The porch exceeded our expectations
and feels like a true extension of our house.
We wish we would have done this
Todd and Michelle P.
Overland Park, Kansas
We love our new deck! -
by Dave and Dorothy Romisch,
March 13, 2012
We are the Romisch's and we just had the pleasure of working with Jim Bentley of Enhanced Outdoor Living. We needed to replace our deck. The old one was original to the house and in sorry shape. We met with several deck builders and easily selected Jim for the project. We are not sure you will meet anyone with a better work ethic. Jim was always on site. Always available to answer a question. When the weather didn't cooperate- he called us to let us know what the work schedule would look like when the weather cleared. You can count on him to stay true to his word. We never felt pressured to make choices or decisions. He also worked graciously around our two very large dogs who felt the need to be outside when he was here. We are now the proud owners of a beautiful Azek composite deck with the Azek railing system. This deck is solid and the craftsmanship is perfect. Jim Bentley is one of those rare individuals who really has a gift when it comes to making outdoor living spaces. He is honest and dedicated to his craft. If you need a new deck and/or screened porch, call Jim. You won't be sorry.
Dave and Dorothy Romisch
Thank you for your
hard work and effort in helping us complete our recent home
project. You transformed our fifteen-year-old deck in
desperate need of repair into a beautiful new outdoor living
You helped us decide
on the best design for our new deck by outlining the various
options possible to help get us the look we wanted. You
answered our numerous questions and guided us through all
the stages of choosing everything from the flooring to the
rails. Your advice was extremely valuable.
of our deck has been remarkable. Throughout the process you
have been courteous, professional, and reliable. Your
attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the
project. We now have a gorgeous deck that complements our
home and will last for years. I highly recommend your
services to anyone considering creating an outdoor area that
will add value and beauty to their home. The quality of your
work is evident by the results we experienced ourselves.
Greg and Anne Feuerborn
Mr. Tom L. and Mary Klotz
Thank you for all the great work you did in replacing our
master bedroom deck. The deck you built was far superior to
the original which was done by our builder years ago. I
would be happy to recommend you and your work to anyone who
wants a high quality reasonably priced deck.
We are so pleased with your work that I wanted to let you
know how much we appreciate your craft and the attention to
the "little" things you did. You always arrived exactly
when you said you would, cleaned up as you went. You kept
us informed as you discovered things that might improve upon
the original work done- and you did that at no additional
charge. I know that a couple of things you discovered were
"hidden" when you bid the project. I'm sure that it did in
fact cost you a bit more to correct these things but you
completed the fixes and stuck to your proposal. That is
rare these days and we really appreciate it.
Please feel free to refer any of your future clients to us
for an endorsement of your craft. I am totally confident
that you will do for others what you did for us, perform
very high quality work at very reasonable cost. I know your
attention to detail and desire to please your clients will
always surprise and please them as it did Mary and me.
Thanks again Jim.
913 314 9124
Ken & Diane F.
Lenexa, Kansas 66220
To Whom it May Concern:
We are pleased to offer this letter of recommendation for
Jim Bentley. Two years ago we decided we wanted to add a
second story screened in porch off our hearth room. After
meeting with Jim the first time, we realized he had great
creative ideas and architectural knowledge. Although the
roof line of the porch was going to be a real challenge, it
was quickly evident Jim would settle for nothing less than
the best to assure a good fit. Jim's extensive construction
experience was invaluable during every aspect of the
process. From design to bidding, planning to execution, we
felt comfortable working with Jim each step of the way. The
fact that he handled every aspect of the construction
process---city building permits, footings, framing roofing,
interior and exterior siding and floor installation--- was
very attractive to us.
Jim and his skilled team created a showplace porch and deck
which has added significant value to our home. Two
years later we continue to receive complements from friends
on the quality workmanship on the porch. We are convinced
that we could not have chosen a better builder for this
extension to our home.
Sincerely, Diane F.
To: Everyone planning to build a screened
We live at Tiffany Greens, fortunate enough to live
on one of the golf course fairways. Having lived there a few
years, we decided that we needed to have an outdoor
space where we could have some shelter from the sun and the
rain, and still enjoy watching the beauty and activity of
the golf course.
When looking for a builder to convert our
18' x 15' deck to a screened porch, we found Mr. Jim
Bentley. He designed a great concept (drawing with different
elevations) that he recommended for our style of home and
the standards of the neighborhood. His design used
much of the design of the original deck and much of the
existing materials. He topped the structure off with a
hip-roof, which would tie in nicely with the existing home.
He allowed us to contribute some decorative ideas and we
settled on a collaborative project which included an
expanded patio area beneath the porch. The porch floor is
12' above ground level.
We paid Jim in three installments,
a third at the beginning, a third in mid build and a final
payment at completion. We have to say that Jim is a very
industrious builder, who likes to set timetables and stick
to his commitments. What a delightful process! And, the
finished product as been such a wonderful addition to our
home. If you could only see it, the porch is almost as nice
a room as a room inside our home
In fact, if we do any
further building projects we will have Jim Bentley involved.
To Whom It May Concern:
had Jim Bentley with Enhanced Outdoor Living install a
screened deck. We had received a recommendation from a
neighbor to have Mr. Bentley do the work. After researching
his website, we gave him a call. His knowledge and
experience were evident from the first time we met him. He
listened to what we were looking for and was able answer our
questions regarding design and materials and provided
insights we hadn’t even considered.
obtaining several bids, we chose Mr. Bentley because of his
experience and very reasonable price. His workmanship and
attention to detail were apparent as we watched him
construct the deck. He was flexible enough to make some
changes along the way as well. We also found him to be
prompt when returning phone calls or emails and he regularly
communicated with us during construction.
screened deck has changed our house completely. Everyone
that has seen it has remarked on how well done it is. We
now spend most of our spare time on the deck instead of
inside. It is great to know that the quality workmanship
and materials mean our deck will be just as nice many years
down the road. We highly recommend Enhanced Outdoor Living
for any deck projects that you are considering.
Joe and Colleen C.
Our experience with Jim Bentley could not have been better.
We had an existing cedar deck that he tore down and built a
beautiful screened in porch as well as a new deck off to the
side. Jim and his crew showed up every day (barring 18
inches of snow), kept the site clean and were very
particular about the job to the extent of being
Having experienced all sorts of projects and workers at my
home over the years, Jim stands out as the one that
exemplifies professionalism. We thank him for making
our porch and deck look as if they had been built with the home.
would not hesitate to recommend Jim for your project!
The Beckleys, Overland Park, KS
To whom it may concern:
Earlier this year we decided we wanted to convert our
existing deck into a screened in porch. After talking with,
and receiving estimates from several builders we selected
Jim Bentley to complete our project. The porch is now
finished and we could not be happier with the results. Jim
was invaluable in every detail of the construction,
including providing us with some great design ideas. Jim’s
attention to detail and pride in his workmanship are
evident. Our project was finished on time and on budget and
has provided us with an outdoor “sanctuary” that we will
enjoy for years to come.
It is our pleasure to recommend Jim Bentley to anyone
wishing to add a quality outdoor addition to their home.
John & Nancy Hedrick
Overland Park, KS
To whom it may be of interest:
As a residential home builder in the Kansas City
metropolitan area for over 35 years, I have built and sold
over 2,000 upper bracket single family
homes. During my
tenure as a home builder, I have worked with hundreds of
suppliers and subcontractors. Jim Bentley has been an asset
Don Julian Builders
for over 25
Jim has framed houses from the ground up, ran multiple crews
for Julian Construction Company and constructed multiple
projects ranging from decks, gazebo's and screened porches
to complete room additions.
Jim Bentley and his associates are certainly capable of
designing and constructing the finest outdoor living
projects available. Their company uses a very "hands on
approach" and with a very low overhead operation, they
produce a high quality outdoor project at an extremely
I highly recommend Mr. Bentley and his company to help make
your outdoor living project come alive!
Sincerely, Don Julian
We have lived in our home just over five years and due to
the western exposure of the deck, it was pretty much
unusable during the hot summer months. We’ve been wanting to
add a pergola over the existing deck and came across Jim
Bentley’s name at the Home Show.
Our primary goal was to achieve continuity so as to give the
appearance of being part of the original construction. The
configuration of the deck presented some mechanical
challenges for which Jim provided a satisfactory solution.
The design he proposed was exactly what we were looking for,
and we found his price to be very reasonable.
The deck now provides us with additional outdoor living
space that we didn’t have before. I would estimate that it
has made a difference of between 10-15 degrees on the deck
in addition to making the interior of the house cooler.
Jim is a consummate professional, knows construction, works
quickly, and provides a quality product.
Jim Bentley came highly recommended to
us by the developer Don Julian's staff.
We obtained three estimates for
redesigning and replacing a twenty-year-old deck and fence.
Jim's projection was less than the other competitors who all
had good performance records.
Jim had a reputation of being
efficient, punctual and real, regarding time and expense
projections of anticipated work. All these
characteristics proved to be true, when he worked for us.
Adjustments to the original plan were all clearly necessary
The quality of Jim's work is
outstanding. With his crew he worked up to seven days
in a week and was always accessible by phone
In our opinion, this man is like gold.
He is your man for quality of construction, timeliness of
execution and competitiveness in pricing.
Ekkehard Othmer, MD, PHD and
Sieglinde C. Othmer, PHD
Kansas City, MO
Ostby Construction Company, being an award winning Home
Remodeling Construction Co. that provides professional
quality and personal care to all of our clients, we must
hire only the finest quality craftsmen as subcontractors in
all of the fields of construction involving any project.
Jim Bentley is one of the finest craftsmen we’ve involved
in our construction projects. Jim displays a continual and
successful devotion to achieve perfection!
We're pleased to
recommend Jim Bentley as an excellent carpenter and deck
builder. Jim persevered during extremely cold weather to
demolish our old rotting deck and install a new Timbertek
deck with metal railings. We both do enough woodworking and
carpentry work to fully appreciate Jim's high level of
craftsmanship and attention to detail. We are proud to have
such a beautiful and maintenance-free outdoor space to
entertain our guests.
Jim is easy to
communicate with and we would certainly hire him again!