“The Ley Group did an outstanding job renovating and building an addition to our 100+ year-old arts and crafts bungalow. From the very beginning, Simon Ley and his team demonstrated professionalism, good judgment and attention to detail in eery aspect of the project. Despite the numerous challenges presented by having to renovate an old house and create new spaces to blend in with the old, The Ley Group completed the work without a hitch and to the highest of standards, Simon Ley and the project manager, Christian Best, were well organized, worked hard to meet deadlines, and ensured that we had top notch sub-contractors working on our project. Also, in pleasant contrast to our previous experiences with contractors where “unforeseen” costs came up during the construction phase, the bide we received at the outset (which was very competitive) accurately reflected the final cost of the project.
We were particularly pleased with our project manager – Christian Best. He was diligent, reliable, creative and an all around pleasure to work with. Christian came up with an effective strategy for renovating our house in phases in a way that allowed us to remain in the house during the entire project, with minimal disruption and throughout the work period was responsive to each and every concern we raised with him, And on top of being an expert project manager, Mr. Best is also a master tiler who did a wonderful job tiling our two new bathrooms.
In short, we could not be happier with The Ley Group and would recommend them without reservation.”
— Avner Shapiro, Chevy Chase MD
“We cannot thank you enough for everything. Our house is perfect. Thank you for making the whole experience a pleasure. We have raved about you and your work to everyone who would listen.”
— Katharine Weymouth, Chevy Chase DC
“The rebuilding and renovation of our house was an extremely complicated and highly detailed project. The Ley Group completely demolished half of the existing house and rebuilt nearly three times what was torn down. There was excavation below the existing house and over part of it as well. The Ley Group managed the project superbly and completed the whole project on schedule – 11 months. Quite amazing.”
— Marilyn and John Hannigan, Bethesda MD
“Our renovation is a dream come true. Our home turned out beautifully and it was a pleasant process – even while living through construction with six kids! What I appreciated most about The Ley Group was their “can do” attitude. The Ley Group makes you feel that they are on your side. They want you to be happy with their work and they go the extra mile to make sure you’re pleased. The relationship I had had with a previous builder was quite adversarial. With the Ley Group, however, I felt there was a partnership. The quality of their work is impeccable and the integrity and commitment of the group is truly impressive. I was so glad to have hired The Ley Group and I definitely look forward to working with them again in the future.”
— Trish Scalia, McLean VA
In 1998 my family hired Simon for his first job as a lead contractor. He came with strong recommendations from people that we respected, but still was something of a leap of faith as his company was brand new. The results were exceptional. We were so pleased with the renovation of our Georgetown home that two years later when we sold that home and purchased another nearby, we turned to Simon again. Again, his team was superb. Working within a very tight timeframe, the complex paint, structural, stone, plumbing and electrical work all came together as planned. Six years later the finished product is still looking wonderful. We would recommend the Ley Group most strongly.
— Sam Reid
Having Simon Ley and The Ley Group build our magnificent addition was an excellent choice. With our architect, several bids were offered. When Mr. Ley arrived, we knew he was our choice. His demeanor and attention to detail was obvious. His analysis of the project showed us his experience and knowledge of construction.
At no time during the project did we feel out of control or abandoned and the final results speak for themselves. All who come to our home are impressed with the quality of the design and the construction. This could not have happened if Simon Ley and our architect did not work in synergy and have the talents to build such a complex structure.
I recommend The Ley Group without reservation.
— Dr. Edward R. Mopsik
As an interior designer, I’ve worked with many general contractors; it takes a lot to impress me. Throughout the process of building a custom-built home, Simon lived up to what he said he would do, he did it on time, and he consistently went the extra mile. He uses common sense to problem-solve; at the same time his crew works to his high standard.
— Whitney Stewart Interior Design
“Thank you for a wonderful renovation experience. Not only was the (large) job done in a timely manner and within budget, but it was a pleasure working with all of you. Derek, in particular, was amazing. He was always helpful beyond the call of duty, helping me with computer problems and other daily emergencies, such as what restaurant to go to in celebration of my daughter’s birthday. In addition, he has a very good artistic sense, so helped with the design of the bathroom cabinet and mirrors, as well as with colors used throughout. As a supervisor, Derek was always cheerful and the men who worked on the project did excellent work. Indeed, as someone who supervised many people when I worked, I wish I had had his patience and ability to handle detail.
Your own skill at delegating work and coming in when necessary is also commendable. In short, I do not hesitate in recommending The Ley Group to anyone and will be happy to do so.”
— Dr. Margaret Goodman, Alexandria, VA