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remodeled the entire bathroom. He is very reliable, punctual, competent, friendly and stay's in the budget. The project was done within" the quote he gave me and the timeline! He coordinated all with the electrician, the floor guy etc., we are super happy with our new bathroom

-Marc F.

is very responsive, responsible and trustworth. He managed the project very well, we stayed in the budget - the quote you get is what you" pay for. The project was done on time and in excellent quality and he responded quickly to my questions by e-mail or text. I hired him for doing also a mirror bathroom, our flooring too.

-Marc F.

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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
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!
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).

"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
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followed up with a professional estimate of the work to be performed. Unfortunately, in the meantime, a much more serious issue arose that redirected my attention and efforts. The new, urgent problem of critical proportions had to be moved up in my list of priorities, and the job of repairing the badly worn steps to the basement had to be put on hold until sometime in the future. I will certainly call
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- Wesley B.

They did an excellent job. We first learned of
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of Angies List in 2011, more or less. Bill Buckleman came to the house and gave me the original idea for the project as the best way to solve our needs. That was the first phase. Over the next couple of years, as we planned for the changes, we requested and received a number of estimates, all much higher than his. We liked Bill Buckleman not only for producing the lowest estimate but also because he was willing to work with us on every aspect of the project, taking a
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on getting started with the foundation even before our loan was approved and allowing us to do the final painting, flooring and woodworking in order to save some money. Another thing that really impressed us was how they used first class building materials that went beyond those demanded by code in terms of strength and structural support. The subcontractors were excellent craftsmen - the plumber, electricians, drywallers, tilers, and stucco guys. Everything blended in well with our existing walls, floors and finishes. I highly recommend
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and still call some of "his guys" to do side jobs on our house.
- Cliff W.

He finished on time, extremely good job, cleaned up after work done. He actually came in under his estimate ! Would have him again and would recommend him to every one. The other companies estimate was over $1500 higher.
- Jim V.

t took him forever to come up with the project. Said he would include plants That the plants where not going to cost him much because they get free plant leftovers and a
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To the project, my fault for not reading my contract he never Itemized those items I took his word. Also while signing He mention a payment plan.Mr.
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stated "don't worry you don't have to pay all the money at once you can do payment plans"I just paid $2000.00 half of the project I paid him about a week ago today Sep 10. Upon the payment I told him I was not happy with the end result. my patio looks messy and couple of sprinklers are broken. the plants promised would be placed for aditional cost as well as the
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. The delivery guy with pavers was very lazy and did not delivered pavers in the right place of the house if I wouldn't have been at home he would have left them in my front yard on top of my lawn . I had to asked him to move them. End result aweek after paying half and asking him to do a payment plan of 2,000..in $500 dollar payments for four months
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I want my patio to look nice and the way it is is not! The secretary just called to harass me over the phone saying I have to pay the other 2,000.00 rightaway.So Mr. J. Fifus never call me back to arrange the payments like he said but he let the secretary call to harrasme. So just ended the call with him, He apologize for his srcretary, but at the end told me that my job did not pay his bills (so my money was penuts) and that they don't finance for that.Nice to know...also the stones are not like they look in the pictures. I will update with pictures.
- catalina W.

They are a good group a family members who have been working together for years. They did a fair amount of demolition and had to rebuild the bathroom from the studs. It was formerly a 50 sf bath that became 97 sf after part of an unused hall was incorporated. Everything new was installed, including a sink, cabinet, tub, shower, flooring and tile. Turned out beautiful. This is an old-school crew of workers who will want you to pick the items out at the store or order online. They have trucks to go get what you pick out and will tell you how much flooring or tile to buy, but you will have to come up with the design you want. I liked working that way since it made it less expensive and I was able to get what I wanted done without dealing with a designer or head contractor.

- Sandra H.

Very pleased with the level professionalism that MN works by... They were there to answer my questions no matter how big or small! I will definitely give them a call back for future work. It was a pleasure
- Kate M.

Everything go fine with the BBC. They are very good people and Responsible. Always be there to answer question and situation during contruction.. I recommend
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for a future proyect, very profesional .
- Carmen R.

Beware, this company used to be called DMS or Dimensional Construction
Very bad service, as they used the wrong shingles color in my roof and basically called me a liar and that I had chosen the color they installed
They came to my neighborhood soliciting services because of supposed hail damage last year!
When I told them I was not ready to pay for the roof until later, they put a lot of pressure to try to get the work done ASAp and threatened me with the permit expiring soon. The permit was going to expire much later than what they told me.
They came to my house unsolicited trying to figure out when I would be ready to have the roof replaced.
They dealt very poorly with my title company when I had to have the roof repaired in order to close on my refinancing and I was not aware of that.
They put liens in my house which did not allow me to pay for the roof in installments.
Do not use this company for anything. They must have changed their name from Dimensional Construction to HomeOwner Choice Construction for a reason!
Look at another example of the ripoff report on another customer with the same scam, which unfortunately I found out after the fact.
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- shakira R.

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Ritz Renovations

PO Box 241448
Saint Paul


5424 44TH ST SE


4960 120th St W
Saint Paul

Robert Dana Design

9900 13th Avenue N STE 100


5365 Painter Creek Green
Maple Plain

Robert Linden Const. / Balance LLC

4356 5th St NE


12268 Nicollet Ave

Rock Creek Builders Inc

15861 101st Street SE

Rodriguez ConstructionLLC

4194 147th Ave NW

RollingBrock Homes, Inc.

PO Box 296

Roofs R US

1922 26th Ave NW
Saint Paul


2578 7TH AVE E
Saint Paul



Sandau Construction Co Inc

9925 Lyndale Ave S


13053 N Northstar Dr

Sara's Cleaning Service

723 Tyler Street NE

Scheftel Construction

3220 Snelling Ave S

Schiller Squared Enterprise Inc

680 Hale Ave N Ste 170
Saint Paul

Schmitz Home Services LLC

6230 Elm Tree Ave


240 Minnetonka Ave S

Scott Breuer Construction

15717 Saint Andrews Ln

Sela Roofing & Remodeling

4100 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park

Select Insulation Systems Inc

6884 E Fish Lake Rd
Maple Grove

Sharpe Construction LLC

6644 90th St S
Cottage Grove

Sharpe Edge Construction LLC

694 30th St SW

Shaw/Stewart Lumber

645 Johnson Street NE

Sicora Inc

5601 W Lake St

Signature Design Build

14451 Hwy 7 Suite B

Silent Watchdog Video Surveillance

12350 Holly St NW

Simply Beautiful Remodeling LLC

1951 Francis Ct


North Oaks

SK-Builders & Re-Roofing LLC

4171 160th St E

Skyhawk Companies LLC

12441 Nicollet Ave South

SLW Builders LLC

7848 Parquet Ave NE

Small Town Values Contracting Inc

17070 Forfar Ct

Smart Construction & Remodeling Inc

8432 Xerxes Ave N



Soleil Design Inc

1066 Circle Dr E


6902 189th Ln NW



SpaceMakers Remodeling

3006 Leyland View

Spartan, Inc.

2650 2nd Ave
North Saint Paul

SPD Construction

2640 Aldrich Ave S

SS Hammer Man Inc

8081 Jeffery Lane S
Cottage Grove

Stat Homes LLC

129 Tower Ave Po Box 44
Silver Lake

Stellar Homes & Remodeling

7910 Ranier Lane North
Maple Grove

Steven Horne Homes

2921 Hanson Ct


Saint Paul

Stone Cottage Construction

14787 Energy Way
Apple Valley

Stonehearth Remodeling & Exteriors

2618 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids




153 Lake St E

Streich Custom Home Design

2222 Veterans Memorial Blvd NW

Strole & Company LLC

Saint Paul


103 Orlin Ave SE

Structures By Stroud LLC

220 Douglas Drive South

Studio Rebus Inc/Rebus Design Group

7601 Zane Avenue North
Brooklyn Park

Sub-Contractor Services

170 63 1/2 Way NE


St. Paul

SummerWood of Chanhassen

525 Lake Dr

Sumner Homes, Inc.

3640 152nd Lane NW

Super Electric Inc

333 Colborne Street
Saint Paul

Superior Building Services LLC

24785 Esquire blvd
Forest Lake

Superior Remodeling and Design

PO box 328


958 Cromwell Ave.
Saint Paul



Tass, Dr. Jean

6000 Earle Brown Dr
Brooklyn Center

Tauer Inc

626 Park Valley Dr E

Tekton Builders LLC

243 Trillium Lane


Saint Paul

That Construction Company

8170 Old Carriage court N

The Otto Rendition

15444 Lesley Lane
Eden Prairie


2581 Brittany Lane
Saint Paul

Thomas Thornton Construction

101 S Washington Street
Lake City

Thor Anderson Contracting Inc

1654 Van Dyke St
Saint Paul

Tier1 Restoration Services LLC

23385 Union Trl
Belle Plaine

Tilford Contracting

6530 Balsam LN N
Maple Grove

Tim Lemke Construction, Inc

1924 Coventry CT
Saint Paul

Timberwood Flooring, LLC

13950 Holy Oke Path
Saint Paul

Titan Property Services, INC

14335 Brunsvold Road

Tollakson LLC

1935 W Old Shakopee

Tom Campion Construction LLC

5390 Lake Sarah Heights Dr

Tom Ososki Design Services LLC

1550 Eustis St - Suite K
St Paul

Top Notch Construction Inc.


Top Quality Painting Inc

7823 77th St. S
Cottage Grove

Top-Knotch Construction & Remodeling

Pauls Lake rd NE

Topside, Inc.

3109 W. 50th Street

Total Home Concepts

3446 Snelling Ave South

Total Maintenance Inc

21850 Quincy St NE

Toth Homes Inc

10816 Rich Ave S

Transform Design Solutions, LLC

2841 Lexington Ave N Apt F
Saint Paul

Trend Construction Inc.

14764 Cherry Ct. N.E.
Prior Lake

TRS Builders & Remodelers LLC

8204 Ingberg Ct S
Cottage Grove

Trust Master LLC

11340 Rosemill Ln

Turco Construction

4808 Lilac Dr N
Brooklyn Center

Twin Construction, LLC

11512 306th Avenue

Ulmer Construction LLC

1633 County Highway 10

Ultimate Homes, Inc.

4856 Banning Avenue
Saint Paul

Uneek Design Build Remodel

13355 George Weber Dr

United Contractors Inc.

2343 Station Parkway

United Framers Resoration Services

530 Michigan St
Saint Paul

Urban Refurbishment, LLC

PO Box 404660
Saint Paul

USA Builders and Remodelers

Inver Grove Heights
Inver Grove Heights

Van Hove Construction Inc.

3735 Centerville rd

Vantage Construction Services, LLC

3480 County Rd. 21

Viking Roofing & Remodeling L.L.C.

388 9th Ave West
Saint Paul Park

Villamil Construction Co.

5535 County Road 151



VR Remodelers & Builders

12522 Greylock Ct
Apple Valley



Wagenman Remodeling Inc

9561 Dunes Ct S
Cottage Grove

Wagner Construction

11562 272 Ave N


305 Minnetonka Ave S Ste 200

Waterstone Construction, Inc

5540 26th Ave S


4350 Baker Road, Suite 400

Welter Construction

4855 Viking Blvd NE

Werks inc.

4644 Bryant Ave S.

Werks Inc.

4644 Bryant Ave South

Western Construction, Inc.

4301 Highway 7

Western Remodelers

22867 Zion Pkwy NW

White Crane Construction LLC

5001 28th Ave S

Whole Builders Cooperative

2928 5th Ave S


61 4th Ave N Apt 101

Wild Prairie Homes LLC

1498 Mallard Pl

Wilderness Company Inc.

430 Warner Av. S.
Saint Paul

Willmott Construction LLC

4149 Orleans Dr NE
Saint Michael

Wilmes Construction LLC

732 S Elm St
Belle Plaine


4242 upton ave n

Wolleat Construction

1027 Evergreen Trail
Lino Lakes

Woodcrest Construction Inc

12350 Holly St NW
Coon Rapids

Woodcrest Homes LLC

13570 Grove Dr #237
Maple Grove


Saint Paul

Xpand, Inc.

13727 Johnson Memorial Dr



ZeeCo Construction

Sauk Rapids

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