Best Kansas City Contractors of 2012
Ryan Electric | Lenexa, Kan.
Owner Pat Ryan says he doesn’t leave a client’s home until he’s 100-percent certain they’re happy with his work. Member Martha Atkinson of Shawnee, Kan., says she can attest to that. She says he installed a ceiling fan in her home in July, but she didn’t like the fan’s switch plate color so Ryan drove to a store, bought the desired color and installed it. “He took his time, his gas and I think his lunch hour to do that,” says Atkinson, one of 10 members who nominated Ryan for a Page of Happiness in the last year.
The four-time Super Service Award winner, who holds an electrical contractor license to work in Johnson County and requires no license to work in Wyandotte County, opened Ryan Electric in 2004. “My father owned a business, and I always had a passion for electrical work,” says Ryan, who’s donated generators and electrical services to the Overland Park (Kan.) Arboretum as part of a local parks fundraiser.
Ryan, who also works as an air traffic controller on weekends, says he enjoys getting to know his electrical customers. “I spent 30 years in a dark room controlling airplanes,” he says. “When you’re in someone’s home, it puts a face on what you’re doing. It isn’t just a cold, hard deal.”
Brunner’s Quality Decks | Independence, Mo.
Owner Kerry Brunner’s been building decks since 1994, but says he fell in love with it as a child. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and I enjoyed building things then,” he says. The five-time Super Service Award winner started his company in 1998.
In one of 10 Page of Happiness nominations the company received in the last year, Independence, Mo., member Rick Schrock says he had to wait for Brunner and his four-man crew to build a $14,600 deck around his pool. “It took them five or six weeks to get to me because they were so busy, but it was worth the wait,” he says.
Brunner isn’t required to be licensed, but monitors every project closely. “This is an art,” he says. “I’ve found the right crew and our homeowners are overwhelmed by them.”
Fish Flooring and Custom Staircases | Gladstone, Mo.
Lisa Excell of Overland Park, Kan., says Fish Flooring’s staircase work stands out. “I show it off all the time and tell people who did it,” says Excell, who spent $11,000 on staircase end caps, carpeting and hardwood flooring. She’s one of 10 members who nominated Fish, a two-time Best Contractor, for a Page of Happiness in the last year.
Owner Shad Fish, whose work requires no license, says he opened Fish Flooring in 2008. “I try to communicate well throughout the entire project,” says Fish, who recently switched to water-based finishes from a petroleum base to eliminate fumes and increase quality. He’s also donated flooring and baseboard work for Habitat for Humanity.
More Kansas City Best Contractors of 2012
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All American Gutter | Kansas City, Mo.
ARM Electric | Raytown, Mo.
Bee Tree Care | Belton, Mo.
C & S Body Shop | Kansas City, Mo.
EcoPest Services | Grandview, Kan.
Eden Tree Service | Kansas City, Mo.
Go Green Lawn & Sprinklers | Kansas City, Mo.
KC Metro Plumbing | Lenexa, Kan.
Longwire | Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Revitalize Floor Finishing | Grandview, Mo.
Spartan Foundation Repair | Kansas City, Mo.
Stoyko’s Tree Service | Holden, Mo.