My family recently completed a new home construction project with R. Henry and The Design Element - we couldn't be more pleased with the results. I'm going to break the project down into a few areas for clarity.
We had some ideas on the type of house we wanted. We provided Rich and his team with pictures of houses and floor plans we found online. The architects took what we provided and put all the concepts together into a design we loved!
Education and Guidance
Going into this project I was concerned about the decisions I would have to make and the potential for cost increases. Everyone at R. Henry and The Design Element kept our needs and finances in mind. They educated and guided us every step of the way. They helped us understand what products would be critical to our home and items that wouldn't make much difference when it came to resale value. They also helped us steer clear of products that could result in less than ideal quality.
Every element of the home architecture was thought out, right down to placement of windows and the direction they opened. We wanted a lot of windows and an open floor plan. Jeff from R. Henry helped us figure out the ideal floor plan and window placement so we were able to get what we wanted without breaking the bank. Kailee guided us to get an excellent kitchen layout that is spacious and convenient.
We had several collaborative meetings with The Design Element and R. Henry. One great thing about these two businesses is how closely they work together which provides continuity. Put simply, the interior of our home is amazing. We loved the products and finishes recommended by The Design Element. I want to give a special acknowledgement to our designer, Megan. She listened to our requests, sent us amazing options and guided us in what would look great. I feel like we had the freedom to get what we wanted and at the same time the guidance we needed to make sure everything worked together. We were so impressed with the home design itself that we extended our work with Megan to have her help us furnishings and other decorations for our home. Everything is stylish and beautiful!
Overall the process was easy and I would do it again. There was a ton of moving parts and I couldn't imagine trying to manage the project all by myself. For this, I want to give a special acknowledgement to Aaron from R. Henry. We actually started this project living across the US and he kept us in the know every step of the way with pictures and weekly, if not daily emails and calls. He sheltered us enough from the crazy pieces all needing to fit together and yet was transparent with us and explained all the details without them being overwhelming. He shared what was being done, why it was being done and how it was going to happen. Very clear and concise. Aaron always made time for those burning questions - his patience and ability to keep things moving was key to the project.
Quality and Craftsmanship
R. Henry and The Design Element strive for quality. Our friends built a home at the same time we did with another builder. When I look at the products and finishes in their home, they do not compare. When my wife and I considered less than quality products, our builders and designers educated us on the pros and cons on those products. If our motivation for choosing a product was financial, they helped us find high-quality products at our price point. R. Henry and The Design Element are proud of what they do and only want the best for their customers. I want to acknowledge the amazing woodwork done by Rob - a master at what he does. We provided old barn wood from our family farm and he turned it into spectacular doors and accents throughout our home. His work on the shiplap is impeccable.
We Plan to Continue
Would we use R. Henry and The Design Element again? Absolutely. The combination of quality, attention to detail, transparency and education, seal the deal. As a matter fact, we are already considering when we will have our next project with them.
We hired R. Henry Construction to remodel our kitchen and dining room. We were clueless about what to expect and how it all would fit in our budget. Upon meeting Jeff, our project manager, and Taylor, our designer, courtesy of The Design Element, we were immediately put at ease. They found a way to keep our existing cabinets by updating them with paint and new fixtures, convert our built-in desk to a walk-in pantry with sliding doors and affordably, but beautifully, our flooring, lighting and plumbing. They had Cambria install new countertops, tiled a gorgeous glass backsplash and even found and installed a Lazy Susan garbage caddy to make use of, what we considered, wasted space. All communications were professional, courteous and timely. The highest quality workmanship was provided by all members of the team and we simply could not be more pleased with the results!
My wife an I reached out to several regional contractors for bids and design on an unfinished basement build. Two bedrooms, a bath, flooring, and more. We put our trust into R. Henry Construction and team leads Mike Roll and Kailee Helget and could not be happier with the results!
The design element really set the stage. It was the difference between a 'nice' basement for the kids to share versus something extraordinarily special. That's probably a good summary of the R. Henry experience - results that are way above and beyond what we could have expected. The flooring, trim, colors, shelving designs, book/reading nook, and so much more. Kailee and Mike and the team were able to take our vague, hand-waving concepts and a few 'something like this' photos and designed something extraordinary.
Examples are that we have a grid-based shelving section with cabinets below the staircase - an area typically left open or closed off with a simple closet. Wonderfully done! My daughter had an odd area in her bedroom that was turned into a shelving and sitting area for reading, drawing, and relaxing. Bathroom is the nicest place in the entire house! Pebble flooring for the shower and a modern, inviting design. The wow factor of our new basement is off the charts.
Construction was always professional and we felt comfortable with the workers and builders throughout the process. We were in good hands throughout - from concept to design to construction and completion. We highly recommend going with R. Henry Construction if you are looking for something beyond the low-end solution. Costs were reasonable for the service and results provided - great value for the results.
We are very grateful to the R. Henry crew for making our building process much easier and more pain free than it may otherwise have been. We were looking for a one-stop shop and that is exactly what they delivered. We arrived at their office with a floor plan that we liked. They tweaked it, dressed up the outside (a lot!), and built a house we are very proud to call home!
We started meeting with Rich, Tim and Megan about nine months before we began construction. The planning process was aided by all of us being in the room together. They gave us options and listened to our wishlist, and together we created the home. At times we were concerned that our taste was far more traditional than they were accustomed, but they skillfully helped us design a classic home that will stay in style a long time.
Construction was seamless with no surprises along the way. Lucky for us, we didn't have any delays due to weather or subcontractors. There were a couple days when no one was on site and other days when the site was crawling with people. Best of all, we moved in just three days over the original timeline! The R Henry bunch took care of everything from permits, to subcontractors, to disbursement requests for financing. The entire process was handled professionally, with a smile and a can-do attitude and we so appreciated that!
We highly recommend R. Henry Construction to anyone thinking of building a custom home. They deliver a quality home with great customer service!
We toured R. Henry's homes and fell in love with their craftsmanship and attention to detail. Beginning with the first design meeting with the team at R. Henry, it was apparent that they were going to be standing behind our home the whole way through, and after.
We were matched with Megan, a designer from The Design Element. It was a perfect fit! She has such a great personality and made it easy to make decisions and trust in her professional eye. When building a luxury home, it can be overwhelming with all the choices that have to be made, but she handled everything from colors, fixtures, textiles, built-ins, tile design, floor plan, well, basically everything in and out of our home. She has such a gift! We are forever grateful for her.
Aaron was our project manager. Besides the fact that he is truly a nice guy, he treated our project as if it was his own home. We felt that he was always looking out for us and going above and beyond the call of duty in building our home. He was always easy to reach and to talk to. Even after living in our home, he is still invested in us, our home, and our family.
We built at The Landing on Jefferson Lakes community. It was the very best decision we have made, and will ever make. It's a serene neighborhood, with a peaceful and quick drive to Mankato, St. Peter, Belle Plaine, Faribault, and the cities. We feel connected to many area communities being out here. The neighbors are so welcoming and are always watching out for our family and others. We are so happy to be living out in this perfect neighborhood in our dream home.
Where do we start? We are so thankful we found R. Henry.
We wanted to build a unique and special house for our first complete build. We had observed several builder's completed projects over a period of time. As we researched R. Henry's work, more and more we became confident with the work they did. That being said, we met with Rich, who is the owner, and we provided ideas and plans that we were interested in. He took the time to listen to our requests and interests and ultimately provided us something that was far better than what we were originally looking for. So the process began and Rich was able to answer all of our questions and help us with the financing and the building process.
Rich also introduced us to Aaron who would be our project manager who has been at our every beck and call, without hesitation. We then met with Megan, who absolutely understood our tastes and ideas, and paved the way for everything that made our beautiful home. After each planning meeting we had with R. Henry we felt as though we were a part of their family, we felt more and more confident that we had made, not only the right decision in a builder, but we had also made new friends. They had invited us to take part in their tour of homes and at each home we were welcomed by name into that specific home by a representative of R. Henry.
From day one we have had clear communications with Rich on the finances and timelines of the project. Aaron, our project manager has went above and beyond his duty by suggesting specific ideas and keeping this project ahead of the timeline as well as informing us of the details of the change orders that have come up during the project. Megan has been meticulous in providing us all of the options that work for us and our budget. With each meeting, Megan was able to take our ideas and create a beautiful place we love to call home. We had even wanted work with a different plumbing fixture company other than their suggested Ferguson, and R. Henry was more than accommodating when we went with a different provider.
We appreciate all of the benefits of working with R. Henry and knowing the idea that their contractors are professionals that pay attention to detail. Their contractors are not just your local guy who can get it done at a lower cost, which usually results in poor quality, and that made us feel as though they were building for us not just a job number.
R. Henry will build our next house, as they have made this build an enjoyment for us as well as a learning experience. We are so impressed with what R. Henry has done with the project, the level of professionalism that has been displayed from the initial conversation with Rich to being able to work with literally most all of their staff. They have treated us well and if you want a quality house with subject matter experts assisting you through the entire project look no further, R. Henry is your builder. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you R. Henry Construction.
My husband and I love our large, wooded lot, but we were unsatisfied with our 100 year old, dated, very small house. Having no personal experience in home remodeling and a limited budget, we were unsure as to whether or not we would be able to remodel and expand our house within our budget. Thankfully we decided to work with R. Henry Construction.
R. Henry was able to design for us a beautiful addition to our home, with efficient use of space while seamlessly integrating our existing house and maintaining our limited budget... all of which we were able to view in 3D renderings (of both the interior and exterior) before a shovel ever hit the ground. We were thrilled with the final modern farmhouse style design- and they even accounted for an entertainment center that would house our record player and record collection!
Throughout the entire process R. Henry was conscientious of our budget concerns, and continually looked for ways to cut costs that would not impact quality or design.
Rich, one of the owners of R. Henry, worked with us through the design process and budgeting process. He kept us well informed and helped us line up the financing we needed, as well as identify ideas to save us money. We felt well taken care of and were comforted by his expertise.
One of the more unique aspects of working with R. Henry is their location in the Mankato Design Center. Not only did this place serve as a headquarters where we could meet to discuss plans, even after business hours as we both work full time, but it also served as a one stop shop for interior and exterior design. The interior designers on site were always friendly and genuinely interested in the outcome of our home. Margot, our designer and owner of The Design Element, helped accommodate our price range by being resourceful, developing alternatives to expensive materials, re-purposing whatever was available, and designing custom solutions.
During the remodel our project manager Russ kept us d as to progress being made. This was extremely comforting because we were able to make sure that we were being kept within not only our budget, but also our completion date as we were not able to live in the home during the remodel. Russ even helped my husband carry a fridge out of our house after hours, and came back to our home after the job was finished to touch up any paint we may have dinged when we moved our furniture in, and to address any other minor issues that may exist- at which point we had no complaints!
R. Henry surpassed all of our expectations. Thanks to them, my husband and I were able to fulfill our vision of a beautiful home at an affordable cost that compliments the lot we never wanted to leave! We couldn't be happier with the end result and we highly recommend R. Henry Construction!
I loved working with Aaron. R. Henry began the project when I wanted it started. Easy to work with and craftsmanship was excellent. I highly recommend R. Henry Construction.
My project was gutting the existing main floor and moving a staircase to a different part of the home. The existing home is over 100 years old. We had engineers come in and redo the whole floor plan to be sure that the new idea was compatible with the existing structure- very easy people to work with.
I ended up extending the project to redo the upstairs, and the basement. Whole home remodel. If I had anything that needed to be redone, they worked on getting it done to how I wanted it. I highly recommend R. Henry for your building projects.
R. Henry Construction has lived up to our expectations as a great design build company for our new home. They were able to handle the complete process from a totally custom floor plan to the finishing touches inside the home. The fact they were able to take over the project and simplify the process of picking out colors, carpets etc. was very important to us. We never felt overwhelmed at any point in the process. You can likely find someone cheaper but when our house was finished it was the quality we wanted. Overall we are very happy with how the whole project went and would recommend them to anyone interested in building a good quality custom home.
We couldn't be happier with our new home!!
Don and I wanted to stay on the lake but needed a home that would fit our needs. We contacted R. Henry and they were able to build our new home, within the limited space of our lot, making it everything we wanted.
Aaron, our Project Manager, was great to work with. He was there throughout the whole build out, whether in person or by phone, updating us weekly on the progress. From the day we sat down to do our drawings to the end of construction, we knew we were at the right place.
We highly recommend them to anyone wanting Quality Work and Great Customer Service. You won't be disappointed.
We have enjoyed working with R. Henry from the early planning discussions through the end of the project. We so appreciated the extra mile R. Henry went through to get the siding that matches our existing house- well worth the wait. From the MANY positive comments from friends and family, we know they like the porch as much as we do. This project was something that Will and I had planned for as part of our retirement- and now it has become a reality. We practically live out here already.
Everyone from R. Henry was a delight to work with. I can't tell you how much we appreciated their attention to detail, their skill, and even how clean they kept the work site. High quality was the reason we chose R. Henry for our project, and we were not disappointed.
We are thrilled with the completed porch and we enjoyed ALL of the workers. Everyone was polite, professional, and nice. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
I wanted to write a quick letter to let you know how happy my wife and I are about our experience using R. Henry Construction to build our new home. We visited several builders but after meeting with R. Henry, we knew they were the right choice.
Building a new home is a complicated and sometimes stressful undertaking, but from the moment we walked in the door we always felt like the people at R. Henry were doing everything they could to truly listen and build exactly what we wanted for our family. The level of detail, quality and thought that went into the design and building process was impressive. R. Henry truly is a premier custom home builder.
R. Henry performed a complete remodel of my kitchen in 2015 and because I was happy with their work, I hired them again in 2016 to repair the footings and level a sagging covered porch. On both projects, the R. Henry team and their subcontractors were very professional and performed high-quality work. The project manager Mike was really knowledgeable about all aspects of his projects and was always able to answer my questions/concerns in depth.
Two things in particular about R. Henry stood out (1) their willingness to work with me to contain costs on some aspects of the project so that we could maximize what was most important to me and (2) their problem-solving abilities, even for things that were not specifically their responsibility. I was unhappy with one kitchen installation (it wasn't done incorrectly I just really hated it). The product vendor said that it was installed to specification and nothing more could be done. R. Henry folks then stepped in and came up with a fix that was simple for the vendor to do and that completely solved my problem. A year later, I'm still pleased with the result!
Based on my experience, I would definitely recommend R. Henry Construction.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with R. Henry. They basically turned our very unimpressive first floor into something we consider to be pretty spectacular. Easy to work with, lots of great ideas - they showed us remodel possibilities that we had no idea existed, and we love the end result. Can't say enough about their expertise, savvy, and general awesomeness.
What a wonderful place to recover from surgery, my rebuilt deck! Thank you all for working with me on a redesign of my deck and completing the project to my satisfaction. I have always been pleased with the work you have done for me and would recommend your company to friends. Thank you!
We redid our main floor entryway and living room. It was a pleasure to work with Aaron and the crew with R. Henry Construction. Aaron was great about communicating timelines and issues that arose. There will always be unexpected things with any project, but I knew I could count on him to keep me informed. The final result was a tremendous transformation from a space that didn't fit our family at all, to one where we enjoy spending our free time. We look forward to working with them on a future project.
My wife Vickie and I made the decision to build a new house on our farm. We had lots of specific ideas of what we wanted, but needed someone to put these ideas into a plan. We interviewed some area builders and easily chose R. Henry. The entire process of designing, building and decorating was a good, positive and fun experience. The job was completed timely and the quality was excellent.
If we were to build again - we'd choose R. Henry.
Any construction project, new or remodel, can be scary and we've all heard tales of woe. Delays and cost overruns seem to accompany any project. Mike at R. Henry Construction was absolutely truthful even when it would be easy to gloss over missteps and minor set backs. The entire design team provided guidance without judgment. As a result, our project was completed in the time frame quoted and exceeded our expectations.
Furthermore, all of the sub-contractors and others working our project were conscientious, respectful and considerate. We are impressed. Thank you for making this a good experience!
Our experience with R. Henry Construction couldn't have been a better one. Their staff was more than willing to put in the effort. Our project came out not only on time, but perfect. My wife and I could not be happier with how our remodeling project went. R. Henry's staff and professionalism goes unmatched as far as we are concerned.
We are extremely happy with our R. Henry built home. The building process went very smoothly. Our questions, comments and ideas were solicited, anticipated and addressed with courtesy and sincerity. The home building process was not overwhelming, in fact quite the opposite due to the exceptional competence of the owners/workers. Our home's construction and finish definitely reflects the high-quality standards of R. Henry Construction.
R. Henry Construction has a great reputation for their quality and professional workmanship and I can agree with that personally. We hired them to remodel our kitchen and bathroom.
It was their idea to take out a wall to enlarge the kitchen area where everyone gathers at family get togethers and the end result was fantastic. Their staff helped put together materials and colors that were practical yet within our taste and budget. The kitchen cupboards were custom built by them and incorporated all our wants and ideas and I could not be more pleased with the end result.
The bathroom plan was excellent, creating a separate shower and tub arrangement in a small space and yet looked like it was meant to be that way. Again, the materials that were used and the decorating that was done according to our taste, showed they listened to our needs and made suggestions accordingly. The lighting fixtures, granite countertop and pebble shower floor were items that we may not have thought of, but certainly add to the quality look of the project that they did for us.
What impressed us the most besides the quality workmanship, attention to detail and extreme customer focus was the eve of pride, ownership and professionalism demonstrated by everyone involved in the construction process. We love our house and had a fun and memorable experience building it.
We can't imagine a better home for us or nicer people to work with. We are happy we chose R. Henry Construction.
We hired R. Henry to remodel our living room, and are thrilled with the results! They were excellent to work with from beginning to end. Joe and the design team provided ideas and 3-D sketches so we could see the finished product before starting the work. They provided creative solutions that fit within our budget. The work was very high quality, including tying new wood floor into our existing wood floor, which turned out seamless!! Would highly recommend R. Henry to anyone looking to do a remodel!
We had not considered moving to the country until we saw the home that R. Henry Construction had built. The craftsmanship and design of our home is outstanding. They have gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable. We highly recommend them to others.
I've been working in residential construction doing concrete work for nearly 20 years. I'm the first person on site to start foundation work, and one of the last to leave when we complete the exterior concrete. I'm able to see the process of building a home from start to finish. I've thoroughly witnessed over 1,000 new home builds. Of all the many builders I've worked with over the years, I can honestly say that R. Henry Construction is right at the top! Eric Simon D&S Cement Company, Inc. Northfield, MN 55057
For many years we pondered the idea of upgrading half of our downstairs area where we had a family room and a room we used for storage.
During the summer of 2013, I noticed the Mankato Design Center. I walked in to the showroom and met a woman who listened to my questions and to our unwillingness to this job without a reputable planner/designer/builder. She assured me I had come to the right place.
In June 2014, work began under the watchful eye of Mike Roll. He orchestrated the demolition, framing, subcontractor and he always kept us aware of who and when work and workers would be taking place at our residence.
We are very pleased with the remodel. It truly exceeds our original thoughts of an upgrade. We highly recommend R. Henry Construction, The Design Element and Mike Roll (project manager) for construction and remodeling projects to anyone who wants quality work done in a very professional manner.
In 2008, I became confined to a wheelchair. Not only am I confined to a wheelchair, I am short at 4 feet 6 inches tall. I was no longer able to reach anything in my kitchen and I needed to modify the kitchen in order to continue to be able to use it.
I contacted R. Henry Construction and they came up with some very good ideas to make my kitchen handicap accessible.
They installed many drawers instead of cupboards for storage, as well as ped a counter at the end of the peninsula that can be used for many things. I am very pleased with the results and I now have a very beautiful and functional kitchen.
In 2013, my wife and I approached R. Henry Construction to remodel our basement. We wanted a basement design where we could entertain guests when needed, as well as a normal living space when we were not entertaining.
R. Henry Construction, with the Design Element, provided good ideas for our basement. The workers and staff were very friendly and courteous to work with. We have enjoyed our basement remodel and would recommend R. Henry Construction for all construction projects.
Again in 2014, we decided to remodel our kitchen, once again turning to R. Henry Construction for assistance. They gave us the same great service for our kitchen remodel. Again, workers and staff were very friendly and courteous throughout the entire process from demo to cabinet install all the way throughout in our fully remodeled kitchen. The entire process was very pleasing.
We once again would recommend R. Henry Construction.
We have worked with R. Henry Construction on many projects and have found the homes they build are built with a high level of quality and craftsmanship. We have enjoyed working with Tim and Aaron as both are very professional and have always treated our company with respect.
R. Henry Construction is a Design friendly Construction company and they are open to new and innovative design concepts and have been a great compliment to our business!
Every project we collaborate on we are confident that we will have a unique aesthetic with great attention to detail and the highest quality workmanship!
Working with R. Henry Construction always makes our jobs easier!
We have worked with R. Henry Construction on many occasions. We have had a great experience every time. They are very courteous and professional people to work with and we look forward to working with them in the future.
R. Henry Construction is a good contractor to work with and most every job is organized and flawless. Great people to work with and good attitudes.
In my 14 years of experience in the industry, R. Henry Construction is one of the most professional home builders I have ever had the privilege to work with.