I met Dana Schmidt in March of 2000 in Ocala. I had come down with my horses to show at the HITS horseshow series for the first time. I loved Ocala so much that I bought two separate properties, one for myself and one for the show horses. Dana was recommended to me by my friend, Carol Harris, who has a large horse operation and had worked with Dana for many years on large and small projects at her farm and home.
Dana and I began work on the 10 acre property I had bought to use for myself. The house and barn needed updating and renovations to be usable for me. This was no easy task as my main residence is in New Jersey and we had to communicate by phone and short trips back and forth to Ocala. Dana was very organized and confident and he set up a schedule for every visit (usually 3 days) that took us back and forth to the sites we were working on as well as to all the vendors and supply houses where we needed to buy and make selections for various products. At my house we redid the kitchen, master bath, trim, guest bath, fireplace, upstairs landing and roofline. Simultaneously, we began work on the horse property which was 26 ½ acres with an older 14 stall barn. The barn was updated and repaired with wide aisles and large additions on each end, one for an apartment and the other for equipment and hay storage. We also put in both regular fencing and electric fencing and gates as well as automatic waters for all paddocks.
We began in late March of 2000 and moved in to both properties at the end of December 2000. In Spring of 2001, we began work on a brand new house on the horse property for my trainer. We looked at plans and Dana did all the work from drawings, site plan preparation to all construction. We again did our back and forth meeting schedule throughout the summer and fall. By early spring 2002 the house was complete and ready to go.
I have continued to use Dana Schmidt for ongoing improvements to both properties and we do at least one project together every year. I am completely satisfied with his work as well as the work provided by other contractors such as painters, plumbers etc. that he has recommended to me.
Dana has always been completely trustworthy, on time and meticulous in every aspect of work we have done together. I have recommended him many times to horse people who have bought properties in Ocala. He is and remains a close friend and a great person.
Dana Schmidt is a remarkable contractor. He personifies all the important qualities that one needs when building a house, barn, or any other structure. I, whom have already used his services more than once, can speak for his honesty, wisdom, and desire to please and this has provided him, in my opinion, the finest possible reputation in which has made him one of the best contractors in Ocala Florida.
Dana and his company, Dana Schmidt Construction, remodeled my home recently and did a superb job. They exceeded my expectations and I was very satisfied with the finished product. Dana was constantly on the job site personally overlooking all aspects of the remodel. Dana’s attention to detail is impressive and it is, in my opinion, what separates his company from other construction companies in Marion County.
Dana’s knowledge of the construction business is rivaled only by his caring and generosity. Dana advised my wife and me on the intricacies of many of the aspects of the remodel. Aspects, I submit, that we would not have known about but for Dana’s expertise.
I have been in the building material industry for over 25 years in Marion County and the last 9 years with Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply, Inc.
In these years I have had the pleasure and privilege to have known and worked with Dana Schmidt on several of his jobs. Dana works very hard for his customers, he listens to them on there concerns and makes sure they get exactly what they want. His professionalism with his customers doesn't just stop there, he carries it everywhere he goes. Dana is a very inspiring person and that is something hard to find these days. I know there are a lot of different builders in Marion County, but I can honestly say that Dana Schmidt is one of the very best. I highly recommend Dana Schmidt for any project that may be going on in our community.
I have known Mr. Schmidt for almost ten years and have had a major commercial building addition and residential additions completed by his company to my complete satisfaction. His pre-construction planning and estimates have always been clear and precise and accurate to completion. His employees have been efficient, respectful of surrounding environments and left the work area clean and "livable". Post completion follow-up and responsibility for any "punch list" chores have always been accomplished to my satisfaction. Mr. Schmidt has always been prompt to reply to calls and communicates well with myself, my wife and my office manager to coordinate work completion.
I highly recommend Dana Schmidt to construction projects, especially projects that may require "outside the box" thinking and planning, as he is clever and well read in adapting new construction to existing structures.