I have to say that Paul is a talented and professional project manager who adheres to a good code of ethics and honour. He is a caring and considerate person. He takes pride in his work and ensures that his products are faultless and gorgeous.
Without hesitation I can recommend Paul Dabbs for any home building or renovation project.
Nanoose Bay Custom Home
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Paul Dabbs has been in complete control of several residential projects from inception to completion. The projects have varied in size from 1100 square feet to 5000 square feet and ranged in price from $250,000 to $2,200,000. Paul’s expertise in scheduling and cost-control have brought the projects in on time and on budget.
Customer satisfaction is the hallmark that determines the success of those involved in the construction of new homes and the renovation of existing properties. This applies to both the level of service provided during the project, and after its completion. Paul has demonstrated excellence in these critical areas.
Having worked with Paul on several of his projects I can attest to his integrity and his dedication to provide clients with the best service possible.
Real Estate Investment & Development
Paul and his crew are among the finest I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. A few years ago Paul and I worked together on a project to help a mutual friend. Getting to know him and watching while he worked his magic was an awesome experience. If you are looking for a person that walks the talk, I suggest you give Paul a call.
I've known Paul Dabbs for over 30 years. His attention to detail and ability to create pure luxury in a home are unmatched. He's reliable, conscientious and really cares about his customers. I have no hesitation in saying Paul will deliver 'Your Dream Home - On Time and On Budget'!