We have had the opportunity to use the design and building skills of Gallup and LaFitte in remodeling two different homes. We were very pleased with their ability to create a design that met both our aesthetic and functional needs. The craftsmanship of the contractors was outstanding. The benefit of having help in the selection of materials and accessories was a significant plus.
We have contracted to build six homes in various parts of the country. We have learned from our experiences that there are a few things that make or break the building experience. We found that difficulties arise when a builder is closed minded, inflexible or difficult to work with; has poor subcontractors, does not supervise the work closely enough or doesn't take care of call backs/final details in a thorough and timely manner; charges exorbitant prices for changes.
We chose Gallup & LaFitte for the quality workmanship we observed in their previously completed and partially constructed homes, that we visited, and the builder's reputation for attention to detail.
Dick Gallup was very collaborative and easy to work with in the design of the home. Gallup & LaFitte followed the schedule that they developed for the construction of our home. They were accessible for frequent and open communication. They did everything they said they would do. They delivered a quality product within the budget and schedule that were developed for the construction.
Both my wife and I are extremely pleased with our new home. You are welcome to contact us about our experience.
We are thrilled with and grateful for the home that you built for us. Moving from a smaller home into one that is not only the right size for us now, but allows for an addition later, has given us a chance to relax and enjoy our time at home.
From our initial meeting with Dick, to interior design ideas by Elaine, to final punch out and move in, our experience has been not only pleasant, but surprising, at each stage. The pleasant experience was expected, but after speaking to others that have built their homes, we feared the stress and anxiety of construction process. The surprising aspect of our experience was how much we enjoyed building. We were able to inject our preferences where we felt comfortable and in cases where our understanding was limited, we leaned on Dick's knowledge and were given great insight and choices without overwhelming us with information and leaving us on our own. The support by Elaine considering the number of finish options to choose from was invaluable. Elaine locked into our tastes early and eliminated choices for us that would have only confused us and consumed our time.
Our move in was made easier by the brevity of our punch list, which is a credit to the sub-contractors on the job. Our home is a place we envision spending the next 25 years. Thanks to the Gallup and LaFitte team, it is a source of pride and accomplishment today and the holder of essential time and future memories together as a family.
It is our distinct pleasure to recommend Gallup & LaFitte Design & Build organization for any custom home construction. We were able to "downsize" from a five bedroom home to a three bedroom home and include many of the features we loved in the former home. The original plans were adjusted to accommodate our wishes. The sub-contractors were easy to work with, the various vendors were helpful in our fixture selection and the interior decorator guided us in making good choices. If you want a beautiful home you cannot do better than Gallup & LaFitte.
Sharon and I have now been in our Gallup and LaFitte designed home for about six years. The longer that we live here, the more we enjoy the house. Your design of our home flows well with our style of living and is certainly to a human scale that suits us. It is a great house for casual quite living and also for entertaining. Thank you for working so closely with us throughout the design and construction period.
We contracted with Gallup and LaFitte for a major renovation of our newly purchased lake house in 2011. Their package of architectural design, interior design and construction capabilities was a big plus for us since we would be living out of state while the renovation was being completed. One point of contact (Dick Gallup) was essential and he was easily accessible so it worked well. The firm was open to our design ideas and worked hard to incorporate them into their design. Gallup and LaFitte had good and reliable sub-contractors and vendors. The interior design input on such items as flooring, paint colors, stone and tile selections was outstanding. All in all, we would give the firm a "thumbs up"!
Working with the Gallup and LaFitte team on our new home was a pleasure! Dick and Elaine are true professionals who made the whole building process as easy as possible. They guided us so that necessary decisions were made well in advance of the time various items were needed, so we never felt we had to make "snap decisions." We were always well informed as to how things were progressing and were able to feel comfortable living in one state while building a house in another state. Elaine's help was invaluable when picking out colors, tiles, countertops, bath hardware, lights, carpeting, etc...all the things that can be so overwhelming when building a home! When we first met Dick, he told us their goal was to make the home building process as easy and fun as possible, and he was true to his word! We have been in our beautiful new home for almost a year, and any minor problems we have had have been dealt with promptly. The Gallup and LaFitte team definitely gets high marks from us!
During 2012 and 2013, we engaged Gallup & LaFitte to remodel my mother's home on Lake Murray, Chapin, SC. It was during this time we first met R.B. Gallup, and we have nothing but good things to say about him. We dealt with R. B most of the time rather than Mr. Dick Gallup. R. B. checked in on the job progress with us weekly. He had many suggestions (all of which we agreed to.) He kept us to our agreed upon budget, going over only with our permission. These items included such things as adding an outside patio,tearing out interior brick steps, and other items. As with any job there arose problems after the re-modeling was complete. They were all minor and R.B. rectified them all within a few days of their being reported to him. R. B. is knowledgeable, friendly, capable, and is to be highly recommended.
My husband and I extensively remodeled our home in 2011 with Gallup & LaFitte and R.B. was our project manager. He is a knowledgeable, caring young man and was a pleasure to work with. He cares about his clients and their projects and I have recommended him to clients of mine. We were very happy with the work the Gallup & LaFitte team did and we're extremely happy that we came in "under budget and on time".
"Many thanks to the great team at Gallup and LaFitte for the wonderful job they have done on our new home in Timberlake Plantation. What more can you ask than a good job completed on time and within the budget? My particular thanks goes out to R B Gallup for his absolute commitment to a quality result and for his skillful management of all the subs and vendors. His dedication to the project was obvious from the first day and continued on until he handed us a the keys at completion."
"Robert LaFitte was the lead on our extensive, complete house renovation - a renovation that was recognized as best in its category in the BIA 2015 Remodelers competition. Robert and the rest of the Gallup & LaFitte organization were professional, knowledgeable, competent and a pleasure to work with. As with any renovation, especially of a house over 40 years old, there were several significant challenges beginning with different levels of flooring on the slab base. New HVAC and appliance relocation also required creative engineering. The interior details were demanding but well done. Yet the team kept costs within reason and schedule changes in line. The resulting house exceed our expectations and has become out favorite home of the four we have built. We highly recommend the Gallup and LaFitte team and will use them again if the need arises."
"Contracted with Gallup and LaFitte to design and construct our craftsman style home. What sold us on this company was their total turn key solution, from idea / design phase to the completed home built to our specs. Other selling points were their quality of construction, attention to detail, the detailed project schedule they provided, their estimation / budget process, and their reputation from other clients. While the construction of our home lasted about 10 months, we were fully engaged along the way -- and we wanted to be engaged. Once construction was complete, our project manager, R.B. Gallup, worked aggressively to address the outstanding issues on the punch list. Overall, it was a very positive experience. While it was the fifth home we have built, and our fourth custom home and the most detailed of the four, Gallup and LaFitte did an excellent job of helping us get the home we wanted with the details we wanted while also working within a budget."
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