Client Testimonials for Meridian Homes
Learn about our clients’ experiences.
What is it like to collaborate with Meridian to bring to life a new luxury residence or remodel an existing home? These demanding clients know, and we are proud to share their gracious comments. Their spectacular homes are among the ones featured in our Portfolio.
We would recommend Meridian to anyone searching for a custom homebuilder.
From the outset, we felt at ease with the company’s co-founder, Michael Lerner, who spent considerable time with us searching for the right location in which to build. Our search led us to numerous vacant lots and tear-down homes for sale. Michael was very honest in his assessment of each opportunity we brought to him, offering us his opinions on each site’s selling points and/or shortcomings. We finally found a tear-down home in a great location, and with Michael’s enthusiastic approval, we moved forward with buying it.
Having never been through the process of knocking down an existing home and building a new one, we needed guidance. Meridian Homes went out of their way to assist us in closing on the existing home, arranging construction financing, employing a deconstruction firm to capture tax benefits, and selecting an architect. Meridian met jointly with our architect on numerous occasions to make sure our new home had the features and floorplan that we desired, while oftentimes coming up with creative, cost-effective solutions with our architect to keep us within our budget.
As the process unfolded, we felt fortunate to have chosen Meridian. They really do put quality of construction first and foremost and were transparent in their recordkeeping at every step of the way. Meridian was also especially helpful in prioritizing the decisions we needed to make at any point in time, which brought us peace of mind in what could have been a stressful endeavor. Following the completion of our new home, Meridian remained very much involved in making sure we were satisfied with the finished product.
Seeing how much pride they take in making sure the product exceeds their customers’ expectations really validated our decision to choose Meridian Homes. We would recommend Meridian to anyone searching for a custom homebuilder. Their service, attention to detail, and passion for building high quality homes are second to none. We absolutely love our new home!!
-Jeff and Rowena Randall
Our whole family is super happy with our well-built and beautiful home.
The Meridian team was professional, prompt, courteous and thorough.
-M & D
The follow through with the company is fantastic!
Choosing Meridian Homes was the best thing we could have done.
There are so many things that I could share that makes this team special. I will just highlight a few…
– their relationships with contractors are very strong and as a result it helps you, the end client. If something isn’t done right the first time, Meridian and the contractor figure it out and work seamlessly together behind the scenes to make it right. I think contractors understand that if they don’t do a good job on Meridian jobs it will have negative consequences for them down the road in terms of new job opportunities.
– experience matters in the world of construction. I would venture to guess that there aren’t many things the team at Meridian hasn’t seen before. As a result, they are able to anticipate challenges and devise strategies upfront to avoid or figure the right solution. In the case with our home, we had to work around concrete floors and walls with the existing structure. This had material implications on our HVAC system, lighting, electrical, etc. Not many teams could have worked around this challenge as easily as they did.
– the customer service was indeed concierge level as advertised. The Project Manager, was available to us 24/7. He went above and beyond and was actually the one pushing us on some matters to make sure we had made selections in time and avoid any unnecessary delays.
– Meridian has the right feel of a small business mixed with the processes/structure of a larger organization. It seems like this is another byproduct of having the experience in building that this team does that required them to make sure that their own infrastructure was as strong as the homes they were building.
In closing, thank you to Michael and the rest of the team for your hard work. We are fortunate to have worked with you.
Building a new home with Meridian was an all-around great experience.
We hadn’t being planning on building a home, but when we found a great property, we knew we needed a builder that would be mindful of our family’s needs, budget and sense of style. We also wanted a company that we could work with on a daily basis, staffed with good people that we could trust and had our best interests in mind.
From day one, Meridian was that team. Michael, the President, gave us good advice about the property we were purchasing, and how to navigate deconstructing the existing house. When he could tell we weren’t thrilled by the ready-made house plans on offer, he brought in an architect who really listened to us, took into account how we live and how we wanted to use our new space. When we shared ideas, we felt listened to, not railroaded into things that were better for them.
The Meridian staff is wonderful. The office staff professionally and efficiently handled issues with the County, WSSC, Pepco, our lender and others. Our project manager was superb. He was patient through long meetings at tile shops, cabinetry, plumbing & lighting stores, etc. He kept me mindful of deadlines for selections, managed appointments and offered solid advice along the way.
When I didn’t appreciate how pushy a subcontractor was about some elements he “just knew” we needed to install, my concerns weren’t pushed aside or downplayed. The answer was: we will get someone else. I was listened to, and repeatedly told “we want you to be happy.”
When our house was finished, the owner and project manager walked the house with a far more detailed eye than I (and I live for minutia) and told me “if it’s not perfect, you tell us”. And they have meant it. As issues have come up, I know our carpenter and project manager are just a phone call or text away. Everything we have come across has been dealt with promptly and well.
We are loving our new home; it is perfect for us. We aren’t racing to build anytime soon, but if we were, we would use Meridian again in a heartbeat.
– Annette Gatten
Meridian is a fantastic home builder and renovation company.
The Project Designer was our main contact throughout the process. He was very organized, provided great design input, and made the process appear easy. He broke down each process step by step in an organized fashion and gave us a heads up on what to expect next. As we had no experience building a home before, this hand-holding was very comforting.
We are very pleased with the house they built for us. It exceeded our expectation in terms of quality and function. The Lead Carpenter has high expectations of his work and is very detail oriented. He was quick to point out any needed improvements or adjustments during the process and worked expeditiously, and the house was delivered ahead of schedule in mint condition. The craftsmanship that the entire crew demonstrated was excellent. Even after the delivery of the house, they continue to help us beautify our house and check on us to see if there is anything we need.
Michael and Jonathan who are the Principals of the company are very personable, and really know how to hire good people. Even the staff who were working more behind the scenes appear to be very efficient at what they do to help the work move forward. In all, we are very glad we hired Meridian to build our home.
– Custom Home Client in Bethesda
Safe to say if we had to do the whole process over again on another project we would hire Meridian Homes in a second.
We desired a swift renovation from design planning through completion of construction, and Meridian met the expectations in all facets and then some. The project manager was extremely knowledgeable and responsive to all communications, and the group as a whole made the unit look as if it came out of a magazine. Safe to say if we had to do the whole process over again on another project we would hire Meridian Homes in a second.
– Benjamin Marks
We have been in our new place for 5 months now and absolutely love it!
Both of us were initially hesitant of building instead of buying a home. We were concerned that building would turn into a very stressful full time job. But when we met and talked to Michael, the President of Meridian Homes, we changed our mind.
Construction started in November. While typically building a house during winter in the Washington DC area is not a big deal, the winter of our construction project turned out to be very rough, with many snowstorms, weather-caused delays, with days and days when nothing could possibly be done. However, despite everything, the house was completed on time.
Michael’s management of subcontractors is superb. The quality of work is very high and Meridian’s focus on customer satisfaction is paramount. We get a lot of compliments on the house from friends and random passersby. We will definitely build with Meridian Homes again.
— Natalia & Viktor K
I can honestly tell you I LOVE my new house.
— Ian Davis
The work finished on time, and on budget.
The work started on time. Michael was there every day to make sure the carpenters and other staff understood what needed to happen. It didn’t all go perfectly, but when a problem arose, it was quickly rectified. It was amazing to me how many of the sub-contractors who work with Meridian spontaneously spoke about how much they liked working for Michael because of his integrity and honesty. The work finished on time, and on budget. We love the finished product and have no hesitation recommending Meridian to others. From start to finish the project went well and I learned to trust that when things weren’t quite right they would be corrected. Too good to be true? Not in this case.
— Margaret Hadley
We are very happy with the quality of workmanship.
— Sona Varma
No house can stay new forever, but ours will undoubtedly age gracefully on account of its good bones.
As we watched our house go up, with all the excitement — and anxiety, too — that process brings on, Meridian’s knowledgeable staff, were always on call to explain the next steps and offer assistance, saving us money wherever they could and sharing ideas from their other projects to help with our decisions. The job super and I spoke almost daily, while others at Meridian also checked in frequently and tracked our progress.
Work proceeded on schedule and, when it didn’t, we always knew why and how things would be righted. When we worked with Meridian-recommended subcontractors (on landscaping, for example), Meridian co-owner Michael Lerner looked on like a sharp uncle, making sure his people gave us their best deal.
After handing us the keys, Meridian didn’t disappear. Far from it: I will never forget a cell phone call we received about two years ago, while away on vacation during a spate of torrential rains and flooding here in Bethesda. It was Michael Lerner, offering to make sure our basement was dry and bring over his pumping equipment if it wasn’t. We were lucky on the water that time, but even luckier to know we could count on a builder who has our back.
As to Meridian’s construction expertise, I can’t count the number of silent nods I’ve given to the thought and experience that went into our home’s layout, conveniences and little comfort touches, from basement to roof. The expansive floor plan, for instance, earns my approval whenever we host a party, as it seems to work equally well for a catered benefit or a muddy soccer team bash. When we’re bathed in afternoon light as we sit by a fire and watch a football game, I appreciate the wisdom of situating the family room and kitchen in the sunny back of the house.
Even more often, I give thanks for our awesome mudroom and its many uses. On nuts and bolts, too, Meridian offered sound advice, from wiring to plumbing to the central vac we installed, for which Michael suggested a garage outlet. (My cars thank him!)
No house can stay new forever, but ours will undoubtedly age gracefully on account of its good bones. I thank the Lerners and Meridian Homes for that and for all the good feelings that went into building and maintaining it.
— Mandy Katz
In my opinion, you guys richly deserve all the ‘best builder’ accolades.
Look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!
— Scott Allen
The team at Meridian Homes guided us through the entire process of building a custom home.
As a two-career family who welcomed the arrival of our third child during this process, we were particularly appreciative of the flexibility, patience and good humor of the Meridian staff.
Most importantly, the house that Meridian built for us is extraordinary. The workmanship and materials are of very high quality, and the attention to detail is often remarked upon by our family and friends.
In short, we are very pleased by the quality of Meridian’s work and the standard of their service, and highly recommended them to anyone looking to build a home in the area.
— Claudia and David Sadoff
It was a joy working with them all.
As for the finished product, we love our new home! Friends and family who visit universally complement us on the design and workmanship. With little embarrassment, we accept the compliments on your behalf.
Although the initial quality of our new home at the time of closing was very good, the most impressive aspect of our experience has been Meridians efforts to correct issues identified after closing. Like many new homebuyers, we were apprehensive about the post-closing support we would receive. Your crews have addressed all of our major concerns.
We have recommended, and will continue to recommend Meridian Homes to anyone considering building a home in the DC metro area.
— Marc and Sharon Lindsey
The quality of workmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of our home continue to impress those who visit us.
We would especially like to thank your Project Manager and the office staff at Meridian, for their efforts to ensure that our home met our every expectation. They have always gone the extra mile, both during construction and afterward, to make certain that we kept informed of the progress being made, and that the finished house was exactly as we desired. Our Project Manager was also very responsive to the very few and very minor problems we encountered since we moved in. He is a great guy to work with, always positive, and his dedication to us and our home was the most critical factor in making us satisfied Meridian homeowners. So please extend our best compliments to the entire Meridian team.
We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.
— Daniele Grant and Robert Krahe
It is little things like this that continue to remind us that we made the right decision in having Meridian Homes build our house.
— Enos Fry
Your joy at seeing our happiness made us feel as if we were your most important customers.
We are thrilled to be living in the home that has exceeded our dreams and we feel as if we have made lasting friends along the way. We can’t imagine a better home building experience. We have recommended your company to family and friends and will continue to do so.
Thanks again for all you have done for our family. We look forward to seeing each of you as our path cross in the future.
— Diane and Frank Filderman
We hired Michael over 23 years ago to help us build our dream home.
I don’t remember how we got his name but I do know that we could not have the magnificent home that we do with him.
Through the 23 years we have lived here we have called on him to help us with projects and, again, right here with professionals that we can trust. We cannot ask for more than that.
– S. Shinholser
The old adage, ‘quality, service and value’ has not been lost with your company.
The old adage, ‘quality, service and value’ has not been lost with your company. Thanks again for providing professional, quality service to each and every detail to improve our home.
— Lawrence Bulman
I found every step of the process to be clear, reasonable and you and your staff came though at every turn.
The project came in on budget, on time and with a smile. Every question or concern that I had was handled promptly and without any indication that my questions may have been silly. I couldn’t ask for more.
As I have explained to some people who have asked about my experience, my project manager had the mantra “Fran we want you to be happy.” This was particularly apparent when, because of my poor decision, you all went the extra few miles and traded out a refrigerator (that you had originally advised me against buying) for one that works better in the space.
Everyone who worked on my home was professional, courteous, and skilled at his/her task. Most of my friends have been surprised that I have been so pleased – they all have ‘war stories’ about remodels that had problem. I simply have no complaints.
This was, indeed a problem free experience for me.
— Fran Zamore
We are thrilled with the final product.
— Susan and Adam Wegner
Everything was completed on time and looked beautiful!
— Darian Drescher
We got immediate attention from a team that was highly skilled.
— Thomas Walker
He (and Meridian) take great pride in their work.
— Abby Kessler and David Weiner
We LOVE our new home.
We were extraordinarily impressed and their attention to detail was superb. The construction was done on time and within budget. In fact, they were able to build the home months quicker than the conservative timeframe was projected at achieving, with a little luck from the weather. We always knew where we stood every step of the way and whenever we had a question or concern, we got an immediate response. There were NO surprises. In addition there was a series of meetings scheduled on every aspect of the build from what we were selecting through every aspect of the building process. They were absolutely transparent with costs and gave great advice about what was worth spending extra money on and what was not.
Most importantly, the quality of their work was exceptional — We LOVE our new home. If someone were to ask my wife and me about our experience, I would, without a doubt, tell them go with Meridian. Not only was it money well spent, but we have complete confidence going forward that they will assist us on an ongoing basis with any issue that might arise.
— J & LG
We found that Meridian’s Michael Lerner and the project manager, met every one of our expectations.
- flipping the kitchen and dining rooms
- replacing portions of roof framing to create a new vaulted ceiling in both the new kitchen and adjacent living room
- removing walls on the main floor to create an open concept throughout and adding beams and columns to support the structure in these areas
- replacing some windows and adding new ones, including the structure for a new 8 foot x 12 foot full-opening glass NaNa wall
- installing all new interior doors, trim and baseboards throughout the house, including a new double entry front door and relocating the garage entry door
- replacing a old gas fireplace with a contemporary new gas fireplace
- updating five bathrooms
- installing some new HVAC ductwork
- replacing all lighting with energy efficient recessed LED lights
We initially interviewed Meridian along with 3 other contractors. We were looking for a contractor who provided the best value, not necessarily the lowest price. In addition we wanted someone who would be creative and would pro-actively make recommendations to save money or enhance the project. Having been involved in other construction projects, we knew that not everything would go to plan. We also knew that we would encounter unexpected issues and wanted a contractor who would address them promptly and thoughtfully. However, we also wanted a contractor who would take responsibility for their mistakes and “make it right”.
We found that Meridian’s Michael Lerner and the project manager, met every one of our expectations. They were very professional, provided great recommendations and addressed issues fairly and responsibility. We would highly recommend them and would use them again.
— W & K Singer
The Meridian owners are involved in each project, stand by their work and by their commitments.
— Bill Nussbaum
We chose Meridian because neighbors of ours were very pleased with their renovation, which was gorgeous.
Our designer and Michael came up with a beautiful plan for our basement. The floors, walls, cabinetry, and hardware look fantastic. On our first floor, the new wood flooring matches the old seamlessly. (Several flooring companies told us this wasn’t possible and recommended replacing all the wood on our first floor, but Michael’s team did a wonderful job.) The lead carpenter managed the day-to-day job, and he made everything work. His crew could not have been nicer, and they left our house spotless. They even hung all our pictures–in the right places, having photographed everything before painting!
Along the way, we made some last-minute changes, which did not faze anyone at Meridian. The result is that we have our home back, better than ever.
We also have to compliment everyone at Meridian for their communication skills. All our emails and text messages were answered promptly, whether it was by Michael, the lead carpenter, or any of their wonderful office staff.
If we could give Meridian 10 stars, we would!
— SR & LR
They did a great job, high quality work and incredibly fast.
— Michael B.
We gained not only a place to live that is beautiful and comfortable, but we gained friends.
— Nina Totenberg
I would certainly recommend Meridian Homes for small projects or large ones.
— Rhona Gordon