"Buck Run Builders, of Gap, PA, recently completed a major project at our home : replacing 40- year old cedar siding. The specifications for the work were demanding: the house is a modem 40-year old energy-efficient architectural design that received awards and was photographed for a national magazine when built.
We solicited proposals from five firms: two were specialist siding installers, two were general contractors and builders, including Buck Run, and one was a customer home builder. The proposals ranged from $37K to $115K. We eliminated the two siding companies and their low bids because the project was likely beyond their abilities to do the detail fine work required; the high bid was eliminated as simply out of touch with reality. The other finalist was $20K higher than Buck Run for identical work and materials.
The chosen material was clear-grade western coastal red cedar, with a novel almost-clear oil finish that is not typically used by local wood suppliers or painters. Buck Run provided material samples, arranged for the finishing to be done before installation, demolished roughly 8,000 linear feet of old siding and 20 electrical outlets and lights, installed proper vapor barrier, installed the new siding, requiring a great deal of detailed fabrication and cutting, and new electrics. The work involved elevations of 45' on one wall, and work above the second floor on deck walls and chimney facings. Gutters were removed, cleaned, and rehung with a stronger support system. Outdoor electrical panels that are part of the service entrance and a generator connection were removed, siding installed, and the panels re-installed. Extras during the project included replacing one exterior door and frame, and extending one roof a few feet over an entry. The work was done in the planned 6 weeks, on budget. Numerous small hidden problems were discovered and repaired during the project, each with consultation and design discussions with the owners. The site was kept clean and orderly every day. One light fixture was damaged during the work, and was promptly replaced with a better quality fixture.
This project was by far and away the best repair experience we have had with a builder We own three homes around the country, and have done many projects, some larger than this and most smaller. We are demanding customers and we believe in doing things right the first time. "
Michael & Carol Leach - Hockessin, DE (December, 2015)
"Dear Buck Run Builders:
We want to let you know how satisfied we are on the total outcome of our new addition. It all started with an idea we had and a photo of the garage of our dreams. The dream finilized as a two-car garage with breezeway attached to our house.
The whole process was enjoyable from start to finish, including the architectural drawings, working with the office, multiple crews on job location, all aspects well planned. Everyone was friendly and respectful to us and our surrounding property.
Your attention to detail made this a very positive endeavor for us.
We would highly recommend your company to our family and friends. Your honesty, reliability and hard-working ethics are commendable."
Jay and Lorraine Thorpe - Unionville, PA
"Buck run Builders recently added a covered deck and patio to our house. It was a big job which included the demolition of our old deck, construction of a patio off our basement, a deck roof, the deck stairs and some drainage work. All of their crew, including the subcontractors, were great. They delivered high quality workmanship, were very neat and trustworthy. The job was finished on time as promised. Everyone compliments us on how beautiful our deck and patio are. We will be recommending Buck Run Builders to all our friends and neighbors."
Doug and Lisa Semmel - Avondale, PA
"We recently had the privilege of working with Buck Run Builders and Dave Barr to complete a project we had been wishing to do for some time. We remodeled and screened in our back porch and replaced the deck leading up to the porch. The finished product is even better than we had imagined! Dave Barr, our foreman, was extremely helpful through all phases of the construction, but especially in the planning phase, helping us to achieve exactly what we had envisioned. We are also very impressed with the individual care and timely communication we received leading up to and during the project. The quality of workmanship and attention to detail was top notch - we have received so many compliments on this new room! The porch area is now a part of our home we thoroughly enjoy and will be a place for our family to connect and spend time together for years and hopefully generations to come!! We would highly recommend working with Buck Run Builders."
Ron and Tina Bare - Atglen, PA
"We had Buck Run do a complete renovation of our basement in the summer of 2011 and were VERY happy with the results. We spoke with many contractors prior to selecting Buck Run. We chose Buck Run based on their history of quality craftsmanship and our high level of trust with Ben, the owner. We wanted to add space that did not fell like a basement but more like traditional family space. WOW! We could not be happier. The space includes a full custom kitchen, full bath, and a large, open family room. Craftmanship was evident in the exceptional custom finishes throughout. We have built many wonderful family memories in the basement, especially with family movie nights. We highly recommend Ben and Buck Run Builders. Thanks you for a job well done!"
Tom and Val Jordan - Lancaster, PA
"In the summer of 2004, we began construction on a major addition to our home. We added a two story addition which included a new kitchen, back set of stairs and a new bedroom and bath. We also added a detached garage. Without a doubt our best decision was choosing Buck Run Builders. A more experienced group of employees cannot be found! They deliver high quality workmanship at a fair price. During construction we made quite a few changes and they handled them with ease offering their expertise. When completed (on time, I might add) we ended up with a beautiful addition to our home that we have had many compliments on. Since then, we have continued to call upon them for smaller jobs both at our home and my husband's business. If you are looking for quality work, don't hesitate to call Buck Run Builders."
John and Janice Manfredi - Kennett Square, PA
"I want to tell you how much we have enjoyed working with the team of Buck Run Builders through several home projects. Our friends always have some horror story about contractors not showing up for the job, quality of craftsmanship for the cost of the project and the trustworthiness of the contractors' employees. The teams of Buck Run Builders are craftsmen and artists. They treat your home with care, they don't leave debris, they are trustworthy and the quality of their work is superb. They always finish the project when promised, even when we have made changes. We have an old house where every project is a challenge. Buck Run Builders has always met or exceeded those challenges. They are part of the design team with ideas that work out beautifully as a finished project. We will always recommend Buck Run Builders to our friends and neighbors. Thank you for all you have done to make our house a home."
Randy and Ann Stinson - Avondale, PA
"When we decided to build a new home in 2007, we chose a European ranch design with a complicated, steep pitch roof structure that presented quite a challenge for the builder. Buck Run Builders handled this with ease as well as all other phases of the building process. The quality of their work was excellent and when we made changes during construction, everything was handled timely and professionally. They coordinated their work with all of the sub-contractors and worked through some very difficult weather conditions with the end result being a home that exceeded our expectations. After the home was completed, Buck Run responded quickly to the few problems that did come up which further added to our satisfaction."
Clint and Rosa Blackwell - Landenberg, PA
"I own two businesses, both of which have used Buck Run Builders for small and large construction projects. When it came time for an addition on my home, it was Buck Run again. They are both competent and honest. A rare combination in this day and age. I had no doubt that each member of the crew had my best interest in mind. They could think on their feet and improved on many of my own ideas. I will enjoy the fruits of their labor for many years to come. Thanks, Buck Run, for a job well done!"
Joe Zimmerman - Summers & Zims, Inc.