at the Wilmington Home Show this spring. The lady in the neighboring booth came over to us as we were having a little private discussion in the aisle to tell us that her neighbor had hired FSB&D for their deck project ...more and how well it had turned out and how tidy they were as they worked. We originally talked with
about a composite deck, but ultimately decided on cedar. We wanted to use dark brown aluminum spindles for the railing and
was happy to do the research on these spindles and include them in his estimate.
's estimate was about 10% lower than the next lowest estimate, and the references we called to check out his past work were all very positive. So we hired him to do the work. FSB&D even worked on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and also on Memorial Day itself, in order to keep to their schedule and finish on time. And speaking of finishing, that was a big plus on the job.
took great care to finish everything really well. He mitered every possible corner, inlaid the stairway steps, built a one-plank-wide border into the design, and even sanded the top of all the railings. He planned his work carefully, and always seemed to have exactly the right number of helpers with him on any given day. Everything was done just a little bit better than we had expected. The deck boards themselves were installed with invisibly-mounted screws, so the boards look as though they are just sitting there. The workers cleaned up each day; actually, the patio below the deck looked better after the first day than before they came.
himself was a super worker, working faster and with at least as great
as any of his helpers. He did a lot of extra work, including putting in new support posts and framing when the original plan had been to re-use the old ones...all at no additional cost. At every step he was gracious and accommodating, just like he was the day we met him at the Home Show. "
Rated Review by William H.
& their team did a great job on our new deck. We did some of the work ourselves to help keep expenses down (e.g., demolition of the old deck, laying down weed
& stone, ...more staining). The big difference with
was their pride in their work and keeping the whole process as stress-free for the home owners as possible. Prior to the first day of installing the deck, we had our old deck in a pile in a corner of our yard - and had planned to take it to the dump, whatever... The
team took the old wood pile and got rid of it for us.. they worked with our
to make sure everyone saw the plans/approved, etc. The deck is beautiful - well worth the time and money invested. Thank you so much!! Would definitely hire again! "
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"On March 31 2007 my wife and I went to contract with the Prestige Company to build a sunroom, deck and roofing. They did not start work until June 28, 2007. Mr.
assured us that we were next on the list every two week. I called him between March and May. Mr,
originally told us that the job would be done ...more completely by the end of April. My wife and I started to become worried because we paid half the payment upfront. In June, I finally went to the office and demanded to know what was the reason for the delay, receptionist call Mr.
to call me at his convince. Mr.
told me that they had problems with the manufacture and promised me that his crew would be at my home by the end of the week. On June 28, I came home to see that wood for the new deck was on my lawn and pieces for the sunroom were in my back yard. The work on the sunroom and deck was shabby at best. It fail inspection three times. Mr.
demanded that I pay the second half of the payment. I said no."
"They did a poor job of installing the deck, since they left no spaces between the boards to allow water to drain. The water also pools in the middle of the deck. They also left a pile of concrete, reinforcing wire, and plywood behind. They also drove their truck through the yard and said that they would fix it. They didn't.
They ...more have not returned calls to get them to come and finish the job, nor have they been helpful in collecting their abandoned materials.
Update: September 2013.
After 9 and one half months,
removed their debris and concrete from the site. They power washed the deck and spread grass seed on the wheel tracks in my yard. They furnished and placed a flagstone stepping stone between the deck and the porch. The deck boards remains as installed. I now consider this matter closed since the deck boards cannot be changed. I would be reluctant to use this vendor again.."
"The overall finished screen porch is wonderful! I have no complaints. However, the majority of the work was subcontracted to Red Well Construction. Red Well did an excellent job, and paid attention to details.
, however, did not perform very well.
To begin, the contractor changed their original estimate by over $1,200, ...more claiming they had not calculated enough for the roof. I went ahead with the contact, and should not have been surprised when twice as many sheets of plywood showed up for the job than needed. They claimed the wood that was at my home for 4 weeks was for another project.
Also, if I had had not been there on the morning of the concrete pour, the concrete pad (and the porch) would have been 6 inched too short. The final straw was the almost 2 week delay that was caused by issues they had with their subcontracted electrician. Apologies were made, but still the entire project (and mess in my driveway) was placed on hold for a 2-3 hour electrical job.
Had I know they major portion of this job would be subcontracted, I would have not used
"Everything went fine. The crew came every day and worked some nights until 8:00pm to get as much done as possible. We were given the dos and donts as to how to take care of the porch upon completion.
"I can remember the day they started. It had just snowed the day before and it was cold and windy.
We figured that they wouldn't show up because of the weather conditions.
Boy, were we wrong.
, the foreman with
came with a big crew and, what it looked like, brand new equipment. ...more
It really tells you something when a company made thousands of dollars of investments in their equipment. It shows you that they're in for the long haul...
The guys started immediately by scraping of a
of snow behind our house. After that, they spray painted the area where the patio was going to be. Right away, they started to dig and dig and dig....I don't know how many truckloads they filled up for our 54 by 27 feet patio, but it was a lot.
They brought in truckloads of crushed stone, poured footers for the walls and protected the walls of our house with foam boards.
During a period of 4 weeks, we had a patio, 2 sidewalks from the front of the house to the back, a beautiful front porch and a 2 car driveway done.
We're very honored to be on the front page of the
A year later, we made it to the EP
catalog with several pages.
Our house increased in value by having all this work done.
At that time
also started with their own landscaping section.
What is our overall experience?
Well...our house looked like a battle zone for about a month or two. We had snow and ice, so the crew had to stop working for a couple of weeks but they cleaned up every day and there was no such thing as :"we can't do this..."
we've had many cars stop and ask us who did your work and would you recommend them.
we've had many neighbors who copied our patio and tried to go with a different company only to tell us later:"we should have..."
It was a great experience and we would recommend anyone to use this company in a heartbeat.
You won't regret it!!
It is now 10 years later and we've had the windows and siding replaced. The windows were due since they were the crappy builders grade and we decided to do the siding as well because some parts had really faded and looked pretty bad.
if he could come out to cut some pavers for us because the new siding was somewhat thicker then the old ones. We told them to just bill us for the cost.
told us that he would gladly come out and cut those stones at no cost.
Today ( January 4th, 2013)
came out, spent about half an hour to cut the pavers and even left me with a tube of glue.
I'm telling you. Where can you find a company nowadays with that kind of service?
What a great company!!
The company's information and contact numbers can be found here: http://creativepaversinc.com/
As I said: our house is on the top of the front page and we are very honored with that!
Thank you for reading!!"