Blais Construction & Design Client Testimonials
A trusted partner in any important home – improvement project
After having just purchased a Maine home that needed quite a lot of work, we were at a bit of a loss as to how to begin. Luckily, our realtor referred us to Lorraine Blais as a great person to speak with about remodeling and construction. We, of course, also met with additional GC’s but there simply was no comparison: Lorraine’s energy, ideas and can-do spirit shown through from the very first meeting. She leveraged her experience and vision to identify improvements that would make the biggest difference in how we’d experience our home and steered us away from costly improvements that would not have a big impact. From start to finish, her passion and professionalism never wavered. She enlisted the work of a great crew, adhered to schedules, managed the budget tightly and proactively worked through any curve-balls that came her way (either from the house itself or from us!).
My biggest testimonial is this: We live in Massachussetts and it was extremely difficult to get up to the house frequently enough to oversee the project. That did not matter. In terms of quality workmanship, in terms of style and in terms of problem-solving in ways that would not break the bank, we always had confidence in Lorraine. And we could not be happier with the result.
We find Lorraine to be incredibly dedicated, conscientious, creative and committed.
Referral letter to a new client: “My husband Jason and I have been working with Lorraine, Jesse (her stellar head carpenter) and the rest of her team on a complete renovation of our master bedroom/bath, two offices, downstairs hallway and bathroom since April of this year. We have been thrilled in every way with Lorraine and her team’s work. We find Lorraine to be incredibly dedicated, conscientious, creative and committed. She is careful with our budget and meets her promises in all things. She truly loves what she does and is passionate about both the interior design and building elements of her work. Most importantly, she has brought the dream of a “lakeside lodge” that I have had since I was a young girl to life for us in ways I could not have even imagined.
Beyond all this, Lorraine is a knowledgeable and tenacious job site “forewoman” and has very deep relationships with local craftspeople, manufacturers, suppliers, furniture stores and even big box retailers. If there is some resource or someone you need for the building of your home, she will be able to get you to them quickly. And when things get sticky, she is tough in exactly the right way. She does not hesitate to fight to get you the best service, the highest quality goods and to hold other parties to their end of the bargain on your behalf.
Lastly, Lorraine is a very kind person. She goes above and beyond when it comes to service – in expected and unexpected ways. One day she picked up sandwiches for us because she knew we had had a long drive. Every time we arrive from Boston, she takes the time to put out our patio pillows so we can sit right down and relax. Lorraine even introduced us to someone who was selling a boat when we were in the market for one and not only made the introduction, she met Worsters Marine at the home of the seller so they could de-winterize the boat and then met them at our dock when they dropped it off! She is a true caretaker to her clients, and it is a lovely quality to have in a line of work where people are often quite jaded and even … sorry, lazy. She is the polar opposite of the typical contractor. It is not a secret that I would highly recommend Lorraine.”
Homes sell quicker and for more money involving Lorraine Blais!
“I am a land developer and I first used Lorraine on a luxury ski home at Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Lorraine helped with the design, picked all of the colors and finishes and then staged the home for sale. I was thrilled with her work. Since then Blais Construction & Design has been involved in every home that I do in Western Maine. The end result is that my investment homes sell quicker and for more money involving Lorraine Blais!”
– Nathan Wadsworth :: Hiram, ME
The highest compliment I can give her is that Lorraine keeps the project on track, both times and budget.
“In the past few years, I’ve hired Lorraine and her team to transform my lakefront house into a very warm and comfortable home. The highest compliment I can give her is that she keeps the project on track, both times and budget. I have heard from many friends whose remodeling projects drag on based on level of commitment by the contractors or delays in product arrival or not having a clear vision when the project starts. Lorraine has taken me around to various stores to evaluate what I like and help me expand my vision. I now have a new kitchen, living and dining space and fabulous guest bathroom. AND I’m not done yet and will continue on using her!”
– Brandy Pond Owner
We highly recommend Blais Construction & Design!
“Blais Construction & Design has made such a difference in our mountain top home. Having completed a major reconstruction in 2010, we found an upscale furniture store, used their decorator and outfitted out new, primary living room. After a year or two, the golden yellow leather couch faded due to sun exposure. Plus the furniture configuration was not working for us. By then we knew Lorraine Blaise and had seen her work in other homes. Oh, if only we had met Lorraine years earlier! Lorraine did come up with a fabulous new living room design that we find ourselves using continuously. You will probably see it somewhere on this website. The best part of the new furniture and rug, it cost considerably less then the previous layout. Lorraine shops wisely, her color choices are beyond reproach. Actually color may be her strongest skill. There is more. The furniture we originally bought for this living room is now in other places in the house. We ended up with another full room redone because of her moving things around and skillfully using the previously purchased items. Best of all, Lorraine applies her designer discounts to purchases so the cost of her service is very reasonable. We are thrilled with her work, her color choices and design ideas. We highly recommend Blais Construction & Design.”
Blais Construction & Design exceeded all of our expectations in every way!
Dear Lorraine, Heather and I wanted to write you a note and let you know how incredibly happy we are with the work you did in furnishing and decorating our new house. You exceeded all of our expectations in every way. From the colors on the wall, to the comfort of the beds, to the way the rooms flow together and even all of the little touches in the kitchen and bathroom which would have taken us years to finish. You did it all, and you did it all in the timeline we set! We had no idea how much you actually get done in a few weeks, but you had our entire house furnished! Amazing. Of course, one of the best parts for me was the fact that you also stayed on budget. That is a rare ability these days. You stayed on schedule and budget. Thanks for all of your hard work. We LOVE our house (so does my parents, brothers, etc.), and look forward to enjoying it for many years. With Sincere thanks!
– Pete and Heather Bernier :: Harrison, Maine
Lorraine is truly a wonder, and a gifted designer!
“Lorraine is a masterfully talented Interior Designer, and we feel so fortunate to have found her. She listened to our needs, distilled our “vision” and then ran with it! She totally stayed within our budget, responded immediately when we initiated something over-budget, and completely furnished and decorated our entire home within an amazingly short time frame. She knows her vendors well, and she’s obviously at the top of their priority lists based on their immediate response to anything she/we needed. She’d even pick up a hammer or a paint brush herself and address an issue on the spot. She’s truly a wonder, a straight-shooter, and a gifted designer”.
– Dick & Betsy Sampson :: Naples, Maine
Lorraine left home viewers with a WOW!
“Lorraine was hired to furnish a 4,500 sq. ft. spec home built in Harrison. She stayed on budget, focused on architecture design and highlighted all the detail with a definite touch of class. Her skills created charm and warmth, leaving home viewers with a WOW!!! Effect. Great Job Lorraine!”
– C. Briggs :: Home Professionals Inc. :: Saco, Maine
Lorraine’s home staging services really helped the resale value of our waterfront home!
“Using Lorraine’s home staging services really helped the resale value of our waterfront home, she was well worth the investment. In the long run saved us time and money. I would highly recommend her. She’s a very talented interior designer and extremely dedicated to her work”.
– M. Hall :: Cape Monday :: Long Lake, Harrison