John Berendes is a very unique general contractor. His
attention to detail is well beyond normal expectations and the
quality of the craftsmanship is exemplary. Our expectations
for quality results were set very high, and it has been a pleasure
working with John at each stage - from initial groundbreaking to our
and Kathie Day, Fraser, CO
John and his
crew are extremely detail oriented and ensure all phases of the
construction process are top quality. John was a hands-on
contractor who oversees the project daily from the conceptual phase
through completion. (This was a bonus feature and benefit to us that
most contractors would not provide) We are very pleased with our
home and would highly recommend John and Icebox Builders for any new
home construction or remodel.
and Kris S., Winter Park, CO
John and his crew were a pleasure to work
with. Although the look we were trying to achieve was not
typical to Winter Park, John was able to easily comprehend our
vision and adapt to the project. His quality of workmanship is
unquestionable. In the end, the result was much better than
Just wanted to say an "official" thank you for
all of your hard work on our condo remodeling project. As you
know, Lee and I are thrilled with the end result. You and
Carolyn make a good team. She understood the look we wanted,
and you knew how to make it happen. Since the project
"happened" while we were gone, it was like magic to return to an
essentially new home.
On the other hand,
because we weren't onsite day to day, we put a great amount of trust
in you and the people you employ. Your reputation in the
valley as a fine builder gave us faith that you would be as good as
your word, and we certainly were not disappointed! Lee and I
especially appreciated your attention to detail, your honesty and
integrity in all of our dealings, and your holding your subs to your
same high standards. Everything was finished first class, just
as you had promised! And, you're a nice guy and a lot of fun
Our family continues
to enjoy our "new digs". Several of the kids will be out for
spring vacation, and Lee and I will return about mid-June.
Looking forward to seeing you then.
and Lee T., Fraser, CO
John was project manager when our complex, Mountain Homes at the
Reserve, was being built. I always found him to be very helpful, and
willing to take the time to answer questions, or solve problems. He
also did more than he was actually required to do, wanting a
satisfied customer, and wanting things to be done in the best way
and Larry F.
is great working with someone that takes so much pride in their
work. Your craftsmanship is unbelievable and makes my work
look so good. I hope we can work on projects together in the
Whitten, President, Whitten Design Group LLC
When we started building our home in Fraser, little did we know the
incredible gift that we had with John Berendes as our builder. We
have built two homes and remodeled three others and from that
experience, John Berendes is the cream of the crop - the builder
that anyone building a home that they really care about will want to
work with. John’s attitude was one of doing whatever it took to help
us achieve the type of legacy home we desired. He went far beyond
what one would normally expect from a builder to ensure that our
home lived up to our dreams. He has great rapport with his
subcontractors, expecting the same level of excellence and integrity
from them that he expects from himself, which is nothing less than
complete satisfaction from both a very demanding homeowner’s view
and his own meticulous eye.
Rick and Nancy P.
me the beauty of a home is not only based in its form and function,
but also the integration of organic elements and the environment.
When my husband and I decided to do a remodel/addition on our 800
sq. ft rustic log cabin, we knew that we wanted to create something
unique and timeless. We also knew that craftsmanship, quality and
price were important to us. We made one call, had one appointment
and our decision was made. John Berendes, owner of Icebox Builders
was the man for the job.
Our project turned out to be much more than any of us had
anticipated, primarily because of the structural problems with the
20+ year old existing house. John however did an amazing job of
dealing with the difficulties that arose and of integrating the old
with the new. John showed amazing attention to detail, was
very communicative and responsive, and most importantly, he and his
crew showed up when the said they would (a rarity in Grand County!).
We would hire him again in a heartbeat.
We love the home that John helped us to create, but to me the
greatest compliment is when I am working in my garden, hidden from
view by our rock gardens, and hear complete strangers riding by say,
“what a cool house”.
and Roger H., Fraser, CO
engineering ingenuity and quality focus are without peer in the home
construction profession. Under the very challenging constraints of a
steep hillside, limited space, and separate existing exterior decks
with different designs, John's skills shone. We now have an elegant
single continuous deck with an exterior spa. John's engineering and
construction subtly tied together the original builder's concept of
separate decks into a single deck which just seems to flow perfectly
from every angle as if it was originally designed that way. If
uncompromised quality and engineering excellence are critical to
your home, we recommend Ice Box Builders without reservation.
and Jean W., Fraser, CO