About Total Basement Finishing, A Blackdog Affiliate

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An unfinished basement has so much potential. All that empty space can be turned into just about any room you desire, adding value and comfort to your home and your life. But without the help of a trustworthy, experienced contractor, a lot can go wrong in transforming that potential into reality.

Blackdog Builders has been in business since 1989, and Total Basement Finishing, A Blackdog Affiliate embodies the traits of a true basement finishing professional. We have systems and procedures in place that have been refined over many years, enabling us to complete unique projects in a predictable and efficient manner. Now, as a part of the Total Basement Finishing dealer network, we have new tools to help us achieve these goals. Furthermore, we are completely dedicated to giving our customers our best. We understand that our clients not only expect great, functional designs – they want to know their project is going to get done on time and on budget in a clean, safe and secure manner. Our qualified technicians are certainly up to the task, and they are here to answer any of your questions. If you are looking for your perfect basement – look no further!

About the Owner

Owner Dave Bryan

Owner Dave Bryan

Dave’s introduction to the remodeling industry started by swinging a hammer for a builder on Martha’s Vineyard during the summers in high school. By the end of college, he knew he wanted to own a remodeling company. Dave and Brenda Bryan started Blackdog in 1989. The company was born out of a spare room and a beat up pick-up truck. Dave kept up a busy schedule, doing all the construction and office work himself. Eventually, they were able to hire more people, and began to create a world class remodeling company that would deliver great experiences and high-quality work on time and on budget.

In 1995, Dave and Brenda proposed a business plan for the company’s first showroom, which has since undergone construction to allow for more displays and office space. And in 2009 the company expanded again, adding another showroom in Amherst, NH. Dave is proud to see his vision come to fruition, and he is excited by the prospect of constant improvement. And when he’s not in the office, Dave enjoys spending time with Brenda and their four kids, as well as upland game hunting, salt water fishing, and building furniture. He also continues to work hard, volunteering in local organizations to support the community.

Recent Testimonials
  • "Blackdog was great. A couple of our friends have..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Wayland, MA

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              Blackdog was great. A couple of our friends have already used them.
    Anonymous
    Wayland, MA
  • "Aaron Clymber. He took the time to answer my..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Tyngsboro, MA

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              Aaron Clymber. He took the time to answer my questions. Kevin Briggs, he was very easy to work with.
    Anonymous
    Tyngsboro, MA
  • "It has been a pleasure working with Blackdog Design." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Lexington, MA

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              It has been a pleasure working with Blackdog Design.
    Anonymous
    Lexington, MA
  • "Janice did a fantastic job with the design; Aaron..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              Janice did a fantastic job with the design; Aaron is an excellent carpenter.
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "This was a great experience, not only are the end..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              This was a great experience, not only are the end results beautiful but working with Black Dog was a great experience. We look forward to contacting you in the future when we remodel our lower level!
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "Outstanding!" Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              Outstanding!
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "We've had several previous contractor nightmares..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              We've had several previous contractor nightmares and working with Black Dog was a pleasure with outstanding results!
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "We were very impressed with Steve Stuart. Steve..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              We were very impressed with Steve Stuart. Steve really listened to our needs and desires and designed a remodel plan that was exactly what we wanted! He was also great at emailing and communicating with us in a timely fashion with any changes or questions we had.Our lead carpenter, Aaron Clymer was outstanding. The quality of his work was fantastic, the daily clean up was amazing, and he was very helpful in helping me to "see" the vision of our plans and bringing them to be realized. We felt very confident in his abilities and very comfortable having him in our home.
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "Overall, Blackdog made this job pretty easy. We..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Chelmsford, MA

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              Overall, Blackdog made this job pretty easy. We would hire them again, no problem, and we've already recommended them to a few folks. We can't say enough good things about Ron. In addition to doing extremely high quality work and paying attention to detail, he always promptly communicated all the details we needed, and he was always, always pleasant. We'd adopt him if we could. He consistently went well above and beyond the call of duty. He let our 4 year old son "help" him at times, he'd bring in the morning paper, he'd occasionally buy donuts for our son when he got his coffee, and he even went out and bought some window AC units when our central AC was being worked on and the summer heat arrived. It's people like Ron who, by working on your home with the same care and attention to detail as if it were his own, sets Blackdog apart from the rest.
    Anonymous
    Chelmsford, MA
  • "Having workmen in your house is inherently..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              Having workmen in your house is inherently disruptive. And yet we kind of missed Chuck and Ron after the project completed. That is a testament to the pleasant nature of their presence.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "Chuck (lead carpenter) and Ron (project manager)..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              Chuck (lead carpenter) and Ron (project manager) did an exceptional job. We were very pleased with the quality of their work overall.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "They did a great job of keeping us informed on..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              They did a great job of keeping us informed on the state of the project, and upcoming milestones. They were always happy to answer our questions, and were very pleasant.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "They were very pro-active on identifying..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              They were very pro-active on identifying problems, and correcting them.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "Ruth and I are thrilled to be living in our new..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              Ruth and I are thrilled to be living in our new dressing rooms. They are functionally and aesthetically everything we wanted.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "We worked with Amy and Ron for most of the..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              We worked with Amy and Ron for most of the project, and they were outstanding. Amy listened to our needs extremely well during planning and Ron was extremely productive and flexible when the work was underway. The results are exceptional.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "I feel that the quality and value are there. I..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              I feel that the quality and value are there. I hope I can have them work on other remodeling work for us.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "The whole staff Amee, Bill, Ron were great at..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Amherst, NH

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              The whole staff Amee, Bill, Ron were great at what they did.
    Anonymous
    Amherst, NH
  • "Dave and Sabina were exceptional" Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of North Billerica, MA

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              Dave and Sabina were exceptional
    Anonymous
    North Billerica, MA
  • "Thank you to Jeff Jussif, Dave Bryan, and..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Billerica, MA

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              Thank you to Jeff Jussif, Dave Bryan, and Melissa. Everyone I dealt with at Black Dog was always courteous, professional and accommodating.
    Anonymous
    Billerica, MA
  • "Jeff Jussif, the carpenter assigned to our..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Billerica, MA

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              Jeff Jussif, the carpenter assigned to our project(s) was excellent! His craftmanship was meticulous, he was courteous, friendly, honest and professional. After a previous bad experience (can I say?... horror show) dealing with a local contractor and his crew, this wonderful experience with Black Dog has restored my faith that there exists at least one remodeling company with integrity.
    Anonymous
    Billerica, MA
  • "The team approach at Blackdog is very effective..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Winchester, MA

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              The team approach at Blackdog is very effective and efficient. Everyone was collaborative, expert at their job, calm, and easy to work with.
    Anonymous
    Winchester, MA
  • "We had a tight schedule and they kept to it and..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Winchester, MA

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              We had a tight schedule and they kept to it and were done as promised in the allotted time. Our family, friends and neighbors were very surprised as they had told us there was no way this would be done on time.
    Anonymous
    Winchester, MA
  • "We were fortunate to have Raul as our carpenter..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Lowell, MA

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              We were fortunate to have Raul as our carpenter. In all respects he was exceptional. His workmanship, attention to detail, the many adjustments he had to make & his overall work ethic manifested throughout this project. Your company is truly benefiting from having Raul as an employee.
    Anonymous
    Lowell, MA
  • "They did a great job." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Woburn, MA

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              They did a great job.
    Anonymous
    Woburn, MA
  • "I don't think they could do anything more. The..." Read Full Testimonial

    Anonymous of Tewksbury, MA

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              I don't think they could do anything more. The project is so beautiful and I'm very happy with it. I am very satisfied with end result and I am enjoying it.
    Anonymous
    Tewksbury, MA
Meet Our Team

Our Mission

Here at Total Basement Finishing, A Blackdog Affiliate, our mission is to uphold three core tenants of our trade. These are:

  • Value – We combine innovative design, quality products and sound construction with timely and considerate service.
  • Integrity - We treat clients, suppliers, trade contractors and our community with honesty and respect. We manage out finances judiciously and obey all government regulations, both in spirit and letter.
  • Improvement – We educate ourselves continuously, learn from our experiences and strive to raise the standards of the remodeling industry.

In addition to these values, we also promote effective communication and teamwork, and we maintain a healthy life/work balance and a positive attitude. By abiding our ideals, we can offer our customers the highest standards of design and service in the industry!

Giving Back

Total Basement Finishing, A Blackdog Affiliate believes in helping the community to improve the lives of all. To that end, we have participated in a number of local organizations over the years. These include A Better Chance (ABC) of Andover and Habitat for Humanity. We are also involved in the South Church of Andover and the Merrimack Valley YMCA. Finally, we have sponsored the Cause for Paws Golf Tournament, which benefits the MSPCA, for the past 14 years. We are honored to be a part of our community and we look forward to more opportunities to give back in the future!

We are proud to provide services to residents in the Southeastern New Hampshire & Greater Boston area, including Lowell, Cambridge, Lynn, Somerville, Lexington, Lawrence, Belmont, Watertown, Haverhill, Waltham, Andover, Chelmsford, Arlington, and the neighboring cities and towns. Call or contact us today for a Free Estimate!

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