Rave Reviews: John & Jeannine | Esmont, VA

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I was attracted to timber frame because there was something old and English about the exposed frame. Not rustic, but medieval looking . . . but I had never been in one.

When Jeannine's eye caught an ad in a local magazine picturing the look she was searching for, she headed right over to East High and walked into the Smith & Robertson office. John and Jeannine Regan never talked to another builder.

"Glenn Robertson worked really hard to make sure he understood our vision … so it would become his." Jeannine wanted rounded corners, walls like old plaster, and for the house to look like it had been there a long, long time. After studying their site, Ron Smith assured Jeannine and John that he could sculpture the land so the house would be "grounded".

The Regan's had been on a horse farm for over 20 years. They had to find land, clear and plant pasture, build a barn/move the animals, and close on their farm before they could start. In addition, there was a log cabin on the property that needed plumbing, electricity etc, so they could live there during the time the house was being built. The task of doing all this was daunting. "The easiest part was building the house; the hardest part was making the decision to sell, move and start from scratch," says John.

Jeannine has the idea. John makes it happen. "We're at our best when we're working on a project together," says Jeannine, glancing in John's direction. John admits to giving Jeannine, a watercolor artist at the McGuffey Art Center, free reign in the aesthetics, "but there are things I wanted well thought out, such as infrastructure, insulation and all the things that disappear into the ground or behind the walls as the house goes up."

It was Glenn's integrity and his ability to communicate with Jeannine that sold John on Smith & Robertson. But he still followed through with the references. He almost questioned how positive all the former clients were about their building experience. Now he understands.

This house is truly a work of art, but bottom line, says John, "I had a solid sense of trust in the integrity and personal commitment of Ron and Glenn."

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As we have discussed, the house that you and Ron have built for us is so much more that we had hoped for.

Tim & Annabelle | Afton, VA

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