Payette Builders, Inc. Testimonials

We Recommend Payette Builders Inc.
The boom in the volume of construction projects in Valley County is a popular excuse for delays in getting homes constructed.  But excuses are bad habits that exemplify a poor work ethic. We have just completed having our first custom home built.  Our contractor, Fernand Geneau, of Payette Builders Inc., poured our foundation on Jan. 27.  We moved into our wonderful new home on June 15, just 18 weeks later.  The quality surpassed our dreams and the budget stayed within our means. We strongly recommend Payette Builders to anyone with a construction project in their future.  Don’t delay building because you’ve heard the nightmare experiences of others. Call Fernand at 634-5153.
– Rick & Christie Gorsline
(Note: The above testimonial was published in the local newspaper by the Gorslines, unprompted by Payette Builders. They were quite happy with their home.)

Payette Builders, Inc. – Honesty, Quality, Craftsmanship
Are you looking for a quickly constructed mountain cabin at a cut rate price, perhaps with a few shortcuts to keep the price down? If so, Payette Builders, Inc. is NOT your contractor. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quality home at a fair price, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, you’ve come to the right place.

Fernand Geneau and his team constructed our 2800 square foot home in Paddy Flat, McCall, 7 miles back on a forest service road, on the edge of the Forest Service and state land. Here are just a few of the challenges he confronted: The dirt road is not maintained in the winter

• The property is off the grid
• The area was poorly surveyed
• Access required the building of a bridge across Rapid Creek
• Numerous agencies and nosy neighbors slowing down progress at every step
• We needed a contractor to interpret our vision and build a home without us being there during construction.

We purchased 28 acres in Paddy Flat, seven miles back from the road in an area that is completely off the grid. The property includes over 1000 feet of stream front along Rapid Creek. The first challenge was to gain access to our desired building location. Fernand installed a beautiful wooden, arched bridge across the creek. To provide electricity, he installed a solar system with a backup propane generator. Fernand and his crew worked through the winter to get it done in time for us to move in the following summer, and that involved plowing the road on a regular basis (at his own cost) to provide access for him and his crew. The house is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and approximately 2800 square feet. It has a great deal of timber, stone and glass, along with a beautiful wood floor using lumber reclaimed and restored from an old barn. It has a loft that looks over the great room, and the great room has floor to ceiling windows with a view to the creek and bridge. (I should note that the original plan was to “hide” the bridge, but it is so attractive that it is now actually the centerpiece of our view)

Last summer Fernand built our 2 bedroom, one bath guest cottage. I designed it, and he built it exactly as I desired, and in less than two months.

Notwithstanding the great work that Fernand has done for us, his best quality is his character. He is the most honest, trustworthy contractor I have ever worked with. He has taken an "ownership" in the property and I can honestly say that without him there (we live in Seattle outside the summer months) we couldn't keep a property like this. It is Fernand that drives his snowmobile out in the bitter cold when our alarm system indicates that we've had a power outage. It is he who has had to deal with all the various agencies and nosy neighbors who regularly interfered and delayed construction of our dream vacation home. And it is he that continues to watch after it for us - often at his own expense - when we're not there. If you need a true craftsman, someone who does incredible quality work, and can be 100% trusted, I can't imagine anyone better qualified than Fernand Geneau of Payette Builders.

– Leonard Iventosch, Homeowner, Phone number: (530) 320-0320
1110 Alki Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98116
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