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"The counter looks beautiful; just how we hoped it would look. We were given a sample to bring home ahead of time and check the colors before we ordered it.
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spent a considerable amount of time helping us select the right piece from their inventory and then they came and installed the piece the next week. We had priced the piece at several other granite shops in town and
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Askew, master electrician, of KLA Electrical Services and his assistant,
. Both men were very impressive in their demeanor and professionalism. They worked through the entire day providing both impressive technical expertise and aesthetically-pleasing work product.
answered all of my questions in plain English rather than techno-speak, an ability greatly appreciated by this homeowner.
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fulfilled all of the items listed in the contract: Removee very old existing Federal Pacific 150amp electric panel. Supplied and installed a new Square D 200 amp electric panel. Supplied and installed new 4/0 service wire from new panel to entrance head on side of house. Grounded new panel as required for code. Obtained standard permit and arranged for AACO Inspection of completed work. Arranged for hook up of new service cable with BGE. Removed old service cable wire after BGE hook up complete. The only challenge that I encountered was getting a response from Mr
about the start date for executing this contract; thus, I rated his responsiveness a C. Other than that, I would recommend
to all.

-Julie M.

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Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
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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.
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Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).




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"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Home Building reviews in East Lyme

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Incredible! We had such a great experience. Being new to the area not knowing whom to use we feel very fortunate to have found them. They were here every day early and worked all day. The crews were very kind, clean and punctual. Our neighbors could not believe how fast our job is getting done. If you are looking for a honest hard working company that will get your job done as you wish I recommend the
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- KIM C.
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Our basement was finished very nicely and on budget. Mr.
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. There were a few issues with scheduling, but I believe that was mainly due to issues with sub-contractors and because we like our new basement so much we can forgive those. Overall we were very satisfied with the work and would use
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& Remodeling again in the future.
- Jennifer W.
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They were very professional, gave us an excellent price compared to other concrete companies locally, were timely, punctual, and the quality was excellent. We would not hesitate to use them again.
- Dorothy R.
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The project was a complete disaster. To put it politely,
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is not trustworthy and has no character or soul. But he might be good for certain things if you're looking for any of the following...



Looking to get ripped off?
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Looking for someone who is dishonest?
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Want poor quality work with no attention to detail or pride in work?
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Like things done wrong the first time and the second time?
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Looking to have $10k+ of your property stolen or damaged (tools, computers, etc) under your contractor's watch?
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Want a contractor who verbally assaults you and your wife on a regular basis?
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Want a contractor who is totally disorganized and walks off the job before it's complete?
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Want a contractor who doesn't pay his subcontractors?
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Want a contractor who hires homeless drug addicts to work in your house?
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Like being forced to act as your own GC when your contractor is too lazy to show up for work?
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- Kurt E.
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I have entered into an agreement to renovate my house with
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He talked a great deal about how experienced and professional he was and agreed to finish the project by June 30, 2015. We even agreed on a bonus if he finished earlier and penalties if he finished late....More /> As of today, he failed to finish the project.
After I paid him $27,860 deposit; he looked like he was working to set up the project. When he failed to meet project deadlines and we were running two months late, he provided sporadic representations of his intent to recover the lost time and complete the project. We went on a spiral of calls, meetings, promises, more neglect until he failed to meet ANY of the represented deadlines. Every time there was a different excuse: my son is leaving to the marine, my father is sick, my truck broke, until he stopped caring to send any more excuses.
I believe he wanted me to drop the project and fire him so he would stay with the deposits.
Instead, I have asked him to come clean with the reason why he behaved like that and provided him support to complete the project. He acknowledge he had used my funds for personal purposes and other projects and I have offered him financial support o be able to complete my project and repay me the initial money. He seemed glad with the arrangement and i thought he had gone through a difficult patch and now my project would be started.
Again, he hired 3 workers for 1 week to do an interior demolition and stopped working for another 2 months.
We were now at the end of June (6 months after I had hired him- the project deadline); and he could not even close the initial interior demo that should have taken him less than 2 weeks to do.
I have decided to fire him and hire another contractor.
I also hired a lawyer to attempt an agreement to recover the money he took from my deposits. It took him months to present a
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of the expenses incurred and he could only justify ~$7,000 from the $27,860 I had paid him. He also added an additional receipt for $9,975 paid in cash, which we informed him that would would accept if he provided proof that he debited his account on that day to pay for the "cash invoice". We haven't heard from him since.
We are now working to file a lawsuit to recover my funds and all losses (extra storage, extra temporary housing, penalties for non-completion and legal fees) AND to prevent him from harming other customers like he seems to be doing in a serial manner. I have started contacting customers who have hired him and our stories are not that different.
BE CAREFUL if you want to hire him for a small or big project. Speak to at least 5 customers who have worked with him in the past 12 months.

- Fabiano A.
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This is the second time we have had work done and would recommend them to everyone. We worked together on the design and budget.
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again offered ideas to improve on our design from a construction perspective..they work every day until the job is done with no delay. They started it on time and finished when planned.
- john E.
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Very hard to get a hold off, does not respond in a timely fashion. We cancelled the work (ended up renovating a basement) so
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lost out on 30K worth of work. Sends contracts through the mail? Customer service practices outdated. Never received contract and left 4 messages in June or
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that he hasn't quoted the solar window replacement. Never called back. Would absolutely not recommend unless you have a large project, not interested in the smaller ones. Sorry Rich, this was not good.
- jason D.
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It was a very frustrating experience. Some of the work was poorly done: too big a hole cut for an electric outlet so we were instructed to go out and buy a bigger wall plate. Even that wasn't big enough to cover the hole so a supervisor had to repair the problem. A wall that had texture on most of it, with a big smooth patch in the middle; throwing away baseboards we intended to reuse, so we had to buy additional supplies. We were upset to find the crew used our master bathroom bathtub to clean out their paintbrushes! I spent an hour scrubbing to get all the paint out. We notified their lead about the problem, yet again we
found evidence they were still using our bathtub and leaving paint.
We were told the crew would clean up after themselves, but when they finally finished the job, I had to sweep, clean paint off windows, and scrub dirty handprints off of the ceiling access to our attic, We found half-full water bottles left on our beautiful wood furniture. After they considered the job "done", the supervisor had to make three additional visits to re-do sloppy work.
- Debbie P.

Home Builders in East Lyme, CT

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A L Contracting, LLC

436 New London Turnpike
Norwich

A Plus Construction LLC

252 E Main St
Jewett City

ABCR Solutions

P.O. Box 512
Old Mystic

Advanced Improvements LLC

61 W Main St
Mystic

ALL TRADES

Quaker Hill

AMERICAN DRYWALL LLC

33 N River Ln
Danielson

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

ARTISTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT

70 WHALEHEAD RD
Gales Ferry

BAZINET LLC

41 Sullivan Rd
Jewett City

Behrmann Builders

417 Kemp Rd.

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Blue Mill Construction

239 Williams Street
New London

BROM BUILDERS INC

207 WEST TOWN ST
Norwich

Built Right Home Solutions LLC

639 Research Pkwy
Meriden

Burton Home Improvement

P.O. Box 1024
Waterford

Caulkins Design & Building

5 Freedom Way
Niantic

Colonial Contracting, LLC

161 Babcock Road
North Stonington

Connecticut Home Network, LLC

116 Wawecus Hill Rd
Bozrah

Connecticut Valley Homes

128 Boston Post Rd.
East Lyme

GARY M VACCA BUILDING CONTRACTOR

9 COGGSWELL ST
Pawcatuck

Gene McAllister Builder, LLC

473 Fabyan Rd
North Grosvenordale

Girard's General Contracting LLC

12 Crocker Hill Rd.
Ledyard

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road
Thompson

Halleigh Electric

231 Hoxie
Lebanon

Heroux Construction

827 Margaret Henry Rd
Sterling

HOISINGTON CONSTRUCTION

2 VAN WINKLE WAY
East Lyme

Holtzworth Home Improvement

81 Norwich Salem Tpke
Oakdale

Home Elements LLC

455 Levita Road
Lebanon

Independent Mechanical

PO box 304
Uncasville

J Davis llc Remodeling

PO Box 375
Niantic

jeremy hill builders

99 Jeremy Hill Rd
Stonington

JPW Building, LLC

257 Water Street
Canterbury

JRS Custrom Interiors

25 Prospect St
Putnam

JULIUS GONSALVES & SON

78 MIDDLE RD
Preston

K and N General Contractors,LLC

53 Mains Crossing Rd
North Stonington

K. Perkins Contracting

23 Braman Rd
Waterford

Klewin Construction

18A Stafford Street

L.P. Alice Contracting Services L.L.C.

64 Bushnell Rd
Jewett City

LOWE'S

167 WATERFORD PKWY N
Waterford

MAJ Remodeling LLC

17 Deerfield Rd
Waterford

McCutcheon Building & Remodeling

32 Myrock Ave
Waterford

MHI Building & Remodeling

60 Scotland Rd
Chaplin

Michael Mish Construction

7 Hazelwood Dr
Baltic

mj shippee remodeling

532 Cook Hill Rd
Danielson

Monahan Plumbing

P. O. Box 1089
Waterford

MRD Remodelling LLC.

59 Hartford rd

Mystic River Building Company

167 New London Tpke
Mystic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

NEW HOMES INC

32 SPRING ROCK RD
East Lyme

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

North American Building Inc

100 Putnam Rd
Dayville

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

On The Fly Computer Guy

138 Main St
Somers

One Stop Builders

16 Lincoln Ave
New London

Perry Designs Llc

192 Tater Hill Road
East Haddam

PL MOUNTZOURES INC

57 FOUR MILE RIVER RD
Old Lyme

ROSE CONSTRUCTION

348 Orchard Hill Rd
Pomfret Center

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Select Construction LLC

82 Cross Road
Chaplin

Sevigny Custom Barns

47 Starr Road
Thompson

Simonds & Co LLC

4 Broadway Ave
Mystic

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

STEPHEN & ALEX CO

11 NAOMI LN
East Lyme

T M BUILDERS LLC

1100 Norwich New London Tpke Ste 4
Uncasville

Tetlow Builders LLC

13 Reuven Dr
Ledyard

Tile America - New London

531 Broad Street
New London

Trudeau Home Improvement

20 railroad ave
Plainfield

UpRite Construction

4 Watson Road
Quinebaug

www.topsoildirtcheap.com

61 Miner Ln
Waterford

Yankee Remodeler of New London Inc

95 Truman St
New London

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