This was my first remodel –  in fact, except for the occasional lightbulb, I hadn’t changed anything  in 25 years of home ownership. I was still teetering between remodel or  move when a family member referred Build it Pretty on the basis of  their integrity, solid work and collaborative approach.  From the very  first meeting, I was impressed with Jay’s well balanced and sensible  approach – he listened carefully, asked clarifying questions and  responded with options.  Once we had a plan, Jay and his crew got to  work, keeping me informed and as involved as I wanted to be and it  wasn’t long before any thoughts of moving were history.  The crew was  polite, pleasant and professional and patiently answered all my  questions (and there were a lot because I was fascinated by the whole  process).  I was impressed with how tidy they were; there wasn’t a day  ended without a thorough cleanup and even in the throes of a major  overhaul, it never felt messy or chaotic. That really helped because not  only were we able to live in the house the whole time, I was able to  continue to work from home for the duration. As for the outcome –  fantastic!  I love it and so does everyone who has seen it! I’m already  planning my next project with Build it Pretty…  

Pat Schroeder  
Prior Lake, MN


Jay and Build It Pretty Team,

We just wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You" so much for the work you did on our kitchen.  We absolutely love it!  We were so impressed with the quality of work as well as the professionalism of all your staff and contractors.  We expected it to be a painful process but your folks made it as painless as possible!

We love the outcome and are so happy in our new kitchen.  We really enjoyed working with your company and will be contacting you for future projects.

Thanks again!

The DeYoung Family

Prior Lake, MN

Our experience with Build It Pretty was exceptional.  From our  initial meeting discussing our ideas to the finished project, we were  extremely grateful for the honesty and guidance that Jay Prettyman  provided us. Throughout the entire project the customer service that we  received is something you usually do not experience when remodeling. The  disruption to our home during the project was kept to a minimum, the  quality of the work was outstanding, and the professionalism of Build It  Pretty is the best in the business. In the end we were extremely  pleased with the finished project and if we ever decide on any further  remodeling, or if we decide to re-build, we will utilize the  construction expertise of Build It Pretty.

Bill Hyden

Lakeville, MN


We have used Build It Pretty for the remodel of our home and for a  significant exterior home repair. We have received many compliments due  to the design ideas and top-notch work that Jay's team provided. The  entire team are wonderful craftsman who do quality work, are polite and  collaborative. We asked questions during the remodeling and repair  processes and were confident we received honest answers and ideas that  were cost effective and that added to the quality of our home.

Jay  has good follow up and stands by the work of his team and  sub-contractors, assuring that we always received what we paid for. This  dynamic definitely built trust and is why we highly recommend Build It  Pretty!

Pam and Dave Albright
Lilydale, MN

Jay Prettyman and his team did a remarkable job of repairing  extensive water damage to our home. He did so very cost efficiently in  comparison to alternatives, and professionally managed the project which  came in on-time and on-schedule. I would highly recommend him.

Rick & Monica Rommel

Savage, MN


My wife and I recently purchased a house in Lakeville and knew once  we moved in changes had to be made the Kitchen and Family Room. I had  known the Prettyman family for many years from my previous employment  with Home Depot and knew Build It Pretty was the one to call. After  brief discussion of what we were looking for, the creative juices  started flowing and they had developed a couple options that  incorporated what we wanted. Within a week, and after a few changes in  the sketches, we were very happy with the design that Build It Pretty  created for us. Once the project started Jay was a pleasure to deal with  and his dedication to providing quality craftsmanship in a very  customer friendly environment made the project smooth and seamless. Jay  did an outstanding job of coordinating his work schedule to meet the  demands of the job while accommodate our individuals time constraints.  Both my wife and myself felt we were in goods hand with Build It Pretty  and if we have any remodeling needs in the future Build It Pretty will  be the ones we call.

Tony Willette

Lakeville, MN

We recently completed a whole home reconstruction project with Build It  Pretty from the result of an insurance claim, and we couldn’t be happier  with the work performed!  Jay was extremely patient and kind with our  many pre-construction meetings in which he listened to our concerns over  the numerous portions of the project:  redesigning the kitchen,  reconstruction of the basement and all three bathrooms.  Jay was proven  invaluable in getting the project completed with all the challenges that  we encountered along the way.  We really appreciated Jay’s availability  to discuss all aspects of the job when things came up.  If/when we  encountered difficulty in our decision making, Jay offered multiple  ideas and helped make decisions with us and not for us.
The entire  crew was so very professional and accommodating that we had complete  trust that the job would be completed on time, within budget, and with  special care…and it was!  The attention to detail of the new woodwork on  the main level really was a highlight for us.  Everyone who comes to  our home loves it.
 Jay’s overall experience in all aspects of home  construction and remodeling made us feel more than comfortable in  choosing him for our contractor.
We can’t thank them enough for  putting our home back together. The Prettymans and their crew exceeded  our expectations from start to finish and we would recommend them to  anyone.

Russell and GinaKay (and family)

Burnsville, MN


We hired Build it Pretty for a complete renovation of a 1970's era bathroom.  Jay walked us through the project in an systematic manner, thoroughly defining the scope of the work to be performed.  We were especially grateful for the recommendations he made on how to enhance the final product while providing us ongoing suggestions on how to minimize the project costs.  This was all done with an adherence to what we wanted the final product to look like.  Having hired them in the past we knew that they "sweat the details" when it comes to quality workmanship and we couldn't be happier with our new bathroom.

John Bauchle

Prior Lake, MN

We enthusiastically endorse and recommend Build It Pretty and in  particular Jay Prettyman and his team.  We were dealing with an exterior  entryway and adjoining roof problem which, due to an architectural  design defect, allowed rain and snow melt runoff to create a waterfall  effect over our front entry stoop and water infiltration into the stucco  and  stone wall surrounding the stoop which soon would have wicked  through into the interior walls.  Jay, through his engineering training  and skill, envisioned and implemented a thoroughly successful redesign   which has successfully solved the problem.  The new design not only  functions perfectly but also aesthetically improves the appearance of  the entryway.  This was a challenging problem.  Jay and his team were  enthusiastic, creative, diligent and determined to come up with a  solution. They were always respectful of our convenience, They were  prompt, showed up when they said they would and always left the work  site clean at the end of the day.  We would not hesitate to use their  services and expertise again.

Mary Ann and Bill Reilly

Lilydale, MN 


We had our kitchen, mudroom,  bathroom and basement destroyed from water when our refrigerator  malfunctioned.  Build It Pretty did a fantastic job of helping us deal  with the insurance company and bank and then getting our home back, and  even better, than it was before the flooding.  It was a very trying time  for our family and the Prettyman's caring and understanding made it a  much easier time for us.

Jim Verity

Prior Lake, MN

This letter is written to thank you and your firm for the masterful job that was done during our recently completed whole house remodeling project. The attention that was given to the details we requested, and our wishes and desires was outstanding.

​As we reached retirement age we spent considerable time trying to decide if we should remodel our 25 year old home, or to sell it and move into a new home. After looking at many other homes, and considering our homes features and benefits we solicited several bids from your firm and others. Selecting your firm because of your experience and attention to detail was one of the best decisions we have made.

​Our completed home's features continue to amaze all of our friends and family. No one can believe that this is the same old house we wore out raising our family.

​The open look, special woodwork, and all of the modern finishes make it look and feel like a brand new home that we intend to wear out again over the next 25 years.


​Terry and Debbie Hutchinson

Prior Lake, MN


We decided to have our kitchen and family room remodeled and called 3  companies for ideas and bids. It was interesting to listen to the plans  and decided to use Jay's company based on the creativity and his price  which was the middle of the 3 estimates. It has turned out better than  we ever expected! Friends consistently comment on how much they like it  and ask how we came up with the design.

Mike & Kathy Spanier

Prior Lake, MN

I worked with Build It Pretty on re-purposing an older ag building on  my property converting it into new shop space. The experience was an  enjoyable one and the finished product turned out great! It was a  challenging project, a project some contractors might not consider, but  Jay came up with a creative plan to salvage what they could from the old  structure. They reconfigured the old structure to meet my newer  needs. I enjoyed working with the Prettyman's on every step of the  project and would gladly work with them again in the future. 

Joe Blakeborough

Prior Lake, MN


Build It Pretty not only does great work, they also listened to what  we wanted while educating us on the process all along. We've used  the  Prettymans on two major projects in our home. In each project  experience, it truly was a "team effort" from the beginning all the way  through to completion. We look forward to using them again!

Ryan & Kari Curl

Minneapolis, MN