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Client Testimonials

What our customers have said about Amity Construction & Design of Old Lyme, CT:

First of all, I must say “thank you”, as Laura and I LOVE our new home!!” It is far more than we could have ever hoped for or imagined. During the rebuilding process as I stood where our old laundry room used to be (the room I was in when I found out our house was on fire) at one point I truly wasn’t sure if I would be able to move back in… but through it all you and your team… each with their kind and sympathetic words… well, let’s just say there aren’t enough words that can describe the professionalism of you and your staff…and for that we are forever thankful.

Debra and Laura

Milford CT

On behalf of Liberty Dialysis I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent work performed on the Liberty Dialysis – Orange CT project. Despite the complexities that inherently accompany the construction of a hemodialysis facility, Amity Construction & Design, Inc. was able to complete the job on time, within budget and with a high quality of finish.

I would also like to extend my personal gratitude to you, your project manager Jake Rota and your job site superintendent Rob Hauer. Even after the construction had been completed, your staff went well beyond the contractual obligations to participate and assist Liberty in the inspection and certification process unique to our industry. You and your staff were attentive to every detail of the project, extremely helpful, courteous and went well beyond Liberty Dialysis’s expectations to see the job through.

I would certainly consider Amity Construction & Design Inc for any of our future construction projects. Thank you for a job well done.

Kurt Construction Project Manager

Liberty Dialysis, Orange CT

The building experience with Amity Construction was 4 star and we would and have recommended Russ to many friends. We would not hesitate to use Amity Construction for any building project in the future.

Sue & Jerry

Bethany, CT

John & Beth, Bethany Just wanted to send a note as to our complete satisfaction on the construction of our home. We have heard many horror stories over the years, but always answer with pride at how smoothly the construction and all matters had gone for us. Every issue was addressed and handled with complete professionalism and satisfaction. Thanks Again. We would definitely recommend Amity Construction to anyone considering building a new home.

John & Beth

Bethany, CT

From the onset until completion we were extremely satisfied with every phase of the building of our new kitchen and family room. Russ’s design greatly enhanced our original plan, so that the new rooms surpassed our expectations! Once they began the job, Amity Construction was here most every day. Russ was most accommodating when we had second thoughts on the windows, even though it would mean some major changes, and he persevered when a serious problem arose with the installation of the hood over our stove. There were no hidden costs; everything was spelled out initially and adhered to. Any call we made with questions/concerns during the construction was answered within twenty-four hours as the work progressed. The kitchen and family room are stunning! We continue to receive comments from friends and relatives, a few who are planning their own upgrades as a result. We would strongly recommend Amity Construction to anyone considering building a new home or addition.

Jim & Gale

Bethany, CT

Amity Construction & Design completed two projects for us. The first project (1995) was a 550 square foot Great Room addition to my home, the second project (2003) was a 43square foot accessory apartment added to my home to house an elderly parent.

Amity Construction & Design worked with us from concept and design, through successful completion of both projects. I acted as my own general contractor (not something I recommend for the weak of heart) on both projects. Due to cooperative subcontractors, the first project was done in less than 7 weeks. The second project took longer, as the subcontractors were busier than the time of the first project.

In both projects, Russ Smith acted as a source of information, and guidance. Both additions are built much more energy efficient than the original home, which was built in 1992. The use of half inch foam panels in the walls, and one inch foam panels in the ceilings added an unexpected level of sound proofing to the expected increase in R value.

Russ supervised the carpentry on both projects, and often arrived before his crew to complete task lists, ensure the previous days progress was appropriate, and answer any questions that I had.

We are completely satisfied with Amity Construction &Design, and have recommended them to our friends.

Mark & Hilary

Waterford, CT

We had the pleasure of working with Mr. Russ Smith during the design and construction of our office suite at Spring Brook Common in Orange, CT. We found Mr. Smith and his team to be highly professional, responsive and innovative. The project came ahead of time, under budget and the quality of work and the subcontractors he used were impeccable. I would highly recommend Mr. Smith and Amity Construction for your design and construction needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require any additional information regarding our experience.


Chief Executive Office, MOH Medical Oncoloy & Hematology

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and the entire Amity staff for the recent work performed designing and building our house at Beach Lane in Oakdale CT. This was my first experience building with a contractor and since I had heard many horror stories and painful experiences from others while dealing with contractors, I was suspicious and cautious when first dealing with Amity. To the contrary you were very cooperative and extremely helpful during the design phase listening to our preferences, making suggestions, and incorporating them into a most pleasing and effective design. The trades that you employ were knowledgeable, professional, and efficient with their work and the schedule timelines that you projected were generally met.

Again, I wish to congratulate Amity for a job well done and I have no reservation to provide a most positive recommendation for Russ Smith and the entire Amity Construction & Design organization. Thank you.


Oakdale CT

We are the very proud owners of a custom-built house by Amity Construction and Design. I first met Russ at an open house in Bethany in 1999. While I was not ready to purchase and had some preconceived ideas about the ‘nightmares’ of building a home, Russ’s congeniality, understanding and knowledge of his craft left me with some serious interest in possibly building a home.
While we did not find a home that year, we did purchase some land in Bethany. My intentions were to build at a later date.

Over the years, my wife and I toured many new constructions for design ideas, layouts, and overall construction quality. Amity was far above the rest. This was further enhanced by the glowing recommendations and references from satisfied Amity home owners.

I reconnected with Russ in 2006 and we had several meetings concerning concept, layout, and overall schedule. He was flexible, a patient listener, knowledgeable, and overall very accommodating to our comments and concerns. I have to admit it was relatively easy to pick a design and layout for our house. From our conversations, Russ developed a very accurate concept of our likes and dislikes for the house. As a result, he developed a complete image of not only what the whole house should look like both inside and out but also how it reflects our lifestyle in terms of form and function. He was always available to discuss concepts, give helpful comments, and most importantly he promptly returned phone calls. Even when he personally delivered the contract, he carefully explained and patiently reviewed each page in order to make sure we understood the whole construction process. His calm yet competent voice comforted any anxiety we may have had. While we knew this was one of our biggest financial decisions, we also knew this was one of our best.

Russ’s familiarity with Bethany was apparent the day we walked the lot as he built a house in the area. Again, it was reassuring to know that he was familiar with the area and various town policies.

As construction began, I got to know some of his team of workers. From the land excavators to framers to painters, I was surprised to hear that many (if not all) have built with Amity for at least ten years. They all proudly spoke of Russ’s attention to detail, quality, and promptness of delivery.

When we had to start thinking about interior décor, Russ had his contractors lined up and ready to help out in our decisions. Again, they had the same accurate concept of what would work in this house and that further simplified the process for us. From light fixture selection to floor samples, each contractor not only spoke of Amity Construction’s quality but also Russ’s pride in his work. Again, more gratification from all sources in the process.

As construction neared completion, we began to converse with Jake. Always a friendly voice in the final hectic weeks in closing of one house and moving into another. Even after our move, Jake was checking up on us and clarifying the finishing touches that had to be done as well as keeping tabs on the punch list.

Overall, this home construction process was wonderful. Not once was there any question on whether we chose the right builder or if our house concept was appropriate. Amity Construction not only represents custom quality construction but also custom quality client satisfaction.

Andrew & Valerie

Bethany, CT

Our building experience with Amity Construction enabled our dream home to become a realization – from buying the land to moving in and we have enjoyed every minute here for the last 3 years. We had definitive design ideas which they converted to a functional and code-compliant blueprint. The communication throughout the process was open and honest. All along the way expectations were carefully managed. In a very short 8 months from breaking ground we were able to move in (very unlike our neighbors who used other builders). There were no surprises because of the careful collaborative planning. This was a very positive experience every step of the way!

Bart & Cindy

Bethany, CT

As a long time customer we can easily say building with Russ Smith of Amity Construction is and always was exciting and rewarding.

Our numerous projects have included the design and building of our very first home, a commercial building for our retail business and most recently, our dream home. During each project, Russ was reliable and thorough, timely and always stayed within budget. He was always very patient and supportive when changes were to be made. Our new home in Roxbury is a true representation of Russ’s great attention to detail. Our store front has had rave reviews and has won numerous awards including the Home Builder’s Association Commercial Builder of the Year 2006 and the “Billiard Retailer Magazine” Store Design of the Year 2006.

From the first design stage through completion of each project out experience with Amity Construction has only been positive.

Lynne & David

Roxbury, CT

We would like to compliment Amity and its staff on the excellent job they did in the design and construction of our home. Given the difficulties with the site, coupled with environmental and aesthetic concerns, we feel that the result is outstanding. The professional and knowledgeable manner with which you addressed each issue was reassuring and well appreciated.

Again, our sincere thanks to you and all of the fine craftsmen involved in the construction of our new home.

Tom & Rihab

Branford, CT

Russ Smith and Amity Construction were recommended to us when we decided to build our new home in Salem. It was probably the best advice we could have gotten. Russ was great to work with, kept to his time lines and made the whole project go very smoothly. We were also impressed with his attention to detail and his choice of subcontractors. We have, and will continue to recommend Amity Construction for new home construction.

Craig & Shelly

Salem, CT

We would like to thank you for the professional job Amity Construction and Design did building our new home and barn. Your suggestions during construction were of great value. Your attention to small details was inspiring. You gave us an estimated construction time and move in date and you met it. The team was on the job every day and always picked up. Whenever there was a glitch you were on top of it and it always got resolved in a timely manner.

We are so happy with our new home; the barn attached to the house has made life so much easier.
Thank you again for the tremendous job.

Lance & Martha

Bethany, CT

Just a note to thank you for the wonderful job you did building our home in Wallingford. We were very pleased with the professional workmanship and quality of construction. Any questions we had were very quickly answered, and any design changes we wanted were promptly attended to.

The people at Amity are a pleasure to do business with and we have since recommended you to several people who are interested in building a home. Thank you for making our experience a pleasant one.

Jim & Nancy

Wallingford, CT

There were never any hidden costs, always an open line of communication, and it was a delight to work with Amity Construction. The building of our home ended up being one of the most delightful and positive experiences we have had.


Bethany, CT

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Amity Construction & Design is proud to celebrate 28 years of excellence as a custom design-build firm, specializing in both residential and commercial construction projects throughout Connecticut since 1982. Though we are geographically located in the eastern sector of the state, we continue to design and construct projects statewide, including Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Killingworth, Salem, Madison, Guilford, Branford, East Haven, Woodbridge, Roxbury, Orange, Newtown, Bethany, Milford, Bethany, and all areas of Connecticut (CT) and sometimes beyond.

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