I, along with John Paul Hanbury, FAIA, had the pleasure of collaborating with Bill on the renovation of a beautiful waterfront home in Norfolk.
The old home needed major renovations as well as taking into account the owners desire to add two large additions and a new three car garage. The owners stressed that the new work was to be in keeping with the original style of the house and wanted a contractor who understood the importance of this request.
Bill meticulously worked with the original construction restoring it to near perfect condition. The additions tied in seamlessly to the original construction and became wonderful living spaces for the new owners. Bill’s attention to detail reflected brightly in all areas of the home. Bill researched materials and methods and discussed them with us coming up in some cases with better alternatives than we planned for. The project was a great learning experience for me personally, seeing first hand how an exceptional contractor builds a home. On several occasions, I brought our young interns and even other contractors out to the project site, to see first hand what attention to detail and pride in a project will produce. Over the years, I have incorporated many of the methods Bill used on this project into my drawings and specifications and have introduced several of my other contractors to construction practices Bill employed.
Wayne Anderson, AIA
Covington Hendrix Anderson Architects
Bill Boykin’s renovation of our Ghent home enabled us to receive a 6 figure Virginia State Tax Credit.
In undertaking the first renovation of the 2nd oldest home in Ghent for the first time in a generation, Bill was invaluable in working with my wife and I, offering suggestions, cost cutting moves, and architectural modifications that would pass the neighborhood review board. Bill not only testified before the local review Board when we were not present, answering their questions and assuaging any fears. He was also meticulous in working with our Historic Tax Credit grant writer, supplying her with Before & After pictures and adding Technical language of the renovation that would be better received by the State Agency.
His building skills and instincts were on display when the renovation uncovered 50 year old termite damage that required the replacement structure of an entire room and one of the supporting walls beneath it. Bill consulted with a member of the Norfolk Building Committee, and the project was still completed on schedule, despite this unexpected impediment.
Later, Bill took an unfinished space of our Virginia Beach waterfront home and worked with me to transform it into a Man Cave any guy would be proud to show off, incorporating my ideas into the physical support structure of the actual space. His innovative method to hide a Supporting Wall while enabling it to blend into the Architectural features of our home was a triumph of his ingenuity and builder skills. He made a Fun Room!
Dare to quiz Bill about his wine knowledge at your peril. He can put a sommelier to shame.
Virginia Beach VA