Hear what our current and past clients say
Let me begin by saying that every home owner needs a contractor like Celio in their life. I first met Celio while I was working with a different contractor to build a home office. He had not yet started his own business and was doing some work for this contractor. My architect said Celio was a great carpenter and framer so when the contractor finished the office construction, I hired Celio to do all of the interior buildouts.
He and I designed the closet configurations and built in book shelves and then he built them. I was so happy with that initial work that then I hired him to build me a custom outdoor shed. I had it designed by an architect and it is one of a kind and looks beautiful in my small Cambridge backyard. I hope he posts a picture of it on his website because it is so cute but also very functional.
Next, I hired him to tear down and build a whole new front entrance, including a new front door. The real tricky part is that my home was built in 1894 and nothing is straight after 120 years but again, he rose to the challenge and even exceeded my expectations.
I recommend Celio as a contractor without reservations and am so glad I found him. I had worked with 2 other contractors before finding Celio and they were fine but Celio is different. Once you become a client of his he will go out of his way to make sure you are happy with the product and he even checks on work done by sub-contractors he uses before he will let you pay them. Trust me, this guy is special – and no, I am not related to him. I am gladly writing this review for him because hard working, talented, honest people deserve to be known. I just hope he does not get too busy to do my bathroom remodel later this year.
— Yvette Groszmann, Cambridge, MA
“I have known Celio for over ten years, at first when he was a major member of the finest construction crew that worked on my architectural office’s designs. That crew was the most desirable crew to work with. It was a sad loss when the principal passed away, but a year later Celio initiated his own company.
Celio became my most valued contractor for all the reasons we choose someone to work on our homes. He understood the scope of the projects; submitted accurate and reasonable estimates; was totally insured and equipped with all necessary tools; and projects were done well, on schedule, and within the bid price. All of my clients were very happy with his professional attitude, his aesthetic decisions and his carpentry skill. Before I left Cambridge, he made my own house whole and ready for market.
Now I am living in California and working on a few properties. I have had to hire contractors and sorely wish I could find a contractor of his standing.
— Peter Wright, Peter Wright Studios, formerly Cambridge, MA
At the end of a project most people are relieved to say goodbye to the disruption and to the general contractor. Yes, I was happy to see the disruption in the rear view mirror, but to tell the truth, when all was said and done, my wife and I missed seeing Celio, day to day. He was always a welcome sight. Celio is a man good to his word and one never needed remind him of his word. His craftsmanship is a matter of pride. I am a detail oriented person and it became clear to me early in the project that I needn’t worry about the quality of the work nor the rightness of the solution to any of the many problems that crop up in an old house during a major kitchen and bathroom renovation. He always asked my opinion when the solution was a matter of personal taste, otherwise he solved problems and took care of work at hand. He knew what such a job entailed and his planning, organization, good taste and good nature showed that. Celio’s crew was dependable as clock work. In their hands the job was never delayed. When from time to time things went wrong, the focus was on a worthy solution, never on blame. I would ask Celio Alves back to my home again in a heartbeat, for work or just to visit.
— Russ Windman, Cambridge, Massachusetts
We were extremely pleased with the work done at our home on September 15, 2022. Celio did a beautiful job installing a wooden bannister on our basement staircase. He always made sure to ask for our preferences before moving ahead with any aspects of the job that entailed design decisions, so that we would be satisfied with the outcome. He was very reliable and organized, arrived when he promised, finished the work in less than a day, and left no mess. We would definitely engage his company for other projects and will recommend him to friends and neighbors.— Elliot and Barbara Lebowitz, Brookline MA