Some Very Happy Clients

We are absolutely delighted with the West Coast style house that Somenos built for us. Our build site was on undeveloped, ‘off the grid’ land which required Somenos to oversee the land development (tree felling, well drilling, septic field and land drainage) as well as deal with the environmental and government permits involved in a water front build.

D’Arcy and his team, as well as the various Somenos sub-contractors & suppliers, were excellent to work with. Their craftsmanship, integrity and attention to detail exceeded our expectations.

Cindy Garneau & Jeff Dalgliesh

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Somenos construction and Trudy McAdam Design collaborated on the build of my mom’s beautiful home in Maple Bay, so it was a no brainer for us to consider their services in the build of our home on the lot right next to my mom’s place.
From the outset, D’Arcy (Somenos Construction) and Trudy poured themselves into our project. It was their personal, yet professional approach that made it an easy choice for us to choose them over others in the Cowichan Valley (not to mention their long resume of beautiful, solid builds). They considered the lot and surrounding properties (including my Mom’s place), as well as our design preferences to come up with options that were not only within our budget, but also surpassed our expectations in terms of architectural originality.

With respect to design, Trudy responded to our ideas—no matter how ridiculous…and we had loads of ridiculous ideas—and came up with blueprints and 3-D models that really helped us visualize what we were seeking to build. D’Arcy too was always there to provide immediate advice and suggestions from the building perspective. As a result, the design process was efficient, yet also satisfying as we felt we were getting the home we’d always visualized. I can’t imagine going out and paying tens of thousands of dollars for home design and then shopping around for a builder—that seems like an approach that would eat through a lot more money that it needs to, not to mention possible tensions and other challenges that might emerge between designer and builder.

As for construction, D’Arcy stated from the outset that he expected to build our home in accordance with the budget he presented to us—and he was true to his word! Along the way, he made suggestions for us to save money here and there, which then allowed us to spend some extra money on other parts of the home, such as our ensuite. Somenos construction is noted for being a premier construction company and when working with D’Arcy you can see why: he is a calm, methodical builder who takes pride in what he does. D’Arcy’s leadership and expertise extends to those around him. His crew is fantastic: they have worked for D’Arcy for a long time and they too have a lot of pride in what they build. Put simply, Somenos construction is a first-class company through and through.
I should also add that our home—from design to occupancy—was completed in about 9 months. We had a hard deadline for occupancy: early September when our kids were set to start classes at their new elementary school. The whole process was completed with more than a week to spare.

We have now been in our wonderful home for about a year and I can tell you that not a day goes by where my wife and I do not thank the heavens above that our home was built by Somenos Construction and designed by Trudy McAdam. What a great experience it was! If we are ever fortunate enough to once again build a home, there is no question as to who we’ll turn to for the design and build. Simply put, D’Arcy, Trudy, and the whole Somenos team are great people who make awesome homes.

Wood Family

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We are very happy and satisfied, now living in our beautiful new home. From our first meeting with D’Arcy and the follow-up to confirm a contract to build, working with Somenos Construction has been a most positive experience.

The initial building estimates matched very accurately with monthly invoices. The commitment of so many long-term employees says a lot about Somenos Constuction’s good relations with staff. The skilled and experienced staff were all very easy and comfortable to work with. They were very open with offering suggestions or adjustments to accommodate changes on the fly. Working with local sub-trades was equally positive.

Bob, Greg and Luke’s rapport with local sub-trades led to smooth and seamless stages of the build. We appreciated the full service offered by this company from initial planning and obtaining permits through the building process and site development.

With thanks,

Maureen and Colin Collister

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We began with a list of three builders to interview that had been recommended to us. But after meeting D’Arcy of Somenos, and seeing one of his jobs with the well experienced crew at work, we cancelled the other two interviews. Since Mike had been a builder himself years ago, he had drawn up the basic plan for our duplex and then worked with Somenos home designer Trudy McAdam, who developed the final plans with patience and expertise.

As we live 800 miles away, and could only be on site for a few days each month, it was imperative that we had a builder that was a good communicator. So through the process, we made use of email and phone calls to stay abreast of the building progress, and to discuss decisions as needed. Our lot is sloped and was challenging to work on but they managed to excavate, landscape and build on the steep building site so that the final result is beautiful. D’Arcy and job foreman Luke Baker, were always available to us as well as being “hands on” and practical, and the whole crew embraces the values of honesty and hard work.

We are really proud of the final result of our stylish duplex and Somenos Construction made it happen for us.

Mike and Deb Butler

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I have known D’Arcy Beaveridge of Somenos Construction for over 25 years and during this time he has worked on a number of projects for which I have been the architect.  The projects have varied from large commercial to more detailed and intricate heritage conservation projects.  The following are some examples:

  • Peter Baljet GM Chevrolet Dealership, Duncan, B.C.
    Large addition to an existing building to form a new automobile dealership.
  • Bow-Mel Chrysler, Duncan, B.C.
    A second auto dealership with a renovation and major new addition.

Both projects were exemplarily carried out to the satisfaction of our clients.

In the heritage field, I have worked with D’Arcy on two projects.  First, the stabilization and rehabilitation of five buildings at:

  • Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
    Detailed stabilization and conservation on six buildings including the 1890 Alfred Ruckle House, the 1865 Peavine Log Cabin and others.

The second group was at the Newman Farm owned by the District of Central Saanich where three buildings were stabilized.

All this heritage conservation work was carried out in the most expedient manner, with the work on Ruckle Provincial Park being recognized with an Honour Award from Heritage B.C.

In conclusion, D’Arcy and his company come highly recommended as providing excellent workmanship combined with integrity.

Yours very truly

Jonathan Yardley, Dip Arch (Birm), Architect AIBC, SAA, MRAIC, RIBA, CAHP, BCAHP
Registered Architect & Professional Heritage Consultant

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I have engaged Somenos Construction for my building needs at my former business (Steel Pacific Recycling) and personally over the last 20 years. I have found D’Arcy to be professional and efficient. They recently totally renovated my home and built a new 2500 sq. ft. building on my property. I included them on the initial planning and design. There practical knowledge and experience in working with the designer and myself proved to be of great value, and was a critical part in keeping the project on time and on budge. I am truly very happy with the end result of there work. I found Bob to be easy to work with, and I was confident that he was aligned with my best interests.

I would with confidence recommend Somenos Construction for all your building needs.

Regards,

Barry Waters

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We have been working with D’Arcy Beaveridge and his Somenos Construction team for the past year; we are now in the final stages of construction on our Maple Bay home.

Somenos Construction has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and a dedication to success; the efforts of the entire team have produced high quality results. The project to date has been running very close to the initially projected schedule and budget, which are key indicators of a well-managed project. Our working relationship with D’Arcy and his team has been wonderful. I can’t say enough about the professionalism and the easy relaxed manner in which they approach the many decisions that they need us to make.

For these reasons, we highly recommend Somenos Construction for any construction project.

Best Regards,

Bryan and Heather Emslie

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Somenos Construction completed construction of our new residence in 2010. They managed the project and provided labour and materials on a cost plus 10% basis. Project Manager was D’Arcy Beaveridge. We were very happy with the outcome, and enjoyed the whole crew. Scheduling and cost accounting was clear and well organized. Quality of work and communications was excellent, we would not hesitate to recomend or use Somenos Construction for future work.

Sincerely,

Robert Walker

 

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