“Through the entire process of building our house, Heidi and I felt as if you weren’t on your own team, but our team. You are still on our team as you help to maintain, modify and keep our house at 100% of it’s potential. Your great attention to detail and service didn’t stop when the house was completed, it just started! The true test of customer satisfaction is whether or not you would recommend a company to others. In Desert Star’s case, we already have and will continue to recommend DSC to our friends, family and anyone who will listen!”

Tim Crown
Phoenix, AZ


“I was first impressed by the quality of the work done by Desert Star when they worked on the renovation of our house. For the pool, the project was far more complex and demanding. Desert Star was required to adapt, learn new techniques, and many times, work outside of its comfort zone. The day I have a new project, Desert Star Construction will be my first choice.”

Paradise Valley Client


“Throughout the process, Jerry and his team were able to guide us through the project from beginning to end by making suggestions and coming up with creative solutions to any challenges that arose. They were able to help reduce the cost without losing the items that were important to us. Jerry takes such pride in his work and truly wants to make the customer happy, that if there was ever any displeasure on shown our part, he would do whatever it took to resolve the issue.”

Lisa Johnson


“There was never a question after the first round of interviews…Desert Star would build our dream home. We knew that you had all the qualities to make our project a success; we knew you could be trusted; we knew you would always put our best interests first; we knew you were a team player; we knew you would want our home to be built to the highest standards; we knew you would be there if we needed you after the job was done; and, very important to us, we knew that we could have a lot of fun building our home. You have always exceeded our expectations.”

Keith and Patty Withycombe
Paradise Valley, AZ


“We have never worked with a more professional team than Jerry and his lovely wife Carol. Building can be a painful experience but with them it was pain free. Thank you for helping us obtain a lovely home and also the friendship we have with you.”

Bill and Mary Nickolson
Carefree, AZ


“It felt good to put thought behind our building process. Desert Star brought the idea of LEED to the table and directed us through each step. They answered—or found the answers to—every question we had. Now we know what can be done. Our friends and neighbors are interested in hearing our story. Some have started planning their own green improvements.”

Nancy Hanley
Paradise Valley, AZ


“What Jerry and Desert Star Construction accomplished by renovating our kitchen and bringing the facility up to code was the salvation of the Phoenix Dream Center. It not only improved our ability to feed the needy, it provided a safe and efficient environment for our culinary arts training program; teaching skills that will help people earn jobs. We simply cannot tell you how grateful we are.”

Brian Steel
Phoenix, AZ


“From the very first meeting in your office right up until we completed the project and continuing right up until this day, our experience with your company was magical. Building our home with Desert Star was one of the most memorable experiences we have ever had. Jerry is really an artist. He improved our house tenfold from the original plans. We are honored to have a home built by you and to have shared our lives.”

Dana Lyon
Paradise Valley, AZ


This is not just a house, it is mine and Griffin’s home and you treated it as such from the beginning of the project. I believe that is your strongest suit, realizing you are not just putting up bricks, tile and glass but that you are building someone’s home. I will be forever grateful for all of your hard work, due diligence, and continued help with my home. And remember, when all else fail…’beat to fit, paint to match!'”

Eric Crown
Phoenix, AZ


“We were both raised in Arizona so we understand the challenges of this climate. The LEED process required products that give better protection and insulation from the sun and maximize our energy efficiency. They create a counter balance that made our home over 40 percent more efficient than a home that is built in a traditional manner”.

Paradise Valley Client
Paradise Valley, AZ


“We’d encourage everyone to get out in front of this trend, not only because it’s the wave of the future but because it’s the right thing and because there are many positive benefits. In a very short time, we have seen lower energy bills and even an improvement in allergies because of the home’s air quality.”

Paradise Valley Client
Paradise Valley, AZ


“I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with Desert Star on the great projects we’ve done together; and I am most particularly grateful for my relationships with everyone there. It always amazes me how Desert Star always has all of the relevant facts, data, and details about a project readily at hand. You all have taught me that doing really good work speaks for itself, is always appreciated, and creates value for everyone involved in the doing.”

Most importantly, I’d like to thank you for always expecting the best from everyone around you, for that is the unspoken part of what makes you great, great to work with, great people to know, and people you’re proud to be associated with.”

Gene Kniaz
Spiral Architects


“We hear so many people complain about their contractors and we only had 1 year of good times. I almost hated to move in because it was so much fun to go to the site each day. It takes a lot of patience to build a home, so you managed your profession very well.  Sold the house in 1993…and as far as we know he’s still there and loves it. We tried to buy it back!”

Herb and Betty Bool
Paradise Valley, AZ


“Desert Star Construction (DSC) was a true partner in the rebirth of El Chorro Lodge, which represented a multi-faceted renovation project with an aggressive timeline and a very big vision.

Team DSC not only understood that vision, but empowered us to go beyond by introducing sustainable building practices and proposing the LEED Certification early in the process. While managing a host of subcontractors and adhering to a very aggressive six-month construction schedule, Team DSC was diligent in its applications of environmentally sensitive strategies.

With the leadership and support of Team DSC, we proudly stand by that commitment. We’re grateful to the entire team and I’m particularly grateful to Jerry Meek for his expertise, integrity and friendship.”

Jacquie Dorrance
Owner/Operator
El Chorro Lodge


“It has been our sincere pleasure both to know and work with Mr. Jerry Meek of DSC. We have collaborated on several projects together, many of which have received recognition from publications in local magazines to regional awards from the American Institute of Architects.

In all instances, Jerry is a very patient, easy going personality who takes the necessary time to understand the client’s needs and architect’s whims while at the same time managing the project schedule, following up on paperwork, and keeping the pressure on subcontractors. Jerry has always exhibited a real understanding of quality and craftsmanship whether the project is a small bathroom addition or a multi-million dollar custom residence. In either case, Jerry’s integrity and attention to details sets him apart from many of the contractors we have worked with. In fact, when it came time to remodel our office, we gladly offered the job to DSC.

Without hesitation, DSC is always on the top of our bid or referral list when clients ask us for a good, honest builder. We look forward to working with Jerry and his crew in the future.”

Mark B. Candelaria
AIA - Principal

George W. Christensen
AIA - Principal


“Not a day goes by that we don’t count our blessings and marvel at the quality of construction and the uniqueness of the product you have built for us. I also fondly remember our many conversations about how to improve the productivity of getting things done – even though everything is just fine! I applaud your willingness to learn and grow at every point in the project. You are a dear friend and a great talent. We are privileged to know you.”

Don Budinger


“As I have reflected on what makes you and your team “the best in show”, I have concluded that the difference between Desert Star and its competition is character. You have created a rare company that is driven by a passion for integrity not by a passion for profit. Desert Star knows that the most important tool in a contractor’s tool box isn’t a great hammer but a great heart! As you have lived your life and conducted your business, you have shown me the difference between a quality house builder (i.e. one whose primary passion is building buildings) and a quality home builder (i.e. one whose primary passion is building relationships).”

Mike Burnidge
Scottsdale, AZ


“You ran the project professionally, honestly and with integrity. But more than that, you did it with “heart”. I really think you felt you were building not just a house, but a home for a family that you cared about. It has been that. We have happily raised our two daughters and two dogs in this home and have loved it.”

Phil and Betsy Lovell
Paradise Valley, AZ


“‘Whatever it takes’ – Jerry Meeks creed. I love those words coming from a builder. It gave me a sense of security.”

Sharon Ulrich
Paradise Valley, AZ


“Having had the opportunity to walk through our recently remodeled clubhouse, I must offer you a sincere thank you. Your cooperation and concern for our operations enabled us to maintain our daily business which was greatly appreciated by our members and customers. Normally, we would have had to close the ‘store,’ but we were able to stay open because of your very courteous and competent crew and strategic problem-solving strategies.”

John Malin
Executive Vice-President and General Manager
Scottsdale Country Club


“We were extremely pleased with the performance by Desert Star. Jerry Meek was personable, responsive and professional at all times. Because Desert Star had thoroughly analyzed the complexities of the construction project before starting, there were relatively few surprises during the process. The house was completed well within the contract period and without any unexpected or difficult delays. On those relatively few occasions when any dispute regarding an aspect of the construction arose, Desert Star was able to work with us to resolve the dispute in an efficient and professional manner. We were extremely satisfied with Desert Star and would recommend them to anyone considering building a custom home.”

Grady Gammage Jr.


“What Jerry and Desert Star Construction accomplished by renovating our kitchen and bringing the facility up to code was the salvation of the Phoenix Dream Center. It not only improved our ability to feed the needy, it provided a safe and efficient environment for our culinary arts training program; teaching skills that will help people earn jobs. We simply cannot tell you how grateful we are.”

Pastor Tommy Barnett
Founder

Brian Steele
Assistant Director
Phoenix Dream Center


“I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with Desert Star on the great projects we’ve done together; and I am most particularly grateful for my relationships with everyone there. It always amazes me how Desert Star always has all of the relevant facts, data, and details about a project readily at hand. You all have taught me that doing really good work speaks for itself, is always appreciated, and creates value for everyone involved in the doing.

Most importantly, I’d like to thank you for always expecting the best from everyone around you, for that is the unspoken part of what makes you great, great to work with, great people to know, and people you’re proud to be associated with.”

Eugene Kniaz
Principal
Oz Architects, Inc.


“Jerry, you have gone from our general contractor to a trusted friend. Through the entire process of building our house, we felt as if you weren’t on your own team, but our team. You are still on our team as you help maintain, modify and keep our house at 100% of its potential.

The true test of customer satisfaction is whether or not you would recommend a company to others. In Desert Star’s case, we already have and will continue to recommend DSC to our friends, family and anyone who will listen!”

Tim Crown


“Building fine homes is a fine craft in itself. But the art of establishing long-term relationships ‘beyond the Certificate of Occupancy’ is an even greater accomplishment that warrants the most congratulations and praise. When I think of DSC, many thoughts and words come to mind. But the one word that brings it all together is PERSPECTIVE. You have an innate ability to see the whole picture, break it down, sum it up and realize/communicate its relevancy on a number of different scales and levels. It is an amazing ability that only a ‘special few’ have. It is my privilege and honor to work with you.”

Jeff Innes
Oz Architects


“The difference between Desert Star and its competition is character. You have created a rare company that is driven by a passion for integrity not by a passion for profit. In 2001, you took on one of the smallest and most thankless jobs in your company’s recent history when you completed the build-out on our church’s 4,000-square-foot coffee house. You could have cut corners, moved this project to the bottom of your priority list or declined the job all together. You didn’t do that. Instead, you invested your time, talent and vision in that project and treated it like it was the most important item on Desert Star’s docket.

Six years later, our coffee house has become the most versatile, most used and perhaps the most important building on our campus. The love and care you put in to that facility continues to build lives in this generation and will continue to do so for generations to come. Desert Star knows that the most important tool in a contractor’s toolbox isn’t a great hammer but a great heart. Thank you for sharing that heart with us!”

Mike Burnidge
Senior Pastor
North Ridge Community Church


“I meant to write this letter long before now. In a way, it may be better that I have procrastinated. We have been in our new home for four and a half months now, plenty of time for us to evaluate whether we are pleased with the construction. We absolutely love our home and have since the day we moved in! Of course, we have loved this home since the time it was only a design concept and a desert lot. But now it is a beautiful home, all we could ever have hoped for, and Patty and I want to thank you for making this dream come true and for the wonderful times we had during the process. I’m sure you hear as I do the endless horror stories from people who have had an unpleasant experience building their home. This isn’t our experience. We had a ball! Our pleasant experience is largely due to your skill as a builder, your excellent skills in dealing with people, your business skills and your committment to total customer satisfaction.

Friends naturally assume that I had a lot to do with the building of this home. What I really did was help design the home and select the best custom home builder in Arizona. By best I mean one who is honest, punctual, resourceful, communicative, pleasant and one who can assemble a good team (Carol, Gerald, David and Kenny were great!).

I could go on with more superlatives about you and the team at DSC but surely a prospective client will have gotten the point by now, especially if you show them this letter. Please feel free to use me as a reference and to have prospective client call for additional high praise. You can also mention that this letter is totally unsolicited.”

Keith Withycombe


“Nearly twenty years ago, we had the distinct pleasure of having our home built by Mr. Jerry Meek of Desert Star Construction, the company recommended to us by the late George Christiansen, our architect. The Meek team was a pleasure to work with. They responded to all of our questions and concerns with understanding and courtesy, and advised and guided us through our first-ever new home construction.

We broke ground in June 1988 and moved in that November. Among the many blessings for which we were thankful that Thanksgiving was our new home, which was featured in Phoenix Magazine’s Homes of the Year issue and which we continue to enjoy to this day.”

Dr. Lou & Rosalie Rosati