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Testimonials 2017-02-14T21:24:08+00:00

“Joe & Looking Up Construction were highly recommended to us, and we were not disappointed. Joe and his team are very easy to work with. We really appreciate all his attention to detail. He listened to our concerns and gave us good recommendations. We remodeled a kitchen, 3 bathrooms, painted and replaced flooring in much of the house. Not a small feat! The team stayed on deadline. We are incredibly happy with our home now. We have already recommended Looking Up Construction to several people and plan to use them again in the future when we remodel a basement.”

Megan – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe & Looking Up Construction were highly recommended to us, and we were not disappointed. Joe and his team are very easy to work with. We really appreciate all his attention to detail. He listened to our concerns and gave us good recommendations. We remodeled a kitchen, 3 bathrooms, painted and replaced flooring in much of the house. Not a small feat! The team stayed on deadline. We are incredibly happy with our home now. We have already recommended Looking Up Construction to several people and plan to use them again in the future when we remodel a basement.”

Megan – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe Barker and Looking Up Construction are true professionals in the quality of work they perform and the quality of service they provide. Trust, honesty, integrity, and high quality is what you can expect to receive.”

Brian – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe Barker and Looking Up Construction are true professionals in the quality of work they perform and the quality of service they provide. Trust, honesty, integrity, and high quality is what you can expect to receive.”

Brian – Blacksburg, VA

“Our experience with Looking Up Construction was extremely positive. They remodeled a kitchen for us. All of their work was top notch. The crew was courteous and explained each process and was easy to work with. Each day included a clean-up which made a messy job more tolerable for the homeowner! We would recommend Looking Up without reservation.”

Randy – Radford, VA

“Our experience with Looking Up Construction was extremely positive. They remodeled a kitchen for us. All of their work was top notch. The crew was courteous and explained each process and was easy to work with. Each day included a clean-up which made a messy job more tolerable for the homeowner! We would recommend Looking Up without reservation.”

Randy – Radford, VA

“Thank you for making our recent renovation such a positive experience for our family. Your Christian values shined through in how you managed the project, interacted with your team members and patiently assisted our family in making decisions throughout the process. Craftsmanship, Christianity, honesty and kindness are the words that sum up our whole experience! And to top it off the kitchen is beautiful!! To quote my husband after your team left on the final day: “you can’t find guys better than that.””

The Gentrys – Blacksburg, VA

“Thank you for making our recent renovation such a positive experience for our family. Your Christian values shined through in how you managed the project, interacted with your team members and patiently assisted our family in making decisions throughout the process. Craftsmanship, Christianity, honesty and kindness are the words that sum up our whole experience! And to top it off the kitchen is beautiful!! To quote my husband after your team left on the final day: “you can’t find guys better than that.””

The Gentrys – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe Barker did an amazing restoration of my kitchen with the help of Ideal Cabinets and G & H Appliances. He was reliable, polite, always on time, professional and inventive when needed. I highly recommend his services!”

Claudia Hurt – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe Barker did an amazing restoration of my kitchen with the help of Ideal Cabinets and G & H Appliances. He was reliable, polite, always on time, professional and inventive when needed. I highly recommend his services!”

Claudia Hurt – Blacksburg, VA

“Your invoice is one of the first contractor invoices that has ever made sense.”

Randy – Radford, VA

“Your invoice is one of the first contractor invoices that has ever made sense.”

Randy – Radford, VA

“Joe Barker at Looking Up Construction has completed numerous projects at my home in Blacksburg. He has completed a bedroom, bathroom, stairway and deck. His company also painted the exterior of my home with the deck, balcony and railings. Looking Up Construction has always exceeded my expectations and finished the work in a timely fashion. Joe Barker is competent and experienced and I would recommend Looking Up Construction for any home improvement or new construction job.”

Laurie – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe Barker at Looking Up Construction has completed numerous projects at my home in Blacksburg. He has completed a bedroom, bathroom, stairway and deck. His company also painted the exterior of my home with the deck, balcony and railings. Looking Up Construction has always exceeded my expectations and finished the work in a timely fashion. Joe Barker is competent and experienced and I would recommend Looking Up Construction for any home improvement or new construction job.”

Laurie – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe is a professional and reliable contractor whom I wouldn’t hesitate to call again for any project. When he says he will be there, call you back, send a quote, actually complete a job — he does! His attention to detail complements his ability to keep the big picture in mind as the project moves forward. His ability to juggle all the moving parts of a project is impressive. He communicates well and has great follow-up. As we progressed through our kitchen remodel, I found him very easy to work with, and I very much appreciated his perfectionist tendencies! Our family couldn’t be more pleased with our beautiful new kitchen.”

Anne – Blacksburg, VA

“Joe is a professional and reliable contractor whom I wouldn’t hesitate to call again for any project. When he says he will be there, call you back, send a quote, actually complete a job — he does! His attention to detail complements his ability to keep the big picture in mind as the project moves forward. His ability to juggle all the moving parts of a project is impressive. He communicates well and has great follow-up. As we progressed through our kitchen remodel, I found him very easy to work with, and I very much appreciated his perfectionist tendencies! Our family couldn’t be more pleased with our beautiful new kitchen.”

Anne – Blacksburg, VA

“My husband, Steve, and I have enthusiastically recommended Looking Up Construction to friends and neighbors. Joe removed some walls and added lighting to our kitchen; we’ve been thrilled with our new open space. Recently he analyzed our external paint failure and has repaired damage and painted with a different product. It looks great!”

Barbara – Blacksburg, VA

“My husband, Steve, and I have enthusiastically recommended Looking Up Construction to friends and neighbors. Joe removed some walls and added lighting to our kitchen; we’ve been thrilled with our new open space. Recently he analyzed our external paint failure and has repaired damage and painted with a different product. It looks great!”

Barbara – Blacksburg, VA

“I’m writing with my highest praise for Joe Barker and Looking Up Construction. In summer 2012, he completed a major renovation on our 1960s kitchen. It included knocking out about 12 feet of wall, putting up a support beam, moving the location of several appliances, and all the electrical, plumbing, painting, and remaining trim work that went along with it.

As a person, Joe was a pleasure to interact with. He was always friendly and courteous. I never hesitated to leave him alone in my house, and was very comfortable just giving him a key when I went out of town. He was also very respectful and patient. I was often at home during the renovations and liked to watch the progress and ask a fair number of questions. He was never too busy to answer my questions in a way that I could understand. When he got to a choice point, he was always certain to seek me out and request my input about which direction I would like him to go (color options for staining the wood, exact location of lights, light switches etc). He was also very helpful in educating me about the pros and cons of some of the decisions that had to be made. His style of communication, and willingness to communicate about all aspects of the renovation, were greatly appreciated.

The quality of Joe’s work was also excellent. I received several other price quotes and his was very fair and reasonable. There were no hidden or unanticipated costs associated with completion of the job. Joe was very competent and efficient. Although the job took a couple of days longer than anticipated, that was purely due to his willingness to make a couple of changes or additions that I requested in the middle of the project (additional electrical outlets, additional lighting, a change in one of the counters). I was very appreciative of his willingness to get the job completed exactly as we wanted it. Friends and relatives who had previously done kitchen renovations with other contractors urged me to get a written estimate for every change that I requested mid-job. I never did that with Joe, and fortunately, I never needed to. Each time I considered asking him to make a slight modification to what we had originally agreed upon, he was very up front about the exact cost it would add. Each estimate seemed very reasonable. Joe also had two different assistants who were both very competent and likeable as well. Joe sets very high standards for himself and for his workers. I also appreciate that he guarantees his work for a year.

Finally, it was very clear that the other service providers (cabinet company, floor installation and tiling, appliance stores and lighting store personnel etc.) liked and respected Joe a great deal as well. Having a kitchen renovation can be a pretty stressful couple of weeks, but Joe did all of the communication and coordination across the various service providers which made the whole process much simpler for me. He and the cabinet company set up the schedule for who came to do what each day, and when necessary, made alternate plans when others got off schedule. Thus, Joe made the whole process much less stressful than I had anticipated.

He did great work, is a great guy, and I give him my highest recommendation!”

Ann – Radford, VA

“I’m writing with my highest praise for Joe Barker and Looking Up Construction. In summer 2012, he completed a major renovation on our 1960s kitchen. It included knocking out about 12 feet of wall, putting up a support beam, moving the location of several appliances, and all the electrical, plumbing, painting, and remaining trim work that went along with it.

As a person, Joe was a pleasure to interact with. He was always friendly and courteous. I never hesitated to leave him alone in my house, and was very comfortable just giving him a key when I went out of town. He was also very respectful and patient. I was often at home during the renovations and liked to watch the progress and ask a fair number of questions. He was never too busy to answer my questions in a way that I could understand. When he got to a choice point, he was always certain to seek me out and request my input about which direction I would like him to go (color options for staining the wood, exact location of lights, light switches etc). He was also very helpful in educating me about the pros and cons of some of the decisions that had to be made. His style of communication, and willingness to communicate about all aspects of the renovation, were greatly appreciated.

The quality of Joe’s work was also excellent. I received several other price quotes and his was very fair and reasonable. There were no hidden or unanticipated costs associated with completion of the job. Joe was very competent and efficient. Although the job took a couple of days longer than anticipated, that was purely due to his willingness to make a couple of changes or additions that I requested in the middle of the project (additional electrical outlets, additional lighting, a change in one of the counters). I was very appreciative of his willingness to get the job completed exactly as we wanted it. Friends and relatives who had previously done kitchen renovations with other contractors urged me to get a written estimate for every change that I requested mid-job. I never did that with Joe, and fortunately, I never needed to. Each time I considered asking him to make a slight modification to what we had originally agreed upon, he was very up front about the exact cost it would add. Each estimate seemed very reasonable. Joe also had two different assistants who were both very competent and likeable as well. Joe sets very high standards for himself and for his workers. I also appreciate that he guarantees his work for a year.

Finally, it was very clear that the other service providers (cabinet company, floor installation and tiling, appliance stores and lighting store personnel etc.) liked and respected Joe a great deal as well. Having a kitchen renovation can be a pretty stressful couple of weeks, but Joe did all of the communication and coordination across the various service providers which made the whole process much simpler for me. He and the cabinet company set up the schedule for who came to do what each day, and when necessary, made alternate plans when others got off schedule. Thus, Joe made the whole process much less stressful than I had anticipated.

He did great work, is a great guy, and I give him my highest recommendation!”

Ann – Radford, VA