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Read what our customers have to say about Russ Johnson Construction:

Dan & Janelle Toman from Pierre, South Dakota built a one story with loft on full basement custom home with Russ Johnson Construction near Nemo, South Dakota in 2012.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "Russ had been recommended to us by friends who have had him do multiple projects at their home.  They told us there was not a better general contractor in the Black Hills and they were right!"  Regarding the budget, "Russ and Judy (office manager) keep a close watch on the budget from beginning to end.  We always knew where we were at, budget wise and this project came in under budget!"

Would you use Russ Johnson again?  "Absolutely!  Russ surrounds himself with good people and knows how to get the best work out of his subcontractors.  Any project - big or small gets Russ's full attention."

Special comments:  "No one told us that building a new house would be this much fun!  When we share our positive experiences, we are often told that you have your general contractor to thank for that, because that is the person who can make or break a project.  Russ is one of a kind, and we couldn't be more proud of our new place!  Thank you!"

Wayne and Debra Hartmann from Fargo, North Dakota built a one story custom home with Russ Johnson Construction in Hill City, SD in 2011.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "We asked a few people from the area who they would recommend to do a good quality job constructing a home for us."  Regarding our budget, "there were no surprises and the project came in slightly under budget."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes we think Russ did an excellent job at communicating, organizing and completing our home construction project.  We would recommend RJC to others as well."

Special comments: “ We're happy with all the follow up details we had and each item we addressed was handled professionally and promptly. We want to thank you again for the stellar job you did on the construction of our Hill City dream home.  You made the process go smoothly and without any problems.  Thanks for all your patience when I made the decision to make changes.  You kept your cool and let me be the typical woman who changes her mind.  We have met our neighbors and they are very impressed with your construction on our home.  We like to brag about you every chance we get.  We highly recommend you to anyone needing a home built!  Anyway we couldn't be happier with the quality of our home."

Dennis and Lisa Cole from Illinois had Russ Johnson build a two-story/loft custom home and gazebo in Keystone in 2009-10.  This is why they chose Russ Johnson Construction, "we heard many good and excellent comments and referrals about his work and his ability to work with out-of-state customers."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes, with his attention to details, Russ made sure we got the outcome and quality that we wanted.  Russ and the subs went above and beyond to make sure we were happy.  Russ and his subs always had a clean work site during construction."

Special comments:  "Russ was very good about communicating with us being 1,050 miles away.  For Lisa and myself, this house was easier to build than the one we did in our home town in Illinois."

Tom and Sandy Frank of Illinois chose Russ Johnson Construction to build their custom two-story/loft retirement home off of Deerfield Road, Hill City in 2010-11.  The Franks chose Russ Johnson Construction on recommendations from local residents in Hill City as they commented, "we were also highly impressed at our consultation meeting.  He inspired trust."

Regarding the budget: "He worked diligently with us and suppliers to ensure the budget number was met."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes, in a heartbeat.  We wouldn't consider working with anyone else."

Special comments:  "Honesty, integrity, meticulous, perfectionist who demands highest performance from the subcontractors.  Sent weekly communications and pictures ensured we were well informed even though we were a thousand miles away.  Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!  No issues.

Robert and JoAnna Warder have been a repeat customer of Russ Johnson Construction.  Projects have included various renovations to their residential home, also commercial structures of the SD Railroad Museum in Hill City and the 1880 Train Gift Shop and Reservation Building in Keystone.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction, "Russ is local and dependable.  He has high expectations of his crews.  He is on the job site to inspect work in progress.  He responds to ideas and needs of customer and follows up after project has been completed."

Concerning the budget:  "He stays within the estimated budget.  The bills are timely and detailed."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Absolutely!"

Special comments: "The office personnel is knowledgeable about the ongoing projects and quick to return messages."

Mike and Erica Welu moved from the Sioux Falls area into their new custom house off Deerfield Road, Hill City in 2009.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "He came highly recommended, was down to earth, conscientious and his personality"

Special comments,  "Did high quality work and a well managed project."

John and Mary Hoover relocated from the Pierre area of South Dakota and Russ Johnson Construction built them a residential home in Custer in 2008.

Why we chose Russ Johnson:  "His business is local and he was available to start."

Would you use Russ Johnson again?  "Yes, we were very-very satisfied with RJC and the subcontractors that Russ uses."

Special comments:  "Russ was flexible and willing to accept changes that came up."

General Contractor note:  The Hoovers had RJC do the majority of the home.  However, the interior finishing items of painting walls, staining doors, trim and windows, hanging cabinets and installing wood flooring were completed by the homeowners per their request.


From John Boland (built vacation home for him & single family home for his daughter):

Why did you choose Russ Johnson Construction?  "After meeting with several contractors, Russ's previous works and willingness to work towards our end convinced us to hire him. Budget was up front and at times came in lower than quote. Never tried to do change orders to his advantage."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes and have recommended him to others. The quality of work was excellent as stated by the final appraiser's opinion.  If any follow-up problems arose, Russ was on the spot to correct it.  He was on the job site every day to inspect ongoing work and keep you in the loop."

R.E. and Edie Dustman, previous residents of California had Russ Johnson construction build them a new house in Custer County in 2007.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction?  "Russ was recommended by friends and Rapid City architect, Lee Geiger."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Absolutely!  Completely satisfied with Russ Johnson Construction."

Special comments,:  Russ is extremely personable, highly skilled and dedicated to customer service.  His choice of subs was exceptional.  Very easy to work with."

Mike and Lesta Turchen of Hill City area have had Russ Johnson Construction do a wide variety of projects for them; including landscaping, upgrade of sliding doors and windows, new double garage with loft, new RV and boat garage, new kitchen and master bathroom addition, large screened porch and replacement of roofing using a rubber roof system.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "Russ and his family are lifelong residents of Hill City.  He enjoys an excellent reputation for quality work and integrity in all the jobs he undertakes.  The subcontractors he hires are excellent."

Regarding the budget:  "In all projects Russ has come in at or below budgets.  When we made changes the additional expenditures were explained clearly."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes without any reservations."

Special comments:  "We have done several projects from new construction to restoring Victorian homes.  Russ is the best general contractor we have ever had.  He stands behind his work and sees the job is done right."

Dave and Bonnie Guerre retired from the Minneapolis, MN area in 2010 and moved to the Hill City area.  They had Russ Johnson build them a one-story residence with attached garage.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "Referrals and positive reputation from references (Ann Lange, Sioux Falls, SD; Dennis & Lisa Cole, IL and Mike & Lesta Turchen, Hill City, SD.)  Also Russ encouraged us to see some of his houses in progress, which we did and were favorably impressed with the workmanship and materials used.  We also interviewed local heating and plumbing contractors who had done work for RJC, and they gave positive comments.  Finally, the other general contractors we talked with were less organized and less detailed."

Budget:  "The detailed preliminary costs were provided in writing.  As the project progressed, costs were controlled, communicated and within acceptable budget range.  The final total was below budget.  The draws were thoroughly explained and documented."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "We would use RJC again, and have referred him to other family members and friends.  We plan to show our house if requested by RJC.  We were delighted with the draftsman, Mark Robinson and the design that made it all possible.  We appreciate the finishing touches such as "toppers" and baseboard "corner" trim."

Special comments:  Subcontractors were cordial, competent and suggested valuable enhancements.  We have arranged to have some of the subs back in the spring for additional landscaping, flat cement work, painting and sealing and stucco work to the foundation.  All of the subcontractors did excellent work." 

Chris and Natalie Cutler of Hill City had Russ Johnson Construction remodel their kitchen in 2010.

Why we chose Russ Johnson Construction:  "Knew Russ and have used him in the past."

Special Comments:  "Russ got the project done ahead of schedule and on budget.  Issues that came up, which they do with any project, Russ was very responsive and fixed the issues promptly and professionally.  Russ is very good at what he does."

From Gary and Judy Dold
 (custom residential house & detached workshop/garage in 2001):

Why did you choose Russ Johnson Construction?  "Russ showed the most interest to us in constructing our home. He wanted to see our lot and made the structure site work where we wanted it."

Would you use Russ Johnson Construction again?  "Yes. Russ's enthusiasm remained constant througout the project. He gave us valuable insight on a lot of details that added character to our house."