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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Both your satisfaction and our reputation rely on quality materials and workmanship. Read below to hear from some of our customers.

 



LB, First of all we want to thank you, Frank, Brian, and the entire crew for making our closing happen on Friday. We love the house and hope to spend many happy years here…We came over to the house early Saturday morning the light was streaming into the great room - beautiful! Thank you again for everything and the flowers are beautiful!!! Made my day! Debbie - Stonecrest Preserve


Thanks Bridget. Since you review and answer a Sunday email, and then find a solution early the next morning, I’m going to nominate you for the International Home Builders Manager’s Hall of Fame. I am also willing to tell Frank, the next time I see him, to double your salary. Dick


Hello All, My life has been in a whirl wind for the past year. My husband Mike passed away unexpectedly, and my home became too much to manage alone. Therefore, in June I was driving thru Fieldstone Estates, Consul Road (a Frank Barbera designed and built community) and found the perfect town home with the perfect loft space perfect for my grandchildren to hangout and enjoy the Yankees and Steelers. Barbera Builders is first class all the way and his son is marvelous, and made my transition effortless. Phyllis and Frank should be very proud of their accomplishment and contribution to our community. There is nothing better than living in the "CITY". I would like to take this opportunity to invite our committee to an "open house" before or after our Mini-Reunion. I will leave the time open for now until all has been decided as to the Lighthouse venue. Looking forward to getting together with old friends. Agatha (Belli) Novak


Frank, Thank you for this great news, well done. You have always conducted yourself professionally with all of our dealings and this has proved to be no exception. It has been a pleasure doing business with you and I wish you and your company every success in the future. Best regards, Mike & Sharon Noble-Jack


Hi Bridget, I’m absolutely loving my new house. Thank Frank for me, because he did an amazing job. Thanks! Emily


Hi Bridget, My husband and I just wanted to say Thank You to all at Barbera, You, Frank, Rich and Mark, they all did a great job, our ceiling looks as perfect as when we moved in. The professionalism that was showed to us was above and beyond we couldn’t have asked for better service. Thank you so much!! Dean & Lorrie


I know I have said this before, but after you (Bridget) receive the employee of the year award, Rich should be the next in line! You are both wonderful. Please let Frank know how invaluable you are! Joanne - Parkside at the Crossings


John and I have been overjoyed with the whole house process with all of you and are still so smitten with our home :) Jean - Autumn Ridge


Hi Bridget, I want to thank you for sending Rich to fix my house service and I want to especially thank Rich for his good service. He did a fantastic job and I would like to commend him for his hard and efficient work. He has a nice warm personality, tended to all details and answered all my questions. He should be recognized for his wonderful work during the holiday season. Please forward this for his supervisor. Happy Holidays to all of you at Barbera Homes. Lulu 


Bridget, Thank you for the follow up. The electrician yesterday was great. It's customer service like this that make Barbera Homes a top notch company. Respectfully, Jack - Riverbend Island


Dear Barbera Homes, All work was done by professional and courteous workers. Care was taken when preforming work. The work was excellent and completed on time. Homeowner


Dear Bridgette, Excellent work completed by Rich. He was very professional and courteous, cleaned work and work area when job was complete and left everything meticulously in order. Rich is a real asset to your organization. Sheri - Archmont Knolls


Hi Bridget, We are thrilled with our condo! Please let Frank know how pleased we are. Patty was great to work with and Tony has been so very helpful. The development is beautiful and we feel very fortunate to be a part of it. Connie 


Bridget, A small token of our appreciation for all your help getting us settled into our home. You are very good at what you do and one of the best representatives at Barbera Homes. Thank you! Kathie & Peter


Troy did an excellent job, patching, painting and repairing the fireplace wall. He displayed meticulous care and attention to detail. We are extremely pleased with the work he performed! Angela


Troy does such an excellent job -- so neat and thorough and amiable! Thanks for responding so quickly!Ellie


Hello Maryellen, I am extremely grateful to you for arranging this meeting with Chris. Chris is so knowledgeable, patient, and easy to work with. He answered all my questions and I am very satisfied with the design right now - which ever option I will choose. I would like to ask you to express my appreciation to Frank for agreeing to this meeting, as well as to Chris, for his outstanding work. Again, thank you for all your help along the home-building process. Best regards, Zhipeng


Hi Big Boss - my porch is awesome..I love it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! And Millions more. Hope you are having a great summer! Choon


Patty, We just wanted to send a note to tell you how good our kitchen design experience was. Jed is a real professional. He manages to combine a pretty rigid set of standards for what can and cannot/should not be done with a true desire to somehow get you what you want. In our case, there must have been 5 reiterations of that kitchen (lots of communication) until he got us pretty much exactly what we wanted. We found him to be knowledgeable and creative with a sense of humor. Bottom line is that his customer service was excellent. Could you please forward this on to Frank? Thanks, Steve and Kathy


Patty, I have to tell you that the house was everything I could have hoped for. The quality of the workmanship and materials is what you always said it would be. I couldn't be happier. I am almost all packed up and can move in at my leisure as soon as my furniture and shades are delivered and installed. Tony seems like a very nice man -easy to talk to and work with. Frank has delivered on his part, now I hope what I have picked out does it justice...Thanks for everything. Joanne


Bridget, We are thrilled with our new home and appreciate your assistance throughout the construction process! We could not be more pleased with the end product. It has actually exceeded our expectations. Tom G


Hi Cara, Just wanted to tell you that we have settled in nicely and could not be happier with the our new home! Everything has actually surpassed our expectations. Maria and I appreciate your assistance throughout the construction process. Have a great Thanksgiving! Tom


Dear Bridget, Thank you so much for your help with all the changes and communication while building our house. We appreciate your thought to details and hope Barbera Homes does too. Marilyn & George


Hi Maryellen, Mako and I just wanted to thank you for all of your assistance throughout the home buying process. Your customer service is second-to-none. I was amazed at how quickly you would consistently respond to any emails, calls, etc. You really made the entire experience a very positive one and we thank you for that. I also want to add that while our experience with Tom was very limited (during your convalescence), he was always extremely helpful as well. He provided some excellent feedback and ideas at the electrical walk through. Thanks again for everything Maryellen. We greatly appreciate your work ethic and professionalism - and your personal attention to us. Chris


Bridget, …..Thanks for your quick response! We absolutely love the house and are settling right in, already met a couple neighbors and we are making ourselves right at home. Thanks to you and all the people at Barbera Homes, I am without a doubt very impressed with Barbera Homes. Take care and send my thanks along to Frank. Charlie H.


Maryellen: In addition to my appreciation for your work and communication with us, I also wanted to tell you that I am astonished and grateful for Frank's involvement in the small details of the requests we have made. In my work experience, this level of follow through is unprecedented among CEO's I have known. Dick

Bridget,

Thank you so much. I so appreciate it. That is very kind of Frank-- such a good man!! Had the pleasure of visiting with your mom. She looks great!!! You both are so great to work with.!

Jo


It is a true pleasure to write you an unsolicited testimonial. We know that speaking to families that have built homes with Barbera Homes certainly factored into our decision on selecting a builder - and we hope that this testimonial will help others in making their decision. We have been extremely comfortable with our decision to build with Barbera Homes from the moment that we decided. There are several reasons that we were very happy with the entire process of building a home with your company:

  • The Barbera staff: The quality and professionalism that we encountered with every representative of your company was astounding. From our first meeting with Maryellen Blair, to our final walk through of our home and beyond, every member of your staff has been a pleasure to work with. We will not be able to remember some of the staff but there are a few that we would like to single out as extraordinary:
  • Maryellen Blair - Maryellen is a unique individual who can devote her expertise and tireless dedication to each client. We found her to be the consummate professional and a very dedicated worker. Maryellen was always quick to respond to any question or inquiry and was able to make us feel like we were the only family building a home even though there were 20 plus houses being built in the Fieldstone Estates development while our home was going up. We also used Maryellen to sell our existing home so that we could move forward with building our new home. In both cases, we could not have been more pleased with our decision. The biggest compliment that we can probably give Maryellen is that we felt she treated us as we were a member of her family. It is a testament that we consider her a friend months after the building process has been completed.
  • Dean Barbera - Dean was extremely helpful beginning with our first lot walk. His experience was invaluable in making many decisions along the way in truly customizing our house. He was always accessible when needed and extremely accommodating in answering even the most mundane of questions.
  • Meghan Baltich - Meghan made the process of selecting all of the materials/fixtures of our house a true pleasure. She made excellent suggestions and really helped us design a much better home due to her expertise. Her experience in how to incorporate the areas we wanted to customize was invaluable.
  • Mike Alescio - Mike’s suggestions made during the electrical walk through were terrific. His understanding of how we would want to "operate" our house allowed us to make a few minor changes that really made a difference in being more comfortable and happy in our home.
  • Bridget Dupuis - Bridget was a true resource in "tying everything together". She was always happy to assist in coordinating information and making sure that we were fully informed as to each step of the process.
  • John Carey - John was extremely helpful in finishing off the final details during and after our final walk through. He was always available to work around our schedule and did an excellent job in coordinating the completion of all of the items on our final "punch list" in a timely fashion.
  • You - We wanted to take the time to tell you that we really appreciated the way you treated us through the entire building process. We felt like more than a client. You made the stressful process of building a house much easier than we anticipated. You also were willing to be flexible when the situation/circumstances dictated it. I was also very impressed that you were a truly a "man of his word" which can be rare in home builders.
  • The construction process: We had never built a home prior to our experience with Barbera Homes. The way that your company mapped out each step made the entire process easy to understand and monitor. We always knew where we stood in the process and what items we were responsible for completing. Being able to establish an open line of communication was a true key in making the building process less stressful.
  • The quality of the house construction: We were truly impressed with the quality of the construction of the house. From the materials used to the contractors employed, each part of the house was built to exacting standards. The quality has continued to be evident as we have started to live in the house. We feel that we have built a house that will allow us to live in it very comfortably for many years to come.
  • Flexibility in design: While we immediately were able to choose the Carlton 4 bedroom as the model that we wanted to build, we felt we needed to customize it to truly fit our family. Initially we were impressed at the number of options that were available that we may have never thought of. In addition, when we had other elements that we wanted to customize, they were easily incorporated to help us truly design our home in the way that we wanted it. We never felt like we had to settle for anything less than what we envisioned.
  • The neighborhood: One of the hardest decisions that we had to make in selecting our builder was finding the right neighborhood to live in. The care that Barbera took in designing Fieldstone Estates was truly remarkable. The designed walkways and nature trails of this development will be enjoyed by our young family for years to come. We really feel that we have picked the perfect place to raise our family in.

We appreciate the care and time that went into the construction of our home. As you can probably tell, we are very happy with our new home. We are confident that anyone else selecting Barbera Homes as their builder will be equally happy with their selection. We would be happy to speak to anyone who has any questions about our experience building with your company.

Derek and Tiffany Abraham


Hello Maryellen....
Just a quick note because I know parents love to hear this: Your daughter (Bridget) is terrific! Every time I have contacted her, I have received a quick response and our requests have been all taken care of very quickly! Thought you'd like to hear this! Have a good weekend, I will see you around!

Jean Esposito


Frank,
I got a chance to have a tour of Sara's new home and it has turned out just beautiful thanks to your personal attention and the hard work of your entire team........ Thank you for making her dream come true......



Hi Frank,
How are you? Still loving our home!! Pictures taken this morning. By the way, that’s BH’s “standard” lawn package. A little water, a little love, woollahh!!!!! So any one complains about the lawn, send them our way. LOL. We’ll show’um.

T


Dear Frank,

I’d like to thank you for all of your help during the last two weeks. Thanksgiving was a HUGE success and all of our guests raved about the house. Even my brother-in-law who typically doesn’t show much interest in the home. There were a few very jealous wives by the time everyone departed for home Friday. The range worked flawlessly. At one point we had the turkey roasting in the right oven, ham in the left oven, Kalbie (Korean marinated beef) on the grill and griddle, and a big pot of Korean soup on the burner. We turned the dining room 90 degrees, added all the leaves and a second table on the end stretching the dinner table through the foyer to the living room. All of our planning during the building of the home worked perfect!! Choons nephew, who grew up in America, said this was “the best Thanksgiving EVER!” I hope you and your family had as wonderful of a holiday as we did. It will be remembered by all for a long time to come and plans are already being made for next year.

Thank you again!!!!

Todd


Frank,

I wanted to thank you for building us such an amazing house. I would have never imagined how beautiful it would be. I commend your team on their prompt responses to ALL my questions .

Thank you so much for completing our home in such a timely manner. The home was completed as promised and quality was never compromised.

You have an incredible team behind you from Tom Blair, Bridget D, Megan at the selection center, Bill and Tony C. I cannot say enough kind words about your team.

Tom deserves extra praise as he has been there every step of the way. He is the most prompt e-mail responder I have ever met! He knows the ins and outs and led the way throughout the entire process. A true professional!

It has truly been a pleasure and I will be sure to pass along my positive experience to others.

Thanks again!

Tina M.


My family and I have been residents for two years now and have never come across a problem that our builders, Barbera Homes or project manager, Jerry LaBarr has not handled with complete professionalism. From the time we first signed our contract with Barbera Homes we were always treated with exceptional customer service and given every opportunity to express any concerns or problems throughout the entire construction process. If at any time we did come across a problem Barbera Homes stood behind its customer 100% and worked with us to correct the problem until we were once again 100% satisfied. Even after two years of being in our home we can still count on Barbera Homes and Resident and Project Manager, Jerry La Barr to stand behind us to be sure we as customers are taken care of."
"I would encourage anyone who is looking to call Wilton there home to look into Westbrook Estates, located off Northern Pines Road and to not let one dissatisfied resident discourage you from choosing a highly qualified builder as Barbera Homes.

Gary Benincasa


We had our closing yesterday and we are proud and happy to be the newest members of Westbrook Estates in Wilton…I just wanted to drop you a short note to say how pleased we were dealing with everybody in your organization from top to bottom…. Well, your organization is first class all the way; whether it was dealing with Maryelen or Bridget Blair to Mike the electrician, I just thought you should know how easy it was working with them. Special Kudos to both Heather and Jerry"

Doug Gladstone


We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Barbera Homes who helped in building our home a wonderful experience. Even after closing on our house it is nice to be able to pick up the phone and call your office and to have such helpful staff still there and willing to help and go out of their way. … It is nice to know we are still as important to you as the new customers coming in!"

The Benincasa’s


To your credit, the work was done exactly as designed and the overall workmanship and quality of materials more than met our exacting standards."

W.K.J.


Of all the residential construction companies out there, we're glad that we chose the Barbera Homes. Everyone demonstrated exceptional teamwork and a commitment to making our building experience a smooth process."

J.L.L.


Your flexibility in the housing design allowed us to create a layout that was perfect for our needs and lifestyle."

J.L.L.


The service rendered to us by your staff in the past year was beyond our expectations. Specifically, Ronni Edwards and Vera Monaco often went above and beyond to ensure our complete satisfaction with our new home."

Name withheld by request


Thanks for everything and making this an enjoyable transaction. Frank is a very nice man and has an incredible way with people. You guys together are a great team."

Judy Hogan


I know both of us also wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you again for all the guidance, flexibility and professionalism we have received while working with everyone associated with our construction. From both of you to Sally to Fred to the vendors we've met with - we certainly appreciate the level of information and advice we receive on a regular basis. As we sit-down to review our progress every night, we each comment on what a pleasant experience we have had working with BH and Realty USA. We did want to say thank you again."

Jim & Leyla


We want to personally thank you for your assistance and support throughout this process. You went the extra mile (as usual) to ensure our needs were met and our options were vast. We have not met many builders in this area that would offer their customers the undivided attention that you have given us. Thank you again."

Francisco & Jeannine Reynoso


It has almost been one year since we have closed! It has been the best experience with a builder I have had!...Again thank you for your time. The house is awesome."

D. Carlino


Frank, first nice day of the year and after a run up the bike path and back, I was chilling on the deck, listening to the babbling brook and still not believing I actually live here.  The hard work of you and your team has not gone to waste.  We are very happy here."

Kenneth W. Leonard


Dear Frank;

Thanks for the follow up. We love the place and the pleasant experience of building this home with Barbera Homes. It was very easy and your team is truly professional and efficient. We will be sure to tell everyone as it comes up in conversation we recommend Barber Homes for their builders.

Special note…Greg is a great site coordinator/site manager and you are lucky to have him on your team. I felt he really was sincere and cared about the quality of this home and this is a good face for your business.

Even this evening he stopped by to see how we are doing and if we were happy. Beyond the call of duty I felt. I believe he really takes personal pride in all his sites that he oversees. Again..kudos to you and the Barbera Team!

Thanks for building us a lovely home.

Brian and Cheryl Malloy


Dear Frank,

Thanks so munch for the delicious raspberry pie. It is our favorite kind! Hope you and your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Again, thanks for all the many ‘extra’ nice things you do!

Sincerely, P & B


Liz,

Thank you for your help. Rest assured the process, to this point anyway, couldn’t have gone more smoothly. You know that I think Terry is great, and I’m very impressed with Frank and his organization. I know Sara agrees. Have a great weekend.

CTK


To Frank Barbera:

I would like to thank everyone at Barbera Homes for all of their efforts. Seven months ago we met Maureen Igelwski at Morgan’s Estates -we were not looking just being nosy & bored one day. Our first impression of Maureen was that she was extremely polite and professional, and that impression stayed with us through out the entire build. We felt like we were part of her family. And, she’s a Bonnie Girl-- I'll let her explain that one! I had two sons that go to St. Bonaventure University. Maureen was very responsive, and helped us in getting mortgage pre-approval. That’s how it all started.

My wife and I met you and your team at the Barbera Homes office and were immediately at ease. I have been in sales for over 20 years. I can read folks fairly well. I score both of you a 10 –that’s hard to come by these days. I have watched my home go up since day one (we lived only 3 miles away at the time). Frank, I was very impressed with your sub contractors- I met them all. It’s hard to find contractors who care about what they do or build, and you have found them. Please thank them for their efforts. Greg, the new project manager is great. Hang on to this guy. He is very good with your sub contractors and very good at what he does. HE CARES! When I first met him, I felt he cared about me and my home and what he was building. As a home buyer it is very important to feel this way. As the building process was near completion, and we were under a tight deadline to close, I knew that the home was going to be done on time. Maureen was great, and Greg always put me at ease and would say “Mark, your home is in my hands-I will make it to the finish line.” I know there might be a few issues from time to time with a new house, but we truly know that Barbera Homes built our home with lots of pride. It's a good feeling knowing that you will answer the phone and help us out . So many thanks to the entire BH family-- you made this dream come true for my wife and me .

Thanks

MK


Hello Bridget;

I thought that I would provide some feedback on my service call for the front door lockset. Your service rep was here on time this morning, immediately identified the problem with the lockset and repaired it right away. He also reset the striker plates and made sure that the door closed properly to prevent drafts this winter.

Thanks

Kevin F


My wife, Evelyn and I have been living in our new BH built home, in Wilton, for the last two and a half years. We have been very happy with the quality of our house and the attention to any problems that have come up. We especially would like to commend the effort of Mr. Jerry La Barr, the site manger. It is inevitable that with anything as complex as a new home that some problems will arise. Mr. Jerry La Barr has always made himself available to us and solved any problem to our complete satisfaction. As often as not he would help us on his own time. We want you to be aware of just how much of an asset Mr. La Barr is to Barbera Homes and the homeowners of Westbrook."

Jeffrey & Evelyn Olmer, Westbrook


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your employees for being so helpful with the deal on Larkspur Dr. in Saratoga Springs. All of your vendors have been extremely helpful and patient with my client throughout the entire process. I look forward to doing business with Barbera Homes again in the very near future!"

Janine D’Angelo, ReMax Park Place


Peter and I wanted you to know how impressed we are with Bob from Aqua Glass. We admire his promptness in coming to our home to fix the bath tub and he did a really excellent job. Thank you so much for following through with this. Have a really nice day!"

The Hogan’s/Kinderhook Meadows


We absolutely love our home… This is the third home we have built and we had the most fun working with The BH team, especially our wonderful realtor Patricia Whelan…. Our heartfelt thanks once again."

Pam and Dave Clements



We are delighted with our new home and would like to thank all the members of the Barbera Homes for their help and assistance throughout the building process. We would, without hesitation, recommend the Barbera Homes to our family and friends who are interested in building a new home . Thank you again."

Maria and Jim Church


A cooperating realtor says:
"I wish you could have been with us on the trip back to Saratoga. The conversation never stopped. It seemed that the trip took only five minutes when in reality it was forty minutes. They were so impressed with the professional manner in which you and Frank made the presentation in regards to the home, the Barbera Homes, and both yours and Frank’s concern for them. … I thank you for your hard work and if there is anything I can do to help you please call on me."

Steve Koval


The true quality of our home is evident after living in it for three years. We are very pleased with both the products and workmanship that went into our home."

T.&D.Q.


By having a site coordinator there every day during the building process, we were confident in the workmanship, and had a single point of contact for any and all matters."

T.&D.Q.


We really enjoyed 'customizing' our home to fit our family. This was an option other builders did not give. We have recommended the Barbera Homes to our friends."

C. & E.T.


Barbera Homes has been wonderful to deal with from the beginning to the end. This is the third house that we have had built and this experience, by far, was made as enjoyable as possible."

The Labunski Family


...The house looks great.  I think Tony and his crew (Actually the whole BH group) are doing a terrific job. I can't believe how well the project is progressing, how well built the house looks and feels and how clean the site is.  Just thought you should know "

Rob Wiseman


the house is GREAT!! We absolutely love it. I'm very happy you added the Dublin this year, as it is truely a nice house and they did a great job building it. With the house itself, we are very very satisfied, and it's better than our expectations.”

Cheers,

Kevin



Frank, absolutely loving it. The ladder is already gone; the painter picked it up. I only wish you were at the closing so I could again compliment you on building such a beautiful home. I am very, very happy. Thank you."




Hi Dan,

I just received a voicemail from Paul McFarland. He was calling to let me know how please he and his wife were with the experience they had in working with you on the kitchen for the new home that they are purchasing from Barbera Homes. They found you to be very professional and indicated that you made the design and selection process very pleasant. It’s always nice to get such positive feedback on one of our associates, and I’m especially pleased that you were able to make such a favorable impression on a customer’s customer, as adding value and helping our builder partners make favorable impressions on their customers is a goal we strive for that only strengthens both us and our builder partners. Nice Job. Thank You.

Gregory Gaskell, President, Bellevue Builders Supply


 

Dear Barbera Homes:

I wanted to tell you how pleased we are with our new home in the Vale development. Since we made many changes and upgrades to the basic Clarion model, I was concerned about how your construction crews would deal with the design alterations. To your credit, the work was done exactly as designed and the overall workmanship and quality of materials more than met our exacting standards.

I must also compliment your project manager and sales representative, both of whom did an exceptional job helping us select tile, cabinets, etc., and accomodating the required field changes.

Your overall approach to the process of building our home, from intial design to finish work made it an exciting and positive experience. We felt from our very first meeting that we made the right choice in selecting the Barbera Homes from the many firms we interviewed.

Very truly yours,
W. Kenneth Johnson


Dear Mr. Barbera:

Just a note to express our appreciation to the staff of Barbera Homes for a job well done. This was our first experience building a new home. Of all the residential construction companies out there, we're glad that we chose the Barbera Homes. From the site coordinators to the project manager, from the contractors to your customer service staff, everyone demonstrated exceptional teamwork and a commitment to making our building experience a smooth process.

What really made the difference was all of the little things. For instance, when we began planning our house, there was a lot of building activity going on at the Barbera Homes. Despite the busy atmosphere, people took the time to help us understand the construction process. Your flexibility in the housing design allowed us to create a layout that was perfect for our needs and lifestyle.

I have been most impressed with Barbera Homes's Customer Service department. It was such a comfort to know that the service didn't end after the house was completed and closed. Whenever we had any problems or questions, your Customer Service department was always quick to respond and assist to our satisfaction. We never felt we were totally on our own.

In business, there's a saying that quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. For us, the wise choice was the Barbera Homes.

Name withheld by request


To: Barbera Homes

After many years of saving, my husband and I decided it was time to buy 'the house we wanted'. Our original intention was to buy a house already built. We did not want to go through the 'headache' of building a house.

We stopped to look in Meadow Estates, thinking of purchasing the model home that was already built. The first person we met on your team was Kathleen Giles. I have to say Kathleen is one of the major reasons we kept coming back 'just to look'. Her friendly, knowledgeable and professional approach was exactly the type of person I knew we could work with. She explained to us the BH procedures of building a home, and we decided to 'talk' about building our own house in Meadow Estates.

Once we decided we were 'interested in building', my husband and I put together a 2 page list of questions. We met with Mike Hancox, Eileen Murphy and Kathleen. They spent hours with us going over all of our different questions, issues and concerns. I am very pleased to say the answers to our questions and these three people are the reason we decided to build in Meadow Estates.

How does the story end? I am very happy to say the 'house we wanted' has become the house we love!!! We would build with the Barbera Homes again in a minute!

Name withheld by request


Dear Barbera Homes:

Thank you for taking the time today to discuss the problem with the house. Dave Bell's team did an excellent job in correcting the problem with the master bath plumbing. The quick response, evaluation and resolution to the problem exceeded our expectations. The problem was corrected within 40 hours of notification. The coordination of numerous contractors and the professional way in which the work was performed requires acknowledgement and our sincere thanks.

Sincerely, Mark J. Connor


Dear Barbera Homes:

The service rendered to us by your staff in the past year was beyond our expectations. Specifically, Ronni Edwards and Vera Monaco often went above and beyond to ensure our complete satisfaction with our new home. They made sure all our inquiries were addressed by the appropriate personnel in minimal time. The workers who responded to these requests were pleasant, knowledgeable, and often completed the work within one day. Your group never considered any of our requests unreasonable, making us feel as valued customers. Additionally, your sales personnel were the only ones we contacted in the area willing to work with us on the design of the house and price. This is a true positive point of the Barbera Homes since everyone else was very inflexible with changes to their floorplans and willingness to negotiate price. Thank you for building our dream house for a price we could afford.

Name withheld by request


Dear Barbera Homes:

Buidling a new home can be a stressful time. Yet working with the Barbera Homes has been a good experience. They were very accomodating with all of our requests and were very quick to respond when any problems occurred. We were especially pleased with the site coordinator, the workers and the office staff. Along with going out of their way to be helpful, they were extremely pleasant at all times. Thanks again Barbera Homes, for this happy experience.

A satisfied family
Archmont Knolls
Name withheld by request


Dear Frank (Barbera):

A true testimony of delight comes after living in the home that the Barbera Homes built for us three years ago. We are unequivocally delighted about our decision to build with BH, as much today as when we decided to invest in a partnership with BH in building our Clarion home. Several highlights of our experience validate such a strong recommendation:

  1. Construction process: Not having built a new home before, one of the key values was establishing a firm business relationship with the builder, to ensure open communication, resolve issues, and understand the process. BH's "Meet the Builder Night" facilitated this. The BH team communicated the construction process and facilitated a mutual level set of expectations. At the conclusion of this evening we were informed, educated and confident in the level of professionalism and experience that BH would provide us. This was probably the most critical success factor in our delight. Another key factor in selecting a builder was having the opportunity to work with a partner and not simply a builder/vendor, relying upon a team of dedicated and skilled professionals to ensure our satisfaction.
  2. Design flexibility: We fell in love with the model home at our first visit, but needed additional features to accommodate our lifestyle and future plans. BH was flexible in making minor changes, such as phone and cable lines to support our mobile work environment, and more significant changes like adding a bedroom and side load 3-car garage. Cosmetic changes were easily achieved with a wide variety of flooring, cabinetry, etc. BH had a many samples on site for us to select from, saving us time and enabling us to make decisions early in the building process.
  3. Site Coordinator: Acted as our primary interface to the subcontractors and Barbera Homes. He addressed all of our questions during construction in a very responsive fashion. He demonstrated consistent professionalism, concern for customer satisfaction and technical knowledge of Barbera Homes's products. By having a site coordinator there every day during the building process, we were confident in the workmanship, and had a single point of contact for any and all matters.
  4. Quality: The true quality of our home is evident after living in it for three years. We are very pleased with both the products and workmanship that went into our home. We have had no need to exercise any of warranties since inception.
  5. Customer Service: Prior to our closing, we had a point-by-point inspection to identify any items that did not meet our satisfaction. These were immediately resolved. Furthermore, after living in the house for several weeks, Peppy was quick to address minor improvements that were required, a point highly commendable seeing that we had already closed on our home. The end-to-end customer service extended from our day-to-day interaction with Peppy, to simple things like the secretary knowing us on a first name basis, and the opportunity to develop a true partnership with the builder. Even to this day, we are treated as valued customers by everyone.

We are grateful for the long-term partnership, the commitment to topnotch workmanship, product quality and customer service that we received, and continue to benefit from as a homeowner of a BH product. Having experienced this partnership with Barbera Homes, we are confident that future customers will be as delighted with their investment as we are.

Sincerely, Thomas and Denyse Quattlebaum


I am writing to let you know that the Barbera Homes has been wonderful to deal with from the beginning to the end. Barbera Homes made what could have been a very complicated process into a pleasurable experience. This is the third and final house that we have had built and this experience, by far, was made as enjoyable as possible.

The process began with a few minor design changes, which were done at no additional cost and even several useful suggestions. Our meeting left us sure that this was the correct move to make. The site coordinator and project manager were always available for questions and/or concerns. We never were left waiting or with a negative feeling. In our opinion, the Barbera Homes did a superb job on the construction of our home. The workmanship is far superior to that of other builders in the area.

Last, but not least, I would like to commend the Barbera Homes on their excellent customer service program. Whenever we called for minor requests, they were right there to assist us almost immediately. We would recommend the Barbera Homes to anyone wanting to combine building a quality home with a positive experience.

Sincerely, The Labunski Family


Dear Mr. Barbera:

We are enjoying our BH Home very much. For us, the design and construction phase went smoothly. We really enjoyed "customizing" our home to fit our family. This was an option other builders did not give. During the construction we had many questions which were answered promptly and professionally. After moving in, the punch list was completed quickly and the site manager (Dave) was very helpful. We have recommended the Barbera Homes to our friends.

Sincerely, Christine and Eric Thorkildsen


Now that the dust is settling a little, I want to take the time to thank you guys for all of the hard work. We love the house! Many thanks to you and your team for a job well done. As we get to know the house, we are discovering the attention to detail in many subtle places such as painting the stair rails to the basement......that extra quality is what attracted us to BH in the first place and we're just beginning to see it in many unusual places in the house. For the first time in two years, I got my car in the garage next to Carolyn's....the garage is huge....kudos to your dad for that extra space! Please extend a special thanks to Claire and Dean for their extra effort that last week. It was so much easier to be able to move right in rather than do a temporary move. I don't know how they pulled it off, but I'm sure it was thru a lot of extra effort, and we appreciate it!

Stop by some time and see how it came out! Best of luck....keep those beautiful houses coming!

Norm and Carolyn Rischbieter


To Whom It May Concern:

As a current and satisfied resident of Westbrook Estate’s in Wilton I am writing to express my concern over the article in which was published in your paper on November 11, 2005 listed under "Complaints About Home".

My family and I have been residents for two years now and have never come across a problem that our builders, Barbera Homes or project manager, Jerry LaBarr has not handled with complete professionalism. From the time we first signed our contract with Barbera Homes we were always treated with exceptional customer service and given every opportunity to express any concerns or problems throughout the entire construction process. If at any time we did come across a problem Barbera Homes stood behind its customer 100% and worked with us to correct the problem until we were once again 100% satisfied. Even after two years of being in our home we can still count on Barbera Homes and Resident and Project Manager, Jerry La Barr to stand behind us to be sure we as customers are taken care of.

In regards to the quality of The BH’s workmanship I can assure you that it is built to the standards in which any new home owner would expect, with no elements left out and built according to our original plans and complies with building standards.

I would encourage anyone who is looking to call Wilton there home to look into Westbrook Estates, located off Northern Pines Road and to not let one dissatisfied resident discourage you from choosing a highly qualified builder as Barbera Homes.

Sincerely, Gary Benincasa


Dear Mr. Barbera,

My wife, Evelyn and I have been living in our new BH built home, in Wilton, for the last two and a half years. We have been very happy with the quality of our house and the attention to any problems that have come up. We especially would like to commend the effort of Mr. Jerry La Barr, the site manger. It is inevitable that with anything as complex as a new home that some problems will arise. Mr. Jerry La Barr has always made himself available to us and solved any problem to our complete satisfaction. As often as not he would help us on his own time. We want you to be aware of just how much of an asset Mr. La Barr is to Barbera Homes and the homeowners of Westbrook.

Sincerely, Jeffrey & Evelyn Olmer, Westbrook


Dear Frank,

On behalf of Franklin Community Center and the families we serve, I’d like to thank you for your generous sponsorship.  As you know, Franklin Community Center relies heavily on community support to help supplement our annual budget.  We are so thankful for businesses, like yours, who answer our call when we ask for help.  Your sponsorship has us on our way to raising our highest total ever, and for that we are eternally grateful. 

Sincerely, Kari Cushing, Executive Director


Dear Frank,

Thank you very much for your professionalism and courtesy in helping us find a new home.  We looked at many homes before we decided to work with you.  Your product impressed us and, more importantly, we were very pleased with the time and effort you put into our requests.

We would also like to say thank you to Maryellen.  She was always cooperative, pleasant and professional and a very outgoing person.  She seems perfectly suited for her job and we enjoyed her company.

Thank you again for your efforts.



Mr. Barbera,

Thank you again for being so caring and going out of your way to help me make my boys’ Graduation Day a wonderful one. After everything we have gone through since the hurricanes this has really been a big help and for a special reason. We appreciate all that you, Mark and Kelly and another caring individual, along with his company has done to help us get what is needed for Ken & Brad’s Graduation. I received your lovely email and it really touched me. You are a special guy and your daughter Claudia sounds like an angel. For her to care about others at such a young age is very much appreciated and it sounds like she is just the sweetest lil’ girl. Let her know that I will definitely send a photo of the boys at Graduation. God Bless you & your Family.

Thank you for your kindess, Pam, Ken & Brad


Hi Frank,

I just wanted to take a quick minute to drop you a note about Heather Rost. I've now built two homes with BH, and have dealt with Heather through both, during pre-construction and post-construction. I wanted to relay to you that in my experience Heather has always been great to deal with. She's always pleasant on the phone, personable, and has always dealt with any issues or questions. As well, she always follows up to ensure my satisfaction. Not to mention being patient. Heather was another reason I felt comfortable building a second home with you, and she hasn't disappointed. I'm sure you know she's an asset to your team, but wanted to voice it myself.

Regards, Kevin Meltzer


Frank:

I can’t thank you enough for your attention to my home situation which I presented to you on October 29th. I have had nothing but efficient, timely, and courteous attention and problem solving done since then. The repairmen who came to my home were kind, knowledgeable, well mannered and achieved the results required with each item that needed attention. No repair or fix was too small for them to devote their attention to. I can truly say that I have a home I adore and can’t wait to come home to at the end of the day. A thank you doesn’t seem to be sufficient in situations such as these. In any event, thanks a million for everything…….you’re my hero!!

L. Squires


Dear Mr. Barbera,

In the past 5 years I have built two homes with the BH Group/Barbera Homes. This letter is to express my opinions and experiences with this exceptional builder. First, the standard features offered are terrific, with various upgrades which allowed me to make my house into a home from the start. The selection process is enjoyable, even if not easy to choose. The BH staff is very friendly and helpful in choosing colors, patterns and materials to fit your needs.

The building process, for me, was quick. One day I'd see a foundation, suddenly there was framing, then walls, then a structure I could envision as a house. The Project Manager, Jerry LaBarr, is great to work with. He pays exceptional attention to detail, and makes sure every nail is in, every tile is even and every floor is level. He's also not shy about making judgment calls to make sure you'll enjoy your home. He is also very helpful with customizing your home to fit your needs. He was an outstanding person who doesn't just want to build you a house he wants to build you a home, which you can be proud of.

As with many large projects, such as constructing a home, issues arise. This is where Frank Barbera comes in. He's an incredibly reasonable guy which always came across that I, the customer, needed to be happy. Not just by his words, but his actions. If something needed to be made "right", he'd make it so. I honestly feel that he puts his customers first, which in his business is probably a rarity.

On the final walkthrough of the home there is a chance to catch the mainly minor issues which need to be resolved. In both my experiences, doing my walkthrough with Jerry present, he would be on the phone calling people over to fix things before we were even done. After this, it's waiting for the closing to get the keys to the new home.

After moving in, comes the "after care". At first, I expected to find issues, call BH, and wait, and wait. When I'd call I would speak to Heather, who was always a pleasure to speak with. She wouldn't just hear my issue and give me the phone number of a sub-contractor. Instead, she'd get that done herself. Someone would show up, at my convenience, to tighten this, or paint that. Even after the house settled, which is mainly when I would notice things, the after care team would come over and fix what needed to be fixed. I was always very happy with this, and really it easy to deal with things.

There are many builders in upstate NY, but when I chose to build a new home, I stuck with BH because of the good experience, craftsmanship and standard of quality put into my first one.

Regards, Kevin Meltzer


Frank & Team,

Thank you so much for our beautiful house! The building process has been so enjoyable to our surprise. I expected much more stress but thanks to you and your team it was minimal. Everything was so organized and all of our concerns were addressed promptly. We love our house!!

Michelle, Tony, Baylee & Mason


Dear Frank, Bill, Dean & Staff,

Thanks so much for all you and your staff did to make our house a home. We are thrilled with the finished product and feel that much time and thought went into pulling off the pool layout and grading, etc. We appreciate all you went though to pave the way for us! We appreciate the quality of framework, etc. in our home and we applaud your desire to build houses we can all be proud of!

Many thanks, Pat & Bob


Dear Bridget,

First off let me take this opportunity to thank you for making our house closing today a speedy and pleasant experience albeit for the little glitch in the escrow holdback by SEFCU. Building a new home can be both exciting and stressful and the relationship between the builder and the owner can make all the difference. The Barbera team made the experience for my wife and I far more enjoyable than stressful and were there every step of the way to address our needs and concerns. A special “Thank you” goes to Maryellen Blair for her untiring dedication to all aspects of the building process and timely responses to any concern that would arise. She is truly an asset to the Barbera family. Although no home building process is perfect and ours was no exception, the quality of the craftsmanship and materials was noted from start to finish. Please also convey our thanks to Frank Sr. Frank A. and Dean.

Sincerely, Paul & Diana MacFarland