The full renovation Scalish Construction completed on my historic Detroit Shoreway home exceeded every expectation I had. Because my husband and I were new homeowners and we bought the house condemned, we weren’t really sure what to expect. But from start to finish, everything went great.
Frank worked closely with us throughout the entire project, helping us navigate the Heritage Home Program’s application and the city of Cleveland’s tax abatement program, advising on efforts to salvage original elements and offering suggestions to replicate the architectural style where we couldn’t. Our house went on to win a Restoration Society Award that year.
There were zero horror stories — and from what we’ve heard that is an anomaly. Even after the scope of the project was complete, Frank and the team made themselves available to answer questions, give advice and even complete touch-ups. It’s been four years since the renovation and we still could not be happier.
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Commercial interior & exterior rehabilitation
The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church hired Scalish Construction to renovate our sanctuary space.
We chose Scalish because for several reasons, but primarily, it was because of their
enthusiasm during the interviewing process — it was a breath of fresh air. They answered all questions thoroughly, provided a realistic timeline and had an overall confidence about them and their ability to complete the project.
The scope of work for our renovation was extensive and involved dismantling the pews,
extending the chancel area, reglazing and installing new windows, mounting new ADA
accessible doors and more.
They were instrumental in offering solutions to improve the design when and where
necessary. The architect's original plans did not include removing the floor’s linoleum tile because of the presumed asbestos underneath, but once the pews were removed, it was obvious that the floor needed to be restored. The expertise and guidance Scalish provided was so appreciated. They were conscious of the price and the potential health hazards posed by the asbestos and had it arranged to be abated it for us.
The team was cognizant of every aspect of the process. The church’s original, expensive
Holtkamp Organ needed to be secured and protected while the construction was taking
place. Scalish understood its importance and value and designed an intricate covering that reached from floor to ceiling to make sure that dust and debris were contained.
The Scalish Construction team went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the
renovation was a success, even in the 11th hour, they were working morning, noon and night to make the timeline. Jake, the project manager, became like family. Even when the word wasn’t good, communication was never a problem. They were always upfront and honest and we respected that.
We are so pleased with the renovation. We rent our space out to Rocky River Chamber Music and other local groups and everyone is just over the moon with how the renovation improved the acoustics. Plus, the stage is bigger so we can accommodate larger groups. Now, everyone wants to have concerts here. I’ve been booking more musical events than ever before!
I hired Scalish Construction to replace the siding on my 150-year-old Tremont house. To
retain the architectural integrity of the property, I opted to use a high-quality Hardie board instead of cheaper alternatives like vinyl siding. The Scalish team came highly recommend and impressed me with their high-level of professionalism.
There was not a single point in the project that I felt concerned. When the Scalish team
uncovered areas that needed special attention, without hesitation or fanfare, they proactively addressed issues big and small to maintain structural and architectural integrity.
Scalish Construction put an addition on to our century-old house in 2018. While we did have bids from other companies come in lower, we choose Scalish because of their straightforward communication. When we didn’t understand a cost or contractor lingo, they took time to explain the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. Communication was impeccable—through every step of the project, I knew what to expect. Concerns and questions were always addressed in a timely manner.
We also appreciated their environmentally-friendly service offerings. We wanted to be more eco-friendly where we could, and Scalish advised on energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems.
We were going to be living in the house while the project was completed, and I went into it expecting the worst. But honestly, there was nothing. No horror stories — just a couple of hiccups that came from working on a hundred-year-old house. When they did uncover unexpected things, they were very transparent, giving us options including cost and timeline.
General disruption was kept to a minimum. They brought in industrial fans so we wouldn’t smell the construction fumes and hung plastic drapes to accommodate our open floor plan. They even put in insulation so it wasn’t too cold or drafty in the part of the house we were living in.
The whole Scalish team was great, and we got close with them. Jake, the site supervisor, was phenomenal. Now, my husband and I joke about it, saying, “We miss Jake, we wish he was coming over.”
Cleveland Restoration Society
The Cleveland Restoration Society employed the Scalish Construction team to paint the
exterior of our building. We decided to hire Scalish Construction based on the numerous past projects we witnessed Scalish Construction successfully complete for our Heritage Home Program SM homeowners.
As a historic preservation organization, maintaining the architectural integrity of our
headquarters — the face of our non-profit — was important. Scalish worked with us to use appropriate materials and techniques throughout the project.
The workmanship and overall quality of the job was excellent. The whole team was
courteous and responsive. The construction punch list process was handled well and
completely met our expectations.
Recently, Scalish Construction completed a renovation of my 1,000 sq. ft. nail salon in Gordon Square. The scope of work included everything from removing walls, carpeting and tiles to running plumbing and electrical, to building an elevated platform for the pedicure station.
I chose Scalish for a number of reasons, but what really impressed me was their transparency. When I asked for references I specifically asked for contacts who had encountered challenges during their projects. I wanted to hear from their clients how Scalish resolved unexpected issues. They obliged and I thought it was so great that they weren’t afraid to connect me with someone who would speak honestly about their experience.
John was our project manager and he was wonderful. He would touch base with me on punch list items and the project’s overall status, collect my feedback and then took care of any necessary followup with the team and the subcontractors. And all of the subcontractors Scalish Construction used were very professional — which I appreciated. Knowing that Scalish holds its contractors to the highest standards gave me peace of mind.
At the end of the project, right before our grand opening, we noticed a leak in the front window. Even though the water damage wasn’t their fault, the Scalish team came back in to tear out the drywall and insulation, recaulk the window and repaint the wall. They were so accommodating and flexible, I was really impressed with their professionalism throughout the entire project.