Testimonials

Don took the vision in our head and made it into reality

We knew that Don was going to be the one to do our home renovation years before we actually started work. A few years back, we decided we wanted to renovate our bathroom and our electrician gave us Don’s information. Our first face to face meeting with Don gave us a really good vibe; he came across as knowledgeable and trustworthy – someone that would stand behind what he tells you, but it was after contacting his references that we were certain he was the man for the job. All that we spoke to were genuinely enthusiastic to hear from us and eager recount their experience with Don and his crew. One even took time out from a retreat he was running to talk to us about how much he trusted Don and how happy he was with the work he and his crew had done.

Armed with these testimonials and our own instincts, we hired Don to redo our bathroom and replace a fireplace with a full-size cabinet. It was a relatively small job, but Don never treated it like it was. His crew came in and did everything we wanted and in one less day than initially estimated. Nothing went wrong, everything came out the way we hoped it would, and within the budget we had allocated. And we never had to call Don back to take care of anything we felt was missed. How often can you say that about a contractor?

Given our experience with Don and our bathroom, we didn’t even consider talking to anyone else when we decided we wanted to add on to our house. Don’s “our guy”, the man you trust to do right by you and deliver on what he promises. It’s not just Don himself, but the people that he entrusts to work on his contracts. We came to trust not only Don, but his crew. They are talented, hard working, diligent individuals that anyone would feel fortunate to have work on their home.

The results of our renovation thus shouldn’t be a surprise; nearly every day since the project’s completion, my wife and I marvel at the transformation it had on our living quarters. Don and his crew took the vision in our head and made it into reality. We ended up with three brand-new spaces to enjoy with our family and friends and couldn’t be happier with the results. We wouldn’t change a thing, and that certainly includes the man who made it happen. We take great pleasure in showing off our new house to anyone and everyone, and we pass along Don’s information at every chance we get.

If you are reading this testimonial and you are considering Don for your renovation and want to see first hand what kind of work his crew can produce, we are always happy to show off our home. Just ask Don to set up a time to visit us and we’ll show you around and answer any questions you have.

Scott

Don worked very hard to get things right

We found information about Knowles Contracting on the internet. After talking to some of Don’s clients and taking a look at some of his past work and jobs in progress, we decided to go with his contracting company. Our initial contract with Don addressed some rather extensive water damage to our home. However, while discussing the insurance claim repairs, we mentioned a few remodeling ideas, unrelated to the insurance claim, that my wife and I had discussed over the years, but had never quite gotten around to doing.

Don took some of our remodeling ideas, got out his tape measure and began letting us know what was possible, given the budget we proposed. Of course, changes, adjustments and, in some cases, deletions were made to our remodeling plans, but Don was always reasonable and worked very hard, together with his crew, to get things right and to keep us satisfied with the products, the workmanship, and the budget.

Don’s estimate of the cost and the time it would take to complete the job were on or very close to target. In the end, in addition to the insurance claim repairs, we wound up expanding an exercise room and adding a wet bar area in the basement. We also upgraded the kitchen counter surfaces with granite and upgraded the floor tile, cabinets and counter tops in all of our bathrooms. Additionally, Don switched out and/or installed additional lighting in a number of rooms in our home.

Finally, if my wife and I ever need any other remodeling work done in our home, we would have no problem in contracting with Don or recommending Don.

Carl M.

The Workmanship was top quality

I was referred to Knowles Contracting by my homeowners insurance company for a major renovation project. Don Knowles and his men showed up when they said they would and proved themselves reliable and trustworthy over the course of the project. In short, the workmanship was top quality. I would definitely recommend Knowles Contracting.

Mark T in Fairfax City

Don has high integrity with a good eye for design

Our electrician highly recommended Don, and we hired him to do a few odd projects around our home. We were so impressed with his work that we ended up turning our entire home renovation over to him. We upgraded our kitchen with granite and custom backsplashes, built in a wine rack, completely renovated the powder room and the master bath, and repainted the entire house. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Don has high integrity, works with excellent resources, and is highly skilled with a good eye for design – couldn’t ask for any more than that.

Ken and Linda in Burke

Don Installed It Perfectly

Last year I needed to have my bathroom remodeled. I live in a 60+ year old house and I knew it would require a complete renovation. I had a few contractors give me estimates, one of them being Don Knowles. His was not the most or least expensive, but Don seemed to have a better understanding of what I wanted and how to accomplish it.

After picking out all the materials I wanted, tiles, tubs, vanities, etc., we set a date to start the job. Don and his crew showed up on time and was into the demolition in no time. His crew were very professional and took precautions to protect the house so nothing was damaged in the process. The demolition required the walls, floors and ceiling to be stripped to bare studs, and an old cast iron tub had to be broken up and removed.

On the second day we were into the new construction. A new tub, plumbing, electrical, exhaust fan, lighting and dry wall were installed in the next couple of days. I had designed a tile pattern for my shower that was a little complicated, but Don installed it perfectly. We were very impressed with the finished job and love our new bathroom.

I highly recommend Don and his crew for any remodeling work. He and his crew are professional, courteous and do excellent work. It was a joy to have them in the house during the whole process.”

Dave B in Falls Church

The Skill and Craftsmanship is Superior

I met Don and his team more than five years ago and since then I have used his company many times to install new flooring in two different homes that I have owned. In every case they have been the most professional team of contractors that I have worked with and the skill and craftsmanship is superior. Recently I asked Don to help me with a very special project installing a wide plank floor in an office I was building for myself. I had looked at a number of companies and the estimates were quite high so I called Don and asked for help. Within two days he came back to me with a variety of options that would suit my needs and at a price that was half of anything I could find myself. Don was amazing because it wasn’t just the wood that he did a fantastic job with I was also looking for a very special antique nail for the floor and Don found a woman who had these floors with the nails in her home and arranged for me to visit her home and view the finished product. He then took care of finding me a company that makes these antique nails and ordering them. This floor was not ordinary in any way and required much more work to install and finish than a usual wood floor, the kind he had done for me in the past. Don and his team showed up early everyday and got the job done. The floor looks great and I could not be more pleased with Don or the guys who work for him. They were very friendly and professional and did everything they said they would and more. Don and his team seem to work by the philosophy that the job is not done till the customer is happy with the work and I am very happy with their work.”

David M in McLean

The Room Looks Great

The room looks great, we love it! Everything fit together and is working just like we had hoped. We added dimmers to the lights and have all the electronics hooked up as we wanted. It was good working with you, we have other ideas still in the idea phase, but most like we will want to do something with the kitchen floor sooner than later.

George and Doris T

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Over the last three years Don Knowles and his team at Knowles Contracting have installed Bruce hardwood floors on the main level, landings and stairs, completely re-carpeted the second floor, replaced all windows with great looking and energy efficient Jeld-Wenn windows, replaced our old atrium door in the basement with a new custom door and framing and have finished a master bath another contractor started. We have been completely satisfied with the work. All jobs started and finished on time and on budget, his crews completely clean all work areas; it doesn’t get any better than this.

Mike C

An Excellent Contractor Who Does a Very Thorough Job

Don and his crew recently remodeled two of our bathrooms which were over 30 years old. He spent quite a bit of time discussing options with us and helping us make decisions on tiling, bathtubs, toilets, vanities, medicine cabinets, and light fixtures. He estimated one week for each bathroom and they were right on target, even finishing up a day early on the second bathroom. We were very impressed with their professional work ethic. The crew was here early every day and cleaned up every day before they left. Don also worked with me on several issues that needed to be handled, such as old lighting issues that needed drywall work. Each instance included letting me know what they were dealing with and making sure they had a solution I was comfortable with. He was also on target with the estimate and gave me all the receipts from all the purchases. We would definitely recommend Knowles Contracting to anyone who wanted an excellent contractor who does a very thorough job!

Ron and Reesa in Burke

Process was easy, the price was right

Earlier this year, Knowles Contracting helped my husband and I turn our basement into a master bedroom suite. The layout, that Don helped to envision and then construct, added a walk in closet/laundry room, nursery area, and a terrific full bath to our new living space. The process was easy, the price was right, and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Julie in Springfield

Best Contractors We Have Worked With

We couldn’t be more pleased with Don and his crew. Without a doubt, the best contractors we have worked with in terms of design, professionalism, timeliness, flexibility and reasonable price. Don and his team did a complete makeover on all three of our bathrooms. Absolute perfection. Moreover, Don always went the extra mile to ensure we were pleased — he was extremely user friendly, knowledgeable and an expert craftsman. I would recommend Don with zero hesitation — I cannot praise his work ethic and results highly enough. He is that good!

Rich and Kathleen in Clifton, VA

Done Well and Looks Great

“We recently hired Don and his team to completely finish our 1100 sq. ft. basement. The job entailed adding a bedroom, office, full bathroom, and media room, as well as installing a new water heater and new windows. The work was very well done and looks great. Don’s team worked diligently throughout the entire process to complete the task in under two months. They were friendly, approachable, and kept the house neat after each work day. Don was also very easy to work with in terms of choosing products, making minor changes, and staying within budget. When it’s time to remodel our two upstairs bathrooms in a few years, Don will be first on our list to contact for a bid.

Gary T in Fairfax Station