Quality Craftsmanship from Stowe, Vermont

HISTORY

Sisler Builders has been in business, building and renovating homes in the Stowe area for over three decades. Recently we expanded our expertise in custom woodworking to include furniture and other consumer products.  We have also leveraged our construction experience to become a regional leader in the developing field of thermal efficiency.  We bring our reputation for honesty, integrity, and high-quality craftsmanship to every project, large or small.

Our long history of construction and woodworking started with historic building renovation. Owner and founder, Steve Sisler, began renovating historic buildings with his mother when he was a young teenager.  The principles of enduring craftsmanship that he learned during those early days on the construction site have played a formative role in the evolution of our company.

We believe the construction process is about delivering a superior product on time and within budget.  Our commitment to doing the job right the first time is backed by a breadth of experience, skills, training and education which brings intrinsic value to any Sisler project.

Our business is as much about building and maintaining relationships as it is about building or improving houses.  Over the years, we have earned the trust and respect of homeowners throughout the North Central Vermont region.  Many clients have become repeat customers and often friends.

To build a high quality house, complete a quality remodeling project, craft an exquisite piece of furniture, or optimize a building’s performance, we depend not only on our clients and employees, but also on many subcontractors and material suppliers.  Our commitment to these partnerships has resulted in an extended team of talented people who are willing and able to support us to get the job done right. 

Sisler Builders is dedicated to ensuring that each of its projects will stand the test of time -- a fusion of quality construction, energy efficiency, and overall functionality.  Not only does a home need these attributes to endure over time, but it must also be cost effective while meeting the present and future needs of its owners.

Our mission is to add value to your project by maximizing its potential, based upon your lifestyle and preferences.  Our focus is to create or enhance a living space that serves our clients well for years to come.

 

Steve is a cut above most people building houses these days.

- Fred & Joan Ross
Stowe, VT & Kiawah Island, NC

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PROCESS

Effective communication is essential to a successful and satisfying construction experience.  We will keep you in the loop every step of the way.  First we will work with you to align our goals and develop the same expectations.  Then we will give you routine updates with frequent communications to ensure that we fulfill those expectations.

Through our advanced information systems, we can tailor our communication methods to your needs and availability.  We can schedule routine face-to-face meetings or have phone conferences. We can email or use our web-based collaboration system. We can transmit photos real time via email or post photos on our web system.  Our goal is to keep you informed and engaged throughout the entire process so there are no surprises, only complete satisfaction.

Our deep understanding of the building process, gained through years of experience, enables us to make the decisions that will protect your project vision and your investment. 

In the beginning stages of the process, we will --

  • Work with you to define the scope of your project
  • Set expectations about what is involved to complete your project
  • Build a timeline with projected milestones
  • Develop a detailed budget for the project as well as tracking reports to measure performance against the budget as the project progresses
  • Determine the best way to share information with your over the course of the project (e.g., web, email, or phone)

 

You will benefit from our over three decades of experience.  Our time-proven process will ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget. We can also adapt and alter the process if unforeseen issues demand changes.

 

"Sisler Builders' open approach and sophisticated ability to track and manage costs took a lot of the anxiety out of our tricky renovation."

- Peter & Bunny Merrill
Morrisville, VT

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VALUES

We believe that our business has been successful over the years because we are personally invested in the outcome of every project, and because we honor the journey as much as the end product.

Our company strives to uphold the following building standards:

  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Cost effectiveness and value to the owner
  • Timely delivery
  • Transparency in the process
  • Environmental sensitivity
  • Energy efficient construction
  • Quality assurance that the product will endure over time

Building quality, lasting relationships with our clients and employees is as important to us as the project itself.

We strive to:

  • Set clear expectations and deliver on those expectations
  • Communicate effectively and often
  • Be honest, professional, straightforward, and timely
  • Make the job site a stimulating and fun place to work

Experience has taught us that people make the job rewarding.

 

Our discerning friends – some of them builders and architects– say things like “the quality of the construction in this house is the best I’ve seen."

- John & Mary Klein-Gill
Stowe, VT & Devon, PA

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PHILOSOPHY

Here in Vermont we are surrounded by beauty and constantly reminded of the importance of protecting the land and the way of life that drew us here or kept us here in the first place.  But we are not unique.  The urgent need to protect and preserve the earth’s limited resources is becoming more palpable everyday, and there is a growing awareness that we each need to do our part to create a more sustainable world.

"Sustainable development" refers to development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"(1).  At Sisler Builders, this concept has permeated and guided our work for more than 30 years.  It informs every aspect of what we do from building design to material choices to construction methods.  While many of our clients are interested in “going green”, the choices and considerations along the way can seem complicated and confusing, and the cost can be significant.  Our trained and certified professionals pride themselves on their ability to stay abreast of the current “best” sustainable building practices and their ability to explain and demystify them for our clients.

We understand that construction budgets and lifestyle considerations will influence choices. We quantify the upfront cost and economic payback of each of our recommendations as well as the impact they will have on the environment and on the way our clients live. With this information our clients can choose the most suitable recommendations to achieve their goals.

 

Sisler Builders has solid building technology skills and a real commitment to energy efficiency.

- Milford Cushman
Cushman Design Group
Stowe, VT
 

(1) United Nations. 1987. "Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development." General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987.

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