Kind words from our clients

“It’s always a challenge to find a good general contractor, let alone finding a great general contractor. I learned the lesson the hard way and ended up having to fire my first general contractor during the complete gut out renovation of my condo at Seaholm. Enter Skelly Build to save the day! My experience with Diana (owner) and Lily (project manager) at Skelly Build cannot be more different from my first general contractor. Every component of the renovation required a high level of detail and skill – the installation of the Lutron / Ketra lighting, the technical challenges of installing the steam shower, the meticulous tile layouts … the list goes on and on. To add to their challenges, I have the curse of noticing every small imperfection. The Skelly Build team and their subcontractors were patient, accommodating and in constant communication with me every step of the way. Their subcontractors are the nicest people to work with as well, the electrician, the plumber, the tile installer, the paint.

Diana and Lily are not your typical contractor type, not only they can speak fluently on the technical aspect of the rennovation, they also have the eyes for style and beauty. They worked harmoniously with my interior design team to realize their vision and to solve any problem. I am super happy with the result and big thanks to the Skelly Build team.”

Horace H.Client (November 2021)

“An incredible home renovation experience is almost unheard of - and yet, that is what my family and I got when we worked with Skelly Build on our home renovation project. From the first phone call I had with Diana, I encountered a professional who was knowledgeable, kind, and clearly knew her business. She also understood the concept of value. We wanted our renovation dollars to go as far as they could and Diana got that.

My husband and I purchased a 1950s ranch style house in south east Austin that needed to be taken to the studs. Our architect and designer were in Brooklyn, New York so we needed a renovation team that was flexible and prioritized excellent communication between all of us. We found that incredible partner in Skelly Build. Our project manager, Lily Harpham, is one-of-a-kind! Without her, the beautifully designed vision for our home would not have been a reality. Lily has a depth of construction knowledge and expertise that never ceased to amaze us. She is also an adroit and creative problem-solver. Lily was always honest with us when my husband and I had to grapple with new decisions that came along. Lily was very patient with our very detail-oriented natures. She is an excellent and timely communicator.

All of the Skelly team members that we worked with were exceptional. Every person was kind, prompt in their communication, and thorough. Another shout-out has to go to Sean. Sean is the COO/CFO and was always there if the project needed his support in any way. Skelly Build stands behind their work. This is a company with integrity. The quality of their construction and ability to bring the beauty in design plans to life is brilliant. Highly, highly recommend Skelly Build.”

Kathy C.Client (December 2021)

“Diana and her team are simply put, wonderful. They were clear throughout the project on timelines and scope and utilized a software tool that would communicate if things changed or what was on the schedule for that day, giving me clear line of sight into the plan and activity. We have two kids under the age of five and lived without a kitchen for three months and the Skelly team was incredibly supportive and tried to make the work as least disruptive as possible. Izzy was our project manager and was an absolute pleasure to work with - she was always calm, reassuring, and attentive. Highly recommend the Skelly team and I hope to use them for projects in the future!”

Kristin J.Client (October 2021)

“If I could give Skelly Home 10 stars out of 5 I would! This is such an incredible company, and I've never had a better experience with construction or renovations in my entire life- don't walk, RUN to hire them!!We hired Skelly Home in December 2020 to completely renovate two bathrooms and do work on the front exterior of our home. From the very beginning, Skelly Home put me at ease and made the process seamless. Diana was so responsive from the initial inquiry, answering all my questions, including being very quick with getting me an estimate which I really appreciated. It's nearly impossible to find someone that's so wonderful and prompt from the building world, and it's such a reflection of how she runs this amazing company. Then, when contracts were signed, Alex made the permit process beyond smooth (which I know can be a nightmare for many people in Austin!) so that we could start demo right on time and renovations could stay on schedule.Once the construction process began, that's where the real magic started. Our PM, Lily, is truly a GEM and I cannot recommend her enough. She was so communicative and incredible at walking us through the entire process, sending us updates all the time and scheduling walkthroughs often for us to see the progress since we were living in a temporary rental during construction. I've never met someone in building that is so detail-oriented and cares the way she does. I truly felt a sense of complete trust with her- and that if there was anything that came up (which always does when you are renovating an older home) she would have the solutions and lead us in the right direction. I knew from the moment demo happened we were in the best hands with her!The final product brought TEARS to my eyes- the work wasn't just good, it was absolutely extraordinary. Skelly Home only works with contractors that are experts in their field, and every tile laid, all plumbing, cabinetry, paint, etc. was flawless. I still can't believe this is our home, it feels like we are living in a beautiful hotel! While the renovation process can be daunting, Skelly Home is very special and stands out amongst a sea of mediocrity- you can't do better than this wonderful team!”

Sophie E.Client (May 2021)

“When I hired Skelly, I had never done a renovation before. I didn't know what to expect but I knew I was signing up for a lot of work as we were renovating all 5 bathrooms in our house. The work is now fully complete and I am SO happy with it! Not only is the quality of work of the highest standards, the process working with the Skelly team was excellent. The communication was always clear and proactive. There were very few surprises as the Skelly team worked diligently to keep me apprised of everything and raised the flag early if unexpected challenges occurred. Two things really stand out to me from my experience with Skelly. First, it was so easy to work with them. I always felt like they had my best interests in mind. Second, they have very high standards of workmanship. They make sure everything is done to their high level of quality and commit to deliver it no matter what. I enjoyed working with Skelly at every step and I am absolutely thrilled with how the bathrooms turned out. I highly recommend Skelly.”

AR.Client (January 2021)

“Working with Skelly went above and beyond our expectations. We were out of state went they did our renovation, and they did an amazing job, worked seamlessly with our designer and kept us very informed. Our house sold the first day it was on the market, and we have no doubt it sold so fast because of the amazing job Skelley did with the renovation. I’m sad we didn’t get to live in our house after the work they did, and that they aren’t in Denver to remodel our new home! You do pay a premium to work with Skelly, but if you want a seamless, top of the line, communicative contractor with great taste, pick them!”

Leah C.Client (November 2020)

“I can't rave about Skelly Home enough! They are organized and reliable. The owner Diana is experienced in construction and very knowledgeable. She is open, honest, and transparent about expectations during the construction process. Their talented project managers are communicative, trustworthy, and always a pleasure to work with. Skelly Home maintains strict quality control, making sure things are executed to a high standard, and never stray from the designer's original plans. As a designer, I always recommend Skelly Home to my clients. I know that my clients will be in good hands and the construction process will be as smooth as possible!”

EmilyDesigner (October 2020)

“Skelly Home and team was fabulous to work with, hands down. My vision was to add more living space without adding square footage. Skelly home made it happen. Walls were moved, doors rearranged, pocket door installed, custom shelving, new kitchen with extra seating, and new bathrooms came to life. I felt I was part of the Skelly Home team. My vision and their high standards created my perfect place. Thank you Skelly Home Renovations!”

ClaudiaClient (September 2020)

“I highly recommend the team at Skelly. They did an amazing job on our total home renovation. They were professional and extremely responsive. Their work was of the highest quality. We were thrilled with the outcome!”

StaciClient (March 2019)

“We hired Skelly Home to complete renovations on our master bath, guest bath, and some kitchen work. They are very professional and kept us informed of project deadlines and any delays. They use a builder software to help manage updates as well as change requests. It was very efficient. Our contractor was Lily and she was amazing. Overall, we are very happy with the results and the experience.”

SuzanneClient (September 2019)

“We had an excellent experience working with Skelly Home. Communication was easy using the Builder Trend app. We had several change orders throughout the project and each was handled seamlessly. We found the subs that they hired to be skilled, prompt, and very capable. I will certainly use Skelly Home again.”

Beth F.Client (October 2019)

“I had the pleasure of working with Skelly on a large remodel of a historical home in which I was the interior designer. What a wonderful experience! The team at Skelly is made up of talented, skilled and top-notch professionals. Each member of the team was committed to ensuring complete satisfaction for the client and provided incredible attention to detail. I highly endorse Skelly as one of the best in Austin!”

Robin Gonzales InteriorsProject Colleague (August 2019)

“Extremely thorough and conscientious. Highly professional and very knowledgeable. Lily went above and beyond to satisfy our various needs and respond timely”

Jeff P.Client (July 2019)

“The team at Skelly Home has been truly a blessing to work with! Their team is responsive, detail-oriented and extremely professional. I know when we refer Skelly Home to our clients, they are in good hands and will always be well taken care of. The quality of their work is top-notch, and we sincerely appreciate the hands-on approach in how they run their business. We've worked with a wide range of contractors in Austin, and they are definitely at the top of our list!”

Etch Design GroupDesign Partner (January 2019)

“We needed an entire home renovation and we couldn’t have picked a better team. Skelly Home did an excellent job from start to finish. The project was planned out in detail and was tracked against plan until completion. Exceptions were communicted clearly and we were always presented options and offered guidance. Diana always kept us informed and stayed in close contact. When we reached out, she was quick to respond.

The results from the project are an absolutely beautiful transformation. The quality of their work is exceptional. Each part of the renovation was done with precision including difficult tile work. Everyone on the team is very responsive and extremely professional.

We had a great experience and are proud of our beautiful home! We recommend Diana and Skelly Home Renovations for any project!”

Annette & TomClient (January 2019)

“My husband and I recently renovated our first home -- a loft-style condo in a historic building in downtown Austin. Our project involved major architectural changes, rigorous HOA board approvals, and a prior project that left our electrical situation a mess. I'm so glad we hired the experienced and personable team at Skelly Homes to help us tackle these things and more. Every subcontractor we met was very professional, which is huge when you're leaving your home in someone else's hands.
Renovations can be challenging, emotional and scary, so you want a team that knows the ropes and will teach you how it works along the way. The process can also be FUN, and we now have the real estate + renovation bug. 🙂 We will definitely hire Skelly Homes for our next project!”

Monica P.Client (January 2019)

“Skelly Home did an incredible job with our renovation, which included two complete bathroom remodels, new flooring throughout the house and taking a wall down in the living room. Each aspect of the renovation was done with precision and quality and truly looks beautiful. We also had a great experience with the team there, from Diana doing the initial walk-through and quote to our project manager, Brandon, to each of the subcontractors that were in our home. Even the small issues that naturally happen along the way were handled quickly and professionally. We would definitely recommend them and use them again. Thanks, Skelly Home!”

KMClient (July 2018)

“Skelly Home Renovations managed a project for us that included: complete renovation of kitchen & dining room except the floors, new ceiling fans/chandeliers/dimmers, and painting rest of 4000 sq ft house.

Some key points:
1. I could always reach them. Calls & texts were answered promptly.
2. Frequent on site checkups.
3. The painters/electricians/stone cutters/handymen were courteous professionals with a lot of pride in their work. The craftsmanship is top notch.
4. They were flexible. A vendor I ordered hardware from flaked on me, and Skelly accommodated, adjusting the schedule so I could get hardware from a different vendor.

Would I recommend Skelly? Yes - We are planning/budgeting to redo the master bath in two years, and we’ll rehire Skelly.”

RobertClient (May 2018)

“We found Skelly Home Renovations through Houzz when we were looking for the right team to flip a house we owned in Austin TX. Through all of the challenges of working long distance and with busy people like us who were new to this sort of project , Diana showed patience and great practical common sense in managing this project for us. The resulting project was an amazing transformation worthy of a design magazine article. Through the project, she had access to a real estate professional who provided invaluable advice to be sure that we used our investment wisely. We can't recommend her highly enough--she has amazing taste, design sense, and practicality.”

EllenClient (July 2018)

“I really enjoyed working with Diana, she was so easy to work with, great energy, takes charge and handles every last detail so you don't have to worry. As a designer, I appreciated not having to hold her hand through the project, I felt like I could take a step back and let her take control. The site visits were always a great experience because she came prepared with items to go over. I would definitely use her for future client projects!”

Jaime Naugle InteriorsDesign Partner (February 2018)

“My kitchen is beautiful! The timing and actual work of this project was minimally invasive to my family even though we were living through the remodel process. What I enjoyed most about working with S. Kelly Home was their organization. The project scheduling meeting was the most important meeting to me. The project moved smoothly and on time, and there was not a day without project activity. I would absolutely recommend S.Kelly Home to you. The crew was respectful of personal space, professional, and cleaned up at the end of each workday. Also, S. Kelly Home is a pet-friendly company. This is very important to anyone with furry family members. I am extremely likely to return to S.Kelly Home for a future renovation. When you purchase a house and make changes to fit the family personality, it's easy to transform the personal space with someone you can trust to do such a great job! My experience with S.Kelly Home was outstanding!”

KelliClient (February 2018)

“We worked with Skelly Home Renovations to renovate the two bathrooms in our 1970s house. This was a fairly extensive renovation that involved moving plumbing and walls, and also updated our master bedroom/closet.

From my first call with Diana, everyone we worked with was professional and great at communicating. We worked with Project Manager Lily and she kept us up to date on every small detail of the project via Builder Trend. She was always willing to talk us through the minutia on the phone or to meet up at the house when it was easier to look at things in person. It was FAR from the normal renovation horror stories of lore, where contractors disappear for days on end. Lily reliably got back to us ASAP with honest and detailed answers. When there were bumps in the road (which is inevitable with any home construction project) Lily helped explain all of the options, thought creatively, and brought in the expert trades to help us brainstorm solutions. We met many of the subcontractors that Skelly works with, and they too were always kind and trustworthy. We never felt worried about who was coming and going from our house.

In the end, we were left with two beautiful bathrooms that make us feel like we are in a hotel every time we use them. The quality of the work is excellent and there aren't any small details that were overlooked. Skelly was not the cheapest option out of the quotes that we got, but we feel like the experience was worth every penny.”

Sophie S.Client (March 2021)

“The staff is attentive and understands your ideas, and they help you carry them out, and if they are not possible, they always suggest an alternative to meet your requirements. Lily is super attentive and always seeks that the client is satisfied with the work they are doing. The communication with her was super good despite the distance and limitations.”

E & GClient (November 2020)

“What a relief...! Finding Skelly Home Renovations was a breath of fresh air. Diana and the entire Skelly team provided a first-class experience. From the initial consult to contract and final walkthrough, as well as every step in between, the process was well organized and executed according to a milestone-based plan. We always felt informed and knowledgeable about the next step and who was involved. We are 100% pleased with the renovation outcome and absolutely recommend Skelly!”

DanClient (November 2020)

“HIRE THESE FOLKS, YESTERDAY! Do yourself that favor - I'm sure glad I did!! From custom book shelving, to Italian closet make ready (tearing out wingwalls and making it bigger), to incredible back splash with great POP, and some nuanced concrete shelving too, these folks are truly nailing it professionally. Which, if you know anything about General Contractors, that is not the norm (especially in Austin). Lily, my project manager was dogged and a consummate professional as well - big UPS TO HER (TOO)!! Great attention to detail and excellent communication skills from the whole firm. I had them do all my interior design construction work prior to moving into my new dream condo in the Independent in downtown. They are super folks too, nuff said. (see my first line)”

Ray BClient (January 2020)

“We have been working with Skelly Home Renovations since Sept 2018 when we made our decision to move to Austin and The Independent Condominium that was under construction. Our purchase was dependent on our ability to renovate the apartment we chose and have a team that could take complete charge since we were living in the Miami area. With only a few days to complete a draft that would pass the contractor's demands and having never met except by email and a few quick phone conversations, Diana Skellenger, owner and principal of the company, was able to translate our desires into a working document that passed all the hurdles presented to us. She worked non stop while out of town to accomplish this and thus allow us to sign on the dotted line. For the next 2 years we have had nothing but a wonderful relationship with her and her team of amazing women who have been there every step of the way for us and have always gone above and beyond no matter what the task or snag. Their constant expertise and ability to never say "it can't be done" never ceased to amaze us. Every sub contractor has also been fantastic and true experts in their field. They too always went the extra mile. Our project manager Lilly Harpham is brilliant and the best problem solver we have ever met. She made this experience a total pleasure and we cannot recommend her and Skelly more highly. We are lucky to have found them and hope to remain in their orbit for years to come. We will miss them all.”

LynnClient (September 2020)

“My wife (Lynn) has already submitted a glowing review, so I’ll just tailgate on hers. I couldn’t be happier with the work Skelly has done, and I am ordinarily very demanding. Skelly’s contractors are all top-notch, and our project manager, Lily Harpham, is a gem – always on top of things and possessed of broad knowledge and sound judgment. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again, or to recommend them to others.”

ArthurClient (September 2020)

“Loved the service and workmanship by Skelly Home. We almost completely remodel our 4 bedroom 4 bath house inside with additional upstairs master suite and brand new kitchen. Diana is a pleasure to work with and Victor is awesome leading the project. Highly recommended if you have a high-end job to do at your house.”

Chen C.Client (August 2019)

“We recently completed a whole-house renovation with Skelly Home and had a really positive experience from beginning to end. Their process was highly organized, communication was always timely and reliable, and the quality of the work was great. They were flexible along the way, helping to find solutions as unforeseen issues arose (as they're bound to when renovating a 1920s house) and accommodating of our requests for changes as we tweaked our plans in the process. Everyone on the team was professional, helpful, and went out of their way to make sure our project was completed exactly as we wanted. We highly recommend Skelly Home!”

Hunter T.Client (September 2019)

“As a designer, client's are constantly asking for contractor referrals. Skelly Homes is on the top of my referral list! When I refer Skelly to my clients, I know they will be treated well - clear and responsive communication, transparent bids and pricing, organized and timely...I could go on. I very much appreciate the way in which Skelly Homes operates. They provide my clients with a sense of confidence moving forward in their projects, and for that - I am forever thankful to them. I will continue to recommend and refer Skelly Homes and look forward to working with them on more projects in the future!”

Hello KitchenProject Colleague (June 2019)

“We highly recommend Skelly Home to all our clients, friends and family. We have done structural engineering design for Skelly on multiple projects and we have been absolutely impressed with their professionalism, quality of work and finished product. You cannot go wrong with selecting them as the contractor for your project!”

Amberle (K&W Engineering Solutions)Project Colleague (March 2019)

“I renovated nearly my entire home with Skelly and had a great experience start to finish. Diana and crew were by far the most professional and responsive contractors I have worked with and the results show. It was extremely refreshing to work with someone that I felt was on my team and not constantly trying to cut corners. They often would come to me with ideas for improvements on the initial plans that didn't result in initial cost. Seems like common sense, but I've had too many experiences with people who don't want to think while they're on the job and instead rush to the finish line.

Project was finished on a reasonable time frame and there were no hidden costs. Tile work and carpentry in particular deserve an A+. Thanks Skelly!”

ScottClient (September 2018)

“I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with Diana. She and her team did a fantastic job transforming a full house renovation in a 4 month time frame. She was always available, extremely reliable, and super communicative throughout the entire process. Her subs were easy to work with, and her craftsmen produced beautiful results. Diana was on top of every little detail from the bidding process to the final punch-list, and the project ran smoother than I could have ever imagined. As a project manager, I felt totally at ease, and I look forward to working together again!”

Ali Swidler DesignDesign Partner (July 2018)

“My wife and I were extremely well satisfied with Skelly Home Renovations. We live out of state, so we turned over the sourcing and planning to them, and were delighted with the outcome. They turned a nice but modest house in a great neighborhood into a showplace with beautiful and creative design features that showed a lot of thought, a lot of love, and tons of hard work. I would enthusiastically recommend them for any such project. They are thorough, communicate well, are scrupulously honest, and well informed. I could not have asked for more.”

Luther C.Client (July 2018)

“When starting a design project for some personal friends of mine I knew Skelly Home Renovation was the contracting service I wanted to work with. I was able to recommend them to my own friends with confidence because I have observed over multiple projects that Diana and her team have exceptional integrity and do detailed quality work at a fair price. Their projects are fast and professional, but even more importantly to me, their responsiveness and ability to communicate effectively and patiently with their clients are above and beyond. Thank you to Diana and the whole team at Skelly Home Renovation! Y'all kick butt.”

Hannah S.Design Partner (May 2018)

“We could not be happier with the job Skelly Home Renovation did on our bathroom renovation. This was our first bathroom renovation and have heard horror stories from people who have had bad experiences with renovation companies. Victor, Danielle and the team always communicated any questions/issues that came up with the project and they finished ahead of schedule! All of their work was high quality, including a difficult tile design. I will be using Skelly again on our next renovation!”

JohnClient (May 2018)

“Diana and her team of experts were consistently on top of all projects from start to finish. Everyone knew the scope of their work, executed tasks in a very timely manner, and was enjoyable to be around in the mean time. Overall, the work done by the team was high quality, as was the project management. I have already recommended S. Kelly Home to multiple other people and will continue to do so in the future. We will only be using S. Kelly Home for any of our future home renovation needs! We are so impressed by the project management, the timely responsiveness to our inquiries, flexibility as projects changed, the high-quality work completed, and the talent of everyone on the team. Truly a positive experience, and our home looks fabulous!”

Jayme JClient (October 2017)

“In our interior design business, we work with Diana at every opportunity. It's rare to find a contractor with the level of accountability and attention to detail that we have found with Skelly Home. We can count on them to communicate clearly and often about the project and never cut corners. Renovations can be incredibly daunting for clients but Diana and her team are fantastic at making the process feel less intimidating. We will continue to rely on Skelly Home for our business and encourage others to do the same!”

Courtney Blanton Interiors, CIDDesign Partner (January 2017)

“I have brought S. Kelly Home Renovations in on a number of projects. What I love most about working with Diana and her team is the seamless communication, promptness, attention to detail and knowing that everything big or small will be cared for in the manner that I expect when working with a contractor. By a long shot, Diana has been the best contractor I have ever collaborated with in my 12 years working in the field of remodeling. Happy clients, happy designer, amazing results!”

Allison JaffeDesign Partner (February 2018)

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