Thought I’d pass along some pics of the porch, finally furnished and got the mantel up. Everyone compliments the work and feel of the room.
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016
Thank you for your hard work and effort in helping us complete our recent home project. You transformed our fifteen-year-old deck in desperate need of repair into a beautiful new outdoor living area.
You helped us decide on the best design for our new deck by outlining the various options possible to help get us the look we wanted. You answered our numerous questions and guided us through all the stages of choosing everything from the flooring to the rails. Your advice was extremely valuable.
The transformation of our deck has been remarkable. Throughout the process you have been courteous, professional, and reliable. Your attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the project. We now have a gorgeous deck that complements our home and will last for years. I highly recommend your services to anyone considering creating an outdoor area that will add value and beauty to their home. The quality of your work is evident by the results we experienced ourselves.
We were very pleased with the job that Jim and his team did replacing our deck and building a new screened porch. His assistance with the design combined with the excellent quality of the work was key to making the finished product such a success.
The porch exceeded our expectations and feels like a true extension of our house.
We wish we would have done this years ago.
Todd and Michelle P.
Overland Park, Kansas
We love our new deck! - by Dave and Dorothy Romisch, March 13, 2012
We are the Romisch's and we just had the pleasure of working with Jim Bentley of Enhanced Outdoor Living. We needed to replace our deck. The old one was original to the house and in sorry shape. We met with several deck builders and easily selected Jim for the project. We are not sure you will meet anyone with a better work ethic. Jim was always on site. Always available to answer a question. When the weather didn't cooperate- he called us to let us know what the work schedule would look like when the weather cleared. You can count on him to stay true to his word. We never felt pressured to make choices or decisions. He also worked graciously around our two very large dogs who felt the need to be outside when he was here. We are now the proud owners of a beautiful Azek composite deck with the Azek railing system. This deck is solid and the craftsmanship is perfect. Jim Bentley is one of those rare individuals who really has a gift when it comes to making outdoor living spaces. He is honest and dedicated to his craft. If you need a new deck and/or screened porch, call Jim. You won't be sorry.
Dave and Dorothy Romisch
To whom it may concern:
I bought my house 1 ½ year ago. I had been saving for a deck. This April, I contacted 5 deck builders via their websites. I received 3 responses, the other 2 did not respond at all. Jim called me back the very next day to set an appointment for a bid. The first company bid the deck so high that I could not afford it. The second sent me an email that they were too busy to give me a bid. Jim came out when he said he would and answered my many questions without hesitation. Jim told me he would have a price within a couple of days. I received an email the next day with a quote. I was pleasantly surprised with the price. Jim told me he could start the following Thursday. I agreed to the contract and when I signed he asked if he could start a day early. One question I asked was how long would the project take. He told me about 8 days. He finished the deck in 8 days and that included a day they couldn’t work because of rain. The entire crew actually worked on Easter Sunday to get the job done.
Jim brought me the plans for the deck to get the permit. I agreed to the plans. After I went furniture shopping, I realized the steps would be in the way. I asked Jim to move the steps over 4 feet and his response was “I will put the stairs wherever you want them.” There was no arguing or “change fees.”
I did a lot of research on Jim before I hired him. I could not find anything negative about him. He is a man of his word. I have never been happier with a contractor. He and his crew are actual carpenters. Not just a minimum wage employees. I could not be happier with the job Jim did. I would not hesitate to hire him for future projects.
Mr. Tom L. and Mary Klotz
Thank you for all the great work you did in replacing our master bedroom deck. The deck you built was far superior to the original which was done by our builder years ago. I would be happy to recommend you and your work to anyone who wants a high quality reasonably priced deck.
We are so pleased with your work that I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your craft and the attention to the "little" things you did. You always arrived exactly when you said you would, cleaned up as you went. You kept us informed as you discovered things that might improve upon the original work done- and you did that at no additional charge. I know that a couple of things you discovered were "hidden" when you bid the project. I'm sure that it did in fact cost you a bit more to correct these things but you completed the fixes and stuck to your proposal. That is rare these days and we really appreciate it.
Please feel free to refer any of your future clients to us for an endorsement of your craft. I am totally confident that you will do for others what you did for us, perform very high quality work at very reasonable cost. I know your attention to detail and desire to please your clients will always surprise and please them as it did Mary and me.
Thanks again Jim.
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Ken & Diane F.
Lenexa, Kansas 66220
To Whom it May Concern:
We are pleased to offer this letter of recommendation for Jim Bentley. Two years ago we decided we wanted to add a second story screened in porch off our hearth room. After meeting with Jim the first time, we realized he had great creative ideas and architectural knowledge. Although the roof line of the porch was going to be a real challenge, it was quickly evident Jim would settle for nothing less than the best to assure a good fit. Jim's extensive construction experience was invaluable during every aspect of the process. From design to bidding, planning to execution, we felt comfortable working with Jim each step of the way. The fact that he handled every aspect of the construction process---city building permits, footings, framing roofing, interior and exterior siding and floor installation--- was very attractive to us.
Jim and his skilled team created a showplace porch and deck which has added significant value to our home. Two years later we continue to receive complements from friends on the quality workmanship on the porch. We are convinced that we could not have chosen a better builder for this extension to our home.
Sincerely, Diane F.
To: Everyone planning to build a screened porch.
We live at Tiffany Greens, fortunate enough to live on one of the golf course fairways. Having lived there a few years, we decided that we needed to have an outdoor space where we could have some shelter from the sun and the rain, and still enjoy watching the beauty and activity of the golf course.
When looking for a builder to convert our 18' x 15' deck to a screened porch, we found Mr. Jim Bentley. He designed a great concept (drawing with different elevations) that he recommended for our style of home and the standards of the neighborhood. His design used much of the design of the original deck and much of the existing materials. He topped the structure off with a hip-roof, which would tie in nicely with the existing home. He allowed us to contribute some decorative ideas and we settled on a collaborative project which included an expanded patio area beneath the porch. The porch floor is 12' above ground level.
We paid Jim in three installments, a third at the beginning, a third in mid build and a final payment at completion. We have to say that Jim is a very industrious builder, who likes to set timetables and stick to his commitments. What a delightful process! And, the finished product as been such a wonderful addition to our home. If you could only see it, the porch is almost as nice a room as a room inside our home
In fact, if we do any further building projects we will have Jim Bentley involved.
We're pleased to recommend Jim Bentley as an excellent carpenter and deck builder. Jim persevered during extremely cold weather to demolish our old rotting deck and install a new Timbertek deck with metal railings. We both do enough woodworking and carpentry work to fully appreciate Jim's high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. We are proud to have such a beautiful and maintenance-free outdoor space to entertain our guests.
Jim is easy to communicate with and we would certainly hire him again!
Super job, Bravo, Wow! We want you to know how happy we are with the wonderful porch and deck addition you built for us. Several friends and neighbors have seen our porch and the first word out of their mouth is usually "Wow, this is awesome." We feel the same way.
After talking to several builders, we visited three porches that you had built. We knew then that we wanted you to build our porch. Your price was very competitive and the quality of your work was fantastic. We gave you concept drawings for what we were looking for, and you suggested alternatives and ideas that definitely added value to our plan. You were always prompt with your work plan and kept up so well informed about what you expected to accomplish each day. Often, you described in detail how you were going to construct the porch nuances to us. We didn't understand, but just asked you "Jim, is it going to look good?" You always said "Yes, it's going to look great" and it always did. Your attention to every detail (down to a 1/16 ") was impressive! After considering all of the "mistakes" we could have made with our porch/deck plan, we are so thankful that you were "our guy" to make it all perfect. Jim, with the false ceiling and very high roof construction, we feel like our addition is rock solid, so well done! Thanks!
And finally, we need to thank not only you, but your crew of Nate, Norma and Freeman. Their skill, attention to detail, and hard word work was so impressive. They are very skilled and so much appreciated by us. As a matter of fact, we miss you all and so much enjoyed each of you here at our house every day.
Jim, thanks for doing such a fantastic job on our porch/ deck addition. We will highly recommend you to any future client that you may have, and we are anxious to show your work to future clients.
Now we're going out on the porch to enjoy the evening in a super beautiful place.
John and Andi Sandefur
Our experience with Jim Bentley could not have been better. We had an existing cedar deck that he tore down and built a beautiful screened in porch as well as a new deck off to the side. Jim and his crew showed up every day (barring 18 inches of snow), kept the site clean and were very particular about the job to the extent of being perfectionists.
Having experienced all sorts of projects and workers at my home over the years, Jim stands out as the one that exemplifies professionalism. We thank him for making our porch and deck look as if they had been built with the home. We would not hesitate to recommend Jim for your project!
The Beckleys, Overland Park, KS
To Whom It May Concern:
We recently had Jim Bentley with Enhanced Outdoor Living install a screened deck. We had received a recommendation from a neighbor to have Mr. Bentley do the work. After researching his website, we gave him a call. His knowledge and experience were evident from the first time we met him. He listened to what we were looking for and was able answer our questions regarding design and materials and provided insights we hadn’t even considered.
After obtaining several bids, we chose Mr. Bentley because of his experience and very reasonable price. His workmanship and attention to detail were apparent as we watched him construct the deck. He was flexible enough to make some changes along the way as well. We also found him to be prompt when returning phone calls or emails and he regularly communicated with us during construction.
The finished screened deck has changed our house completely. Everyone that has seen it has remarked on how well done it is. We now spend most of our spare time on the deck instead of inside. It is great to know that the quality workmanship and materials mean our deck will be just as nice many years down the road. We highly recommend Enhanced Outdoor Living for any deck projects that you are considering.
Joe and Colleen C.
To whom it may concern:
Earlier this year we decided we wanted to convert our existing deck into a screened in porch. After talking with, and receiving estimates from several builders we selected Jim Bentley to complete our project. The porch is now finished and we could not be happier with the results. Jim was invaluable in every detail of the construction, including providing us with some great design ideas. Jim’s attention to detail and pride in his workmanship are evident. Our project was finished on time and on budget and has provided us with an outdoor “sanctuary” that we will enjoy for years to come.
It is our pleasure to recommend Jim Bentley to anyone wishing to add a quality outdoor addition to their home.
John & Nancy Hedrick
Overland Park, KS
To whom it may be of interest:
As a residential home builder in the Kansas City metropolitan area for over 35 years, I have built and sold over 2,000 upper bracket single family homes. During my tenure as a home builder, I have worked with hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors. Jim Bentley has been an asset to Don Julian Builders for over 25 years.
Jim has framed houses from the ground up, ran multiple crews for Julian Construction Company and constructed multiple projects ranging from decks, gazebo's and screened porches to complete room additions.
Jim Bentley and his associates are certainly capable of designing and constructing the finest outdoor living projects available. Their company uses a very "hands on approach" and with a very low overhead operation, they produce a high quality outdoor project at an extremely competitive price.
I highly recommend Mr. Bentley and his company to help make your outdoor living project come alive!
Sincerely, Don Julian
We have lived in our home just over five years and due to the western exposure of the deck, it was pretty much unusable during the hot summer months. We’ve been wanting to add a pergola over the existing deck and came across Jim Bentley’s name at the Home Show.
Our primary goal was to achieve continuity so as to give the appearance of being part of the original construction. The configuration of the deck presented some mechanical challenges for which Jim provided a satisfactory solution. The design he proposed was exactly what we were looking for, and we found his price to be very reasonable.
The deck now provides us with additional outdoor living space that we didn’t have before. I would estimate that it has made a difference of between 10-15 degrees on the deck in addition to making the interior of the house cooler.
Jim is a consummate professional, knows construction, works quickly, and provides a quality product.
Jim Bentley came highly recommended to us by the developer Don Julian's staff.
We obtained three estimates for redesigning and replacing a twenty-year-old deck and fence. Jim's projection was less than the other competitors who all had good performance records.
Jim had a reputation of being efficient, punctual and real, regarding time and expense projections of anticipated work. All these characteristics proved to be true, when he worked for us. Adjustments to the original plan were all clearly necessary and justified.
The quality of Jim's work is outstanding. With his crew he worked up to seven days in a week and was always accessible by phone
In our opinion, this man is like gold. He is your man for quality of construction, timeliness of execution and competitiveness in pricing.
Thank you, Jim. You exceeded our expectations regarding the gorgeousness of our deck.
You beautified our neighborhood.
Ekkehard Othmer, MD, PHD and
Sieglinde C. Othmer, PHD
Kansas City, MO
Ostby Construction Company, being an award winning Home Remodeling Construction Co. that provides professional quality and personal care to all of our clients, we must hire only the finest quality craftsmen as subcontractors in all of the fields of construction involving any project. Jim Bentley is one of the finest craftsmen we've involved in our construction projects. Jim displays a continual and successful devotion to achieve perfection!