Before & After
Shells Only Complete Home Improvements
Dear Al and Family,
We just wanted to thank you for all your help. We truly can't believe we are looking at our new house. You run a truly amazing business. We will continue to refer people your way.
Thanks! Angelica, Vinny, & Enzo Papandrea
We just wanted to thank you for all your hard work getting the house done. It looks so beautiful. There aren't enough words to express our satisfaction. You were attentive, helpful & very easy going. We have & will continue to refer people your way. Thanks again! Angelica, Vinny, & Enzo
December 7, 2018
Hi, so we are finally done with our project (minus the bathroom… hopefully we can schedule that in January with you guys). I just want to tell you how impressed I am with your company and your entire team. I have dealt with different contractors over the last 15 years, commercial and residential, and I have never had the type of overall positive experience that I had with your company. No one even comes close to you guys.
You guys have stuck to the schedule all the time, no delays, and you guys handled the few issues that have come up flawlessly. Denny, the project manager, is the man!
I am not one to give reviews, but I feel compelled to just let you know how happy we are with the outcome. I will be referring you to anyone looking to do any work.
Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and your entire organization.
August 12, 2018
I hope this letter finds you and the entire shells Only organization doing well and enjoying these last days of summer. This is a follow-up to our prior correspondence of May 15, 2018, where we made you aware of certain structural issues and defects that had arisen since our project close of February 2016 notable cracking tiles in two bathrooms and splitting rafters in the attic.
We would like to thank you, Denny and the rest of Shells Only team for addressing and correcting these issues. Once again, your team displayed professionalism and a commitment to our project that proves we made the correct initial decision to select Shells Only over other well-qualified contracting firms.
We would be remiss if we did not specifically single out the efforts of Denny and his team of Keith and Dan. Regardless of his moving over to the sales side of your team, Denny was focused on seeing these issues corrected and placed his "A-Team" on the job. As for Keith and Dan, all we can say is they hustled unlike anyone else we had work on the project prior. Keith made sure everything was addressed in the correct manner.
Thank you again and enjoy the remainder of the summer.
We used Shells Only for a second story addition. We couldn't be more pleased with the people we dealt with and the quality workmanship. Our project moved long as expected & wasn't a penny over budget. It was a pleasure dealing with Ken W., Julie, & Felix. Our project manager Ryan was patient & professional every step of the way. We will be back when it's time for a new kitchen!
I want to start this review by saying I used these guys back in 2014 after doing much research and having several quotes to add a 14'x26' addition to the back of my home.
Initially, I was very nervous as I had never as a homeowner taken on any type of construction project. My initial consultation was very informative and I was able to meet with the owner Dennis which gave me more confidence to proceed as their quote was significantly more palatable then Allure, Great Additions etc.
So to make a long story short they held my hand and walked me through the whole process. Results were excellent. Exactly as described. FYI 2 years later I had an issue with my tile in my bathroom. A quick call and they came in and fixed the discolored tile by replacing them.
So here we are in 2018 my two sons don't get along so I am on the hook to make my one story addition into a 2 story addition. Stopped by their showroom in Babylon off Sunrise Highway looking for Denny who was my job foreman on the previous job. Instead, I bumped into Angelo a very competent contemporary. I explained my needs and he was quick to help me design my upstairs extension.
The beauty of this company is they handle the whole process from idea to completion (including architect). Luckily I was able to have Denny as my job foreman again. (I requested him). He was the consummate professional and over the whole process, he became a family friend.
So my 2 sons are not fighting anymore and my wife is less stressed. Life is good. Bottom line these guys are the real deal.
P.S, I have to give a shout out to my finishing carpenter Jason he has to be the best craftsman I have ever met. He is the wood whisperer! Robert L. - Baldwin, NY
I've had the pleasure of using Shells twice in the last 5 years: a kitchen remodel and a second-floor addition. We couldn't be happier with the results. Not only is the workmanship fantastic but each person who came into my house was professional, neat and pleasant to deal with!
We highly recommend them!
We would like to thank you for taking our vision and making it a beautiful reality. Your attention to detail really made everything come together. Shells Only has been a wonderful experience.
Sandy & Joe
Thank you for Shells Only of Suffolk, Inc's generous participation as a Stars & Stripes Sponsor in the 2016 Veterans Salute Gala. Your leadership giving will make a positive difference in the lives and futures of our homeless veterans on Long Island.
The Gala event drew over 315 guests who gathered together to salute our homeless veterans who served in the military to protect our security and freedom. To date, the event has raised $185,000 through sponsorship's, ticket sales and special events, a new record for Beacon House.
These funds will be put to immediate use assisting the growing number of veterans and their families who are in crisis. Every day, our veterans rely on Beacon House to provide a safe house, transportation, and the care and treatment of our veterans deserve to attain independent living status.
Your continued support of our mission is deeply appreciated. And, of course, I want you to know I am personally grateful to you for the encouraging support you provide.
I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a memorable and cheerful holiday season.
Sincerely yours, Frank Amalfitano President & CEO
Just wanted to thank you! We love our house.
You guys did a great job and your continued support is awesome.
Come by anytime to say hi. We'll have a cappuccino ready.
To Shells Only,
My husband and I were very pleased with the construction of our home. Shells Only worked in a timely manner. It took two months to build a beautiful second floor with 3 large bedrooms, a full bath with a laundry room, and a huge master bedroom closet.
The siding and the outside of my home are beautiful.
I would like to thank all of the workers at Shells. They are all very nice people. I would especially like to thank Julie and Jill. Whenever I had a question, they knew just what the answer was, or would get back to me promptly.
To Mr. Dennis Katevatis, Owner, Shells Only:
Your company just finished our dormer and porch project. I just wanted to let you know what a great experience we had. Fred was our foreman. He is an asset to your company. Julie is also very nice and helpful.
I would recommend your company and if we need any other work done, we will call.
Lori and Louis, North Bellmore
I would like to take this time to review my experience with your company. Right from the start, Ron was the most professional and thorough sales rep we encountered during the search process. Ron's follow through on request and his ideas made our choice of your company very easy.
When construction started, Louis the framing supervisor was constantly making sure the demolition in the house was done on a clean and neat time frame and kept our living space manageable. Ryan was in constant contact with me regarding any issues or questions. Julie's involvement in daily deliveries and relaying the time frame for deliveries was exceptional and made the job flow without any issues.
We are so glad our choice of your company made this home conversion process exceed our expectation.
We do not normally write contractors praising their work, but your organization is an exception. You built your company with caring professionals.
I would like to single out:
Gene – handled the construction phase like a pro. If I had a problem it was corrected immediately. He checked the progress of the work and made sure the site was clean.
Julie – She would contact me about deliveries and schedule, and treated me like family.
Jayson and Rich – These two were great. Their work was neat and clean
Your electrical, plumbing and tile workers were all perfect.
Dennis, thank you for our beautiful kitchen. We are recommending you to our neighbors.
Maureen and Ray
We are in the process of having improvements done to our home, and we would like to express how happy we are with Joe. Joe's work is excellent, neat and precise. His respectful attitude, his knowledge of carpentry, and his ability to work independently are impressive. Shells Only should be very pleased with such a valuable employee.
Daniel and Kathryn, Mineola
We are in the process of having home improvements done by your company, and we would like to express how happy we are with Joe, the master carpenter on our job. Shells Only should be very pleased with such a valued employee. Joe's work is excellent, neat and precise. His knowledge of carpentry is impressive.
Mr. and Mrs. T, Mineola, NY
The easiest renovation ever! Shells Only is the easiest contractor I have ever dealt with. They were hired to renovate two bathrooms, replace windows and doors, install new siding, a new driveway, patio and walkway. Product selection was easy because everything was available to see in the Shells showroom.
Once construction began, the workers arrived on time each day and were extremely courteous. I was happy to see the same workers each day. Their craftsmanship was superb, as well as their cleanup after each day. Shells is so good they were hired again to install new kitchen counters. Again, the quality of the work was amazing! We receive compliments from neighbors, friends, and family every day! I highly recommend Shells Only for any renovation needs.
Rob, Hicksville, NY
Shells Only provided top-of-the-line courteous service with our bathroom remodeling. They were contracted to completely gut our bathrooms and provide the highest quality renovation. Shells worked with us through every detail. We were especially happy with Ryan, our project manager. We highly recommend Shells Only for any project in, and outside, your home.
David, Hauppauge, NY
Our construction project was a partial addition of a second floor and our first major construction. My wife and I were completely satisfied with the experience. Having major construction in your home can be a very nerve-racking experience. However, the people at Shells Only alleviated any of these concerns.
First, the construction was completed on budget by both time and dollars. With Shells Only, the budget you agree to at the start of the of the job is the one they stick to. Second, when working with Shells Only, you're dealing with a one-stop shop company that is responsible for all phases of the construction. They don't use subcontractors for plumbing or electric or roofing. Everyone you deal with is representing Shells Only. This provided us with peace of mind that we weren't going to need to find a separate architect, electrician or other tradesmen to complete their phase of the project. In addition, we didn't have to worry that if something went wrong, the finger would get pointed from the architect to the contractor, to the subcontractor.
Finally, the craftsmanship was top notch. The construction was completed exactly as we had agreed on. From Al in design to the supervisors to the framing and carpenters crew, to the sheetrock and insulation crew, plumbing, heating, electric, siding, and the office staff, everyone was a pleasure to deal with and a true professional. They don't leave the job until you're satisfied and they stand by their work. We highly recommend Shells Only to anyone who is considering a home improvement project.
Anthony and Alisa B., East Meadow, NY
We are happy to say that Shells did an exceptional job of turning our house into the home we had always hoped it would be. We, and all of our friends and neighbors, still marvel at how Shells transformed what used to be a basic wide-line cape into a beautiful rear-dormer-ed home. We are constantly complimented on the design and beauty of our kitchen. From the quality and finish of the cabinetry to the fit of the appliances, the pride and quality of your craftsmanship are obvious. We have even had skilled carpenters comment on the work that was put into every detail, like the base molding. All of this and more, in three short months and at a price that would suggest a far more expensive project.
Your team was professional from the first sales meeting to the final sign-off. Thanks to Shells, our home has gained curb appeal and now has character inside and out. We cannot thank Shells enough. We could not have selected a better company to rebuild our home.
Linda and Chris
We interviewed several construction companies before we decided to go forward with our renovation. Are so happy that we chose Shells Only to do our extension. Every step of the way the Shells Only staff has been personal and professional. The salesman came back to us within 24 hours with a detailed estimate that we felt was reasonable. The office staff was instrumental in getting our variance and permits taken care if in a timely fashion. We didn't lose one day of work!
Once the construction began, the crew worked non-stop to get the job done. They were very safety-conscious and careful not to impose on our family. Their organization was so efficient that they finished our project ahead of time! The building inspector even commented to us on what a great job the crew was doing.
We highly recommend Shells Only for any home renovation or extension project.
Joyce and Mike
My family and I would like to thank you for all your hard work and for making our house the way we envisioned. Your staff and workers are truly top notch. Your work is wonderful. I will highly recommend you for any home remodel or renovation.
R Family, Bellerose Village
It has been such a pleasure working with you. We LOVE the kitchen! Thank you for doing such a great job.
Jean and Dick
We'd like to extend our thanks to the Shells Only staff for the renovations of our home in Bellmore. The professionalism, attentiveness, and accessibility of all involved was greatly appreciated. Being honest with the customer is the best way to make a sale. We were confident we were dealing with a reputable company and are extremely pleased with the outcome. I can't believe it's our house! It looks fantastic and the neighbors have commented on how nice it looks. Dennis, you should be very proud of the staff you have working for you. We'll definitely consider Shells Only again in any future renovations.
Now that the project is completed I want to thank you, Dennis, and your employees on a job well done. The two-story extension came out even better than I had hoped.
Mary's coordination of the details and inspections was excellent. She always let me know what was going on and when it would happen. Gene was great! His organizing of the work teams and the solving of minor problems was greatly appreciated. He made timely suggestions that improved on what we had planned. Frank and his crew, Tim, and John are great carpenters. Their attitude and professionalism show in the work they did. Every detail of the plan and more were accomplished in a first-class manner.
Kathy and Ken, Massapequa
I am writing to let you know how pleased we are with the recent dormer construction from your company. You were true to your word. Fred, the field supervisor, was amazing. He was on top of every detail of the job. He was always ready to meet with us to answer any question and made the construction flow smoothly Your company started the construction when you said you would and finished in the time you said it would take. Your company's integrity and work ethic made the time of construction manageable. We couldn't be happier with our new home. Please feel free to use us as a reference.
I was talking to a friend on the train and she commented on how she just had her bathroom redone. She was so unhappy with the people and the work. She constantly had to have them come back and fix things. I felt so bad for her. She asked me about my experience with my recent construction. I told her from beginning to end I had nothing but praise.
The Shells Only craftsmen who worked on our home truly became part of our family when they were here. They treated our family with respect and took the job personally. Any questions or concerns were always answered quickly and efficiently by our team head, Denny. He was so reachable; it made all the difference. He had such a great way with the other guys and you could tell they trusted and respected him, and so did we.
The work was always on time and no surprises. Now the work is done and it is so beautiful;. Thank you for making our dreams come true.
Kenny and Doreen, Levittown
On the Twelfth day of Christmas (or Hanukkah), Shells Only got for me,
Twelve kitchen cabinets; eleven hi-hats glowing; ten hammers swinging; nine workers working; eight workers falling (just kidding); seven plumbers plumbing; six new appliances; five brand new windows; four filled dumpsters; three digging masons; two happy sons; and a brand new basement for Jon.
Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Constructive New Year,
Jon, Maryellen, San and Ethan
We would like to express our thanks to you and your staff. Ken was our sales representative. Ken spent days carefully developing out plans. He was always available and a pleasure to work with. Our supervisor Dennis was wonderful. Dennis was at the job site daily (sometimes 2 or 3 times a day) to oversee that our job was done in a proper and timely manner.
Your office staff is amazing. They are helpful, organized and reassuring. Their daily communication with us made it easy to organize our schedules around the work, which made our lives run smoothly.
Every one of the craftsmen, from the framers, to the plumbers, to the electricians, worked on our house as if it was their own and it really shows. They were hardworking and exceptionally detailed. Their end- of-day cleanup was exceptional. Every one of them was respectful, polite and a pleasure to have in our home.
We cannot thank all of them enough for all their hard work that has made our home what it is today. We absolutely love it!
Ken and Joanne, Roslyn Heights
I just wanted to drop you a note and express how very pleased we are with the job that was recently completed. We had a kitchen extension added and from the initial meeting and proposal to customer follow up, we have been very happy. It went very smooth; the disruption to our lives was kept to a minimum.
The crews that arrived were very professional as well as nice and very proficient in their trade. From the framing crew to the masons, as well as the men who completed the siding, we were very pleased. I believe that our project manager, Fred, made it go well. His attention to detail as well as frequent visits to our job made everything fall together. I had planned this project for some time and had numerous proposals from various companies. We are happy we chose Shells Only and feel confident in recommending you to others.
James M., Roslyn Heights
Dear Shells Only:
Today, we signed off of the last of the work. I have to take the time to write you a note to express our happiness and satisfaction. From start to finish, your work has been professional, courteous and timely. Thanks to your expertise, we are delighted at the outcome. We now live in the nicest ranch in town.
We would like to commend Ken, for his ideas, Gene, supervisor for his cooperation and input, as well as Julie and Jill for their prompt and courteous attention to detail and scheduling. Mostly we want to commend Frank. His skill is outstanding, both in his work and in his management of personnel and customer service. The archway he created is the showpiece of the house, and our walk- in bedroom closet is another highlight.
We would be happy to recommend Shells Only to other prospective customers. When we come to other remodeling needs, like new granite in the kitchen, we will be sure to call you.
Cathy and John
We would like to inform you of the pleasant experience we had with Frank, project supervisor, during our renovation. His professional input and continual communication gave us a feeling of well being. He is a people person and a valuable asset to Shells Only. We feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with him.
Rosemarie and Ken, Oakdale
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you and your team for a job well done. My husband and I recently hired your company to put another room on the second story of our house. Being pregnant, I was concerned about the stress that usually comes with along with a big construction project but thanks to the efficiency and professionalism of your staff, the stress levels were kept to a minimum.
Frank was our first contact at Shells Only and was very informative about how the whole process would work. He was extremely friendly and flexible, meeting with us at our convenience and around our busy work schedules. Angelo was great getting or project down on paper and helping us envision what the final product would look like. He spent a lot of time working with me, took my opinions into consideration and used his expertise to get us the perfect design. Justin was a big help in explaining the permit process to me and seeing that process through.
Having Julie call every few days was extremely helpful in letting me know exactly where we were at. She was in constant touch with me and really kept things organized. And the crew was respectful of our property and most important, trustworthy.
Thanks so much for the quick service. We would definitely hire Shells Only again and will be sure to recommend your company to anyone we know who is planning on home improvements.
Michelle, Port Jefferson
Dear Dennis and Staff,
Thanks to you and your staff for making our project a great success. From the beginning, we knew this would be a big undertaking, but we had the confidence that you and your company were the ones to get the job done.
Thanks to a great designer (Ron), our house has the rooms, views, and space we so desired. Our appreciation to Gene is immeasurable. His thoughtfulness and understanding throughout the project was a great sense of comfort. His efforts and insight as to how we wanted things done were impressive. His framing crew was fast, and the finish workers were on-the-spot with every detail. Our thanks to them all. We would like to extend our thanks to your office staff for providing us with their services to get the project off the ground and running smoothly until the finish.
Everyone stops to tell us how charming the house looks and our closest neighbors gave only good things to say about the way the whole project went. It's the finishing touches that set the house apart from the others on the block. We cannot thank you enough for giving us the vision to expand our home the way we wanted. We will always be grateful. Thank you again.
Walter and Christine
Kindly permit this opportunity to address the quality of work performed by members of your organization. During the two weeks since construction began on our home extension, the efforts of Spike and Billy and their work crews have been nothing short of outstanding in regards to quality of workmanship and attention to detail. They are polite and dedicated individuals who are concerned with the proper and timely completion of the task at hand.
With today's economic pressures, the cornerstone of any successful organization remains positive word of mouth, by providing above-average customer service. Through the polite and detail- oriented efforts of the above gentlemen and their crews, it becomes apparent that Shells Only has excelled in this regard.
Michael and Mary
Dear Shells Only,
While this was not our first construction experience, it was our first experience with Shells Only. Angelo made the planning process easy. He was patient with all of our questions and took the time to assist us with new design ideas. It is evident he is a talented designer. The crews were knowledgeable and courteous. True artisans! They worked efficiently and cleanly which made the process less burdensome.
Our neighbors have showered us with compliments. We will be sure to recommend Shells Only to all of our family, friends, and neighbors. We wouldn't hesitate to return to Shells Only for any future construction needs.
Adrianne and Nick
I would like to express my appreciation for your great help and support. I am very satisfied with the results. Thanks again for your our resourcefulness and professionalism. Be sure that we will keep Shells Only in mind the next time we have remodeling work to do.
To Shells Only:
On completion of the job, we are very pleased with the outcome. The job went very smoothly. The framers were fast, efficient clean and amazing. The electricians and plumbers did a good job. The sheetrock is fine. The tile came out better than anticipated; it looks amazing. The office contact between Ryan, Julie and myself were always fast, efficient and they were a pleasure to work with. The job progressed faster than anticipated – a great plus. We are extremely happy with the work and we would recommend Shells Only to other homeowners.
I recently hired Shells Only to build a garage on my property located in Levittown. My husband and I were extremely pleased with not only the end result but with the service we received throughout the entire project. Ryan and Julie from production were both outstanding! True professionals from start to finish! I would highly recommend Shells Only to everyone I know.
Maureen and Paul, Levittown
Since we started dormering our home, Dennis K has given us great suggestions. We valued his opinions and he was a great help. Thank you, Dennis!
Also, Julie was a great help; she always kept us updated on the schedules and inspections. I'm so happy how the dormer came out and it looks wonderful.
Thank you for all your help in making our construction run smoothly. We are both so happy with the end product!
Diane and Ray
I am writing to tell you about the fantastic job your crew did in replacing the windows on my house. Frank, Sal, Spike and Scott were phenomenal. They have a lot of pride in their work and it is evident in their craftsmanship. Although it is difficult to replace windows without damaging the existing vinyl siding, they did so without so much as a scratch. I also want to thank you for personally taking the time to come out and measure the windows and ordering the best possible replacements. I will not hesitate to recommend Shells Only to anyone looking for professional service and a job done right.
Tim, East Islip
Dear Angelo, Dennis and Crew,
Thank you so much for the work you did on our house, it turned out as you had promised. All of the people that worked were wonderful. We will recommend you to anybody.
Elaine and Peter
Dennis and company, thank you for a job well done.
C Family, West Islip
Dear Dennis and staff at Shells Only,
Thank you to everyone there at Shells Only who helped make my 'extension experience' a pleasant one. Your level of professionalism and experience was apparent on every step of the project. I especially appreciated your honoring of appointments and attention to details. I can honestly say it felt as is 'my project' was 'your project' and you always strived to do the right thing.
I would like to give a special thanks to Julie for always being available and helpful. Most of all I must thank Ryan. He was patient and honest and knowledgeable. He really went the extra mile to make sure my new home was beautiful. I have and will continue to recommend Shells Only whenever I can.
Our new addition is truly beautiful. My family and I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work. From permits to inspectors you have helped us to make choices to better our home and future. If ever you should need references, etc., please do not hesitate to contact us. Once again thank you for all of your time, patience and hard work.
Jose and family, Merrick
Wow! The dormer is finally completed and the kids and I are really enjoying the new space. It looks beautiful. It was a pleasure working with you and your crews. Shells Only really did a nice job. The office staff was both pleasant and efficient. I'd be happy to recommend Shells Only for future clients.
As you are aware, renovating a kitchen requires many decisions. When we began this project, we went to several kitchen and bath showrooms and were not comfortable with the showroom or the salespeople. As we were driving west, we noticed Your Home Center. We were very impressed with your showroom. It was nicely designed, and very neat.
We could not be more pleased that we chose Shells Only. Anna and Jill helped us put together what we thought would look great in our kitchen. Julie kept us informed on a steady basis. Dennis was a pleasure to work with and had many ideas that we never thought of.
From the beginning of the project, not only were we pleased with the pre-planning, but also with the two carpenters who completed the demolition and installation of our cabinets. Don and Victor are true craftsmen. The did an amazing job. They also were very respectful of our property. To add to that, they left our kitchen clean at the end of the day. It was a pleasure to have these gentlemen work in our home. They truly care about their work and are an asset to your company, Also, we want to thank Jessica, the Project Manager for making sure that the project moved along smoothly.
From start to finish, we know that we had made the right choice. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone. Again, thank you from two happy customers.
Lynn and Michael Alessi
Attn: Dennis, Shells Only, Inc.:
Every member of your team is a true professional. The transition from the design to the pricing and permit process was seamless. The way that Julie in the office who kept me informed on a daily basis was terrific.
The crews were always polite and professional. They knew their job and knew how to do it. And then there was Ryan, our supervisor. Word cannot express the effort Ryan put into our job – and it showed. Ryan's desire to please the homeowner and at the same time represent the company in a professional manner was apparent. The men were there as scheduled and the job actually was completed ahead of schedule. The job just seemed to flow to completion.
I could go on and on about how unbelievably happy my family is, not only with the addition but with Shells Only, Inc. in particular. We couldn't have picked a better, easier to deal with, builder.
My family is incredibly happy with the addition. Additionally, if a potential client is undecided, have them call me. It would be my pleasure to help them make the correct decision in what could be one of the most important decisions a homeowner will ever make.
Jerald, East Meadow