Testimonials From our Clients

We are very grateful to have been trusted by so many clients over the years, and look forward to helping many more. Our hundreds of satisfied clients are the best indicator of our work. Please read testimonials from some of our clients, regarding our working relationship with them. We have been working with some of the same clients for over 30 years.

Dick Gushman

Hillary & JD Darby

“I have worked with Mark Gavin and his company, GavinWood, for a number of years involving a wide range of projects, including custom built office improvements in two different locations, major renovations to the interiors of my home and a very complicated exterior restoration project of a 40-year-old Ossipoff wooden house.

Their work has been of the highest quality, and as a real estate developer I have been particularly impressed with their project management skills with respect to meeting schedules and budgets. Mark is a very skillful professional with high-performance disciplines, a combination not always found in the same person.

I recommend Mark without reservation.”

Julia & David Tashima

"When we were researching possible vendors for our kitchen remodel, GavinWood clearly stood out among the rest. Mark Gavin had previously remodeled my brother’s, and neighbor’s, kitchens in years past, and they both highly recommended him. To confirm our decision, we went to a few ‘box stores’, and home renovation expos, just to see what other vendors were providing. We could immediately tell that we were going to receive a much higher quality product, and overall experience, by choosing GavinWood. Granted, we could have chosen a less expensive option, but we trusted Mark and his experience from the very beginning – and we are so happy that we did.


       When the cabinets were delivered, we could not have been more satisfied with the final result. We loved the high quality conversion varnish finish that Mark applied to our cabinet doors. The look and feel of the finish alone stood apart from any other cabinet that we had encountered. During the renovation process Mark assisted us when any concerns or modifications arose. He kept us apprised of the status of his work and even sent us progress photos via email of the cabinets, which we really appreciated. Since so much of the cabinet work is completed on island, his team was able to assist us with a very quick turnaround time. Working with Mark and his team was definitely one of the highlights of our kitchen renovation!"


"We began working closely with Mark Gavin in the Spring of 2012, after he was recommended by a friend, Holly Turl, who is a prominent realtor in Kailua.
Knowing that the external footprint of our home was going to expand, he showed up with a draftsman, immediately ready to start the design and planning process. He was involved every step of the way, from following up on permits, to coordinating and scheduling all the construction. Without Mark's hands on approach, the project would have come to a standstill many times; he was always there to power through snags and sustain the momentum.

During the 5 month construction and installation phase, Mark was omnipresent. As the kitchen began to materialize, Mark's skills, not only as a project facilitator, but as a craftsman, were immediately apparent. The kitchen is both beautiful, and functional, and far exceeded our expectations. It is now a warm, comfortable space,  that is the envy of our friends, and admired by all. If you are looking for a comprehensive, 'one stop shopping' professional experience, call Mark Gavin. He sweats the small stuff, so you can focus on the decisions that matter most in your home."


Suzanne Varady, & Stan Bergstrom

"We are thoroughly enjoying the new kitchen installed for us by Mark Gavin, and his great crew. After the initial apprehension involved in soliciting and comparing bids, it was good to experience the confidence we felt after choosing GavinWood for our project. Mark's prompt response to our initial inquiry and all subsequent questions was impressive. The computer-generated renderings provided after each change in design helped us to avoid costly mistakes, and to feel more secure in our choices. The craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout were exemplary.

Anyone considering a remodeling project would benefit from a consultation with Mark Gavin."


Michael V. McCanless, M.D.

Toyie & Gary Yonemoto

"I chose you for the nearly total renovation of my house, after randomly calling 6 people from a list of approximately 100 past customers of yours. All of the people that I spoke with were completely satisfied with your work and gave glowing comments. The initial meetings we had also indicated to my wife and me about your professionalism and good insight you seemed to have regarding our needs. Your finished product is top notch and the workers were excellent. Whenever we did have questions or concerns, you reassured us and corrected the minor problems that do occur with projects of this size. Your warm and generous personality helped ease the stress of living in a house undergoing remodeling.


We are so pleased with the outcome that, as I have already mentioned to you in person, we will definitely have you handle any future work on our house. It is such a pleasure to do business with a contractor as honest and forthright as yourself. Please feel free to share this letter with whomever you choose to.”

Holly Turl

“GavinWood did an awesome job for my home! Mark Gavin helped me design a beautiful and large walk in pantry room.  Mark and his crew did a timely and beautiful job.  My cabinets are gorgeous!  The work was performed professionally. The quality is the BEST!!!”

 “We recently remodeled our home, and contracted GavinWood to create our custom kitchen cabinets, and glass display hutch.  We are very particular and precise, and Mark was the perfect person.  After spending many hours pouring over our needs, we are truly happy with our beautiful and functional kitchen and hutch.


We had many challenges remodeling our older home.  Mark had to work through all the issues, and in addition, he had to design a kitchen that could accommodate four generations.  Mark worked through all the challenges and created the kitchen we absolutely love!”

Chris Deryck & Lynn Ruess

“We recently remodeled our kitchen, a laundry room, and 4 bathrooms. GavinWood made and installed all of our cabinets in all of the rooms. We had shopped at all of the high end kitchen stores on the island, and we interviewed other cabinet makers. I have an eye for detail and if something is not perfect, I am not happy.

Everything GavinWood did for us was absolutely perfect. His cabinets are exactly what we had hoped for. The materials are perfect – as is the craftsmanship and quality. Everything looks superior. I couldn’t have hoped for anything more. He exceeded our already high expectations.

I would recommend him to anyone!!!”

Sylvia and Al Costa

"GavinWood maintains that craftsmanship and integrity that is still the hallmark of the construction industry.  Over the years, I have had extensive administrative experience with said industry.   GavinWoods is the cream of the crop.  We took over a year finding what we wanted in a contractor: patience, value of input, workmanship of his final product, organizational skills, and excellent suppliers and subcontractors.

We found in Mark, the best of the above.  He puts his soul into his work; he will not take a job for just the sake of getting a contract, or just to keep busy.  During the entire project, (8 weeks) we were made aware of what was next, and what was going on.  Workers, suppliers, and subcontractors were personally introduced to us through Mark.  No surprises.  The workers on the project were always at their best, in presentation, communication, and workmanship. 

Friends and family who have seen our completed kitchen note its beauty, of course, but just as equally they recognize the quality of work that was done, the organization of the kitchen, and the value it has added to our home.

Making decisions is not easy, making right decisions is even harder, but choosing GavinWood was both easy, and the right decision.   We would recommend him strongly to people that want quality, integrity, and the best, for their home and family."


John & Elizabeth French

“We recently contracted Mark Gavin of GavinWood to remodel the kitchen in our home and couldn’t be more pleased with the new kitchen we now enjoy.


We found Mark to be most agreeable and easy to work with. From our first consultation through to the completed job Mark’s careful attention to detail resulted in a beautiful high quality finished product with which we are delighted. By taking the time to initially address our desires and explain the various details of carpentry they entailed we were better able to make decisions about what we wanted, avoid large amounts of unforeseen work, and remain within our budget.


Once the job was in progress Mark continued to readily address our questions as they arose and made every effort to ensure the resulting work would meet our expectations. On a daily basis he communicated with us and oversaw the work of his on-site carpenters making sure the desired level of high quality craftsmanship was maintained. Beyond the beautiful cabinetries that originally lead us to select Mark Gavin for the remodeling of our kitchen, it was this meticulous attention to all the fine details that set him apart and made us the happy, contented customers we are today. We would not hesitate to use Mark Gavin and GavinWood for any future remodeling jobs we may undertake, and we most certainly recommend him to those who are considering employing his services.”


Irobela Wreagh

"Our kitchen went from puka board and press board, to fabulous, thanks to GavinWood.  Our house was old, dark, and closed in.  With guidance from Mark the space is now more open and livable and sociable and enjoyable.  I truly appreciate Mark's willingness to be flexible during the process and make changes as we went along.  The GavinWood crew was great to work with - the guys were friendly and professional, and went above and beyond scope of work.  I was reluctant to invite people over to our house before the kitchen was remodeled....now I look for excuses to have guests!"

Thomas D. Shaw

“I have had the pleasure of working with and knowing Mr. Mark Gavin for the past 20 years.


As a contractor Mark has worked on projects with me at Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimea Falls Park, and the USS Arizona Memorial Museum Bookstore at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. These projects spanned a decade with the last being at the Bookstore at the USS Arizona Memorial. Mark has proved to be a reliable, honest, neat and thorough person to deal with. For these reasons when I have a project that falls within his area of expertise my first thought is to call Mark for help.


On projects as Sea Life Park Hawaii and Waimea Falls Park, Mark would work independently, after house, in stores with hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise readily accessible. I never had any question in my mind about the well being of these products while Mark was working alone in these stores. Marks rates for his services have been very reasonable and his craftsmanship is above reproach.


On a personal note I have known Mark in the community in which we live. Mark gives of his time and talents in helping others by making their lives better though volunteerism. Mark is one of the few people that I know that I would trust with any and all of my assets. He is a valuable, trusted servant of his community as well as an honest and trustworthy businessman and craftsman.”


We look forward to talking with you about your project, to see how we may best help you. Please email, or call, to set up an appointment.


Ph: 808.262.5941 • Fax: 808.262.2771 • Cell: 808.285.3237

905 Kalanianaole Hwy, Spc. 2601, Kailua, HI 96734


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