Tafton Home Building Articles

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THE BASICS: Poor quality, unfulfilled promises, unprofessional THE STORY: The owner himself showed up to do an (unscheduled) appraisal. I was given limited, if any, options in the design of the steps. When I requested a brochure to see what options I had for new railings, he said instead of buying a new one, I should have the old one removed and "sandblasted", and that it would "look brand new". Realistically I never expected it to look brand new, I did however expect it to be smooth and finished nicely. What happened instead is that he (or his workers) painted over the rusty railing seemingly without even hand sanding it let alone sandblasting it. By the time I got to see it the railing was already set in the new concrete. When I complained about it he said he could saw off the top half and slide a plastic railing overtop of it. After expressing my intentions of not spending anymore money on his (poor quality) work, he said he would have one of his guys come and sand the railing and repaint it (without offing even a partial refund for the sandblasting I was originally promised). I'm not even sure anyone came to repaint it because it was chipped and rusty just a couple months later. However, someone did come back to "level" the steps (a patchwork job on top of already shoddy craftsmanship). They came over yet again unannounced to do that work, but failed to address the issue of pooling and discoloration. In fact there was a very distinct color difference between the steps and the patches. I called him on at least two separate occasions and left a message with his wife both times. After several weeks of unanswered phone calls, I saw him working on another contract downtown, so I pulled over to see if he had gotten my messages. He implied that he had but he was "busy working on a government contract" and could send someone up after those other jobs were done. So I waited even longer. I was informed by another townsperson that Mr.
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was having "serious family problems", having just lost my mother to cancer, I stopped calling him and didn't pry (turns out it wasn't even health related). The patchwork started chipping before Winter, revealing that the steps didn't even touch the sidewalk. There is 3/4" gap that water
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down underneath. Currently, 3 years later, there is a 6" wide hole developing in the center landing, the steps have turned green, and I let the bushes grow out I order to cover up that hideous railing. I already need to have the steps REPLACED AGAIN because they aren't safe for the elderly member of the household. Words can not describe how awful my experience was with this company. I got the distinct impression that perhaps someone of a different age and gender would have been taken more seriously instead of being dismissed as I obviously was. The sad thing is that I don't even know how much this ordeal cost me because he wasn't even professional enough to itemize the bill.
- Marissa W.
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It went well. I was unsure of the tile and had not chosen it before arriving in town (this was a vacation townhouse). This put
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at a disadvantage timewise, as I had asked him to please finish before I had to go back home. But all of his workers were courteous and very good at their jobs. His tile expert,
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took the accent pebbles off of the 4 inch netting and placed them individually, stepping back and checking his work...being very detailed and perfect. He did an excellent job, as did all of
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's subs.
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was very polite and responsive and even responded to me on the weekend while he was on the lake.
I appreciated everything they did and their cleanup afterward.
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was very conscious of trying to get the job done when I asked, even though I was the one who delayed the process with my tile decision. In the end, it was finished a day later, which worked out fine.
Great Job!!! Thanks so much!!!
- Karen B.
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was recommended by the architect we used. According to them, he had done mostly remodels but because of the variety of projects, he really probably was ready for a bigger project such as ours. Being in business ourselves, we were anxious to give a young up-and-coming builder a shot. Within the first month, when I questioned a design point on the house, he condescendingly told me I should "stop looking at all those home and garden magazines", as if it was a cause of my concern. I assured him it was my vision in planning this remodel the last 15 years that was behind my questions, not some magazine. I should've had a clue then where this would go.
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's strong point is his attention to detail, especially in woodworking (trim, etc.) He tended to want to use cheaper materials ("a window is a window" he would say) but we pushed back for better quality windows. All the "quotes" he brought us for the bank loan turned out to be poor and incomplete estimates. The heating and cooling system I wanted, and he knew this was one of my non negotiable points- hot water heat, with air conditioning add on- turned out to be over twice as much as he quoted (he quoted $20,000, actual cost would've been around $50,000), and I ended up with a forced air system because the quote was so far off. Plus we lost a month worth of time trying to work with other HVAC contractors to get the system we wanted to no avail. Plumbing also went over budget. Also, if I could do it over, I would not use the cabinet company he is a dealer for. There were only small sample pieces to look at and choose a color from. They bounced our order due to dropping the color we ordered and that delayed our order by close to a month. The quality was less than
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Maid. Still waiting for
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to replace a cracked door in our kitchen.
He said he could do the job in six months. We only wanted to have it done by my son's graduation the following June, which would've given him a full 8 months. We ended up having to push the graduation back to the middle of June and still did not have countertops and only finished plumbing fixtures downstairs plus many other finishes yet to be done. He had the
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to say "I'm not the one who scheduled the party" as if it was my fault, also "you didn't think a job like this could be done in 6 months, did you?" When I reminded him that he was the one who told us that timeframe, and we had been okay with a couple months over, then asked him if he had lied about the timeframe, he responded that he had told us what he thought we wanted to hear. We moved back in
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2013, with one shower working, most faucets and shower heads yet to be installed, no countertops, unfinished fireplace, unfinished pillar bases on our porch, and more.
We did make some design changes mid stream, but none of the changes were cause for significant delays. Most delays during the initial construction were due to poor quotes and having to go back and do more research.
Things were pretty tense after June (June 2013). I'll be honest, we held back some money to make sure everything would get done at the end. It amounted to about $3,000 out of the $110,000 we had written checks to
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at that point.The cost of the entire remodel exceeded $400,000.
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didn't seem to like this and pretty much quit working on finishing the last items. He's accused us of not paying some of the other contractors, even though we have signed waivers from everyone else who worked on our house. He finally came back about 10 mos later to finish the bases to our porch pillars. We ended up having a huge crack all the way across the wall in our master bath, which he finally came to fix this past August (August 2014). I received a text from
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today saying he was refusing to come back and finish any of the warranty work left. A sad ending to a long ordeal.

- Traci S.
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Absolutely perfectly. On time, under budget, highest quality workmanship. I have experience in the building trades, and the attention to detail surpasses any builders I've been exposed to in the past.
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also has superb sense of proportion and style, so that if something looks like it could be done better if done a bit differently (even from a professional architect's plans)
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will gently suggest changes. Every time I've gone with one of his suggestions, it turned out to be the right way to do things. My only wish is that he lived and worked closer to my primary residence, since I have a lot of projects to do, and no one as good as
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to do them here in the Twin Cities.
- Ellen J.
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My husband and I are about to build a new home and are looking for a contractor. We visited a construction site and were very pleased with the quality of the work. I returned to the work site when a crew was there in order to find out who the builder was. I was given a number by the crew but it turned out to be incorrect. I found another number online and called it but still wasn't sure I had the right number. It was answered only by, "Hello" so I said, "I am trying to reach
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." The person only said, "Okay." So, I still wasn't 100% that I even had the right number. Unsure of how to proceed, I started telling him that we were planning to build a house and were interested in discussing it with him. He just said, "Okay" and nothing else. I asked if he had an office or how we'd need to meet with him. He said he didn't care where we met. So, I said we'd like to set up a meeting for some day after 3pm to which he replied, "I'll be at home in
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after 3pm." Wow. I don't care how good the construction of that home looked, I'm not going to hire someone who can't even have a professional phone conversation and treats me like I'm bothering him. I'm not going to work with someone who makes me feel bullied.
- Cynthia F.
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The process was actually pretty smooth considering all that was changing in our house. The contractors did a good job of trying to keep the construction separate from the space we were still living in. All the workers were extremely nice.
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kept us informed of what was happening each day and walked us through each step. We had good communication the entire project. It's amazing how the contractor can tear down the walls and ceilings and completely put it back together. Looking at our house now you would never know that any work had been done. Everything looks as if it came with the original house....that's how seamless everything looks.
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did a great job matching existing paints, bricks, flooring, etc. We are very happy we had the work done and very happy we choose
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to do the job.
- Brian & Karen N.
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and his team did a great job on concrete work in front of our house. He was a pleasure to work with and is courteous and professional. The work was done on time, was of high quality and was reasonably priced. I highly recommend him.
- Christopher M.
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Contacted Mr.
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in the middle of June and asked for an estimate on repairing my ceiling. There are 3 areas that need repair, due to a previous storm. We needed at least 3 estimates for our insurance company and when scheduling these estimates I disclosed that information up front.
Mr.
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stated that he would contact me within a week to schedule a time to conduct estimate. I still had not heard from him by 30 June so I posted a message on Angie's List...within an hour or so I received a reply that he was sorry for delay and would contact me soon to schedule appt. Mr.
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did finally come out to my house the first week of August. I was told that he would send me the estimate within 24 hours. On 11 August I sent him another Angie's List message (received reply within hour or so???) and he replied with a cost for repair, but NO written estimate. I was told that I would get a written estimate, if I chose his company to do the work.
I don't understand why I couldn't get a written estimate which is what I requested to begin with! This has caused a delay in getting repair done because now I have to find another company to come and give me a written estimate FOR MY INSURANCE COMPANY.

- Sheila W.
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The quality of the work was good. I was a little disappointed in the plumber but in the end it all worked out. The price was good and the contractor is very responsive. I liked his work so much that he is currently working on a detached garage for me now.
- Christopher S.
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We were given
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information from a friend who owns numerous rental properties in
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to contact about making renovations to a new home we purchased in Reading
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. Initially the scope of the work included a kitchen renovation and leveling a family room floor that was sloped because it used to be a garage and a few other minor repairs. He acted as our general contractor and connected us with the necessary sub-contractors to perform electrical, plumbing, plaster, paint jobs and custom cabinets as needed. We had our own preferred HVAC and flooring contractors who
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worked with. He sat down and gave us sketches of several options for our family room and kitchen updates and gave estimates for the cost of each. He scheduled all work so that we could move into our new home after all the work was complete. As the work started we found a number of problems that expanded the scope of the work to include a full bathroom rebuild, adding additional support under our master bedroom and reinforcing the roof in our family room.
We ended up being slightly behind schedule due to the expanded scope of the work. But all work was on budget and we were able to move into our new home on the date we were promised. We have had
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back to do additional jobs and we could not be happier with the way our home has turned out. It has been a pleasure working with
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and we will continue to use him when we have additional work to do on our house. We also now go directly to his sub-contractors with pluming and electrical work.
- R Paul M.
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1st Security Home Security

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All Construction & Repair

RR 7 Box 7828
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Unique 40 year exp & 37th year as a company in all phases hence the company name all...

All Phases Contracting

164 Doe Dr
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BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave
Newton Square, PA
Family owned.

Belanger Construction LLC

189 Mozzette Rd
Ea, PA

Brian Gallagher's Custom Carpentry

2689 Rimrock Dr
Stroudsburg, PA
Brian j gallagher's custom carpentry covers all your building and home remodeling needs, from...

Carmel Construction Co

190 Overbrook Run
Milford, PA
2 employees. use sub-contractors.

CLAUSS CONSTRUCTION

2591 ROUTE 6
Hawley, PA

Clemleddy Construction

106 Shook Rd
Hawley, PA
Additional emails - btheo@clemleddy.com, tmchale@clemleddy.com, rsmyth@clemleddy.com,...

Concrete Medic

RR 6 Box 6399H
Stroudsburg, PA
Additional dba - pw jago contractor.

CRESCI CONSTRUCTION

RR 1 Box 722
Dingmans Ferry, PA

Desicon Associates

4119 Oak Lane
Bushkill, PA
Architectural services specializing in residential design.

Diamond Homes llc

Dingmans Ferry, PA
Licensed and insured pa contractor. call today for your free estimate. licensed to do...

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN
Directbuy of indianapolis is a great connection for those who prefer mid to high quality...

Dynamik of Orange County Inc.

7 Vogt Lane
Middletown, NY
Licensed and fully insured dependable and knowlegeable employees professional workmanship free...

Environmental Testing and Research Laboratories, I

60 Elm Hill Ave
Leominster, MA
Etr laboratories in an analytic laboratory with a broad range of commercial, industrial and...

g3 environmental construction LLC

po box 341
Reeders, pa

Ground Up Building & Restorations

1732 Rte 739
Dingmans Ferry, PA
"foundations to roofs and everything in between" full service contractor located in northeast...

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville, PA
H2pro is a full service, fully certified insurance restoration and construction company. we...

Helpful Hands Services

Stroudsburg, PA
Helpful hands services is a not for profit company dedicated to helping others that are in...

Hollywood Remodeling

7 Whippoorwill Dr
Saylorsburg, PA
Creative professionals for all your interior and exterior home improvement needs. in business...

inteligiq llc

715 morris ave
Bryn Mawr, PA
Who we are inteligiq is a company proudly installing and upgrading integrated home control...

J.C Contracting

Lakeville, Pa
Excavation, emergency help,

JEFF DAROJA HOME IMPROVEMENT

205 CHRISTOPHER WAY
Hawley, PA
4 employees. uses subs. cost is determined by the job. no travel charges. no service charges....

John Beresch Building Contractor

210 Joann Rd
Stroudsburg, PA
John beresch contracting is a trusted and reputable building contractor and home re modeler...

joseph sellare inc

730 milford road
East Stroudsburg, PA
10 employees , will subcontract, financing avaible pocono chamber of commerce member,...

Kitchens & Beyond LLC

2948 route 611
Tannersville, PA
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance....

Lawrence Ciarelli & Sons

550 Route 739
Hawley, PA
Lawrence ciarelli & sons is all around construction business of four generations.

Leana Construction Co

3012 Cabin Dr Sunrise Lk
Milford, PA
General contractor, plumbing services, heating service, custom home builders, construction...

LJ Construction & Renovation Corp

7 Bridge Road, RD 5 Box 5221A
Effort, PA
Lj construction's team of developers, and sales representives are hands on professions who...

LTS Homes

815 Seven Bridge Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
Additional phone - (570) 424-8867, (800) 942-7450. additional fax - (570) 424-1508. additional...

Mark Of Excellence

223 Fenner Ave
Sciota, PA
Mark of excellence construction has been fulfilling the dreams of homeowners in the poconos...

Mihail Renovations

104 Seminole rd
Shohola, PA
We are in business for 23 successful years. licensed, bonded and insured in nyc. licensed and...

Mountain View Custom Home Improvements

331 Rocky Road
East Stroudsburg, Pa

MountainSide Construction LLC

Newton, NJ
Newton, NJ
Our company is devoted to your special needs. we will take the time to design, coordinate, and...

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr
Reston, VA
Nvr, inc. operates in two business segments: homebuilding and mortgage banking. the...

O'Leary Construction LLC

4073 Manor Dr
Stroudsburg, PA
We are a small remodeling business with quality and detail at mind.

Paul A. Beutler Contracting

102 Davos Lane
Tafton, PA
Pab contracting is dedicated to providing our customers with quality workmanship and competive...

Pecci Construction

149 Deibert Drive
Stroudsburg, PA
Pecci construction inc. is a family owned and operated business. president leighton pecci is...

Perfect Homes The Renovation Experts

1165 Red Fox Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA

Philip Michael Inc. Electrical Contractor

PO Box 91
Greentown, PA
Philip michael inc. electrical contractor complete electrical service installations, new...

Pioneer Home & Commercial Concepts

PO BOX 537
Milford, PA
Pioneer home & commercial concepts maintains a small but professional work crew that takes...

Pocono Luxury Inc

1500 Uhler Rd.
Easton, PA
Pocono luxury offers custom remodeling from a team with 18+ years of experience and a spotless...

precision home builders inc

po box 183
Mount Pocono, PA
Since 1984, precision home builders inc. have been building on pride , purpose and reputation...

R & P Construction

547 Wooddale Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
R&p construction offers a wide range of services. we are a home improvement contractor...

R W BUFF INC

1126 Pine Ln
Stroudsburg, PA
We are a professional construction company dedicated to creating work of enduring value and...

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak, MI
We are a remodeling homeowner advocate. remodeling second opinion helps homeowners by stopping...

RGB CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS

507 Seven Bridge Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
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Rich Fritz Contracting

305 Euclid ave.
Manasquan, NJ
Sole mechanic , nj liscense # 13vh07408400, fully insured. will use sub-contractors when...

RKA Robert K Ace Jr Custom Homes and Remodeling

6252 Cardinal Drive
East Stroudsburg, PA
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Robert W Heh Jr Construction

218 Alpha Dr
Stroudsburg, PA
Additional fax - (570) 992-0317.

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street
Miami, FL
Manufacturer and builders of log homes and steel structure homes. manufacturer and supply of...

Scott Madole Construction

HC1 Box 1873
Tafton, PA

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami, FL
The end product will be your blue prints, floor plans, notes or drawings (non-technical nor...

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.
Scranton, PA
Simplex industries, a nationally known modular construction construction is looking to joint...

SNS Restorations Inc.

PO Box 221
Mount Pocono, PA
S.n.s restorations inc, also specialize in renovations ! ..my company is well known for our...

Sutton Renovations

123 Log Tavern Rd. Suite 2
Milford, Pa
Sutton renovations is your one stop for your home repair needs. now offering a 24/7 emergency...

Thomas Schiffer Building Contractor INC.

3249 Hemlock Farms
Hawley, PA
Additions, remodeling, repairs, design service decks, garages< pole buildings, new homes

Timbercrest Builders,LLC

1345 Rt. 507 Suite 102
Greentown, PA
Timbercrest builders is a full service construction company located in northeastern...

Vennie Building & Excavating

HC 1 Box 1289
Tafton, PA
Vennie building and excavating, owned and operated by scott t. vennie, has been serving...

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road
Groton, NY
3 employees, no subs, cost is determind by job

Wambold's Home Improvements

176 Laurel Lake Road
Bartonsville, PA
A company designed with professionals in all fields of construction for all your home needs.

Wayne J Day Custom Builders

185 Weber Rd
Milford, PA
Full service contracting, all phases of construction, excavation and repairs

We Show Up Contracing

Po Box 294
Dingmans Ferry, PA

Windsor Log Home Restorations

PO Box 1963
Ellijay, GA
Log home repair, log home restoration, historical log home repair, rotten log home repair

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PO Box 135
Sciota, PA
Agent of the homeowner advise, facilitate and negotiate. with nearly 25 years in and around...

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