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Ari brings a high level of abilities to the table in how he approaches a job, able to think things through and suggest solutions to the many unique-situation challenges that always come up in such work (his co-worker also had a knack for coming up with good solutions to thorny problems). Besides being a general contractor, Ari is also personally a licensed plumber and electrician, so he can do all the needed work himself without having to rely on someone else. For example, he met our need to fit a full-sized wastebasket under the sink despite a new, large septic-friendly garbage disposal and did a very elegant arrangement of the pipes to make that work, something I had not thought could be done. He also worked out the positioning for the downdraft vent piping in the floor that allowed for a much more efficient island cabinet configuration than we had originally thought.
No matter what aspect you want to talk about--drywall installation, oak floor-board matching and replacement, electrical wiring, appliance installation, under-cabinet lights and plugs, you name it--we always had complete confidence it would be done with great care, and Ari and his team delivered. Even though Ari of course knew much more about such a project than I did, he was always open to my ideas and was perfectly willing to take a new approach if something I suggested made sense. He was also polite in resisting if a suggestion was not the best idea, and he made a point of explaining why.
In addition, Ari was patient when there were delays outside of his control. The repeated 3rd-party supply of certain end panels of the wrong size stretched out his work by several weeks and forced him to do some things twice just to keep the work flow going, but he never complained.
To be balanced in any very positive review one always seems obligated to point out some shortcoming. The only one I can think of, and it’s not really a negative, is that
We weren't sure whether to use Ari's team for the backsplash, which was a somewhat challenging project with a lot of separate variable-sized horizontal marble strips for each roughly 12"x12" section. We ended up choosing him because we knew it would be done as a partnership through our good relationship. Ari was not in town for that work, and his other two team members did a very nice job and put up with my constant checking and suggestions for the countless alignment issues with those tiles. They never complained about my involvement and made any adjustment I asked for.
We found Ari and his team to be completely trustworthy, and they had the keys to our house and did most of the work while we were not around. Each day Ari would go over the questions that needed answering so he could move forward, and if something came up during the day, he would call.
Ari always went the extra mile to make sure things happened as they should. He basically spent half of a day hanging around doing nothing just to make sure the counter fabricators did the cooktop cut-out right in relation to the downdraft, which was a critical component. He easily could have left that to the counter company and hoped for the best. After he was already done with our kitchen and fully paid, he made the long trek to our house to check out why our under-cabinet lights suddenly didn't work and found that the transformer had gone bad. Ari labeled the wires, and when I got a replacement, I could install the new one myself.
So if you want fine craftsmanship, intelligent solutions, and a friendly, cooperative team to work with,
In late August after meeting with five different contractors to discuss long-needed replacement of siding & windows on our 40-year old home, we settled on
We highly recommend
We received 3 estimates from 3 companies and all were comparable. the 'cheapest' estimate but neither were they the most expensive. They outlined in detail the scope of the work to be performed in each area of our home and how the work would proceed. The estimate and contract were very clear and concise without a bunch of legal-eze. We had target dates for payment as each phase of work commenced as they are a small firm and this may ease their cash flow. (Remember small does not mean less in this case--it was a very personable and caring firm with which to work--they ALWAYS had my family's welfare at heart during the remodel!))
They arrived each day at the assigned time and worked in a very professional manner. I felt very at ease having them in my home and could leave when necessary without the worry of my home being unattended or 'open' to just anyone. The most awesome part of their work aside from the great craftsmanship was the fact that they vacuumed and swept each and every day at the end of the work day. I can't tell you how much that meant to me as I HATE a dirty house/floor. THey also laid plastic on all the floor areas/carpet and plastic enclosures to separate the dust in the work areas from the other adjacent areas. (I have a child with Asthma and this was very important) I am so pleased with the work they did that I will use their services again in a new home I am currently building. The improvements they did will allow us to command top dollar for our home at re-sale time next spring. Some of the new features in my new home will include the things they did with the improvements made last spring. We are currently enjoying our remodel!
Kind, caring, detail oriented, and professional are just some of the words I could use to describe ”
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