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Home Remodeling reviews in Oakland
They did a good job with the design and had some nice ideas, although it's a pretty straightforward space and design. Then there was no communication at all for a while, except that the person who was communicating with us abruptly left the firm. We then found out that they had had a lot of turnover, with nearly everyone whom we had met earlier having left. That worried us, but we got a decent explanation and continued working on the design with them.
Then after much pushing from us, we got an estimate, which in our opinion was an overestimate. One good thing is the estimate was very detailed. However, Canyon was planning to use subcontractors for almost every aspect of a straightforward finishing project, was charging us to supervise/aid the subs and was charging us both overheads and profits on subcontractor charges as well as on their own labour to supervise the subs. We thought that was double charging and convoluted. They evaded answering any direct questions about the price and we were frustrated enough to stop working with them. As an example, they charged for six person-hours to present-not develop, just present-the estimate to us. Three people came to present it, which we didn't ask for. The charges for that visit seemed excessive to us.
In conclusion, they talk a good game and gave us good plans (no CAD!) for a straightforward project. We thought their price estimate was high and overly padded . They seem to have administrative or other issues since a large number of staff left abruptly in the past couple of months. We will not be working with them in the future.
I do not know what went wrong on my remodel. After 4 months in a rented apartment and another with no kitchen,
the remodel completed … well sort of.
The water and gas plumbing would
not pass city inspection. There was a leak in the wall of the shower, the
shower door leaked and the driveway is cracking in several places. The kitchen
flooring buckled, the transition bathroom thresholds did not match the existing
hardwood flooring, some finishing were left undone and the kitchen electrical
also had a few issues.
and was unwilling to fix and complete the work. His conversations became rude,
bullying, manipulative, filled with accusations, and refused to take any
responsibility for the poor workmanship of his subs. I was frustrated,
disappointed and angry my remodel project was not completed a year and a half
after it began. After 6 months of grief and
to communicate with
issues. For the rest I hired professionals to complete the work to my
acceptance, ( I withheld those costs from final payment).
The remodel finally passed all the final permit inspections.
Due to poor communication, vague
contracts and the lack of drawings; I paid for and got things I did not want
and I didn’t get some things I did want.
A hard lesson learned.
The job was done on time and very professionally, great job, thanks.
I would highly recommend.
Hands down the most friendly company I've ever worked with.
My one recommendation would be the same for any contractor you work with on a project- when getting a quote, you should work to get as clear a picture as possible of exactly what is included and what is not included. It might help to think through and do some research on the finishes you want (lighting, floors, doors, windows, etc) before talking to contractors. If you have to pay for an itemized quote, I'd say it's worth the trouble and expense. I was a little caught by surprise when some of what I thought I was getting wasn't allowed for in the estimate, and I had to some things myself on top of the initial estimate. Also, the job took twice as long as the estimate. I'm still a happy customer and will give him a call next time we have something we need done.
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