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"C & T Home Improvement repaired a botched bathroom remodel that was done by another contractor. From the first meeting for a quote, to the complete finish of" the project, they were nothing less than excellent to deal with and their workmanship was of the highest quality. They went above and beyond to help me understand the process and always stopped and asked us when encountering a decision that needed to be made. The owner and his employee’s were always very respectful of me and all of my needs. We highly recommend them for any tile or construction job. Please contact us for further information if desired.

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and his team have such a good reputation that they don't need to advertise. I ask for his next available slot and wait until they are" free. Over the past 12 years they've done three major projects and always were reliable, addressed and resolved problems and unexpected hiccups that are bound to happen with old houses and very pleasant. They also are master carpenters, so if you need carpentry done, they can do that as well. Every project they did they were there all day, daily, until it was done. our first kitchen, about 12 years ago, they were done the full renovation, including demolition, etc in 2 weeks, the shed to office conversation was under 3, the most recent kitchen 2.5 weeks. My advice is, if you can wait for a time slot they are free, wait for them, it's worth it.

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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.

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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
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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

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Our son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (progressive terminal disease) in 2004. We were unable to sell our house and move into a suitable handicap accessible house due to the weak housing
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so we finally decided to invest in a remodel. Over the course of a year, we met with several builders and most would not return for a second visit or return our phone calls due to my overly ambitious renovation plans. My wife found
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walked step by step through our remodel plans and literally on the back of napkin estimated every expense that this project would incur. He said that if we selected him that a more formal estimate would be prepared. After
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was selected he immediately brought in all of his sub contractors to build a formal proposal. The detailed proposal was within 10% of the original back of the napkin estimate.
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's quote was 50% less than the other contractor who was selected as a finalist. The second contractor provided almost no detail in his estimate ($250/sq ft for the Kitchen & $100/sq ft for the bedroom and handicap bathroom). This is a lot of writing to simply say that
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A few of the memorable highlights from our project are
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’s ethics, honesty, and integrity. He does exactly what he promises and does not try to cut corners or hit you with surprise expenses. He owns the project from start to finish. Prior to starting our job,
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called me twice with thoughts and ideas he had while sleeping (I think) about modifications that we should make to our remodel plans. The first idea was to recess the support beams in the ceiling so that we would end up with a smooth flat ceiling versus having large cased openings between the rooms where walls were removed. This absolutely made a huge difference in the finished project. The second idea was for the flooring system for our son's handicap bedroom & bathroom.
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saved us over $5,000 by coming up with a plan to avoid installing a concrete slab floor. And my favorite memory was a comment he made as I was trying to cut expenses,
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said, "I understand that this is your house but you need to understand that this is my house too. If we are going to do this project then we are going to do it right and I am not going to let you make a mistake that we both have to live with".
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completely took ownership of making this remodel perfect.
It has been a month since
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turned our house back over to us and I still find myself sitting in the Family Room staring into our new custom kitchen with childlike amazement. The Crazy Horse granite installed on the kitchen island is the centerpiece of the project.
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’s granite supplier did an amazing job with the semi-precious (leathered) finish. Everyone who comes into our house is immediately drawn to the island and stares at it like a piece of artwork.
The catalyst for this project was our need for handicap accessibility.
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will be the only call we make for future projects and I highly recommend that you give him a call too.
- Todd C.
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This was a nearly impossible project made possible by the contractor (
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of Unique Quality Builders) and his architect
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. After being issued and executing the demolition permit we were informed that the water main runs under the old driveway and garage (there is no easement on the property
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). This required a hold harmless agreement with the city and special engineering for the new foundation (there were unstable soil conditions in that corner of the property). In addition, the goals of the project included: 1) maintaining solar access to the adjacent pool; 2) creating enough space upstairs for a stand-up office and storage space; 3) enough roof space for a minimum of 14 solar panels. Given the space and regulation constraints, this project is "tight-as-a-tick." It is also aesthetically stunning, executed to perfection.
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's business lives up to its name: Unique Quality Builders. Unique: This project required numerous modifications during the process. For this,
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has the perfect temperament for a contractor: easy-going, personable, and reliable. Quality:
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has superb sub-contractors who all care about the quality of their job and customer satisfaction. The tile installer who did our outdoor shower (
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) was so impressed by the framing and stucco work that she showed us how the top tile on the left side of the arch could be flipped and fit perfectly as a template for the right side tile. After the foundation work and soil remediation, we have had no rain water get in our basement which was getting increasingly flooded, requiring the installation of a sump pump a couple years ago. So this project should get an award! Pictures are available!


- Peter K.
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When one thinks of what an ideal building contractor would be, several things come to mind. Someone who is experienced, honest, punctual, responsible, meticulous, a great craftsman, flexible, creative in their approach to problem solving, a good communicator and a skilled builder whose pride is reflected in their excellent work. One hopes and prays that their contractor has at least half these qualities. The
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brothers and their father had them all. They were a throwback to another era when determination in one's work and pride in one's craft held sway. Our next door neighbor had recommended the Holcombs on the strength of a mutual friend's positive experience with their services. Our initial meeting in late October, gave us an inkling of how things would go. We were expecting our entire family for Christmas. The Holcombs were honest about what could be accomplished by our Christmas deadline and completed satisfactorily. They listened carefully to our immediate needs and suggested building an outside enclosed staircase with 2 windows and a door to the attic. They guaranteed it would be finished before Christmas. Their payment plan was as follows: Instead of giving a fixed estimate (and hoping there were no overruns), they asked that each of them be paid $25 an hour for their time. Payment to be made at the end of every week with an accounting for materials (backed up by receipts). This worked out perfectly. They were always punctual, working from 8 am to 5 pm everyday with a half hour break for lunch. With any questions or decisions they always made sure everyone was on the same page. They were respectful of our daily life details. For example cordoning off their work area with plastic sheeting and making sure their equipment trailer was parked so it didn't inconvenience us. They were also resourceful in a creative way, solving seemingly unsolvable situations with an excellent outcome while still building to code. After the carpet man measured the staircase for carpeting he remarked,"You know I'm a pretty hefty person (he weighed 270 plus pounds) but I've never gone up stairs that don't creak. These stairs don't make a sound. Who built these stairs?" Towards the renovation's end we decided to add a half bath to the attic. The Holcombs had other jobs pending so we asked them to recommend someone for that project. Instead, they said they'd be happy to do it because they were committed to completing what we wanted and would finish the job properly to our satisfaction. They did an excellent job and finished everything a week early! After the job was over, all scrap materials were hauled away and the site cleaned up. What a pleasure and relief to work with people who shared the same high standards and ethics we also valued. Because the
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brothers are in such demand, they require many months notice. But when they do a job, they do it right.
- Frances O.
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My experience with
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has been completely horrible. I thought they would be a great fit based on their website and there process for quoting. They actually did a pretty solid and prompt job coming out to give a bid and delivering the bid. But once they had my first payment everything changed.
Its now been several months and the job still isn't done. Much of our personal property has been damaged in the process. We had sealed off a cold storage room and filled it with furniture and other items, during the course of construction the plastic was pulled down. When they came in to paint, they didn't cover it back up and put a nice
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of paint on all of our things. They have destroyed the basement window they come in and out of. The frame is all broken. They treat your house like a trash bin, rather than thinking that it's someones place.
if you end up with a gentleman named
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on your project, cancel your checks and find another contractor. He was horrible. Week after week, day after day they would say something would be done and it wouldn't even be close. I finally stopped paying them at one of the scheduled payments, and all of a sudden they were at my house working weekends and late into the night. I should have never made that payment, since then I really haven't seen them. The workmanship is pretty poor quality as well, baseboards that aren't uniform off of the ground or even close. huge gaps in the mudding where the walls meet the ceiling and that's just the stuff off the top of my head. Plus who knows what else I will find months down the road.
It may have just been a bad project, but I was often told they were running late on my work because they were late getting done with other work. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone.

- Victor G.
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was contracted in December 2014 to slurry a concrete countertop to fix bug holes and pinholes that surfaced in the product that Mr.
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originally manufactured and installed in August 2011 as part of a kitchen improvement project. Filling the holes is especially important in the initial concrete countertop construction process to prevent dirt, grime, and the growth and harboring of bacteria in these concrete voids. These countertops are now riddled with holes that are not repairable due to processes that were used during the initial fabrication process; the problems have only been exacerbated by the subsequent use of sealers at later dates. The countertops in their current condition pose safety, and hygienic and health hazards.
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Mr.
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commenced hand-filling the concrete countertop holes by applying a mixture of cement, water, and color pigment for a period of six hours spanning two days. During his efforts, he was asked:
? Why he wasn’t doing a full slurry coat of all areas. He replied that he couldn’t get the mixture into the holes other than by using his hand on each individual hole.
? Why he was not sanding down or removing the existing sealer from the surface in preparation for the slurry; his reply was that was only done in refinishing concrete.
He also conveyed that he would be filling the smaller pinholes with wax (not a standard practice).
On the third day, a coat of sealant was applied and the countertops were subsequently waxed.
Over the ensuing weekend, it was determined that:
? The cement patches had shrunk substantially, were coarse in appearance, and had not hardened (cement consistency was chalk-like).
? New holes had surfaced (assumably due to the pressure exerted by the buffer given the inherent, yet newly discovered, condition of the countertop).
? The color of the cement used on the second day differed greatly (red vs. dark brown) than that used on the first day (which was the closer match).
? The color of the concrete patches rubbed off just by touching.
Mr.
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was contacted first thing on Monday, and all of these issues concerning his efforts were brought to his attention. He subsequently inspected the countertops. The following questions were posed to him:
? Why was the cement not hardening and did he have any recommendations to solve the problems? He only replied “I
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’t understand.” (This was also the comment he made when he first started this recent project in discussion of the incredible amount of voids and pinholes in the countertops to begin with.)
? Should sand or admixtures be used, like recommended acrylic modifiers and/or plasticizer/water reducers to increase cement workability and strength? He had only used a mixture of Portland cement, water, and color pigment. He had never heard of acrylic polymers and the information article explaining its usage as a binding agent was subsequently emailed to him.
? What type of sealant did he use when he originally fabricated the countertops. He stated it was a penetrating sealer. If this is the case, its ability to absorb a new sealer or bond with a new sealer is a concern. The sealer type must be known in order to
determine whether the sealer needs to be removed by chemical or mechanical means, if even possible.
? What color mix did he use this time? He said he used brown with a touch of black the first day. He said he altered the color the second day, using red and black and that at some point he had run out of the brown.
The only way to begin to address the issue was to remove the unhardened cement from hundreds and hundreds of holes. Mr.
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concurred. This effort took us approximately 40 hours (we did this to save incurring additional time and material contract charges). After completing approximately two square feet of the countertop, Mr.
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was shown what would become an accurate representation of the final results. Our findings were:
? In literally a thousand (maybe two) or more places the countertop’s thin, brittle crust crunched or caved in at the touch
of a bamboo skewer (light pressure was applied to differentiate which holes were "soft" (with recently applied cement patches) and which were "hard" (slurried at time of manufacture)). This exposed air pockets and new pinholes; several of the newly exposed voids are as large as 3/4-inch in diameter and 1/2-inch or more deep.
? Holes slurried at a previous date (post-manufacture, but within the first 6 months of installation) also contained the same chalk-like cement, but were undetectable because of subsequent wax coatings.
Mr.
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also saw and inspected the countertops after this work was completed, at the time he presented his bill for the slurry (yes, he charges us each time to fix these defects). He agreed at that time that the voids or holes needed to be exposed to
the maximum extent possible.
During the course of the effort and in the three to four weeks that followed, Mr.
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never proferred a solution to address the issue with his cement slurry process nor did he make any attempt to mitigate what appears to be a defect in design, workmanship, and/or materials which occurred at the time of fabrication. That defect has resulted in an inordinate number of holes indicative of air pockets caused by not properly vibrating or consolidating the concrete. “The most serious defects resulting from undervibration are … excessive entrapped air voids (bugholes) (p. 19) … A mass of freshly placed concrete is usually honeycombed with entrapped air. If allowed to
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in this condition, the concrete will be nonuniform, weak, porous, and poorly bonded to the reinforcement. It will also have a poor appearance (p. 2)” (American Concrete Institute, Guide for Consolidation of Concrete (ACI 309R-96)).
Also, we subsequently tried to communicate with him via certified letter about remedying the problems and received no response.
After extensive research and communications with construction and countertop tradesmen, we discovered:
? That it is probable that the sealer and/or sealers used by Mr.
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on three different occasions and which he subsequently
claimed he cannot remember which ones he used – originally, again within the first year of installation, and during this project – have penetrated the pores in the concrete, permanently changing the concrete, and therefore cannot be removed. Note: Mr.
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conveyed at the time of construction that three to four months after fabrication, the countertops would require a subsequent slurry, sealing, and wax effort to fill holes caused by rising air bubbles in the concrete curing process. We were made to believe that this is a naturally occurring event and not to be construed as a defect of his workmanship.
? Consequently, a cement slurry procedure or refinishing of the countertops will not be successful even if performed in accordance with standard commercial practices which include (1) removing the wax and all penetrating and topical sealers, (2) grinding down the countertops to achieve a clean, solid substrate, (3) using sand and cement bonding agents in the slurry mix process, and (4) subsequently, reapplying sealers that are able to adhere to the existing and new concrete surfaces.
? There may be an insufficient surface material
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above the aggregate (as typically this should be only about 1/16”) to undertake the necessary grinding (up to 1") to adequately remove the sealer without damaging the concrete substrate, at worst; or, in a best case situation, exposing the aggregate which changes the product’s original form.
We have essentially been left high and dry concerning repair or replacement of our kitchen countertops. No other contractors specializing in concrete countertops offer these services in our county. The closest company we could contact for a quote – located over 300 miles away – gave us an estimate of $8300 based on a provided sketch containing existing dimensions ($6300 for the product and $2000 for a template, travel, and installation), not including replacement of the coordinating backsplash. As of this date, we are in process of getting an estimate for the expense necessary to remove and dispose of the existing countertops and, as necessary, the slate backsplash Mr.
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originally was contracted to provide and install.
Conclusion
We would not recommend Mr.
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for any building service based on our experience. He fails to stand behind his product, charges for short-term “fixes,” and neither (1) suggests and/or executes an adequate and acceptable solution to remedy any issues caused by his practices or processes nor (2) offers partial or full compensation for damage or defects directly resulting from his fabrication or service.
- Cynthia C.
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was referred to us by a friend for a total home renovation project. Unfortunately, we didn’t research him because of the referral, but we have since found several online complaints (AZROC, Rippoff Report, and Better Business Bureau) in AZ and OH that are similar to our own.
We signed a contract on 10/18/2014 and in the beginning everything was going smoothly and we were happy with the progress for about 2-3 weeks. Then he started asking for more and more money up front "to keep the project moving" and by the time we became concerned with the lack of progress and quality of work, we were already ahead on payments. He had 80% of the money and had only completed about 50% of the work. The construction was scheduled to be finished by 12/07/2014, but the cabinet order was not expected to be delivered until 12/29.
As the General Contractor,
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was not concerned about workmanship. When we expressed concern about the quality of some of the work, he denied there was a problem and assured us it would look fine when it was all done. He does some
work himself instead of hiring professional subcontractors. He did not communicate well with his subcontractors and the schedule of work was illogical and
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to rework and delays.
Poor Quality Work:
- Built a pony wall that visibly leans to one side - Other walls have cracked seams, uneven texture, uneven paint coverage
- Overspray (paint and texture) from poor masking on walls, trim, floors, inside light kits, and on electrical outlets and switches
- Ignored paint color/finish choices we provided and had to repaint some areas, ran out of paint, and never finished painting
- Installed a section of new hardwood flooring with misaligned boards and no moisture
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under the wood
- Installed tile flooring that is not level, tiles are chipped,
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pieces are missing (filled-in with thinset instead of tile), grout is a different color than requested, and grout lines are not straight
- Polished concrete shower surrounds - walls are not straight, 1st coat of concrete is heavily cracked
- Did not protect new bathtub - it was chipped and scratched after install
- Did not sufficiently cover existing wood flooring (left exposed for most of the project to be damaged by workers’ boots and covered with paint, mud, texture)
- Removed and damaged ceiling fans/lights in almost every room without direction to do so - they will all need to be replaced now
- General property damage and disregard: concrete spilled and cured on driveway/grass/gravel, missing large wall mirror, missing homeowner tools
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continued to string us along, assuring us that things would be fixed and completed, but work stopped. He stopped coming to the job site, was slow to respond to emails and texts, and he pushed out the cabinet delivery date twice.
He continued to give us excuses (his son was sick multiple times, his truck broke down, etc.). He didn't provide a schedule or status update after many requests. We also began to suspect that he didn't use our cabinet deposit to
order the cabinets because of the delays, and he wouldn't send us proof of the cabinet order when we requested it.
We finally gave him a deadline (1/20/2015) to complete the work or provide us with a refund for incomplete work that we paid for. For weeks he continued to say that he would come over to the house in the next few days, or that he'd call, but he hasn’t returned to the job site and when we hear from him he puts us off another day or more. He sent his oldest son and a friend over to pick up two saws that they left behind. Subcontractors have come to our house looking for him because he has not paid them and doesn’t respond to messages. He left a large dumpster full of demo materials (from other project sites as well as
ours) in our driveway and when we called the disposal company 1/21/2015 the owner said that
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’s credit card was declined and refused to pick up the dumpster unless we paid the bill. We are posting this review to help others
avoid experiencing the same disappointment and grief. We’ve also filed a formal complaint with AZROC due to the amount of money involved. Good luck and use licensed contractors who care about their reputations!
- Holli H.
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I hired
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after getting one other estimate ( that was quite similar) as well as numerous conversations with other contractors at the home
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fair. The bathroom hadn't been updated for 50 years.
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took the bathroom down to the studs and replaced the shower surround, toilet, vanity and floor. Although we had planned to leave the tub in place and just polish it and not to touch the ceiling,
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ended up refinishing the tub and replacing the ceiling because they would not have looked right in a new room. That and other advice was dead on.
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is very knowledgeable and really pays attention to detail. When something came up, like a radiator cover that was hard to deal with,
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made everything work perfectly and was undaunted.
The tiling around the tub looks terrific because
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payed special attention to the pattern and design. He had good design sense and made recommendations about grout, tile selection and other things. He also uses the best materials and a special tile underlayment that gives professional results.
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used Aquarius plumbing and an electrician friend as subcontractors and had everything well-coordinated.
Because it's just
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and
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, it's very nice to have them around. No loud music or other annoying personal habits. At the beginning of the project I worried about my cats getting out but it turns out that
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and
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are animal lovers and one of our cats became their constant companion. We even hired
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to be a catsitter while we were away.
If there is a downside, it is that, since it's just the 2 of them, it can take a while to get on
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's schedule, and there is no hurry-up mode.
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is deliberate and exacting. If he says a project will take 6-8 weeks, believe him.


- sandy W.
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They were very nice and welcoming and answered all of our questions with the building process. They made sure that we understood everything and really helped us out and walked us through the process.
- Ben P.

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1st Security Home Security

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr

360construction

1529 Bunchline Lane
Westerville

AARON CORNELIUS

729 WINDSOR ST
Marion

AK Utilities

310 Morton St

ALL AMERICAN POWERWASHING AND PAINTING

137 toad hollow rd
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ALL IN WOOD CONSTRUCTION INC

2836 FISHER RD
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AMAMAS INC

430 N COURT ST
Circleville

American Heritage Homes Corp

11143 US Highway 23
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Anderson & Noland Construction

134 Church St
Plain City

ANDREWS & CARLYLES CONSTRCTION

3478 MARION CARDINGTON RD E
Marion

Artisan Design Build

3046 Johnstown Alexandria rd.

Axis Alliance, LLC

1562 Hebron Rd
Heath

Azeltine Homes

10332 Deep Cut Rd
Millersport

B J WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION & GARAGE DOORS

3303 US HIGHWAY 62 NE
Washington Court House

BALDAUF CONSTRUCTION CO INC

211 DIX AVE
Marion

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

Beacom Construction Co LLC

5437 County
Cardington

Best Home Improvements

17220 Proper Rd
Mount Vernon

Bocha Electric

9841 Woodsfield Cir S
Pickerington

Bridge Masters LLC

9709 Manassas Drive

Buckeye Plumbing Co Inc

6003 Nichols Ln
Johnstown

Buckeye Restoration

4004 Miller-Paul Rd
Galena

Camo Remodeling

61 N Main St
Marengo

Capaldo Construction, LLC

484 E Kossuth St
Columbus

Cogar Builders General Contractors

3190 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd.
New Albany

Contracting Solutions LLC

6118 Westerville Rd
Westerville

Convenient Remodels

1728 Nestling Dr
Canal Winchester

COOPER CONSTRUCTION

488 DARLINGTON CT
Marion

Countryside Renovations

10550 Crouse-Willison Rd.
Johnstown

Cousino Harris DKI of Columbus

480 E. Wilson Bridge
Columbus

Crimson Design Group

15 E 6th Ave
Columbus

CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION SVC

3634 HARDING HWY W
Marion

CUSTOM HOME WORKS LLC

6777 Ulry Rd
Westerville

Custom Touch Homes

1621 Deer View Cir
Mansfield

D.Conley Construction

6399 Tussic St
Westerville

DANIEL GAMBLE

125 KENMORE AVE
Marion

DAVID CONTE CONTRACTING LLC

417 E Center St
Marion

Davison Construction LLC

12477 Shipley Rd
Johnstown

DECENZO COMPANY

10165 CENTER VILLAGE RD
Galena

Dennelli Fine Homes Inc

1886 Ivy Wood Cir
Pataskala

Details, Details Inc.

3700 Riverside Dr. #801
Columbus

Detweiler's Renovations

291 n chillicothe st
Plain City

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DiYanni Custom Homes

1537 Brice Rd
Reynoldsburg

Dryden Companies, LTD

8201 Blacks Rd

DS Builders

995 Groveport Rd
Canal Winchester

Duckie Exterior Solutions

2099 Hamilton Eaton Rd
Hamilton

Fire Side Homes

1330 Poorman Rd
Bellville

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Glory Gutters

5440 Marirtta rd.

Green Construction

841 Rushcreek Road
Galloway

Grit360 LLC

Riverside dr
Dublin

Handyman Matters of Columbus

893 High St
Columbus

Hartley Built

2520 Pine Grove Rd. SW
Lancaster

Hawks Nest Ohio

5590 Waterloo RD NW
Canal Winchester

HENRY BROTHERS GENERAL CONTRACTORS

674 HAMBURG RD
Lancaster

HIGGZ HOMEIMPROVEMENTS

628 Forestwood Dr
Columbus

Hilligas Surveying, L.L.C.

46007 Foxes Bottom Road
Cadiz

Home Craft Remodeling Inc

5707 Westbourne Ave
Columbus

HomeTec Rennovations

6255 PC-Georgesville Rd.
Plain City

Hosler Construction

5188 Chatham Rd
Granville

Hughes Quality Expressions

1991 Linwood Ave
Columbus

INTUITIVE CONCEPTS

PO BOX 899
Sunbury

J Leonard Construction, Ltd

243 N Harris Ave
Columbus

J&P Restoration, LLC

6031 East Main St
Columbus

JAMES K WILSON & SONS CONTR

4714 MARION EDISON RD
Marion

JERICO CONSTRUCTION

201 FOREST ST
Marion

Jose General Construction LLC

9525 Refugee Road
Pickerington

Karshner Sales LLC

735 Slocum Street
Lancaster

Kauffman Construction

7483 Timber Cr.

KENT BUILDING SERVICES LLC

8555 MORSE RD
New Albany

Kilbarger Home Builders

4418 Coonpath Rd. NW
Carroll

KLINGENSMITH CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

140 COMMERCE PARK DR
Westerville

Lakota Construction

PO Box 302
Groveport

Logan Construction Company

7262 Brundage Road
Waldo

Lyndaker Construction

14490 Middleburg PC Rd
Plain City

M & K GENERAL CONTRACTING

360 N STATE ST
Marion

M & L CONTRACTING

308 S STATE ST
Marion

M & S CONTRACTING

761 CENTRAL DR
Marion

M/I Homes- Columbus

3 Easton Oval
Columbus

MARSHALL CONSTRUCTION & ROOFING

14431 COUNTY HOME RD
Marysville

McCormick Builders

22440 McAdow Rd.

MCR Services, Inc

638 E 5th Ave
Columbus

Meadows Custom Homes, Ltd

PO Box 129
Carroll

MICHAEL KING INC

437 EXECUTIVE DR
Marion

Miles McClellan Construction

2100 Builders Pl
Columbus

Miller Renovations

2675 MOUNTS RD
Alexandria

MLS Construction LLC

5529 Mossy Creek Drive
Dublin

MONARCH BUILDING SVC

416 E CHURCH ST
Marion

Monarch Construction Inc.

2705 Morning Star Ct
Willoughby

Muir Jim Construction

2380 Dayton Rd NE
Newark

Murray Construction Group, LLC

15960 Allen Center Rd
Marysville

MyersCo Builders

P.O. Box 23
Pataskala

NAC CONSTRUCTION

5105 TUSSIC RD
Westerville

New England Homes

5191 Columbus Pike
Lewis Center

NICKLAUS GROUP LLC

6478 Winchester Blvd
Canal Winchester

NITRO RESTORATION INC

3128 E 17th Ave Ste A
Columbus

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

O.C.D. Restoration LLC

PO Box 156
Lancaster

Orndorf Construction

14741 Ulery rd
Centerburg

Outdoor-FX Inc

142 Church St
Plain City

P&D Builders, Ltd.

59 Greif Pkwy
Delaware

PARADISE REC & CONSTRUCTION

4221 BENZLER RD
Marion

PCS Construction

1641 Windsor Ave

PERCHERON BUILDERS GROUP INC

4 West Main St.
Centerburg

Phillips Custom Builds

2550 taylor blair rd
West Jefferson

Pomante Contractors Inc

949 Oakland Park Ave
Columbus

Precision Builders & Remodeling

1350 W 5th Ave
Columbus

Professional Designs Inc

7910 Ginger Pl
Dublin

Professional Home Improvement

8023 Rush Street
Grove City

PROMODEL INC

177 CHICAGO AVE
Marion

ProTech Basement Solutions LLC

16862 Old Mansfield Rd.
Fredericktown

Quality carpentry services

2231 Woodstock Rd
Columbus

R & M CONTRACTING

992 HARDING HWY W
Marion

R BROOKES CONSTRUCTION & RFNG

3003 HARDING HWY W
Marion

R W SETTERLIN BUILDING CO

560 Harmon Ave
Columbus

RA SLORP CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 1453
Powell

Radiant Heat Systems, LLC

PO Box 1128
Mount Vernon

Ralph Rhodes Custom Homes and Remodeling

11316 Watkins Rd
Marysville

RANKIN HOMES INC

2718 SAWBURY BLVD
Columbus

Re-Deck of Central Ohio llc

40 1/2 E Main St
Westerville

Reliable Renovations

1566 W 1st Ave.
Grandview

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Resolute Construction

12782 cook yanketown rd

Rite Way Restoration

1663 Watkins Rd
Columbus

RiteWay Construction Services, Inc

2720 Airport Dr
Columbus

RLG Development, LLC

2804 Sandhurst Dr
Lewis Center

Roofsmith Restoration

2013 N. Cleve Mass Road
Bath

ROSLOVIC CONSTRUCTION

600 Morrison Rd
Columbus

ROSSITER HOMES

325 S Prospect St
Marion

S and G Services Galore Inc

398 Holtzman Ave
Columbus

S&S Remodeling & More

1922 Victory Rd
Marion

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Security Roofing Inc

4420 Taylorsville Rd
Dayton

Simply Serving You

328 Flint Rock Dr
Delaware

Slemmer Remodeling Company

321 park ave east
Mansfield

SOLID ROCK GENERAL CONTRACTORS

353 POLE LANE RD
Marion

STEGAL CONSTRUCTION

2004 Harding Hwy E
Marion

STEVENS CONSTRUCTION CO INC

2148 INNOVATION DR
Marion

STUMBO CO

274 QUARRY ST
Marion

Sullivan Builders Inc

6296 Proprietors Road
Columbus

Superior Dream Homes Inc

45 Wildwood Pl
Hebron

T & T SUPERIOR BUILDERS INC

632 N PROSPECT ST
Marion

The Carpenter's Sons

27439 Newcastle Rd
Gambier

The Garage Gurus

370 Charleston Ave
Columbus

The Henning Company

47 E. Lincoln Street
Columbus

The KC Group

415 14th Ave W

The Roofing Annex

4860 Duff Dr
Cincinnati

Thomcon Renovations LLC

3788 Richard Ave
Grove City

THOMPSON BUILDING ASSOCIATES

3333 REFUGEE RD
Columbus

TRACHSEL FOUNDATION

2034 MATHENY AVE
Marion

Vance's Custom Interior Trim & Cabinets

1773 Kaiser Dr
Reynoldsburg

VILLAS OF UNION PARK LLC

1603 UNION PARK DR
Marion

Weaver Barns Inc

1696 State Rte 39
Sugarcreek

Whitt Home Construction LLC

5215 Township Road 115
Mount Gilead

Xclusive Home

7652 Sawmill Rd.
Dublin

YOST BARNS

3436 state rt 61
Cardington

YOUNG'S CONTRACTING INC

231 W PLEASANT ST
Marion

ZNB Construction LLC

131 Oak Meadow Drive
Pataskala

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