We really enjoyed working with Jim for our project in 2010-11 to add a bedroom and bathroom to our house in San Francisco. So often construction projects can be stressful and confusing, but Jim's honesty and patience put us at ease throughout the project. Jim worked tirelessly to get his work done on schedule, which was particularly important to us because our first baby was due a couple weeks after the planned construction completion date!
Throughout construction, Jim had an open dialogue with us to discuss project changes, decision points, questions and concerns. We are particularly passionate about green building principles, and we chose to work with Jim specifically because of his familiarity with these principles and his own green ideals. Jim always had pragmatic suggestions for us so that we could cost-effectively choose sustainable options.
Most importantly, we enjoyed Jim's daily presence and his friendship. Almost five years later, we're so happy with the home that Jim has helped us to build. We still stay in touch, and we'd hire him again in a second for another project.
— Rahul, San Francisco
Jim is so good at what he does, it’s amazing how he brings all the elements together. Besides being just a really nice person, it’s incredible how he can put it all together and bring a beautiful space into being.
I love my new place. Each window frames the outside world so beautifully. It’s just splendid.
— Jim, Sebastopol
While we had some ideas of how we wanted to renovate the lower level of our home, Jim Furness brought to our project his unique sense of humor and wit, many years of experience with similar remodels, and some creative alternative solutions for problems that had us stumped. Jim’s cheerful daily attitude and readiness to listen to our questions and dilemmas were a huge asset to moving the project along in a way that surpassed our original designs and hopes.
Jim brought in competent, timely subcontractors for some of the electrical work, but managed to do all the rest himself. The professional workmanship and quality finish job and clean-up really impressed us.
We are glad to recommend Furness Construction, Inc. to anyone who is contemplating a construction project. Bring Jim in early — because he thinks outside the box, bringing ingenuous solutions to problems that seemed intractable.
— Richard and Anita, Mill Valley
We have hired Furness Construction for not one, but three projects on our 1940s home over the course of 10 years. The first was an addition, the second was a conversion to create another bedroom and the third was to do a complete remodel of the kitchen.
Jim does quality work, and is professional and trustworthy. He doesn't cut corners. He helped us develop our plans, his estimates were thorough, and he kept us updated on progress and upcoming work. He did much of the work himself, rather than handing the project off to others, but the specialty subcontractors he brought in (for replacing the 1940s wiring, new plumbing, tile) were all professionals, as well.
We were thrilled with the end result each time. After the first addition, the couple we had bought the house from stopped by, and after seeing it, said “We wouldn’t have sold the house if we had realized what could have been done with it!"
— Kristina, Napa
My wife and I had long planned (and put-off) a bathroom remodel, but circumstances suddenly compelled us to do it quickly. Jim Furness jumped in right away and worked with us as we selected cabinets, light fixtures, etc. I am sure he would prefer to work with owners who have well developed drawings and specifications, but he was supportive every step of the way as our requirements evolved. We are looking forward to working with Jim on future home improvements.
— Jim and Barbara, Oakland