Client Testimonials

See what customers say about J. Craig Otton, Jr. Custom Builder

“It was almost 10 years ago this past Thanksgiving that we started our most memorable journey with Craig Otton in building our dream home for our family in Stone Harbor. Craig and his crew exceeded every expectation we had, and it both surprised and amazed us how smoothly everything went.  Craig’s flexibility with all the change orders (and Lynn had a lot of them), his creativity, and his can-do attitude are fantastic, and we have a beautiful home today because of him and his amazing team! J. Craig Otton Builders was worth every penny.  Craig continues to take care of all the updates Lynn continues to make these so many years later. We are happy to know you are always just a phone call away. Sincere thanks from a very happy homeowner.”

-- William S. Roohan


“Our dealings with J. Craig Otton Builders have been nothing but exceptional from the beginning of the design process, to the day they handed us the keys to our completed home, and beyond.  The men that work for Otton are the most helpful and polite people you would ever want to deal with.  They are also master craftsmen, who take an extreme amount of pride in their work.  We live two hours away from Stone Harbor, and during the entire process, we were able to reach Craig or Bob at any time with a phone call or text.  During the construction, we had friends of ours who are also home-builders visit, and they even marveled at the quality and attention to detail that our home was built with.  In addition to the superb construction process, they kept the site extremely neat and clean at all times, something we appreciated, and have noticed is not done at other job sites around town.  The service they continue to supply to this date includes winterizing of the property, stowing away outdoor furniture, and just about anything else we ask them to do for us.  It is reassuring to know that we have the Otton team on call to help us manage our property when we are away from Stone Harbor.  This was especially helpful with the approach of Hurricane Sandy, when they packed up and secured all our outdoor furniture for us.  Our experience with Craig Otton and his team is probably one of the most rewarding experiences that we could have had during a process that can sometimes be stressful.  We would highly recommend them for anyone who wishes to build or renovate a home and wants the highest level of quality and professionalism in building on Seven Mile Island.”

-- Lynn and Ed Breen


“We hired J. Craig Otton Custom Builders a few years ago to do a renovation on our home in Stone Harbor.  We have one of the oldest houses on the island and we wanted to update it while maintaining the spirit of the old beach cottage that we fell in love with.  Craig and his team understood that and worked with us to make the house everything that we dreamed it could be.  Craig is a problem-solver.  He is innovative and creative.  Every suggestion he made to us resulted in a better design for our house.  He does not cut corners and the guys who work for him are the best in the area.  Craig has continued to be our go-to guy for additional projects, both small and large.  We wouldn’t let anyone else work on our beach house and wish we could find someone like him to work on our winter home in Delaware!  You may be able to find someone to do your work for less money, but we’ve found that J. Craig Otton Custom Builders is worth every dime (and then some)!”

-- Pam and Tom Allingham


“In 2003, after a thorough process of vetting potential contractors we asked Craig Otton to lead the renovation of our Stone Harbor Beach house. Our home was nearly 100 years old and we wanted to maintain the character, expand it significantly and modernize it for the next 100 years. It was a complex undertaking and the care, creativity and craftsmanship that Craig and his team put into this was far more than we would have ever imagined. He treated our home as if it was his own. Craig’s passion for high quality, no short cuts, accurate, and timely estimates is well deserved. Having renovated several properties we can honestly say that we could not have had a better experience.”

-- Mitch Cohen


“We continued our relationship as we updated the kitchen last May and this past fall we re-stained the outside of the house. As Mitch indicated we have always been so grateful for our relationship with Craig—he is a excellent contractor and wonderful individual.”

-- Carri Cohen


“Craig is truly a master builder. His skill and quality are second to none. He created a home for us that has exceeded our thoughts and expectations. I become more impressed with Craig and his team on every project he completes. I would whole-heartedly recommend Craig and Otton Builders to anyone even thinking of renovating or building a home. He has done both for me, and I could not be more pleased with the outcome of the projects.”

-- Jim Bruder


“After touring a few of my favorite homes in Stone Harbor, learning they were all built by Craig Otton, I knew I would select Craig to be the builder for my “dream” beach cottage.  I am grateful for my choice. Our working relationship was always warm and professional.  His program manager, Bob Cantz, was incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and filled with integrity.  I was clearly in good hands. Craig’s team never missed a day of work, even during harsh winter months. Friends and neighbors would contact me, impressed with the quality work and professionalism they observed from builders on site. My finished home has received extraordinary compliments, including, ” this is the best workmanship we’ve ever seen” and “yours is the nicest beach cottage on the island.” I intend to enjoy an ongoing relationship with my builder for years to come as we work collaboratively to maintain my beautiful beach home.”

-- Mark and Laurie Friedlander


“For nearly 25 years Craig Otton has consistently amazed and delighted us with his creative solutions and his impeccable execution of every detail. From a complete renovation of our home to minor repairs, Craig was always available to solve any problems. When Craig is around, there are no problems, just solutions that work.”

-- Leonard and Ann Rabinowitz


“Craig Otton Custom Builders built our beautiful home in Stone Harbor.  The materials and the quality of workmanship was first class. His team of workers and choice of subcontractors were at all times respectful of our property. Over the years we have built or remodeled several homes. Working with Craig was our very best experience. We would highly recommend Craig Otton Custom Builders.”

-- Vince & Pat Trosino


“Craig Otton and his team were a pleasure to work with while we built our summer home. They were always professional, trustworthy, well-organized and provided superior customer service. Craig’s attention to detail and focus on quality are superb. The result is our beach house was featured on the over of Coastal Living Magazine in 2012. We give Craig Otton and his team our highest recommendation.”

-- Ted and Jen Lavin


“QUALITY describes J. Craig Otton Custom Builders, LLC, especially J. Craig Otton Jr. From planning to completion, Craig and his staff are professional and skilled craftsmen at every phase of the project. They transformed our Stone Harbor home to a family entertainment site beyond our expectations and continue to provide ideas and renovations, much to the pleasure of Marie, that enhance the utilization and family pleasure of our home. Craig and everyone in his organization take pride in their workmanship and service to their clientele because they care. We consider ourselves fortunate to have met and engaged Craig professionally and to now consider him our friend.”

-- Chuck and Marie Deegan


“I am writing to reveal to a potential homeowner the pleasure we had working with Craig Otton during the process of building our home in Avalon, New Jersey. We knew we had to invest six figures on the existing home, so to avoid building, we looked elsewhere. Our location, however, is unmatched, so we decided to build despite our concern of having to deal with a lot of problems. We selected J. Craig Otton based on a recommendation of long-time Stone Harbor resident, Lou Bachman, owner of Smugglers Cove and caretaker of my fishing equipment. The entire building process was pain-free and the result is a house that is spectacular. We had never seen such attention to detail. Craig actually designed Joe’s office, and he and his workers showed that they are very creative.

About 7 years after our house was built, a realtor friend told us he believed ours is one of the five best homes built in Avalon. We would strongly recommend Craig and his team to build your new home or remodel an existing one.”

-- Joe and Susan Miller


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Our Main Services

Quality Custom Homes

Quality Homes are our specialty. Each one exemplifies superior workmanship and attention to detail. Whether it is a quaint seashore cottage or an intricate bay front mansion, we take pride in everyone that we build. We build homes to last for generations.

Renovations & Remodeling

No Job is too small for us. We will handle a bathroom remodel or a full house renovation with the same degree of professionalism. Renovation and remodeling are easier with Craig’s unique perspective and innovative ideas. Call us for any building need that arises.

Property Maintenance

We offer customers the opportunity to maintain their property with confidence. Any repairs are performed quickly and efficiently. You can be assured of an attentive response and follow up for all your maintenance needs.

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