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The original "estimate" was, of course, far surpassed as work progressed, and I was forced to stay with this contractor because the job site was such a mess (nobody else would take the job).
Another example of these poor decisions: wall tile around a sink that ENDS 3 inches too soon so the sink is splashing water on the wall. Not to mention it just looks like someone ran out of tile and stopped. (There was extra tile remaining). Or the time when a heating duct from the first to the second floor had to be moved from a wall when the addition was put on. Instead of re-routing in a manner that would have fit with the design of the rest of the house (registers were in the WALLS), I came home to a new hole cut into the floor of the room that was two feet away from any wall. WHY this couldn't have been moved a few feet over to a wall is beyond me. This eyesore is still in the room...it's not like it's even at the
He installed a high end tub and used a plumber that had no idea how to deal with high end fittings. The drain pipe to the tub was installed wrong, and everything leaked through to the ceiling below which stained the ceiling (coved, plastered, high ceilings). I asked
When the foundation was dug,
How is the house now? The kitchen floor has cracked in two places all the way across the kitchen. The tile is cracked and the grout won't stay in. The tiles creak and move when we walk on the floor. we've had this accessed to fix, and, you guessed it, the problem is structural. The only way to fix it is to have the floor torn up, shimmed, and new tile relaid. The bathroom shower (travertine tile) corner joints (all four including around the flooring) all crack wide open every year or two. I have now twice used a drill to break out the old grout and regrout the gaping cracks. Yes, this was an entirely "new" portion of the home and should not be doing this. All of the walls of the addition (new walls) are visibly WAVY, and the sills of the recessed windows in the basement are in the shape of a parallelogram. IE NOT square. When I complained about the wavy walls, his "help" (a kid that was stoned most of the time) couldn't seem to mud them so they'd appear square. Because I was being charged for the time, I finally said "ok, nevermind". In every room, the drywall tape has come off the walls, and the walls around some of the new windows have cracked all the way around the window edges.
I finally was in a position to fire
A great contractor? That would be L J
In the case of the concrete steps I was not satisfied with the first set of steps. He replaced them at no additional cost.
The garage wall rebuild was a $12,000 project that has exceeded my expectations. Excellent workmanship.
I would hire again without qualms for a similar sized project.
It was a couple of weeks before they arrived to do the work (having called a couple of times in the interim to keep me up to date), but we had weather problems that would have made the work difficult to do. When they did arrive, the work was done quickly and well, and I've been very happy with the results. The people I dealt with were polite, professional, and knowledgeable.
They send a detailed questionnaire with the invoice so you can tell them about the experience with their firm.
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