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Testimonials

Dave,

When you look for a general contractor, you hope to find someone who is experienced, honest, reliable and competitively priced. Dave Kaloustian, DJK Contracting, embodies all of these key traits.

Over the years we have had two major remodeling projects and a couple of smaller projects, all with DJK Contracting.  The most recent involved a complete basement gut, inclusive of a new sump pump / French drain system, theater room, laundry room, central AC, and a spa bathroom. The first project also entailed a complete renovation, including a new TV/family room, spa bathroom, guest suite and a new living room fireplace mantle. DJK has also replaced older windows throughout the house and repaired our mahogany deck.

As a general contractor, Dave did a superb job of guiding us through each phase of the project and coordinating the highly skilled subs in a manner that was highly efficient and minimally intrusive on us (who were living in the house at the time of each project). However, nothing was more important than the trust and mutual respect that the DJK team displayed on the job. We have been extremely pleased with the outcome of all projects. High-end quality, beautiful work at a fair price. We were almost sad to see them go when the jobs ended…. Almost. ☺ We are now planning a master bedroom / bathroom project and there is no one other than DJK that we’d work with.

We highly recommend Dave Kaloustian, DJK Contracting, for your remodeling needs.

Customer Belmont MA

Dave,

Dave and his men did a complex remodel of a living space, bathroom, and bedroom for us. Dave and his crew were prompt, reliable, flexible, and provided great suggestions on layout and design as the project progressed. We really liked all of his subcontractors, and they all did fabulous work. We are thoroughly enjoying our new space. We would love to use DJK again!

Matt & Jen – Belmont, MA

Dave,

I would highly recommend DJK Contracting. Dave is reliable, communicates throughout every step of the project, lines up sub-contractors efficiently and does meticulous work. Dave and his team finished our basement remodel project well within our budget and in a timely manner. He made important suggestions along the way to ensure the project was done right, as well as helping find ways to keep cost down. We are very happy with our new space and would absolutely hire Dave again in the future!

Matt – Boston, MA

Dave,

Dave from DJK Contracting worked with me to install a full bathroom in a tight space. Dave provided ideas and alternatives to make the most of the limited space, and managed to add storage and additional counter space that I couldn’t originally imagine would be possible. Dave was organized, dependable, and communicated regularly throughout the project to keep me informed of next steps. The finished product is beautiful!

Kathy – Belmont, MA

Dave,

We used Dave to do a complete refinish of our basement, inclusive of a 3/4 bathroom. I can’t say enough great things about this project. He was responsive to all my questions, both vial email and phone, he came to give us our estimate (which was very reasonable) when he said he would, he showed up EVERY day to the job at 7am sharp. Steve and Dave did an amazing job. His team of electricians, plumbers, HVAC, painter etc were also fantastic. I have zero complaints. I would use each of them on my own! We added a few different things as we went, Dave gave us some guidance and input and didn’t steer us wrong. He finished the job on time and on estimate. I would use Dave in a heartbeat again to do anything in my home, his craftsmanship, knowledge and professionalism showed in our finished basement!

Hope you have a very happy holidays!
Nikki and Don

Dave,

You were a godsend to our home that was in need of some TLC. Our old contractor had retired, and I was looking for a new “go to” contractor to help us fix up the place.

I originally called Dave to take a look at my master bathroom which needed a lot of work. Unlike other contractors, he gave me a few options to repair the bathroom vs rebuilding it.  He was very courteous and plain honest about what needed to be done. It really was a no brainer to hire him.

As the job went, I was so impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail that I kept giving him more projects. Three bathrooms, a deck, an office, and  a new library extension later we were all set!

Dave made it as easy as possible, and would even go out of his way to pick up materials when I was tied up at work. The subcontractors that work with Dave are equally outstanding and work brilliantly as a team.

He just went above and beyond my expectations. I normally don’t write testimonials but Dave just stands out as one of the best contractors I’ve ever worked with. The next time we need any work done Dave is our man.

Sincerely,
Sudip, Winchester, MA

Dave,

We have been very busy since you finished replacing doors, painting, and doing carpentry repairs in February at 6 Winn Valley Drive, Burlington.  Sunday our home went on the market, and by Tuesday evening (tonight), we had selected a winning bid from 14 offers.  Your work and suggestions undoubtedly got us top dollar.  After the best and final bid, only one of the fourteen bids came in at our asking price ($499,900).  The remaining thirteen bids were significantly above the original asking price.

You can see your work on the web (for a limited time) in a virtual video tour or The Zillow listing or Trulia’s listing

You and Steve did an outstanding job fixing up our home.  Your work really appealed to all of the potential bidders.  The people who viewed the house have shown their appreciation of your work by making outstanding, above asking price bids.  The investment we made in doing the repairs, door replacements, and painting paid off!

Best regards,
Bill and Adrienne, Burlington MA

Dave,

Dave Kaloustian of DJK General Contracting did a total renovation of our kitchen and bathroom in the summer of 2012.  Dave has done many projects for us over the last 13 years, but this renovation is our largest to date. Dave brings a number of skills and qualities to the table, which is why go back to him every time we need to have work done on our house. He is responsive, experienced, dependable, and does very high quality work. For example:

  • Dave always lets us know what he’ll be working on and when he’ll be working on it. He gets right back to us, is happy to answer questions, and he stays on schedule.
  • Dave’s work and that of his subcontractors is excellent. His finish carpentry, in particular, is outstanding.
  • We have always felt that Dave has our best interests in mind. He doesn’t take shortcuts, and he doesn’t mislead about costs. He cares as much about the quality of work inside the walls as what is visible on the outside.
  • Dave has always been able to help us figure out what does and does not make sense to do. He understands old houses (ours was built in 1889) and how to handle their peculiarities.

Dave also stands behind his work.  We have come back to him months or even years later with a question or an issue and he has addressed it.  We will continue to use DJK Contracting in the future.

Lorrie & Jonathan, Arlington, MA

Dave,

Communication is so important, and not once did you ever leave us hanging…that, in today’s world, is amazing!! Every step of the way, we knew where we stood…all letters and communications were prompt and so well done!!  Very impressive!!!

Dave, your work is near perfection (as a matter of fact, it is perfection!!!). Every project you did for us came out much better than we expected. You certainly know your trade!!  What has really impressed us is that you even took on a few “extra” projects (the bathroom faucets, and the door stop) and saved us from calling in additional help. You see what needs to be done and you just do it!! We’ve never met anyone like you…you’re so talented, so professional, so neat and clean…and, personable at the same time.  We have certainly been blessed having you around!  Steve is much like you…professional all the way.  He’s is a really good worker – and knows his craft…seems right that he’d work with you!!

Thanks for all you’ve done for us…we are extremely pleased with the work…we wish you well, and don’t be surprised if we call on you again sometime down the road.  Thanks again…it was a pleasure!!

Joe & Irene, Melrose MA

Dear Dave,

I just wanted to follow up with you and tell you how much we are enjoying the renovation you did for us.  Everything looks and works wonderfully and we are extremely satisfied with the final product.  Even more important, after hearing the horror stories of some of our peers renovations, we are so grateful for your professional and friendly demeanor.  You were always there when you said you would be and you kept the job site very clean and organized (which was important since we were living there at the same time).

Dan & Laura – Jamaica Plain

Recommendation for a superb, talented, reasonably priced contractor

My husband is the trustee of our condo and as a result we have worked with many contractors both for the building and our own home. We just did a major common area renovation and worked with an outstanding contractor. Dave Kaloustian is based out of Arlington, MA and works in the Boston area. He is incredibly talented, detail oriented, responsive and his prices are incredibly reasonable. I’d be happy to show off our job and speak as a reference. We feel lucky to have worked with him.

Best,
Rachel

Dear Dave,

“My wife and I have been working with Dave of DJK for almost 25 years now. During that time Dave has replaced in our house 2 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, almost all the interior and storm windows, the entire gutter and downspout system, and many other things too numerous to mention. He also completely renovated the entire house, from floor to ceiling, after a fire, making it look more beautiful than ever. We cannot recommend Dave and DJK highly enough. Simply put: he is the best!!”

Mark and Carol – Brookline,MA

Dave,

I am writing to tell you what a terrific job you have done on all of the projects on which you have worked at my house over the past several years.

I bought my house in 1998, and the house was a complete fixer-upper.  Since 2000, you have performed every major repair or remodeling job on the house, including:

Completely remodel bathroom
  • Install recessed lighting in 2d floor hallway and 1 bedroom
  • Re-plaster ceilings in 2d floor hall and 1 bedroom
Replace 16 windows

2005

  • Replace 16 storm windows
  • Replace bulkhead door and rebuild bulkhead stairs

Completely remodel kitchen

  • Add half-bath to first floor
  • Add crown molding to dining room
  • Rebuild wall between living room and dining room
  • Rebuild mudroom
  • Replace all gutters

Replace closet door in bedroom

2008

Replace 4 basement windows and install window wells.

Your work on all of these projects has transformed my house.  You and your subcontractors have always done a terrific job.  The workmanship for every one of these jobs has been excellent, and I am thrilled with how each project has turned out.

As happy as I am with the finished product for all of these projects, I have also been very happy with the construction process itself.  You really kept each project moving on schedule and in a timely manner.  I have also enjoyed working with you and all of the subcontractors who worked on each project.

Thanks again for making this process, which is, by its very nature, disruptive and intrusive, as painless as possible and for delivering such a great result at the end of the day for each project.

As you know, I have recommended you to many friends and colleagues and am happy to recommend you to anyone in need of a general contractor.

Carol – Watertown, MA

Dave,

“I have been working for DJK construction for over 15 years.  Dave has always been a contractor that I respect highly, he always maintains a high level of quality on his projects, always meets his deadlines, always turns the projects over on time and always takes care of his subcontractors in a timely manner.

One of the important things, I believe, for a general contractor is to develop relationships and maintain the same team which creates continuity between all the subs.  This always results in a project to run seamlessly.”

Darin – Medford, MA
Owner of DiNucci Electrical

Dave,

“As an architect and homeowner, I’ve worked with DJK Contracting for 20 years on numerous jobs, residential and commercial.  Dave and his workers are  skilled, reliable, and efficient.  His estimates are accurate and budgets adhered to.   The subcontractors Dave brings in are always excellent.  Whether renovation, addition, interior or exterior work is called for, DJK has a great work ethic and is very responsive to issues and concerns of clients.”

Richard – Architect, Boston MA

Dave,

“DJK Contracting has done several renovation projects at Brookline Booksmith which have required working with an older, crowded physical space which operates long hours.  The flexibility and professionalism provided were stellar, as was the work itself.  No task is too small or too complicated for DJK to undertake.”

Dana – Brookline, MA

I’ve been using Dave as my primary contractor for the past seven years on a 75 year old single family in Chestnut Hill. Over those years, Dave has build out of our family room, energized our house (replaced 25 windows, expanded our heating from 3 zones to 5) finished our basement, remodeled our bath and was the first person we turned to when planning an additional master bedroom, bath and double porch bump-out over our garage.
No matter what the job, Dave has always exceeded my expectations for quality,
timeliness and value. I’ve never hesitated to recommend him to my sister-in for a
remodeling and build out she is undertaking, neighbors for remodeling jobs and to co-workers anytime that they ask about contractors.
Peter – Chestnut Hill, MA
It’s a great pleasure to write this recommendation for David and DJK Contracting. Wehave done many Interior & Exterior Painting projects together and it’s been always asuccess! Dave is extremely knowledgeable and the high quality he offers is definitelyunheard of.
He’s always available to questions and suggestions, highly skilled, conscientious anddefinitely a pleasure to have around. Unlike others general contractors that takes a whileto take care of the subs, Dave is always on time with his financial responsibilities andthat is a big plus in the Construction Industry nowadays. Dave’s honesty with clients,subcontractors and employees along with his commitment to high quality work is thereason for 30 years of success in business!
I feel very honored by the opportunity to have my company working with such highquality contractor for last 5 years and I hope to keep serving DJK Contracting for allInterior & Exterior Painting needs.
Daniel – Everett, MA
Motti Painting Solutions Inc.
David,
I am pleased to recommend DJK Contracting.  DJK performed a fairly extensive construction project on my house with both interior and exterior aspects.  The work included demolition, repair and new construction, including reframing the outside of all doors and windows, replacing several sliding glass doors in the family room and elsewhere, installing a new box window, and repairing a patio deck.
In all respects, I found David and his crew to be professional, reliable and highly skilled.  Unlike many contractors, David showed up personally each day until the work was complete.  He was flexible and creative, open to suggestions but with a clear understanding of good construction practices.  On a personal level, I found him to be excellent to work with.
I hired David and DJK Contracting on a friend’s strong recommendation.  I am happy to be able to recommend them to others.
Jeffrey – Needham