Newburyport Preservation Trust's Exterior Renovation Award 2011 for the Cushing House Privy Restoration


I have never encountered a contracting/home-improvement company before that is not only professional and skillful, but good at communication, goes above and beyond what is necessary to make your home wonderful as if it is their own, and is a joy to interact with. Never a headache, never a frustration. Zero complaint from us, and we're on our third project with them!

Amy Juliano, Wellesley MA

Tremendous combination of designer and builder. Juli and her husband and totally reliable, responsive and practical. It is like no other experience we've had.

Mary Beth Cunnane, Stoneham MA

Steve and his crew did a great job for us, proving to be top-notch carpenters. We purchased our house in early November and gave him 3 weeks to do all his work before we moved in (and also before the weather got bad)...Overall, they provided excellent quality work at good rates. Steve was very receptive to our ideas and responsive to our tight schedule... We have plans to remodel our kitchen at some point and fix other structural/design things and hope to use Riverview again.

Greg Bebezas, South Hamilton MA

We entrusted her with the house in which our family has lived for nearly a century and she made it into a house our family can continue to enjoy for at least as long again. We are delighted with her and her work and are certain that others will be too. I would highly recommend Juli MacDonald for any architectural effort in any way like ours which was a challenge and a great success.

W.D. Howells, Kittery Point ME

Just a note to say that your services were topnotch. You considered our needs as well as the parameters of the materials and the existing design to give us an end product that delighted the eye and was also functional.

Elizabeth Rose and Joe Hull, Georgetown MA

Steve is the guy you can count on, without question. He was always the first to arrive at work – on site or in the office, and he was the last to leave (and he incidentally had the longest commute by more than an hour). In addition, Steve always displayed an interest in going the right thing and doing the jobs in a better way, so status quo is never ok.
It is Steve’s commitment, consistency, work ethic and skill that make him the guy you want to run your project. And it is Steve’s personality that ensures that all involved also enjoy the experience. Steven MacDonald would be an asset to any organization or project.

Kelly Russell, Natick MA

I worked with Juli as part of a design team for a tear down/ rebuild in New Castle, NH. This was an extremely challenging project due to the size and location of the river front property. Due to these challenges, it was necessary to get town approval before moving forward. Juli did a fantastic job addressing both the client's needs and the town's requirements, resulting in a home that ties in seamlessly with the historic character of the surrounding seaside community. Throughout the project, Juli was wonderful to work with. She was a great communicator, and was aware of the importance of marrying the house and landscape to create a more integrated feel. I was impressed with Juli's professionalism and expertise while working with the client and other professionals, but also appreciated her modesty and ability to respect other's opinions.

Brittany Wolf, Landscape Architect, Pelletieri and Associates

Throughout the entire project Juli was most pleasant and always had a can do attitude. She took the time to get to know us and was sensitive to our desires….Without reservation we would recommend Juli for any architectural challenge.

Evans Ward, Newburyport MA

Steve and I worked together for approximately four years. I was project manager and Steve was lead carpenter. As lead carpenter he was responsible for the construction of the project from building of the frame, through to the construction of finished cabinetry. He is truly a craftsman in all phases of construction.
What sets him apart from the rest is his ability to meet the clients’ needs. In all of his projects he was on time, at or under budget, and exceeded the clients’ expectations.
The combination of Steve’s work ethic, his craftsmanship, and his sincere care for the overall satisfaction with the project is a rare combination, in my experience. I would work with Steve again without reservation and I recommend him without hesitation.

Ed Lynch, Natick MA