We purchased a lake home that had been neglected and needed a lot of work and remodeling to make it into the home my husband and I dreamed of. Deciding to hire Wes and his team was the best decision we could have made. Wes assured us that the bones of the house were great which was also confirmed by the professional home inspector. As Wes and his team worked with my husband and me, we created a vision for the house so it would become the beautiful family lake home it is today. We wanted a design of openness, warmth and the feel of rustic charm along with sophistication and elegance. Wes and his team of experts carefully listened to what we wanted, offered ideas and made sure we were comfortable with every decision.
Throughout the construction, which involved many significant architectural and design changes, Wes kept us fully informed and up to date. We live out of state so our trips to see the construction progress were limited, however Wes spoke with us at least three times a week, communicated with texts and emails almost daily and he sent many pictures through the construction process showing the progress. Because of COVID-19 most of our decisions needed to be remote and Wes and his team’s wonderful communication made it seamless! The professionalism of the Northstar team and the attitude that anything is possible was refreshing. Now 7 months after purchasing the home, the dream and vision we had has come to fruition. Northstar’s attention to detail and quality of workmanship are stellar! We could not be happier. It is everything we dreamed of and more. Thank you Wes and the Northstar team for making our dream come true!
Very happy customers!!!

Toni and John

Wes and his crew were amazing! Great attention to detail and a proactive approach that took most of the stress out of building a remote home. The design and systems of the house were complex, and the architect was not local, which is always a challenge. Northstar took the time to really dig in and understand the components instead of just trying to rush through.
The amount of pride they take in their work and just general work ethic is as good as I have ever seen. On top of that, I never had to worry about the project going stagnant or needing to “chase” anyone to get the job moving. They were just an absolute pleasure to work with.
I very much look forward to future projects together.

David B.

We highly recommend Northstar.  They built our lake house on Newfound lake.  They were super to build with as they worked with us each step of the way to design and build the house that we wanted and stay within budget.  It was reassuring to work with someone who was so responsive to us and not trying to build a stock house that they wanted to build.  They listened to our needs and wants, then presented us with options from which to choose.  What is also great about Northstar is that they have stayed with us.  Wes has been here to help us as we settled into the house.  They want to be sure that everything is working correctly and that we are enjoying the house.

Kerry and Mary Ann

Northstar Rocks!  Wes and his team are the best!  They always deliver top  quality, in people and finished product.  The Northstar team’s professionalism, and that of the companies they engage when needed, never waivers. Their friendly, personable approach made our project so much more enjoyable!  Their creativity and determination to make it ‘just right’ is consistent.  Wes & the Northstar team transformed our cottage on the lake into a unique destination where our family and friends always look forward to spending great times together!  Presuming you want quality results and to work with someone you can trust and enjoy doing business with…and sharing a Molson with after the job is complete, Wes Hays is worth meeting!  Thanks Wes and all the best to you and those you help!

Sean and Erik

Our experience with Northstar was top notch!  As soon as we met Wes and McGregor I knew this was the contractor to build our retirement home.  They are both very professional and personable.  We worked on plans for our home and met with Wes and McGregor at least twice a month to lay out the rooms and make additions or deletions for 9 months before we broke ground.  Once the project began we had open communication and never did we feel like we couldn’t interject and make a change after the fact.  Every day during the building process felt like Christmas.  Something new and exciting to see!

Wes spent his Saturdays sitting with us and the kitchen designer (for hours), looking at windows and sliders, taking us to a custom hardwood shop to choose our flooring.  We didn’t expect such personal treatment and it was so nice to have his expertise throughout the project.  This is not a job for Wes it’s a labor of love!  That is evident and what I saw in Northstar the first time we met them.

Northstar is a full service contractor!  They work very hard to make your vision and your dream become a reality!

Maryanne and Roger

We had been looking for a design/build team that could build our dream, lakeside, retirement home.  We met Wes and McGregor during a home tour of a home they had built.  Their honesty and integrity came across to me immediately, traits that were reinforced through my subsequent discussion with the homeowner.

We eventually hired Northstar and could not be happier with the result.  McGregor worked with us to develop a design that, after a year of living here, works perfectly for us.  I also liked their style of working, including us in discussions and decisions every step of the way, and working in a way that does not result in a never-ending series of re-negotiations and change orders.

I am doing a lot of the finish work myself, and the quality of what they put in place is obvious.  Lines are true, walls solid, and our heating bill last winter was amazingly low.

Working with Northstar can take a bit longer than hiring a larger, higher volume firm.  They purposely keep their team small to insure quality and management through the highs and lows of the construction industry.  We were always comfortable with all members of the Northstar team.  Our neighbors often commented on how quiet and respectful the team would be during a, by definition, noisy building process.

The best complement we can leave for Northstar is to say that, several years after we started, we would hire them again without hesitation.

Mark and Lynn 

Wes and McGregor,

Marcy and I count ourselves as very fortunate to have found you to construct our new home.  We wanted efficient modern construction in the context of a sensible budget and your expertise with insulating concrete forms immediately attracted us to your company.  In discussing our planned project with you we knew you were the right people because you actually carefully listened to us and understood what we wanted.  That’s exactly what you proceeded to design and build.  A problem was never a problem; it was just a solution waiting to be found, and the results are terrific.  Ours is an amazingly beautiful, comfortable home providing nearly limitless aesthetic satisfaction.  You gentlemen, and your quality crew, were a pleasure to work with.  It’s a considerable challenge to build a great home, and you know what?  That’s what we did together!  Thank you.

David and Marcy

Hi Wes,

I just wanted to thank you for your efforts and commitment to getting the house finished in record time to save summer vacations of my tenants.  This is just a small token to thank you!

Paige & Jim


It’s been a pleasure to do business with you. You always took the time to explain our options when discussing our plans. Your constant communication as we went along made our decisions easy to make. We are very happy with the workmanship of you and your crew.
Thanks for a GREAT JOB!

Lee & Mary Anne


Since you have completed the renovation on our lakehouse it has truly become our dream house. The location has always been perfect, but as you know the original house left much to be desired. It was your vision that turned a lakeside cabin into a truly remarkable home.
Thank you not only for all your hard work and attention to detail (right down to making sure we didn’t have to remove my precious birch tree), but for your insight and thoughtfulness in making every aspect of our home comfortable, beautiful, and functional. And as if that isn’t enough, we continue to count on you for anything else we need!
We count ourselves very fortunate to have found you.

Norma & Garry

Dear Wes,

We just want you to know what high regard we have for you and your company. Over the many years we’ve had the benefit of your expert services, we’ve come to appreciate what a real asset you are to us.
You’ve demonstrated that we can always rely on you to do the best job ever for us whether it was building our addition and renovating our home, painting our home over the years, taking trees down or the numerous other building and maintenance jobs. The work you and your guys have done has always been superb. We really can’t say enough about it! Not only that, but you always have been ready to give us sound advice and a helping hand whenever we needed it.
It is such a pleasure to relax and put our trust in you because we know the job, big or small, will be done right and taken care of down to the cleanup afterward. Your employees always do great work; get it done reliably…and with a big smile! Now you have McGregor as your construction engineer. What an agreeable and talented guy he is. All of your workers have always been pleasant and done good work for us!
The trust and confidence we have in you makes our lives so much easier and we value your friendship as much as the good work you always do.
Here’s to many, many more years of working together! We can’t begin to thank you enough!

Patty & Dave

Dear Wesley,
First of all I need to apologize as I should have written this letter many weeks ago.  I must admit that the only excuse I have is just plain laziness.  With that being said I would like to take a minute of your time to express the gratitude that Jim and I have for all the work you did for us.
How lucky we were to pick your company out of the yellow pages. We now believe in miracles!  It was a pleasure to work with you, McGregor and Matt.
Everyone that entered our home was very pleasant and treated it as if it was their own. You did things when you said you would and the work was beyond reproach.
Thank you again for making two people see their damaged house turn into a home again.

Jim & Kathleen

Thank you for taking an old camp we bought many years ago as a summer home and making into a home we could retire to. We knew the camp had problems to make it a livable year round home but your fantastic ability to visualize potential transformed our camp into a beautiful more modern home.
We also thank you for building our daughter a modest home built with quality materials and nice extra features. We would recommend you highly for any building project and with your company’s design/build capabilities there is no need for an architect. We continue to count on you.
Thanks again,

Lew & Anne

To Wes and Northstar Contractors:
We decided to take down our existing camp and build a year round home on the Lake. Northstar Contractors proved to be an excellent choice of builder for us.
Since we lived out of state at that time, we were anxious about how we would manage the project from afar. Northstar exceeded our expectations at every turn, however. Your communications with us were top notch: we were kept “in the loop” every step of the way, and always felt comfortable making decisions by phone when necessary. And, the quality of the construction is second to none!
One of the most important criteria for us was that we would be able to keep our rocks and trees. We didn’t want to disrupt the beauty or features of our lakeside property any more than necessary, and Northstar managed to build us a house that fits beautifully within the natural contours of our land.
When small issues have arisen, you have been right there to take care of things. We have had peace of mind throughout the entire building process and know that no matter what projects we have in the future, Northstar Contractors will be there to help.

Deb & Bill