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As for price/budget, he as much told us that our budget should be set aside for design. People should invest the bulk of their budget in design planning, then settle for low quality product...because it's the design that is important.
While we agree design is important, we were very hesitant to work with him simply due to his time management. How much will it cost us to design a room if during a meeting about the room is 4 hours....with 10 minutes being about ACTUAL design? He did have some good ideas, but we didn't feel we could "risk" paying for 10 hours of time just to be told where to put a cabinet.
Overall, it came down to a efficiency/time management problem, as well as an ego-thing (my time with you is worth more than the value of your space).
Would recommend to those with extremely hefty budgets and no particular time frame!
As the GC,
The scope of work included demolishing the existing bathroom (removal of vanity, shower, and jetted tub), design of new shower, vanity, built-in cabinet (with drawers and hanging space for shirts), tile layout, and lighting. We also replaced the master closet system. The project took about 10 weeks to complete. The end result is just fantastic. There are many enhanced features, such as heated floor tile, oversized shower (6x5, with a recessed niche and bench), overhead heating fan, and more storage than we had previously.
Overall, we are extremely pleased with our new master bathroom and believe it enhances the value of our home.
I spoke to
The project started on-time on September 16, 2013 and finished two months later on November 18, 2013, one business day past the original estimated project completion date. The project almost finished a week early, but it took a week to re-plan and remake one granite backsplash that had been cut incorrectly the first time. (The end result was worth the wait and extra trips to the shop for layout.)
I continued to be comfortable and work well with
I was very happy with the construction process and the end results. I have already recommended
The good: , the owner of Designer Marble was easy to work with as were the two main carpenters,
The not so good:
Minor: Everyone thought someone else had ordered the doors; so the doors were ordered late and installed a month after the rest of the bathroom was complete. This was the only schedule misstep and was not a big deal.
More concerning: When the plumbers cut the hole for the new toilet location, they found a floor I-joist spanning the hole. Rather than moving the location of the toilet, they asked Designer Marble to cut a large chunk out of the I-joist (a semi-circle that removed material 1/3 of the height of the I-joist), and Designer Marble concurred and cut the I-joist. This became a source of many discussions between ourselves and Designer Marble, and every I-joist manufacturer I researched said that you absolutely should not make that kind of a cut because it greatly weakens the I-joist. After much prompting on our part, Designer Marble attempted to reinforce the I-joist,. The whirlpool and toilet sit over this I-joist; so it is a continuing concern as to whether the attempted reinforcement was sufficient. On a positive note, the whirlpool and toilet have been in use for almost 6 months without any problems from the I-joist.
The second, and more minor problem was replacement of insulation removed during the remodeling. Again, it took some prompting to get Designer Marble to replace attic insulation lost during the electrical work and to reinstall the underfloor insulation removed during the plumbing. I was only able to inspect the under floor insulation, and it was just stuffed in place without any mechanism to keep it from falling out (e.g. no retaining wires of any kind).
Two things we have learned: Specify in any contract that no structural members are to be cut without explicit customer approval and specify that any insulation removed be replaced as it was originally and complies with the building code in place when the home was built.
Would I use Designer Marble again? YES. They were, in general, very easy to work with, and they did an superior overall job.
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