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and his team are very professional, approachable, communicative and talented. We also had the benefit of
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the kitchen designer who, God bless her, patiently walked thru all decisions with enthusiasm and joyfulness. We were informed daily about what would be taking place in the process, who would be showing up and when. We had
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for a project manager. I can't tell you how much I appreciated his communication skills. He was very patient with all of the questions and decision making that had to be done.
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might be a little pricier than other contractors but as far as I'm concerned I paid for peace of mind and trustworthiness. I will most definitely being using their services again.
- Tammy D.
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We got a number of quotes before choosing
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and we would recommend them highly. We are thrilled with our new kitchen!!!
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were great to work with and we will certainly look to them for our next home project.
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's work was really great, particularly the carpentry work he did, and we were really happy with all of the subs that were brought in as well. There was always clear communication regarding schedule and budget and the work looks amazing. They worked with us to make sure that we got the kitchen that we wanted within a budget we could afford. We get tons of compliments on the kitchen from friends to the UPS driver!
- Sara K.
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Extreamly well done. Work was performed on schedule and within budget. My wife is walking on clouds with her new kitchen. I was pretty surprised because my past experience with a different contractor was one of constant delays.
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and his team were always at the house when they said they were going to be there. As usual in a remodel of an 40 year old house there were a few things that were not anticipated, and his team just handled them.
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Designs was phenomenal and contributed significantly to the overall success of the projects. Her CAD work is excellent , almost like photographs, with five different views of all the counters, cabinets, eating area, etc. We knew exactly what we were getting before they started.
- Mike H.
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Everyone involved from the asbestos abatement crew to the painter doing the final touch-up arrived on schedule. Overall project schedule was met, even though the flooring changed and an additional repair of a stair landing was added during construction.


- Timothy S.
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and Renovation is an exceptional company with a strong commitment to quality, aesthetic and communication. It's been over 2 years since the work was completed and we love our space and our respect for the company has only grown.
Their design process was exceptional. I was what you might call a "highly involved client" and I think we did near 30 re-draws and several joint visits to tile, appliance and other supply companies. Any time I contacted them with thoughts, ideas, input, the response was "we'll keep working on it until you think it's perfect". We did! They were also very welcoming of my desire to keep anything that was still functional, like our appliances, even if it was a bit more work figuring out how to work them in.
The construction process is never easy, especially a family of 4 living without a kitchen for a few months. CDR was the first to tell us that speed is not their speciality. They work with great subs and give them room not to be on top of one another. That was hard and the finish date was extended a few times. But having seen many other people's construction sites, CDR's commitment to cleanliness, communications, quality and details was exemplary. I had a couple of freak-outs during the process, one in particular where my single slab fireplace mantle was finished by the outside company in a way I didn't like.
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from CDR stayed calm and cool, and worked with them for an awesome solution when I thought there wasn't one. It's one of the coolest features of the space.
Towards the end of our remodel we had a significant tragedy happen in our personal life that made things even more stressful so we kind of dropped out of communication. I did want fireplace wall built-ins that were handcrafted but was convinced by CDR to do custom manufactured, and in the end I would have preferred handcrafted with all it's imperfections. I think they are used to clients who want perfect and things like adjustable shelves instead of fixed shelves. I get it, but based on their marketing I thought handcrafted would have been their first choice. Those built-ins are probably the only thing I would do differently, but everyone who comes to our home loves what we have. At the time, with all life's stresses piling up I freaked out about that and again they stayed super professional and responsive, which I really respect. Again the response was always, "We want you to love it" and they really meant it.
I recommend CDR highly.


- Heidi S.
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The end product turned out well. The floor, shower, vanity, shelving and pocket door turned out really well and the quality of the tiling for the shower and floor was excellent, and the shelving turned out very nice. There were a few punch-list items that required follow-up, but
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was extremely responsive to fixing these issues.
- Christopher C.
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After excessive delays and persistently poor communication, we elected to choose another contractor to actually build the unit. The plans he did complete (late) gave us multiple problems with the city, delaying our project even more. We are just now breaking ground mid-
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. I wish I had never engaged
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, as it cost us months of delays.
Exact timeline:
Nov/
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2013 - Started talking with
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back in Nov/
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of 2013 about helping us build an
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. This is, apparently, the only work he does - i.e.
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's. It was always front/center that we wanted to break ground by May 2014.
Feb 9, 2014 - I send him all our initial drawings, and ask for the design contract.
Feb 17 - He finally sends design contract to us, and we execute it with down payment.
March 11 -
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send us preliminary drawings. We offer minor changes (just moving some windows).
April 1 - still no word from
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on when he will complete the plans to then submit to the city.
April 6 - We finally meet and he now informs me that he's booked up and cannot start in May,
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is his earliest time for breaking ground. He says that he has now booked someone else in the May/June slot. I express concern that he knew when we wanted to start then - why didn't he talk to us about this? And can we hold his
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slot - sort of a "first right of refusal" - so that this doesn't get pushed back any longer? He assures us that the
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spot is ours - direct quote from his email:
"You're still near the top of my list as far as priority. I think I can work around my other projects and schedule in time to make yours work, and on time."
April 21- he completes the final drawings, and says he's going to the city the next day and will submit our drawings.
April 30 - he informs me that he didn't submit the plans, and now says he needs to get engineering involved. He now also informs me that he can't break ground in
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, probably won't have time until Oct! Says someone else paid a deposit and he put them in that slot. I ask - what about "first right of refusal" - and he says he doesn't like first right of refusal. And I ask him why he didn't just come to me and say, someone wants your spot - do you still want
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, and if you do, you have to put down some money. He said he felt like it was my responsibility to pursue him. At this point, I tell him that I'm going to use another contractor to build the place - and to please just complete the drawings.
May 6 - we discuss by email. Still hasn't submitted the plans to his engineer.
May 28 - finally turns over completed work to my new contractor.
Bottom line - I think
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was stringing us along, wanting to try and keep his schedule as full as possible. I get the desire to always have work. He probably gets lots of inquiries that never
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out. But, in this situation, we made our goals very clear (breaking ground by May) and we engaged him in a design contract with plenty of lead time to meet this goal. His miscommunication, and ultimately going back on his word left us high and dry - without a contractor in May, hoping to break ground in
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...........a short time frame in the busiest months of the year, to find someone to take on a major construction project. Fortunately, I was able to scramble and find someone else who is doing a fantastic job.
I was almost not going to post this overwhelmingly negative review.............except that the design/plans that he completed have given us a h*** of a time with the city. They were incomplete, missing information, designed in ways that weren't to code. And all this from someone who focuses exclusively on
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's? This is a complete mystery to me. I would NOT recommend engaging
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- Jonathan H.
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The home inspection for the sale of our old house turned up a spot of drywall in the bathroom between the tub and the vanity that was soft from where the shower curtain had not been pulled tight and water had leaked over the
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of the tub. Fixing the drywall was a condition of the sale, we needed to move quickly and
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was a referral from our realtor, so we just went with it. First, I left a voice mail stating what we needed as far as obtaining an estimate and making the repair. Two days went by and we never heard back. Only after our realtor phoned
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herself and lit a fire under him did he respond. Through the entire process he continually forgot what we had talked about, started emailing me details about the wrong job, and had extremely poor communication. So a different guy shows up at the house to make the repair and install splash guards on the side of the tub. This guy spent more time in the driveway detailing his truck than he did fixing the drywall or installing the cheap plastic splash guards that he picked up from Home Depot on his way over. Now I understand that it takes time for joint compound to dry, then has to be sanded down, mudded again, etc, but we basically paid $367 for someone to detail his truck. And to make things worse, WE had to supply the piece of drywall! It's not as if this was a big repair, it was only about a 5 inch by 2 inch section of drywall that needed to be replaced.
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also knew that this repair was a condition of the sale of our house and we were under a time constraint, yet both myself and our realtor's office had to
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him more than once in order to get a copy of the invoice for closing. So nearly a month later after everything is said and done and the bill has been paid,
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sends the same invoice this time directly to our realtor's office requesting payment. The original invoice was dated 05/27, I wrote the check for the full $367 on 06/02, the check cleared my bank on 06/05, and then on 06/18
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sends the invoice to my realtor's office again demanding payment. Total lack of communication and total lack of integrity. Come to find out that the sellers of the house that we were purchasing also used
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to make a repair to the shower drain that we had requested as part of our purchase.
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charged them $51 for a cover-up and never actually fixed the drain. They just put a different cover over the drain to make it look like something had been done, but never fixed the issue. I went back to our realtor with the issues/complaints, she suggested we go back to
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, but I personally don't want to ever have to deal with him again and certainly don't want him in my house.
- Stewart A.
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the owner is a terrible contractor. He had young kids doing the work when he was supposed to do the work himself. He did not supervise work done and as a result poor workmanship and loss of time and money. We had to contact the state board of contractors and found out that he is not supposed to have employees. He had his guys tape and mud sheet rock and they did not sand it down and go over it. You were able to see the knife
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from the putty knives. So they textured over it heavily to see if we would not notice. It was very noticeable. The trim was was terrible. They left stopped 2 inches from bottom of all doors, then took a 2 inch gap piece and tried to caulk it into place. None of the doors were square. They all hit and rubs leaving them unable to open and close easily. I could see all the seems in the sheet rock from panel to panel. They rough sanded the hardwood inconsistently. Then they finished it and you could see that they walked on it shortly after when it was still wet, leaving boot tracks. They broke some personal property (statures from Japan). Never Again!!! Finally I had to threaten to file complaints with the state and still had to pay him $500 in end to have us both away from contract. Thanks Angie's List!!!
- BRYAN C.
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and his crew kept a very clean work site, which is important when living with remodel. Excellent communication, responsive, excellent quality of work. Very professional and diligent. Would use them again for upcoming projects.
- jennifer O.
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All Kitchen And Bath Remodelers in Portland, OR

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2Students Haulin & Landscape Maintenance

19495 SW Gassner Rd
Beaverton, OR

3 Mountains Plumbing

524 N. Tillamook St.
Portland, OR

33 RESTORATION INC

631 SE Manchester Pl
Portland, OR

3cm Stone

10850 SW Leveton
Tualatin, OR

3R's Construction

576 Patterson St NW
Salem, OR

4R HOUSE LLC

PO BOX 481
Dundee, OR

52 Weeks Construction

872 W Main Street G59
Molalla, OR

8 Inch Nails Construction Inc

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton, OR

A & D PLUMBING

PO BOX 57
Troutdale, OR

A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345
Beaverton, OR

A L ZILKA & ASSOCIATES


Beaverton, OR

A New Image Exteriors

9575 SW 90th Ave
Portland, OR

A Reliable Handyman

PO Box 823331
Vancouver, WA

A Team Renovations LLC

3820 SE Clark Ct
Troutdale, OR

A-BOY PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLY

4010 NE BROADWAY ST
Portland, OR

A.C.T. Builders, LLC.

210 Stanford DR
Woodland, WA

A1 Construction, Inc

P.O. Box 17667
Salem, OR

A1 Installations NW

15842 Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR

A1 Restoration Inc.

19215 SE 34th St
Camas, WA

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