Team Testimonials

During my thirty-five year career at Interstate+Lakeland Lumber, one of the benefits for me, has been the development of some very special relationships that, over the years, have transitioned from being strictly business, to adding the element of friendship to them. This is certainly not the norm in the industry. However, when it does occur, it takes things to the next level. I began doing business with Paul and his dad, Lou, over twenty-five years ago. In the beginning, it was strictly business and quite challenging. At the time, I had no idea that what Paul was building and me supplying, would lead to where we are today. Paul Varsames Development has been an integral part of Interstate+Lakeland Lumber for close to three decades. During that time, Paul has worked with us to help make us a better supplier and as result, become an integral part of his company. He continues to challenge us to work with him and his staff to enhance the overall supply process for all of his projects. I feel Paul does this so he can provide his clients with the best possible homes available in the market today. Besides being one of the area's finest home builders, Paul has been a person of integrity, where his word is his bond. For me, that is, and will always be, the cornerstone of my relationship with Paul and his company. I look forward to many more years of working with Paul and his team so that together, we can continue to enhance this valued partnership.

Sheldon Kahan
President Interstate+Lakeland Lumber

For over eighteen years, Interstate-Lakeland Lumber has supplied Paul Varsames with high quality millwork and building materials for his many projects. Paul and his staff are true professionals. Their goal of only utilizing the highest quality materials aligns perfectly with Interstate-Lakeland's goal of only supplying the highest quality materials at the best possible price. This has resulted in a true and lasting partnership.

Jim Sunday
Manager of Lakeland Lumber - Croton Falls

Richard J. Horsman, registered Landscape Architect, has been practicing residential site and landscape design for over 40 years. Even before becoming a consulting member of Paul's team, Richard was impressed with Paul's attention to detail and high quality of materials in his houses. Paul has the same concern for the landscape setting for his houses...actually, for the complete property. During site design, careful attention is given to the views into and out of the property, the character, quality and maturity of the new vegetation, and the property's relationship to the neighborhood. Even as construction progresses, there is an on-going evaluation of the site design for the property. If necessary, trees and shrubs are changed or added as may be appropriate. The objective is a finished product that the homeowner can enjoy without further investment. This concern for homeowner satisfaction is also on-going; it continues after they are in residence.

Richard J. Horsman
Landscape Architects and Site Planners

I have been Paul's realtor since 2005 and have worked very closely with Paul and Monique Varsames on the sales of all of his homes. He has consistently delivered the finest in craftsmanship and is always innovating and changing to keep with the trends in building. The quality speaks for itself and is truly exceptional, but I think its Paul's service to his clients both past and present that sets him apart from other developers. He is truly interested in satisfying and exceeding all of his customers' expectations. That is success to him. Building a house from the ground up can be overwhelming to some clients and Paul and his team take that stress away. Paul is also a master at his craft and takes personal interest in every detail from planning, design to sales and follows through for years with his clients. It has been a learning experience and a personal pleasure to work with him and Monique; it has also been such fun!

April Saxe
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Houlihan Lawrence

Paul's quality team of professionals have been working together for over ten years with no sign of stopping in the near future. It's an incredible feat to keep the same team together for so long especially during a difficult housing market. The loyalty of his team says everything you need to know about his leadership abilities and management style. We all enjoy working together. Even with a tough market, Paul continues to provide his buyers premier custom homes with well-designed styles. With the assistance of his wife Monique, his interiors are thoroughly thought with all the amenities, installed without compromise. I personally have been working with Paul as part of the team from the beginning. His ability to listen to homeowner needs and then integrate them into the final house design is why his houses have universal appeal. They sell before they are completed. As the Architect, it's still exciting to watch your ideas being built before your eyes. Marsella & Knoetgen Architects have been in business 15+ years and have involved in many construction projects. Schedule is a guide, not a reality. Yet Paul Varsames Development delivers on time every time. This is due to his management style and again his quality Team. Homeowners are always happy at the completion of Paul Varsames projects. Team Member and Friend,

John M. Knoetgen RA, Ncarb
Marsella & Knoetgen Architects

As a registered landscape architect, I have been practicing residential suite and landscape design for over 40 years before joining Paul's team. Even before becoming a consulting member of Paul's team, I was impressed with Paul's attention to detail and high quality of materials in the houses. Paul has the same concern for the landscape setting for his houses, and actually the complete property. During site design, careful attention is given to the views into and out of the property, the character, quality and maturity of the new vegetation, and the property's relationship to the neighborhood. Even as construction progresses, there is an on-going evaluation of the site design for the property. If necessary, trees and shrubs are changed or added as may be appropriate. The objective is a finished product that you as the homeowner can enjoy without further investment. This concern for your satisfaction is on-going; it continues even after you are in residence. You also have the comfort of knowing that you have been working with a team of professionals that produce quality projects. The staff at Hudson Engineering & Consulting, P.C., have a combined experience of over 40-years in the Civil Engineering Field and have worked closely with Paul Varsames Development on numerous projects during the course of our association. Paul's ability to give clear direction and guidance on a project allows for seamless execution of the design and construction. The staff at Paul Varsames Development consists of consummate professionals who are attentive to detail and clearly communicate with Team Members, thus ensuring a successful project.

Michael Stein, PE
President of Hudson Engineering & Consulting, P.C.

Paul Varsames has been a client of Provident Bank for nearly 18 years and we have provided him with the financial products and services to help him serve residents in Westchester County, New York with various luxury housing needs. Varsames primarily builds high-end luxury homes, and has been successful, even during the national residential downturn since 2008. He has also expanded his real estate investments to high-end quality rental properties in the Rye market. Varsames has maintained a strong business and has demonstrated his high level of professionalism during all of his interaction with the bank.

Vincent DeLucia
Senior Vice President - Commercial & Business Banking