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demonstrated knowledge, professionalism, integrity, and honesty throughout all phases of this" project. Read on to find out why you should also hire
for your project..... Our son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (progressive terminal disease) in 2004. We were unable to sell our house and move into a suitable handicap accessible house due to the weak housing
so we finally decided to invest in a remodel. Over the course of a year, we met with several builders and most would not return for a second visit or return our phone calls due to my overly ambitious renovation plans. My wife found
on Angie's List and we knew immediately that he was going to be the builder that would help us realize our dream remodel. During our first meeting,
walked step by step through our remodel plans and literally on the back of napkin estimated every expense that this project would incur. He said that if we selected him that a more formal estimate would be prepared. After
was selected he immediately brought in all of his sub contractors to build a formal proposal. The detailed proposal was within 10% of the original back of the napkin estimate.
's quote was 50% less than the other contractor who was selected as a finalist. The second contractor provided almost no detail in his estimate ($250/sq ft for the Kitchen & $100/sq ft for the bedroom and handicap bathroom). This is a lot of writing to simply say that
understands the entire construction process from materials, labor, quality of finish, sub contractor pricing, time lines, and especially how to exceed his customers expectations. A few of the memorable highlights from our project are
’s ethics, honesty, and integrity. He does exactly what he promises and does not try to cut corners or hit you with surprise expenses. He owns the project from start to finish. Prior to starting our job,
called me twice with thoughts and ideas he had while sleeping (I think) about modifications that we should make to our remodel plans. The first idea was to recess the support beams in the ceiling so that we would end up with a smooth flat ceiling versus having large cased openings between the rooms where walls were removed. This absolutely made a huge difference in the finished project. The second idea was for the flooring system for our son's handicap bedroom & bathroom.
saved us over $5,000 by coming up with a plan to avoid installing a concrete slab floor. And my favorite memory was a comment he made as I was trying to cut expenses,
said, "I understand that this is your house but you need to understand that this is my house too. If we are going to do this project then we are going to do it right and I am not going to let you make a mistake that we both have to live with".
completely took ownership of making this remodel perfect. It has been a month since
turned our house back over to us and I still find myself sitting in the Family Room staring into our new custom kitchen with childlike amazement. The Crazy Horse granite installed on the kitchen island is the centerpiece of the project.
’s granite supplier did an amazing job with the semi-precious (leathered) finish. Everyone who comes into our house is immediately drawn to the island and stares at it like a piece of artwork. The catalyst for this project was our need for handicap accessibility.
worked with his sub contractors to build a custom matching concrete and brick handicap ramp and patio so that our son can easily get into the house. In our son’s bathroom he made sure the fixtures and custom slate roll-in shower were built to
specifications. Close attention to detail was paid throughout this project to make sure our son’s needs were being taken care of and that this house was going to be our perfect home.
will be the only call we make for future projects and I highly recommend that you give him a call too.

-Todd C.

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"This was a nearly impossible project made possible by the contractor (
of Unique Quality Builders) and his architect
" . After being issued and executing the demolition permit we were informed that the water main runs under the old driveway and garage (there is no easement on the property
). This required a hold harmless agreement with the city and special engineering for the new foundation (there were unstable soil conditions in that corner of the property). In addition, the goals of the project included: 1) maintaining solar access to the adjacent pool; 2) creating enough space upstairs for a stand-up office and storage space; 3) enough roof space for a minimum of 14 solar panels. Given the space and regulation constraints, this project is "tight-as-a-tick." It is also aesthetically stunning, executed to perfection.
's business lives up to its name: Unique Quality Builders. Unique: This project required numerous modifications during the process. For this,
has the perfect temperament for a contractor: easy-going, personable, and reliable. Quality:
has superb sub-contractors who all care about the quality of their job and customer satisfaction. The tile installer who did our outdoor shower (
) was so impressed by the framing and stucco work that she showed us how the top tile on the left side of the arch could be flipped and fit perfectly as a template for the right side tile. After the foundation work and soil remediation, we have had no rain water get in our basement which was getting increasingly flooded, requiring the installation of a sump pump a couple years ago. So this project should get an award! Pictures are available!

-Peter K.

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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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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
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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com

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When one thinks of what an ideal building contractor would be, several things come to mind. Someone who is experienced, honest, punctual, responsible, meticulous, a great craftsman, flexible, creative in their approach to problem solving, a good communicator and a skilled builder whose pride is reflected in their excellent work. One hopes and prays that their contractor has at least half these qualities. The
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brothers and their father had them all. They were a throwback to another era when determination in one's work and pride in one's craft held sway. Our next door neighbor had recommended the Holcombs on the strength of a mutual friend's positive experience with their services. Our initial meeting in late October, gave us an inkling of how things would go. We were expecting our entire family for Christmas. The Holcombs were honest about what could be accomplished by our Christmas deadline and completed satisfactorily. They listened carefully to our immediate needs and suggested building an outside enclosed staircase with 2 windows and a door to the attic. They guaranteed it would be finished before Christmas. Their payment plan was as follows: Instead of giving a fixed estimate (and hoping there were no overruns), they asked that each of them be paid $25 an hour for their time. Payment to be made at the end of every week with an accounting for materials (backed up by receipts). This worked out perfectly. They were always punctual, working from 8 am to 5 pm everyday with a half hour break for lunch. With any questions or decisions they always made sure everyone was on the same page. They were respectful of our daily life details. For example cordoning off their work area with plastic sheeting and making sure their equipment trailer was parked so it didn't inconvenience us. They were also resourceful in a creative way, solving seemingly unsolvable situations with an excellent outcome while still building to code. After the carpet man measured the staircase for carpeting he remarked,"You know I'm a pretty hefty person (he weighed 270 plus pounds) but I've never gone up stairs that don't creak. These stairs don't make a sound. Who built these stairs?" Towards the renovation's end we decided to add a half bath to the attic. The Holcombs had other jobs pending so we asked them to recommend someone for that project. Instead, they said they'd be happy to do it because they were committed to completing what we wanted and would finish the job properly to our satisfaction. They did an excellent job and finished everything a week early! After the job was over, all scrap materials were hauled away and the site cleaned up. What a pleasure and relief to work with people who shared the same high standards and ethics we also valued. Because the
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brothers are in such demand, they require many months notice. But when they do a job, they do it right.
- Frances O.
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My experience with
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has been completely horrible. I thought they would be a great fit based on their website and there process for quoting. They actually did a pretty solid and prompt job coming out to give a bid and delivering the bid. But once they had my first payment everything changed.
Its now been several months and the job still isn't done. Much of our personal property has been damaged in the process. We had sealed off a cold storage room and filled it with furniture and other items, during the course of construction the plastic was pulled down. When they came in to paint, they didn't cover it back up and put a nice
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of paint on all of our things. They have destroyed the basement window they come in and out of. The frame is all broken. They treat your house like a trash bin, rather than thinking that it's someones place.
if you end up with a gentleman named
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on your project, cancel your checks and find another contractor. He was horrible. Week after week, day after day they would say something would be done and it wouldn't even be close. I finally stopped paying them at one of the scheduled payments, and all of a sudden they were at my house working weekends and late into the night. I should have never made that payment, since then I really haven't seen them. The workmanship is pretty poor quality as well, baseboards that aren't uniform off of the ground or even close. huge gaps in the mudding where the walls meet the ceiling and that's just the stuff off the top of my head. Plus who knows what else I will find months down the road.
It may have just been a bad project, but I was often told they were running late on my work because they were late getting done with other work. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone.

- Victor G.
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Mr.
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was contracted in December 2014 to slurry a concrete countertop to fix bug holes and pinholes that surfaced in the product that Mr.
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originally manufactured and installed in August 2011 as part of a kitchen improvement project. Filling the holes is especially important in the initial concrete countertop construction process to prevent dirt, grime, and the growth and harboring of bacteria in these concrete voids. These countertops are now riddled with holes that are not repairable due to processes that were used during the initial fabrication process; the problems have only been exacerbated by the subsequent use of sealers at later dates. The countertops in their current condition pose safety, and hygienic and health hazards.
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Mr.
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commenced hand-filling the concrete countertop holes by applying a mixture of cement, water, and color pigment for a period of six hours spanning two days. During his efforts, he was asked:
? Why he wasn’t doing a full slurry coat of all areas. He replied that he couldn’t get the mixture into the holes other than by using his hand on each individual hole.
? Why he was not sanding down or removing the existing sealer from the surface in preparation for the slurry; his reply was that was only done in refinishing concrete.
He also conveyed that he would be filling the smaller pinholes with wax (not a standard practice).
On the third day, a coat of sealant was applied and the countertops were subsequently waxed.
Over the ensuing weekend, it was determined that:
? The cement patches had shrunk substantially, were coarse in appearance, and had not hardened (cement consistency was chalk-like).
? New holes had surfaced (assumably due to the pressure exerted by the buffer given the inherent, yet newly discovered, condition of the countertop).
? The color of the cement used on the second day differed greatly (red vs. dark brown) than that used on the first day (which was the closer match).
? The color of the concrete patches rubbed off just by touching.
Mr.
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was contacted first thing on Monday, and all of these issues concerning his efforts were brought to his attention. He subsequently inspected the countertops. The following questions were posed to him:
? Why was the cement not hardening and did he have any recommendations to solve the problems? He only replied “I
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’t understand.” (This was also the comment he made when he first started this recent project in discussion of the incredible amount of voids and pinholes in the countertops to begin with.)
? Should sand or admixtures be used, like recommended acrylic modifiers and/or plasticizer/water reducers to increase cement workability and strength? He had only used a mixture of Portland cement, water, and color pigment. He had never heard of acrylic polymers and the information article explaining its usage as a binding agent was subsequently emailed to him.
? What type of sealant did he use when he originally fabricated the countertops. He stated it was a penetrating sealer. If this is the case, its ability to absorb a new sealer or bond with a new sealer is a concern. The sealer type must be known in order to
determine whether the sealer needs to be removed by chemical or mechanical means, if even possible.
? What color mix did he use this time? He said he used brown with a touch of black the first day. He said he altered the color the second day, using red and black and that at some point he had run out of the brown.
The only way to begin to address the issue was to remove the unhardened cement from hundreds and hundreds of holes. Mr.
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concurred. This effort took us approximately 40 hours (we did this to save incurring additional time and material contract charges). After completing approximately two square feet of the countertop, Mr.
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was shown what would become an accurate representation of the final results. Our findings were:
? In literally a thousand (maybe two) or more places the countertop’s thin, brittle crust crunched or caved in at the touch
of a bamboo skewer (light pressure was applied to differentiate which holes were "soft" (with recently applied cement patches) and which were "hard" (slurried at time of manufacture)). This exposed air pockets and new pinholes; several of the newly exposed voids are as large as 3/4-inch in diameter and 1/2-inch or more deep.
? Holes slurried at a previous date (post-manufacture, but within the first 6 months of installation) also contained the same chalk-like cement, but were undetectable because of subsequent wax coatings.
Mr.
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also saw and inspected the countertops after this work was completed, at the time he presented his bill for the slurry (yes, he charges us each time to fix these defects). He agreed at that time that the voids or holes needed to be exposed to
the maximum extent possible.
During the course of the effort and in the three to four weeks that followed, Mr.
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never proferred a solution to address the issue with his cement slurry process nor did he make any attempt to mitigate what appears to be a defect in design, workmanship, and/or materials which occurred at the time of fabrication. That defect has resulted in an inordinate number of holes indicative of air pockets caused by not properly vibrating or consolidating the concrete. “The most serious defects resulting from undervibration are … excessive entrapped air voids (bugholes) (p. 19) … A mass of freshly placed concrete is usually honeycombed with entrapped air. If allowed to
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in this condition, the concrete will be nonuniform, weak, porous, and poorly bonded to the reinforcement. It will also have a poor appearance (p. 2)” (American Concrete Institute, Guide for Consolidation of Concrete (ACI 309R-96)).
Also, we subsequently tried to communicate with him via certified letter about remedying the problems and received no response.
After extensive research and communications with construction and countertop tradesmen, we discovered:
? That it is probable that the sealer and/or sealers used by Mr.
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on three different occasions and which he subsequently
claimed he cannot remember which ones he used – originally, again within the first year of installation, and during this project – have penetrated the pores in the concrete, permanently changing the concrete, and therefore cannot be removed. Note: Mr.
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conveyed at the time of construction that three to four months after fabrication, the countertops would require a subsequent slurry, sealing, and wax effort to fill holes caused by rising air bubbles in the concrete curing process. We were made to believe that this is a naturally occurring event and not to be construed as a defect of his workmanship.
? Consequently, a cement slurry procedure or refinishing of the countertops will not be successful even if performed in accordance with standard commercial practices which include (1) removing the wax and all penetrating and topical sealers, (2) grinding down the countertops to achieve a clean, solid substrate, (3) using sand and cement bonding agents in the slurry mix process, and (4) subsequently, reapplying sealers that are able to adhere to the existing and new concrete surfaces.
? There may be an insufficient surface material
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above the aggregate (as typically this should be only about 1/16”) to undertake the necessary grinding (up to 1") to adequately remove the sealer without damaging the concrete substrate, at worst; or, in a best case situation, exposing the aggregate which changes the product’s original form.
We have essentially been left high and dry concerning repair or replacement of our kitchen countertops. No other contractors specializing in concrete countertops offer these services in our county. The closest company we could contact for a quote – located over 300 miles away – gave us an estimate of $8300 based on a provided sketch containing existing dimensions ($6300 for the product and $2000 for a template, travel, and installation), not including replacement of the coordinating backsplash. As of this date, we are in process of getting an estimate for the expense necessary to remove and dispose of the existing countertops and, as necessary, the slate backsplash Mr.
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originally was contracted to provide and install.
Conclusion
We would not recommend Mr.
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for any building service based on our experience. He fails to stand behind his product, charges for short-term “fixes,” and neither (1) suggests and/or executes an adequate and acceptable solution to remedy any issues caused by his practices or processes nor (2) offers partial or full compensation for damage or defects directly resulting from his fabrication or service.
- Cynthia C.
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was referred to us by a friend for a total home renovation project. Unfortunately, we didn’t research him because of the referral, but we have since found several online complaints (AZROC, Rippoff Report, and Better Business Bureau) in AZ and OH that are similar to our own.
We signed a contract on 10/18/2014 and in the beginning everything was going smoothly and we were happy with the progress for about 2-3 weeks. Then he started asking for more and more money up front "to keep the project moving" and by the time we became concerned with the lack of progress and quality of work, we were already ahead on payments. He had 80% of the money and had only completed about 50% of the work. The construction was scheduled to be finished by 12/07/2014, but the cabinet order was not expected to be delivered until 12/29.
As the General Contractor,
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was not concerned about workmanship. When we expressed concern about the quality of some of the work, he denied there was a problem and assured us it would look fine when it was all done. He does some
work himself instead of hiring professional subcontractors. He did not communicate well with his subcontractors and the schedule of work was illogical and
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to rework and delays.
Poor Quality Work:
- Built a pony wall that visibly leans to one side - Other walls have cracked seams, uneven texture, uneven paint coverage
- Overspray (paint and texture) from poor masking on walls, trim, floors, inside light kits, and on electrical outlets and switches
- Ignored paint color/finish choices we provided and had to repaint some areas, ran out of paint, and never finished painting
- Installed a section of new hardwood flooring with misaligned boards and no moisture
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under the wood
- Installed tile flooring that is not level, tiles are chipped,
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pieces are missing (filled-in with thinset instead of tile), grout is a different color than requested, and grout lines are not straight
- Polished concrete shower surrounds - walls are not straight, 1st coat of concrete is heavily cracked
- Did not protect new bathtub - it was chipped and scratched after install
- Did not sufficiently cover existing wood flooring (left exposed for most of the project to be damaged by workers’ boots and covered with paint, mud, texture)
- Removed and damaged ceiling fans/lights in almost every room without direction to do so - they will all need to be replaced now
- General property damage and disregard: concrete spilled and cured on driveway/grass/gravel, missing large wall mirror, missing homeowner tools
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continued to string us along, assuring us that things would be fixed and completed, but work stopped. He stopped coming to the job site, was slow to respond to emails and texts, and he pushed out the cabinet delivery date twice.
He continued to give us excuses (his son was sick multiple times, his truck broke down, etc.). He didn't provide a schedule or status update after many requests. We also began to suspect that he didn't use our cabinet deposit to
order the cabinets because of the delays, and he wouldn't send us proof of the cabinet order when we requested it.
We finally gave him a deadline (1/20/2015) to complete the work or provide us with a refund for incomplete work that we paid for. For weeks he continued to say that he would come over to the house in the next few days, or that he'd call, but he hasn’t returned to the job site and when we hear from him he puts us off another day or more. He sent his oldest son and a friend over to pick up two saws that they left behind. Subcontractors have come to our house looking for him because he has not paid them and doesn’t respond to messages. He left a large dumpster full of demo materials (from other project sites as well as
ours) in our driveway and when we called the disposal company 1/21/2015 the owner said that
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’s credit card was declined and refused to pick up the dumpster unless we paid the bill. We are posting this review to help others
avoid experiencing the same disappointment and grief. We’ve also filed a formal complaint with AZROC due to the amount of money involved. Good luck and use licensed contractors who care about their reputations!
- Holli H.
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I hired
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after getting one other estimate ( that was quite similar) as well as numerous conversations with other contractors at the home
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fair. The bathroom hadn't been updated for 50 years.
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took the bathroom down to the studs and replaced the shower surround, toilet, vanity and floor. Although we had planned to leave the tub in place and just polish it and not to touch the ceiling,
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ended up refinishing the tub and replacing the ceiling because they would not have looked right in a new room. That and other advice was dead on.
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is very knowledgeable and really pays attention to detail. When something came up, like a radiator cover that was hard to deal with,
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made everything work perfectly and was undaunted.
The tiling around the tub looks terrific because
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payed special attention to the pattern and design. He had good design sense and made recommendations about grout, tile selection and other things. He also uses the best materials and a special tile underlayment that gives professional results.
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used Aquarius plumbing and an electrician friend as subcontractors and had everything well-coordinated.
Because it's just
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and
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, it's very nice to have them around. No loud music or other annoying personal habits. At the beginning of the project I worried about my cats getting out but it turns out that
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and
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are animal lovers and one of our cats became their constant companion. We even hired
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to be a catsitter while we were away.
If there is a downside, it is that, since it's just the 2 of them, it can take a while to get on
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's schedule, and there is no hurry-up mode.
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is deliberate and exacting. If he says a project will take 6-8 weeks, believe him.


- sandy W.
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They were very nice and welcoming and answered all of our questions with the building process. They made sure that we understood everything and really helped us out and walked us through the process.
- Ben P.
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I would recommend
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to anyone looking to buy a new home. The quality of the house is absolutely above and beyond. Every time I have someone over to my newly built home that is a home owner, I get compliments because of the up scale features of the home. The whole process was easy and enjoyable because both the owner and management. They are very trustworthy people and make the difference in building a new home.I would do this all again with
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and I will continue to recognize them as the best in the area.
- Nathan M.
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In spite of the frequent rain showers, the job was completed professionally and to my satisfaction. They took great care in power washing the paver including the edges and borders.as well as the screen cage.
- David E.

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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street
Urbandale

3 C CARPENTRY

732 53RD ST
Des Moines

AAA Painting contractors

529 W Roosevelt Rd

ABC ROOFING CO

4101 COLFAX AVE
Des Moines

ACCURATE DEVELOPMENT INC

12035 UNIVERSITY
Clive

ACCURATE PAINTING CO

610 3RD ST
Waukee

ACHESON CONSTRUCTION INC

1712 S 42ND ST
West Des Moines

Action Roofing & Construction Inc

5485 NE 17th St
Des Moines

ADC Hawkeye Storage

1201 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill

Affinity Contractors

1406 Main Street
Norwalk

AGEE PAINTING & DECORATING INC

6297 NE RISING SUN DR
Des Moines

ALPHA HOMES LTD

4489 NW 2ND ST
Des Moines

Amazed Design & Construction

PO Box 48
Saint Marys

Amega Garage Door Openers Inc

2404 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines

AMERICAN HOME SALES

108 3RD ST
Des Moines

AOI OF DES MOINES INC

1520 2ND AVE
Des Moines

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

ARNOLD CONSTRUCTION INC

917 28th St
West Des Moines

Assured Home Inspections, LLC.

8855 Luin Drive
Clive

B-Squared Construction

33 Country Club Dr

BALL CONSTRUCTION SVC LLC

6601 Westown Pkwy Ste 240
West Des Moines

Benchmark Construction LLC

1900 Cedar Street
Norwalk

BERNING CONSTRUCTION LLC

1768 218th Ave
Osceola

Blueprint Homes LLC

14212 Ridgemont Drive
Urbandale

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.
Urbandale

Brenizer Builders

115 Elm Court
Norwalk

BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION LTD

6611 NE RISING SUN DR
Des Moines

Bryan Clark Homes

P.O. box 1230
Waukee

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr
Johnston

BUCHANAN BUILDERS INC

1454 30TH ST
West Des Moines

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Carpenter Construction Services

732 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny

CASA CONSTRUCTION

1401 NE 56TH ST
Des Moines

CENTRAL CONSTRUCTION

1300 LINCOLN ST
West Des Moines

CENTRAL CONSTRUCTION

4764 NE 22ND ST
Des Moines

CHARLES D LEONARD CONTRACTORS

13130 ADAMS ST
Des Moines

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls

Clean Living Services

9408 Lakewood Pointe Dr
Norwalk

Cleary Building - DeSoto

901 Guthrie Street
De Soto

Complete Contruction

5029 450th St
Winterset

CONDOR RELIABILITY SVC

2801 MCKINLEY AVE
Des Moines

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING

1610 E Madison Ave
Des Moines

COOPER HOMES INC

3805 WOLCOTT AVE
Des Moines

Cornerstone Homes LTD

PO Box 1108
Waukee

Cover's Construction LLC

21321 V Ave
Dallas Center

Creating Spaces

528 36th St
Des Moines

CREATIVE CUSTOM REMODELING

1927 NW 90TH ST
Clive

Creekside Construction Services

4603 NE McDougal Ln
Ankeny

DARYL ROCKEY CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 25027
West Des Moines

DENNIS ENTERPRISES

130 5TH ST
West Des Moines

deWit Construction and Roofing

20000 Wendover Place
Dallas Center

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DON MAREAN CONSTRUCTION

1910 S 9TH LN
West Des Moines

Downing Construction Inc

2500 W. 2nd Ave.
Indianola

DUANE VAN HEMERT

3409 CRESTMOOR PL
Des Moines

Ducts In A Row

939 Main St
Pella

EDMOND DEVELOPMENT CO INC

6900 FOREST CT
Des Moines

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter

Fairmeadows Village

2625 Vine St
West Des Moines

FAMILY HOMES DEVELOPMENT

5703 SW 3rd St
Des Moines

FOX CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

PO Box 27166
West Des Moines

FRONTIER CONSTRUCTION INC

2156 N RIVER SCHOOL RD
Winterset

GEISLER PAINTING & CONSTR INC

5037 NE 38TH ST
Des Moines

Giovanti

213 n. Ankeny blvd., ste 120
Ankeny

GRA BUILDERS

4809 FLEMING AVE
Des Moines

Habitat Des Moines

PO Box 716
Des Moines

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger

HCI Marketing LLC

4343 16th Street

HENRY BUILDERS INC

5200 CYPRESS DR
Des Moines

herbert /stork construction

1073 35th St
Des Moines

HERBERT STORK CONSTRUCTION

1073 35TH ST
Des Moines

Hickory Construction Inc

P.O. Box 136
Ames

HOFFMAN CONSTRUCTION

4629 WEBSTER ST
Ames

Holst Construction

4665 North East 7th street
Des Moines

Homes By Brill LLC

2894 106th St.
Urbandale

HORIZON DEVELOPMENT LC

2429 REYNOLDS LN
Des Moines

HUBBELL HOMES

6900 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines

HUBER'S HANDYMAN SVC

311 39TH ST
West Des Moines

Ichi Bike

311 E Walnut St
Des Moines

IOWA LANDSCAPING

1625 Tulip Tree Ln
West Des Moines

Ironwood Homes, Inc.

3424 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines

J & G Builders

1326 NW Shoreline Ct
Ankeny

J C CEMENT

2657 INDIANAPOLIS AVE
Des Moines

JD Homeowner Services

4807 160th Ave
Carlisle

Jerry's Homes Inc

10430 New York Ave
Urbandale

Jerry's Homes, Inc

10430 New York Ave, Ste C
Urbandale

JOHN R GRUBB INC

475 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines

JOHNSON CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

107 ARTHUR AVE
Des Moines

K & V HOMES

2105 S.E. 37th. St.
Grimes

LOWE CONSTRUCTION INC

4214 FLEUR DR
Des Moines

MADDEN CONSTRUCTION

5909 GRAND AVE
Des Moines

MAREAN CONSTRUCTION LC

1910 S 9TH LN
West Des Moines

MARK III HOMES

2150 DELAVAN DR
West Des Moines

MASTERCRAFT ESTATE HOMES

6600 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines

MC MURRAY HOMES INC

495 S 34TH CT
West Des Moines

MERIDIAN HOMES

PO Box 42245
Urbandale

MEYCON CONSTRUCTION LLC

1063 14TH PL
Des Moines

Midwest Homes LLC

5300 Hickory Hills Dr
Ames

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

Monkeys Auctions

69 Johns St
Indianola

Nelson Construction

218 6th Ave Ste 200
Des Moines

NELSON CONSTRUCTION SVC

218 6th Ave Ste 200
Des Moines

NETZEL CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 66057
West Des Moines

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Orton Homes

2208 Woodlands Pkwy
Clive

PARTNERS CONSTRUCTION SVC

4830 MAPLE DR
Des Moines

Pender Construction

1423 56th St
Des Moines

PERRY HOMEBUILDERS INC

904 52nd Ct
West Des Moines

PETERS INC

1900 1/2 MCKINLEY AVE
Des Moines

PETERSON BUILDERS

55418 310TH ST
Huxley

PHOENIX C & D RECYCLING

4764 NE 22ND ST
Des Moines

PINEAPPLE HOMES

219 5TH ST
West Des Moines

Platinum Development Co

2538 73rd St
Urbandale

Precision Painting & Services

525 2nd St
West Des Moines

PREFERRED HOMES INC

1224 65TH ST
West Des Moines

PREFERRED HOMES INC

5152 EP TRUE PKWY
West Des Moines

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

PRESIDENT HOMES INC

1228 8TH ST
West Des Moines

PRESTON CONSTRUCTION INC

3620 54TH ST
Des Moines

Pride Builders Construction

1600 E Watrous
Des Moines

PURSCELL CO

3505 SW 9TH ST
Des Moines

RASK CONSTRUCTION

339 58TH ST
Des Moines

REGAL DEVELOPMENT

2019 S 41st Ct
West Des Moines

REGENCY COMMERCIAL SVC

6600 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Reynolds General Construction, Inc.

1609 NORTHWEST DR
Des Moines

Ridnour Construction

3811 Lincoln Place Dr
Des Moines

RJ Builders

1423 56th St
Des Moines

ROTTLUND CRAFTSMEN

7995 WISTFUL VISTA DR
West Des Moines

ROTTLUND HOMES

3636 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines

ROYAL CONSTRUCTION SVC

1724 E BELL AVE
Des Moines

RUPERTO CONSTRUCTION LC

1437 MAURY ST
Des Moines

RYAN COMPANIES US INC

1401 50TH ST
West Des Moines

SAVANNAH HOMES INC

800 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SCHRODER CONSTRUCTION SVC

103 S 11TH ST
West Des Moines

SILENT RIVERS

308 SE 8TH ST
Des Moines

SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD

9205 SWANSON BLVD
Clive

Smart Roofing LLC

2614 61St St
Des Moines

Smith Construction

3927 E Tiffin Ave
Des Moines

STEADMAN CONTRACTING SVC

742 79th Pl
West Des Moines

TAYLOR CONSTRUCTION GROUP

6100 THORNTON AVE
Des Moines

Tazman Construction

4910 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines

Teagle Construction

123 Stevens Dr
Iowa City

TECK General Builders

1124 SW 50th St.
Ankeny

The Carpenters Group

2009 Nature Trail
Winterset

THOMAS FELICE CONSTRUCTION

4280 SE 15TH CT
Des Moines

TIGGES CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 22178
Clive

Total Drywall

1101 SW Ordnance Rd
Ankeny

Trezac Construction

355 88th St
West Des Moines

Triple R Builders Inc.

2000 NW Kelsey Lynn Circle
Grimes

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

UNIQUE HOMES INC

5125 WATERFRONT CT
Des Moines

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

VENTURE HOMES

475 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines

Vice Construction

1203 N 9th st.
Indianola

WALKER CONSTRUCTION

3121 ZIMMERMAN ROAD

WALNUT CREEK CONSTRUCTION

1258 8TH ST
West Des Moines

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines

WAUSAU HOMES-INDIANOLA

PO Box 316
Indianola

WELSH CONSTRUCTION

4949 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines

Woodmaster Remodeling

885 NW Aurora
Des Moines

XPRESS LUBES OF IOWA

319 7TH ST
Des Moines

YONKER CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 3374
Des Moines

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