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"The work performed was excellent. The island was exposed on the sides and back and required two Ikea pieces be cut with precision in order to achieve a finished look. The workmanship was outstanding the island looks fantastic.
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"Our experience with
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Renovations was simply fantastic. This was our first large home renovation project, and all our more home-construction-savvy friends are very impressed with the results.
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came by within a day of when we called him, gave an estimate by the following day, and started work the following week. Due to an unfortunate experience with another contractor, we were hesitant to give the full project to anyone and so started with a small project with
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(widening of the livingroom opening, removal of built in book cases, and removal of a wall that closed off the first floor from the rest of the house). Within a week, we were very impressed with him and his team, and increased the scope (gradually) until we reached our budget ceiling.
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has the skills, professionalism, team, and positive attitude that made this project not only stress-free, but a pleasure for us. The above - described work was completed in 2 months (April, May). We moved into the house at the end of May, and it took another month (June) for them to add final touches that we knew all along would be done after moving in.
Here are some examples of our experience with
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and his team, which we hope convey why we will continue to use them for all our future home renovation projects:
1. Our neighbors (who saw the entire construction, while we lived 6 blocks away during that period) told us that the team was hard working, considerate of them (didn’t play loud music, or speak loudly), and that they have already signed up with them for projects in their own home. 2. There were two glitches during this job (which I’m told is a small number for a job of this size), and the way
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Renovations handled both is worth noting. a. One of
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’s cleaning crews was supposed to come in to clean the day before we moved in, but life happened and they couldn’t show up. Meanwhile our movers delivered our stuff on schedule and we had a house full of boxes and dust. We called
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, and as soon as he realized that the cleaning crew would not be able to show up that day, he came with his business partner, cleaning supplies, and started cleaning the place himself. After making a dozen phone calls (it was the Saturday of memorial day weekend) he managed to get a second crew to come in later in the day to finish the job. b. The electrician
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originally used as a subcontractor said that his work was complete, so the rest of the team went ahead and closed walls etc. and we all discovered later that many of the switches/fans/outlets had either not been wired, or wired incorrectly. This electrician was highly reviewed on Angie’s list (unfortunately), so in addition to the work that he did on our house as part of
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’s contract, we had separately hired him to do some Ethernet wiring and other misc jobs. When he told us that his work was complete, we paid him our part of the bill. Once we all discovered that he had done a very shoddy job,
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took ownership of both the problems – he found a replacement electrician who completed the work (again, without causing any delays in the overall timeline), AND, took responsibility for recovering our money from the non-performing electrician. He did not have to do the latter for sure, but this is the kind of service we got from
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Renovations.
3. Tadeu, the lead carpenter who worked on our house, created a fine bench in our kitchen based on pictures we found, and then added a custom-made table at his own initiative (and not charging us extra) because he realized that it would be hard for us to find one that fit the bench just right. In addition, he painstakingly ensured that all the doors and moldings matched exactly throughout the house, and the results are beautiful.
4. We showed
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pictures of a brick backsplash (not brick shaped/colored tile), but were not sure whether it would be feasible, given our tight time constraints and the availability of the right materials. A few days later, he showed up with just the right bricks, and managed to get it done without any exorbitant charges or any delay to the timeline.
5. We more than quadrupled the scope of the work compared to the initial project we asked
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to do, and he got all of it done within the same two-month period that he had initially estimated. He delivered on (or ahead of) time and within his original price estimates on all projects.
6. All of his employees and subs are great. Adenis
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, the plumber, is particularly a star. Initially we were not planning to gut the plumbing, but after meeting Adenis and inspecting the state of the old pipes, we are very glad that we did it. He clearly knows his trade, but also went the extra mile to ensure that we were happy with the work. He came in on Saturdays (more than once) after we moved in, just to make sure that all the plumbing was working correctly. He suggested many “upgrades” to the shower (rain shower head, heated towel warmers, heated floors) that we went with, and without any of the ridiculous pricing structure that we had heard from other contractors.
Overall, we are more than pleased with our experience with
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Renovations, and will continue to use him for future projects on our old house!
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We are very glad that things didn’t work out with the Cambridge-based design-build firm we started with because we then found
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’s Renovation on Angie’s list. We called him based on the excellent (and high number of reviews on the list), and are extremely happy with the experience. The owner,
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Laurindo came to provide an estimate within a day of when we called him in the last week of March, and the work started in the first week of April.
The painting crew, lead by
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, was extremely professional from the first day, and most importantly, till the completion of the job. They helped us select colors, sometimes this meant that they had to re-do walls because the colors didn’t turn out the way we had visualized. They were patient and cheerful through the process, and we felt very comfortable working with them. After their job was completed, they even came back to touch up some areas that we had marked up while moving in heavy furniture.
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Renovations will be the only contracting firm we will be using in the future, and based on the results in our house, our friends/neighbors have already called them as well.
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is very good at the carpentry and woodwork aspect of home remodelling, but I was disappionted in his painting. Other painters have included patching and sanding of nail holes and minor wall imperffections in their bids, so I assumed this would be the case with
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when he did some interior painting for me. Not so. He simply painted over those areas. Even spots where he did patch (because I asked him to) weren't done to the level I expected. I also discovered paint on a bedspread and shower curtain once he was gone."
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"Part of our front porch had been demolished during our geothermal heat pump well installation, and needed to be rebuilt.
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rebuilt our porch, adding a small storage shed for garbage cans in the process. We had received a lower bid for this project, but decided to go with
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as we were impressed by their professionalism and the quality of their work.
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and his crew were professional from start to finish, completing all work within a week. They were responsive to our comments, helped us to design the new storage shed, arrived when they said they would, and finished precisely on time -- quite a new experience for us in working with a contractor! Our new front porch has received many compliments, and we would not hesitate to recommend
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to others.
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"Although he started the job, he left abruptly, did not finish it, and did not respond to any phone calls or emails, despite repeated attempts to contact him. At the time of this writing, his phone was disconnected and we have no way of contacting him. "
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"This job should have taken a week. It stretched on for a couple of months and was completed long after the time specified in the contract. My concerns about the quality of the work (cracks in the support beams) were mostly ignored and none of my phone calls were answered."
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"Finished on budget and before estimated completion date.
The quality, value for money and professionalism is very rare in contracting. The best part is that I did not have to make any trips to the hardware store or get any supplies.
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is honest, very skilled and gives very good advice . He has excellent taste in the choice of design, materials and fixtures. He provides excellent value to the client. Our condo association has used him for maintenance and major repairs for more than a decade and we are often amazed at how he can accomplish evreything at a reasonable price.
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"The crew was prompt each day, friendly and worked without blaring radios. Each person was meticulous in his work including using a large magnet to pick up old nails every night. Debris was taken away nightly. Also the weatherstripping around doors, rotted window sills needed replacing, as well as door jamb tweaking needed to be done with a solution to use a brass striping to align both dead bolt locks. They worked with evident pride in the solutions they came up with. The scheduling was efficient and on time, with
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coming by after the work was done to check with us as to any punch list items. Would heartily recommend
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Exterior house painter arranged by G &G is
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Marchet, who will be reviewed separately. HIs crew was also excellent.
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is the general contractor and builder on a very large renovation project on our 1890 Cambridge
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house. If you've ever been in one of them, you'll know that they tend to be chopped up into warrens of small rooms and passageways.
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and his crew removed a load-bearing wall and replaced it with a flush-framed steel I-beam. This turned three small rooms into a large open-plan kitchen/dining room. They replaced all of the windows in the space with new, larger ones, added exterior french doors and closed up old exterior window and door openings. They also refurbished the doors from an original double french door that had been dismantled years ago. They're now used as matching passageway doors on either side of a fireplace between the old part of the house and the renovated part. One door replaced a solid door and the other went into a new opening. They took an old closet that was under the stairs to the 2nd floor and converted into a powder room.
The job has gone very well and the results are better than I'd even imagined.
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and his crew do very careful and thorough work. In all cases, they do work of the quality they'd expect in their own houses. This job was complicated by the fact that we had a specific cabinet shop we wanted to work with.
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showed great flexibility and cooperation with the cabinet guys resulting in a highly precise and finished result. Another complicating factor is that our design is very contemporary and our house is not.
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worked well with us and our architect to provide solutions to carpentry and other construction issues that arise when renovating old houses. For example: Part of our plan called for removing part of the central load-bearing wall supporting the two upper floors and replacing it with a beam. The trouble is that our house was framed with a combination of balloon and timber framing techniques that are rarely used anymore. This issue wasn't apparent until the space had been stripped to the framing. There was no way to support the part of this wall that's on the second floor and supporting the third floor from the first floor. They constructed a temporary A-frame support structure on the 2nd floor that essentially held the 2nd floor wall up by the top - as if a pair of tweezers was pinching it from above. Not only did that solve the support issue, but it made it possible for the beam to be inserted flush with the 2nd floor joists. Now the entire ceiling of the new space is a single plane. We have
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to thank for this. It was his suggestion to frame it flush. There are quite a few other instances in which his collaborative approach resulted in a better end product.
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's billing and pricing is totally transparent. We knew exactly what we paid for and how much we paid for it. It made budgeting much easier. This was an expensive job, but that was up to us. The way it was priced gave us the option of being frugal or extravagant in just about any facet of the project. We were able to prioritize our spending to get the things we really cared about (the Capital Culinarian rangetop) and save on the things we were less picky about (painted poplar millwork vs. natural cherry). There's no question that we got our money's worth.
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demands quality work of himself as well as his subs. He won't hesitate to re-do something that didn't come out the way it was supposed to. For example, one of the details of the kitchen is a vertical glass subway tile backsplash for the rangetop. The design of it was such that it had to be very precisely aligned with the upper cabinets, the stone countertop backsplash, and the cut-out for the rangetop. If anything was off, it would stick out like a sore thumb. The tiler had done a hurried job of it leaving uneven, out-of-plumb grout lines. I noticed it right away, but
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already had it on his list of things to fix. He ended up parting ways with the tiler. His finish carpenter and all around problem solver, Junior, spent a good chunk of time pulling the tiles off the wall, cleaning the mortar off of them, and re-tiling the backsplash. Now it's absolutely dead-on perfect. Just about every time I've noticed an issue,
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was already aware of and dealing with it.
Another example of the quality of work is the wiring. The existing wiring was an absolute rats nest. All of it came out and was replaced by the neatest, most organized residential wiring I've ever seen. All of the wires run parallel to each other and the framing with uniform spacing between them. The switch banks are logically organized and the receptacles are well spaced and level. The electrician was quickly able to relocate an active bundle of wires that had been haphazardly installed in a plumbing chase to the upper floors. By doing so, we were able to shrink the chase and reclaim that space to make the powder room bigger.
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and his crew are all very approachable and friendly. I'm a renovation/architecture nut that would generally drive builders nuts.
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and his guys have been genuinely open to my questions and input. I've enjoyed being part of the design, planning, and problem-solving process. They've all been willing to take the time to objectively consider and validate my position on issues. I've never felt ignored or dismissed during the project. This has been very important to me since the priority of this project wasn't resale value. Every decision we've made will have an impact on our day-to-day lives for years to come.
I would, and will, use
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again without a second thought. We'll be redoing our front porch and entryway some time in the next few years. He'll be the first person I call.
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1st Choice Home Improvement Assoc

95 Warren Street West
Raynham, MA

3G's Construction

63 E Central St
Natick, MA

6-J Construction

27 Pudding Street
Uxbridge, MA

A Cosco & Son LLC

75 Nyack St
Watertown, MA

A G RELIABLE REMODELING

41 WHITTEMORE RD
Framingham, MA

A M CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INC

52 NANTASKET AVE
Hull, MA

A&A Construction

256 West Central st
Franklin, ma

A&A Construction LLC

7 Fulton St
Hudson, NH

A&M General Contractors & Builders LLC

232 S Main st
Randolph, MA

A+ Plus Quality Plastering

2B Shingle Mill Rd.
Hudson, NH

A. M. Carpentry

Rehoboth, MA

A.D. Builders

300 brickstone square
Andover, MA

A.G.S REMODELING

77 oaks rd
Framinham, ma

AA Tofani Construction Co Inc

29 Holly Ln
Ashland, MA

ABACUS BUILDERS

604 freeport st #4
Boston, MA

ABCO MASONRY RESTORATION

2001 BEACON ST
Brighton, MA

ABLE ELECTRICAL CO

PO BOX 633
Atkinson, NH

Aboveboard Contracting

12 liberty hill dr
Blackstone, MA

ABRN DEVELOPMENT CORP

755 HEMENWAY STREET
Marlborough, MA

ABSOLUTE GENERAL CONTRACTING,INC.

75 STANDISH RD
Milton, MA