At Building Renewal, Inc. we separate ourselves from our competition by bringing “second to none” customer service into the Remodeling Industry. Please browse through our reviews from our great clients and you will see why Building Renewal, Inc. has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award ® every year since joining Angie’s List.
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Insurance Restoration Expert –
My father-in-law had Building Renewal rebuild his chimney so I decided to place a referral call to Greg. During this time, I made contact with a few other contractors with little reply. After a conversation with Greg, my mind was put at ease. My entire house had water damage due to a leaking roof during a major storm. The entire upper-level of my home had to be gutted and redone. Greg was able to work with my insurance company and negotiated everything to make sure we were all on the same page prior to any work being started. This was helpful as we had little financial flexibility so we needed to be aware of everything up front. Another excellent quality Greg displayed was his responsiveness. He was easily reachable and almost always answered his phone when I called. If he didn’t answer, he would return my call within the hour. I have never met anyone in the trades that’s so on top of customer relations. He and his team provided me with a detailed production schedule and updated the schedule so that I was always aware of the progress and any setbacks that arose. They kept a very punctual schedule which we could rely on. You can recognize a good contractor and his company by the people they have working for them. Greg’s team displayed this quality. Whenever I stopped by the house to check up on progress, the guys working were so friendly and accommodating. They would stop whatever they were doing just to give me a quick update and answer all of my questions. They also gave me some unique suggestions on what they have seen in other homes, which helped a lot because we were forced into this situation without being able to prepare some ideas. The end result: our small, 1940’s home has turned into a dream home for us. My wife and I could not be any happier with the outcome and its even better than we had hoped for. Thanks B.R.I.!
Brad and Aimee Bone
Everything You Hope for in a Contractor –
After getting their name from Angie’s List, we realized that our city was not listed in their geographic service are on their website. After discussing this with Greg, he decided to take on our project and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Greg is everything you hope for in a contractor. He is great with communication, responsiveness, and details. From the first phone call to the final invoice, everything was laid out and pricing broken down to ensure we were on the same page. He even provides you with a production schedule so that you know who is at your house each day and what they are working on. We felt like we were his only client with the attention that he have us. Of course he had other clients, but we never felt like we were bothering him. The same is true for the project manager named Adam. He was equally responsive and helped answer questions while on the job site. Three of Greg’s subs deserve a special note: Jeff and Duane from D&D construction and Chad from McChesney Cabinets. They were true professionals of their trade. Greg was great to work with as he listens to your ideas and offers alternative ideas you might not have thought of. If there is an issue, he fixes it. Lastly, he provides an outstanding cleaner who cleaned every room in the project and even the windows! It was a good partnership.
Paul and Peggy Adelmann
St. Louis Park
Communication and Responsiveness –
Building Renewal did a wonderful job on our bathroom remodel. They helped with suggestions for our design ideas and their communication was top notch. When looking for a general contractor, communication and responsiveness was an important factor and they didn’t let us down. When addressing issues with Greg and his team, he kept us informed and ensured we were happy with the end result. Thanks, Greg, Adam, and your sub teams!
Frank and Amy Lowry
Professional Contractor –
Greg is definitely the most professional contractor we have had do work in our home. Not only was he punctual and honest, he was very knowledgeable in answering all our questions. He offered input about areas of our home that could use some work, as well as suggested alternative products that could save money. Lastly, he displayed flexibility by revising the contracts when the work was revised.
Dan and Kristi Haertl
I Highly Recommend Building Renewal, Inc. –
Building Renewal, Inc. built a detached garage for us last year and we could not be happier with our experience. Greg with Building Renewal was attentive and completed our project within the timeline promised. He was patient with us, guided us through what our options were and was up-front with related costs. All of his sub-contractors were kind and professional. Greg made it a priority to inform us when his team would not be working on our project (primarily for in-climate weather). I did not expect this from a contractor (most seem to be too busy to call). We’ve had several positive comments from others in the neighborhood. Thanks Building Renewal!
Eric & Melissa Krause
Greg & his Crew were Excellent –
Greg and his crew were excellent. He worked with us before the install so we could stay within our budget. His crew was polite, professional and hard working. Shortly after completion, an (manufacturer, not installation) issue arose with the new tub. Greg was willing to tear it all out and start over, at his own expense, but the issue was resolved to our satisfaction. His follow up was excellent.
Timely, Respectful, And A Pleasure To Work With –
I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Greg and Building Renewal Inc. From the initial estimate to our final meeting, Greg and his team were always timely, respectful, and a pleasure to work with. We were nervous about our first large remodel, but Building Renewal’s attention to detail and communication made the process very simple.
One of the things that set Building Renewal apart from other contractors we sought estimates from was their design/build process. Essentially everything down to the doorknob is selected by you. Greg and his team are very open to hearing what you want, and don’t push their agenda on the customer. They will certainly provide suggestions and give advice, but ultimately you have the choice on what’s done in your home. This process helps to alleviate any surprises you might encounter when construction begins, as you know all the details of the project.
I can’t recommend them enough, and any future project I have we will definitely be contacting them. We love our new basement and appreciate all the hard work Building Renewal put into it!
Jeremy & Sarah Jacob
The Best Contractor I Have Ever Worked With – True Professional –
We had Building Renewal remove an old deck and install a new deck. Greg created the deck plans and even helped us with our variance application we needed to present at a township meeting. Greg made several trips to the property to talk with us and make sure everything went smoothly. The job was started (and finished) as promised and his crew was very neat and accommodating. Building Renewal is the best contractor I have ever worked with – true professional. It was a real joy to work with an honest and caring company that truly values it’s customers! Thanks Greg.
Jim & Lynne Kuhn
Treats Every Job as if it is His Own Home –
After such a great experience with Building Renewal building our deck we had them back to install gutters and side our boathouse. They started and completed the job as they promised. Their crew kept the jobsite neat and clean. The gutters were installed exactly as we requested. Our boathouse is made of block and it would never keep a coat of paint so we had Greg and company cover it with siding (to match our house) and replace the old “swing out” type doors with a small roll up door. We further challenged Greg by getting our landscaping re-done and the boathouse now had large boulders against the side. They had to frame and “side” around the boulders. To make it look even better, Greg came up with an idea to use a black rubber type paint for the area right next to the boulders that they could not get the siding close enough to cover up the old paint. The rubber type black paint looked awesome and as Greg said, made the background almost disappear and all you really see is the beautiful new red siding that matches the house. Greg is so creative – my wife and I could not be happier with the way our boathouse came out. Greg treats every job as if it is his own home. Thanks again Greg!
Jim & Lynne Kuhn
The Quality was Exceptional –
This year we have asked Greg Powers to complete the work to replace and add onto our existing deck. The quality was exceptional. Thanks for your dedication to quality workmanship and awesome customer service Greg!
John & Laurie Seager
Honest and Punctual!! –
We needed to get some things done to a property before it could be zoned out as a rental and that work had to be done with a GC with a license in good standing with the state of MN. I contacted Greg and he got back to me right away. He was upfront in saying that using a GC would be more money then me trying to get a plumber/electrician/construction all lined up. Worth it IMHO when you already work a FT job!!! I’ll leave that up to the pro’s like Greg! He came over to the house and showed what I would like to be done, I had the very fair estimate within a day, hired Building Renewal INC and they were able to fit my project into my timeline!! A+ job from start to finish.
Very Professional, Highly Recommended –
Very professional, took care of everything step by step. They did our roof, which turned out GREAT and done in one day and cleaned up… so happy. They also did our bathroom, took out tub and installed a onyx walk in shower, it is truly amazing. I am so amazed on how everything went, I would HIGHLY recommend them for all projects.
Tony & Shelli Levercom
Great Job –
Courteous, friendly staff. Good communication as the job progressed. We would readily hire them again.
Rich & Rosalie Krusemark
Very Professional –
Greg takes a very thorough and detail oriented approach to your project and his follow-through is excellent. Very professional.
Mike & Betty Morson
The Entire Project was Fantastic –
We have used Building Renewal for a previous project so we knew what to expect. It was a very good experience. The meetings with Greg were precise and on time. He listened to what we needed done and what is really great about him is he HEARD what we were trying to accomplish. Instead of telling us what we should do he worked at giving us choices for what we wanted to do. When we were stuck for ideas he was able to give us new ways to approach the changes we needed to make and come up with a solution. The project was outlined in an activity agenda that was provided at the start. This is the best part of working with Greg. I know who and when and what is happening each step of the project. There was one delay that was unavoidable. I was contacted right away and given the information that was needed. Then I could go about my business without wondering or waiting. Overall, we are completely happy the final product.
Consummate Professional from Beginning to End –
Greg explained in detail what had to be done, gave us advise on adding a new sliding glass door, and laid out what would be done from one day to the next. We had the project done while we were away on a cruise for the week. We had enough confidence in Greg to give him the keys to our home. He came over every day and let his workers in and closed and locked the house every evening when the work was completed. He even kept us abreast of what was accomplished everyday with e-mails. Greg was spot on in every detail he said he would do and the project started and was completed AHEAD of time and LOWER than original quote. All we can say if you need a project done in your home that is more than you can do, please call Building Renewal, Inc. Over the years I have had many projects done in my homes, and Greg and his workers were the nicest, and most competent we have had the pleasure of dealing with. You will not be disappointed with Building Renewal, Inc.
Peter & Sherry Swenson
Their Experience & Insight Helped us out Tremendously –
We chose Building Renewal to finish our basement not only based on the bid, but based on the level of professionalism we saw Greg would bring to the table. He and his team did not disappoint. We had a few unique requests as part of our project (outside of building the walls, ceiling, floor, etc.), including uplighting in our custom crown molding and a custom built steam shower in our bathroom. It all turned out beautifully and we have gotten nothing but glowing reviews from everyone that comes to visit. We come down two floors almost every day to use the shower because we love the space so much. Greg and Adam were always available to us, no matter the question, and were extremely helpful in guiding us to the best decisions, as we had very little experience in the remodeling process. The work is wonderful and we got exactly what we asked for, but the best thing I could say about Greg and his team is: I know he is extremely busy, but I always felt like we were his only client through the whole process.
Corey & Erika Anderson
Punctual & Personable –
We initially contacted Building Renewal in early 2014 to get an initial estimate for the remodel we had in mind. We received one other estimate that was very similar in price for the same basic remodel. Why did we select Building Renewal over the “other place?” Greg with Building Renewal was very punctual, personable, asked great questions, listened to what we had in mind and made great suggestions. The other place was also a highly rated Angie’s list contractor that I’m sure would have done an excellent job, but we felt that the attention to detail and the smaller size of Building Renewal was a bonus (smaller size to us = more involvement and care from the people who own the business). Once we formally committed to use Building Renewal for our project, the planning phase got rolling. Greg did a very thorough and excellent job throughout the process. Asking lots of excellent questions, fielding our input and pointing out possible issues with our ideas (always in a respectful way that didn’t make us feel dumb even though at times the ideas may have been slightly in the dumb category). To summarize our remodel, it was a remodel of a large room that’s our main living/kitchen/dining area along with the steps down to the entry way, the entry way itself and two patio doors. We essentially stripped everything down to sub-floor and sheet rock and redid everything from there including installing can lights in the vaulted ceiling, engineered hardwood, slate tile in the entry way, granite counters, new cabinets and tile back-splash. Greg provided a very detailed schedule to us at the outset of the project which was handy to have as the project went along just to keep up with what was next. We expected the finished product to be great, but it exceeded our expectations and the project came in right at the estimate we were given at the end of the planning phase. To say we’d highly recommend Building Renewal to anyone in the market for a contractor would be an understatement. USE THEM!
Aaron & Katie Peterson
Small Project, Great Result –
I e-mailed for a quote in the evening and got a call the next morning. Greg met me at the house that evening (the only time I was available) , looked the project over and then got back to me with a quote. I accepted the quote and away we went. I was at work when the work was done, and it was finished in 2 days. In addition to the siding, They also replaced some electrical outlets that were not up to code, and put on new vents. Also fixed the dryer vent so they dryer fluff wouldn’t shoot out on top of the deck, but rather under it- but I can still get at the vent to clean it out. I never would have thought of that. Work was done promptly, there was no clean up for me to do, price was reasonable for the amount of work done.
You Will NOT be Disappointed –
I have used Greg Powers for several projects. I will always go back to Greg. I like his style his honesty and his integrity. I would recommend him to anyone (and we Have and they have used him as well) who wants the job done right you will not be disappointed!!!!!
Jane and Mike Havisto
BEST Contractor –
Overall we have to say that Greg Powers the owner of Building Renewal is the BEST contractor we have ever worked with! Greg is very professional, honest, looks at the best option for the customer, provides excellent communication, and trustworthy. Throughout the construction, Greg kept us up to date on everything and was on site almost daily. His team was very hardworking and did an awesome job before, during, and after with the clean up. Greg will be our first choice for all home improvements from now on and will be our recommendation to all our friends and family. Thanks Greg and keep up the Excellent Work!
John & Laurie Seager
Best Experience with a Contractor –
The original meeting to discuss what we needed done and what we were looking for upon completion was one of the best experiences with a contractor I have ever had. The owner was extremely attentive to what we wanted to be the end result. We have show dogs and required a little different approach to the spare bath remodel which would include a doggie wash grooming tub. Greg not only listened well, but was also able to direct us in a smarter install that took advantage of the existing space better then we could. He came up with several alternatives and as we made changes he was very good about information on cost changes. There were no surprises. The work progressed exactly as the agenda outline he provided said it would. It was a full outline for who would be arriving and when each phase would be completed. Greg also was on site almost every day to check in and would call if anything needed changing. The quality of the work was extremely good. No shoddy work or short cuts were taken. I would have these folks return to do more work in heartbeat. I just love the new bathroom!!!
We Know Who to Call –
From the beginning to the end Greg was very professional. Whenever any concerns came up we always knew we could contact him and get an answer right away. The project was started and completed on time and the work exceeded our expectations. We now have a beautiful finished basement. When we need future home improvements we will know who to call.
Mark & Tammy Tester
Keep Up the Great Work –
Greg and his crew did an EXCELLENT job from start to Finish!. I would be HAPPY to answer anybodys question about quality and craftsmanship the crew did….. very impressed how the house was cleaned after the completion of remodeling job. I HAVE NO questions about having Building Renewal, INC do future work at our home. Thanks Greg. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
Tom & Janene Martin
Easy & Efficient –
Working with Building Renewal Inc. and Greg Powers was easy and efficient. After contacting him regarding our roof he quickly provided an estimated cost and work dates. Greg communicated with us throughout the process to make sure that the materials used and the work performed were to our specifications. The work performed was more than satisfactory and they did a wonderful job making sure all old roofing material and nails were cleaned up from our property. I would strongly recommend Building Renewal Inc. to anyone who is looking to have their roof replaced.
Derek & Kristin Simonson
Paid Attention to Details –
Overall, we were very satisfied with the finished product. Greg was very personable, easy to work with and paid attention to details. The project was on schedule for the most part and we were given frequent updates when a couple of issues came up that were out of his control. We appreciate that Greg followed up with us thirty days after the basement was finished to do a walk through and to fix a few paint spots that needed to be touched up.
Adam & Kari Hartman
Friendly & Professional –
We could not be more pleased with Building Renewal, Inc. and Greg Powers specifically. I told Greg from the beginning that we wanted very moderately priced pieces for our downstairs bathroom that doesn’t get used a whole lot but was in need of some serious updating. I was pleased that Greg did not try to upsell us on any pieces and found high quality pieces that were right in the price range we wanted. Greg was always available by phone, text, or email whenever we had questions and always conducted himself in a very friendly and professional manner. He visited our home each day of the remodel and gave us an update on the progress each day. The people who did the work were friendly, courteous, and left the house neat and clean when they were done. The work was top quality. We would highly recommend Building Renewal for general remodeling services, and we plan to have Building Renewal do the same type of work on our master bathroom soon.
Scott & Megan Schmidt
JOB WELL DONE!!! –
The owner Greg was very professional, on time, kept you informed on what was going on(and when), friendly, informative, up front, and no hidden costs. The people that worked for him were the same. When we were looking for someone for this job , we had called several places to get estimates and Greg was the only one who called back in a timely matter. We were very pleased with the final result and the people who did the work. We would use Building Renewal Inc. again for any other future projects. During the time Greg was doing our project his father passed away but, he reassured us things would go on as planned. Was also pleased with the cost of the service and how they picked up after themselves.
The Best –
Greg is very thorough, professional and “neat” about his work. We would recommend him to anyone as being the best.
Richard & Alice Kantor
More Value For My Money –
Building Renewal Inc. did a complete remodel of our main bathroom and kitchen.
In the main bathroom the bathtub and a new surround, stool, vanity and top, a new floor and two doors, all woodwork, sheetrock, lighting and additional electrical outlets, painting and accessories were replaced
In the kitchen the cabinet doors were replaced as well as additional cabinet space created. Soffits were installed over the counters; a tin ceiling with new lighting was installed; all plumbing along with bead board-wall covering, cove molding and replaced wood trim. The kitchen, dining room, living room and hallway were painted. All project clean up was completed as well as the carpet in the living room, two stairways and hall cleaned.
We received several bids on our project (all highly-rated on Angie’s List.) We chose Building Renewal Inc., even thought they had only one Angie’ List report, because of a strong recommendation from a co-worker and the creative ideas he brought to the project. Right from the start Building Renewal Inc. owner, Greg Powers, took lots of pictures and really listened to us about what we didn’t like about certain features of our house. When we met with him again to review the bid he was right in line with other bids we received. Then he pulled out a binder of ideas for our project with many options for us to consider. We had a good feeling about him and hired him for the project.
When the project started he provided us with a production schedule and kept us informed about work to be done. We were impressed with his eye for detail and the passion he brought to our remodel. On several occasions I thought the work he did was sufficient. But he wasn’t satisfied. The lighting and cabinet doors were correct and he worked until they were perfect, making several trips back to the house. When problems arose he provided options on how to deal with them and cost estimates.
Although the bid was inline with other bids we received, I feel we got so much more value for the money we spent. I found Greg Powers to be honest, ethical, and passionate about the project. He was patient with us when we were not sure about which material or fixtures to select and offered us options.
To sum it all up, owner Greg Powers went way beyond our expectations and we love our new kitchen and bathroom.
Lee and Deb Dexter
Very Professional –
Building Renewal removed my bathtub, vanity top and sink and replaced them with Onyx Collection shower stall with heavy glass shower surround, vanity top and sink. Also replaced lavatory faucet, toilet and installed shower head faucet and shower wand. Greg is very professional, detailed and finished on schedule. He understood exactly what we wanted and completed the job to perfection.
Excellent Attention To Detail –
We both though you did an excellent job on our basement build-out. We really appreciated your attention to detail and willingness to put in the time and effort to correct any issues to ensure that we were very satisfied with the finished product (and finished on schedule.)
Ken & Kelly Bruskiewicz
Building Renewal, Inc. Chosen for Reputation –
I chose Building Renewal Inc. because of their reputation. I would refer them to any of my family, friends or neighbors. From the initial contact to the completion I was kept aware of the progress of my project. This was a job well done.
Awesome Customer Service –
My house roof was damaged during a hail storm. I knew of Building Renewal Inc. and decided to contract the roof replacement through them. All the way through the project Greg Powers communicated and explained processes so that I understood everything that was to be done and the cost involved. There is nothing I can think of that could have been done better and I would feel comfortable referring Building Renewal, Inc. to anyone. The work was done in a timely manner and Greg follows up on the work being done. I have a business in my home and Greg was more than willing to have the work done on the weekend. The customer service provided was awesome. I have had past work done on my home by other contractors and I was concerned about the nails left in the yard. It has been two weeks and I have not found one nail. Clean up was great and I will use this great company again.
Thank you for a job well done.
Someone You Can Trust –
When I met with Greg Powers of Building Renewal Inc. he was very, very professional. He was kind and listened to all of our ideas. We needed our bathroom totally gutted and redone. The bathroom isn’t very big so he didn’t have much space to work with but he did an AWESOME job. With our visits we were able to come up with some great ideas. I offered my input, he gave me his, and most, if not all the time, of his were better. He has great insight into vision and what would work better to make sure you get what you want when all is said and done. I got several estimates and he was the only one I felt I could trust when we had to be away from our home. Even the workers he hired were very pleasant and also were nice to be able to trust. He gave us a real timeline for our project and then he kept it. We would and have recommend Greg to others (they hire him as well) looking for a good contractor who you can trust, will not lie to you and is the most honest person in general. Want someone you can trust? He is the person you are looking for. In all, Greg Powers beat our expectations. He will be working on our basement sometime this year!
Jane and Mike Havisto
A Dependable Contractor –
There was some damage to my home because of a storm. I picked Building Renewal Inc.’s number from the phone book. Greg Powers is a dependable contractor, always on time and communicating the process clearly. There was an issue with the color of my home’s siding. Greg discussed another option with me and we went with that. I can’t think of anything Building Renewal Inc. could have done better and I would confidently refer Building Renewal Inc. to anyone.
Meticulous Storm Damage Repairs –
We decided to hire Building Renewal Inc. after some storm damage occurred to our home and detached buildings and they knocked on our door, selling their services. The salesperson gave the right answers so we met with Greg and are very happy with the results. The process was very well communicated; the customer service while working with our Mortgage Company was very helpful and the subcontractors knew what needed to be done because of Greg’s instructions. We will refer Building Renewal Inc. and have already written the following referral for this company to Angie’s list.
The work on our home was completed in July, 2011. We would hire Building Renewal Inc. again
They put on a new metal roof, sided one of my buildings, repaired siding on another building and he subcontracted out some painting for us. He did a ton of work for us.
This company actually found me. They noticed some down trees in my yard after a storm and made contact with me by providing a brochure listing their services. The owner’s name is Greg Powers. He is a real stand up guy and has an eye that you wouldn’t believe. He was able to locate some faults/blemishes that I never would have picked out in a hundred years.
Not that I didn’t like my house before, but after Greg finished with the storm damage repairs that he worked on, my house looked fabulous. My husband even thought he did a bang-up job, and he’s quite meticulous about how he wants things done. I’d hire Greg again in a heartbeat.
Brandon and Julie Van Dover
Quality Work, Completed On Time –
They were very clean, timely, and do quality work. They have done a lot of work for us. It is always nice to have someone that really cares about their work.
They did our basement, said it would take 31 days and it was done in 30 days. Greg is Fantastic!
Mike & Betty Coolbroth,
Big Lake/Vadnais Heights
Great Job –
We called you to replace our roof because of a referral from a friend. The work was completed in one day and you followed up on the work done, you did a great job. We liked how the metal trim for vents and chimney flashings were painted to match the color of the shingles.
Brian & Vicki Cote
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