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"It wasn’t good. When I purchased the deal, it said measurement and estimate for kitchen or basement. When he got there, he said it was wrong and the deal was" for a kitchen and not a basement. He tried to make me feel guilty for doing the work. When I mentioned trying to get a refund, he changed his story and said he would still do the work.

-Joyce H.

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"1. He claims a pay as you go model. You pay and he delivers just enough to make you think he's going to deliver . You then sit for months waiting for his" team to show up and then actually finish a task. 2. He starts work without securing the appropriate permits even after many many many emails asking him to secure the permits before continuing the work. 3. He asks you to tell the city permit office the job was "started by another contractor" if asked so that he doesn't get in trouble. Fortunately, we were never asked but have the emails to prove we wanted him to get the permits in place. Contract was signed in January, permits issued in May. I believe he uses this as a way to get your money and then stall on delivery.4. He doesn't follow up on the quality--or lack there of--done by his team and become virtually impossible to find unless you spend hours of time chasing him. I have a poorly installed fence, a sprinkler system which he pulled out and didn't re-install, the pump and salt system were never re-installed and I had to pay someone to fix all of the above. 5. He doesn't close out permits leaving them to expire. In some cities that results in a fine such as in Miami
. Where then you have to re-start the permitting process. 6. He generally sells you one thing and then delivers half-finished, or poorly completed results. BUYER BEWARE

-Lisa R.

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Architect first - for around $1000 typically you will get site consultation, a few sketches showing what you said you wanted, and a preliminary (by the book) cost estimate - that you can use to figure if your budget or scope of work needs major adjustment. Then, if you go ahead, typically about 10-20% of total project cost for complete plans and specs (including above cost), depending on complexity and level of interior design detail, and if construction inspection services are included.

 


 
 
Generally, nothing is free with an architect - unlike a contractor where a bit of consultation and a rough estimate is a lead-in to the actual work he hopes to get (the construction/repair) and part of his bidding cost, an architect (and engineer) makes his living giving advice and consultation and developing designs and cost estimates - so giving it away for free is sort of like a dentist doing sample fillings for free. Some will come to your house to discuss your concepts for 15-20 minutes for free, basically to see if they want to take you on as a client or feel your job is the type or size they want, but you should expect little or nothing in the way of a design or cost estimate for free - the most you might get would be an opinion on whether it sounds, off the cuff, like your budget is roughly in line with your desired scope of the project.
 
 
On more complex or up-scale remodels, it is not unusual to contact several architecture firms and request proposals - where they basically come see the site, then give you a sketch or few or more common today, computer-generated altered photos of your place, showing conceptually what they can do for you, then you choose the one you like the most and go with that one for final design. Typically $500-1000 range fee (each) to get that done for small jobs, larger jobs will typically be no charge but that assumes probably $25-50,000 plus anticipated fees if they get the job.
 
 
Bear in mind in the latter scenario you cannot pick and choose betweenthe best parts of each proposal - the architect owns the design and it is copyrighted, so while you can choose bui9lding elements (dormers, bay windows, etc) from any of the proposals, specific design or color combinations are copyrighted by the proposer.
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Based on our first contact, we were very happy with
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Relton. He came out to the house to discuss our plans to add a second floor to our home. His ideas were very useful, and his proposal and initial communication looked good. Coupled with seeing A's across the board on Angie's List, we felt pretty confident accepting his proposal and moving forward.
After our initial payment,
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seemed to
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. We didn't hear from him for weeks, but tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because we were happy with his work, his reviews on this site and the gut feeling we had about him. He had estimated that it would take 5-6 weeks to go through all of the steps and end up with final architectural drawings. After about 6 weeks we had nothing. We made excuses for him, like 'it's holiday season' or 'he must be busy with other work'. Around the 8th week we got some preliminary drawings, and felt guilty for getting so annoyed. The drawings were good! We had some good discussion about them,
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made some adjustments and got initial pricing from a couple builders. We followed up with some questions, and then... he vanished again.
We tried e-mailing and calling for a couple weeks to no avail. After a month of no response at all (about 14 weeks since we accepted his proposal), I called his office and discovered that the number had been disconnected. I called his cell phone and got a message that his voicemail inbox was full. I can only conclude that he has gone out of business, and that we're out $1,000 and close to 4 months of time. The drawings we got, nice though they were, were not signed and sealed. They are useless for the purposes of obtaining a permit from the town or independent pricing from builders. We have nothing to show for our experience with
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- Linda K.
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He never started the work. He had the money in advance for the job. He never scheduled workers. I have taken him to court and he's ordered to pay monthly. I've only gotten 3 payments. He's two months behind.
- LORI A.
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I bought the coupon for 3.5 hours of consultation service to get ideas of expanding the front entry / porch area. We didn't know what we wanted except to make it "better". This was also the first time we would be doing something structural to the house.
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and
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arrived right on time as scheduled and promptly addressed our goals. They listened to what we wanted and answered all our questions.
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is obviously very good at what he does because he came up with sketches right on the spot, he then explained the process of continuing on with the project. I got a detailed drawing in a week, which is something we could use should we decide to move forward. Our initial phone call was about 15 min and the meeting was about an hour. With the detailed plan I definitely we got what we wanted from the coupon. I highly recommend
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and
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, and would not hesitate to use him again in the future.
- Maxine W.
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was so great. I had never hired an architect before and wasn't sure what kind of information she would need up front.
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walked me through the process and options for our project. In addition, she came to our condo and took very accurate measurements to ensure the drawing was going to be accurate for our contractor.



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was professional, knowledgeable, and punctual. From the time I called her to the time I had drawings in hand was only a little over a week. I would absolutely use
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again for any upcoming projects in our home. Thank you,
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- Laura K.
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When a general contractor says this (and I quote this literally from his mouth) "YOU HAVE TO SPECIFY IN THE SCOPE OF WORK THAT YOU WANTED STRAIGHT WALLS", you should either run away, fire him,
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in the brains for being an freaking idiot, or just take away his contractor's license all together and tell him to go back to his clown school!
What kind of dumb idiot would say such a thing. Oh that's right, our contractor,
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. I asked my fellow colleagues who are real architects and interior designers, and they said that is the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard. Okay good, I'm not the crazy one. Do I really have to specify I wanted straight walls? It goes WITHOUT SAY that every built or renovated wall should be straight! COMMON SENSE
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What's even worse is he proceed to argue with us about it. As if we were crazyfor wanting all our walls straight. Are we in the twilight zone or what?! Are these the words of a licensed contractor? Scary, very scary. He should get his licensed revoked. His subcontractor,
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doesn't even have a license!!
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claimed
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is an employee of Fidelity, but turns out, he's just an unlicensed sub (did a background check). So this whole time, this unlicensed sloppy contractor has been working on our house. If I had know that, I would've hired some idiot off the parking lot of Home Depot!! FAIL!!!
At this point, we are obviously appalled and just dumbfounded.
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is the president and owns this company!! Frightening!! Not to mention, a procrastinating, lazy liar as well. Not only did the project run about 4 weeks over completion date, he never disclosed that there would be significant height/level difference in our bathroom and kitchen transition points. Really? He just responded to us as if there was nothing he could do and basically proceeded without any other alternative. And now, we have ugly level changes in our kitchen and bathroom. Thanks for the heads up!!
The contract was signed on August 21st, 2014. The crew didn't start working at the house until August 29th, and I know because I was at the job site every other day, sometimes even every day. That's 8 days after we signed the contract!
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also said, from the beginning, that because we were not living in the house at the time of renovation, his crew would be able to freely work on both areas at the same time, thus getting work done quicker. He said 6 weeks or mid-October they should be done. There were number of days when I went to the house and nothing was done. They didn't even show up! Infuriating! Wasting my d*** time! Mid-October rolls around. Not even close to done. Not only were delayed, they didn't even apologize for delaying our move. We were supposed to move in November 1st......so when did they actually complete the project (the word "complete" is questionable). NOVEMBER 11th!!! A mere 3-4 weeks more than what was scheduled. Not a couple days, not a week, 3 weeks delayed!! We paid close to $50,000 to get the quality and craftsmanship of a group of guys from Home Depot!
- Nickel and dimed us for the stupidest little change orders
- THREE weeks late finishing
- Basically had to hold the foreman's hand as he always did things without asking us
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NEVER came to job site except to collect money
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NEVER once came to check on job unless there was problem
- We had to ask several times to remove trash from our yard
- Never sent us a schedule or gave us a timeline when we needed things, everything was always, I need this tomorrow!
- Has absolutely NO clue how to restore old Craftsman homes
- Has absolutely NO sense of what "craft" is, shoddy workmanship all together
- Subs ALL his contractors
- Didn't finish a lot of things in the house or left them broken/unfixed, lots of loose ends (and now we're stuck with it!!!)
ABOVE ALL, VERY UNHAPPY WITH HIRING
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CONTRACTOR (ironic because the name of the company means loyalty/faithfulness),
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WAS VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, AWFUL AND RUDE, ABSOLUTELY A NIGHTMARE FROM BEGINNING TO END TO WORK WITH, NO REGARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE OR QUALITY OF WORK FOR THAT MATTER.
DEFINITELY AVOID, WILL NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.
- Leona S.
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As we were planning to build our new home we searched for house plans to fill our needs. We knew the look we wanted and found the basic design but needed to change the floor plan to meet our specific needs.
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was very pleasant and helped us figure a few things out, explaining what we could and should not do to make things work. After our first plans we had to reconsider and came back with some pretty major changes, which
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redrew. Before the final plans were ready for the builder, we had another few minor changes. Through the whole process
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made the changes and sent us the proofs for review. When it came time for financing ,
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sent the copies to our financial institution without additional charge. He was great to deal with and our house looks great - just the way we wanted (even better). His price was extremely reasonable for what we had done.
- Edwin S.
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was professional, punctual (to a fault), responsive to details that came up during the job (at no added costs), did much of the installation himself with a helper. He came highly recommended from a respective president of a board of directors of a
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. Would I engage him again - absolutely!! The job was finished with everything to my complete satisfaction. Color matching paint and stain was perfect.
- Jason O.
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I was recommended to
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from Doggers construction after we had a flood in our home. Unfortunately we had to come out of pocket for this so we definitely had to do our homework.. We had three bids for the work and his came in the best. His crew were fantastic. They were on time, communicated everything before they started and followed up when they finished to make sure we were happy. They reconstructed the lower half of our home, drywall doors etc. Painted all the walls, tiled the bathrooms, hand made new shutters and worked with me to design a new fireplace that is PERFECT. We plan on using them for more upgrades to our home. I would highly recommend them.
- cynthia B.

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3503 Palm Blvd
Isle Of Palms

Arantgroup

1760 Ridgeway rd

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN ASSOC

209 STONERIDGE DR
Columbia

ARCHITRAVE

730 BLANDING ST
Columbia

ARDILA DEVELOPMENT CORP

146 EMERALD LAKE RD
Columbia

BERT L HOWE & ASSOC INC

1529 HORSESHOE DR
Columbia

BOUDREAUX GROUP

1200 PARK ST
Columbia

BRENNAN ASSOCIATES INC

207 KING ST
Columbia

BRENNAN ASSOCIATES INC

1125 SPARKLEBERRY LANE EXTB
Columbia

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CALDWELL R DIAL JR

1300 PICKENS ST
Columbia

CARLISLE ASSOCIATES

1015 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

CATALYST ARCHITECTS

1821 PICKENS ST
Columbia

CATALYST ARCHITECTS LLC

212 W MAIN ST
Lexington

CGA FACILITIES SVC

1619 SUMTER ST
Columbia

CLAYTON DESIGN INC

2549 FOREST DR
Columbia

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

COMPREHENSIVE ARCHITECTS

2815 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

CURT DAVIS & ASSOC

1136 WASHINGTON ST
Columbia

DAVIS & FLOYD INC

240 STONERIDGE DR
Columbia

DAVIS ARCHITECTURE

24 OFFICE PARK CT
Columbia

DESIGN & REMODELING SOLUTIONS LLC

100 Old Cherokee Rd
Lexington

DESIGN COLLABORATIVE INC

3710 LANDMARK DR
Columbia

Design Plus 3 Inc

1235 E East Blvd

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DocWild's

1469 Florawood Dr.
Columbia

Efficiency First, LLC

1800 Camden Rd

EMERGE INC

2306 LINCOLN ST
Columbia

Exclusive Homes

1095 Hilldale Dr.
Lancaster

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Extreme Builders

431 Sunser Dr
West Columbia

FIRST CLASS CONSTRUCTION

1815 Gervais St Ste E
Columbia

Gage Construction LLC

1726 St. Peters Church Rd.
Chapin

GARVIN DESIGN GROUP

1209 LINCOLN ST
Columbia

Guardian Fence Suppliers

1103 Pasture Ln
Columbia

HEYWARD & WOODRUM LTD

4910 TRENHOLM RD
Columbia

J LESESNE MONTEITH

1201 HAMPTON ST
Columbia

J TIMOTHY HANCE

1314 LINCOLN ST
Columbia

JAB Construction, Inc.

141 Drake Hill Drive
Lexington

JACKSON & SIMS ARCHITECTS

1911 BARNWELL ST
Columbia

JHS INTEGRATED INTEGRATED

1812 LINCOLN ST
Columbia

JOHN BOWMAN

2500 DEVINE ST
Columbia

JUMPER CARTER SEASE ARCHITECTS

412 MEETING ST
West Columbia

LAKE SHORE AT THE GROVE CONSTR

221 GAULEY DR
Columbia

LCK CONSTRUCTION SVC

1301 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

LPA GROUP

700 HUGER ST
Columbia

LPA GROUP INC

101 TRADE ZONE DR
West Columbia

LS3P ASSOCS LTD

701 LADY ST
Columbia

LTC ASSOC

912 LADY ST
Columbia

LTC ASSOCIATES

912 LADY ST
Columbia

MANIGO CONSTRUCTION

116 BRIDGECREEK DR
Columbia

MartyWhite.net

7001 St. Andrews Road, #355
Columbia

Masterson Design Studios

148A Springwood Lake Point
Columbia

MCA ARCHITECTURE INC

1004 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

MCCREARY/SNOW ARCHITECTS PA

3111 DEVINE ST
Columbia

MCCREARY/SNOW ARCHITECTS, PA

3111 DEVINE ST
Columbia

MICHAEL KOHN

1604 RIVIERA DR
West Columbia

Milestone Structural Solutions

119 Mill Pond Road
Cayce

MIXSON GRAPHICS

121 WALKING HORSE WAY
Columbia

MJA INC

1325 PARK ST
Columbia

MOLTEN-LAMAR ARCHITECTS

808 LADY ST
Columbia

Olde South Design Studios

4183 Red Laurel Way

PARADIME CONSTRUCTION INC

PO BOX 5892
Columbia

PARETO ASSOCIATES INC

1426 GEIGER AVE
Columbia

PAUL EVANS ALLEN

1413 CALHOUN ST
Columbia

PRECISION CARPENTRY & PLUMBING LLC

28 SCARLETT STREET
Greenville

QUACKENBUSH ARCHITECTS

1217 HAMPTON ST
Columbia

Reliance Home Builders Incorporated

116 Cedar Vale Drive
Lexington

ROBERT J PROBST

1712 COFIELD DR
West Columbia

ROBERT W MC CLAM

1316 WASHINGTON ST
Columbia

Rodgers Excavating LLC

7663 Fairview rd

ROSS & ASSOC

7400 IRMO DR
Columbia

Ruben Quality Builders

PO Box 6546
Columbia

SAFKO & ASSOC ARCHITECTS

1828 BULL ST
Columbia

SHERER & ASSOC

800 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

SOUTHERN VISTAS INC

2825 Commerce Drive
Columbia

STEVENS & WILKINSON OF SC INC

1501 MAIN ST
Columbia

STUDIO 2LR

801 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

The Drawing Board

174 Ellis Avenue
Lexington

The Wright Group Construction

PO Box 6488
West Columbia

Versa Builders

2256 Calks Ferry Rd
Lexington

von Ahn Design, LLC

153 Chapin Road
Chapin

W STEVE BECKHAM JR

800 GERVAIS ST
Columbia

WATSON TATE SAVORY

1316 WASHINGTON ST
Columbia

WCI CONSTRUCTION ADMIN INC

1711 WOODCREEK FARMS RD
Columbia

WILLIAM B KAURIC

2210 DEVINE ST
Columbia

WILLIAM H ANDERSON

125 BROOK VALLEY RD
Columbia

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