Testimonials

Our goal is complete customer satisfaction. Here are what some of our clients have to say about their experience with G Crabtree Spaces (formerly G. Crabtree Home Building).


When I decided to renovate my 1970s ranch house, I went straight to Gail Crabtree. I didn't even consider talking to other contractors. Gail built a custom home for me nearly 30 years ago and I wanted that same experience again. She delivers what she says she will - on time and on budget. She gave me an estimated price range before we started and my base price came in below halfway. Even with upgrades added during construction, like refinishing all floors and painting the entire interior, my final price was still below her high-end estimate. She also gave me an 8-12 week window for completion. I was out of my house 8 weeks and it took about another two weeks to finish up.

With an entire house reno there are so many decisions to make. Gail quickly understood my style and helped narrow down options so I was not overwhelmed and we could stay on track.

Perhaps the best recommendation for Gail is the high esteem her subcontractors hold for her. I was on site every day and spoke often with the teams. Many have been with her for years which speaks volumes in the current booming housing market. They all knew the quality Gail expects and were genuinely proud of the work they did.

I absolutely love my "new" house and can honestly say I would do it again.

September 23, 2018

Gail is an excellent builder whose work ethic and quality is insurmountable. We chose to work with Gail because she has a reputation in Durham for being a superb builder with an attention to detail and a use of high-quality finishes. Having worked with her directly, we can attest that her reputation is well deserved. Gail was very engaged and responsive throughout the whole building process. She visited the site daily and kept us aware of progress and any changes that needed to take place. She was also very flexible and allowed us to customize our home exactly as we wanted. Gail also worked diligently to deliver our home on a fast-paced timeline. We wholeheartedly recommend building or renovating your home with Gail. She made our dream home a reality.

Dexter and Michael, Durham May 19, 2018

Gail Crabtree was wonderful to work with, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our new house. Gail’s work is high quality (she uses really good materials and she has excellent subcontractors), she has more than 30 years of experience, she’s accessible and easy to talk to, and she came in on budget and on time. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her company for any building project (new or remodel).

Amanda & Jamie Hahn February 7, 2018

We worked with Gail Crabtree and Associates for remodeling our home in Duke Park. From concept to completion, it was a real pleasure to work with Gail. She is an excellent communicator and shared all aspects (scope, time and budget) of the project work with us in a timely fashion. Her attention to detail throughout the journey was amazing. Her associate work crews are very talented, courteous and always kept the job site as clean and neat as possible. It was an incredibly positive experience and we both 100% recommend Gail Crabtree.

Joan & Linda May 5, 2017

We love our new kitchen and we even enjoyed the renovation process. About 30 people with different skills and expertise were involved in the project from beginning to end and each one was delightful and efficient! The care they took to keep the construction area sealed from the rest of the house allowed us to remain in our home, meet the team, and see the progress. Gail Crabtree and her team did a fabulous job, kept the project moving forward at a fast pace, took the design and completed it on time and on budget. Gail came to the house daily to see the progress and ensure that the work was the high quality that she expects. We highly recommend G. Crabtree Home Building for home renovation or new construction!

Michael & Janet April 6, 2016

Our newly remodeled kitchen, dining room, and screen porch are works of art. Consummate professionals, the G Crabtree team clearly set expectations on the timeline and ensured the project moved along as quickly as possible. They communicated in an open and transparent manner throughout the process making certain we were comfortable with the decisions and next steps. The team was patient as we made adjustments and tweaks to the vision along the way. The quality was impeccable, no detail was overlooked in the design, and there was seamless execution of the project. We couldn't be happier with the outcome--the space is not just functional but beautiful.

Jamie & Stephanie April 6, 2016

After seeing the quality of workmanship in the home of friends, I knew that I would want Gail Crabtree to do the renovation of my Woodcroft home.  Gail and her subcontractors did a beautiful renovation of my kitchen and master bath and updates to a guest bath and powder room. She also built a covered stoop at my front door which enhances the curb appeal of my home!  G. Crabtree Home Building did a fantastic job on my home, I highly recommend them.

Grace April 6, 2016

We recently added a screened porch to our home, using G. Crabtree Home Building. From start to finish, the experience was fantastic. We started with an old deck in desperate need of replacement. Gail, Rama, and the crew of excellent craftsmen that they assembled took my “back of the napkin” picture of what I hoped a new porch could look like, and turned it into a space better than I imagined. Gail listened carefully to what I wanted, had an excellent plan drawn up that captured my ideas, and then worked with her crews to have it built. She and Rama communicated with me throughout; there were never any surprises or unanswered questions. At the same time they did this job, they also did a great job on a minor remodel in the master bath. All of the craftsmen (construction, painters, tile worker, electricians, plumbers) involved in both projects were professional, worked very hard, did excellent jobs, and left the areas they worked in clean and debris-free. We are enjoying both of our “new” spaces, and hope to have G. Crabtree Home Building help us with future projects.

Shauna Farmer March 29, 2015

I've been familiar with the homes Gail & Rama build for many years now as a Realtor. I've worked with a couple (as their buyer's agent) as they built a home with Gail & Rama. The process was a terrific one. I've worked with many builders and can say that the experience with Gail & Rama was superior. Very organized, detail-oriented, and they build a high-quality home. Easy to communicate with and they have great input & ideas. They are committed to having satisfied customers.

I've also worked with clients who were buying or selling homes that Gail & Rama had built many years prior. This means we went through the inspection process many years after the home had been built. The results have been very good. The homes have held up well and didn't need more than the typical home maintenance kind of repairs.

If you are thinking of building or renovating, I think you'd be very satisfied working with G. Crabtree Home Building.

JoEllen Mason September 6, 2014

We always enjoy visiting the houses you build. One of our friends and colleagues used to own one of your houses out on Davis Drive, and visiting his house was the first chance to see your work. Since then, we have admired the houses you built on Cates Hickoty Hill Lane in the Bradford Ridge subdivision. We particularly like the floor plans you choose for your houses, we also like your attention to details and how pretty your houses look, both from the exterior and the interior. We love the windows, their shape and position, usually bringing much light into the rooms. We like the lamp fixtures you choose, and the accessories for the bathrooms. And also, we appreciate all the good materials you use to build houses that we are confident will last and age nicely. To say it in a few words, we hope to have the chance to move into one of the houses you built soon!

Catherine August 25, 2014

Gail did a major remodel of home (Kitchen, Great Room, and exterior work to Main House, plus total remodel of Barn/Workshop into Home Office/Guest House/Man Cave). I would recommend Gail without reservation. The best thing about working with Gail was her integrity and commitment to quality work.

Erick and Torey August 25, 2014

Gail Crabtree is the BEST! She built our house from the ground up and made all of our dreams come true. We have been living in it for almost three months now, and still each day feels like a fantasy. She has excellent taste, brilliant suggestions, and impeccable attention to detail. Not only is her work first class, so are her morals and values as a human being and business woman. We could not have asked for a better builder, house, or experience! Thank you, Gail!

Delighted Homeowners on Dacian Avenue March 17, 2008