We just finished construction of our new home on Whidbey Island and LeRoy Boren was our contractor. We can’t say enough about his professionalism, honesty, and communication throughout the project. We ran into a water issue halfway through the project and LeRoy took the time to make sure we understood all our options and made sure we remediated it so that we didn’t have to worry about it after construction. He is fair and direct, and adapts to your communication style. He’s also a great project manager, do what he said he would do, on schedule. We couldn’t be happier with the house itself, much due to LeRoy’s attention to quality and his selection of subcontractors. We highly recommend Boren Construction if you are looking for an honest contractor who builds a quality home.
While my husband and I were very excited about building our forever home on Whidbey Island, I was full of anxiety as the whole process felt so overwhelming. My husband, a designer and artist, had always wanted to build and design his own home. I wasn’t so sure. But when we sat down with LeRoy Boren, all of those fears started melting away. I felt much calmer and knew immediately that this very personable, knowledgeable and professional man and his team could gently and confidently lead us through every step of the way. And they did. Not only has the work been of the utmost quality which was extremely important to us to get everything just right, equally important has been their honestly, transparency and accessibility. And if we ran into any issues, they would find a great solution that fit perfectly with the design intent. We are so fortunate to have found them as we are now living in our beautiful home which was not so long ago just a dream.
Boren Construction recently completed our new waterfront estate in Anacortes, WA. The project was complex due to site constraints, architectural and interior design elements, as well as integrating home automation technology. Some of the atypical challenges required coordinating with a project team that was outside of the State of Washington- this included the Architect, Interior Designer, the home automation system designer, as well as custom material vendors. Having built a few luxury homes in the past, I can honestly say this home is of the highest quality- likely due to the team that built it. They were highly organized and diligent in updating schedules and analyzing costs as the project progressed. LeRoy was always available to answer questions, provide updates, and he always returned phone calls on a timely basis. His subcontractor base was professional, friendly, and dependable. I would highly recommend Boren Construction to anyone that is looking to build a home or estate of architectural significance.
We were fortunate enough to find Boren Construction as we were seeking a builder for our new home. LeRoy Boren understood our vision and expanded on it to create a house that exceeded our expectations. He has strong design skills as well as being a top notch contractor.
Some of his strengths include:
Provided creative yet practical solutions and came up with many excellent ideas that we implemented. He understands how a home should work, and function did not take a back seat to form.
Budget conscious/ Problem solver. Always looking out for the good of the project, ways to make improvements and save money. Good steward of our resources, saved us money by thinking through alternative ways to approach each step. He is honest, ethical, and his process is transparent.
Organized, always on top of the project details. Responsive. Communicated clearly throughout the process. Open minded to our (sometimes impractical) suggestions, willing to accommodate our ideas, yet providing useful advice to keep us on track.
Good natured, having a builder easy to get along with should not be underestimated, he helped make a stressful process more enjoyable and he was patient with our construction learning curve.
The final quality is outstanding and we credit LeRoy with creating a beautiful home that we absolutely love. We can’t say enough positive things about Boren Construction, and recommend them without hesitation.
We hired Boren Construction for a tear down, design and re-build of our lake home. I have to believe we are his most difficult (if not time consuming clients) to date. We are 2 families sharing a vacation home in Langley, Washington. To complicate matters 1 family is living in Sarajevo, the other in Portland, Oregon. After interviewing 4 contractors we decided on Boren Construction. We were impressed with everyone we interviewed, but we chose Boren because LeRoy was able to show us step by step how he was going to communicate with us and how we could have real-time updates on selections, budget, materials all through his interactive software (co-construct). We are ahead of schedule and within .5% of budget because of LeRoy’s attention to detail. Time and again every subcontractor from lighting, flooring, plumbing, cabinets, everyone that has worked with LeRoy have said they love working with LeRoy because of his attention to detail. That attention means no cost overruns for us, no unnecessary change orders and completing our home on time. We give Boren Construction our highest possible recommendation!
LeRoy Boren was our choice after interviewing several competitors. Building a new home is a long, complicated process, particularly complicated in this case because the home is owned by two couples rather than one, and because the four owners had to oversee the construction from long distance as none of us lives in the area. One of the reasons we chose LeRoy was because of his use of Co-Construct software which is interactive and allows owners and contractors to talk, ask questions, discuss choices, monitor budgets and progress and post pictures. This tool along with Leroy’s excellent communication skills were essential. But more importantly, it was LeRoy’s own honesty and integrity and the quality of his (and his sub’s) work that was most impressive. Design choices, materials, fit and finish are all top quality, from the Ipe decking that never needs maintenance to the hardwood cabinets, floors and quartz counter tops. He moved us along in our decision making so that we would make our deadlines and advised us of ways to cut costs. Leroy was incredibly patient with all four of us. He was able to navigate us through the process of building our house and make choices that maintained the integrity of our beautifully designed home. We would highly recommend LeRoy and Boren Construction to anyone.
As a practicing engineer in Washington State with a specialty in residential and commercial structural engineering, I have known Mr. Boren and been associated with his projects for quite a few years. I have experienced his approach to problem solving and watched him work with clients, architects, engineers, subcontractors and his crews. He shows an ability to interact comfortably with clients, putting them at ease and promoting them to give input. He has demonstrated a capacity to work with architects and engineers, discussing the issues in technical language, providing valuable suggestions and recommendations and converting those discussions into effective results.
I had recommendations for a few builders from people who were very happy, but chose LeRoy Boren because he had just completed a home across the street from me and everything I’d seen there seemed professional. I also liked the online system he uses to keep track of the project- this helped me to make timely decisions about fixtures and colors and avoid any delays. Getting the project permitted took months and months and I wanted to be into my house by summer. The old cabin was removed in December, ground broken in January, and I was in on June 12. The actual building from tear down to move in took less time than the site use permit alone.
Everyone who saw the house being built has commented on the quality of workmanship. “I love your builder” was a comment that I heard more than once. The work moved fast but without taking shortcuts. LeRoy was always accessible to me by phone, email, and in person. He addressed any concerns I had, made his own suggestions along the way, but made sure I was happy with the choices. The sub-contractors were all very good, showed up on time, and worked late, and left the site clean. Problems along the way were minor and quickly addressed.
This is the first and last house I’ve had built and I couldn’t be happier with my choice of builder. I said from the start I had to stay within my budget and he did, but not by cutting corners on quality choices. When I was unsure he recommended choices and had an eye for the aesthetics of the project. LeRoy takes great pride in his work, and for very good reason.
As an owner of a construction related business, I’ve worked with a number of builders over the years. When it came time to purchase and renovate our new waterfront home, Boren Construction was our first choice. Ours was a major renovation, involving completely removing the existing roof framing – during winter. Boren Construction’s skilled team anticipated and solved problems before they could affect the schedule and budget, and really helped us make good design and budget decisions. As with any project of this size, there were challenges during the project and the Boren Construction team made sure every aspect of the project was taken care of to a high level of quality and detail, and always clearly worked hard to deliver the outstanding results they are known for. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Boren Construction in the future, and highly recommend them to anyone who wants high quality work and long term service and accountability.
We’d reached out to Boren Construction and a few other builders to start the interview process after we had a preliminary house plan. The difference between Boren Construction and others was LeRoy himself. We’d spent a couple hours on the phone discussing our plan, budget, ideas etc. He took the time to ask many questions, listen to our ideas and committed to having “something” to us in a few days.
During that time, Boren continued to call, asking question, discussing requirements and presented to us in his committed time frame a plan we were happy with as well as within our budget. This showed to us that we were important to LeRoy and were impressed that he addressed our concerns, put a plan in place based on our requirements and really took the time to listen to us and not put something together that was convenient to him.
We walked out of his office a week later with a handshake agreement to move forward.
His experience, allowed anxious, first time home builders relief. Not living on the island presented an issue too but we were relieved by daily calls with updates or just a conversation to let us know how the build was coming along. Calls and emails were answered promptly and LeRoy’s ability to explain matters in our terms provided us a sense of comfort.
When accessing the property, announced or not, Boren’s subcontractors were always very polite, courteous and knowledgeable about our specific project. The highest praise however, came from our neighbors who always told us how friendly the subcontractors were and how clean the job site was maintained throughout the building process. Our neighbors, like us, wondered if they ever took time off as it seemed we had someone on site daily and progress was evident on every site visit.
During the construction, we were amazed by LeRoy’s creativity. We were presented ideas that we had not thought about that sets our house apart from others. The entry way trellis, custom stain and copper flashing are only a few things that make our home unique.
Every step of the way seemed to move along effortlessly even when on the rare occasion something wasn’t quite right. From choosing appliances, floors, and paints to septic design and concrete drives there was never a moment when either by phone, email or the Boren website that you didn’t know where your project was regarding budget or completion date.
Our home turned out better than we could have possibly imagined. We attribute this to Boren Construction. LeRoy’s ability to effectively communicate and listen, his exacting standards, craftsmanship and commitment to detail along with a great crew of subcontractors and office staff made our build exciting and stress free.