When we decided to have our master bathroom remodeled, we met with four uninspiring designers before happening onto the Labra Design+Build web site. We met with the owner, Rufino Labra, who really listened to our design wishes and personal taste, and within a few days came up with two impressive design options (in 3D!) We were excited about both options and after talking further with Rufino knew for sure that we wanted him and his company to handle our remodel. Throughout both the planning and remodeling, Rufino was patient, accommodating, and always accessible getting back to us the same or next day with answers to our questions, concerns and change requests. He kept us apprised of the progress letting us know when task were scheduled to start and be completed, plus he always made sure that we were completely happy with every decision. When Rufino and/ or his crew needed to work late, they were always respectful of our plans. Rufino and his crew took great care of our home protecting our floors and minimizing tracking. At the end of each day drop cloths were removed and everything was kept as clean and organized as possible. All debris was hauled away the same day (no dumpster on our property and no rubbish in our yard or garage!) We absolutely could not be more pleased with the results, from the more functional configuration, the large curbless shower and custom cabinets, to all the materials installed and the soothing paint colors Rufino selected to blend with our monochromatic style. The workmanship is outstanding (first rate). Now, our master bathroom is beautiful with lots of storage, and we love, love, love everything about it! Thanks to Rufino and his amazing crew, especially Abe who worked on our project daily, the whole process was a pleasant experience and the remodel was started and completed within the timeline constraints.
We worked with Rufino to update the bathrooms and closets in our home master bath/closet and two upstairs bathrooms and closets. He is a True Professional in many ways. He worked with my husband and me to create a modern design that encompassed our ideas. He introduced us to options that are more current in design as well. He created 3D images of our proposed master bathroom and custom closet using our material choices. These images were incredibly helpful in understanding what the finished rooms would look like. His calm demeanor put me at ease with the project and took away my reservations of having our home renovated. Also, having workers in your home can be stressful and Rufino completed the work in the time proposed!
Most importantly, I feel Rufino is very trustworthy and was very accessible to me during the project - answering my questions and communicating the next steps in the work being done via cell, text and email. Our bathrooms and closets were finished with detailed workmanship and expert service. He worked hard to make sure we were totally satisfied. They look simply AMAZING. We look forward to more projects with Rufino and Labra Design Build!
We were so pleased with the project that Labra Design did for our Mid Century Modern house. I saw a project he did (found it through Houzz) and Rufino was very quick to respond to my request, and he was able to squeeze our smaller project in quickly.
We had a huge hole in our main room, and we needed a stair rail, needed it quickly because we have a two year old and the house just wasn't safe as it was. He was quick to draw up sketches and seemed to understand our aesthetic and what we wanted without ever seeing the project in person. He was also very willing to research different price options to keep within our budget. I was impressed with his effort and commitment to making sure the stair rail was as safe as possible.
The install went smoothly and was right on time. We can't wait to use Labra Design again when we redo our master bathroom and kitchen!
I found Mr. Labra online quite a few years ago while searching for someone to build a bookcase / wall unit. I reviewed his website and was extremely impressed with the creativity of his designs. Back then, I was just in the idea stage and Mr. Labra was very helpful (even though some of my ideas were out there) and not pushy at all. Due to my inability to decide on what I really wanted, I essentially ignored the project for quite some time.
Cut to a few years down the road, I finally made up my mind. I emailed Mr. Labra once again. Right off the bat, he was a consummate professional. He quickly gave me an estimate for my "plans" which was on par with other contractors. What set him apart from the other guys was how he made me a part of the process. Other contractors I contacted listened to my plans and gave me a quote. He worked with me every step of the way (i.e. he listed the different types of wood that he could use, the pros and cons of each and why he felt one was the best fit for me) to give me the best outcome. He also voiced his own opinion when he felt it was warranted. When some of my ideas went against what he felt create a quality product, he let me know how he could tweak things to get it back on track. But, at the same time, he let me know that it was my decision and didn't force me to follow his path.
It did take a while for it to get done. But, once the bookshelf was completed, it was impeccable. You can see the pride he takes in his craftsmanship (while installing the piece, he spent ten minutes fidgeting with a door to make sure it was not a millimeter out of place). There are so many little details I could go into that I've noticed on the unit that make it stand out.
Needless to say, I am beyond impressed with Mr. Labra's skills (both in design and build) and character. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
We had our main deck completely demolished and rebuilt; we had a second-story deck demolished, a door removed and replaced with drywall; we had a smaller lower level deck rebuilt; we had the slope of a curved bridge modified and refinished.
I highly recommend working with Rufino Labra and Labra Design + Build. The most important aspect of our project was demolishing our aging cedar deck overlooking a ravine, adding 120 square feet to it, and adding deck lighting which we had never had. We also needed an unused (except by the raccoons) smaller deck area demolished, the door removed and replaced with drywall. Additionally, we had a curved bridge over a gully leading to our entrance on which we wanted the slope modified to make the tie-in to the landing gentler.
Initially we were looking at Trex or Azec (both "faux" wood) for the deck but after some investigation discovered cumaru, a Brazilian hardwood similar to ipe. Rufino was the only contractor we contacted to investigate this possibility, and offered to do the deck in the cumaru for the price of Azec, and included the lighting package at no additional charge. We were also initially considering glass railing panels, but knowing that we live in a wooded area and feed the local birds, Rufino mentioned that the birds might fly into the glass and get hurt or killed, so he gave us the option of stainless steel cable, and we are so glad we opted for that! The finished deck is spectacular! The woodworking detail is amazing. Rufino also offered to install soffit lights at no charge because he knew we would love them. We do!
Rufino and his crew showed up every day on time, they worked efficiently and with enormous attention to detail. He has a degree in architecture from Lawrence Tech, so in addition to being an incredibly skilled craftsman he is also artistic and talented. He was in constant communication on any changes or issues (they found carpenter ants had chewed up a lot of the old deck and advised us to call an exterminator -- we did!). They all really went above and beyond, they finished within the time Rufino had estimated despite some rainy days, and we are enormously pleased with the results. We will definitely work with Labra Design + Build in the future.
I have known Rufino since college and have watched him transform into a true professional. I would highly recommend his services for ANY project you have (small or large) as he is fully capable of handling them! Rufino helped me add missing functionality to my home that I was not able to complete myself.
I live in a small townhouse conod which had flooding in my garage from another unit.Rufino did a beautiful job making a drop ceiling in the garage(much warme , too), allure flooring in the kitchen /half bath & a new toilet.Beautiful work, great price & service. We definately will use him again!