Building partnerships, one project at a time
Joshua D. Kogan
The best contractor we’ve ever worked with. Period.
My wife and I recently purchased a mid-1940s colonial home in Beacon. It is our first home, so we learned a lot about heating deficiencies the first winter. The home was running on oil, with a boiler greater than 40 years old, powering a one-way steam system — without wall or attic insulation, and with many gaps/drafts. All of this combined was costing a small fortune to operate!
We started calling contractors immediately, from all over the Hudson Valley; each one with a different solution, cost and ability to do the job. Each one of those contractors was ruled out, as my wife and I asked tougher questions about their proposals. Additionally, I’m an environmental engineer, and wished to move from oil to centralized electricity, so I can purchase renewable energy. Essentially, my wife and I wanted a heat pump system.
Whole (drafty) home heat pump designs are difficult, and that’s where Malcarne comes in. Up front, they (including Joseph and John) spent 5 hours over two days with us at our home, discussing the possibilities and the heat transfer weaknesses of our home. From there, they modeled our home with a heat pump system. We were told what to do in the attic, basement, and around the home in order to reduce heat stack effect — all required before they were comfortable with a heat pump solution. We did exactly what they said, and after they modeled our home the second time, they were comfortable proceeding with our project.
Now, if you’re like us, you might not have the funding for a heat system overhaul on-hand. Well, Malcarne is an approved contractor in NYSERDA’s loan programs, so we were able to fund the project with a long-term low interest loan!
During the work, the entire crew (Fernando, Sean, and John) took their time. Every move cleaned-up. They literally leave no trace in your home. They’re also a really great group of people, and we enjoyed their company. After the work was complete, they wanted to ensure our comfort, and came back several times to tweak programming in the system — to optimize both comfort and efficiency. We also keep an open line of communication to discuss system performance on especially cold nights/days (Polar Vortex).
The system is running AWESOME! It’s quiet, and keeps a wonderful even heat across the entire home. And the best part: we’re saving a considerable amount of money, compared to our old system — more than the NYSERDA loan payment! Plus, we’ll have central air conditioning this coming summer.
So yes, again, the best contractor we’ve ever worked with. Period.
I am very pleased with the work performed at our home by Malcarne Construction. The end result is of excellent workmanship. Nevien is a wonderful person to work with. She has always been very helpful with the planning of our project and the scheduling to get things done. Any issue brought up has been cheerfully addressed. I highly recommend this company. When choosing Malcarne Construction, you are hiring a company, not a handyman.
We hired Joseph for a major renovation of our home, and could not have been happier with his professionalism, accountability and helpfulness – and with the quality of his work. His partnership with architect Nevien Sidarous results in the highest quality craftsmanship – and brilliant design work. Since that first major job we have used Joseph and Nevien again and again, and have never been dissatisfied.
We hired Malcarne to renovate the interior and exterior of our house over 6 years, for various projects. They were always reliable, professional and understanding of our desire for a contemporary design which is rare in our area. We worked collaboratively to achieve the design, and they were respectful with attention to detail, budgets and timelines.
We hired Malcarne Const. to update our very dated bathroom. We found the design ideas on Houzz and Malcarne Const was able to deliver a beautiful bathroom within the budget and timeline we were expecting. We had one small problem with grout and they had a workman come out that day to resolve the issue. Everyone we worked with was professional and courteous. I was nervous about having strangers in the house with our young son, but there were no issues whatsoever. I would hire them again, without hesitation, for any other improvements that the house needs.
Malcarne Contracting built a childcare room and a stage for my Aerobics studio quickly and efficiently! The workers were very thorough and everyone was a pleasant and professional. Even though it was a drive for them, they got the work done in two days with no complaints! They even stuck around to help put in my aerobic flooring! Great company, great people, great service. I highly recommend them!
This summer the wonderful team at Malcarne transformed two small bedrooms into a lovely, closet filled master bedroom. As always, the work was beautifully designed (a huge thank you to the always brilliant Nevien), and carefully crafted. We now have a functional, light filled, and peaceful space.
We recently had our ancient oil heating system replaced with a high-efficiency gas version. John Pfeiffer direct the multi-day project, checked in at least once daily, and quality checked the work at every level. Grateful are we to have found the fine folks at Malcarne. We recommend them with enthusiasm.