Client Testimonials

We could not have been happier. We hired Mike for the construction of a remodeled bathroom. He gave us a competitive bid/estimate and held to his numbers. He met our schedule expectations. The quality of his workmanship and attention to detail resulted in an excellent finished product. We will use him again and would highly recommend him for projects in the Tahoe area.

– John & Margy Eller, Carnelian Bay, CA

Mike Bernard of MHD Studio has done several projects for us over the years. Everything from replacing our roof to pest-proofing and winterizing our basement, installing on-demand hot water, and replacing our furnace.

The most recent project was our largest, Mike completely redesigned the front of our home to include a large front entry and make the face of the house more like a great Tahoe lodge. This project took several months and involved tons of communication, design, and redesign. We never had a moment of doubt. From the first drawings he gave us with his proposals, we knew we were going to be happy. It’s difficult to coordinate a major redesign while living 200 miles away from the project, but Mike made it easy. We got daily updates and progress photographs and every detail was looked after. Mike is always easy to reach and responsive to questions.

We’re very proud of the work he’s done for us and love how many people stop and ask, who did the work? We’re happy to give them Mike’s information. Friends of ours down the road have begun working with Mike as well after seeing the transformation he brought about at our home.

We whole-heartedly recommend Mike, his crew, and his subcontractors. Mike is a guy who doesn’t stop until it’s right and exactly what you want.

– John and Sarah Lyman, Tahoe City

Mike Bernard did an extensive remodel on our summer home a few years back. The house was built in the 1950s and suffered from age and carpenter ants. Mike literally rebuilt sections of the home but retained the original character. Most of the work was done in the off-season and I was able to turn over to Mike with confidence the daily design decisions. Along with the structural work the kitchen and baths were all upgraded and function beautifully. Mike’s billing method allowed me to pay any subcontractors and was clear and understandable. If you hire Mike you can be confident that he will give your job all the attention to detail that you deserve.

– Linda MacDonald, Rubicon Bay, CA

Mike did a fabulous job for us on our deck and siding project. He started with a detailed design and comprehensive plan that included all our needs. Unlike other bidders that had glaring omissions of tasks like permitting, Mike’s bid included all tasks and estimated costs and it proved to be true. Where we found opportunities for improvements or decided to add work, he always had great suggestions and guided us to the best solutions and vendors. His communications with us were excellent, always working with us and our needs. He integrated our use of our home with the project schedule to avoid conflict as best as possible. Mike’s subcontractors have a set of rules that they are required to adhere to which meant we had no problems with loud music, rude behavior, dogs, parking, etc. In addition to the great design, service, and communications, Mike’s standard for quality exceeded our expectations. Mike was uncompromising when it came to quality, precision, and attention to all the fine details. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found a reliable and honest contractor and a new friend to help us with all our future projects.

Thanks a ton for your help, attention to detail & Craftsmanship! Stop by if you see we are home & we’ll look for you around town.

– D & S Robinson

Mike did a great job for us doing a hot tub and concrete pad installation, furnace replacement and propane to natural gas conversion. We got frequent updates during the work, and all of the work was done with excellent craftsmanship and finished on time and on budget with thoughtful finishing touches added. He was very flexible when we added more work in the middle of the project and even installed new insulation on our old door for free when he heard we had a problem with a draft. Mike is the kind of contractor/builder that makes you feel like he is always looking out for your best interest. We recommend him wholeheartedly and are planning to hire him again for the upcoming addition to our cabin.

– Mark and Erin Evers – Truckee, CA

We recently completed a major addition to our house on the Westshore of Lake Tahoe. We could not have been more pleased with the performance of our design/build contractor, MHD Studio.

Mike seems to have the impossible combination of being both a wonderfully creative designer, as well as a very practical and quality-driven builder. The combination of having the designer and the builder being one party, especially when that contractor is able to “wear both hats” so comfortably, cannot be overestimated. No miscommunications, no pointing fingers, just quality work completed smoothly.

I personally come from a construction background and have honestly never seen the attention to detail, downright perfectionism, of Mike and his professional crew. The work is to a different standard; it is not just “good enough.” It is the kind of work that even when you look in an attic, or down into a crawl space that will never show, even there, everything there looks to be in order.

Also, a refreshing habit of Mike’s, is that short a major natural disaster, during the entire time our project was going on, he ALWAYS answered his cell phone, with time to discuss any questions I had.

Another of Mike’s attributes is his good rapport with local agencies and inspectors, as well as his knowledge of local codes and regulations pertaining to the Lake Tahoe basin. It would take out-of-area contractor months, just to figure out the unique building environment of the Tahoe Basin.

I would strongly recommend MHD Studio. If we have further needs at our cabin, Mike will be the guy.

– Alex and Carrie Yiakis – Tahoma, CA

I choose Mike Bernard and MHD Studios for the design and completion of our residential project. I made this decision after reviewing his plans for many years while working at a public agency. Mike’s projects demonstrate his experience in the home trades, both in design and construction. Mike incorporates the clients’ ideas into each of his designs while not making it look “cookie cutter.”

– Brad & Vicki H., Verdi, CA