We're pleased that you're all finished (except for the weathervane installation) and we're very pleased with our new barn! Now I'm trying to get all my subs to finish, too.
Stolzfus Builders is a great organization to work with and we very much appreciated how well everyone worked together, with us, and the overall civilized and family-friendly atmosphere at the job site. So rare in this day and age. and Thank you for finding those elusive brackets to hold the doors open!
A request...can you get everyone who worked on the barn, including yourself, to sign a piece of wood that we could make into a plaque, like a date stone, to install in the barn? It can be dropped off when you come to install the weathervane.
Also, what is the finish and model of the entry doors latch set? I'm going to order a matching dummy handle.
Hi Chris and Sylvan,
A couple stopped by and said: "We bought the farm because we fell in love with the barn you built." It was Karen Graziano's farm. The new owner is: Ann McDonald --I asked if we could use that quote for our website, and she said yes. :) Jane
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The horses, staff, volunteers, riders and parents haven’t stopped telling me how much they enjoy the new surroundings. Working with you guys again has been so enjoyable for so many of us that we’re already feeling bad that the project’s end is in sight. Thankfully, we’ll have a beautiful reminder to look at every day that will keep those feelings alive for years to come. --Chris Brockett
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It has been a pleasure working with all your people, and we are so pleased with the work! I will recommend you to anybody I hear of that needs construction work done. I have never looked forward to painting before, but I just can't wait for nicer weather to put the finishing touches on--paint, re-stucco, etc. Thanks for a job well done. --Tina
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the work your team did in the building of our new home. We could not be more thrilled with how the house turned out.
The craftsmanship is superb and the exchange of ideas throughout the process let to a wonderful finished product.
We hope you ALL will come back to see how the whole project turned out sometime this summer.
Take Care and thank you again. Sincerely, --Caitlyn & Luke Paul
Thanks to all of you for building us a wonderful barn. Your expertise, hard work and fine materials have given us a building we will always be proud of.
Thanks again, --Paul & Sarah Allebach
Thanks so much for the great crew and beautiful barn. We love it. All the local Vermonters are quite impressed. If we are ever to do the horse business full time...we are definitely coming to you for the barn. Your work is truly spectacular!
Thank you so much! --Rita D.
We are very pleased with the work done by Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders and Paradise Stone Masonry. They clearly take a lot of pride in their work, and paid attention to both the aesthetic and structural issues of our renovation. They took the time to explain what they were doing, and somehow managed to save our sagging two-hundred-year-old barn, which we thought was done for. Jane DelBianco was a great help in keeping us up-to-date on the work and making sure that things got done on schedule. --Sean and Jennifer Hackett, Hackett's Barn
I was at the website and saw all the wonderful testimonials...
I feel negligent in that we have not sent one in!
Our first project was completed in the summer of 2002 it was a six stall barn that was among the first that Sylvan and his team built. Seven years later it still looks great and has become our mare and baby barn. In 2007 we opened the Equestrian center which has two 18 stall barns, an indoor, apartment and an office.
As was stated by others the projects were complete successes. We always knew with clarity what our costs were and what was expected of us. It was truly a pleasure to work with Sylvan and his team. Just as important was the willingness to bring ideas that would save money or provide for either a safer or more efficient operation. The craftsmanship is superb and the value of the experience and bringing that to the table is a key component to making the decision and one that weighs heavily in Sylvan's favor.
We plan three other project over the next several years all are committed to Sylvan.
--Bill, Lisa, Kelly & Katie Burland, Owners, Travelda Farms
WOW! Working with you and your organization has been an awesome experience. From the first time I talked to you about the idea of building a barn to the final wave good bye as Daniel Lapp and his crew left after the barn was built, I have felt nothing but good fortune.
Jane, thank you so much for the knowledge, expertise, and patience you shared with me as I struggled with the plans for the barn. Working with a novice, like myself, presents its own set of challenges and you were extremely supportive. You were wonderful in knowing exactly when I needed suggestions or I needed some time to think things over. I appreciate your timing and choice of options with the many decisions I had to make.
Once the materials and the work crew arrived, the erection of the structure began. How exciting each day was! Every morning I looked forward to the arrival of the crew and every evening I looked forward to seeing the fruits of their labor. Very quickly it became apparent that the workmanship and work ethic were of the finest quality. It was reassuring to me as a consumer to realize the sequence of the building and customized details were well thought out and implemented with precision and care.
My final thoughts include my deep appreciation to Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders LLD for allowing my husband and I to be part of a team, not just a customer. It is with delight and lots of pride that I look forward to a future with a barn that will enhance our property and allow our alpacas the finest habitat. It is truly a precious relationship when you can work with such trustworthy and respectful people.
Keep in touch and stop by for a visit if you're in the neighborhood. Warm regards, --Rhea
Sylvan & his crew did a wonderful job building my new barn and my husbands’ garage workshop. Everything went perfectly and better than I expected!
--Patti Pizzo, Jamison, PA
I love my new barn! The Stoltzfus design fits my property perfectly and the placement that Sylvan suggested is both beautiful and convenient for a working barn. The building is gorgeous with beautiful construction and detail. I enjoyed the crew who were courteous and easy to get along with. I have never seen people work so hard. I am thrilled!
North Salem, New York.
Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders recently installed new windows, replaced somerotted beams, and replaced an old slate roof with metal roofing on our bank barn & lean to. Their workmanship is excellent and everything was done in a timely manner. Pricing was extremely fair. We highly recommend Stoltzfus Builders for any of your needs - whether remodeling or building new barns, arena's etc. --Clifford & Janet Chitwood, Otsville, PA
Cathy & I wanted to write to express our appreciation to you, Karen, and your team for the job you did in planning & constructing our barn. While we are still polishing & completing various interior items unrelated to you efforts, we are thrilled with the level of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and designed or our "second home" and the home for our animals.
Steve, Jason, and Gideon were polite, attentive, helpful in various in-flight decisions, and hard-working to a fault. We would have had no qualms welcoming them into our home had they been unable to find suitable accommodations, and we would highly recommend them to any and all. You are fortunate to have theses men in your employ, and their craftsmanship is plain to see for all who have visited our barn.
Thanks again for all your efforts, and if there is anyone that you or Karen ever wishes us to speak with for recommendation or referral do not hesitate to contact us. --John Douglas & Catherine Stansbury, Mount Airy, MD
- Sylvan Stoltzfus was always friendly, courteous, and professional throughout the entire job, from my initial request for a quote to the final invoice: every meeting, every phone call.
- All construction projects invariably have some issues to be resolved. Sylvan is always attentive to his client's wishes and desires. He always wants to be sure that every aspect of the final job is what the client wanted.
- Sylvan is a builder with a unique attitude. He once told me, “I don't want my customers to be satisfied with my barns, I want them to be delighted!”
Changes to Plans:
- Sylvan was very clear about what is included in the contract price. He was very agreeable to discuss changes during the construction phase. He would provide a workable solution whenever possible, that was either a change at no additional cost or a quote for the proposed change.
- Every employee was friendly, polite, and respectful of the fact they were working at our home.
- Work ethic was beyond normal expectations with significant, visible achievements at the end of each day.
- The daily crew had to load the truck and drive 1 hour to get to my farm, and they often arrived before I was out feeding the horses.
- All the subcontract crews were equally as professional, quality oriented, and same work ethic as the Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders' direct employees.
Finishing the Job:
- Perhaps the most stressful time of any construction project is the final finishing. My punch list items were usually already on Sylvan's list.
- Sylvan's price was significantly better than some of the other builders that quoted my barn and carriage house. His prices were reasonable and justifiable, without any “name brand” inflation added to the cost.
- I felt I got a $1.25 value for every $1.00 spent!
--Mike Sheaffer, Malvern, PA
Hi Sylvan and team -
Just wanted to drop a line and say thank you SO much for building such a perfect barn for us! We are so pleased and just love spending time in there every day. You and your team were wonderful to work with and we greatly appreciated your quick response to all of our questions and issues.
Your dedication and commitment to our project was most impressive especially considering that you finished on time despite building in the middle of winter. The attention to detail is reflected in the hardy construction and beautiful finish. Our horses are quite lucky! Thanks again, this barn has greatly enriched our lives.
--Jim and Shari Goodwin, Marshall, VA
“It was such a pleasure to work with Jane throughout the entire process. We found it very helpful that she had also been through the barn building experience. We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed working with Sylvan and his crew. They approached our project with a high level of professionalism and the expertise they brought with them each day is evident down to the smallest detail. A favorite of mine is the iron horse head detail which adorns the hardware on each stall door and window. We know that our new barn will remain a beautiful and timeless addition to our farm for many, many years.” --June Wasserstrom
“Working with Jane enabled me to customize my barn within my budget and in a timely fashion. The end product resulted in a barn that I can be proud to show anyone.” --Vincent Rasa
Jane, thank you for inviting us to your home for Sylvan's open house. I also want to thank you for all you have done to "quarterback" our project. Quite honestly, you are the reason we went with Sylvan to build our arena. You have been attentive, listened and cared about our needs.
Jane, thank you so much for helping Gloria see her dream of a covered arena become a reality!!!!!!!!!!! --Tim Sandoe