What People Are Saying

Jim & Joan Barlow

2006 New Custom Home - LaConner

"Aven's construction team were focused professionals."

Aven Construction did an outstanding job on our home in La Conner Washington. From contractor interview process to completion we were very pleased. Aven's construction team were focused professionals. There were no concerns left unaddressed. As a contractor, Aven shielded us from the day to day hiccups and headaches that happen when building a house, so we could enjoy the process. We'd hire them again if we were ever leaving this dream home of ours. That probably isn't going to happen.

Jim & Lisa Kaepernick

2007 Remodel

"Shek listened to our needs, was insightful, and made wonderful suggestions especially in the artistic aspects of design."

Our South Hill home was in its original 1950's condition when we decided to embark on a complete remodel with a Northwest style using mid-century modern details. The house needed more than a cosmetic upgrade; it needed new construction built on an original footprint and walkout basement. We put together a short list of well-known contractors and added Aven Construction to our list after learning of their reputation for attention to detail. Aven was our first interview and we never ended up interviewing anyone else because we were so impressed with Shek's knowledge and his willingness to engage in the vision we had for our project.

From the first day it was clear that Aven Construction was made up of a team of committed, honest, and hardworking employees and subcontractors. The work site was always clean and professional and the crew kind and helpful. In the course of building, there were a ton of details to sort out and decisions to make. Shek listened to our needs, was insightful, and made wonderful suggestions especially in the artistic aspects of design. He was willing to problem-solve and come up with creative solutions to design issues. Of course construction decisions must take into account the cost differentials and that is where we thought Shek really shined. He was able to help us make the best decisions given our budget constraints. Our project came in on time and on budget despite building during one of the worst winters in recent Bellingham history.

Our house still has a steady stream of drive-by lookers. Guests love how much livability is packed into our small home and always comment on how comfortable it is to be here. If we had it to do again we would hire Aven Construction.

Galie Jean-Louis

2008 Remodel

"they set new standards for Bellingham with an innovative and highly skilled team for building luxury homes and remodels."

We have worked with Aven Construction on several projects to complete a full remodel of our mid-century home on Highland Drive, and they did an excellent job translating our needs and providing quality planning, project management and practical design solutions.

What stood out to me during the process were the ways Shekinah was able to understand my design needs and requests and offer solutions to the design of our remodel and architectural style. It was also very valuable that Aven Construction was able to stay on schedule and meet our project deadline.

I would recommend Aven Construction because they set new standards for Bellingham with an innovative and highly skilled team for building luxury homes and remodels.

Pat & Shelley Simons

2009 Kitchen Remodel

"In 2011, we sold our house and the realtor told us that it had been the remodel that sold it."

Taking on a remodel in your family home with three children is a big deal. In 2009, we remodeled the upstairs in our home, including a complete transformation of the kitchen, removal and adjustment of several walls and windows, and new hardwood floors throughout. This part of our house is the main living area, and we couldn't be happier with Aven Construction and what they provided for us.

Aven Construction worked with us precisely on timing for all activities and worked around our lifestyle to make sure that things happened as planned. We had very high expectations, and the result was better than we had hoped. Along the way, we discovered problems with the original construction that were dealt with swiftly and completely. At each junction, Shekinah gave us a clear view of our options and helped us get it done promptly and in a very clean way. Everyone on the job performed above expectations and we never missed a deadline to complete any specific phase. I really appreciated the attention to detail, such as minimizing the down time of the refrigerator and sink and detailing the schedule from room to room as we adjusted our furniture and living situation. The work areas were always clean and the only apparent activity at our house was a small tool trailer parked neatly in the driveway.

Shekinah worked with us personally to explore ideas and was extremely thoughtful with his input. He was very careful not to tell us what to do, and instead enable us do what we wanted to do.

Initially, I thought it might be a good idea for us to do some of the work ourselves; I seem to think I can do some of that work. Shekinah was accommodating and patient through all of this and willing to help or lead in any way. After seeing the professional craftsmanship and attention to detail, it was apparent that we were better off only contributing ideas. Shekinah worked with us through every phase and even left enough material to touch things up in times to come.

In 2011, we sold our house and the realtor told us that it had been the remodel that sold it. We were so conflicted about moving because we loved it so much. We needed more space for a growing family, and we know that when it's time to change our next home we'll be contacting Shekinah.

Craig Ferguson

2010 Remodel

He and his team are skilled, responsible, and trustworthy perfectionists."

Aven Construction completed two large house renovations in our neighborhood and we had no doubt we wanted to contact them when it was time for our remodel. Shekinah Aven, the general contractor and owner met with us numerous times as we planned. His suggestions and ideas were innovative and very helpful. He has great relationships with local building supply companies and their employees. All of his subcontractors are top-notch. He and his team are skilled, responsible, and trustworthy perfectionists. We are very pleased with the outcome of our remodel.

One look inside Aven Construction's tool trailer and you know the team is organized and takes pride in completing quality work. We lived in the house during most of our three-month project and our property was always clean at the end of the day and Aven arrived promptly at 7:30 am every workday. We appreciated that they were flexible with any changes we requested and were willing and able to field questions we had. We highly recommend Aven Construction to anyone planning a construction project in the future.

Jerry Main

2010 Remodel

"From the moment I began working with Shekinah Aven, I knew I was in good hands..."

When I needed to replace my home's weathered cedar siding and sidewalks, friends of mine referred me to Aven Construction. From the moment I began working with Shekinah Aven, I knew I was in good hands as I received a fair estimate and prompt project timeline that were both equally pleasing. I would recommend Aven Construction to even my closest friends because they are honest, trustworthy and skilled at their craft.

Kimberly Mallory

2010 Remodel

"Shekinah Aven listened to everything I had to say, and then with his incredible vision, executed a room that is way more than what I could have ever dreamed of."

Aven Construction does a beautiful job, keeps a clean work site and are people who can be trusted in your home.

I home school my children, so it was very important to me that the Aven Construction team consisted of people I was comfortable having in my home. They are trustworthy, very professional and always mindful of keeping their workspace clean. I never worried about them being in my home or around my children.

When planning our master suite remodel, I didn't know every detail of what I wanted, but had an overall feel of what I was hoping to create. Shekinah Aven listened to everything I had to say, and then with his incredible vision, executed a room that is way more than what I could have ever dreamed of. I walk into the room now and just love everything about it.

The most thrilling part of our remodel with Aven Construction was the fact that we finished the project on budget. They were sensitive to expenses and very good about letting us know how any adjustment would affect the overall cost. Aven talked us through every detail and together we made negotiations to ensure we stayed within our initial budget.

We are starting another remodel project with Aven soon, and I actually can't wait. I'm really looking forward to working with Aven Construction again.

Rosemary Mora

2008 & 2010 Remodel

"We highly recommend Aven Construction due to the work ethic and quality of the renovations we received."

Our South Hill home is the seventh home my husband and I have lived in over the last 22 years. While we love the style of the home, we've never had a home requiring this level of renovation. After meeting with Aven Construction, we were able to visualize our home in a new way and we worked together to create something absolutely beautiful.

During our home remodel, Shekinah Aven maintained a professional work environment. The Aven Construction team, the subcontractors and Shek himself were efficient, thorough and showed great attention to the quality of work. As we continued to live in the home through all stages of the remodel, I appreciated that the tone of the workers and subcontractors was pleasant, courteous and cooperative and that the work space was kept clean, not just before the weekend, but every day after the day's work was done. We highly recommend Aven Construction due to the work ethic and quality of the renovations we received.

Karen Copetas & Joe Garcia

2011 Remodel

"Their work is of the highest quality and we are already enjoying our "new" home."

We just had a large remodel completed with Aven Construction. It was a pleasure working with Shek and his crew. Their work is of the highest quality and we are already enjoying our "new" home.

Linda Everett

2008 & 2011 Remodel

"As a mother of young children, I felt that Aven took into consideration my family's safety and well-being."

Aven Construction has done quite a bit of work remodeling our Edgemoor home. In 2008, they replaced our hardwood floors, drywall, trim, and installed a beautiful brand new custom staircase. Then more recently, in August 2011, Aven completed the remodel of three bathrooms with custom tile and cabinet with heated floors. We will continue to be repeat clients because of the quality of work they do.

What we appreciate most is the quality of Aven's work. Everything they do is done to the highest standard. Shekinah Aven was very involved in ensuring the project was meeting his own personal standards; to the point he would redo things along the way that he wasn't completely happy with. We appreciated that the work was constantly evaluated during the process and that Aven sought our feedback for ways they could be better.

During our initial home remodel planning, we spoke with several contractors and Aven Construction presented us with the most complete plan. He listens to his clients' ideas and desires and then provides several options to work off of. With every idea that was suggested, there were logical justifications for each decision, including budgets and aesthetics.

As a mother who works from home, I appreciated how Aven Construction kept me informed. He introduced when new people were working in my home, and I always knew what would be happening each day and was made aware of machinery around our house. As a mother of young children, I felt that Aven took into consideration my family's safety and well-being.

Phil Kuyper & Liz Herseth

2011 Remodel

"Aven Construction is top-notch and we're now consulting with them again to possibly begin another project."

We first heard of Aven Construction through word of mouth, as our daughter knew of their excellent work. While Aven worked on our Lake Samish home, we really appreciated how pleasant the work crew was to have around and that the workspace was always kept clean. What we valued the most was the communication we had with Shekinah Aven. It was excellent and he was always available to speak with us during the process. Aven Construction is top-notch and we're now consulting with them again to possibly begin another project.