Bernardston Home Builders

in Bernardston, MA

107
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in Bernardston

16
Home Builders in Bernardston
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Beach H.
"I had to hire all electricians, plumbers, landscapers, someone to build building. He did not even pull permits that we were supposed to have our contractor pull. If you called him," he would not answer phone. Text him? No answer. He is THE WORST ever in contractors for Panama City, Florida area. Please do not waste your time with this contractor. He will take your money and not even complete a quarter of the work before you never hear from him again.
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Richard G.
"Let this company pass you by. Started out fine and then we didn't see him for a week. No explanation where he'd gone. Worked another couple of days gone for a day or two." Not waiting for a sub to come. Found out he was working on several jobs at the same time, by himself. Work was fine, took six months to get the little bathroom almost done. We had a problem with water leaking from the shower door. He mad an attempt to fix it then we never saw him again.
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Bobby F.
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was our contractor. He oversaw each project in the kitchen remodel, including construction, plumbing, cabinetry, flooring, and appliance instillation. The" individuals that are on his construction team performing the various functions are very professional and customer oriented. We could not have been more pleased.

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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

Home Building reviews in Bernardston

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was very responsive and had lots of good ideas for the project. It did take a little longer than he said to get the initial numbers to us. We did not end up doing the project at all because of cost - not because of
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- David E.
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and his team were quick efficient and did a great job.
The whole job took them four days. They also arrived on time and finished the tasks that they said they would that day.
They were mindful to minimize the impact to both our neighbor's and our yard.
Our new expanded driveway looks amazing.
We have had compliments from everyone on the block
We recommend
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and his team to anyone needing concrete work done
- Chris C.
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I have a 35 year old cabin which the original wooden deck was dry-rotted and needed to be replaced. Due to water damage from the deck, I had to replace my doors due to the dry-rotting of the wooden door frames. The siding on the house was neglected and needed to be replaced as well. As part of my requirements for the project, I wanted low maintenance replacements.
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came out an reviewed the project, provided his recommendations and provided a quote. I was impressed by his knowledge in the field and various materials that could be used to obtain my goals. The project implementation progressed as he described and within the time frame he specified. Because I live down-state, he provided me daily pictures of the progress, which to me was fabulous and shows how he went out of his way to do a superb job, which also shows in his workmanship and the details of his work. The only caveat that I can say that happened during the project was it was delayed twice due to insufficient materials. I went with a special order color for the decking material and that was the price I paid for it. I don't blame the builder for that reason. All in all, he and his crew exceeded my expectations. They were very professional, courteous, and performed great work. I give them a 12 on a scale from 1-10. I'm grateful to have found such a great resource up north to assist with my outside renovation project. I'm definitely going to use this builder again for other work when I'm ready to focus my attention to the inside of my cabin.
- Darin B.
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They showed up on time and had the project completed within a week. They did a great job, used excellent craftsmanship and did things correctly. The owner seems knowledgable in many areas of home improvement, and we will use them again in the future! No surprises, he was right on the bid price.
- Teresa W.
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He was wonderful. He listened to the things we wanted and gave us suggestions on how to have those things and still stay on budget. We were living out of state and did a big majority of communication through email, phone, and texting. He was willing to listen whenever we had a concern no matter the time of day. He was fair with his pricing and had great subcontractors working with him. We interviews several contractors before deciding on
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do it. I would not trust anyone else.
- sherry D.
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and his crew built an approx 150 sq ft addition to our bedroom, comprised of a walk-in closet and bathroom with double sink, toilet and walk in shower. From beginning to end his services were professional and on time and on budget. He does a lot of the work himself, along with his 2 sons, and sometimes extra helpers when needed.
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knows how to save money and recycles when he can. We cannot say enough about this business. They never surprised us with
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costs. It was the smoothest construction project we've ever been involved in. Five weeks from permit to final and we are so happy with the result.
- Susan Y.
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Front porch railing is wood, old, looks bad - want it replaced with white composite but it does not come in readily-made white materials. Contractor worked to make sketch to make materials to fit - we like that.
- Barbara C.

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A Few Good Tradesmen

52 Harvard St.
Dedham

A Francis Contracting Inc

69 Lincoln St
Gardner

Aaron Basement Technologies

14 Colony Road
West Springfield

AJ Construction Company

PO Box 541
West Wareham

All In One Remodeling Services

188 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd
East Sandwich

Allsson Home Improvement

15 Garland Rd
Lynn

Ames & Young Inc

5 Vine St
Webster

AMES BUILDERS

PO BOX 1533
North Adams

ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

67 Village St.
Medway

BC Building LLC

Northfield

Bramhall Construction

57 New Athol Rd.
Orange

BuildIt2

192 Wolomolopoag St
Sharon

BURKE CONSTRUCTION CO INC

6 RENFREW ST
Adams

Callahan Tile

serving MA and RI
North Attleboro

CANTY BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION

61 Mechanic Street
Marlborough

Cape Cod Roofing & Siding

111 Hathaway St
Wareham

Care Free Homes Inc

239 Huttleston Ave
Fairhaven

CUSTOM DESIGNS LANDSCAPING

120 LINCOLN RD
Sutton

Custom Homes

58 Newcomb Rd
Stoneham

D & S Custom Carpentry

301 S Main St
Orange

D.L. Sgarzi Builders

Elm Street
Stoneham

DAN MURTHA CONTRACTING

62 HILL ST
Winchendon

DK'S AUTO

Jefferson blvd

GALLO DESIGN AND BUILDERS

15 FRANKLIN
Lenox

GGC Construction, LLC

6418 Green Meadow Rd. NW

Habitech

215 S Main St
Orange

Holden Builders

PO Box 214
Bernardston

Hurlburt Building Contractors

25 Fairman Rd
Orange

jarododea construction

30willis rd
Athol

JRE Masonry

61 Norwood Ter
Holyoke

Kearns Construction

5 Shakedown Street
West Wareham

Keven Werner

197 Parmenter Rd
Bernardston

Kiley Builders LLC

122 Clifton Ave
Chicopee

Linda Smiaroski

56 Lyman Hill Road
Northfield

MRM Contracting

28 Noel Dr
Ashburnham

MSH ARCHITECTURE ASSOC

162 CYNTHIA RD
Newton Center

Nationwide Lifts of Mass

231 Woburn St
Wilmington

Naysa

1 Mifflin Place
Cambridge

Neary Construction

PO Box 245
North Easton

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Old House Works

842 Washington St

Oxford Deleading Inc

8 Lind St
Oxford

Patlin Enterprises

95 East Hawley Rd
Charlemont

PHIL CORMIER CONTRACTING

126 MICHAELS LN
Baldwinville

Platinum Carpentry

PO Box 218
Blackstone

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rick Houldsworth Custom Carpentry

57 W Center Rd
West Stockbridge

ROBERT DEANE EXCAVATING

58 DEANE RD
Bernardston

RYAN HOME SERVICE

www.Boston-Homeservices.com
Kingston

SAM ROSARIO CONSTRUCTION

141 SOUTH FLAGG STREET
Worcester

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Scheer Construction

PO Box 600
Fiskdale

Sebastien Derobert

139 Summer St
Maynard

Sheedy And Sons

5 Commercial Dr Unit 1104
Lakeville

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

Skeean Real Estate

5 S Main St.
Uxbridge

STEPHEN CHASE CONTRACTING

13 NE FITZWILLIAM RD
Royalston

StG Services

111 Plesantdale Rd
Rutland

Sturdy Home Improvement

9 Short St
Worcester

Swiss Appeal Carpentry

151 Purgatory Rd
Whitinsville

T & D Remodeling

North Billerica

Tewksbury Windows & Door

2136 Main St
Tewksbury

The Johnson Group

1810 Franklin Crossing
Franklin

Tom Truong

133 Hancock St
Quincy

Top Notch Transitional Services

3 Boulevard St
Milton

Top Notch Woodworks

1 Cottage St
Easthampton

Tracey Davis DBA JANS Construction

4 Oakmont Ave
Westminster

Vista Home Improvement

2003 Riverdale Road
West Springfield

William Doiron Construction

37 Spruce Dr
Ashburnham

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