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"When you read this company's description on Angie's List, you'll see: Our motto is "what would I do if it was my own home".
" sticks to their motto. We had interviewed several companies before we selected this one.
J. the owner spent a lot of thought and time discussing and understanding our needs before presenting us with an estimate at a very reasonable and affordable price. While the work was being done, they were very respectful of our time and space (the job took about a month), always being on time and sometimes working extra hours to move things along.
communicated well, often coming up with better ideas on how to solve issues and to create the best space possible for us. He even did some extra work creating custom solutions for us which was much appreciated. At all times, this company's work exceeded our expectations. In fact, we almost feel like
is family now! We are having J-
back again to update our bathrooms and are looking forward to the same quality service and outcome. We feel pretty lucky to have found J-
and we would highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for quality and reliability.

-Monique D.

was easy to contact and visited our home the same day to calculate estimate. He followed up punctually with an e-mail on he estimate costs." Still on the fence about the project, might choose him.

-Gina R.

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

No.  Heck no.  Here's a good example.  We very recently needed to find someone to install about 500 square feet of exotic wood flooring (we already have the materials).  We contacted about 12-15 top-rated Angieslist contractors.  Out of the few who did get back to us, we got 5 quotes, 2 of them were literally just over the phone.  They "didn't feel it would be necessary to even see the space". 


Here were the bids: 

$4000 (sight unseen), $2800 (sight unseen), $2500, $1500, $1450


We didn't "share our budget for this".  Why would we?  We asked them to bid the job.  That's it.  All of them should be well-qualified and they are all highly rated.  We were interested in how THEY value their time/resources - for an apples/apples job. 


Do you still think that you should tell them about your budget?  Your choice.  From my standpoint it isn't their business.  I'm asking them to bid on a project.  Invariably I'll get some very high bids, medium bids and a few more reasonable ones - ALL from "highly rated contractors". 


Herlonginc's answer stated that it is not the contractor's job to pay for materials and labor to do the job. I say baloney - a reputable, established contractor has the funds (or a business operations line of credit) to "carry" the job between interim or partial payments, each of which should be keyed to completion of distinct easily measured mileposts in the job, and for a homeowner I would say should be in not more than 20% increments for jobs exceeding a week or so. For shorter jobs, then an initial payment, 50% completion, and completion would be normal. His cost of carry funds is part of his cost of doing business, and is figured as part of his overhead.Bear in mind when he is buying materials and paying labor, his materials he typically pays for on a 10-30 day invoice, and his labor typically a week or two after they work, so he is not really "fronting" that much money if you are giving him weekly or biweekly interim payments, on a typical residential job.

If he does not have the funds to buy materials (excepting possibly deposit on special-order or luxury items, which still typically are 10-30 day invoiceable to him) and hire personnel then he is a fly-by-night operation, and he should not be bidding that size job. You should never (other than MAYBE an earnest deposit of not more than the LESSER of 10% or $5000) let the payments get ahead of the approved/inspected work progress - typically payment should be 10-20% BEHIND the progress, with at least 10% retained at the effective end of work until final inspections and completion of the final "punchlist".

That promotes rapid continuation of the work, discourages the all-too common nightmare of contractors taking on more work than they can handle so they leave your job for weeks or months to go work on someone else's job (frequently to start that someone else's new job so he can get the job), and does not leave you out a tremendous amount of cash if he does not finish and you have to hire another contractor to finish the job. Remember, if you have to hire a new contractor to finish the job, he will charge you a lot more than the original bid to finish someone else's unfinished mess.

This may seem cynical, but having started in the construction business about 50 years ago and seeing the shenanigans that a lot of contractors pull you cannot be too safe. You have to remember contractors are like any other people - I would say maybe 10% are outright crooks, another 25% or so will pull a fast one or overcharge if the opportunity presents itself, maybe 30% will do the work but not any better than they are forced to, about 25% are good conscientious reputable workmen, and the last 10% or so are really spectacular - conscientious, fair, and efficient craftsmen. This top 35% are the only ones you should have bidding in the first place. Therefore, only get bids from long-term reputable firms (so you shake out the marginal short-timers with less experience and also generally less ability to finish the job on budget and schedule), only those that have good RECENT references, and preferably with excellent word-of-mouth recommendation from people you know and trust. That way, you are starting right off with the cream of the crop, so hopefully whichever one bids low should be a good choice.

NEVER start with bids, then check the references of the low bidder - why even consider a vendor or contractor who you do not have faith in from the start ? Get references and short-list you possibles BEFORE you ask for bids.

Low bids - that is another matter - commonly the low bidder is NOT who you want, especially if he is significantly lower than several others, which might mean he is desperate for work, made a math error, or did not correctly figure the entire scope of work. You want a reasonable bid with someone you connect with and trust - that is worth a lot more in the success of the job than the absolute lowest bid.


For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

Remodeling reviews in Chicago


I had shopped around before settling on
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. I was attracted by their competitive price and existing accolades. I had previously use them for a bathroom design so the transition was seamless. The company enlarged the master bathroom.They installed a dual vanity, replaced floor and fixtures and converted the tub to a walk in shower. The renovation took longer than I had anticipated. Some of the delays were due to scheduling conflict, waiting for municipal inspections and, the weather. One of the features of the project was a skylight. This was a major feature and the last thing to be finished. The skylight illuminated the area that, previously had no natural light. Definitely worth the wait, this part of the
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had to be done when the weather was reasonably hospitable. In all fairness I have to take some responsibility for the delays. The trades men were professional and efficient. My indecisiveness when selecting some of the finishings prolonged the process.
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,the project manager was patient. He offered his vision for the project, made sure I understood and, was on board with everything. He solicited my input throughout the project and addressed all of my concerns.
- valerie B.

Overall we are very satisfied with the work. It didn't take long for
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to review our initial drawings and issue a quote and get the job scheduled. Between the time we scheduled the job and when work actually began we made some changes to the plans and
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and his guys were able to accommodate. They also found some relatively shoddy workmanship from the builders of our townhome and did their best to point out areas that needed attention. The initial demo and framing went very well and moved quickly. After demo and framing there were times when communication wasn't the best and there were many days when work wasn't done and we weren't kept up to date on the schedule, which I understand is very typical for this type of job and not unique to
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and his guys. I do wish he would have used a different electrician. He was pretty messy and rarely showed up and we still have some minor flickering with the lights in our master bedroom. The finishes are excellent and
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's tile work was very good. The custom vanity they built for our master is excellent and it's fits perfectly. The shower glass is just what we wanted. Overall I was
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happy with the outcome despite some minor frustrations with the process. I would definitely call
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again for other major jobs.

- Mitchell G.

We used
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to do a ground up kitchen remodel in our home. The project went smoothly and
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did a great job.
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came out and gave us a quote and was the only person to come out and say they could do exactly what we wanted with the budget we had in mind. Other companies came out and told us it would be double what we were expecting and wouldnt work up any sort of design plan without us
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out thousands of dollars to retain their services.. I was a little worried that
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may have under quoted us or would try raising the cost later, but no such case....
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did the job for exactly what was quoted, within the time frame they quoted, and it looks beautiful.
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is extremely trustworthy and did everything he said he was going to do. When we did our final walk thru and pointed out some scratches on the new cabinets, he was quick to replace them at no charge, without an argument. He went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and the project was completed to our satisfaction. All in all, I totally recommend
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. They do great work, they are extremely trustworthy, their prices are reasonable, and they will guide you through every step in the process. When we re-do our bathroom next year, I will use them again.
- Yvonne D.

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's crew framed out my basement, relocated an I beam and electrical conduit, and dry walled. He showed up to provide the estimate and was very flexible with the schedule. His crew started right away and did an excellent job. It was not an easy job. There were many corners and small walls. The price was a quarter of what the other bidders quoted and the work was great. I am in the trades as well and know they didn't cut corners. We have been enjoying our basement and our daughters now have a play room.
- Jason T.

First of all, let me start by saying that this was the first time that I have done a remodel. When I made the big decisions about cabinets and floors, I was doing it from photos that I took. So, when I signed the contract and
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was ready to place orders, I had a moment of panic. Do the cabinets REALLY go with the floors that I picked? Did I just make a HUGE mistake in my choices. Well,
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was able to get me a cabinet sample pretty quickly so I could go back to the flooring store just to be sure that I was making the right choice. He offered me a bit of advice during the process "Go with your first instinct." He was right. I went with all of my first choices and my place looks amazing.
I live in a high rise. Anyone who lives in a high rise knows that there are rules about construction, scheduling elevators, and what can and cannot be done.
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was great in working with my building and not forcing me to deal with that headache.
The project was completed on time and on budget. I am so excited about my improved space.

- Jennifer B.

Our main contact at Puk &
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Kitchens and Baths is
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. When we first met him he came in and fixed a terrible job that another contractor had done on our bathroom. What was a huge source of stress for us became a beautiful bathroom that we love! He was very open and honest about our options. And he did even more than we expected to make it perfect. For example, instead of just fixing the tile and grout in the shower, he leveled out the wall so it was straight and even. He worked so hard to make it perfect - more than any contractor we had ever worked with. And when I asked him for his quick opinion on how to fix a sink in a DIFFERENT bathroom, he did it for me. I did not intend that -- but he wouldn't have it any other way.

And because of that experience,
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became our first choice for any and all home repairs. He has helped re-hinge a door, has fixed plumbing in our kitchen, and has patched drywall for us.

When we ended up getting jobs out of state, we moved from our home and had renters move in. And now, any time an issue arises and our renters call me --
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comes to my rescue. Just recently our renters called because our outdoor deck had some rotting wood. I asked
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if he could help. He fixed the deck in a matter of days, and even sent me photos and videos so I could see the work despite being thousands of miles away.

I am not someone who typically spends time writing reviews. But when I find a company that goes above and beyond, I want to celebrate them. Puk &
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Kitchens and Baths is among one of the best companies we have hired. I give them 5 stars on all counts. I even trust them in my home when I am not there. I recommend them to my friends - and I hope they move to California to remodel a home for me here now!
- Rosalie R.

They treated me poorly. Horrible customer service. They got upset because I asked if they did work in my neighborhood. Honestly, I hope they fire the woman that answered my call. She was mean and unprofessional. If you are from Chicago they probably won't come and give you a quote or perform a service. I'm sorry that they didn't want my business because if they did decent work I would have given them more.
- Dennis S.

At the time we were under contract to purchase our home. The seller had contracted with
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to do some "renovation" work to try to better
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the house. I believe the total amount of the remodeling work was approximately $35,000. We bought the house while the remodeling was still ongoing in the winter.
Now that summer has arrived and we've had occasion to open our windows, we have discovered that
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did a very shoddy and amateurish job. The WINDOWS ARE ALL PAINTED SHUT. So now they are stuck closed. For the windows that we were able to open, the paint has just torn off. Now we need to repaint all these areas again. I have left numerous voicemails and e-mails for
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, the owner, to call me. She has not even bothered to return a single call or e-mail.
If you want SHODDY and EXPENSIVE renovation work done....call
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- Joe H.

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