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RiverCrest Enterprises, North Country Millworks featured in Canadian magazine

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MASSENA - The cover story in a recent edition of “Homes and Cottages,” a Canadian magazine featuring stories about new construction, renovation, decorating and landscape trends, features two local companies.

The work done by RiverCrest Enterprises, Inc., and North Country Millworks, LLC, is highlighted in a story about renovations done to the home of Drs. Neil and Joanne Cichetti on state Route 131, Massena.

Rebecca Wells did the architectural plan.

“She was part of the team that developed the project,” said Vance T. Fleury, owner and president of RiverCrest Enterprises, Inc.

The interior design was done by Anne-Marie Brunet of Sheraton Interiors, Cornwall, Ont., who submitted photographs of the final work to the magazine for their consideration.

“Anne-Marie submitted pictures to different magazines. They choose through a lot of entries who they were going to feature,” Mr. Fleury said.

“We don’t take our pictures like we should. We don’t promote ourselves like we should. It’s nice when somebody else does it,” he said.

Mr. Fleury and Creig L. and Barbara Donnelly, owners of North Country Millworks, LLC, had worked together on previous projects, including a new office for Drs. Cichetti in 2010.

“I ended up building an office building behind the hospital for them. It was a 4,000-square-foot office building. We did a lot of custom woodwork in there. I used Creig Donnelly to do some of the custom work there,” Mr. Fleury said.

The Cichettis then asked him to renovate their home, which was done in spring 2012.

“They liked the people that I worked with and how I did business. They wanted me to do some renovation. We tore down the whole back kitchen and built an addition with a cathedral ceiling for the kitchen and pantries. We totally gutted it and did renovations to the whole first floor,” he said.

Mr. Fleury said that when he accepts a project, it’s the team that makes the project a success.

“Part of my approach to doing any project is, it’s not all about me, it’s the team that I bring together to fit the project. That makes it so successful. It’s the workers that you have on the job, and I’ve got some extremely talented craftsmen that work directly for me. I bring the most talented people I can,” he said.

Mr. Fleury also brings in subcontractors “according to the skills that are needed and the desires of the owners or the clients I work with,” he said.

“You size the talent that’s needed to do each of these projects. Nothing gets done until they all mesh together,” he explained. “It’s nice to have this kind of talent locally”.

Among those who have assisted him with projects are Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly.

“I’ve worked with Creig over the past three or four years doing cabinetry for different projects. The first time we worked together on the Cichetti’s office building. After that we’ve worked on numerous projects,” Mr. Fleury said.

“We have a good rapport with other businesses in the area and work together,” Mrs. Donnelly said.

“Vance has given us some nice jobs,” Mr. Donnelly added.

Mr. Fleury and Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly said making the project a success is a matter of sitting down with the clients and identifying their needs and wants. Sometimes their clients will have pictures of what they’d like done.

“When you first interview a client, you see how detailed they want their project. It could be very simple or it could be very involved. I’ve built houses anywhere from 1,200 square feet to 9,000 square feet,” Mr. Fleury said.

“We usually all sit down and go through it, and Barbara draws up a picture. We can give them a CAD (computer-aided design) picture. They usually have something in mind,” Mr. Donnelly said.

For the Cichetti home, Mr. Donnelly said, “everything was pretty much all organized.”

The feature on their work - and what they can do for others - is a bonus for both companies, they said.

“It’s a great reference,” Mrs. Donnelly said.

“It gives people confidence,” Mr. Fleury said. “They’re spending a lot of money. In some cases it’s the most money they’ve spent in one shot. They have put a lot of faith in the contractor. This magazine tells the story.”

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