Building Stories with the Sulkowski Family
New Westfield residents, the Sulkowskis, share what it was like building as a second time Old Town client.
What initially made you want to build in Chatham Hills?
Jim: We’re transitioning from Chicago and we’re looking for a fresh start, and we just felt that moving to Chatham Hills, everybody is in the same position, building a house or just built a home. [We felt that] it would be a great way to meet a lot of people and share the same experience.
Maureen: Right. The last home that we built, we moved in all at once as a community, and they’ve become our lifelong friends. So, we’re hoping that that will happen here in Chatham as well. Jim does love to play golf, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
What was the building process like being the Home-A-Rama home owner?
Maureen: It was fabulous. Wendy and Amanda worked with us from day one, from conception to completion and it was a fun experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it couldn’t be any better.
Jim: It was beyond my expectation. When you build a house, there’s a lot of emotional and financial decisions to be made and working with the Old Town team and Wendy Langston and her team, it made it effortless. I could not be more pleased or impressed with the teamwork that took place to help us build more than our dream home.
Tell us about the building experience with Old Town. Was it different this time, having built with us previously?
Jim: Well the first time that we built with Old Town, I was very impressed just with everybody’s professionalism and their ability to work with the homeowners. Now with Home-A-Rama, it just stepped up to another entire level. The precision, the quality control, the teamwork, the communication, working through buildertrend, it made the process just so easy and effortless. What I really appreciate is that there was never a problem, whatever situation arose with the Old Town team, it was discussed and resolved. Again, as a new home owner, I could not be more happy with the end result.
Maureen: I agree. I’d say that after our first experience building with Old Town, we got to know many of the Old Town team, and they have just become part of our family. It has been just a wonderful experience. Anything that we needed, they couldn’t be happier to help us.
What’s your favorite thing about your home?
Jim: I think from the moment you walk in the house and you see the beautiful trees, the golf course and the way that Old Town designed the house with its location on our lot, there’s a wow factor to it that I never ever expected. I can’t be more thankful for the work that they did to bring this house about.
Maureen: For me, the favorite thing, if I could say the whole thing I would. If I had to pick one thing, I would say the livability of it. It just is comfortable, it’s just the perfect home for us for family and friends. I love our outdoor living space and how it flows into the main house, it’s just going to be wonderful for entertaining.
In what ways did Old Town exceed your expectations?
Jim: Without question, the quality of the work and their perspective on finding these little minor imperfections, that Maureen and I never notice, that they brought to our attention, that I was just amazed. Having worked in the building industry for many years, I just feel that they take this personally and that they want their clients to be so satisfied, that the quality control is beyond my wildest dreams. The fact that they take it to such an extreme was really appreciated by Maureen and myself.
Maureen: Everything Home did an equally wonderful job, their time and when things would come up and we would have to take a different route on a design decision, they were there to pick up the slack and help us come to a beautiful end conclusion.
Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
Maureen: I would just like to add a big thank you to Jeff, Wendy and their teams at Old Town and Everything Home, for a dream home that we cannot wait to move in and start enjoying it. Thank you so much.
The Sulkowski family found the home design and location that was right for them. Make the move and write your own building story with Old Town Design Group in Chatham Hills, in Westfield.