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"Went great.
and his crew spent hours under our cabin, sometimes in very restricted spaces and on the ground, to
" up, resupport and level this remodled structure. This is a 1938 cabin with two additions that were added to it. Complicating matters the main cabin was not level each time an addition was built(bedrooms and a screened porch).
did a great job balancing the situation so that all of the doors and windows would work. Also had to sueeze in an extra header due to a remodeling mistake years ago. Some spots went up 4-5 inches and it was a
that none of the cedar siding buckled. He also came back , free of charge, 3 months later to check on any shifting and to resupport the kitchen area where heavy appliances made the floor bouncey.
estimate was $2500 but final tally was $2000......two other companies bid $4000 and $6000 and where very hard to get in touch with. Him and his crew were always plotie and good natured. I was very lucky to find him through a lumberyards website.

-mark P.

, the owner, did the install. He was extremely professional, detail oriented and did a fantastic job! He took the time to explain everything" he was doing and answered all my questions about the install and after care.

-Margaret S.

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

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).

"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Home Building reviews in Portage


Let me start by saying, that remodeling the kitchen was one of hardest decisions we had to make, and because of the cost factor,we looked into a few different companies and got a few estimates. The one that stood out the most was
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, not only were they completely professional and courteous, they advised me on how I can save money. I, being a picky person, would constantly look over their shoulders and see if it was done to my liking. I was very impressed with their quality of work and the level of patience, moreover they completed their work with smiles on their faces. I am definitely hiring
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for all my future projects and would definitely recommend them to everyone.
- Nazmus B.

Terrible, J & J was fired by our neighbor and they hired a lead certified painter to clean our lawn of the lead chips that J&J sanded into our lawn. Stay Away from J&J
- Patrick M.

Here is the list of the problems we encountered while dealing with builder
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the realtor for
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Told us that the refirigerator was included with the house.
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said that a tiled shower was included with in the master bathroom.
3. We asked repeatedly to meet the builder and was told he was on vacation. Later, we found he was meeting with other home buyers.
4. We asked repeatedly to meet with
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another realtor and listing agent for Falcon Ridge homes and we were told she was too busy.
5. We asked to meet with the foreman and didn't get a meeting for until 2 months later.
6. We asked for a pre-build meeting and no one responded.
7. We asked for the Plat of the lot and never got to see it.
8. The house floor plan was reversed and we were not notified by anyone.
9. We had all windows gridded in the contract and they only gridded the front two windows.
10.At Encore flooring and building products we were told to picked out a tile for the shower in the master bath and were told by Encore that the tiled shower was included for our home.
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even checked with
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to confirm that we were to get a tiled master shower.
11.When the tile type was discontinued
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installed another tile type in the shower and throughout the entire house without notifying us of the tile change.
12.We went to Encore and asked them about the tile being installed and that it was not what we had chosen. We mention all the problems we had been having with
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and that we couldn't recommend the builder based on our experience. This finally got us a conversation with
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the owner and he proceeded to accuse us of bad mouthing him and that we were not the type of people that he wanted in his neighborhood.
13.The foreman told us that we could have a concrete patio of size and location of our choosing and later told us that we had to put the patio only in one location and limited the size.
14.The foreman told us that they would clean up the overgrowth in the yard and later said they wouldn't.
15.They installed cabinets that were not painted properly and had three shades of white on them.
16.We respectfully asked for our deposit back because
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had not honored the agreed to conditions in the contract and made numerous mistakes with our home. They declined.
- Andrew C.

They do wonderful work, I say that because they performed wonders with my older home to upgrade the living and kitchen areas. They are everything you could want in an independent contractor working in your home: very responsive, prompt, knowledgeable, professional, friendly, with a "can-do" attitude toward the client's ideas. In short, they are great, I am delighted to have found them after a frustrating experience with another local construction company. I will be using their big array of services in the future.
- Susan L.

DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY. RUN. RUN FAR AWAY. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. I wish I had checked Angie's List prior to hiring him.
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is unprofessional, untrustworthy and a downright disappointment. Not one of the projects we hired him to complete are finished. We hired him to remove 2 partition walls and a load bearing wall, install bamboo flooring/trim/quarter round, patch up the walls and have them ready to be painted. We also hired him to install a drain in our driveway since when it rains heavily, we end up with water in our garage. The job was supposed to take 3-5 days. We initially hit a snag with the load bearing wall, he had to install a new support beam. Ok, add a few days for the set back. It's now been 4 weeks. The flooring
installation is not complete. In fact many of the boards that were installed are damaged & need to be replaced. He cut one of the holes for the AC vent in the floor too big so when the vent is in place, you can see the floorboards underneath & the cuts into the bamboo. The thresholds were not installed & the front area by the foyer looks horrible since it wasn't done properly. So we will need to have someone come in to fix all his mistakes. We still have holes in the ceiling & in the walls. The spackle job that was done has cracks in it all over which indicates poor workmanship. In order to fix this, the dry wall will need to be taken down and new ones put back up and spackled again. The wall above the thermostat is not even & is bulging out in some areas so that will need to be taken down & re-done as well. We still have the phone wire hanging from the middle of the ceiling. The baseboard & quarter trim needs to be installed. And then the walls will need to be sanded down evenly.
The Garage drain was cemented poorly and was supposed to have been smoothed out which has not been done. Not one thing has been fully completed or been done without damage or stuff needing correction. On top of all of this, he's now demanding payment in full - when he quit the job and said he wasn't going to complete it. So now we're 4 weeks into a job that should've taken 1 1/2 weeks at most and now we need to hire someone else to come in and fix everything and complete the job. Please, I beg you, do not hire this man.
- Kira M.

He built our house and as a consequence he still feels that it is his, and he takes a lot of pride in its up keep. I also work closely with him about the upkeep of the house. He makes sure that everything about the house is up to a very high standard, and he takes a lot of pride in his work.
- John D.

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is a greedy company with terrible customer service. Our family waited for a new subdivision to open and we were the first to select a lot. We met with the salesperson several times and asked many questions regarding the slope of the lot and the ablility to add things in the yard (fence, pool, etc.) due to town codes and drainage easements. We were told the street would be relatively flat and there were no restrictions on fences or pools in the development. We were also told that we could fence in our entire yard, just not build anything permanent, like a shed or pool, on the drainage easement at the rear of the yard. We drove down the street and saw our lot, and the street, were all flat.
The building process was a nightmare - questions we had went unanswered for months, regardless of multiple attempts to contact
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. Issues we pointed out during the build, such as creeking floors, bad painting, doors not opening/closing properly were ignored. Now, after we are moved in, we are scheduling contractors to come back, move furniture, pull back carpeting and fix many of these problems that were known months ago.
Now that our yard has finally been graded, we somehow ended up with the most sloped yard in the development. This is after we asked several different times to be sure this wouldn't happen.
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is slow to respond to emails and messages, if at all, and isn't very concerned that we were lied to. They made an attempt to make the yard more "usable", but that involved creating a steep drop of approximately 5 feet about 2/3 of the way back in our yard. As a result, we are now losing about 1/3 of our yard space. They are not responding to our emails and do not seem at all concerned about the
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they told us or the fact that we did not get what we paid for at all. Not to mention, we consider the drop a safety concern for our children, pets and guests at our home. We asked about installing a drain pipe so we could add soil and grass on top of it and obtain more usable space in the yard.
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told us the town would not let them do that. We contacted the town and found out that was another lie from
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did not want to consider this option.
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didn't stop here. They were quick to blame the town for not being able to do things we asked for. We requested our curbs be cut back a little further because they were severely damaged before we moved in from construction vehicles and we were told the town didn't allow it. We contacted the town and they informed us that was not true.
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's customer service is nothing less than disgusting. They attempt to blow off any issues the customer brings up. They are completely awful at communication. They are not fair and they do not care about their customers. They want to collect their money and move on. I would not recommend anyone to build a home with them.

It went horribly from start to finish. This builder does not understand construction. He pretends he has many clients and lots of knowledge in construction and it was all a lie. He cannot read plans, his supervision was non-existent and then he took draws from the bank and did not pay his subs. Then he proceeded to lie to the subs and tell them we/the owner were holding their money. He also exceeded our contract timeline and went a year and 3 months to complete - 3 months past our contract. Many, many things we are having to complete and repair ourselves..
Do not use this builder ever for anything. I am an architect and have been licensed or 27 years. I was scammed by this guy and I should know better, but he is quite the psycho-path and good at manipulating.
- David W.

Home Builders in Portage, PA

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2519 10th Street



A.J. Eckley, General Contractor Inc.

101 Orchard Ave

Adaptable Builders Inc.

80 Cougar Run Lane





American Dream Construction

386 Adrian Sherret Road

Angelo Gatto

670 Russell Rd.
Cooperstown P.A

Artisan Contracting of West New York

300 Catlin Ave
Port Allegany

Aspen Ridge Homes, Inc

463 Cedarcrest Drive

B&B Services

212 President Village Rd

BadDad construction

1421 2nd ave

barry claycomb construction

7363 king saint clair road

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave
Newton Square

Becker Services

3091 rout 219

Benjamin's Construction, LLC

220 North Main Street

Brothers Home Repair

PO BOX 204

Buterbaugh's Kitchen Center

4983 Business 220

C&C Property Maint

983 Miller Rd

Caliber Pole Buildings

PO Box 123

Cambria Roofing & Remodeling

439 Chestnut St

Charles Heating Center

216 Power Ave

Chimney Rocks Home Improvements LLC

610 Chimney Rocks Rd

Clint Eakin Construction

624 W. Front St Apt A


2473 NOLO RD
Penn Run



Crescent Builders

109 Glaser St




371 Linkville Rd

DC General Service

726 Walnut Bottom Road

Dick Delaney Home Inspection

275 Pioneer Rd

Douglas Erdley Construction

144 Breakneck Rd
Ford City

Effective Technical Applications, Inc.

10 Wayne Avenue
New Cumberland

Fahr Builders

721 Crawford Ave



Flaugh's Construction and Design

P.O. Box 94
East Freedom

Fosbrink Construction

514 dunbar ohiopyle rd dunbar pa

G.C Construction

234 Clinton rd


Mineral Point

Gary J Miller Engineering Services

405 Hoodridge Drive

Gilded construction

184 pottsville Street

Gingerich Construction

642 Ridge Rd

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd

Haldeman's Construction

6250 Rock Hill Rd

Hensel Home Services LLC

115 Hamel Ln

Home Sweet Home Builders

45 Tanglewood

Home Towne Builders LLC

719 Worthington St

J&S Construction

915 west jackson st


RR 1 BOX 25A

JDV Contracting

305 E Church St

Johnstown Excavating

645 Scalp Ave



Kaczmarek Interior Remodelers

118 Bishop Lane

kieffer construction

246 Hudsondale St

Kirsch Construction Co

121 N Julian St

Kodiak Steel Homes

9748 Maumelle Blvd

Krouse Bro's Contracting

169 GMHP

kunkle construction

8 Cedar Ave

Lang & Son's Construction

2474 Everett Rd
East Freedom

Laskey Properties LLC

16 Entrance Dr

Level Construction Services

1136 Level Rd

LR Roofing Systems, LLC

1115 Salemville Rd
New Enterprise

Lucas Remodeling & Construction, LLC

1072 Beaver Run Ave



Mathews Contracting

407 Hickory Street

MDG Construction

622 Morningside Ave

Messer Construction LLC

1073 Causeway Dr

Mihalko’s General Contracting

1 Hillside Dr

N.E.P.A Roofing & Construction

563 cleveland st

NHI Construction LLC

127 E Saylor St
Mount Carmel

Nicholas Builders

1682 Holly Ridge Dr


11700 Plaza American Dr

O & R Construction

11 Creekside Dr

Oak Ridge Custom Builders LLC

2201 Blain Rd



Paul Tomaine Carpentry

286 Ross Hill Road

Phil Jackson Construction Services

581 Kevin Drive

Pine Creek Construction, LLC

102 E Market St

Premier Siding & Roofing

2457 Perkiomen Ave

RE Faller Co

1600 old state rd



rearicks contracting


Ron Benton Construction

1239 Old Route 22

Rowlands Sales Company Inc

101 Butler Drive


15 E 14TH ST


329 Arch St.



Stella Management Systems

PO Box 819

Tionesta Builders Supply

613 RT 36

Toliver Construction

405 Fairmount Ave

Tom Newman Maintenance and Remodeling

140 Pepper Ridge Dr
Spring Mills

W. R. Halteman Demolition

46 Hickory Drive



Wambold's Home Improvements

176 Laurel Lake Road



Weaver Building & Remodeling

803 Horner St

Your Choice Remodeling

1120 Main Street

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