The James Company


QuoteIn search of a builder to make our dream home a reality, the James Company was highly recommended. From start to finish we knew we were working with a true professional. Joe Oliva, the owner, met the challenge of the complex design and the end product surpassed our expectations. When it was time to build our guest house, there was no question who our builder would be.”

– PHIL & FRAN ROUSE, Homeowners, Wicomico Church


quoteI met Joe Oliva over 20 years ago when my husband and I contracted with The James Company to build our home on the Corrotoman. Joe builds beautiful houses, from framing to finishing and Joe’s experience and judgement was spot on. Joe made building a house enjoyable. When it came time to downsize, I again reached out to Joe to build a smaller house in Irvington. Again, The James Company did a wonderful job. I am happy to give Joe and The James Company 5 stars.”

– SUZI BOWMAN, Homeowner, Irvington


quoteIn the homebuilding industry, there are many contractors who build good quality homes to satisfy their own standards of perfection. To me, Joe Oliva is high among those in that group.

This last part is difficult to describe. Auto dealers call it “Service after the sale.” For any problem over these past 17 years, he has been just a phone call away. That is what I call real service.”

– F. BRADLEY GRAY, MD, Homeowner, Irvington


quoteMy husband and I thank our lucky stars that we chose The James Company to build our “dream house.” Joe Oliva became and remains a person whose expertise, honesty and friendship we cherish. Joe worked on a post-construction issue for a long time until we were satisfied that the problem was fixed. I know of no other builder who would have stood by his product the way Joe has. Our home is everything we hoped it would be and more and in no small measure due to Joe Oliva’s care for his clients and the houses he builds for them.”

– LINDA TISH GOLDSTEIN, Homeowner, Sunnybank


quoteWhenever a client asks for builder recommendations the first name I give is Joe Oliva. There are two reasons: he is talented, inventive, detail-oriented and fully understands the importance of follow through; and my clients who have contracted with Joe have nothing but praise for him, his handpicked craftsmen and the quality of workmanship which all leads to an end product that they initially envisioned … if not better.”

– RICHARD L. MCEWAN, Sr., Realtor


quoteThis month Jane and I are celebrating the fifth year of absolute enjoyment of the fine house you built for us in Irvington and we wanted to tell you how completely thrilled we are every time we walk through the front door. Every inch of the house speaks to your integrity, skill and craftsmanship.

In an age where houses are stapled together more often than not, your solid workmanship and high standards stand out as superior; no cracks in the drywall, the trim joints are tight, the finishes are crisp and the whole place is as fresh as the day you turned it over to us.

Many, many thanks for your commitment and guidance through the construction process – the result is flawless.”

– JOHN E. COLE, Architect/Homeowner, Irvington


quoteWe are truly so appreciative of everything you have done for us. Our house would never have become a reality without your advice, guidance, persistence and professionalism. You are a true pleasure to work with and we couldn’t be happier with the house. Our enjoyment of it has exceeded our expectations – which were pretty high to begin with!”

– ED & KELLY DONOVAN, Homeowners, Weems