Reviews & Customer Testimonials


Talon Home Builders of Sarasota Florida


2 Reviews

New Construction Longboat Key

We are very happy with our Talon Home! The design turned out exactly as we envisioned, and we are so pleased with the quality and craftsmanship. Tom, Jennie, and team are a pleasure to work with. There are so many details that go in to building a custom home. All those details were carefully thought out through the building process and if issues did arise, Tom was quick to rectify the situation and make sure that we were satisfied. They are such a pleasure to work with! Conscientious and caring, Tom and Jennie take great pride in the homes they build and it certainly shows.

Markus & Lois Waite

New Construction Siesta Key

If you are looking to build your dream home, you cannot do better than Talon Home Builders! It was a pleasure working with Tom Shumway on our recent home construction. The project was completed in a timely manner and on budget thanks to his hands on approach. When issues arose Tom was there to see that they were resolved to our satisfaction. Thanks to Talon Home Builders we are now living in a beautiful home that is exactly what we had envisioned. We cannot say enough good things about this experience.

Jack and Mary Ambrogi

Dirt to Dream Home on Siesta Key

Julie and I met Tom and Jennie Shumway of Talon in December of 2020 while looking for a builder for a home on Siesta Key. Talon was one of four builders we were evaluating to build a custom home on the Key.

Tom offered to show us one of his most recently built homes as a sample of his work. The moment that we entered the home, we knew that we had found our builder by the quality of craftsmanship as well as the beauty of the home. Talon’s product was heads and shoulders above the others with whom we had met.

While our original plan was to build a custom home, Talon suggested a spec home they were ready to build in the same area on Siesta Key. After reviewing the lot and blueprint plans we entered into an agreement to buy the spec home. While the footprint was fixed, we were able to work with Talon to easily customize many aspects of the home.

Tom, Jennie and the crew at Talon were a pleasure to deal with throughout the process. They helped us make what seemed to be hundreds of decisions. Attention to detail, problem-solving, and responsiveness when issues arose, helped to make the process more manageable. Their detailed planning helped navigate the labor and supply shortage of 2021.

We moved into our dream home exactly 14 months after we first saw the blueprints and empty dirt lot. We are very happy in our home. We highly recommend Talon for your project.

Julie and Michael Turner

Custom built home in Avondale, Sarasota Florida

Our experience in working with Talon Home Builders was extremely positive.

Let’s start with the usual benchmarks; timeliness and budget. Our custom built home in Avondale, Sarasota came in on time and at budget. Prior to relocating to Sarasota in October of 2019, we were residents of Southern California.

We really were not sure of the wisdom of custom building a house from 3000 miles away. Talon was up to the challenge.

Timely team meetings (some on conference calls and some via FaceTime) on a regular schedule, all milestones impeccably detailed and documented, accurate budget presentations on a monthly basis, invoice and draw documentation as required, photos of progress, 3 or 4 in person trips over the year that our home was being built was what it took. Talon Home Builders performed admirably.

Once we took occupancy, Talon has been very responsive in taking care of all punch items that we all seem to miss on our inspections!!

We would, without hesitation, recommend Tom and Jennie Shumway, owners of Talon Home Builders, to anyone who is considering building or renovating a home. They are honest, determined to deliver as promised and extremely talented.

Larry & Holly Shulman

Addition Project in City of Sarasota

Our family was very fortunate to work with Talon Home Builders for our 2 bedroom, 2 bath addition to our custom-built house. Other contractors had been hesitant to take our project on due to the uniqueness of the design. Tom and Jennie had the opposite reaction. Tom told us that he sees building additions as intriguing problem-solving opportunities. From the start, this experienced contractor provided a very clear plan for the work which was completed to our satisfaction on time and on budget. The Shumway’s work with a group of select sub-contractors that got their jobs done to our satisfaction. The bathroom tile work was exceptional. The Shumway’s kept in touch with us almost daily throughout the process and, unlike working with a large company, we felt very well taken care of at every point. Jennie’s understanding of our aesthetic and her discerning eye made choosing flooring, lighting, cabinetry, and hardware a snap. Tom was always anticipating the next step in the process and was very conscientious about covering the work area when bad weather came up. As we came to the end of the project, Talon got the finishing touches done on time so we could enjoy our new space before our summer break was over. We enthusiastically give Tom and Jennie our highest recommendation.

Kari and Richard Hoshal

Addition Project West of the Trail

When we moved to Sarasota with our two young boys, we were lucky to find a perfect little house in a wonderful neighborhood. But as the years passed, and our boys grew, we, unfortunately, began to outgrow it. We searched for a larger place to move into but always came back to the fact that we did not want to leave. So, we made the somewhat daunting decision to renovate and enlarge our existing home and stay put. As anyone knows who has renovated an older home (ours was built in the ’50s!) it is quite a task to take on. Finding the perfect builder to execute the job was one of the most important tasks we faced. Once again, we got lucky – this time to find Tom Shumway and Talon Home Builders. Tom had been recommended to us by a friend and had just completed a project for another, so we felt confident that he was going to be capable of the job. But what we didn’t expect was just how personally invested Tom would be in making sure that our home renovation was the best experience possible. I honestly felt that the attention he gave us was the same as if he had been building the home for himself and his family. Renovations of older homes are always full of surprises, and with each turn (and there were a few!), Tom met the obstacle with calm and capable professionalism. He always took the time to explain what was going on and was accessible and involved with every aspect of the build… Alternately, Tom was also great at listening to us and really hearing what we wanted in our new home. Throughout the entire experience, Tom truly went above and beyond what I think most builders would have done. His professionalism, attention to detail, accessibility, and excellent quality of work all combined to make this experience a great one. Needless to say, the end product is beautiful! We could not be happier! I would highly recommend Tom and Talon Home Builders to anyone looking to renovate or build something new.

Kathryn Lehrman

Addition and Interior Renovations

Tom & Jennie Shumway/Talon Home Builders handled our major ‘2 homes on 1 property’ remodeling project. Their involvement & support started prior to the actual construction phase and included the successful navigation of the permitting & surveying process and coordination of the design/drafting phase.

Talon is committed to assisting its clients every step of the way throughout the entire project. The first thing that sold us on Talon Home Builders was their ability to deliver on what we required.

Tom & Jennie Shumway listen to their clients’ needs & are on a mission to meet, if not exceed them. Because the planned renovations were significant, our primary goal was to be as cost-efficient and conservative as possible. Tom & Jennie always kept this goal at the forefront of all of our design/construction decisions. Another crucial goal was to ensure Talon Home Builders had reliable & quality partners that could, and would, work on both homes on the property simultaneously, in addition to their other remodeling projects, at all times.

Talon delivered. Indeed, we greatly appreciated their major push to work long hours and squeeze in more sub-contractors over an intense 2-week period to ensure we all could spend Christmas together in our new homes. During our project, we were always thankful for Tom and Jennie’s sincerity, communication & cost-consciousness. We valued their willingness & availability to go the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable with the next steps throughout the project.

Talon Home Builders has the requisite diverse & professional knowledge, excellent problem-solving skills & a creative solution-oriented mindset to properly tackle any challenge that may arise. Like us, we are certain you will find that Tom & Jennie Shumway is a great team that provides professional, friendly, and thorough service. Talon takes pride in being your builder and will devote themselves to making your remodeling project a success.

Pat and Tilly McFadden

Interior Renovations in The Lake Club

We worked with Talon Home Builders over several months during challenging times to customize a newly built home. This involved every room of the house plus the garage, with work ranging from cabinetry design/coordination and significant wood trim, to electrical work, tile/stone, paint, and gym flooring. Importantly, Talon’s crews were talented, respectful, helpful, and efficient. What differentiates Talon from other builders we’ve worked with is Tom and Jennie’s personal involvement, willingness to come up with solutions and customized approaches, and desire to make the customer happy. We highly recommend them.

Ann Iseley & Chuck Bourget

Casita Addition - The Concession

Talon Home Builders helped us build a casita and do several interior remodeling tasks on a home we purchased in The Concession.  When we first met with Tom and Jennie Shumway, it was obvious they were quality people.  From the design work, to the creative implementation of ideas, they always found the best solution.  We could not be more pleased.

They worked hard to keep us informed and made suggestions along the way.  As a result, we received quality workmanship, reasonable price levels, and a finished product which is even better than we hoped.  We would give them our highest recommendation.  If we do another project, we will surely go to Talon.

                                                                                                     Jim and Bobbie Rutrough

New Construction Barn Home

Tom was willing to take on a very different project for me, while other contractors backed away. He was enthusiastic about learning an entirely new way of construction and “winging it” as needed. He was always conscious of my tight budget and really tried to give me what I wanted without breaking the bank. Furthermore, he was quite innovative in coming up with clever ideas and made sure that his subs met his exacting standards. My house turned out beautifully!

Lisa Nelson

Interior Renovation West of the Trail

Waking up to a house full of water due to a faulty water pipe in our Master Bathroom was one of the biggest home nightmares we have ever experienced.

Tom Shumway and his team were introduced to us through our insurance company, and we signed up with him right on the spot. Within 48 hours he had a game plan, schedule, and most importantly, the confidence & comfort we needed from a contractor to get us through this disaster. Carpet, Tile, Wood Floors, Exterior Doors, Granite Counters, Cabinet Work, Custom Closets, and Paint from porch to ceiling – you name it, he took care of it – exceeding every expectation and carrying all of the weight of the stress and pressure so we could go on with our lives until our home was complete.

Tom even offered to help us load up our personal moving truck when we had to make a temporary stay away, all the while assuring us that our home was in good hands. But it wasn’t just in good hands, it was in the very best hands – and we believed that so much, we added an enormous amount of work to the job list, changing it from Water Damage Repair to a complete first-floor renovation. Still to this day, each time we walk through our front door, we are so very thankful for how Talon Home Builders rebuilt our home, our life. As much as we try, and believe me we brag all the time about them, we still feel that we cannot say enough great things about the Talon staff. Tom and Jennie are not only the most professional contractors we’ve ever worked with – they are the most fun and loving – which is so important when you are putting your trust into people to repair and rebuild your home. Even our dog would wag her tail each time Tom would walk in the door.

We are proud to now call them our friends, and cannot wait to work with them again in the future, on projects that we will be planning together. Put your trust in Talon, I promise you won’t regret it.

The Price Family

Interior Renovations in The Lake Club

We interviewed several contractors to complete a few interior improvements to our new spec home. We hired Talon because they were willing to take on our project and after meeting Tom and Jennie in person, we felt they were the right ones for the job! Talon designed and installed a custom under cabinet wine fridge for us. The project was challenging due to existing cabinetry and size limitations, but Jennie persisted in finding the appliances that would work well in our space. We also had solid core doors installed to replace the hollow doors from our builder.

In addition, Talon organized the installation of an updated backsplash in our kitchen. This job required coordination of several trades over a couple of weeks and we were always well informed who would be in our home and when they were scheduled. We were very impressed with the coordination of our entire project. All of the contractors who were part of this job were on time, professional, and organized. Tom and Jennie at Talon are a good team and their company did an excellent job with our home improvements. We plan to use them again in the future!

Kim & Mike Milazzo

Sanderling Club Master Bathroom Addition

We asked Tom to manage the renovation of our master bathroom and were very pleased with the whole project. He kept us on schedule and within our budget. We were very impressed with the quality and attention to detail that he provided throughout the renovation. Tom was always available and a good communicator whenever we had questions.

Janet Kempton

Interior Repairs

When we experienced major water damage to our home and had to tear out our kitchen and hardwood floors, Tom Shumway worked closely with our insurance company and coordinated all of the subs to get us back together again. Tom is experienced, conscientious, reliable, and honest. A true pleasure to work with.

Beth Knopik

Shingle Roof Replacement

I can not recommend Talon Home Builders enough. I had my house on the market and it became obvious that in order to move it, I would need to replace the roof. Owner Tom Shumway was thoughtful to the challenge of having a house on the market while living somewhere else. Not only did he offer the most competitive price, he expedited the permitting process and had the job completed in two days start to finish. This was my first time dealing with a roof replacement. Tom was responsive and thoughtful to all my questions, concerns and requests for clarification. I am grateful to Talon Home Builders for their guidance through a challenging situation.

Sam Lowry

Shingle Roof Replacement

I can’t thank Talon Homes Builders enough for the excellent experience from start to finish. Great price and communication thru the total job. My roof was installed in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend Talon Home Builders for your new roof.

Bonnie Brannen