During the past decade Eagle River Construction has become an integral part of the Northern Neck. Chet Williamson moved to the area in 1994 but soon discovered he was not ready to retire. He teamed with Taft Carter to start Eagle River Construction LLC. The company has grown from a home office to fully staffed offices in Lottsburg and Richmond.
Eagle River Construction, a Class A Contractor, is fully licensed, insured and bonded and has been building custom homes and additions in the area for more than a decade. They also do commercial buildings in Richmond and the surrounding area.
Eagle River offers quality home renovations, remodeling and a wide variety of general contracting projects. No job is too small; no job is too big. Every member of the Eagle River team has a sense of pride and dedication to their craft. The Northern Neck has some of the finest craftsmen available and some of the best are with Eagle River. Most have been with the company ten years or longer. They can take a project from concept to reality, while consistently maintaining high standards of workmanship using the best materials available.
Three projects exemplify the type of work done by Eagle River Construction.
Mark and Roberta Spooner’s home at Vaughn’s Landing was custom built by Eagle River Construction. It was designed by DiVito & Associates from Northern Virginia. The Spooners interviewed three builders, including one from out of the area, recommended by their architect. They selected Eagle River. One of the most significant reasons was that Chet had excellent knowledge of the Northern Neck area and the ability to work with appropriate county departments to get permits and manage potential problems. Eagle River had skilled local subcontractors who could do whatever type of work was required at reasonable rates.
The Spooners described Chet as attentive, available, and involved in ways that impacted positively on the project. He worked extremely well with the architect, sometimes suggesting details that had not been specified. There was always a discussion, with each prevailing on different issues.
Small changes made a big difference, including skylights in the garage and a storage area under the stairs. One of the most impressive additions is the ceiling beams in the great room. They were taken from an old barn in Pennsylvania.
The final result speaks well for the architect and the builder. Their home is beautifully done with many special details. Some were part of the plan and some were added. There were obviously many discussions to get to the crisp, fine and elegant result.
Asked how they would describe their working relationship with Eagle River Construction, Mark Spooner said, “Our project was for a custom home that required a high-quality, reputable contractor. Chet Williamson and his company met all our expectations. The construction was not only excellent and on time, but Chet and his crew were very honest and a pleasure to deal with. In fact, Chet and his wife have become personal friends of ours.”
Eagle River has done a wide variety of additions and remodels to homes in the area. One of the most impressive is the home of Brook Davis and her late husband Bob (former Congressman from Michigan).
Four years after the original home was built, Bob and Brook decided to remodel and increase the size of their home. They selected Eagle River to do the work using the drawings of an architect from Tennessee. The size of the house would double going from approximately 2200 to more than 4000 square feet. Making everything flow correctly inside and outside was complicated. It took a great deal of give and take of ideas to make it happen.
The existing dining room was originally a bedroom. This change, suggested by Chet, made a remarkable improvement to the flow of the interior. The Davis’ purchased many of the light fixtures in Europe during their travels. Adapting them to U.S. electrical standards was not a simple task. Brook readily volunteered that she had very specific ideas and wanted them carried out her way. Chet and his subcontractors worked with her to achieve her goals.
There were also problems with the original house that needed correcting. Chet took responsibility and made the necessary changes so that the final result would be what the clients wanted.
The photos illustrate that the old portion of the house is now seamlessly integrated into the new. The interior floor plan works as beautifully as the roof line. Brook Davis is proud of her home and pleased with the results of a challenging job accomplished by Eagle River Construction.
Diane Jackson, a local artist in Westmoreland County, has a studio which was architecturally designed in 1995 and completed as a family construction project. Certain portions needed to be repaired and upgraded because of normal wear and tear.
Under Chet’s direction, the craftsmen at Eagle River installed new windows and a deck, which had not been part of the original plan. This required designing and constructing railings and braces on a structure without right angles. A new entrance was also added. All of these upgrades were put in place to work within the context of the original architectural plan. Materials were chosen that are maintenance free. Diane is extremely happy with the results and has a beautiful fully restored environment to continue her painting of Northern Neck scenes.
Eagle River also built The Shops at Lerty where Diane has her gallery. Chet designed her space with an artist in mind. This included windows to bring in the natural light, wall space for displaying art, and work areas for custom framing.
The primary goal of Eagle River Construction is client satisfaction. Chet Williamson’s policy is “Clients are taken care of regardless of what and how long it takes.”
Eagle River believes in supporting the local economy. The company hires local craftsmen and uses local subcontractors whenever possible. Chet believes “When you hire locally the community wins.”
The company also sponsors local activities such as baseball teams and regularly supports local area charities such as The Haven, YMCA, and the Kinsale Foundation.
For more information go to:
www.eagleriverconst.com or call:
804-529-5700, fax 804-529-7171.