Testimonials

Carlos & Kelley L Decatur, GA

A colleague recommended JR for our home renovation in 2011. JR's bid was by far the most competitive. We selected JR because we trusted him and felt confident that he would live up to the stellar reputation we had heard about. He exceeded my expectations in every way. He was on time, on budget, a great communicator and so very pleasant and professional. I have heard horror stories about renovations gone wrong but I will never fear a renovation project again as long as JR is involved. He is the first person I would call for renovations or if I wanted to custom build a home.

Justin & Nicole Dombrow East Roswell

We are thrilled with the work JR did for us. With an addition to our family on the way we were in need of some additional space. After pairing us with the right architectural services group, he and his team added a second story over our tandem garage. This allowed us a nursery, full bath and guest room/recreational room, which tied in seamlessly with the house. By the looks of the exterior one would never realize it was not part of the original house. There were no surprises or hidden costs. He was very upfront, came in under budget, finished early, and was always professional. We would definitely recommend him.

Bill & Kelly Blake Dunwoody, GA

After a 150-year-old oak tree crashed into our kitchen, we were forced to find a contractor. After interviewing several, we knew JR was the one to make our house whole again. Not only did JR fix our home but he made this unplanned event a pleasurable experience. The professionalism and detail-oriented work JR came to our house with every day is a testament to his strong work ethic. JR is reliable, creative and available. We immediately knew after just a few days working with JR we had made the right choice. JR is an excellent contractor that we now call our friend.

Amit & Jennifer Agarwal Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

JR is an incredibly skilled and impeccable professional homebuilder. We worked with him in the summer of 2009 on our purchase of a Buckhead single family home, which needed a significant amount of high-quality work for a reasonable price. The one thing that stood out to us about JR was his attention to detail. He saved us a great deal of money by finding out about a serious construction defect in our home at an early stage, and was on top of every other little detail from day one. He was very easy to work with, in part because he has a very easy-going manner about him.

He was on time for every stated deadline. At first, when we browsed through the quality of the projects as listed on his web site, we incorrectly assumed that he would be too expensive. His pricing is fair, and we got more value than we paid for, particularly in light of the intangibles: professionalism, timeliness, and communication.

We plan on sticking with JR and his team for all future needs, and are happy to recommend him to any other interested homeowner.

Aaron Furniss (Sutherland) East Roswell

JR worked with me and my wife as the builder of a home we purchased. There were a number of alterations and personalization that we wanted to the already built home, and JR came up with ways to make our vision for the home happen. We found him to be both responsive and professional throughout the process, with great follow-through to make sure everything was completed. JR is also very easy to work with. We would recommend JR strongly, and have in fact recently contacted him about a remodeling project for our home.

Jane Mcauley Coldwell Banker

When a builder partners with the buyer and the agent during the building process, it is a really good experience. JR always had my clients' best interest at heart and was eager to make their home everything that they dreamed of. It was truly a pleasure working with a very talented and very committed custom builder.

Anne & Alex Wernick East Roswell

Our project was to finish a 2000 square foot basement. JR McDowell is the first contractor that did what he promised to do without making any excuses. What impressed us was how his sub-contractors performed for him. Each one was there at the time that JR requested. JR's attention to detail was outstanding. If there was a blemish on the wall or the flooring, it was taken care of immediately. No detail escaped him. Any future remodeling work we have will certainly be handled by JR.

AJ RobinsonAtlanta, GA (Ansley Park)

Our existing carriage house had become inadequate to suit our needs. The kids were growing up and we needed something more functional...additional space. We decided to demolish our existing carriage house and to start fresh. Once our architectural plans were complete, we needed a builder to construct our new space. We interviewed JR and determined he was a good fit for us and our project. His proposal was detailed and well organized, and knowing his reputation we were excited about our project, which required someone who would be particular about details. From intricate assemblages of steel, millwork and finishing details our new space was created. Now, our carriage house consists of a 3-car garage, kitchen, bath, and ample living area allowing our family to breathe a little easier. JR's team approach even led us to adding an interactive electronics package and landscape installation. We would certainly recommend JR McDowell Homes for your custom build.

Pamela & Dan Beeson East Roswell

Our family is very pleased with the custom home JR McDowell built for us. We worked with him in the early design stages all the way through to the house's completion. He made what was initially quite a daunting undertaking quite enjoyable. Throughout the process he was knowledgeable and easy to work with. Now, we are happy to reside in our own unique, well-built home.

Anne Cintron Prudential Georgia Realty

JR was wonderful to work with - my clients bought two homes where he managed the process smoothly on both occasions. He gave a personal touch when working with a large builder and always stood up to his word. My clients were very pleased with his commitment to getting things done right.

Svein and Katharine Romstad East Roswell

Our construction project consisted of adding a second floor to a detached garage and integrating it into our home through a breezeway. Within the promised timeframe JR McDowell Homes delivered what we asked for and you cannot tell this was not a part of the original structure. The quality of construction is outstanding and the responsiveness of the builder was superb. We are delighted to recommend to anyone JR McDowell Homes.

Chevy & Laura Chevalier Dunwoody, GA

With JR's tremendous personality and knowledge within the construction space, when we decided to fully renovate our home in Dunwoody there was no better option. He worked with us within tremendous time constraints and a very specific budget and he was able to fully deliver. I would highly recommend JR for any of your construction, building or renovation needs.

Andy & Abby King Atlanta, GA (Inman Park)

After one meeting with JR my husband and I were convinced he was the perfect Contractor to manage a unique project in our Inman Park loft. Our goal was to add a full guest bathroom on our lower level, so basically we asked JR to create a room where there was just unused space under a staircase. JR and his talented team had the vision to design, construct and build out our guest bath, which resulted in a fully functional beautiful bath. Not only has it added value to our home, now our guests have the complete privacy we wanted them to feel when visiting us in Atlanta. I would highly recommend JR to anyone for any future design/build projects, as I am confident he will provide quality workmanship coupled with the highest level of customer service.

Bob Conquest Atlanta, GA (Ormewood Park)

I want to share my great experience working with JR McDowell. I purchased a piece of land in October 2010 to build a new custom home. When I was about 85% complete with the architectural plans I started my search for a builder/contractor to collaborate with during the final plan stages. Through a network of colleagues, friends and neighbors I was referred to three reputable contractors, one of them being JR of JR McDowell Homes. I met with all three builders and asked them to bid on the project and give any feedback regarding the construction plans. JR was one of the first to respond to the challenge. He continued to keep in touch with his bid process, and requested several meetings for questions and options to align with the budget. JR also reached out to the architect to understand vision and goals. He did this within a timely manner and completed his bid ahead of the other two contractors. I awarded JR McDowell Homes the project for several reasons: recommendations from peers, good communications skills, experience on home building and keeping deadlines.

JR wasted no time getting started when the city building permits where delivered. He quickly had the existing home removed and started the construction process within days. He was always on site working with the sub-contractors reviewing their work, resolving issues, looking for ways to cut cost and managing overall subcontractors schedules.

During the months of construction, unforeseen decisions or challenges would present themselves, and JR would always use his experience and collaborate with the architect, designer or myself with solutions that where smart and in the best interest of the home design.

Via email, JR would send documented status reports, calendar scheduling and shared spreadsheets on costs and any overages. He was always reachable by phone and if needed would quickly return phone calls.

Overall, the experience working with JR was very positive. He succeeded with his attention to detail, managing the process, hands-on action and commitment to building a beautiful home, all while keeping me informed and happy. I have an amazing home and could not have made a better choice on a builder. I would love to work with JR again if the opportunity presents itself. I would be happy to answer any questions to prospective clients. Please reach me through JR McDowell.

Brette & Steve Sadler Dunwoody, GA

We were referred to JR by our neighbor and couldn't have been happier! JR was professional and honest and made our decision to go with a GC the right one! He was responsive to our many questions and offered a plethora of details on the products and services he provided. He made several visits to our house brining samples and options for us to choose from. His team completed the work quickly and efficiently, and his clean up crew left our house in perfect condition! He's at the top of our list for our "Phase II" project list.

Lori CohenKeller Williams

As a real estate agent it is extremely important to me that my client works with a knowledgeable, organized, and dependable builder, someone who pays attention to the details. JR McDowell was perfect for them. He stayed close to them during the entire process and we had complete confidence in him. I told them they were very fortunate to be working with him.

Tom Harvey (Macy's)East Roswell

We have worked with JR on the build and purchase of two homes in Atlanta. JR is creative, committed to the customer and has the taste level and follow through to deliver a great product. We have been particularly impressed by his attention to detail to ensure that all of the elements of the home work together to enhance the overall look. When we relocated to Atlanta and again when we were looking to build a larger home we looked at many products and worked with many builders. We found that in many other builders there were elements that didn't complement the overall look or that the attention to detail was not what we got when we worked with JR. He is passionate about his product. We have not seen a better value and a more quality product in this market! JR is honest, sincere and a pleasure to work with. We would recommend him to anyone looking to build a new home or remodel.

Andria Ryan (Fisher & Phillips LLP)East Roswell

As a professional woman with three children, functionality was essential, yet so was a certain level of sophistication. JR gave me valuable insight and ideas regarding my home's true potential. He recognized the need for redesign of the architect's original kitchen. The results were a highly functional family gathering space and a beautiful place to entertain friends. Working with JR to build my custom home was a real pleasure. He was patient and understanding of all of our wants and needs. I had complete confidence in him. He built a beautiful home for the entire family.

Michael OkiAtlanta, GA (Virginia Highlands)

When I first started to look into remodeling my home I had a few who were recommended to me. After meeting with each of them I knew that JR McDowell Homes was the best fit for me.

JR was knowledgeable and was even able to set me up with interior designers and landscape architects to help me better define my projects. When bids were presented to me JR took the time to sit down with me and go over each item line by line to let me know the exact reasons for the materials he chose and addressed areas which may pose as potential savings or additional costs. Along with the bid was a complete schedule of when each piece of the project would be completed including the final walk through inspection. JR made sure to look at the existing home and stay true to the original details of the home.

Throughout the project JR and his crews were courteous, trustworthy, and extremely professional. Whenever I asked for more information or inquired about things, JR took the time to explain and made sure I was satisfied with the craftsmanship before moving forward. I have received compliments from everyone who visits my house and sees the great work that JR has done and already hired JR to do another project.

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