Julian G. Co Owner

We are a full service residential construction company serving New York area for more than a decade, whether you need a small- scale renovation or desire a custom- made home, we are committed to helping you create a home you will love living in. We also do small and large repairs on existing homes.

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Company profile
Services
General Contracting
Millwork
Service area
Bronx, NY
Brooklyn, NY
New York, NY
Queens, NY
Typical projects
Multiple rooms
Bathroom
Kitchen
Apartment
Other
Basement
House
Brownstone
Styles
All
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Shirish W.

New York County, NY

I started looking for a new contractor after seeing the one I had was having difficulties with the co-op management. I searched on AngiesList, HomeAdvisor and Sweeten after I heard about them. I had registered with AngiesList three years ago and met several contractors at that time for another project, but there were hardly any new contractors (or newer reviews on existing ones) since. Many of the contractors I met through HomeAdvisor can be best described as "jokers". If I were to write about them, it would make a hilarious and entertaining read. Not all the contractors I met from Sweeten met my requirements. I met Darwin when I had almost given up hope of finding a suitable contractor and was trying to narrow down on the ones I had met. Darwin and I connected instantly and I regard Darwin not only a very good contractor at a professional level, but also a friend at a personal level. Darwin is knowledgeable about all aspects of construction, which of course meant I could discuss a wide range of options and seek his opinions. He seemed capable of handing anything that was thrown his way. I wish I had met him earlier because I had initially wanted to move the kitchen to the living area and turn the existing kitchen to a bedroom. I was aware of the complications - permits/hiring an architect/getting approval for co-op engineers, time, cost, etc. that the process would involve, but by the time I met Darwin it was just not practical to move forward that plan due to the carrying costs I had incurred keeping the apartment vacant for so long. So I opted for just an "in place' kitchen + bath renovation without changes to the existing layout. The co-op was more demanding than comparable co-op's even for the reduced scope, and I was afraid that Darwin would get frustrated and move on. On the contrary, Darwin (and Angela) were patient and stayed with me through this entire process and co-operated with every request made by the co-op's architects through final approval. Once any renovation project starts, you never know what to expect until demolition, and frequently have to take your designs back to the drawing board. I was very comfortable discussing changes with Darwin without the fear of being gouged - a fear most home-owners have when embarking on a project. Darwin's crew was very professional, hard-working and versatile, and really knew what they were doing. They were attentive to details and completed every sub-task diligently. There were challenges along the way, but they were able to come up with suggestions/alternatives/workarounds, and handled them efficiently. The results speak for themselves - click on "VIEW PROJECT" link to see the excellent work done by Darwin. I am not surprised that every review that Darwin has is five stars, not even a single one is any lesser. Read Shirish's review

Multiple rooms
May 2018
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Ross S.

New York County, NY

When it came to picking our contractor my newlywed wife and I had vetted several different contractors through Sweeten. My background in architecture and my wife as an interior designer/lighting designer had us setting very high expectations for Darwin's crew. We designed and drew all the construction documents ourselves. We were quickly trained on all of the nuances of a co-op board and management company as this was our first purchase in Manhattan since moving from Dallas, TX a couple years ago. Although, it was a hard decision between Darwin and another contractor, we were drawn to choose Darwin because we felt he had an eye for detail. I scheduled a second sit down meeting with Darwin, we went through the renovation plans in detail and set a start date. We set a very rigorous schedule for Darwin's team to meet as we had to move out of our existing lease agreement and into the new co-op just 4 weeks after starting the project on the full gut renovation of our 1 bed 1 bath unit. Darwin and his guys worked hard to ensure we would be able to use the bedroom as a storage unit when our lease came due to store our things for a few days until the living room could be finished. We were able to stay at a family members home for about a week before we could move in. We lived under renovation for about another month afterwards until all of the renovations were complete. We worked closely with Darwin to ensure neither of us were delaying the schedule as my wife and I ordered and brought to site all of the finish materials, fixtures and appliances for the project. As you can imagine, we were very hands on throughout the renovation. Darwin sensed that and kept an excellent line of communication with us throughout the renovation and seeked our approval for nearly all decisions. All said, we were thrilled with the outcome of our new home and enjoyed the collaborative and professional relationship that we were able to have with Darwin and everyone in his crew. Read Ross's review

Apartment
Apr 2018
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Sandra G.

New York County, NY

Darwin and his team were a pleasure to work with. They redid our kitchen, created an archway between the dining and living rooms, and added closets in the master bedroom. Darwin was easy to reach, always stayed in contact, and made a fair, thorough bid. His team showed up on time and regularly (none of the typical contractor no-show time periods). Darwin was flexible and adjusted as needed, and the job was finished in a timely fashion and looks great! I have already recommended Darwin to friends. Read Sandra's review

Multiple rooms
Apr 2018
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Richard K.

New York County, NY

Darwin did a complete renovation of our bathroom, removing everything and installing brand new appliances and pipes, as well as tiling and painting the walls and floors. We met with eight different contractors before we decided on Darwin because he gave us a good price and seemed the most competent, reassuring, and amenable of all the people we met. We were not disappointed. He and his team were very amiable and responsive to our needs, not to mention the demands of our building. The entire process took a little less than two months because of delays (e.g., deliverers somehow managed to "lose" a bathtub in transit) and unforeseen demands from the building (a miscommunication with the superintendent added two weeks because he neglected to inspect the pipes before the tub and tiles were put in), but Darwin and his team just adapted to all the changes and got on with the job. Even after the work had basically been completed and we had a functioning bathroom, he and his men came back to do touch ups and make alteration. In in the end, we are very happy with our bathroom, which is a major improvement on our old one. We are happy to recommend Darwin and his team. Read Richard's review

Bathroom
Apr 2018
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Jennifer W.

New York County, NY

Darwin and his team were absolutely professional and experts at their craft. They were truly accommodating with my many unexpected requests. I was extremely happy with the end result and would highly recommend their services in the future. Read Jennifer's review

Multiple rooms
Mar 2018
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Luke M.

New York County, NY

Quality work. Our project took longer than necessary, but I'd rather have it take longer and be done right. They are reachable, responsive and honest. They stand by their work. They did such a good job that we asked them to fix our kitchen when the water pipe broke behind our wall. They are also dog friendly, and trust worthy. Read Luke's review

Bathroom
Dec 2017
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Ha Kyung C.

New York County, NY

Darwin and his team did a great job on my bathroom project. Firstly, they were to the person very nice and respectful and I felt I could always trust them. Darwin was always very sincere and communicative - always responding to my text quickly and always on time for our meetings - and he offered a lot of great ideas. Having been through other renovations where the contractor would just disappear for long stretches of time, I really appreciated Darwin's transparency and for his being so kind and patient. Read Ha Kyung's review

Bathroom
Dec 2017
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Eric B.

New York County, NY

Darwin was a pleasure to work with throughout our process. He arrived on time everyday, was always reachable, and finished each part of our project quickly. We gave him our designs and materials and he did the work behind them. He offered his input if asked, but for the most part, deferred on everything to us. I would encourage anyone working with him to have the vision, but importantly to expect to play an active role during the renovation and do much of the legwork. As a general contractor, he had license to operate the plumbing and electrical without the need to hire a separate subcontractor, and the ability to work through problems much quicker. This was important to us in our search. His background as a Super also worked to our advantage in calming our super during a few stressful moments during the project as he was able to talk peer to peer. In terms of his proposal and subsequent additions, he was incredibly fair, especially in comparison to others we interviewed. Given our project was on a tight budget, this certainly set him apart. As a first time homeowner in our first renovation, our expectations for contracting services were negative given the many daunting stories shared with us by friends. Darwin blew them away with class, integrity and quality. Read Eric's review

Apartment
Oct 2017
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Hanif P.

New York County, NY

Overall very great experience. Darwin was extremely responsive over text / phone and delivered attentive client management. When things weren't right, he sought out to fix them and make them proper. When someone is in your home it is a personal experience and the trust factor has to be there. Darwin and his team are honest and responsible. He regularly engaged throughout the project. Read Hanif's review

Apartment
Oct 2017
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Sandy F.

New York County, NY

Darwin is a professional and he seeks to deliver excellence, professionalism, and quality work. He approaches his work very transparently and really seeks to make the customer happy and delighted. He is a really honest and straight forward contractor. He was transparent, explained everything, made changes where necessary, explained issues that came up (as they do in 100 year old buildings), developed solutions, and kept to his timeline. Delivered value and quality. He was very very good and we vetted so many contractors and were totally comfortable with him as first time renovators. Read Sandy's review

Multiple rooms
Sep 2017
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Matthew S.

Brooklyn, NY

We are so, so happy with our new kitchen! Working with Darwin and his team was fantastic. They did a great job translating our dream into reality, and were just incredibly nice to boot. I would highly recommend them. Read Matthew's review

Kitchen
Aug 2017
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Patricia M.

New York County, NY

Darwin and his team were highly professional and competent. They completed the work on schedule and were very diligent in protecting the space. Darwin gave me useful insights in to what would work well in the space. Read Patricia's review

Kitchen
Apr 2017
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Kate G.

New York County, NY

Darwin was extremely responsive by email, text, and answering the phone. He was eager to please and often drove to various stores (Floor & Decor for tile, Lowes, Home Depot, plumbing supply) to pick up materials that I was unable to get myself, even though I was ordering the majority of the finish materials. Darwin and crew even made it in to work on the bathroom during a big snowstorm! Darwin made himself available early to meet me before work when I asked him to and at times stayed until I got home from work so we could go over progress and any questions. He was always cheerful, and it was a pleasure working with him. Darwin did a fairly thorough job installing protection from our front door to the bathroom; the floors were protected, and plastic lined the walls. There were some issues with the tape not sticking, and I would have preferred zipper openings instead of a double-layer plastic flap to access the living room, so we did have some dust in the rest of the apartment, but realistically there's no way to stop the dust entirely. I was pleased that our personal belongings were all safe & sound, and all I had to do was clean up some dust along the way. The end result is beautiful. I love my new bathroom. Read Kate's review

Bathroom
Mar 2017
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Jacquie

Darwin was very efficient, professional, courteous and knowledgeable and did a great job with refinishing my wood floors. He also replaced a damaged area of wood flooring saving me much money so I didn't need to replace the entire floor. Read Jacquie's review

Oct 2016
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Paula

They do high end work. The workers are very efficient and clean which is very important for me especially when work is being done in occupied apartments. Their pricing is very competitive as well. Darwin is extremely professional and knowledgeable. As a property manager, I've had him assess different types of issues with plumbing, interior repairs and mechanical issues. He's been a great help every time. Read Paula's review

Oct 2016
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Masahiro

Darwin and his team installed new flooring, renovated the powder bathroom, and fixed the outdoor deck, among other miscellaneous jobs around my house. They did a great job, communicated with me well regarding the status of the projects and always showed up on time. They were very respectful of my wishes and needs, and worked effectively around them. Overall, the team was very trustworthy and they were one of the best contractors I have ever worked with. I highly recommend them. Read Masahiro's review

Oct 2016
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Angelica

The whole crew was extremely professional and very courteous. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anybody. They were wonderful. I am extremely pleased with the work that they did. Read Angelica's review

Oct 2016
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Steven

I am a real estate developer and an architect. I have been using Darwin for over 8 years now. He has been involved in our new construction and also remodeling projects. His service, attitude and workmanship incredible. Same holds true for his workers. He is honest, trustworthy and reliable. Read Steven's review

Oct 2016
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Scott

I have known Darwin since August of 2010 when I moved into The Lore condominium. Darwin was the building Superintendent. From the very start I knew I could count on Darwin for almost anything I needed for my condo unit. From bathroom caulking, to electrical work, to extensive ceiling water damage repairs, the work has always been outstanding. I could give him access to my unit and trust that he would do a start-to-finish job, including clean-up. And as a Board member of the building I can attest that not only was Darwin’s work outstanding, but his demeanor and attitude were cherished by all residents of the building. He is already sorely missed. Read Scott's review

Oct 2016

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Company profile
Services
General Contracting
Millwork
Service area
Bronx, NY
Brooklyn, NY
New York, NY
Queens, NY
Typical projects
Multiple rooms
Bathroom
Kitchen
Apartment
Other
Basement
House
Brownstone
Styles
All
Need help? Call Sweeten on
(212) 671-1713