Unlike most Aiello homeowners, we hadn’t yet met Tony Aiello when we bought our home in Creekside Place. The home was Tony’s display home for the community, and the original owners had decided to sell it. We were looking for a home in the Wentzville area and this one fit the bill. It was a beautiful home in an equally charming community and we fell in love with it from the start.
I do some woodworking as a hobby, and had several large power tools that I would be bringing with when I moved into the house. But there wasn’t anywhere to put them. We didn’t have room in the garage, and the home has a beautiful finished basement. There was no way that it was going to become my workshop.
Even though we were neighbors, I still hadn’t met Tony yet. So I contracted a remodeler to build a room onto the house that would serve as my workshop. It would be a 17’ x 17’ addition that would give me the space I needed to work. But there were a lot of problems. I went back and forth with the builder, and he just wasn’t getting the job done. One day while I was out in the front yard, Tony came over and introduced himself. He said he knew we were having problems with the remodeler and said that if there was anything Aiello Homes could do to help, to let him know. I asked him to take a look at it, and give me an estimate. Within a week, Tony’s team had completed the addition at the quoted price- something the other builder hadn’t been able to do in the five months I had been working with him. That was the beginning of a lasting friendship.
There’s a lot of good that can be said about Tony and Aiello Homes. First of all, Tony is a man of his word. Anyone he has worked with will tell you that he is plain spoken and does exactly what he says he is going to do. That quality is surprisingly rare in his industry. Equally rare is the hands-on approach Tony takes to his work. The standards of craftsmanship at Aiello Homes are remarkably high. The attention to detail is evident in the finished product. And Tony is easy to talk to. Some builders might be tempted to distance themselves from the communities they build, in an effort to avoid complaints in the years to come. Tony is so confident in his work, that he lives here, among his customers at Creekside Place. Just last week, Tony and I were talking with another neighbor who was getting ready to seal his driveway. Tony recommended a product and a place to buy it, and actually helped the guy get a break in the cost of materials as well.
I spent 30+ years as an insurance claims adjuster in Nebraska. In that time I became familiar with tornado claims and home construction, and I can say with confidence that Aiello Homes does amazing work. If I was still in the business, I can’t tell you how happy I would be to work with an honest, straightforward contractor like Tony. We’ve even discussed going into a partnership together to develop and sell some property I own at the Lake of the Ozarks. I wouldn’t enter into this kind of agreement with most of the contractors I’ve met over the years. But I would feel 100% comfortable working with Tony if we get to that point in the future. I think that fact alone says a lot about the type of builder and the type of man he is.
Tony, Kathy and I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the work you and your crews have done at our home. The quality of workmanship was superior. The respect and consideration that you and the people on your work crews showed toward us, the dogs and our property was very comforting. It was very easy to write a check to so when so many of the workers had personally thanked us for the opportunity to work on our projects. We especially like the way that you and the workers kept us informed on what was going on and what was going to happen next. The re-work of the earth around the house and the installation of the underground pipes on the downspouts has really moved the water away from the house. Something should have been done 20 years ago. The idea you had of putting in the large window well on the south side of the house has worked out very well. The sump pump has only kicked on twice in the past month, where is used to run a good portion of the time. The neighbors have all made their way over and love the brick walk for the English Garden and the flagstone patio. I'm very glad we took your advice to use the concrete as a base for both of these projects. The fire pit has made a great addition to the flagstone patio. Please share with Jerry and the crew, how great we think this turned out. The real surprise was the driveway replacement. That is what everyone who drives by the house sees and comments on. After all these years on black-top or gravel, the concrete driveway is a luxury and looks great leading up to the house. Aaron and the crew were a hoot to have around the house.