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demonstrated knowledge, professionalism, integrity, and honesty throughout all phases of this" project. Read on to find out why you should also hire
for your project..... 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
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
on Angie's List and we knew immediately that he was going to be the builder that would help us realize our dream remodel. During our first meeting,
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
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.
'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
understands the entire construction process from materials, labor, quality of finish, sub contractor pricing, time lines, and especially how to exceed his customers expectations. A few of the memorable highlights from our project are
’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,
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.
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,
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".
completely took ownership of making this remodel perfect. It has been a month since
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.
’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.
worked with his sub contractors to build a custom matching concrete and brick handicap ramp and patio so that our son can easily get into the house. In our son’s bathroom he made sure the fixtures and custom slate roll-in shower were built to
specifications. Close attention to detail was paid throughout this project to make sure our son’s needs were being taken care of and that this house was going to be our perfect home.
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 (
of Unique Quality Builders) and his architect
" . 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
). 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.
's business lives up to its name: Unique Quality Builders. Unique: This project required numerous modifications during the process. For this,
has the perfect temperament for a contractor: easy-going, personable, and reliable. Quality:
has superb sub-contractors who all care about the quality of their job and customer satisfaction. The tile installer who did our outdoor shower (
) 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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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

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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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Mr.
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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.
Slurry of Concrete Countertops
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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I would recommend
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to anyone looking to buy a new home. The quality of the house is absolutely above and beyond. Every time I have someone over to my newly built home that is a home owner, I get compliments because of the up scale features of the home. The whole process was easy and enjoyable because both the owner and management. They are very trustworthy people and make the difference in building a new home.I would do this all again with
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and I will continue to recognize them as the best in the area.
- Nathan M.
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In spite of the frequent rain showers, the job was completed professionally and to my satisfaction. They took great care in power washing the paver including the edges and borders.as well as the screen cage.
- David E.

All Home Builders in New Kensington, PA

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1st Home Inspections Inc

1934 Overland Ct
Allison Park

1st Security Home Security

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr

A 1 CONSTR & HOME REMODELING

275 ELMTREE RD
New Kensington

A Preferred Restoration

150 Lake Dr
Wexford

AC REMODEL

221 RAMPART BLVD
New Kensington

Adamson Construction LLC

3002 CASAGRANDE ST
Claridge

AFFORDABLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

425 Jefferson Ave
Beaver

Akator Construction

374 Markle Rd
Apollo

Al Lorenzi Building Products Centers

55 Mayview Road
Canonsburg

All Building Services

2470 lindale ct
North Huntingdon

All Pro Installations Inc

1422 Frey Rd
Pittsburgh

ALLEGHENY HERITAGE BUILDERS

414 Anna Marie Dr
Cranberry Township

ALLEN HOMES

SPRING RUN RD
Greensburg

AMERICAN CONTRACTING COMPANY INC

900 FREDERICKA DR
Pittsburgh

AMERICAN GAS LAMP WORKS LLC

101 HOEVELER STREET
Springdale

Ammer construction

2822 dwight ave

Andrew Merola Plastering

157 7th Street Ext
Trafford

ANDREW W MATISKO JR GENERAL

217 MANCHESTER HILL RD
New Kensington

Architectural Clay Products Inc.

1025 Beaver Ave
Pittsburgh

ARCON CONTRACTING

312 WESTMORELAND AVE
New Kensington

ARCURI CONSTRUCTION & RMDLNG

312 WESTMORELAND AVE
New Kensington

ARDOLINO CONSTRUCTION

2602 PITCAIRN RD
Monroeville

B&M Home Improvements

8708 casa grande dr
Pittsburgh

Bauer Residential LLC

290 Highvue Cir
Wexford

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

BEST BUILDERS INC

904 3RD AVE
New Brighton

Blackwood & Associates Inc

29 Virginia Ln
Canonsburg

Booher's Best Basements

1125 Saint Clair Street

Brnardic Corporation

164 East Union Road
Cheswick

Builders Plus General Contracting

1087 Elicker rd
New Kensington

Building Studio Workshop

7502 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh

Burczyk Contracting Inc

136 Altman Rd
Jeannette

Burkett Building & Design

7326 Schoyer ave
Pittsburgh

BZ Construction LLC

218 Ray Weyandt Rd

C T SLATTERY CONCRETE & CONSTR

7346 STATE ROUTE 819
Mount Pleasant

Caldor Enterprises, Inc.

304 W Vincent St
Ligonier

Calvin Brooks Construction Co

206 Dry Hill Rd
Connellsville

Capets Construction LLC

891 mahaffey hill rd

Carmello Construction LLC

1017 3rd St
Monessen

Central Lending Services Inc

668 Woodbourne Rd Ste 104
Langhorne

CHERNEGA CONSTRUCTION LLC

500 MILLERS LANE
Lower Burrell

CHET'S CONSTRUCTION

237 6TH AVE
New Kensington

Chuba Heating & Remodeling Inc

922 E 8th Ave
Homestead

Cleary Building - Butler

605 Evans City Road, Suite 105
Butler

CLIMATECH INC

200 BILMAR DR
Pittsburgh

COKER CONSTRUCTION

600 WALNUT ST
Mckeesport

COLAIZZI CONSTRUCTION

4894 Young Dr
Pittsburgh

Costa Custom Builders, LLC

7711 Kifer Lane
Irwin

COURY CONSTRUCTION

400 Mohawk Drive
Arnold

CRATSA CONSTRUCTION

137 PAVIA PLAZA
Verona

Custom Homes Inc

110 Saddle Ridge Dr
Oakdale

Custom Marble & Granite

106 Hindman Ln
Butler

D McConnell Construction LLC

15421 W Lebanon Rd
Avonmore

David Roehler Construction LLC

215 Downieville Rd
Valencia

DC MULLINS CONSTRUCTION

2734 S. 18th St.
Pittsburgh

Designs Plus by Karen Lantz

534 Springdale Dr
Pittsburgh

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DJI

1899 ADDISON AVE
West Mifflin

DOMINION CONSTRUCTION SVC

4 KENSINGTON SQ
New Kensington

Durham Properties Construction

533 Arden Dr
Monroeville

Early Bird Remodeling

405 Friel Rd
Baden

EcoCraft Homes

1101 Gromwell Lane
Bridgeville

EDWARD L SMITH

533 Campbell Ave
New Kensington

Electrician

445 Pierina Drive
Pittsburgh

Elite Closings LLC

7031 Crider Road
Mars

Emergency Door Services

4118 Campbells Run Rd
Pittsburgh

eValueRated

4017 Washington Rd., Suite 178
Canonsburg

EZ Home Exteriors & Garage Doors

3431 5th Ave
North Versailles

FALCONE BROTHERS CONSTR CO

4202 GREENRIDGE RD
Pittsburgh

Ferri General Contractors

3932 liberty ave
Pittsburgh

Finish Line Construction

1110 Spricks St.
Pittsburgh

Fixallhomerepairs

540 Pasadena Avenue

Fleeher Contracting, LLC.

31 Windcrest Dr.
Cecil

Franciosi Construction

156 Congruity Rd
Greensburg

Garner Construction Services LLC

1058 Dry Dam Rd
Jeannette

Gary J Miller Engineering Services

405 Hoodridge Drive
Pittsburgh

GATESMAN HOME IMPROVEMENT

2526 W. 34th St.
Erie

GATHERS CONSTRUCTION

409 SPIERING LN
New Kensington

GEARY CONSTRUCTION

305 DOWNES RD
Greensburg

Glatz Contracting

Wiestertown Road
Export

GM CONTRACTING

440 Pine Creek Rd
Wexford

GOLLETTI GENERAL CONTRACTING

1310 LINCOLN DR
Monaca

Grace Construction

215 Washington St.
Ligonier

Grasinger Homes Inc

8035 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh

Green Design Innovation

308 Challis Lane
Sewickley

Green Mechanical Services

38 Buttermilk Hollow Rd S
N. Huntingdon

Greensberg Electric

304 Harrison Ave
Greensburg

GREG MIHALKO INC

7119 CHURCH AVE
Pittsburgh

Ground Up Builders Remodelers

P.O. Box 53
Glenshaw

GROUP CONSTRUCTION INC

929 4TH AVE
New Kensington

HARTMAN CONSTRUCTION

112 PIN OAK LN
Jeannette

Hawkins Electric

424 Dutchman Run Road

HEARTLAND HOMES INC

One Penn Center West Suite 300
Pittsburgh

HENKEL CONTRACTING

341 Carpenter Lane
North Huntingdon

HIGHLAND LUMBER COMPANY

2236 Darlington Rd
Beaver Falls

HODGKISS CONSTRUCTION

4409 steubenville pike
Robinson Twp

Home Towne Builders LLC

719 Worthington St
Mckeesport

Hometowne Renovations, LLC

1534 Linden St.
Cheswick

Ironmountain Electric

2904 Overhill St
South Park

J. McGrew Incorporated Contractors

70 Redds Mill Road
Charleroi

J.b.k. Contracting

205 island ave

James Brandon Construction

1305 Hilda Ave
East Mc Keesport

JBS CONSTRUCTION

3732 NORTHERN PIKE
Monroeville

JD Gales Insulation & Contracting

1815 Pine Hollow Rd
Mc Kees Rocks

JM Building and Remodeling

10 Easy St
Latrobe

John Dawson Contracting

226 Park Way
Mckeesport

Johnston Remodeling

1842 Virginia Viaduct
Washington

Johnston Remodeling

1842 Virginia Via
Washington

JWCrew

324 Central Dr
Cranberry Township

Kaiser Construction

1133 Lantz Rd
Avonmore

KELLY CREATIVE CARPENTRY

5979 LIMERICK LN
Bethel Park

Kennedy Maintenance & Repair

1004 Linden Street
Monaca

king henrys home remodeling

107 martin drive apt 107

KLA Construction Inc

5631 Rte 981
Latrobe

Klipa Contracting Company

10600 Sophia Court
North Huntingdon

KP BUILDERS INC

4200 STEUBENVILLE PKE
Pittsburgh

Kress Brothers Builders Inc

4930 S Pioneer Rd
Gibsonia

KVOCAK CONSTRUCTION

300 BROWNTOWN RD
New Kensington

L W MOLNAR & ASSOC

375 ALLANDALE DR
Bethel Park

L&M Construction and Home Remodeling

836 Saxonburg Road
Butler

Laurel Mountain Cabinets LLC

319 E Main St
Ligonier

Lloyd Anthony Construction Inc.

3125 Willett Rd
Pittsburgh

Lynch Brothers Construction

752 Collier Ave
Carnegie

Madison Remodeling

625 S Broadway St
Scottdale

Marino Construction Co., Inc

818 Allegheny River Blvd
Oakmont

Mark IV Construction

212 Mingo Rd
Wexford

MARK KIEFFER CONSTRUCTION

122 Old Barn Rd
Pittsburgh

MARK PETROVICH CONSTRUCTION

4103 GIBSONIA RD
Gibsonia

MARONDA HOMES INC

401 CHAPELDALE DR
New Kensington

MASCO CONSTRUCTION CO

2425 LEECHBURG RD
New Kensington

MAZZANT PAINTING

617 17TH ST
Beaver Falls

MC ANINCH REALTY

2919 LEECHBURG RD
New Kensington

MC NARY CONTRACTING CO INC

1572 US ROUTE 30
Hookstown

McConnell Construction

15421 W LEBANON RD
Avonmore

McMeekin Contracting Inc

59 Verona Rd
Pittsburgh

McNemar Handyman Services

70 Forest Grove rd

Meticulous Painting Company LLC.

548 Circle Dr.
Canonsburg

Michael F Whalen Contracting

1035 Woodberry Rd
New Kensington

Michael J. O'Neill's Contracting

111 Riggle Lane
Kittanning

MIKE SMITH CONSTRUCTION

1507 BEAMER AVE
New Kensington

MILBERG & ASSOCIATES LLC

7800 EDGEWOOD AVE
Pittsburgh

MILO SERVICES MS

3799 LEGION DRIVE
Gibsonia

MORET CONSTRUCTION

700 GREENSBURG RD
New Kensington

NICASTRO CONSTRUCTION & HOME

1714 5TH AVE
New Kensington

Northwest Log Homes

226 Kirkhoff rd

Novak Masonary Contracting

401 Barking Rd
New Kensington

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

PALUMBO CONSTRUCTION

1310 POWERS DR
New Kensington

Pampena Contracting, Inc.

175 SIEBERT RD
Pittsburgh

Parry R Keith Builder & Gen

13001 Lincoln Hwy E
Irwin

Perri Concrete

1221 Robbins Station Rd
Irwin

Pinnacle Mortgage Solutions Inc.

1489 W. Warm Springs Rd

pittsburgh handyman services

415 west oliver rd
Homestead

PLUM CONTRACTING

350 STEVENSON BLVD
New Kensington

POLICASTRO CONSTRUCTION INC

510 GEORGETOWN RD
Coraopolis

Potter Construction, Inc

P.O.BOX 1022
Wexford

Premier Custom Builders

114 E Oakwood Way
New Castle

Pristas Contracting Service, Inc.

249 Pointer Dr.
Jefferson Hills

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RENAISSANCE BUILDING CO

51 Rolling road
Cranberry Township

Renovision

3200 California Avenue
Pittsburgh

RHINO MINI STORAGE

720 GREENSBURG RD
New Kensington

RIBERICH & SONS

5 BATAVIA RD
Pittsburgh

Riverview Homes, Inc

2623 River RD
Vandergrift

ROLYN Companies

5706 FREDERICK AVE

RON MERCADANTE

145 HARVEY LN
Aliquippa

RUSAK GZESH & ASSOCIATES INC

646 MEMORIAL DR
New Kensington

RYAN HOMES INC

One Penn Center West
Pittsburgh

S&S Building Contractor

186 Moccasin Hollow Rd.
Mt Pleasant

S.C. Hilpert General Contractor

5706 halchess st
Pittsburgh

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SCG DEVELOPERS

3132 VERMONT DR
New Kensington

Scott Construction

458 Wendel Rd
Irwin

SHULA GENERAL CONTRACTORS INC

2193 HARRISON CITY EXPORT RD
Jeannette

SMARTPARTNER HOMES

614 THOMAS RD
Eighty Four

SMITH CONSTRUCTION

111 Elmur Dr.
Greensburg

Smith Family Enterprises

1312 Kenneth Ave
New Kensington

Steadfast Custom Construction

157 George Rd.
Evans City

STEIN'S CUSTOM KITCHEN & BATHS

3559 BIGELOW BLVD
Pittsburgh

STELLAR HOMES & Remodeling

267 Sandworks Road
Hunker

Steve Kemper Builders Inc

300 S Hamilton Ave Ste 2
Greensburg

Suburban Insulation

193 Crowe Ave
Mars

SUPERIOR BUILDING & REMODELING LLC

PO BOX 1176
Monroeville

Swigart Contracting

845 Cottonwood Dr
Monroeville

The Healey Company Inc

1234 Sarah St
Pittsburgh

THOMAS A TURIAK GEN CARPENTER

201 FREDERICK DR
New Kensington

Three Kelly Construction

1630 Robbins Station Rd
Irwin

THREE RIVERS BUILDERS

6337 Caton St
Pittsburgh

TJ Enterprise Inc

63 N Joslyn Drive
Pittsburgh

TLV COMMUNICATIONS

751 HIGH STREET
Brownsville

TNS CONSTRUCTION

751 MICHIGAN AVE
Washington

Top Quality Contractors

8701 Lincoln highway Box 304
North Huntingdon

Tri County Garage Door Inc

2984 STATE ROUTE 31
Acme

TRI-COUNTY HOMES

22984 ROUTE 66
Shippenville

Tri-State Development inc.

3706 5th Ave
North Versailles

Tri-State Restoration Service Inc

42 E Maiden St
Washington

Trim Tech construction

1557 Edgebrook Avenue
Brookline

True North Home Builders

217 Rock Run Road
Mcmurray

Valentine Contractors, LLC

548 Baldwin Street
Bridgeville

VARUS Development

2306 fox hollow dr
Pittsburgh

VINAL PRIDE

1939 BAKERSTOWN RD
Tarentum

WD Construction

PO Box 172

Weleski Transfer Inc

140 W 4th Ave
Tarentum

Westmoreland Concrete Construction

812 Sherman Avenue
Irwin

Wolf Creek Development Co.

166 N Franklin St
Prospect

YARBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT INC

1020 PUCKETY CHURCH RD
New Kensington

Zambano & Sons LLC

5419 Coral St.
Pittsburgh

ZAMPOGNA CONSTRUCTION INC

2532 CARL AVE
New Kensington

ZONA CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING

11010 PARKER DR
Irwin

ZURCHER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

317 WILLIAM ST
Pittsburgh

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