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Meet Builder John F. Smolen

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When you are looking for someone to build your dream home, not just anyone will do. It’s one of the largest financial and personal decisions you might make in your lifetime-and you want to hand over that responsibility to someone not only knowledgeable, but to someone with a solid reputation. John Smolen of Smolen Homes, Inc., is easily one of the most qualified and respected custom home builders in the Syracuse area.

John is a third generation builder who learned from his father and grandfather the art of homebuilding. Smolen Homes has been building homes in the Syracuse area for almost 40 years. Before John bought the business from his father in 2003, he worked in every aspect of the business and is completely knowledgeable of the entire process. When you sign on for a Smolen Home, you get more than a homebuilder. You get a solid, long-standing reputation and name in the business that is taken very seriously. One of John’s fortes is trimming the home. He is a craftsman who can design custom bookshelves, cabinets, entertainment centers, fireplace mantles, and who has trained several of his employees as well. Your home will truly be one of a kind! John continues the tradition passed down to him and hopes to positively contribute to the reputation of the company into the next generation.

It is possible in a day to see John working with the architect to finalize a print, meeting with clients to discuss specific details, working with suppliers and subcontractors, and/or creating the schedule that will get your home done on time. You might also find him in our shop building a set of stairs, installing your new kitchen cabinets, or designing the custom set of bookshelves you’ve always wanted. Many builders understand the process of getting a job done and a house built. John goes one step further because he knows HOW it is all done, WHY it is all done, and he melds it all together with decades of knowledge passed down from his family.

John lives in Lakeland, NY, with his wife Lisa and their two children Kristen and Jonathan.

John wants to put his word, reputation, and his knowledge to work for you and build you the house of your dreams. Give us a call for an appointment and we’ll get started!







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testimonials_icon1"When my husband and I decided to start the process of building our new home, we knew that Smolen Homes was going to be on our short list of builders to interview, based on the quality craftsmanship we had seen at the Parade of Homes.  From the moment we met with John though, building our new home didn’t feel like a business deal, but more like a friendship.  Throughout the process we relied many times on John’s expertise and invaluable input to help make our house a home.  With the help of John’s foreman, Tom, who was always quick to respond to questions or concerns, we felt confident that we were in good hands.  In addition, the subcontractors were professional, courteous, and always had smiles on their faces.  We couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable or dedicated group of people to build us our dream home!  Without hesitation, we would enthusiastically recommend Smolen Homes to anyone interested in building their own dream home." Rich and Brooke Maxwell 

"My husband and I looked at several other builders' homes before a friend who had John Smolen build their home strongly suggest we consider building a Smolen Home. During the first meeting with John and a few members of his staff, I knew I was getting the personalized attention I did not receive from any other builder I contacted. Through the course of this meeting, John asked the type of home I was interested in and the particular features I would wish to be included. During the process of several meetings and phone conversations, John created my personalized home with quality that met every need (wish) and surpassed my expectations with his creative vision. What I feared might be an overwhelming task became a pleasurable, fun, and worthwhile experience. John orchestrated each step of the building process and never left any decision or step of the process unattended. I now have a quality-built custom home. I wake each morning and can't believe how beautiful my home is and how fortunate I was to make this investment through Smolen Homes." Rob & Phyllis, Cicero, NY

"We love our new Smolen home! John and his team were so responsive to our questions and requests, and made building a home fun. ..without some of the stress we had anticipated! John customized our home to fit our needs, and even came up with some creative ideas to add special touches to enhance its beauty. We would highly recommend Smolen Homes as a builder, without any reservations. Thank you to John and his team!" Don and Marilyn