Customer Testimonials

“We would hire them again without Hesitation”

“We highly recommend Down Under Construction Services. They built the home of our dreams and as challenging as building a home can be, the overall experience was excellent. Every room of our home is beautiful, especially our kitchen. Joe was always available to us, and his crew was professional and courteous. His carpenters were very talented and often made recommendations of things that we had not thought of. Even after our home was completed, they were still readily available to us for any small changes that we needed.  We would hire them again without hesitation”.

- John and Karen St. Petersburg

“They Take Pride In Their Workmanship!”

“DUCs owner Joe, paid us a personal visit to capture our initial framing and structural requirements (remove two load bearing walls and install supporting load beams and supporting ground pads, dining room arch way, and a new powder room), which breathed new life and an opened concept for an old 1924 house in need of some TLC.

Joe and DUCs team is truly accommodating: showcased their professionalism, patience, and experience. They take pride in their workmanship, evidence by the quality they delivered to include clean up and the positive feedback from my wife who grew up in this house. We are grateful as many construction companies never called us back when we requested estimates.

As for the budget: Joe is a man of his word, earned my respect, DUCs did not charge us one cent over original budget in spite having to navigate through several complex architectural design and city of St Petersburg permit problems that surfaced. From loaning us his architect to guiding us throughout the project--DUCs is the best! I would highly recommend them to anyone and we plan to use them in the near future.”

- Ric and Stephanie Smart

"The Best Building Decision We Have Ever Made”

“In our lifetime we have built four new homes and owned & remodeled several others.

This included a starter home in the late 70’s, a custom home built in the mid 80’s, a home in a college town for our daughter during her years at veterinary school, and a large waterfront home in 2007.

Each experience was unique and pleasant. However, the best experience we have ever had with any builder was with Joe Romano and DUCS, (Down Under Construction Services, Inc).

Joe, from the very start, was different from anyone else we have conducted business with. His professionalism, communications skills, (listening, verbal, and written are exceptional), construction knowledge, and follow up separate him from all others out there.

On our last remodeling project, we had several builders come out to give us estimates and discuss the scope of our work. Only Joe Romano, President of DUCS, was fully engaged from the first visit, listened & made specific suggestions/solutions, proactively followed up with us, provided us with a comprehensive competitive bid and sent a thank you note for our time and for contacting his company.

The best building decision we have ever made was hiring DUCS. We highly recommend DUCS, Joe Romano and his phenomenal crew (onsite and office) for any project, no matter how big or small.”

- Mike and Barb Davis, National Financial Network, LLC

“We Wouldn’t Consider Anyone Else”

“We anticipated lots of challenges along the way because this was such a big undertaking for us. But Down Under Construction made things go as smoothly as possible. They were easy to work with and always available to us. Joe gave us his cell phone number and told us we could call anytime, which we did. Not that we would want to go through a huge remodel again, but if we did, we wouldn’t consider anyone else to hire other than Down Under Construction. 

- Ryann and Rob G. Largo

DUCS On Time!

“I highly recommend Down Under. Their pricing was fair, the attention to details was impressive and the renovation results are fantastic, within budget and on time. Wonderful company to work with.”

- George Graner

DUCS made our renovation seamless

“Down Under Construction Services made our renovation one seamless project. From beginning to end, DUCS covered every construction detail, turning our old place into a dream home.”

- Donna and Leonard Strub

“So Easy To Work With”

“We contacted Joe Romano from Down Under Construction Services (DUCS) in April of 2013, based on the recommendation of our rental agent, to give us a budget quotation on renovating the kitchen in our condo in the Sea Breeze building in Madeira Beach. Joe met with us and gave us a very detailed quotation, with each fact of the work itemized, so that we knew exactly what was included, and what wasn't.

After thinking about the project for a while we again met with Joe in August and decided to renovate the whole condo, rather than just the kitchen. Again, Joe itemized each part of the work in detail, and went over the schedule. Because Joe was well recommended, and was so easy to work with, we gave him the go ahead without getting any other quotations.

As the work progressed, Joe’s lead hand Dave Moore was very good to call with any questions and to give us updates on the project. Once the walls were taken down they found that some changes to the wiring and plumbing would be required, that had not been anticipated. Joe was very fair in addressing the costs for the extra work. We flew down in mid -October for our final inspection and Dave was very helpful in making a few minor changes that we requested.

We were very pleased with the final results, and dealing with Joe and his team was a positive experience. Everyone was quick to return calls and emails in answer to any questions that we had.

We would recommend Down Under Construction Services (DUCS) to anyone wanting renovation work done.”

- Dave and Arlene Carpenter Toronto, Ontario

“I’m Very Pleased”

“The staff at Down Under Construction Services did a wonderful job on my home remodel project. I'm very pleased and would definitely recommend them to anyone with home repair or remodeling needs.”

- Jerry Thomas St. Petersburg

“A Pleasure to Deal With”

“Down Under Construction did a beautiful job in remodeling my bathroom. Everyone from their office to their people that came to work on my bathroom was a pleasure to deal with. Joe even suggested some features for my bathroom that I didn’t think of and they came out beautifully. I recommend them to anyone that is looking for any type of construction work done”.

- Janis Farrell, Tampa

“Recommend Them Highly”

“We hired Down Under Construction to remodel a small half bath we have in our home. Joe came out and met with us and gave us a quote to do the work.  We had many questions and Joe was always available to answer them. John and Lawson came out and they did beautiful work. We are quite pleased and would recommend them highly”.

- James and Kiley Devenaugh Palm Harbor

“Great Company and People”

We were referred to Joe through some friends of ours that had some remodeling of their family room by Down Under Construction Services. We saw how nicely their family room came out so we decided to call Joe. We met with two other contractors also and although Joe wasn’t the least expensive, after talking to him several times we felt that Joe was the most knowledgeable and experienced. He remodeled our entire home and we’re so glad that we hired him because we just love how our home turned out. We tell everyone about Down Under and the quality work they do. Great company and people!”

- Penny and Mark Clearwater

“I’m So Glad That I Used Them”

“I would absolutely recommend Down Under Construction. They were professional and courteous and really listened to what I wanted my home to be. There were some challenges along the way but they handled them all graciously.  I’m so glad that I used them and I would do so again. Excellent company.”

- Melissa D. Seminole

“They Did An Outstanding Job”

“They replaced a beam in my attic that had been damaged by termites, repaired the structure of my garage wall framing which had also been damaged by termites and replaced the ceiling and drywall. All of the contractors were master craftsmen who were professional and highly skilled and courteous. They even built a wall of framing and plastic with zippers so that I could get to my kitchen and living room. This kept the dust from getting into the rest of the house and allowed me to live there during the construction work. It was very convenient for me and was something that did not have to be done. Everyone was courteous and polite and it was the lowest bid because the owner gave me the options for replacing the entire ceiling or just a section. I chose a section for cost reasons and when they finished you could not tell that only a section was replaced. Joe stood out over the other 3 contractors that bid and was actually the only one that seemed to know what he was doing. They did an outstanding job and I would highly recommend them.”

- Vicky C. St. Petersburg

“True Craftsmen”

“John and Sam were truly wonderful. Insights offered as we moved through each of the various projects elevated the results to a level greater than our expectation. I felt like rather than showing up and doing the outlined job, they offered creative insight and options which proved far superior to our ideas. Excellent workmanship. True craftsmen.”

- Linda D. St. Petersburg

“Love the Gang at Down Under Construction!!!”

“We interviewed over 5 contractors before choosing Joe & his team at Down Under. Our Fannie Mae 1970's condo needed a complete renovation & redesign. Joe really listened to us and made all our dreams a reality. Tracy, in the office, and John, our project manager, deserve a lot of credit too. We were out of town during the entire construction and were only able to check on the progress on weekends. There were a couple of "glitches" but Joe resolved them all to our complete satisfaction. We felt he was more than fair and was willing to make trade-offs when changes were needed. Any issues were addressed and not covered up. We couldn't ask for more. We love, love, love our condo and love the gang at Down Under Construction!!!”

- Bonnie P. St. Petersburg

“The Quality of Work Was Excellent”

“My walkway and landing turned out exactly like I wanted. The quality of work was excellent. The guys doing the work obviously cared about the quality of work they do. They also tiled my front porch which also turned out beautiful.”

- Tom R. Seminole

“We Couldn’t Be More Pleased”

“Our home turned out beautifully and we couldn’t be more pleased with what Down Under was able to accomplish throughout this remodeling process. 

Thank you for your attention to detail and listening to what we wanted and delivering it.

- B. Hernandez Tampa

“Joe Gave Us His Phone Number and Said We Could Call Anytime”

“We anticipated lots of challenges along the way because this was such a big undertaking for us. But Down Under Construction made things go as smoothly as possible. They were easy to work with and always available to us. Joe gave us his cell phone number and told us we could call anytime, which we did. Not that we would want to go through a huge remodel again, but if we did, we wouldn’t consider anyone else to hire other than Down Under Construction.

- Ryann and Rob G. Largo

“DUCS Is The One For Us”

“We added a second bathroom to our previously one-bathroom house -- in the garage! This involved cutting into concrete for piping, installing sewer pipe about 80' to connect to sewer, building the room, adding A/C, installing shower and other fixtures, moving the house's main electric panel to another wall, tiling, painting, etc -- in short: this was not a simple project! Nonetheless, Joe (owner) made sure every aspect was covered, expediting a ton of permits, kept his crews coordinated to keep the project moving along, and they all did beautiful work! The workmen showed up on time, were professional and unobtrusive, and cleaned up after themselves every day. Kim in the office is a delight to deal with, as is Joe. They quoted us a price in the mid-range of the other contractors, and we know they did a better job than the lowest bidder, and as good if not better than what we would have expected from the highest. We would absolutely recommend them to anyone for any remodeling project, and if we do any more remodeling -- DUCS is the one for us!”

- Martha Worland

“First Rate Company”

Joe and the team at Down Under Construction are a first rate company-honest, on-time, meet deadlines and do what they say with professional results. Their crew and Johnny are great. They remodeled my MBR Bathroom- new shower, tile, drywall,-the whole deal to completion and turned out great! Highly recommend them!

- Gary H. St. Pete

“Very Good Quality Work”

“DUCS totally remodeled 2 bathrooms. The finishes were brought down to the studs and walls moved. They did a great job. Very good quality of work at a reasonable price. Joe and his crew are very professional and easy to work with. We recommend them.”

- Kathy Brooks

“Joe Was Great To Deal With”

“Joe Romano was great to deal with and his workers/ sub-contractors were all tidy and courteous. They raised the outdated dropped ceiling in our kitchen and installed two 9 foot sliding doors. I'm pleased with the end results and quality of workmanship and would use DUCS again on future projects.”

- Shane N.

“An Outstanding Job”

“Down Under Construction did a great job with our deck rebuild. The crew was friendly, cleaned up each day, and did an outstanding job. Thank you DUC!”

- David Mixson

“I Will Be Hiring DUCS to Redo My Master Bathroom Next”

“I was extremely frustrated because I was having a hard time finding a reliable honest contractor to redo my kitchen and remove a structural wall. Someone finally recommended Joe Romano from Down Under Construction. He came out to look at the jobsite. Mr. Romano is very low key and professional. I did hire him for my renovation, and am very happy with the finished product. His workers are also professional and do quality work. There were minimal delays, and the job was completed to my satisfaction. I will be hiring DUC to redo my master bathroom next. That in and of itself speaks volumes. Not only will I use him again, I feel very comfortable recommending him to my friends and neighbors. One thing I really appreciate is that Mr. Romano is very reachable. He actually answers his phone, or calls back in a timely manner, unlike some other contractors I've dealt with.”

- T. S.

“They Are A Very Reliable Company That I Can Trust”

“I have hired Down Under Construction numerous times over the last few years to do many different types of work in my home from handyman work to patching and repairing drywall, and other construction work. They are a very reliable company that I can trust and I will continue to use them for all my construction needs. I can always count on them for quality work and a fair price. I highly recommend this company.”

- J. Newberry

“Professional and Highly Recommended”

Thank you for all the hard work put into repairing a sunken driveway and diagnosing the cause, an old clay broken pipe. Everyone involved worked hard with skill and expertise to get a complicated job done. Professional and highly recommended.

- CN

“Mr. Romano and His Staff Are Awesome”

“We have a glass block window that was damaged in November and needed ten blocks replaced. After calling and visiting a number of window firms, employing Angie's List and Home advisor, we were unable to find any firms to do this type of work. In April, a friend told us about Down Under Construction. I called, Mr. Romano came out and said he was able to do the work. The window looks just like new. I would not hesitate to recommend Down Under to anyone. Mr. Romano and his staff are awesome!!”

- Mike Clark

“Highly Recommend”

“Joe came out to the condo and gave us a proposal to remodel the kitchen and baths and put in new floors. The job was done on time and the guys kept it clean while working. I can't say enough about how good the new kitchen feels. Highly recommend using Down Under Construction!

Thank you! 5 stars

- Mike Nexus

“Finally Found Contractors I Can Trust”

“Finally found contractors I can trust to do the job right - first time. I will use them again - that’s the best review I can give.”

- Mike Sikorski

“Joe Did A Fantastic Job”

Joe, did a fantastic job, he remodeled 4 bathrooms, and the entire downstairs 2,500 sq. ft., removed beams, walls, leveled floors and took our 80s house into 2019s. His crews are professional and got the job done in about 6 weeks. Joe believe it or not picks up his phone which is a rare thing when trying to contact your contractor, looking forward to the next house we purchase and upgrade.

- Bryan Warner

“We Will Definitely Use This Company For Our Next Project”

“Thanks to the craftsmanship of Johnny and Lawson at DUCS we have a beautiful new kitchen. They removed a wall, built a pantry, installed cabinets and flooring, painting and drywall replacement. Installed lighting and appliances. Johnny is a skilled craftsman, the custom woodwork he did is beautiful and just what I asked for. Lawson is a skilled painter, both are hardworking and talented. They were a pleasure to have in our home during construction and left the space immaculate each day. The owner Joey was very responsive from estimate through completion. The office team at DUCS was always pleasant and quick to help when needed. We will definitely use this company for our next project.”

- Riley Neimo

“All The Work Done is of Superb Quality”

“We used Ducs Builders for a complete renovation of our condo. From the beginning to the end, we had no problems. Joe and his team worked in a very professional and courteous manner. All the work done is of superb quality and all our friends notice it when they see it .We had many issues pop up in the middle of the project but they handled everything in a very nice manner. They are a very friendly team and kept the whole situation stress free. Even after the project was finished, they are always available for follow up on a very short notice. We have no reservations in recommending them for any project, big or small.”

- Hiroo Kapur, Clearwater

“We Would Recommend This Company and Crew”

We were very impressed with the work ethic of the stucco crew and the impressive result of their hard work. The project was completed on time, as promised, crew and others were polite, pleasant to work with, and very professional. We would recommend this company and crew.

- Jean Bottone Largo


“Great Team. Impressive”

- Machelle C. St. Petersburg

“End Result Looks Great”

“They replaced a part of my driveway that was being lifted by tree root. Estimate was timely, professional and the work was done efficiently. Met my time constraints and communication with everyone was productive. End result looks great.”

- Linda T. Seminole

Exceptional track record

Down Under Construction has an exceptional track record with Weller Residential. Their ability to work collaboratively to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget is second to none. We have worked with Down Under on many projects in the past, and look forward to partnering with them in the future.

- George Quay, Managing Partner at Weller

“I Would Recommend DUCS For Any Future Projects Small or Large.”

I wanted to take a moment to let you know what a great job you and your entire team has done for Terrace Park at Five Towns. Being in a position where I am required to obtain a number of competitive bids for presentation can be a challenging situation. Even knowing this, Joe always takes the time to provide a quote to us and answer any questions we may have.

The highly service-oriented way of dealing with residents and Board Members alike is unparalleled. The quality of work that is completed by Down Under Construction Services, Inc. and the professionalism and enthusiasm that we see by his entire team is a welcome relief. I would recommend Down Under Construction Services for any future projects small or large.

- Karen Feder, LCAM Community Manager

“I Highly Recommend DUCS For Your Project”

This is to advise you that I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Mr. Joseph Romano/Down Under Construction for approximately 20 years. We have – over that period of time- designed a great many commercial, medical, and residential projects- always to our client’s satisfaction. I highly recommend Joe and his construction company for your project.

- Alexander Tudor, Architect 7370

“I can count on DUCS to Deliver Professional Quality Work Every Time”

As Property Manager of both the Sand Pebble Resort in Treasure Island and Island Gulf Resort located in Madeira Beach, I would recommend Down Under Construction to anyone in need of construction and maintenance work. Down Under Construction has been our go-to Contractor since 2009 and has completed numerous projects for our facilities, and always in a timely and professional manner. From total renovation of our units to maintenance and restoration of our lobby and exterior buildings, I can count on Down Under to deliver professional quality work every time with a team of professionals that are pleasant to work with and always go “beyond their scope of work” to make sure every item is addressed and met with our satisfaction. We are very pleased with Down Under and will without hesitation continue to use them in the future.

- JoAnne, Sand Pebble

“Their attention to detail is impeccable!”

I highly recommend Down Under Construction. I have several properties and have used Down Under Construction on all of them.
Their attention to detail is impeccable and I am always impressed and satisfied with their work.

- Pat Plumlee, Broker/Owner, Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty

“No Complaints”

Our condominium association has used Down Under Construction for over ten years. They do excellent work and I have never had one complaint about their work. They arrive on time and get their jobs done on a timely basis.

- Joyce Lane, LCAM Sun Island Resort, Treasure Island

“Extremely Satisfied”

I was extremely satisfied with my first experience with Down Under Construction, Inc. They evaluated and repaired the cracking to the exterior brick stucco on our condominium clubhouse and cleaned, painted, re-finished and sealed 1200 square feet of boundary block wall. All work was completed on time and at the agreed upon price by their own professional, efficient and accommodating employees. Will return to DUCS for any maintenance and/or repair needs that arise.

- Regency West II Board Chair

DUCS is My "Go To" Construction Company!

As the neighborhood volunteer for repairs, I have used Down Under Construction for a variety of projects. The work has always been completed in a quality manner at a competitive price. I have always found Joe Romano, his construction crews and office staff to be very professional.

I have recommended Down Under to several of my friends; when I need something done personally (and I have), Down Under Construction is my "go to" construction company!

- Judi Dreyer

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If you are interested in learning more about our services, please call Down Under Construction Services, Inc. at (727) 593-1333 for more information.

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