Lavonia Home Builders

in Lavonia, GA

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One of my close friends recommended
very strongly when I shared I was looking for a contractor to demo complete and reconfigure my master bathroom.
They worked with
and Nicoleta on their home renovation and I thought I give it a try.
I was thrilled with their level of professionalism, communication and high quality of work.
They are fast of making contact, respond, plan and deliver.
helped me get an estimate sooner than I expected and Nicoleta came up with a very nice design and selection for all tile, plumbing and electrical fixtures.
They managed the trades closely and checked on appropriate completion through intensive site visits.
My money was all worth it. Everything went smooth, fast and it looks beautiful.
I would strongly recommend


- Mimi P.
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If you are building a custom home over $500,000 with
this is what we experienced, and this is what you can expect:
YOU WILL GO OVER BUDGET. The proposed budget will include the cheapest materials available. The problem is, with a high-end home you don't use the lowest quality garage doors, fixtures or materials. You aren't told the bid is for low-grade materials, you'll find this out after you're months into the build and when you begin purchasing things from the suppliers. Be prepared to go over budget.
THERE IS ZERO PROJECT MANAGEMENT. COMMUNICATION ON YOUR PROJECT WILL BE MINIMAL. THERE IS NO GUIDANCE, SO BE PREPARED TO SELF-MANAGE, RESEARCH, DESIGN AND AT TIMES HIRE YOUR OWN CONTRACTORS. The result of a lack of project management is that many things are done incorrectly due to the lack of oversight - which costs money to fix. We had to become our own project managers. We repeatedly asked for updates on what was coming up with our home and we were ignored. Finally, we tried setting up a task management program for us and the builder to use, and that didn't work either because he didn't use it regularly. On a positive note - if you ask this builder a direct question about building or materials, he explains it quite well. The problem is you don't know what you should be asking if this is your first build and he doesn't offer information which would be useful so he won't be accountable. Also a word of warning, he wants you to work with his suppliers and will not notify you of another supplier even if he knows you're looking for something specific, so be prepared to take that research on yourself.
YOUR HOME WILL NOT BE COMPLETED BY THE COMPLETION DATE GIVEN. The completion date is a joke, and there is no urgency or attempt to finish by that date and no respect for the situation it puts the homeowners in by extending the build. Our home was finished 6 months late. We were evicted from our rental (on Easter) because out Landlord refused to extend another month after 6 months of extensions (we can't actually blame her). During these extensions, we continually told
the pressure we were under and there was absolutely NO urgency or concern with our situation. Often the house would be empty with nobody working on it, and the builder went on not one, not two, but three vacations during this time.
BRAND NEW PURCHASES (COUNTERTOPS, CABINETS, ETC.) WILL NOT BE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED. Expect nicks and damage, and the cost of that is rolled into your build. We purchased a unique and expensive marble for our countertops, and there was a foam covering when they were installed. When the painters started they took it off, and after we saw how our custom kitchen cabinets weren't protected and as a result dinged up, we emailed repeatedly to have the counters covered. We were ignored and got to the point of buying our own protective covering when we reminded the builder of the price it would cost him to replace them - magically they appeared the next day. We still don't understand why they wouldn't just protect things in the first place rather than try to fix them after they're damaged.
YOU WILL BE BLAMED FOR THINGS THAT ARE NOT YOUR FAULT BECAUSE IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY EVERYTHING IS ABOUT BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE SO NOBODY HAS TO FIX IT. Rooms were painted the wrong color and we were told we wanted them that color, or we didn't provide the colors fast enough. (We provided a binder of our paint colors and a full print-out of every color, and spent a lot of time purchasing sample colors - so blaming this on us was ridiculous.) Expect this in many areas of the build, this is just one example. Also, there's never a schedule for these things, just an email a few days beforehand saying they need them. There is a basic building schedule but that's pretty much our the window after the first few months.
BE PREPARED FOR LONG GAPS OF TIME WHEN YOUR HOUSE SITS IDLE WITH NO WORK AND NO COMMUNICATION. Our house sat without progress an entire summer -without a roof and during a period of intense rain. We have squeaks all throughout our house in the hardwood floors and carpeted areas as a result (the carpeted areas have since been fixed by our carpet supplier who went above and beyond). The builder claims pools of water in the plywood/subfloor isn't what caused all of the squeaks, but he's building the home across from us and put the roof on immediately with them. We moved from a 100 year old home and my husband was adamant about not having squeaky floors - but we do.
EXPECT RUDE CONTRACTORS; THE BUILDER STANDS WITH CONTRACTORS NOT THE HOMEOWNER. There are a group of contractors that work for this builder and they follow him from home to home. As a result, the contractors don't make the connection that you are the homeowner paying for this project, they feel they answer to the builder. The tile contractor
yelled at me in front of my children and spray painted black squares on the floor of our master bedroom and told me I was going to sort through every piece of marble because I wanted to replace two peices of marble he hung in the shower. (That tile guy eventually walked off the job, but the builder still wanted to use him when it came time to
hardwood - we said no way.) I also purchased my own tile and these men watched me carry heavy boxes of tile without lifting a finger every time I dropped off tile or stone. The main helper
would speak to me like it was inconvenience to deal with me, and yelled at me on two occasions. We informed the builder of all such situations but he still uses them on his builds - his allegiance is with his contractors not the homebuilder, and there is nobody that stands on your behalf.
DO NOT PAY HIM IN FULL UNTIL YOUR PROJECT IS FINISHED COMPLETELY. We were in the process of moving in when the builder began asking for final payment. He was very urgent about it, and although there were things that needed fixed or finished, we paid him in good faith that these things would be completed. After we paid him in full he became a different person. Suddenly everything that was to be covered under the build was additional and we were sent harsh emails stating "this isn't stuff they just do". He ignored our calls, texts and emails. He told us if we wanted certain things fixed it would cost us more money. We were left with items in every area (electrical, plumbing, drywall, paint) unfinished and instead of finishing our home he sent us an email saying he feels it will never end and stopped completely. We were left with water pressure issues, areas without insulation, no doorbell, front door unfinished, no interior hardware, shower bars not installed - very basic things that should have been finished. There were also bigger items like washers not working, AC not working, dented appliances left uninstalled in the garage. We were left to deal with all of this on our own and are still to this date hiring contractor to finish.
THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONAL CONTRACTOR AND THEY ARE WHAT CARRIED OUR HOME. We were fortunate to have a handful of great contractors and suppliers that cared about their work and the integrity of the job. The finish carpenter was amazing, he is the saving grace for this builder. The painters do a really nice job (although we later discovered they added $4,000 in fees at the end without our approval). Our home turned out beautiful, but it was an uphill battle to make that happen and we had to become our own project managers, which is a full time job we were already paying our builder to do.
OVERALL... For many people, this is the most money you will ever hand over to somebody else to spend on your behalf. Building a home can be stressful, but we hired a builder to manage our build and then we had to do his job. We know some people that had a positive experience working with this builder in the past. He does care about building a structurally sound home and that is probably his best quality. (Although unfortunately, due to the lack of project management, it doesn't always happen.) He also has a great eye for detail and design and cares about building an aesthetically pleasing home. However, we also know people right now going through the same thing we went through, which was overall an incredibly frustrating experience and that's why we wrote this review. If you're setting out to build a custom home with a strong vision of what you want it requires a lot of work, project management and a solid process to make it happen - this is not your builder!


- Jodie D.

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Home Building reviews in Lavonia

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The window they installed was broken. They knew it was broken and said that we would need to contact the manufacturer. It was 6 months of work. Over a period of 3 months they closed everything up, and when they came back I had to oversee them. They installed the doors the wrong way at first, and when I complained they said that I was wrong and I didn't make any sense. We had a long battle about this. I eventually just paid them and moved on.
- Heidi S.
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Stay away!! Offered a "better" product which was asphalt based, not coal tar based as the competitors. Said he had a product which would fill in the large cracks in asphalt surface and then seal it. He stated that it would last longer than the coal tar product usually used by competitors. After filling in cracks, the driveway was sealed but the cracks and brush
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were still present. Because it was getting dark, he promised to return the next day which he did. After 2 MORE COATS, he said that he was finally done. Final appearance was just ok. When asked to explain, again, what the difference was from the competitors now that we had seen the end result and could not tell the difference from previous treatments, he reiterated that it was a different product base. To us it looked no different than what we had done in 2 years before with a much more reasonable priced provider. His cost was twice as much and we have no faith that it will last. When we attempted to negotiate the price after seeing the disappointing result he said that the time to negotiate the price was before the job was started, which tells us that we paid much more for nothing. Do not go with this guy. Subpar job for too high of a cost.
- Jennifer M.
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It went very smoothly - this contractor is very professional with excellent communication skills. His work is of exceptional quality and the job went extremely smoothly. Everyone who has seen it has commented on the quality of the workmanship. I would not hesitate to use this contractor on future jobs.
- Michael B.
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Had all new work to match existing style of my home. (Window Grips, Shutters, and Window Cornice's). Also, all of the Colors matched the rest of my house as well. This was all done perfect.
- Dolores G.
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We called
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to give us an estimate on cutting and installing some custom
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-cross beams for our kitchen ceiling. He came right out and took all the needed measurements. Within two days he was on-site with all the materials and completed the installation that day. It looks great! He is a fantastic master carpenter/builder and has three associate degrees in Applied Science (Carpentry, Cabinetry and Building construction technology). As a U.S. Navy veteran, he always provides discounts for veterans.
- ROSEMARY W.
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Would not give me a detailed cost for the repair prior to the work. Just told me the approximate cost.
Workers arrived on time at house. Stood outside and talked. Worked slowly.
Everytime anything was discussed that needed done, even when the item was listed before work was done, they added expenses but did not give me a quote for the additional expense prior to the work.
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Took much too long to complete, complaining that the room was so small that it took longer to get the work done than they thought it should. Took almost a month.
They did not want me to buy the fixtures, they wanted to get them and then upcharge me about twice the cost. If I questioned why I couldn't purchase the supplies, they just didn't want me to.
Shower leaked through the floor, damaging my hutch that sat below it on the first floor. No compensation was allowed for the damage.
No detailed invoice was given to me at completion.
Even though the finished job looks very nice; I will never recommend them to anyone ever.


- Martha G.
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Well,
as of this afternoon, we have a totally new roof on the driveway side
of our house, thanks to the efforts, kindness, consideration, and utmost
generosity of
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AND THE CREW HE
BROUGHT TO DO THIS JOB FOR US WERE VERY POLITE, A VERY HARD AND STEADY
WORKING, WELL ORGANIZED GROUP OF MEN WHO KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, WHEN
TO DO IT, AND HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT....AND
WHEN THEY LEFT HERE WITH A COMPLETED JOB, EVERYTHING WAS ALL CLEANED
UP, THE ONLY EVIDENCE THAT ANYONE HAD BEEN HERE WORKING WAS THE NEW
ROOF. I CAN GUARANTEE YOU ALL THAT HE WILL BE DOING MORE CONSTRUCTION
JOBS FOR ME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A JOB VERY WELL
DONE AND ALL IN ONE DAY. IF ANYONE HAS CONSTRUCTION THAT NEEDS TO BE
DONE, AND DONE PROPERLY, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, CALL
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CONSTRUCTION FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING NEEDS AT 315-764-0138 PHONE OR CELL
315-771-2897. HE IS A LICENSED AND FULLY INSURED CONTRACTOR FROM RIGHT
HERE IN
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.... AND A BIG THANK YOU
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FOR COMING TO OUR
RESCUE.....
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LEGGUE
- Lorna L.
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Great. On time, had the proper materials, skill and tools to remove and replace very large screens in less than 30 minutes. The lanai they built 3.5 years ago is continuously enjoyed. It was built promptly and as designed. This small licensed contractor has the skill to complete small jobs and large jobs.
- Wellford R.
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All Home Builders in Lavonia, GA

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A legacy Construction

108 Laurel Lane
Social Circle, GA

Accomplishing Interiors

543 Forest Lake Rd
Pendergrass, GA

Advance Southern

10168 Azalea Dr
Covington, GA

Affordable Athens handymen

705 spring valley road #75
Athens, GA

Athens Building Company

650 Oglethorpe Ave.
Athens, GA

Beeco Contracting company inc

1044 RAFORD WILSON RD
Commerce, GA

Bennie Irwin Roofing LLC

242 Reed Creek Heights Dr
Hartwell, GA

BERDING CONSTRUCTION

1090 LAVISTA RD
Athens, GA

Blue Print Construction, Inc.

209 Chandler Walk
Loganville, GA

Bobby Garage Doors Co

PO Box 764
Colbert, GA

Bona Fide LLC

455 N Milledge Ave
Athens, GA

Bonacori Custom Homes of Georgia

1070 Salem Walk Dr Ste A3
Greensboro, GA

BRANCH CONTRACTORS INC

72 1/2 N MAIN STREET
Watkinsville, GA

Braswell Construction Group, Inc

6105 Emory Street NW
Covington, GA

Classic City Contracting

PO Box 106
Nicholson, Ga

Cruce Construction

12 Third St N
Watkinsville, GA

Daddison, Inc

3288 Winder Hwy
Jefferson, GA

Daniel Brown Construction

1126 Flatwoods Rd
Elberton, GA

Daniel Turner Builders, Inc.

3380 Glencree NW
Conyers, GA

Darden Contracting & Remodeling

P.O. Box 543
Mccalla,

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