“Genesis Design and Construction was referred to us by our inspector.  We are extremely happy with not only the work, the attention to detail and creative problem solving but also the relationship.  James is a very good communicator which made the project run very smoothly.  He gave us regular updates on progress, new ideas, and asked us our preferences, down to the little details.  I tend to be very particular and specific, and we worked very well together.  He listened to my ideas as well as contributing great ideas of his own.  The result pleases me daily as we go about our life in our apartment.  I would strongly recommend James and his team.  I am still amazed at the creative problem solving that saved us money and time.  His teams works very hard and very quickly.  We had no idea our apartment could be as beautiful and perfect as it is now.”
– C. O'Connor

“James Sappho and Genesis Design did a fantastic job on the renovation of our apartment in Murray Hill. We have had several experiences with contractors in the past and, without a doubt James is the best we have ever worked with. We recommend him without hesitation.

James is a professional. He set realistic expectations on timing and pricing for us and, at the conclusion of our project, we finished on time and on budget. He took every effort to keep costs to a minimum while moving the job forward as quickly as possible. Unlike other contractors, James was eager to get started and did not drag his feet at the end of the job. We really appreciated his diligence.

Perhaps the best quality about James is that he is conscientious and thoughtful about his work. He didn't just follow directions and is great with communication. Both during our initial walk through and then throughout the construction process, James would ask important follow-up questions and make recommendations about issues that we hadn't thought of. He would also give us realistic input on what was feasible/not feasible based on our budget. (In contrast, the contractors we have used in the past just gave us "exactly what we asked for" which sometimes wasn't a good idea, and then we would get hit with change orders to remedy the problem.)

In terms of craftsmanship, Jame's work was excellent. He installed new walls and doors constructed beautiful closets, and re-modeled our kitchen cabinets. He has a fine eye for detail and went to great lengths to make sure that the new construction blended with the old construction (for example, James went on a wild goose chase to find matching floor mouldings. He also worked with the super to find identical flooring and stain to match what we had in the apartment.)

Without a doubt, we will be asking James to handle all of our contracting needs in the future. ”
– Leslie W.

“It’s been pleasant working with you. I’m so glad Michael recommended you to us.”
- B&T

“My wife worked extensively with James in developing the concept and design for our renovation. The end result was and remains quite spectacular. The work proceeded seamlessly and without any emotional events and concluded within the time frame established. Perhaps most significantly, James was a pleasure to work with. He is diligent, highly competent and professional in every regard. He is a very good person to work with as well as being a calm and intelligent presence. I cannot recommend him too highly.”
– Jerry W Esq.

“James attention to detail came to the forefront immediately. His thoughtful questioning of project details in an effort to serve the project and the client most efficiently and economically impressed me…. The complicated, unique and detailed project was stunningly executed and the client and I were very happy with Genesis Construction…. Without a doubt, I would work with Genesis Design & Construction again. “
– Lloyd L.D. AIA

“His work was meticulous and I would happily recommend him to anyone contemplating design and construction work.”
– Lucy B. LCSW

“We retained Genesis Design & Construction for a project involving the combination of two apartments. From the initial estimate of the project through completion James and his team were a pleasure to work with. Their work was completed efficiently with a high attention to detail. They also dealt well with the restrictive construction rules and narrow work-time window of a cooperative apartment. We had such a good experience that we retained Genesis for a second project involving the complete renovation of our kitchen and two bathrooms. We were thrilled with the end result.”
– Spencer P.

"I chose Genesis Design to renovate my coop apartment in the village after admiring James' work for my neighbor. From the start he never missed an appointment to discuss details, take measurements or deliver estimates. I was away for the duration of the construction but he maintained close communication by phone, email and photos--resolving any questions that came up almost immediately. He brought in talented subs for any specialized work and thoroughly cataloged all deliveries spotting any shipping damage and resolving returns with vendors. He was experienced in navigating through the sea of coop rules and regulations to keep the board and managing agent happy. And best of all, James is a perfectionist who is never satisfied until his work is flawless. Needless to say, the final outcome met every expectation and as a surprise came in on time and on budget."