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The key to finding a good builder is through a referral from someone you can trust. Most of our customers come from recommendations made by our previous customers or the Architects that design the projects. We have graciously collected numerous letters from our recent satisfied customers who have taken the time to express their thanks and even offer visits to their homes to anyone interested in the quality of our work!  Here are a few written comments made by some of our satisfied customerssmiley. 
 
 
   Josie M.-   Josie wrote us a wonderful review on Houzz.   http://www.houzz.com/viewReview/122902/Mingioni-Construction-Company-review

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Jen H., Kennett Square, PA ,  - "Mingioni Construction improved upon our initial vision for the lower level, and brought the right team together to make it happen.  Communication between us and Mingioni was open and timely.  They even gave us some foresight of a costly utilities issue with the county that our remodel would trigger - none of the other highly-rated firms we were considering brought this to our attention during the selection process and felt this spoke volumes to Mingioni's experience and partnering style.  Mingioni was very responsive to our needs, and we appreciated the frequent involvement of Joe.  The Mingioni team, from Joe to our project foreman to the tradesmen to the office staff, was easy to partner with, and was focused on providing a high-quality end product.  We love our new lower level living space, and look forward to partnering again with Mingioni on our future master bath remodel!"
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Suzanne and Steven Borislow - "Once again we would like to commend your company on a job well done. Your recent renovation of our bathroom went very smoothly, due in no small part to Brian’s hard work overseeing the project. He made certain that all the necessary sub-contractors arrived in a timely manner, and even continued the project smoothly while we left for a week long vacation. This project was done in the same timely, professional manner as the addition you did for us five years ago, and we will continue to recommend your company as we’ve done for the past five years. We would also like to mention what a pleasure it has been
to work with Samme. She is a fantastic addition to the Mingioni “family” and provides an excellent first impression for clients. Her unending patience with our numerous emails was also much appreciated. Thank you again."
Ellen and Steve Rubesin - "We are absolutely delighted with our new home on Ruskin Lane. When we first saw the lot, we had a vision of exactly how we wanted this house to turn out. We had some very specific “non negotiables”—a first floor bedroom, a very open floor-plan that brought the feeling of the woods into the home, a first floor workshop and study all on a fairly steep lot. Mingioni Construction worked with us to see that our vision became a reality. Their attention to detail, honesty, and follow-thru ensured that there were no surprises in either pricing or quality. The subcontractors were all first-rate and invited our input every step of the way. Joe, Carolyn and Mike Mingioni were always available for our phone calls. They became like our second family. And the
house was finished on time! This is the third house that we have built, and it was by far the best experience! We still are awestruck every time we walk through the door."
Jay & Rosemarie Halt - Media, PA - "You guys really did an excellent job. We have been through a lot of construction projects on multiple houses and investment properties, and this project, by far, was the best ever in terms of quality and overall responsiveness. Thanks!"
Waeckel Family - Wallingford, PA - "Dear Mingioni Family & Work Team,
We would like to express our appreciation and thank everyone involved in the building of our home in Wallingford. Our family is enjoying our beautiful home and we are so grateful that out of a fire tragedy a beautiful home was constructed. Thank you to the hardworking crew and the kindness everyone showed us. The gourmet basket of goodies was deeply appreciated. Thank you for everything. Congratulations on all your home building awards and many successful, productive years ahead."
Joe & Mary Conroy - Media, PA - "Joe and I wanted to write to thank you for the beautiful and seamless work your company performed at our home. Our experience with your company far exceeded our expectations at every turn. Our home was truly transformed. We are enjoying it everyday. When we met, you tried to assure us that you would treat our home as if it were your own. As I am sure you are aware, many contractors make this same claim, but your company delivered." ( CLICK HERE TO READ FULL LETTER )
Rich & Sandy Fonash - Malvern, PA - "We could not be happier with our Pyramid-award winning Mingioni kitchen renovation and game room addition, and even though it’s been finished for 9 months we continue to get rave reviews from family and friends who have seen the results. Our dealings with Mingioni Construction, from our first meeting with Joe and his team right through to final project completion last fall, were characterized by complete professionalism and a constant focus on pleasing the customer. Losing access to your kitchen for three months is never easy, but Joe and team did their best to minimize the many potential hassles of such a situation. The key to a great outcome for us was the daily presence of our on-site project manager, Dave Birch, and lead carpenter Brian Buono. Dave and Brian were on-site all day, every day, and you could set your watch each morning at 7:30 when they arrived. As project manager Dave handled every issue and spotted and resolved problems before we did, and also did some terrific custom cabinetry work as well. Dave was also extremely creative, able to take the vaguest “idea” we would describe to him and turn it into a beautiful finished product. All of our neighbors (especially those who’ve worked with other contractors) were impressed by the speed and consistency with which the Mingioni team approached the project and how quickly and smoothly everything was executed. A great example of this came at the late stages of our project, when Joe himself arrived one day to help do some finish work to help keep our completion date on schedule for a pre-Christmas delivery. There is nothing like seeing the owner himself show up on a cold December morning with a tool belt on to realize how committed a contractor is to customer satisfaction! We give our highest recommendation to Mingioni Construction for anyone interested in having a truly professional contracting firm execute their project."
Josie - "I would like to thank you and your family forever for giving me such a beautiful well built home for my son Kevin to grow up in. But mostly, thank you for being great friends also. I am lucky and honored to know you."
Michael Kearney - "I salute Mingioni Construction Company for its honesty and integrity. I received a second check for many thousands of dollars in compensation for actions of your subcontractor eight years ago. We found the copingstones on the top of our new garage leaked water. You came out several times to try to correct the problem, installing new flashing, caulking, etc. When the leak persisted, we dismantled the stones and part of the brick wall to discover that your masonry subcontractor did not build the system in accordance with the architectural plan. You worked with me on correcting the problem. You performed the carpentry work and allowed me to contract with my own masons. I learned first hand how difficult it is to deal with masonry contractors. Nevertheless, the work was finally completed and you reimbursed me for all the expenses - no hassle, no problem. Please feel free to use me as a reference. I remember when I lived in Maryland there was a contractor whose motto was "We're not done until you're happy; if you're not happy, we're not done". I think that motto fits the Mingioni Construction Co."
Suzanne and Steve B. - "We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your work on our recent construction. From the moment we met "Little" Joe to discuss the plan until the final details were completed, we were extremely pleased. Your commitment to assuring that our work was done in a timely and professional manner, as well as your ability to make us feel like a part of the family, was greatly appreciated. We also feel compelled to mention what a pleasure it was to have Terry in charge of our project. Without his demeanor and skills, the construction period would have been much less bearable. His dedication to making sure that the job ran smoothly (even on several Saturday visits) was an added bonus. In what could have been a very long and difficult six months, but wasn't, you created a beautiful addition to our new house. Thank you from all of us. "
Dave B. of West Chester - "Great job - AGAIN!"
May and Bernie - "Your work was first rate and you were so conscientious about getting it done right. We could not be happier with what you have accomplished. You and your brother, dad and crew made this a totally enjoyable experience."
William and Caroline B. of West Chester - "We feel fortunate to have Joe and his son do our porch. The Mingioni's were easy to talk to and have around our house. Both Lynne and I will let others know of the Mingioni's work and hope they are smart enough to use them."
Barbara E. of Westtown - "We love our deck addition and look forward to our next project! We raved about you to friends and will continue to do so."
Fran L. of West Chester - "You folks are the greatest"
Charlie M. of Thornbury - "Highly recommended! Clean, courteous and helpful. A refreshing change in construction worker attitude. Could not be more pleased with the finished product."

Carin and Bob B. of East Goshen - "..The workmanship and professionalism of your team were excellent and, in addition, you met schedule."

 


:: To add or not to add....that is the question!
Building a new home from the ground up?  Not sure what extra?s are worth adding or a waste of money?  Consider this?there are some things that are definitely worth doing during the build, than years later where certain additions are very costly to retrofit.   Here are some examples of things to consider:

Radiant Heating:   Yes it is expensive, but whatever the system cost in new construction, it will double (or more) if you do it later.  Radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard heating and is usually more efficient than forced-air heating.  People with allergies also prefer radiant heat because it does not distribute allergens like forced air systems.
                            


Outdoor Outlets:  If you like decorating and entertaining, install extra exterior outlets during the build.  Outlets put in later can cost upward of $250 each.


Central Vacumes:  These built-in systems reduce allergens and also last longer than traditional vacuums.  Adding later on involves running long pipes in less than ideal locations.  No more lugging heavy vacume cleaners up and down the stairs!
                                       


 Accessibility:  You never know what the future may bring, so consider being prepared.  Make hallways and doors wide enough for wheeled traffic.  Reinforce bathroom walls that will allow for grab bars later without opening walls and install curbless showers.
                                          

                                          

So as you are designing your new home, keep these things in mind and also talk to your Architect and Builder about any other additions that may be worth doing now rather than later! 




:: Remodeling Your Home - Family Room - Part 3 of the Series

Family Room is for.............family!


What is a family in today's world? Family can be anything under the sun and it is whatever you need it to be for your special circumstances!  But, in the realm of building, a family room means so many things.  It is so individual it is mind boggling!  Let's go through some ideas for how to use and improve your family room area.

1.  A Meeting Area - This is any type of gathering you can imagine.  Join with friends and celebrate a birth or bridal shower, holiday gatherings of any type and size, the big ball game or the finale of your favorite TV show, book clubs and bible studies.  When you think of these gatherings - think comfort and seating.  Lighting and tables.  If you need a bit more elbow room to accommodate your group, think about a bump out addition. 

2.  Crafts - The family room is a great place for crafts.  Adults and children alike love to create.  In this instance, you need organization.  Cubbies and baskets are useful to keep small items organized.  Tables with baskets underneath are a great option for kids! They can pull out what they need and easily place it back under the table when done.  You may need special tables, lighting and wall space to keep your crafts moving along.  Consider the wall space you have and how you could rearrange what you have in order to create the craft space you need.

3.  TV Viewing - The family room is a great place to have your TV station.  Consider sectional seating that can create a "space" for your family to curl up and view their favorite shows.  Above the fireplace has become a really cool place to position your TV.  Or you could go with custom cabinetry and the TV on the wall in between.  Stores like Pottery Barn or others have lots of choices for Media Stations.  You can definitely create different "areas" in your family room divided by furniture, rugs or screens.  http://www.potterybarn.com/shop/furniture-upholstery/media-centers/?cm_type=gnav

4.  Reading Nooks - Are you a bookworm rather than a TV viewer?  Make your family room into a personal library of sorts.  Lots of choices are out there for built in shelving or you can have furniture to stand alone that houses your personal library books.  Consider organizing by genre like a "real" library and maybe have a Lend One/Leave One station for friends and family.  Curling up on the sofa or easy chair with a good book is such an enjoyable thing to do summer or winter!  Consider your seating and lighting to accommodate reading for both adults and kids.  Some comfy kids chairs can make the difference between content or crabby kids.  How about a snack station as well?

5.  Comfort Overall - It's important to keep the family, friends and yourself comfortable.  In the winter, a cozy fireplace can add not only ambience but a much needed heat source.  Consider your options: gas, electric, wood burning, wood stoves, etc.  There are many choices that fit almost any budget.  And along the lines of Spring and Fall - our minds go toward allergens!  How does a home air filtration system sound in order to keep down those pesky allergens that cause us all so much grief?  Here is a link to some recommended models.  It might be worth the investment for your overall comfort. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers.htm

6.  An extension of the family room can naturally lead to a deck.  Whether large or small a deck can add a lot of value to a home in both dollar sense and as well as usability.  In today's world there are so many composite options out there that are not only maintenance free, but stylish - it is the way to go in decking for this age and beyond.  Save a tree and go composite. 

7.  Looking Up - Your ceiling can add so much interest to your room.  Whether you decide to do vaulted, exposed beam, traditional, or tray it can mean a lot to the overall feel of your room and home.  Keeping in mind the architecture of the home and your personal design style, these options as well as trim moldings such as crown are worth the upgrade.

There are so many ways to make your family room awesome!  These are just a few - feel free to contact us with your own ideas.  We love to hear from our fans!

Have a Wonderful and Happy Spring!

The Mingioni Construction Team


:: Remodeling Your Dining Room - Part 2 in the Series
Making the most of your dining experience.  It is what every high quality diner is looking for when they search for the right location for a special event.  You want more than high quality food - often you are looking for the ambience or "feel" of the space to create the event that you want.

It is not any different in your own home!  Though, admittedly dining has definitely become a more casual affair, there are the times when we want to "amp up" the experience.  A return to dinner parties has also made a showing in recent times.  No one to throw you out after 10 pm when all the servers want to cash out and go home.  A more relaxed and intimate experience.  A way to connect with friends new and old!  Maybe even impress the client or boss. 

When you look at your dining room - are you happy with what you see? Does your room need a makeover or some improvements to create the feel and ambience that you want?  Here are a few ideas and links to sites that can help you in your quest for the perfect dining experience.
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1.  How is the flow around your table?  Is the seating area so tight that no one can walk by when you are sitting down? You might want to consider a room extension through using a small addition to the home.  Make the space slightly larger so that the flow around the room is more comfortable.

2.  Look up.  Literally.  What's hanging there?  Is it still your taste? People go through growth in life ... and in decorating.  What you were thrilled with 10 years ago may not be your cup of tea any longer.  Think about a simple upgrade to your lighting.  Here is a link to a local lighting supplier whom we have worked with for many years.  Their supply of amazing fixtures seems endless and their customer service is bar none.  http://www.lighting-by-design.com/lighting.asp

3.  Consider adding some trim detail.  Back in the day, chair rail actually had a function!  It was to protect the walls from the dings of people pushing their chairs up against the wall, but in today's world chair rail, wainscoting, crown mold are amazing use of detail that add character, charm and historic detailing to a room.  Your home may have been built 10 years ago, but you can give it the charm of a 100 year old home - without all the maintenance!

4.  Do you have enough serving area? A bump out addition or bay window could increase the room just ever so slightly so that you could add a serving table.  It makes for a convenient area to place the dishes when not in use on the table. 

5.  Lastly, you might want to think of paint colors or other wall coverings.  Just like in the lighting, your tastes may have changed.  Maybe the inspiring color you chose even 5 years ago has become dated or doesn't reflect your personality any longer.  Here is a link to some color ideas:  http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20757100,00.html

In any event, I hope that this has inspired you to continue to make your home reflect YOU!  Mingioni Construction is always willing to help in any way that we can to help you love your home!!

The Mingioni Construction Team

 

 
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