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Steve Tokarz

June 26, 2021

I have the pleasure to have known Ed VanMaren for over the past 15 years. Initially we met when our kids were in school and we both were very actively involved in their cub scout and then boy scout activities, serving as den, pack and troop leaders. Needless to say, those times are filled with lots of great memories.

During that time, I came to understand Ed's handiwork and carpenter ability and also how he kept many of the University of Michigan fraternity properties in order - no small task I assure you. It was then that he often spoke of starting his own company and we strongly encouraged him to do so.

Once he took the leap, we quickly asked him to help us with some of our projects. We started with a simple kitchen repair and moved to mud room, garage and other build outs. With Ed's planning we then took on a full walkout deck which has become a feature of the neighborhood and seriously could be a showcase in Better Homes and Gardens. That was an outcome of weeks long effort preceded by months of planning. It truly is a great deck.

But the final showcase was the complete build out of our walk out basement. The layout was challenging but after many floor plans, Ed nailed it. The basement has a great storage area then beautifully moves into a game room, open living room area, family area and a full kitchen/bar area. His work is first rate, and being an engineer, i can honestly say there are no short cuts in his work.

We have shown both our deck and basement to others who have then hired Ed and used similar themes in their layouts and designs. Each always came back to say, "Man am I glad you made that intro, Ed is great" Ed's a straight shooter and I can personally say a great find for any of your home repair, remodeling or handiwork.

Please do feel free to reach out directly and glad to share more.


Steve Tokarz

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It's my pleasure to recommend Ed VanMaren for a plethora of remodeling and maintenance jobs including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, kitchens, baths, basements, decks, tile, and hardwood floors. Mr. VanMaren has provided me above and beyond help with all my needs in both my office and at my home for over 20 years now.

Over the years, Mr. VanMaren has been diligent and insightful. I recommend him without reservations - he'd be a tremendous help for all kinds of maintenance and remodeling jobs.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.  You can reach me at 734-482-7700.


Dr. Todd S. Kirshner

Dr. Todd S. Kirshner

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Lawrence & Lisa Molnar

We are writing to provide this strong letter of recommendation for Ed Van Maren. Ed has been an invaluable asset to us and our home for nearly 10 years with his portfolio of skills, tools, and capabilities. The projects and tasks he has successfully and expeditiously completed cover a wide range include repairs, installations, remodeling, patching, electrical, plumbing, tilework, and assembly of furniture and accessories.

Projects that are a just few examples of his work include:


  • Created a finished laundry room with extensive cabinetry, tile floor finishing, installation of sink and plumbing and other fixtures.

  • Completed extensive first level repairs from water damage and installed continuous dehumidifier drainage system.

  • Removal of a bathroom shower enclosure and replacement with custom tile with new plumbing, fixtures, glass door, fan, lighting, shelves, etc.

  • Installed new kitchen sink, faucets, disposal, etc.


  • Converted garage space to laundry room, office/study, storage, and closets.

  • Remodeled bathroom with new fixtures, bath/shower, tile installation.

  • Remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, counters, fixtures, backsplash, tile, etc.

  • Built and installed air conditioner cabinet in living area.

His work is of high quality, he completes projects on schedule and within agreed upon budgets, and he leaves the work area cleaner than before. He is very knowledgeable about the proper materials and manner of construction and provides options and recommendations for consideration. We wish he were still available to us but recommend him highly. If you would like more information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Lawrence & Lisa

(734-355-5062 or 734-646-1093)

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