Carina Construction Services of Ithaca Inc has been building homes in the Finger Lakes region since 2003. We focus on one client at a time where our ultimate goal is client satisfaction. We believe we build a quality modular home with attention to each client’s special details. But don’t just take our word for it…hear what our previous clients say about us:
Great people and great atmosphere.
We feel so blessed to have found this gem. This beautifully constructed cape was designed with windows to optimize 180 degree views with beautiful sunsets and natural light. Carina Construction delivered a module home that is energy efficient has sturdy construction and well drained foundation with comfortable in floor heat. The open floor plan maximizes the living space and allows for entertaining with a large granite island. Matt has been a responsive and helpful resource even though we are the second owner of this home.
We worked with Carina to have our dream home built in Ithaca. Matt, Elise and their team were excellent all the way through the process. They were understanding of our design goals, helped us develop a vision for the house, and got it done on time even in the middle of a pandemic (the house was finished June 15th 2020). They were also accommodating to our changes and updates to the design during the build. We didn't encounter any issues that were not easily fixed in a professional way throughout the whole process. We could not have been happier. We highly recommend Carina Construction.
I have had several friends use Carina Construction to build their homes. The homes are always beautiful, tailored to what my friends wanted and within the budget designated. The communication between Carina and their clients is 2nd to none.
I have worked with Carina Construction for years as a profession solar energy consultant. They are courteous and professional to work with. They build some of the most energy efficient yet affordable homes I have seen in our area.
Built a great house for the family. Great process start to finish!
Matt and Elise Haney, along with their staff, were warm and welcoming from the initial contact I made to Carina, throughout the entire process. They always made time to work with me and answer my many questions. I was pleased with the professional knowledge they all had. When dealing with the numbers and structural aspect of the build, Matt was exceptional. He also made smart recommendations and suggestions that turned out to be key to the success of the project. For example, the placement of the house on my lot to avoid dealing with water issues later; flipping the living end of the house to reverse the direction my living room faces; and connecting the garage to the house. Matt was thoughtful in choosing the right team to work on the completion of my house after it was set. I felt like I got the best! Matt was also consistently good about keeping me informed as to dates and times that things would happen. His office staff assisted in making that a priority. Elise is an amazing interior designer. She worked closely with me to choose colors and materials for cabinets, flooring, lighting, tile and window size and placement. Elise was happy to go “shopping” with me to look at displays and samples to help make all of the above decisions.She was excellent at giving me professional advice about which products to choose to get a desired outcome. And she was never pushy about which way I should go! I feel like I ended up with the best possible house for me!There was one error made while constructing my house in the factory. When Matt became aware of it, he was immediately in contact with the company. Not only did Matt assure me that the situation would be corrected, but the company stood behind him 100 % and made it right. I was very pleased with how both Matt and the company handled the situation.Building a house today is a major financial investment and I wanted it to not only be well built, but a home that I could afford and would be comfortable living in. I have friends and family members who are in the construction business and the overwhelming positive response to the top quality of my house was reassuring. I couldn’t be happier with my house. There is not one thing I would change and I love living in my dream house!
When we first met Matt, Phil told him outright that he would need to earn our trust since we had had such terrible experiences with several builders in the past. We had decided to check out Carina Construction since it was near to the land that we had bought.From the first meeting, we could tell Matt was different from all the other builders with which we had worked before. After being honest about timeline – we would have to wait until the following year to start, Matt and Elise offered suggestions to optimize the configuration of the house and save us money after visiting our site.As we began to work closely with Matt and Elise on the details of the house and structures, it became clear that they both had tremendous expertise and were truly collaborating with us to conjure a final configuration that would truly meet our needs. This was vastly different from any experience we had with any other builder.And yet, from this planning stage, the best was yet to come.The following spring, right on schedule, clearing and excavation began. The entire process of preparation for the foundation, delivery and connection of the modules, inside finishing were, in a word, amazing. Phil had worked in the construction trades many years earlier, and there were finish items that he had not noticed that Matt identified and was not satisfied with, that were then corrected.When Phil needed someone to help design and construct a pole barn, since Matt did not build those, he referred him to an equally superb contractor for that part of the project.When the house was completed, we struggled to complete a punchlist of items for correction – there were some but very minor and resolved quickly.The entire experience with Matt, Elise and all of the Carina folks – Amy, Cassie, Rob, everyone – was excellent, something that we never would have expected when we first realized that we would have to build since we could not find an acceptable existing house.To anyone who has decided to build, and is searching in this area for a builder – stop looking and get on Carina’s schedule; you simply cannot do any better.Phil and Tina Berler
I have been providing engineering services for Matt Haney and his company, Carina Construction, for about 3 years now.I work with many contractors, and Matt and his crew provide great homes at a great price, and their customer service is excellent. Matt goes out of his way to exceed customer expectations and provide not only a great product, but a great home-building experience. Building a new home can be a very challenging experience, but Matt's extensive knowledge of the industry and his excellent interpersonal skills make the process as easy as possible.His support team also does a great job of keeping projects on track and keeping communication open and timely.It is always a pleasure working with Matt and his team to provide clients with a new home that they can enjoy for years to come!
I have worked with Carina Construction and several of their clients in recent years. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Matt's team and great feedback from his clients. The houses that Matt and his team deliver are constructed to the highest standards. These homes exceed building efficiency standards and are constructed with quality materials. Carina allows a wide range of customization options while keeping their clients costs down. I work with many builders in our area and Carina Construction is the clear leader of the pack in the modular home industry.
Carina Construction Services has built several houses for my customers over the past few years, so I have had the opportunity to work with Matt and his team multiple times. I have appreciated this thoroughness and excellent communication with me during the entire planning and construction process. Each project has been successfully completed on time and on budget. As a mortgage originator I have a high comfort-level with Matt and his company and recommend Carina to my other clients whenever possible.
Quality homes and great service. I have toured a couple Carina Construction homes and spoken with homeowners and the quality and level of satisfaction is superb.
I find the negative review of Carina Construction to be unfounded horse manure!!! These are the most gorgeous, lovingly constructed pieces of artwork!! They are solid, reliable, beautiful and individualized.On top of all that, it is the sweetest family you could ever have the pleasure of meeting!!!Thank you, Carina Construction, for being Awesome!!!
It is rare that I am moved to post reviews on line. However, my experience with Carina Construction over the past 8 months has been an experience worthy of comment. The planning stage for my new home was a truly custom design process. Both Matt (builder) and Elise (interior designer) Haney spent many hours with me, getting to know who I am, how I live, what I want in my home, etc. From that, together we designed a home that accommodates and expresses my life and style, stays within my budget, and is perfect in the natural setting I had chosen.Throughout the building process, I've often been amazed at how readily they worked with me to incorporate changes, rethink design features, and respond to my endless questions and concerns. In spite of this winter's brutal weather, they've worked on the house nearly every day; and, when delays were inevitable, I was always notified promptly and told when things could be resumed. Being a DYI'er, I have a critical eye for workmanship. Work is completed professionally and any issues have been addressed promptly.Frequent communication with both Matt and Elise keep things on track. They are always responsive by phone, email, or dropping by the office. I'm never left wondering what's happening or that their attention has moved on to another project.Thanks to their skills and experience, their enthusiasm and creativity, and their highly personal attention, I will have an affordable home way beyond anything I could have dreamed up. I wanted to bring the outside "in" to my home. They did it beautifully!Thanks, Carina!
We worked with Carina Construction out of Ithaca NY and over all were pretty happy with our Simplex home. We had no problem selling it when we decided to move. Carina did a good job coordinating with Simplex to fix the few problems we encountered.
– Anthony and Jana, Lansing, NY
Our prefab manufacturer recommended Carina Construction to oversee the site construction aspects of our project. We got an initial estimate from Matt but went with a contractor with a slightly lower bid. However, the actual cost ended up being significantly higher than the contractor’s estimate. In addition, the contractor’s construction standards did not meet our own expectations and he missed the contract completion deadline by several months. The project was about to fall apart. In the end, we hired Matt as a project manager to oversee our general contractor and the project to its finish. Matt successfully mitigated the contract disputes and saved the project for us. Matt also brought a very high standard for finish work as we expected. We do wish that we went with Matt from the beginning, because we surely would have saved tens of thousands of dollars and had the project completed the way we wanted it and on time.
– Kevin and Alisan, Dundee, NY
Matt is knowledgeable, intelligent, and a problem solver. He stands out in the construction business because he is a skilled communicator, socially adept, and friendly. He works very well with government agencies, sub-contractors, and workers. Matt is always cost conscious, and when possible saves money without sacrificing quality.
– Stan and Carolyn, Skaneateles, NY
Matt was highly recommended by our realtor because she felt he met our high standards. We have been thoroughly satisfied with Matt. The numerous deadlines were met on time, he responded quickly to our concerns, even after the final payment was made. He is very cost conscious, provided several options to our ideas, did excellent research on products, is very knowledgeable about Green technology, which we have used considerably, and is very conscientious and honest. We also were very fortunate as his wife, Elise, is an interior designer, who we relied on extensively. We had an outstanding working relationship with Matt, and we still see him and his family quite often. I would definitely recommend Matt, and would use Carina again if we were to build.
– Tom and Magda, Ithaca, NY
Four years ago we did our homework and contracted with Matt Haney of Carina Construction for the cottage of our dreams on Cayuga Lake. It was a difficult site and we made several modifications of the Simplex design. Matt and his colleagues were knowledgeable, effective in handling every phase of construction and brought the job to completion on schedule. Even after the last payment had been made, Matt was quick to resolve a couple of minor problems. Now we are enjoying this get-away throughout the year. We keep in touch with Matt from time to time and value his integrity and friendship.
– David and Sue, Trumansburg, NY
Matt has been a pleasure to work with. He is professional, knowledgeable, and very responsive. We wanted to build a house with a small footprint, energy efficient, and comfortable for a family of five. It was important to us that the design be interesting and yet we needed for it to be affordable. Matt was able to help us envision and carry out the project with ease, humor, and enormous skill.
– Karen and David, Ithaca, NY
Matt is very professional in his approach to completing the job as well as keeping an eye on the cost of the project. I would not hesitate to hire Matt again.
– Geoff W., Ithaca, NY
From my experience. the only definite in home building is that there will be uncertainties, generally out of anyone’s control, that will affect the project (weather, back-ordered materials, etc.). That being said, the best anyone can do is to work with a builder who is able to adapt to the unexpected, has a good plan in place, is experienced enough to see predictable pitfalls, will have a contingency plan around those pitfalls, and (most importantly) is of solid enough character to make things right and look after your best interest. Those are the characteristics that my wife and I found in Carina Construction and, more specifically, Carina’s owner, Matt Haney. Throughout the process, Matt showed a consistent, experienced approach toward managing the project and never took his eye off the end goal: building a dream home for our family. I would recommend Matt and Carina to anyone interested in building in the Finger Lakes area. In fact, I would add a another definite to home building: if you work with Carina Construction, you will be thrilled with the end result. Matt has been great to work with on all levels. His work is precise and organized which creates very easy communication. It is a pleasure to work with him.
– Chad and Jessica, Trumansburg, NY
Matt has been great to work with on all levels. His work is precise and organized which creates very easy communication. It is a pleasure to work with him.
– Brian Casler, Casler Masonry, Auburn, NY
Matt has always done a fine job for my buyer clients and I recommend him highly. He is knowledgeable and thorough and good at explaining the innards of houses to novice buyers–a rare talent!
– Margret Hobbie, Audrey Edelman Realty USA, Ithaca, NY