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"The details of our experience follows. What needs to be said first of all is that there are some disputed items here between us and the contractor. When the work" was finished we did not have what we asked for (usable storage space in the attic above the garage) and some of the work he did accomplish was flawed (drywall was not properly finished) and he never responded to correct the issues.
asserts that he made it clear to us that it would not be possible to provide attic space. This dispute took us to arbitration with the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR). After more than a year of arbitration it was determined that
would prevail on the issue of the attic space (mainly because no one but us was ever aware of the conversation), but would be responsible for paying $575 (Half of the arbitration costs and $500 for poor quality finish of the drywall). His attorney was given a date of 8/13/2015 to pay this award. It is now 8/25/2015 and we have heard nothing from
or his attorney. During the construction process, there were several occasions that my wife and I had to step in and point out areas that were not being accomplished in accordance with his own plans. The foundation was nearly poured with the opening for the garage door in the wrong place. If my wife hadn't sent me pictures at work just before they poured it,
would have had a great deal of additional work to account for. While framing the exterior wall, my wife noticed that he had put the window in the wrong place. He gladly moved it (twice). When the issue of the storage space came up,
immediately called his attorney without attempting to work with us to correct the issue. We offered several times prior to arbitration to work with him on correcting the "oversight", offering to split the costs with him at one point. The above should be clear regarding the quality of his work and his responsiveness and professionalism. We have since modified the garage to accommodate the attic space we had asked for. This required $1700 additional and two steel beams with supporting posts that we had not planned to have in our garage. Had the work been done as we expected there would have been no need for these extra intrusive items in the garage. Needless to say, we are not very happy with the work of this contractor.

-David J.

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"Showed up on time, installed fixture and repaired wall outlets. Cleaned up the work. Very professional and friendly. Highly recommended.

-carter E.

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Ballpark number - $30-50/SF for normal garage - in your area, considering need for perimeter foundation to get below frost depth, probably about $40/SF unfinished, $50 finished.

In your area, if you can afford it, I would talk to a Realtor friend (or the one who sold you the house) about how much value a garage would add, and the difference between one and two car - very few houses are built with one cars these days except on narrow city lots, so it might pay (if your budget can handle it) to make it a two-car while you are at it.

Also, a standard 1 car is about 12 x 20 feet - if you make it large enough for a full size pickup or SUV then about 12 x 24 or 12 x 26', which could improve resale value. The current trend is toward 8 to 8-1/2' ceilings and 7-1/2 to 8 foot high entry clearances also, rather than 7 to 7-1/2' ceiling and 6-1/2 foot beam clearance, to handle larger pickups and SUV's with racks.

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Definitely - if you are interested, there are good videos on how it works on This Old House and Hometime websites, and probably on Youtube too, or google  -  "epoxy floor covering"

It takes A LOT of careful prep and you have limited working time to handle it (it is a 2-component product like epoxy glues and fibreglass resin, so has vdery limited working time after you mix the two components), so unless you are quite experienced with fast-setting finishes I would NOT recommend you do it yourself - get it wrong and it is MUCH harder to remove than to put on. Also, it is important to sprinkle the non-slip material over it at the right time without stepping in it or getting any on flooring that is not yet covered with the epoxy.

Find a specialty contractor for garage floor sealing - normal painters and contractors may or may not know how to do it. Rough cost estimate, WITHOUT moving a lot of stuff in and out of the garage, $1.25-3.00/SF depending on how expensive a finish you get. Keep in mind you will have to move everything out of the garage for a few days to a week, or pay them to come twice (which I have seen done) - to do it by halves about a week apart, with you moving workbenches, tool chests, etc from one end of the garage to the other before they come back.

There are a lot of off-brand products out there - a lot of them are garbage, and some claiming to be epoxy are not even 2-component, so not true epoxy. I would stay with national industrial brand names like PPG, Rustoleum, Armorchip, AkzoNobel, Dulux, ISF - the ones made by consumer paint companies like Behr, Sherwin Williams, etc seem to have a lot of bad press about them.

One thing to consider, is if your slab was coated with a water repellent or sealer, that will probably have to be sandblasted or ground off before an epoxy can adhere properly - for about $0.50-1.00/SF more.

If you are not up to spending $1000 or so on protecting a floor you drive on, you can get Rustoleum Epoxy Shield Concrete Floor Paint for about $40/gallon that, as long as you degrease and scrub the floor well before hand, sticks quite well including over a normal concrete sealer. While the rustoleum stuff is actually an acrylic, not a true epoxy, it does good for the $. The competing latex concrete paints peel and lift off in no time - they are fine for coating a basement floor to reduce moisture passage before putting down flooring, but do not hold up to garage traffic.

I redo the central driven-on half of mine for about $45 in degreaser and paint about every 10 years and while it does not look like a showroom floor after the first few weeks, it does the job of being easy to clean and repels most vehicle stains (except gasoline, paint solvents like laquer thinner or acetone, or automotive spray solvents like brake or carb cleaner, which will all soften and bubble it). It also is not anywhere as slippery as an epoxy finish. You do have to let it dry a full week to avoid peeling from tires sitting on it.

As a condo owner I presume you have checked with the condo manager - most condos have rules about types of finishes that can be used, and in some cases even colors.

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That is a pretty old and small house to be putting much money into.

My recommendation would be to do no more than box in the carport as a garage, if you have use for that.

Adding a bathroom and laundry room to a garage generally means a new foundation for them, so significant cost for the small added space you are getting. Generally, one would recommend an addition rather than putting those in a garage. However, for this old a house an addition could be equal to the value of the house.

My recommendation - talk to the Realtor you bought it from, or a Realtor friend, about what certain improvements could do to the value of the house. I fear you will find that anything other than a teardown might not add to value at all, because any significant addition to that old a house, and that size if typical of the neighborhood, would make it an oddball house for the area and reduce rather than enchance saleability.

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and his team were fantastic to work with. They helped us design the project and then did the work from beginning to end. They specialize in making homes accessible and that is exactly what we needed. They brought their expertise to the project and we were thrilled.


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He showed up on time to look at the job. He gave us a quick quote and was able to do the job the next week. Great to work with. Will use them again.
- Kathleen P.
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were very professional and patient with my constant changes to the plans. They were extremely helpful with aiding me with design options and ways to get the most out of the square footage that I had. I will say that everything went as planned and they came in on the budget that I had set. I would most definitely go to them for any further construction needs that I may have or that my daughter may have. Overall, wonderful experience.
- Suzanne F.
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and the men who work with him are friendly, knowledgeable, hardworking, and cleaned up completely after completing their work. They worked long hours to finish the job.
- Kristin C.
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and deck to request a bid for a 'non-urgent' deck addition and installation of a man door from our garage. Ginna responded to most of my e-mails within 2-3 days. She was accommodating with scheduling.
My Issue with this company: They were a NO SHOW to an appointment I confirmed with the Company the night before. Very disappointing!
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- Linwood & Sandra M.
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They arrived on time and got to work quickly. Informed me immediately of an unexpected expense. Job was completed in 1 day when they had quoted 2 days for the entire project. Work is great and has stated if a problem does arise they will fix it ASAP.
- Robert N.
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As of today, August 20, 2015 Dick Woods has not responded to any of my pleas to resolve whatever has happened for him not to show up at this job. It is a known fact that Dick Woods is now working at another site and has still not repaid our deposit. Shenango Steel Buildings will never again recommend him for the erection of their buildings.
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A ACTIVE TERMITE & PEST CONTROL CO

820 D MERRIMAC TRL
Williamsburg

A Step Above

2687 Jolly Pond Road
Williamsburg

A-1 Inc Exterminators

1704 S Park Ct
Chesapeake

Abrahamse & Company Builders

1020 Linden Ave.
Charlottesville

Absolutely Amish Structures LLC

6 Rodney Lane
Fredericksburg

Ace Construction

P.O. Box 1014
Gloucester

Affordable Sheds & Garden Products LLC

11750 Berlin Tpke
Lovettsville

Affordable Sheds Inc

3209 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY
Stafford

ANDREWZ HOME IMPROVEMENT

PO Box 1199
Warrenton

Archetype Builders

10908 Courthouse Rd. Suite 102-230
Fredericksburg

Beach Brothers Contracting

2929 pinewood drive
Virginia Beach

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

PO Box 61691
Virginia Beach

British American Electric

4550 Cedar Point Lane
Williamsburg

Butler Technology, Inc.

298 Ryefield Rd.
Mattaponi

C & R Custom Framing CLASS A Builders

4428 Shepherds Road
Partlow

C. E. Gene Comer General Contractor, LLC

1180 Loftis Rd
South Boston

CABINET WORKS OF THE NORTHERN NECK

633 LAYTON LANDING RD
Colonial Beach

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carmack Moving & Storage

45055 Underwood Ln.
Sterling

CAVALIER ENTERPRISES

2025 Square Dance Ct
Virginia Beach

Cline Construction, Inc.

86 Menefee Ln
Front Royal

CNR Custom Framing

4428 Shepherds Road
Partlow

Coastal Builders,Inc.

146 Bay Dr.
White Stone

College Creek Construction

105 Meadow Rue Ct
Williamsburg

COLONIAL BARNS & SHEDS

15043 Warwick Blvd
Newport News/Virginia Beach

Colony Construction & Home Improvement Inc

11861 Canon Blvd
Newport News

COMPTON CONTRACTING INC.

109 NELSON DISTRICT RD
Yorktown

Creative Construction and Remodeling of VA, LLC

13609 Winterberry Rdg
Midlothian

Custom Design Works Inc

1101 Coventry Blvd
Yorktown

Dunlap Enterprises

266 Barlow Rd
Williamsburg

Dzinbild

14980 Davis Rd
Church Road

Ed Clarke Contracting

109 James Bray Dr

F & M Home Improvement

434 Butternut Dr
Fredericksburg

Final Phase Installations Inc

2850 Sandy Bay Rd
Williamsburg

Finishing Touches

6420 Dawes Dr.
King George

Foote Construction

P O Box 5431
Williamsburg

Fox Brothers Inc.

Spotsylvania

Get It Done Contracting, Inc.

2133 Upton Drive
Virginia Beach

Great American Log Homes

PO Box 2295
Front Royal

H&D Handyman Service's Llc

206 east Whitlock ave

Hood and Son Home Improvements

124 Banneker Dr
Williamsburg

Husband For Hire Llc

PO Box 1037
Suffolk

Ingebritsen Construction Co

206 Joanne Dr
Seaford

Jerry Harris Remodeling

1327 Poindexter St
Chesapeake

JMS Svcs

1309 Powhatan Dr
Hayes

John Albert Furniture

249 Albert Farm Rd.
Monroe

John Mills Roofing

468 Ferry Rd
Fredericksburg

JOHNNIE O. HUGHES, JR. CONSTRUCTION INC

9180 Poropotank River Rd
Gloucester

Johnny Werks

1651 Mallory Rd
Woodlawn

Justin Walls Cabinets

379 Ligontown Road
Farmville

Kim's Properties LLC

1828 Dockside Drive
Hayes

KOB LLC

37 Viking Lane
Stafford

L&G Quality Service LLC

4018 Woodland RD
Annandale

Lee's Home Improvement Inc.

10695 Indian Rd
Gloucester

Marc's General Repair

4902 George Washington Memorial Highway
Hayes

MEP Construction

542 Collicello St.
Harrisonburg

MID ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE, INC

3737 Strawberry Plains Rd
Williamsburg

Mid-Atlantic Contracting

1625 Peoples Road
Chesapeake

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Mull's Residential Services

1739 Sweetwater Lane
Chase City

O&B Innovations, LLC

3421 Cappahosic Rd
Gloucester

obrien contracting

69 powers st
Fredericksburg

Perkins Remodeling

1855 Irisburg Rd
Axton

Perry's Construction & Remodeling Inc

P O Box 757, 7719 Brock Road
Spotsylvania

Pinard Builders LLC

155 Blackheath
Williamsburg

Precision Door Service & Precision Windows

320 Cleveland Pl
Virginia Beach

Priority Home Works LLC

140 Nelson Dr.
Williamsburg

R A JONES INC

12786 NETTLES DR
Newport News

R.C. SHOWALTER BUILDERS, LLC

7941 EDEN VALLEY RD
Harrisonburg

R.L. Reece Builders, LLC

4930 chestnut fork road
Gloucester

Randys Carpentry Inc.

573 Hillside Drive
Gloucester

Raven Contractors LLC

PO Box 8232
Norfolk

RCI Services

3743 Shannon Hill Rd
Columbia

RDW Inc.

562 bobcat
Little Plymouth

Reid Constructors LLC

PO Box 5243
Williamsburg

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RH CONTRACTING POWERWASH AND REMODELING LLC

171 Wellington Cir
Williamsburg

RICHARD'S

PO Box 872
Newport News

Rife Remodeling & Flooring

1225 Front St
Richlands

Riverdale Crossing Enterprises

1035 Philpott Rd
South Boston

RON MOLLETTE'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

260 EWELL LANE
Chesapeake

Service Call

PO BOX 7403
Hampton

SHANNON REALTY & LAND CO

8511 MANASSAS DR
Manassas

Signature Deck and Pergola Co.

332 laskin rd
Virginia Beach / Alexandria

Southers Electrical Services

813 Osborne Rd.
Farmville

Stefan Home Service

5901 Sheraton Cir.
Fredericksburg

STEFAN HOME SERVICE

5901 SHERATON CIR.
Fredericksburg

Stephens Remodeling

2728 Jockeys Neck Trail
Williamsburg

Steve Haag Construction

3781 Captain Wynne Dr
Williamsburg

STU LUND & SONS HOME IMPRVMNT

13339 WARWICK SPRINGS DR
Newport News

Stump & Sons Construction

2103 Jeremy Creek Rd
Sutherlin

Sturdevant Construction

708 Gum Rock Ct
Newport News

The Mid-Atlantic Group, Inc.

118 Tewning Road
Williamsburg

The Overhead Door Company of Norfolk

1417 Miller Store Rd.
Virginia Beach

TKM HOMES - The King's Men, LLC

1904 Stanhope Court
Virginia Beach

Town & Country Construction

11500 Bevils Bridge Rd.
Amelia Court House

Turpin Constuction Company

2945 Cottontown Rd
Forest

Twin Pines Construction Group, LLC

153 Run Away Lane
New Market

V3 Solutions Inc

PO Box 7942
Hampton

Van Kniest Painting & Finishes, Inc.

426 Airport Road
Williamsburg

Westhaven Construction

P.O. Box 1040
Chesapeake

Wilke Renovation, Inc.

219 Spruce Street
Monterey

Williamsburg Maintenance Inc

8995 Pocahontas Trl
Williamsburg

Williamsburg Movers

290 D Patriot Lane
Williamsburg

Wood Construction Inc

8182 Pinetta Road
Gloucester

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