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"These people are bad news! They do terrible work and are scam artists. We hired them to build a walkout basement for our new house. First, Skip dug the hole in the" wrong place. Not sure how, but he missed where I wanted it by about 30 feet. Next, he placed the support beams in the wrong place. And what's worse is he didn't even know it - I had to point it out to him. Apparently, he doesn't know how to read a set of plans. Let's see...the backhoe I rented? He tore it up. The concrete finishing machine that he rented?
had to call the police to come pick it up at his house. The concrete forms that he rented? I had to take them back to GFS after they had been overdue for several weeks. Oh, the basement that we hired him to complete? He had to tear down one wall that he put up because it started to crack badly within a week of putting it up and he poured it 3 feet out of square! Avoid
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-missie W.

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was the contractor in the job. He was on time for every appointment. He returned texts and calls within minutes. He completed everything" he said he would within budget, and the work was very good. When
said he would do some research and get back to us, the turnaround was never more than a couple of days, and there were always several products to review. I was very happy with
and his team, and would definitely recommend him to someone looking for a contractor.

-Kit B.

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Building or expanding a garage

A homeowner's guide to options for having a new garage built or remodeling an existing garage to convert to livable space.

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Ballpark number - $30-50/SF for normal garage - in your area, considering need for perimeter foundation to get below frost depth, probably about $40/SF unfinished, $50 finished.

In your area, if you can afford it, I would talk to a Realtor friend (or the one who sold you the house) about how much value a garage would add, and the difference between one and two car - very few houses are built with one cars these days except on narrow city lots, so it might pay (if your budget can handle it) to make it a two-car while you are at it.

Also, a standard 1 car is about 12 x 20 feet - if you make it large enough for a full size pickup or SUV then about 12 x 24 or 12 x 26', which could improve resale value. The current trend is toward 8 to 8-1/2' ceilings and 7-1/2 to 8 foot high entry clearances also, rather than 7 to 7-1/2' ceiling and 6-1/2 foot beam clearance, to handle larger pickups and SUV's with racks.

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Definitely - if you are interested, there are good videos on how it works on This Old House and Hometime websites, and probably on Youtube too, or google  -  "epoxy floor covering"

It takes A LOT of careful prep and you have limited working time to handle it (it is a 2-component product like epoxy glues and fibreglass resin, so has vdery limited working time after you mix the two components), so unless you are quite experienced with fast-setting finishes I would NOT recommend you do it yourself - get it wrong and it is MUCH harder to remove than to put on. Also, it is important to sprinkle the non-slip material over it at the right time without stepping in it or getting any on flooring that is not yet covered with the epoxy.

Find a specialty contractor for garage floor sealing - normal painters and contractors may or may not know how to do it. Rough cost estimate, WITHOUT moving a lot of stuff in and out of the garage, $1.25-3.00/SF depending on how expensive a finish you get. Keep in mind you will have to move everything out of the garage for a few days to a week, or pay them to come twice (which I have seen done) - to do it by halves about a week apart, with you moving workbenches, tool chests, etc from one end of the garage to the other before they come back.

There are a lot of off-brand products out there - a lot of them are garbage, and some claiming to be epoxy are not even 2-component, so not true epoxy. I would stay with national industrial brand names like PPG, Rustoleum, Armorchip, AkzoNobel, Dulux, ISF - the ones made by consumer paint companies like Behr, Sherwin Williams, etc seem to have a lot of bad press about them.

One thing to consider, is if your slab was coated with a water repellent or sealer, that will probably have to be sandblasted or ground off before an epoxy can adhere properly - for about $0.50-1.00/SF more.

If you are not up to spending $1000 or so on protecting a floor you drive on, you can get Rustoleum Epoxy Shield Concrete Floor Paint for about $40/gallon that, as long as you degrease and scrub the floor well before hand, sticks quite well including over a normal concrete sealer. While the rustoleum stuff is actually an acrylic, not a true epoxy, it does good for the $. The competing latex concrete paints peel and lift off in no time - they are fine for coating a basement floor to reduce moisture passage before putting down flooring, but do not hold up to garage traffic.

I redo the central driven-on half of mine for about $45 in degreaser and paint about every 10 years and while it does not look like a showroom floor after the first few weeks, it does the job of being easy to clean and repels most vehicle stains (except gasoline, paint solvents like laquer thinner or acetone, or automotive spray solvents like brake or carb cleaner, which will all soften and bubble it). It also is not anywhere as slippery as an epoxy finish. You do have to let it dry a full week to avoid peeling from tires sitting on it.

As a condo owner I presume you have checked with the condo manager - most condos have rules about types of finishes that can be used, and in some cases even colors.

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That is a pretty old and small house to be putting much money into.

My recommendation would be to do no more than box in the carport as a garage, if you have use for that.

Adding a bathroom and laundry room to a garage generally means a new foundation for them, so significant cost for the small added space you are getting. Generally, one would recommend an addition rather than putting those in a garage. However, for this old a house an addition could be equal to the value of the house.

My recommendation - talk to the Realtor you bought it from, or a Realtor friend, about what certain improvements could do to the value of the house. I fear you will find that anything other than a teardown might not add to value at all, because any significant addition to that old a house, and that size if typical of the neighborhood, would make it an oddball house for the area and reduce rather than enchance saleability.

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Garage Building reviews in Kent City

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did a great job building our garage. We worked with
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and could not be happier with the service he and
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's crews provided. As with any new construction job, there were a few snags along the way, but all of them were worked out in a timely manner. Building in the late fall means that there will most likely be some weather related delays, but
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managed to keep close to the original schedule. I especially appreciate
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's attention to quality. There were a few of items I didn't notice during construction that he insisted be corrected by
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's subcontractors, which they did promptly and correctly. In addition, he made a number of suggestions on the design and materials used that resulted in a much better end result. Everything looks good after three months, and I have no doubt we have a garage that is built to last.
- Glenn L.
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Awesome, as usual. I have used
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for years now. He has been replacing my windows a few at a time over the last year. He also put a new roof on before that. I call
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for all my home repairs, although I tend to wait til I have a few things to be done before I call. Otherwise, he'd be here all the time. :) He is very talented and has good solutions. And you will never find a harder worker. He shows up when he says he will. Honestly, I can't say enough good things.
- Marcia J.
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Crew arrived on time. Quality of construction was better than expected. Crew cleaned up all debris and finished by 400 PM.
- Andrew H E.
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The team of carpenters that the owner assembled were simply amazing. They operate with speed and efficiency and in no time they all had the entire building up and ready for me to start loading all my belongings inside. They did an incredible job, and I couldn't be more happier than what I got from them. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a pole building, you won't regret hiring
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out of North Branch, MN. They are the best!!!!!
- Curtis L.
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TJ was punctual, immediately. Started working. He was personable and professional. I would definitely hire him again. Very quality work.
- Elaine K.
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I started a project and couldn't finish it; 1. I didn't have the right tool for the task 2. I had to leave out of state. In contrary to a previous review, Chip (
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) did provided me “based on my explanation” a “ballpark” guess of the cost. This is not an estimate but it did help with my budget considerations. Chip was more than happy to work with me in relation to my work schedule and demands. Chip worked with my wife to ensure the project was finished to her satisfaction. I will be asking Chip to help with other projects while I’m out of state and most likely work in partnership on some projects I have scheduled in the spring. If you need a figure ask for a good guess but keep in mind it’s only a guess. If you need a job done to your saisfaction ask for Chip.
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gets an A+ for work completed and an A+ for doing it with a good attitude.


- David B.
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The sales experience was excellent. At construction, the crew arrived on time. Did an excellent job of constructing the shed. Did an excellent job cleaning up and were very professional.
- Chris G.
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He was very friendly and talked a lot - which is OK. but this gave the impression that he did not have much business. We were getting ready to have a garage sale and had a lot of antique tools and several things that interested him. He bartered for things he wanted for a reduction in his fee - which does not seem professional behavior. And, this is the reason I cannot remember the cost of his service but know I paid him something in addition to letting him take a
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birdhouse, etc. I remember telling him I would not sell him items I had specifically listed in the ad for the garage sale because it did not seem fair to those who may come to see something specific. I do not think he came to the garage sale.
- Fred C.

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24seven Roofing & Storm Restoration LLC

3323 South Creek
Grand Rapids

4 STAR BUILDERS, INC

3326 LENEDO
Muskegon

A&M Siding Of W Michigan

11830 Stultz St NE
Rockford

All in One Builders Inc

1950 Waldorf St Nw
Grand Rapids

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E. Grand River Rd.
Williamston

AMADEUS REMODELING & CONSTRUCTION

23726 W COUNTRY LINE RD
Sand Lake

Anderson Home & Restoration LLC

3850 Murray Lake Ave
Lowell

BACKYARD BUILDERS

7090 Browmyer dr
Rockford

Black Dog Construction

317 S 7th St
Grand Haven

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Bolen's Home Improvement

12015 Macclain NE
Cedar Springs

Bosworth Builders LLC

3692 Whitetail Trail
Marne

Brad's Cleaners

9410 SW Greenville Rd
Greenville

Brian Thompson

1079 Cutter Pkwy SE
Grand Rapids

Bushwood Construction Co. LLC

1621 Lockhart Ave NW
Grand Rapids

C.L. Kruithoff Building Company

2257 28th Street
Allegan

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Chandonnet Builders

2471 Whitehall rd
Muskegon

Christopher Framing

8656 Taylor St

Chucks Do It All Maintenance LLC

610 Pleasant St SE
Grand Rapids

Clark's Construction

396 W Lakewood Blvd
Holland

Corridor Design

PO Box 462
Saugatuck

Countyline Construction Services LLC

11110 Wilson St
Coopersville

Custom Carpentry & Design

760 Greenbrier Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Custom Construction of Michigan

6885 Kayboer Dr
Jenison

Custom Upgrades, LLC.

747 44th St SW
Wyoming

Daimler Builders

3551R Vineyard Ave NE
Grand Rapids

Davies Builders LLC

356 Summit Ave NE
Rockford

Detailed Exteriors

11932 Jonker Way
Holland

Diversified Home Services LLC.

756 Rusty Dr.S.E.
Grand Rapids

Dulyea Construction

7042 Bouman Drive
Middleville

E & M CONSTRUCTION

445 Chasseral Dr NW
Comstock Park

GALLAGHER DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

851 FULTON ST W
Grand Rapids

Gallagher Design Inc.

851 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids

Galloway Custom Homes

12261 Cleveland St Ste A
Nunica

GREAT LAKES DECKING & FENCE

5970 15 Mile Rd NE
Cedar Springs

GROOT BUILDERS & REALTY

971 Rosewood St.
Jenison

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

HI-LO BUILDERS INC

9617 BAUMHOFF AVE NW
Sparta

His Builder LLC

2855 34th Street
Allegan

Home Specialists LLC

237 Steele St
Grand Rapids

Hudson Home Improvement

1167 Madison Ave SE Ste 7
Grand Rapids

Hudsonville Contractors LLC

7559 36th Ave
Hudsonville

HYLEN BUILDERS LLC

13135 STATE RD
Nunica

J & H Custom Concrete

130-2 Irving Rd
Middleville

Jacobsen Remodeling Inc

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

JBJ Builders Inc.

9299 Towering Oaks Dr
Comstock Park

Jeff Deters Builders, Inc.

3566 Walnut park Dr.
Hamilton

Jobson Construction

Comstock Park

JOE'S Clean Up Service

Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids

John Grace Construction LLC

201 Ball Park Blvd NW
Grand Rapids

Jones Construction and Consulting

963 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids

JR SEPPALA BUILDERS

8889 Marabella Court NE
Rockford

Karasiewicz Construction, Inc.

9280 Wolven Ave NE
Rockford

KEITH BOVEN BUILDER

5565 BAUER RD
Hudsonville

kelly morgan

2060 engleside dr se
Grand Rapids

KEN ENGELKING BUILDERS

3598 BABYLON RD
Allegan

Kingdom Construction Inc.

23927 Ecorse Rd
Taylor

KMF Construction

Grandville

Koetje Builders Inc

547 Baldwin St
Jenison

KUIPER CONSTRUCTION

3822 Murray View Dr NE
Lowell

LangCo Builders

2206 Highlander DR. SE
Grand Rapids

Lehnert Construction Services

1921 108th St. SW
Byron Center

Mark of all Trades

11135 26th Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Master Craftsmen Handyman

623 Chary View Ct NW
Kent City

MDM Specialties

754 220th ave
Morley

Meticulous Builders

2430 Bayne Rd
Twin Lake

Midwest Builders

P.O. Box 67
Nunica

Mike Schaap Builders

12969 Greenly St
Holland

Mr Fix-It Construction LLC

3983 4 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids

Mueller Builders, LLC

4224 4 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids

NG Builders

11540 Rooksby St
Sand Lake

North Kent Contractors

16673 Tyrone Ave
Kent City

Northwest Tile & Interiors

2571 N. Gordon St.
White Cloud

Novak's Remodeling and Repair

1419 W LAKEWOOD BLVD
Holland

NYSTROM BUILDERS

5995 12 Mile Rd NE
Rockford

Odd Job Todd

2327 Greenview Drive SW
Wyoming

Pabco Services LLC

1136 Fallbrook
Allegan

Perfectly Square Construction

924 Crescent
Grand Rapids

PHB Construction LLC

11747 Orchard Park Dr
Sparta

Phoenix Home Improvement LLC

4398 Roger B Chaffee Blvd SE
Grand Rapids

PINE CREEK CONSTRUCTION INC

50 W 3rd St
Holland

POTTER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

4648 BURGIS AVE SE
Grand Rapids

Professional Home Improvements Inc

3955 W River Dr NE
Comstock Park

R&C Construction and renovation

10245 10 mile rd ne
Rockford

Rasmussen Exteriors

2914 3 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids

Reliable Vendors

1438 Rathbone S.W.
Grand Rapids

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak

Renaissance Exteriors & Remodeling

2540 Sun Valley St
Jenison

RESTORATIONS INC

1201 DIVISION AVE S
Grand Rapids

Riverland Building

4480 W Nestel Rd
Houghton Lake

Robert J. Timmer Builder

3576 Raylynn Lane
Hamilton

ROCKWOOD CONSTRUCTION INC

157 W DIVISION ST
Rockford

ROGER MARCY BUILDERS, LLC

PO BOX 354
Saugatuck

S.A.H. Building and Remodeling

P.O. Box 132
Six Lakes

Schreur Builders

538 Flat River Dr SE
Lowell

Set Apart Construction

9844 Byron Center Ave SW
Byron Center

Sherd Construction And Services LLC

1112 N Black River Drive
Holland

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Siler Builders LLC

2483 Northville Dr NE
Grand Rapids

Smith & Son Building & Remodeling

1409 Sullivan Rd.
Ravenna

Structured Homes by Wilson Inc

8180 19 Mile Rd
Sand Lake

Summit Construction & Mgmt.

1393-40th st
Wyoming

Sunshine Home Improvement

2080 W 136th St
Grant

Surpass Renovations Inc & Scott Christopher Homes

620 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids

Tekton Residential

665 Rudy St NE
Grand Rapids

The Handyman & Moore LLC

3147 Peachleaf Ct
Holland

Thomas Johnson Builder Inc

9711 Coldwater Crk NE
Rockford

Tim Higbee

1835 Martin Ave SE
Grand Rapids

TJP Designs and Construction LLC

4520 3 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids

Van's Handyman

1042 Brentwood St
Jenison

VanDussen Home Services

7621 Adams St
Zeeland

Veenstra Construction

4958 Pine Island Dr NE
Comstock Park

Victory Builders

4096 OMAHA ST SW
Grandville

Vieau Consruction

Middleville

W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd
Marshall

Weatherhead & Sons Inc

2106 Plainfiled Ave NE
Grand Rapids

Weber Lumber

465 Ottawa St
Muskegon

WOLFE CONSTRUCTION INC

15290 TISDEL AVE
Cedar Springs

Word Custom Builders, Inc.

2709 Wellspring Ct NW
Grand Rapids

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