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"Stew is very knowledgeable. He has experience in such a diverse range of design-build topics. We recommend that you give his company a call the minute you start thinking of a new project."


Patricia L.

“We've been through a few remodels over the last 20 years and when it was time to update again I was not looking forward to it, but SM DesignBuild was a totally different experience. Having the design process flow right into the construction was totally the way to go. The crew was the most professional, polite people I have ever worked with. They took extraordinary care to keep the house as clean as possible, every workman took deep pride in their work. I changed my mind about a few things along the way, and with changes, the project came in on time and under budget. My husband and I were both amazed at how our dream of a larger kitchen, open floor plan and quality building was accomplished. I will only use SM DesignBuild in the future. We have 2 projects left and this time I can't wait to get started.”


Ellen K.,  Rancho Santa Fe, CA

“Stew designed, built, and managed every detail of the re-construction of the building my company leased, including complex data and electrical installations necessary for our graphic design and print operations. Stew delivered a great product on schedule and was always available to help us with both start-up and ongoing building management issues.” 


Dave S. , Owner/Print Resources

“Stew personally supervised the construction of our home and it was obvious from his attention to detail that he took great personal pride in his work.  I have only outstanding things to say regarding the overall craftsmanship, workmanship, and most importantly, his ethical behavior.  Both my wife and I would highly recommend this group to both friends and family.”


Dr. E. Grendys, Jr.

"It was great working with you guys too! Everybody was great! We are very happy. Thank you again for making a large effort go off without a hitch and even getting us in early."


Melinda M.

“As we progressed thru the design and building stages everyone at Stew’s company was terrific!  These folks are extremely dedicated professionals.  Never once did they take advantage of any situation and they were always available to talk to us about anything. Last but not least, I consider Stew a friend – who has provided us with a safe, secure, well constructed dream home that we totally love and enjoy.  He’s a friend that took care of our hopes and dreams.  For that I can never thank him enough."


Rich & Debbie B.

"SM-designbuild did a fine job of preparing a draft for the construction of a multi-unit apartment complex in Carlsbad, California. They are very conscientious and creative in their design process."


Stan K.

“My general contracting firm has worked with Stew since 1998, on challenging projects ranging from $1.0M - $16.0M in construction value, including the conversion of a 100-year old inn into an assisted living facility and a 68-unit condominium development. I've found Stew's breadth of capabilities, from management of complex development issues to a hands-on understanding of construction details, to be instrumental in helping to deliver a quality product while minimizing difficulty and delay.”


Michael W. , Owner/James J. Welch & Co.

"Construction quality can be assessed but a builder’s business integrity is difficult to judge or research. Our experience with you has been very positive. You were true to your word at every step and have stayed in touch well after any financial commitment ended.  We feel very lucky to have chosen your company.”


Jerry T.

"SMDesignBuild recently completed a full master bath remodel for us. Stew, his head supervisor, Mark, and all of the subs were wonderful to work with...clean and meticulous. From designing, to picking out materials, to installation SMDesignBuild was first rate."


Robin H.

“I would like to let you know how happy we have been with our home, the quality of workmanship, your attention to detail, and our relationship with you.  You and your staff rapidly and cheerfully resolved the few issues that did arise during and even after the warranty period, and you personally followed up to make all was satisfactory”.  


 Roman L.

"The home Stew’s company built for me is quite contemporary with complex roof structure and design.  The few leaks that became apparent after purchase were repaired promptly and effectively.  I’ve always had the sense that Stew takes personal pride in each of his projects and was willing to stick with us long after the job was done when I know other builders might not have been so cooperative nor understanding."


Nancy P.

“The building process with Stew was an excellent experience. We had heard a great deal from other people about the difficulties in building a home and working with developers, but Dianne and I both agree that we do not share those feelings regarding our experience with Stew. From the first meeting we found him to be knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional. You always made it clear to us the costs and ramifications of any decisions we made both before and during the building process.”


 Andy & Diane E.

“Stew Mayer has managed several projects I have worked. He is a hand’s on manager with experience both as a developer and a construction manager with the ability to work well with a variety of regulators, Town Boards, contractors and consultants. I look forward to working with Stew again and would recommend him to others as well.”


Jay B. , Owner/Northeast Geoscience

“Before we bought our house we heard how building a home would be very time consuming and at time border on the insane.  Although it was not all “easy going”, Stew and his employees certainly made it more enjoyable for us.  Karen, Justin, and I love our new home, and thanks to you for all your help and professionalism.”  


 Brian & Karen M.

“We have known Stew for approximately 5 years.  From the time we first met to present, he has been a stand-up guy whose company delivered on what he said.  It is nice to deal with people who care about their work and don’t forget about you after the check has cleared.”


 Steve & Cathy F.