"Thank you so much for working with us! You have helped build our dream house and we wouldn't be where we are without you. We are so appreciative of your time and efforts!"
-Katie and Tyler
"I can’t find enough ways to say how blown away I am with this beautiful home you and your crew have created for me….seriously."
"I would highly recommend signing on the line to have Creative Constructions build your new home for you. Rob Champion and crew were above helpful, positive, able to trouble shoot just about everything! I learned a lot through the process and day-by-day progress was made till I moved in! They are all easy to work with, and they push through inclement weather, challenges, and design issues, if they come up, or issues that may come up after move in. The end result is a gorgeous home. I would say call Rob soon if you are thinking about building before his schedule fills up! 5 stars!"
"We can not begin to express our gratitude for Creative Constructions and the work, thought and love they put into our forever custom home. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and were honest and transparent every step of the way. They treated us like family and were professional and reliable. It is without any hesitation that we wholeheartedly recommend them."
-Katie and Rich
"We had a good experience working with Rob and his crew a few years ago when they built our little cabin in the woods. Being here onsite to see and participate in the whole building experience was (mostly) lots of fun! Rob is truly a “creative” builder and really knows his stuff, but I think one of his best traits is his ability to communicate with his clients with such a sense of calmness. And, his sense of humor always made our day.
Working through the design process with Rod was a true collaboration. It took a few rounds, but we ended up with an efficient design that met our needs with just a bit of "elegantly wasted space." Otto’s concrete countertop is one of our favorite features of the kitchen. Sam was always ready to lend his own creative ideas. His two barn doors are a feature we enjoy every day. Mark is also a skilled furniture maker. The built-in shelving is rustic and functional, and we enjoy his rustic bathroom cabinet every morning. We got to participate in some sanding and painting and many days felt like part of the crew.
Rob also brought in great quality subcontractors that were all knowledgable, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. A few that come to mind include King Brothers Concrete, Adam’s Plumbing, Enslow Landscaping, Danby Hardwoods, and many more.
Ed and I couldn’t be happier here. Our home is a true blend of all the things that make us happy and comfy. Thanks guys!"
-Marie and Ed
"Creative Constructions is a unique group of educated, talented, harmonious, and qualified builders. Our house was an architect designed, energy efficient challenge. As decisions came up we had some unusual requests. There were always thoughtful resolutions giving us genuine options and very good advise. This is a smart group of people, who respect each other and really enjoy what they do. We had a very positive experience building our house with them and now that it's finished we consider them friends and highly recommend them."
"We really liked what we heard at the introductory meeting. So we decided to take the next step, and see if Rod Lambert could help us turn our ideas into a buildable plan. Rod visited our site, talked with us about the project, looked at our sketches, and posed a lot of well organized questions. More exchanges followed, and in time he produced a schematic that addressed our needs and wishes very sensibly. Throughout the process Rod welcomed our participation, made it easy to share ideas and questions, and provided just the right amount of guidance. The end result was a permit-ready plan that we were very pleased with. But the real confirmation of Rod's expertise came later, as our new home began to take physical shape and we could walk around inside it, feeling the rightness and coherence of all the ideas and choices that went into the plan. Sweet!"
-Pat and Geo
"He said that he could build a house for me but he would rather build my house with me."
"Meeting with Rob was such a pleasure. He listened well and really understood our vision, then led me through all the details. Living out-of-state meant we had to leave it in good hands and trust our builders. And that we did. Fortunately, Rob kindly snapped photos of the progress and emailed them to me or posted on their Facebook page. Seeing these always made our day!
In the end, the cabin was completed in time for our next visit. It's everything we wanted, and more. And working with Rob and Rod was always a pleasure. They not only build well, they build as if it's their own.
This was a great initiation to new construction. Now planning and building our new home will be a more comfortable process, especially knowing the Creative Construction team will have our best interests at heart."
"We love our addition! We love the light, the stained cement floors (great idea,Rob!), the skylights, the high ceilings and the energy efficiency. I also like it that the house was built by a team of people that put a lot of heart into everything they do. Rob and Rod have great friendly energy and are eminently trustworthy. If we ever have another build project we would not hesitate to call them."
-Denise and Bob
"From the very first time we sat down with Rob over breakfast at the Ithaca Bakery, we knew he would be the guy to help make our dream house a reality. Warm and friendly, Rob explained the process and timing of building in Ithaca, and then was all ears while we described our vision of our future home. By the time we had all exchanged thoughts and ideas, we were ready to sign on the dotted line. Rob was painfully honest – he couldn’t start until the Fall of 2020, almost 18 months away – but we felt sure he was the right man for the job, so we waited…which was the smartest thing we could’ve done! During that time, we worked with engineer Rod Lambert, who was attentive, patient and responsive, and helped us put into detail, and on paper, the house we always wanted.
Throughout the process of building our home, Rob kept us updated on almost a daily basis often with videos and pictures (as we were living over 3 hours away at the time) and never blinked when we requested something not originally planned for. In fact, when an underground stream was discovered by the great excavators from Enslow Landscaping (a stream was the one thing missing from our dream property checklist), Rob and the Enslow team were able to add it to our landscape as a wonderfully manicured stream…with a pond as well!
Rob’s team, including Mark, Matt, Gavin, Jason, Pavel, Otto, Dane, Jacob, and Jacy, were brilliant! While we did our best to make things difficult for them (9 colors to paint throughout the house, reclaimed doors to be cleaned and fitted, etc.), they never sweated it and did the most fantastic job. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible support we received from Adam’s Plumbing!
We can’t rave enough about working with Rob and Creative Constructions of Ithaca. It was a tremendous experience that netted us a beautiful home, many great memories, and people that we’re excited and proud to call neighbors and friends."
-Hollie and Rich
"We feel so very fortunate to have worked with Creative Constructions as they built a small cottage for us. From the initial stages of perfecting our design ideas to completion of the work, we enjoyed talking with Rob and his team about all the details that go into building a new structure. Rob's communication is outstanding; he always kept us "in the loop" regarding supplies, builders, and every aspect of the construction. We were thrilled that Otto was able to participate in the construction as he was one of the primary carpenters in our current home and we absolutely love his quality work. And getting to know the rest of the team was a gift as well; a nicer group of professionals would be hard to come by.
Rob has worked hard to establish great relationships with the various players who participate during construction, everyone from Town of Ithaca code enforcement officials to the staff at Lowes who provide kitchen countertops. Especially during the pandemic, with supply shortages and various other challenges, his positive background with these key players made it easier to get what we needed with as little stress as possible.
If you are looking for a group of competent, caring professionals to build you a beautiful home using sustainable technology, go with Creative Constructions!"
-Jim and Sylvia
"We are truly thankful that we found Rob, his crew, and all the subs that do the multitude of tasks it takes to build a FANTASTIC new home!!! We loved spending our first Thanksgiving of what we hope are many more in the home they all were a part of helping make possible for us!! You are all simply great!!!"
-Penny and Joe
"It's been six months since we moved into the lovely home that Creative Constructions built for us and I love the good memories that have been built into it from the foundation up. The communication from the first has been very good, efficient, realistic and caring. This is a knowledgeable and skilled team that graciously made space for our many design changes throughout the construction process.
I happened to live next door during the construction and most everyday that I stopped by with time on my hands they let me pitch in and taught me how to go about the many varied tasks and tools, which helped cut costs and made the process more meaningful. I witnessed firsthand their respect for one another's skills and personalities and deeply appreciate the respect that they showed us.
Really Rob, I wish I had more houses to build, you would be my team. You're the best!"
"We loved working with Rob, Otto, Mark and Sam. They were cheerful, attentive, and they worked hard to help us get what we wanted. Generous and transparent- something I wasn't expecting in a home builder.
We were involved in the construction most of the steps, and I even helped at a few points- I learned some invaluable things about construction, and really understand from the inside out how our home is constructed.
In a project this complex and personal there were bound to be bumps- and there were- and they were navigated and I ended up feeling great about the project and everyone on the crew.
And the house itself has been a joy. We've been in a year now and the construction is solid. We love our home."
-Mark and Holly
"Creative Constructions went the extra yard to help us design and build our farm house. We greatly appreciated working with them as a team to get things done: either by them directly or by us under their guidance. It made a great house possible and affordable.
Creative Constructions was everything we'd hoped for in a general contractor. We chose them because we wanted a crew who would work with us as active collaborators in the design and building of our house. We have been as hands-on as we can be, providing a fair amount of the labor ourselves, and they have been tutors, mentors, and friends to us as well as being professional and resourceful."
- Mark and Brigid
"Creative Constructions was awesome throughout our building process! They were extremely accommodating with our various--and sometimes challenging--demands. From letting me put in hundreds of hours of my time, thereby lowering costs, to adjusting to our unique and occasionally difficult schedule, they consistently arrived with smiles and a helpful attitude. They fixed my mistakes with grace, offered advice on independent projects when solicited, and were a joy to have around. And the fact that we finished on time, despite working through a brutal winter, speaks volumes!"
"We are VERY pleased with how the pool room has turned out and we are enjoying it very much and getting a lot of use out of it.
We are both very happy with the work you did, Rob, in coordinating and managing this complicated project at a time when you were very busy with other projects. You did a good job hiring competent subcontractors who were all are nice and easy to work with.
Thanks for all you have done to make our home much more enjoyable to live in!
-Chris and Marcy
"Creative Constructions built our house and I'm not sure we could be more delighted with it! They worked with us to keep costs inline while also ensuring we get something special, beautiful, and aligned with our vision. Building a house is stressful, but Rob and the team kept it friendly and fun. When we didn't know where to start on decisions, they always had a suggestion, but were also happy to work with us on whatever unique ideas we had swimming around our heads. It felt great to be able to trust the team and the process and to not have to micromanage or worry."
-Cindy and Gili
"People are sometimes skeptical when I say this, but the building of our home was a joyful experience, and that is primarily due to Rob and his team. I’ve worked with a number of contractors and interviewed a variety before our project. As a woman, I haven’t always been taken seriously or treated with respect by those working (or proposing to work) on my homes, and in every interaction with Rob’s team, I felt respected, like my input mattered immensely. It was more than just refreshing- it made the entire experience fun. Rob’s team, including those he subcontracts with, sought and integrated my feedback regularly, and were delightful to work with. And this says nothing of the quality, which is top-notch. Gavin’s woodwork is artistry. If I had more resources, I’d keep building!"
"I can’t believe how nice the house turned out. In my mind I sort of envisioned this, but it’s actually so much better than I imagined it would be. We have loved working with you. I’m so glad you recommended Rodney. He’s done a masterful job diverting water and moving mountains of dirt. We can’t thank you enough for bringing our dream and vision to life. I remember Camille saying “I love my builder,” and I feel the same."
-Joan and Rich
"I loved working with Rob and his crew. Wonderful builders; easy and fun to work with. They are very competent, willing to discuss possible changes, and full of good ideas.
All round very positive experience building my house....which I am very very happy with!"
"I can't imagine a greater experience in constructing a home than working with Rob, Rod, and everyone else involved with Creative Constructions! Rob and his extensive and experienced team turned our concept into a reality. We had a tight budget that was worked within; we wanted to be involved in design and construction, and we were; we wanted to learn, and we did; and most importantly, we had fun during a process that could most certainly be stressful. The entire experience felt like an authentic partnership, and it's clear that all of the talented individuals at Creative Constructions take pride in, and find joy in what they do!"
-Shawn and Nina
"Working with Rob, Rod, and others brought in by Creative Constructions was an enjoyable and collaborative venture in "Creative Solutions." Just as medicine is both an art and a science, so is building. As you can see by the photos, a dilapidated building (circa 1840) was transformed into a beautiful, well constructed living space reflecting not only my own aesthetic vision, but also adherence to the building code and the integrity of the builders. And yes, it was bittersweet to see my Creative Constructions friends pack up their truck at the end to such an inspiring and creative project."
"We highly recommend Creative Constructions. They built our house for 20-30% less than other contractors had quoted us. Rob lowered our costs by employing three simple strategies. First, they acted as our advocates to get the most affordable price from various trusted subcontractors. Second, they worked at the site tirelessly to avoid additional subcontractor fees. Third, they encouraged us to work on the house alongside them so that we could reduce the labor costs (and save us money on unnecessary gym fees). Using these three simple features, Rob and Kerrie, and their talented crew of Otto, Eric, and Rod, allowed us to build the house we have always wanted. We will always be grateful."
-Jim and Melissa
"As soon as the project started, Creative Constructions moved so efficiently and professionally. We were pleasantly surprised at how much they could get done in a short period of time. Further, as they got closer to finishing, we saw that not only was this going to be done in a timely fashion, but also the work was clearly of the highest quality.
As I sit and write this brief note, my aunt is comfortable in her new independent apartment, close but not too close, and my wife and daughter are playing cheerfully with the privacy that we dreamed of. We couldn't be happier!!!"
"After our initial consultation with Rob, we knew immediately that we'd found the help we needed. Rob quickly helped us design a plan for what we wanted to do, suggesting smart ways to reduce costs while improving the design of the old deck.
Over the three weeks, my wife and I spent our evenings and weekends following Rob's instructions. He would come by at each new stage of the project to check the work we'd already finished and outline what had to be done next. In the end, his guidance allowed us to do almost all of the labor ourselves.
Not only did we save money, but we had enormous pride in the results of our own handiwork. Best of all, we have a new deck that is bigger, more structurally sound, and aesthetically superior to what we had before, by a longshot. We're already thinking about the next project we want to do with Rob and Creative Constructions of Ithaca."