Beach House Renovation
We purchased our beach house in East Sandwich in 1993, and it was always our hope to one day renovate and add on to the original 1960 structure to suit our retirement plans of a comfortable year round home with all of the amenities. To our good fortune, we met Sandwich local architect Anne Michniewicz and general contractor/builder Christopher Dougherty. Together we planned, re-shaped and revised plans for our project to finally arrive at a design that we believed suited our needs, and importantly, was within our budget. Throughout the planning process, Chris Dougherty proved patient and practical. He envisioned with us our ultimate goal of what we wanted, but also what we would need. (For example: an upgraded furnace to replace the original forced hot air system that was inefficient and sounded like the Cape Cod railway had been re-routed through our basement.)
The project began on time and the work moved right along, finishing when promised. The job site was maintained in a very neat and orderly manner, inside and out. The crews that Chris employed were all excellent and each contributed with practical and functional advice, from light placement to moving the furnace to the attic space to provide for very comfortable distribution of heat as well as to accommodate our wish for central air conditioning. Our neighbors and friends speak for us when they visit and exclaim over the beautiful detail and excellent craftsmanship of the work of Chris and his crew.
The new addition houses a beautiful custom kitchen designed and installed by Chris’s brother Dwight (Seaside Kitchens) and provides for a beautiful flow through the renovated dining area to living area, through newly installed French doors out to the new maintenance free deck, all to showcase our seasonal view of Cape Cod Bay. The addition also provides us with a new back entry complete with small farmer’s porch, interior mudroom and first floor laundry. We could not be happier with the final result.
Words do not adequately describe the difference between the previous and present look of our home. We are happy to be used as a reference for Chris Dougherty’s fine workmanship and professionalism. We were very fortunate to have him do our renovation and addition.
Kathie and Skip
Thank you for all of your excellent work on our house. We are happy to provide you with the following comments to share with prospective clients. Our family loves the house!
We engaged CMD Construction for a complete remodel of our house, including a substantial structural addition, at the recommendation of the firm that did our design work. The original bid for the project was highly competitive, and the remodel came in largely within budget, subject to our additional change orders.
Throughout the entire project, the CMD team was a pleasure to work with. In our case, we unable to be on site for long periods, but we were kept well informed on progress through frequent updates. Most importantly, we were pleased by the judgment the work crew made in our absence, so we didn't feel the need to check in on a daily basis. Change orders, unforeseen structural issues and other changes from the original bid were handled reasonably and professionally.
Overall, we have been extremely pleased with the work of CMD. The quality of the workmanship was excellent. The work crew was highly responsive to our requests and suggestions. They were very willing to work with us on crafting the finish work to our preferences. In addition, they did a good job in following up on any issues or adjustments we requested.
CMD essentially created an entire new home for our family, and we are very pleased with the results. We highly recommend CMD to others considering construction projects, large or small. We absolutely plan to work with them on any future work we have.
Complete Renovation w/ Addition
Our task was to make the best use of an original 20' x 20' one story cottage. Zoning regulations mandated that we stay within the existing footprint and limited the addition to 60% of the original "livable" space which excluded closets. This was clearly a challenge for the designer who, nevertheless, drew up plans which utilized the allowable space combining form and function.
At her strong suggestion, I interviewed Chris and, finding his philosophy to be in agreement with mine, signed a contract. From the start of demolition to the project completion I did not regret my choice. Chris and his crew were unfailingly prompt, courteous and neat always willing to extend themselves. Chris was anything but an absentee boss, and worked alongside the crew as much as possible. Using his eye for detail and superior finish skills he provided several design features that greatly distinguish this project from others in the area.
Throughout the process Chris was unflappable, accommodating my requests for some late changes and, apart from delays caused by factors beyond his or my control, the project was completed within a reasonable timeframe.
The result of this design/build collaboration is a cottage that is functionally practical and aesthetically appealing and, happily, as the designer predicted, there were "no surprises at the end".
Complete Renovation with Addition
You are always welcomed to stop by anytime...just to see the house. We have loved every minute of living in it. It is really a perfect house for us. I will contact you after the New Year and have you stop by for dinner. I will organize some pictures and send to you. Merry Christmas...again...stop by and see us anytime.