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Holly & Associates, Inc.

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Holly & Associates, Inc.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 26 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Bonnie N.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Exact, over and above, excellent work

He's willing to listen to what people want and to try and make it as close to their satisfaction even when the funds aren't there. He helped me a lot. I really liked him. He's excellent, excellent, excellent.

Pam E.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Total confidence, good follow-through, and I have total trust in the quality and their ability to come in on target with the bid. They are very timely. All the workers seemed to be high quality.

It just felt like I was working with somebody who I could totally trust. I was long distance, so it was important to have a set of eyes that had my back. I had total confidence in them.

Joe P.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Janver Holly is completely 100% ethical, competent, and he really does good work and stands behind it.

The quality of his work, and he's fairly priced. I use a lot of contractors, but he's the best.

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Holly & Associates, Inc. offers a complete range of construction services to residential and commercial clients in Central Sonoma County. The company takes a design/build approach to constructing both new homes and commercial establishments, and it also performs large-scale renovations, develops specialty commercial facilities, remediates construction defects, and more  

Owner Janver Holly says that while mastering the building process is important to Holly & Associates’ success, it’s just one aspect of the larger scope of generating customer satisfaction. “We can pound nails like anybody, but we also really try to get to the bottom of our clients’ needs. We make every effort to keep them in control of their budgets, communicate well and just do an overall great job for them.”  

Holly & Associates employs a team of expert designers, craftsmen and subcontractors to bring its clients’ projects all the way from inception to completion. While the company works on jobs of all sizes, Mr. Holly says his team jumps at every opportunity to push the envelope. “We love it when we get to work with people who aren’t afraid to try new and unique ways of doing things—it gives us a chance to really shine.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Holly & Associates, Inc.

COMPANY CONTACT
Service AREA

Central Sonoma County
Rohnert Park
Cotati
Cloverdale
Healdsburg
Windsor
Santa Rosa
Petaluma
Guerneville
Sebastopol

SERVICES PERFORMED

Design/Build Construction
Remediation
Large Scale Renovations
Construction Defects

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON Holly & Associates, Inc.

Company Profile

Holly & Associates, Inc. offers a complete range of construction services to residential and commercial clients in Central Sonoma County. The company takes a design/build approach to constructing both new homes and commercial establishments, and it also performs large-scale renovations, develops specialty commercial facilities, remediates construction defects, and more  

Owner Janver Holly says that while mastering the building process is important to Holly & Associates’ success, it’s just one aspect of the larger scope of generating customer satisfaction. “We can pound nails like anybody, but we also really try to get to the bottom of our clients’ needs. We make every effort to keep them in control of their budgets, communicate well and just do an overall great job for them.”  

Holly & Associates employs a team of expert designers, craftsmen and subcontractors to bring its clients’ projects all the way from inception to completion. While the company works on jobs of all sizes, Mr. Holly says his team jumps at every opportunity to push the envelope. “We love it when we get to work with people who aren’t afraid to try new and unique ways of doing things—it gives us a chance to really shine.”

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Company Philosophy

"We're fully committed to ensuring our clients' satisfaction, and we accomplish that by providing superior service and treating them with honesty and integrity. Our goal is to come up with the best solutions that are tailored to each client's specific needs, budget and desires."

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Comparative Summary

Design/build contractors are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition, and those that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award are already several steps ahead. In addition to its Diamond Certified status, Holly & Associates, Inc. stands out from its competition by providing services that have been acknowledged on a national level. “We were recently recognized by Remodeling magazine as one of the 50 top builders in the United States,” says owner Janver Holly. “We feel very fortunate to be included on that list because it speaks to the high quality we offer our clients.”

Holly & Associates has been providing construction services for residential and commercial clients throughout Central Sonoma County since 1984. The company utilizes its design/build capabilities to construct both new homes and commercial establishments, and it also handles large-scale renovations, remediates construction defects, develops specialty commercial facilities, and more.

Unlike construction companies that aren’t upfront when it comes to financial matters, Holly & Associates maintains a strict “open book” policy that allows its clients to participate in the budgeting process and see where their money is going. “We show clients our actual costs, margins and profits, which enables them to see what they’re paying for and have a say in how funds are distributed,” explains Mr. Holly. “Most contractors don’t do this, so our customers are very appreciative of the opportunity to be so hands-on with their projects.”

Another distinguishing attribute of Holly & Associates is its team of highly experienced employees and subcontractors, all of whom have been working with the company for many years and are qualified in numerous aspects of construction. “With the versatility of professionals and specialists at our disposal, we’re able to handle any project and achieve the goals of every client,” affirms Mr. Holly.

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Industry Info

If you’re considering building a second home, make sure you consider functional, aesthetic and financial aspects in advance. According to Janver Holly, owner of Holly & Associates, Inc. in Santa Rosa, it’s important for homeowners to think about a second home in different terms than they would with their first. “A second home tends to be less about function and more about form and expression,” he explains. “For the most part, it will serve as a sanctuary from the pressures of normal life, so you should focus on making it a place that serves this purpose.”

In regard to aesthetics, Mr. Holly suggests that when designing a second home, you should consider optimizing its integration with the local environment. “A lot of times, a second home will be located in a more remote and scenic location, with natural beauty and dramatic views,” he says. “In such cases, you should think about doing something like installing large windows that will allow you to better appreciate your surroundings.”

In terms of functionality, Mr. Holly lists a few attributes that are commonly characteristic of a second home, including a spacious common area for holiday gatherings, a swimming pool for summer vacationing and a well-equipped kitchen. “As opposed to a family home where bedrooms tend to be more of a focal point, a second home emphasizes the common areas of the home and its amenities,” he says.

While the design of a second home may not entail the same points of emphasis as a typical family residence, Mr. Holly warns that in the event of a resale, this could have a negative effect. “When it comes to a second home, many people want to have an exit strategy in case of an economic downturn or other financial crisis,” he explains. “In many cases, however, a second home’s personalized style or layout may cause it to be less attractive to buyers who are in the market for a more traditional home.” For this reason, when designing a second home, it’s a good idea to strike a balance between personalized and practical—that way, you can enjoy the home while still maintaining its value and appeal for future resale.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will my project take to complete?

A: It depends on the size and scope of the project, but if we spend the right amount of time planning, the schedule will go as smoothly as possible. There’s no substitute for good planning, which is why we always encourage our clients not to rush their projects.

Q: Can you design my project or do I need to bring in a designer?

A: We have plenty of design experience and definitely offer that service, but we also don’t discourage our clients from bringing in their own designers.

Q: What’s your approach to pricing?

A: Unlike most contracting firms, we don’t bid on projects. We feel that bidding is an inherently adversarial process because contractors look for every possible way to cut costs in order to get the price down. It sets people up for the cheapest job, not the best job. In contrast, we take a collaborative approach and work together with our clients to both direct and control costs.

Q: Can you provide a product that meets my needs and is also affordable?

A: Yes. One of the features of our ‘open book’ approach is our use of the budget as a controlling device. By keeping costs under control and collaborating with clients, we can adjust and tailor their budgets to achieve their goals for the prices they need.

Q: How will permitting, zoning and other legal restrictions affect my project?

A: We actually work closely with an engineering services company that can answer those kinds of questions. This company also provides engineering services that we often employ to determine these kinds of issues and come up with effective solutions.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Janver Holly

Expert CONTRIBUTOR PROFILE
  • Janver Holly is a 32-year veteran of the construction industry and president of Holly & Associates, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 901-7943 or by email.

Janver Holly: A Foundation of Faith

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA ROSA – Janver Holly has been working in the construction industry for 30 years, so it may come as a surprise to learn that he’s also a credentialed religious scholar, holding dual master’s degrees in Theology and Divinity. While he once considered becoming a full-time pastor, Janver ultimately decided to take a less formal path. “I understood the significant role of those working within the church, but I personally felt it was more important to be part of the working world,” he explains. “I wanted to live out my faith organically rather than within an organization, and that’s what I’ve been able to do.”

Janver’s fascination with construction began early in life. “My dad was a teacher and was actively involved in efforts to improve the educational system, which meant a lot of the household repairs fell to me,” he remembers. “By the time I was 17, I was building decks and performing home repairs for friends and neighbors.” Janver’s industrial aptitude enabled him to land a job that eventually helped fund his college education. After taking a few years off to work in youth ministry, he re-entered the construction industry in 1984 and founded Holly Construction, which he eventually incorporated as Holly & Associates, Inc.

While he’s lived in the Bay Area for more than four decades, Janver spent the first years of his life in an uncommon setting. “My parents and I lived in a Mennonite community just south of Fresno until I was eight years old,” he says. “I grew up milking cows and churning butter!” Now situated in mainstream society, Janver says his favorite thing about the Bay Area is its extensive diversity. “I’m fascinated by ideas, philosophies and how people think, so I really appreciate the wide range of people and ideas that pervade this area.”

Outside of work, Janver spends much of his time with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, Jordan, Alex, Tony and Sarah. “My two oldest are in college, and the other two are juniors in high school,” he says. “We frequently have a house full of teenagers, so we try to keep a full refrigerator—there’s always a willing mouth to feed!” Besides being a full-time family man, Janver likes to engage in activities that elevate both his mind and body. “I’m a voracious reader and always enjoy learning new things. I also love being in the mountains, whether hiking in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.”

In both his life and career, Janver advocates the importance of living a goal-oriented life. “I’m a big fan of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the idea of living your life with the end game in mind,” he says. “In everything I do, I enjoy thinking through the steps and then watching them unfold.” Accordingly, Janver says he has put considerable thought into his future retirement, yet he’s doubtful he’ll ever really stop working. “I have too much fun doing it. When I retire, Jennifer and I will probably travel more often, but other than that I don’t think things will change much.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Ever read a book more than once?
A: A Kingdom Called Desire by Rick McKinley.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: I’d love to travel to the past to witness significant events, and I’d love to see what things are like in the future, but overall, I’m thankful just to be where I am right now.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: It would have to be Legos—always building!

Q: How did you get your name?
A: It’s an old Mennonite name with a German origin.

Q: If you could speak any language fluently, what would you choose?
A: Probably Spanish, just because there are so many Spanish-speaking people in this area.

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Expert articles
  • The Benefits of a Design/Build Approach to Construction

    SANTA ROSA — Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or build a home from the ground up, it’s worthwhile to consider the benefits of a design/build approach. Design/build is principally characterized by the collaborative environment it creates between a client, a contractor and a designer. In addition to optimizing the aesthetics and functionality of your project, this type of approach will help you maximize your budget.

    Construction-related projects can be costly endeavors, so it’s important to get the most value for your investment. By creating a design that both fits within and maximizes your project’s budget, your designer can set up the contractor for success during the building phase. Additionally, a design/build approach typically entails an open budget, which enables you to see exactly where your money is going.

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  • Video: Planning a Construction Project

    Complete Video Transcription:

    SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Collaboration is key when it comes to planning a construction project. Today, we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Janver Holly of Holly & Associates to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Janver Holly: My number one great tip for anyone considering a construction project of any kind is to work in a collaborative environment with contractor, designer, and client. We bring in designers, from time to time and, working with the client, produce budgets that are open book in order to ensure that clients are getting exactly what they want, for the budget they have to spend.

    Working in this fashion maximizes anyone’s budget. Construction is often the most expensive process anyone will be involved in and by working in this design/build fashion, you maximize your hard-earned money, to maximize the value of what you’re paying for.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local top-rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
Helpful Expertise i

Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

Company Credentials i
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  • Liability Insurance
  • License Verification
  • Business Practices
  • Current Complaint File
  • Legal & Finance
Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 26 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
Holly & Associates, Inc. : Average 9.7 out of 10 based on 26 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Bonnie N.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Exact, over and above, excellent work

He's willing to listen to what people want and to try and make it as close to their satisfaction even when the funds aren't there. He helped me a lot. I really liked him. He's excellent, excellent, excellent.

Pam E.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Total confidence, good follow-through, and I have total trust in the quality and their ability to come in on target with the bid. They are very timely. All the workers seemed to be high quality.

It just felt like I was working with somebody who I could totally trust. I was long distance, so it was important to have a set of eyes that had my back. I had total confidence in them.

Joe P.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Janver Holly is completely 100% ethical, competent, and he really does good work and stands behind it.

The quality of his work, and he's fairly priced. I use a lot of contractors, but he's the best.

Chris K.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

4 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Good, reliable people

Follow up issues

Pam E.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

5 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I'd say excellent service, and they stayed within budget. They're knowledgeable and easy to work with.

I think the overall trust

Grace L.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

6 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That their project manager, Bonnie Kline, is awesome. She follows up, is very thoughtful, and pays attention to detail.

That their project manager, Bonnie Kline, is awesome. She follows up, is very thoughtful, and pays attention to detail.

Bonnie N.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

7 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are very unique in their building skills and I can count on their quality.

They are very easy to work with.

Jeanette B.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

8 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are reliable and very easy to work with. They have high quality workmanship. They have great follow-up if anything comes up, even after the project is over.

The quality of their workmanship

Beth L.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

9 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're ethical, honest, and came in at bid. I felt safe in my home with all of the workers.

Janver Holly

H.L.S.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

10 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is great. He is very thorough, friendly, he works with you, and he explains things. He is trustworthy, honest, and definitely someone you want to have working for you.

Everything, I liked the thoroughness, professionalism, and honesty.

Kirk B.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

11 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

The professionalism, their problem solving expertise, and high standards

The ease of conversing with them about the problems and solutions

David G.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

12 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Ultimate honesty and trust, it's almost like working with family.

The work, he's the only person I use. They're really good.

James S.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

13 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're really professional, courteous, and they really know what they're doing. They're creative, they have a lot of really good ideas, and they're just really easy to work with.

The ease of working with them, all of it was good.

Joe P.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

14 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's very fair in his pricing.

He really stuck by his time limit. It got done in the time frame that he stated.

John C.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

15 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Janver is caring and wanting to do the right thing.

They're honest people.

Mitch L.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

16 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're attentive, concerned, budget-minded, and they have attention to detail.

The communication, he's been doing work for me for 15 years. I've referred a number of people to him, and everyone is incredibly happy with him.

Richard J.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

17 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

His timelines were estimated properly, he completed the job when he said he would complete it, and he came in on budget. It was quality work, and Janver was a great guy.

The quality of their work

Scott S.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

18 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They do very thorough work, and it's well done.

They were on time, and it was good quality. I thought they were wonderful.

Susan F.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

19 of 26

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I like this construction company and its owner.

They really come in on budget.

Jennifer B.

VERIFIED Holly & Associates, Inc. CUSTOMER

20 of 26

Quality 9
9 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Janver Holly. I liked that he's organic in his thought process and not locked in to one kind of concept. Bonnie Seidler, the project manager, was fantastic. The on-site crew was super. They were respectful of my property and home.

They got back to me right away during the quoting process. Each person was great with coming up with ideas or suggestions. I liked that they were not locked into one kind of aesthetic and were open to all ideas. I felt like the project was very collaborative.

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