Cumberland Home Builders

in Cumberland, MD

56
Home Builders are
in Cumberland

7
Home Builders in Cumberland
are top rated

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Anna M.
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is so thorough and kept me updated the entire length of the project. He sent almost daily texts with updates. He was easy to get a hold of and always on time." He did a fantastic job managing the project. When we hit a project hick up, those always happen,
found a solution. He wasn't the lowest bid but worth every cent. We will be hiring him again for future projects.
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Melinda W.
"We chose
because offered the most impressive, quality homes of the companies we had taken the design to. We were impressed with their level of service and contractors." The job took eight months to complete. It was little longer than expected, but they kept into good communication with us.
is the VP of the company and we dealt closely with him.
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Aaron R.
"I had a great experience initially. However, I have a problem with the roof leaking 2 years later and I cannot get a response. He no showed me TWICE on the same day. I was even trying" to give him additional work.
- the owner, came highly recommended by several people I know, and his business is apparently all word of mouth. I sent him several referrals over the past two years, and now, after 2 no shows and lack of communication - I would NOT recommend him to anyone.

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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 Cumberland

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showed up on time, did a great job in a timely manner and at a reasonable price. I couldn't ask for a better experience with a contractor. They are great at what they do and I will definitely hire them again.
- James M.
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It went well in the beginning, with the husband finding many plans for us to choose from and good consultation from both the husband and the wife. She is the actual builder, but the husband was very nice during the preliminary meetings and was one of the reasons we selected her. We had heard some things about this builder beforehand in terms of responsiveness and difficulty to work with so we confronted her about it and she said it would not happen, that she would work with both me and my husband equally and professionally. We were so excited because we loved the quality of her work even if they were a bit more in terms of cost.

Once we began the design process with the architect, she was completely absent from any involvement. I wasn't concerned at first but then our architect said he'd never seen anything like it, that most builders were very involved in the design process as a consultant - in order to keep costs in check. She ignored our architect's emails, in fact. I tried to include her in the process, but she kept saying she was going to wait till the end, till the plans were done. So we continued with the architect, not wanting to slow things down, and that's when she stopped communicating with me altogether. Texts went unanswered and emails not responded to - for nearly three weeks. It was very disturbing because I didn't know what I had done wrong.

My husband then reached out to her so we could have a meeting with the architect and she responded quickly to him - which was odd. She called him back right away in fact. Then my husband asked me to send her a text as a test (she had just responded to him) and sure enough, she ignored me. So he called her and during this discussion, she said she is used to working with the man as the dominant one in the process and the woman is typically passive, and even referenced a few of our neighbors as an example. My husband was stunned, said she had obviously deviated away from what they said at that first meeting, and terminated the relationship. It was all a very sad turn of events and didn't need to happen. It was just not professionally handled at all.
- Carolyn M.
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Highly intelligent, great design ideas and insight into my current designers lack of thought. Referenced another designer to me to finish out the practical aspects of the project. Would definitely hire for quality, but was higher priced than I would like to pay. Might still use him in the end.
- Marie T.
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On April 21, 2014, the owner had a 3:00 PM appointment to meet with us at our home. He failed to show up, and we ended up telephoning him 20 or so minutes after the scheduled time to see if he was coming. He told us he had completely forgotten about the appointment. He apologized profusely and offered to come right away, and he arrived about 40 minutes later.
On May 14, he sent us an email with an estimate for the work. We accepted it, and he and his brother then met with us on May 19. At that time, the owner requested that we agree to delay start of construction by five weeks, with a start date of June 23, with the promise that once our job was started, he could dedicate his whole crew to our job, and it would be completed in five weeks (
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He made numerous promises to us, and we accepted his word as professional and a gentleman. Unfortunately, the only promise he kept to us was that we would be happy with the work quality and the completed project, which we were. But, there were numerous delays that could and should have been avoided. The job was not fully completed until October 3, 2014, over two months after his promised completion date. The fact that we were repeatedly inconvenienced didn't seem to matter to him.
There are two reasons I would not use this contractor again and would not recommend him to others: The first reason is that it became apparent to us that when he gives his word to a client, it doesn't mean anything to him. And the second reason is his defensive attitude when, upon completion of the job, we confronted him with his numerous breaches of contract (unwritten contract because he failed to provide the written contract he had promised). And he insisted the delays were caused by another job that had gone badly. He, apparently, forgot about the 3-day delay caused early on by his failure to have the required documents when the inspector came to give initial approval, so we did not get approved. And the delay caused by his failure to get an inspection done to allow the stucco subcontractor to perform his work. And the several delays caused by problems with his vehicles or other equipment, and his crew not having tools and other materials they needed to complete specific work assignments, necessitating trips into
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and back, approximately 20 miles round trip, not to mention the number of times they borrowed tools and other items from us.

- Helen R.
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It was
time to add to start thinking about adding to the family and therefore we
needed to add to the house. Remodeling in the past has been one of the most
stressful ordeals I've gone through and I wasn't looking forward to it again.
We got several bids, and everyone seemed nice enough going through the bid...More /> process, but
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seemed engaged and interested in figuring out the best way
for us to get the extra space we needed. He understood that our budget and
worked with us to maximize what we could get with the money we had to spend.
We weren't sure initially where we were going to
do the addition. We had two separate directions we could go.
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created
floor plans for both options and broke down the advantages and disadvantages of
both. We had ideas, but he had a vision. The hardest thing to do is really see
the process of going from where things are to where you want them to end.
We have kids in the house and so we wanted to
make sure the crew was trustworthy, clean and courteous. They were engaging and
respectful and did their best to make sure that the house was clean and usable
when we got home since we were living in the house during the remodel.
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made sure to keep us up to date on the
work schedule, and so far the schedule is perfect.
We are done with the foundation some plumbing
and electrical and framing. With no surprises. On a past remodel with
another company it seemed like every day I got a call telling me that something
had changed and of course the costs had gone up with it.
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made sure to be
thorough and made sure he understood the project and our house before giving
the quote. My wife and I did not have the additional worry of trying to find
new money for previously undisclosed costs. I can't emphasize enough how
important that was to us.

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will continue to post updates.
- avi S.
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All of the carpenter's work was completed without incident of any kind. He was prompt and cleaned up. He protected the surrounding floor and woodwork. I have no complaints of any kind and recommend without reservation.
- Michael W.
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The job was great! I needed all the contents of the barn removed and covered with tarps, then the gravel floor regarded, concrete poured and the contents moved back once the concrete had cured.
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and his crew did a fantastic job.

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is the owner, and he is very busy, hence sometimes difficult to get out to look at a new job quickly.
- James A.

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1st Security Home Security

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr
Ellicott City

ADG Contractor

3120 Collie Lane

ALPHA PLUMBING

13709 MOORES HOLLOW RD SE
Cumberland

AOK Remodeling

4016 Main St
Grasonville

Arthur Bond Home Improvements

145 Mount Pleasant St
Frostburg

assa construction services,llc

9304 player drive
Laurel

ATLANTIC GROUP

887 PATTERSON AVE
Cumberland

B.N.M Construction

10209 Saint Paul Dr
Cumberland

BELT CONSTRUCTION

11521 MILNOR AVE
Cumberland

Bridge Masters LLC

9709 Manassas Drive

C & C Framing Construction Inc. MHIC#123161

17435 General Lee Drive
Sharpsburg

C E J'S CONSTRUCTION INC

420 WILLIAMS ST
Cumberland

CARL BELT INC

11521 MILNOR AVE
Cumberland

CHALET HOME IMPROVEMENTS

128 Virginia Ave
Cumberland

CMS Urethane Sytems Inc

239 Fell Rd
Rising Sun

D & S Builders

331 Apple Grove School Rd

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Eicholtz Construction LLC

107 Maple Ave
Goldsboro

EURO DESIGN REMODEL

5483 Harris Farm Ln
Clarksville

FIRE WORKS CLEANING

12210 CONWAY RD
Beltsville

FOXCRAFT HOMEBUILDERS

12816 WINCHESTER RD SW
Cumberland

GORNALL CONSTRUCTION INC

408 Long St
Cumberland

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd

Haldeman's Construction

6250 Rock Hill Rd.

HAMPTON CONSTRUCTION

47 E Elder St
Cumberland

HARBEL INC

11521 MILNOR AVE
Cumberland

HAUPT CONSTRUCTION CO

12 N WOODLAWN AVE
Cumberland

HILLEGAS CONSTRUCTION INC

1032 HARDING AVE
Cumberland

JACK ABELL INC

PO BOX 3024
Cumberland

JES Foundation Repair

569 Central Dr

K C Builders Inc

128 Crystal Hallow Rd

Northwest Log Homes

226 Kirkhoff rd
Westminster

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

P S & D CONTRACTORS

14516 HAZEN RD NE
Cumberland

PENNER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

925 GRAND AVE
Cumberland

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION & MNTNC

13517 WINTERS LN
Cumberland

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RGA BUILDERS

HC 79 BOX 40I

Robey Inc.

1634 Old Westminster Pike
Westminster

ROLYN Companies

5706 FREDERICK AVE
Rockville

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SHANNON REALTY & LAND CO

8511 MANASSAS DR

SMITHGROUPBUILDERS,LLC

5464 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg

SOMERSET STEEL ERECTION CO

115 ELIZABETH ST
Cumberland

Wantz Construction Co Inc

4004 Sykesville Rd
Finksburg

WESTERN MARYLAND RESTORATION

111 GREENE ST
Cumberland

WHARTON'S CONSTRUCTION

52 PARKSIDE BLVD
Cumberland

WILLIAM H RYAN

312 Prince George St
Cumberland

WINDSOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

9589 WOODLAND DR
Woodsboro

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