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Before we began, we noted that my water wasn't fully shutting off. Nick determined that it stemmed from a common problem we have in my condo complex regarding water pressure and the design of the shutoff valves to each unit. His first job was to replace that shutoff valve with a proper pressure regulator setup, and that was handled quickly and professionally by his master plumber father,
The next issue was taking down some of the first-floor ceiling drywall and seeing what was going wrong upstairs. It turned out to be leakage from the cracked tub (and some pipe joints) that was flowing along the pipes and dripping onto the drywall ceiling below. None of the joists needed replacing, thankfully, but the bathroom sub-floor ended up needing to be replaced. This worked out, too, because the original toilet rough-in was only 10" and that severely limits options for toilets, so when the new floor was put in and plumbing was laid in for the new tub,
Nick did a good job scheduling the initial demolition stage followed by the rough-in and plumbing work, and everything proceeded smoothly with regard to putting in new floor and wall covering. Nick used high quality materials throughout, and helped me select items I was unsure about. My designer daughter (http://www.ijentrify.com) also helped, especially with the color choices, and tile and flooring choices. Nick was somewhat unfamiliar with the Marmoleum flooring we specified, but his flooring sub-contractor (Apramian in Pasadena) knew all about it and installed it beautifully. This reflects Nick's willingness to accommodate his client's desires, even if they don't match his own, and to find out about new materials and techniques. Nick confided to me after the project was finished that he wasn't too sure if my daughter's color choices for the dark gray floor, light gray walls and back-splash, and the shower tile accent strip would work with the "espresso" color of the cabinetry, but seeing it all together, he said he liked it. As I'm color-blind, I've always deferred to daughter
When it came to tile, I wanted a pony wall at the end of the tub, which presented a challenge for the tiler, but they solved the problems it entailed beautifully. I also wanted an L-shaped shower curtain rod that would be permanently attached to the walls, and Nick had to work to find a good one with which we were both satisfied, but the one he found is terrific and exactly what I had in mind. This was the other change order, as the cost of the this rod was double what had been anticipated.
Because of the problems I'd had with excess moisture in the bathroom, I requested a good exhaust fan with a heater option, and the ultra-quiet Panasonic unit Nick chose to install works better than I could have hoped. Even after an extended hot shower, there is no condensation or mist to be seen in the room! Nick also installed a motion-detector switch that shuts off the lights, fan and heater 10 minutes after the bathroom is vacated, so that will give additional peace of mind regarding moisture in the bathroom.
I was without a shower for about a month. Nick had said that the project would run 4-6 weeks, and he was correct. Throughout the project, Nick and his team would leave the area neat and tidy each day when they left. There was only two delays when it came to materials, one of which was tile through Home Depot, and the other was the shipment of the shower rod. They weren't lengthy delays, and Nick made the best of it by bringing other elements of the project forward.
At the end, when we got together to go over everything in the completed project, Nick told me he wants to return to do a couple of paint touchups, and to make another pass on the seam created in the living room ceiling drywall (with popcorn texture) to see if he can blend it even better than he did when they covered over the section they removed at the beginning. I personally didn't see the things he saw, but Nick says he won't feel satisfied until he takes care of these things. He won't charge me for that visit, so who am I to argue with an artist? ;-)
Bottom line: Nick is a very conscientious contractor who operates his business "old school" - he cares about his clients, he wants to do the best job he can for you for a fair price, and he wants you to be happy with his work. Talking to his sub-contractors, they echoed this assessment of him. They said he deals with them with the highest standards as well. One of the reasons I chose Nick for my project was the number of reviews on Angie's List that came from people who used Nick for multiple projects. To me, that speaks volumes. He also told me once at the end of the day as he was leaving to go see a client he'd already done work for, that nothing made him happier than getting a call to do more work from a previous client. Again, "old school" values.
This was my first project with Nick and his team. But I can tell you, he'll be the first guy I call next time. He has my highest recommendation!
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