Reviews & Testimonials
Debbi Gitterman - Princeton
“Working with Lasley Brahaney is a dream, from inception to final walk through. We had a “simple” project: replace windows, change the siding, and add a porch. The team was so easy to work with! Marc is easy-going but takes the work seriously, honing-in on the scope and listening to concerns. Joe Gallagher, the architect, challenged me on my design choice and encouraged me to listen to my instinct. His suggestion to complete one more drawing showed me that what I wanted could be a reality, without compromising or going over budget. John Scheideler worked up the numbers, providing options and different price points. The cost was the cost - no hidden fees, no surprises. Lasley Brahaney is the Cadillac of contractors, but you get what you pay for. Any other outfit will cost you more on the tail end, so starting with quality company, that employs quality people who take pride in their work equals a quality project that lasts a lifetime.
Construction on a house can be intrusive and stressful, and our previous experience was less than ideal. The Lasley Brahaney team showed up at the same time every day, did the work, cleaned up their mess, and started the next day where they left off. The finished product is gorgeous, and it has not only added value to our home, but it has also added value to our life! We love our new porch, and we LOVE Lasley Brahaney.
G.Y. - Belle Mead
“My wife and I are both extremely happy with our project. It turned out even better than what we anticipated and friends and family who have seen it have all given very positive feedback.
It is always a pleasure working with the Lasley Brahaney team from design through the various stages of construction. We very much value your attention to detail, your work ethic, your commitment to quality and your adherence to the highest standards of design and construction.”
D.M.S. - Princeton
“We hired Lasley-Brahaney repeatedly over the last 20 years to transform our 1927 house in downtown Princeton. They came highly recommended and have delivered superbly.
The key reasons we like to work with them:
- Extremely accommodating of our hectic schedule. They would meet us early in the morning or in the evening as required.
- Thoughtful listeners and contributors to our design.
- They keep the work site amazingly clean. Our biggest job involved taking our first floor down to the studs. They did the tear down during our spring break and installed a temporary kitchen while we were away.
- Extremely accurate cost estimates (they are pricey). We have had every project finish on budget. Some of our later projects had change orders and they have all been reasonably priced.
- Strong management of paperwork requirements, zoning, etc.
- Craftsmanship. They take pride in their work and it shows.
- Low drama.
We have used Lasley Brahaney for every room and area we live in, inside and out. They also follow up after 12 months to make sure things are working as expected. If you value quality, schedules, and no hassles, use them.”
“My realtor recommended Lasley Brahaney. I had been working with a freelance general contractor on small projects, but this addition called for professional designs and permitting.
I have done total remodels and room renovation on 12 buildings in my life… some in Boston and others on a tropical island. I have worked with tradesmen in many settings, from Boston pros to shade-tree plumbers in the islands. Of all the people with whom I’ve worked, the Lasley Brahaney team has been the best I’ve encountered.
This team is really fast! I am so impressed with the caliber and quality of all the work. Architects, the ground crew, the process from raw ground to a finished concrete tank was done at an astounding pace. I was amazed by the speed and competence with which the work has been done.
I had an excellent experience with Marc and the design team. Marc listened to us prattle on about our ideas and then they turned our ideas into plans. We did a couple of rounds of discussions and modifications; it was all very smooth. I was impressed with how they absorbed our ideas. In the end, the place is pretty much exactly what we envisioned. They took our ideas and turned them into what was realistic and could be executed.
I was so impressed with the flow charts and the budgets. So much detail and specifications. We had to have the plunge pool fabricated by a company in Colorado and the information flow was excellent. I was in the loop on everything.
Frank is a gem. His carpentry is simply excellent; junctions fit perfectly. Plus Frank has a wonderful sense of humor that makes talking with him fun. He explains things to me and then goes and does something that is excellent.
I would absolutely recommend Lasley Brahaney to a friend or colleague! Best team anywhere. Without reservation, I believe this is the best crew I’ve ever had on a construction project.”
“Could not be happier! We had a great experience working with Marc and his team. We spoke with many others before deciding to go with LB, but their design transformed our living space into something we truly love. They were patient, responsive and great to work with. The construction lasted many months and the crew was respectful and considerate. The estimation process was very detailed, so we were able to make choices to fit our budget and there were no surprises. We will definitely work with them again.”
“I can’t recommend Lasley Brahaney highly enough. We recently used them to add a second level onto our home. We have been delighted with the both the process and the results. The new bedrooms and bathroom look stunning. We were absolutely delighted (and surprised, based on what I hear about other contractors) that the renovation stayed on schedule and within our budget, down to the penny. Their project manager was a saint-extremely patient with us as we are highly-detailed homeowners. Renovations can be very stressful, but having Lasley as our contractor really helped alleviate any concerns. We will definitely be using their firm for any future renovation needs.”
“We were very satisfied with Lasley Brahaney, during our renovation project. The design & build concept, exceeded all of our expectations, from their designs to their quality craftsmanship. Communication was easy. Marc & his team were reachable & handled all our construction surprises, with ease. We are so pleased with the outcome of our project, & would absolutely use Lasley Brahaney again, in the future.”
“We started working with Lasley Brahaney in 2004 and continue to do so today in 2013. Their architecture team managed to solve some difficult floor plans in our older home which is never an easy task. We purchased an older home in 2004 which originally served as an eating club and therefore did not have a traditional floor plan. With a couple of changes, they created a comfortable flow in the house which served our family very well and allowed us to entertain large and small parties with ease. With their team, we also redesigned a kitchen, a garage and a covered porch to name just a few projects.
The construction team at Lasley Brahaney is dedicated, kind and talented. We lived through almost every project we did with LB and their team made this possible. Also, I have never seen such a high level of dedication. Our basement was known to flood and after one terrible storm a member of LB construction team stopped by to see if our basement was ok. When he saw that it was flooded he went back to the office and brought me sump pumps and removed the water. What made this even more remarkable was we were not working on any projects with LB at that time. We recently moved to an old farmhouse and where our relationship with Lasley Brahaney continues.”
Joe Smith and Mara Leveson
“We are so happy with our home renovation! From beginning to end, LBA&C is a pleasure to work with. This is our second project with them and just like the first time, they made everything as easy and stress free as possible. Every phone call, text or email is answered promptly. The workers are prompt and the house is left clean every day. The workmanship is high quality and you always feel that you, the customer, are their main concern, the fees are clearly discussed and allowances are reasonable so you can stay on budget. We would not hesitate at all to recommend this exceptional company.”
“We have hired Lasley Brahaney twice. Initially to design and build our house. The experience was enjoyable. Marc and crew are incredibly professional, meticulous to detail while coming in on budget and meeting deadlines. While we loved our house we have since downsized and once again hired Lasley Brahaney to redo a basement complete with bar and full bath. Once again, the job was seamless from start to finish, the end product is extremely attractive. We would not hesitate a moment to recommend this firm for any size job.”
“Lasley Brahaney has completed three jobs for me: in 2002, from design to finish, the company renovated a bed-sitting room in my house, adding book cases and larger windows: in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, they repaired exterior damage; and in 2016, a studio outside the house was treated for mold and moisture damage, requiring expertise and engineering consultations. Each project was finished expeditiously by workmen who respected that the house was being occupied for the duration. The work continues to demonstrate the quality of materials and workmanship. I recommend Lasley Brahaney wholeheartedly.”
“Lasley Brahaney has designed three different projects for our 100-year-old house over the past 16 years: a kitchen extension renovation, a carriage house renovation and most recently a basement renovation. The designs are thoughtful, creative and beautiful. The architects are highly professional. Because of their experience they anticipate engineering problems and address them in advance of construction which saves time and money for the project. Budget projections have been realistic and accurate. Designs preserve the integrity of the house while accommodating the needs of today's lifestyles. They have our highest recommendation.”
“Marc and his team have transformed our lovely Victorian house making it really light and airy and roomy, while at the same time keeping the historic character and beauty. They have added closets (very important!) and updated bathrooms and much more. We have loved working with John S., Joe, Paul, Mike, Silvio and the whole team. It's a very professional outfit, the carpentry work is outstanding, and they give great service (and are patient with their anxious customers!)”
“We hired Marc Brahaney and his firm to design and build numerous projects in our home. From the moment I met him, it felt like I'd known him my whole life. He listened to my needs, design style and budget. The projects started exactly when promised and finished when expected. The crew that worked at our home were professional, yet quickly became part of our family. We loved all of them! Our projects turned out so beautifully and look like rooms out of Architectural Digest. Highly recommend Lasley Brahaney for all design projects!”
“Marc Brahaney and his firm did several projects for me during 2004, 2005 and 2006. Their work was always of the highest quality. My wife and I were very pleased with their work. If we need work done in the future, we shall have Marc and his firm do it. We would recommend them very highly to others.”
“We hired Lasley Brahaney to undertake an extensive renovation of our 1920s Colonial and could not be more pleased with the results. We initially approached LB because of their reputation for excellence and quality craftsmanship, and we were not disappointed. Their construction team is extremely professional and meticulous, and their talented team of architects successfully re-worked our outdated floorpan to fit today’s style of living.
There were also no major issues or surprises during the almost year-long project— something not many people who have experienced a renovation can say. LB guided us through an arduous process of obtaining historical board and zoning approval— something we could not have easily navigated on our own.
We have been so happy in our new space and would happily recommend Lasley Brahaney to anyone considering a renovation of any size.”
“Having lived in Princeton for many years and seeing the Brahaney sign outside of many homes that were being renovated I knew that this firm would be on top of my list when the time came for my renovation. My son used him to finish his basement and told me that he was great to work with and did a superior job. So I called and set up an appointment. I was immediately impressed from the moment we met. I knew that this organization stood for quality and the fact that they were a one stop shop with architectural services and construction under one roof meant great management control over the entire process. I told them the scope of my project for a complete renovation of my kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom, guest bathroom and powder room. We collaborated on the design ideas, they drew up the plans and we made some revisions and then turned the project over to their construction team assigning a very experienced project manager to my project. He was here on location every day supervising all the contractors and doing most of the carpentry work. From demolition to final touch-ups he was here insuring quality work. He was a master craftsman. I watched the project process every day and saw the care taken and at the end of everyday a total clean up. All of the sub-contractors were first class. The plumber, electrician, HVAC, kitchen designer and cabinet manufacturer, Superior of Doylestown all were very impressive and all at the standard of excellence that you would expect. Once the project was completed I had my dream home. Can't recommend this company enough. If you are looking for quality and the peace of mind of getting a big renovation job done right, then I highly recommend Lasley Brahaney.”
“Over the last 18 months we have done two great projects with the Lasley Brahaney team. Both projects (a free-standing guest house and then a major renovation of the main 100-year-old home) were completed on time, within budget, to beautifully high standards and with great professionalism as well as wonderful sensitivity to our needs as clients living on the property being renovated. We chose to have Lasley Brahaney both design and build these renovations - the benefit of having a team of professionals that can wear both of these hats is incredible. We NEVER had to wait for information that gets passed between designers and builders (in the past, I've had projects come to a stand-still because of lapses in designer / contractor communications). We NEVER had to wait for materials to show up - their procurement process was flawless, and we NEVER had to slow the job down waiting for subcontractors - their scheduling was perfect as well. We have been so pleased with our experience that we have asked Lasley Brahaney to help us maintain our (thanks to them!) now 'perfect' home on an ongoing basis. If you are thinking of doing a design and / or construction project, you could not find a better team of professionals to work with!”
“On budget, on schedule, top quality work! These are the three elements of Lasley Brahaney that have stood out over the four major renovation projects they have completed for us over the past 20 years. Add to that competitive pricing and they never had overruns. There were no unpleasant surprises, just pleasant ones of a company extending itself to please a client. They also stand behind their work in the long term. Lastly is the quality of the people who work at Lasley. Qualified, constructive, intelligent, pleasant, helpful, obliging, professional. How many words can I use? I give them a top rating. I have loads of photos of all stages of the five projects they have done for us.”
“Lasley Brahaney was the general contractor for building our house. They worked with our architect seamlessly and the final product is beautiful. All of the staff were knowledgeable, competent and nice to work with. We had weekly construction meetings that were not only helpful but actually fun! We are very happy with our house and the attention that was given to the smallest details. I highly recommend Lasley Brahaney.”
“We hired Lasley Brahaney to reboot a stalled renovation project in the western section in 2008. They came in, took measurements, created new plans and reapplied for permits. From the time we had the first serious design meeting to the time they were swinging a hammer was about six weeks, and that included getting permits off of entirely new plans. In the course of the project, we came to know them well, meeting them weekly to go over the details of the project and any current issues. They could handle any issue entirely by themselves (Design and Build in the same house) but were very attuned to knowing when we might want to weigh in on a particular design decision. We have lived in the house now for nearly five years and are thoroughly delighted with their work.
When we took the project to them the house was in Tyvek paper with very few internal walls in their final location. They created the rooms, moved windows, added new windows, fixed design flaws, and completed the inside including bathrooms and the kitchen.
They came in on time and within the original budget projection. We moved into the finished house eight months after we signed with them.
When hiring an architect and contractor for a big project, you need more than just a set of competencies, you need people who are like minded to you. Otherwise, it requires too much supervision. We found that in Lasley Brahaney.”
“Lasley Brahaney's crew did beautiful work on our new addition. They executed their tasks with skill and professionalism, handling all the details and keeping the stress level as low as possible. The workers were friendly, easy to talk to, and always willing to discuss any aspect of the project. Although our project was not a large one, the owner Marc took personal interest in making sure we were happy with all aspects of the work. We recommend Lasley Brahaney highly, and will definitely use them again if we have future construction projects.”
“Niece Lumber has been a supplier of Lasley Brahaney for many years. Their projects are stunning. They are highly respected as a premier design and build firm in Princeton. We are happy to have them as a partner. From the top down, they have high character, highly skilled personnel working on their projects.”
Dennison and Dampier
“As interior designers we love working with Lasley Brahaney. Their care and attention to detail are second to none. It is a pleasure to work with them on every level. The standard of their work is superb. They listen to their clients and make the process of building or remodeling a pleasure.”
The Trim Team
“The team at Lasley Brahaney Architecture is very professional, dedicated and a true pleasure to work with. Lasley Brahaney Architecture is a very knowledgeable company. We highly recommend their work.”