“ Matt Pope has worked with us on many projects on four properties over several years: a craftsman home restoration/ remodel, a mountain home rustic-to-modern transformation, a mid-century triplex with moderne features restoration and an architectural Spanish revival home restoration. With each project he was able to respect the original architectural design either by restoring bad previous remodeling back to the original or by suggesting and implementing new design features that harmonize with the original. He has a great sense of historic and contemporary styles and materials which has been invaluable in making decisions about whether to restore or remodel. His collaborative approach has led to beautiful results… ”
– Marilynn V., Silverlake
“ Matthew Pope has sincere interest in every project he works on. He is one of the few contractors I know that do not cut corners. He takes pride in improving homes. He has many creative improvement ideas but he also knows how to listen to a client. Matt pays great attention to details and he does it on a reasonable budget. I sold several properties he remodeled and these were some of the best properties I ever handled in my real estate career. Every time I drive in the neighborhood and see his “Black Star” logo in the front lawn I know that homeowner made the right choice. ”
– Andrew Maleski, ACM Properties (323-662-2772)
“Black Star delivered what was promised, within the agreed time and budget estimates. The finished product looked great. I think they really care about their work. I hope we complete many more projects together.”
-MJ in Echo Park
“Black Star might consider changing the company name to Gold Star. They are personable, design-savvy, solution oriented, cost-effective, conscientious, and skilled craftsmen. I hope this highly deserved recommendation does not mean they will become too booked up to continue the excellent work they have done to maintain and improve my home.”
-DK in Echo Park
“We were at the “once bitten twice shy” place for years before we started “dating” Matthew and Black Star. Matthew is a great collaborator, has an excellent design eye, is clear and honest communicator, does what he says he’s going to do when he says he’s going to do it, reasonable bids, has a great crew, a great laugh, and above all – Matthew has very high standards.
Black Star just completed a re-design and re-build of our front porch and a basement storage/office/laundry room. We are thrilled with Phase One of our projects with Black Star and are happy to announce our “engagement” over our kitchen gut and remodel in the new year.
On a more personal note, Matthew and Black Star are sensitive to the human psychological STUFF that comes up surrounding the dreaded “home remodel” and navigates those waters with confidence, thereby inspiring confidence.
Plus, he never looked at me like I was a freak!”
-CC in Echo Park