Best Milwaukee Contractors of 2009
R S Plumbing | Milwaukee
Anthony Hetchler of Milwaukee hired R S Plumbing to replace all the plumbing in his 1927 bungalow, and he says company owner Stevan Rajak's bid was nearly half as much as his competitors.
"There's no other plumber I'd call in the city of Milwaukee," he says. Experiences like Hetchler's have earned R S Plumbing six Pages of Happiness nominations.
Rajak, who is a licensed master plumber, started R S Plumbing in 1992 after working as a union plumber. He says about 95 percent of his business is returning customers.
"I give them good service," he says. "They respect you and they come back."
Gracious Gardens | West Allis, Wis.
Susan Zarwell's backyard was overwhelmed by creeping charlie and weeds, so she hired Gracious Gardens owner Rich Gross to rehab it.
"If a customer doesn't know what she wants, he's good at helping the customer figure it out," she says.
Gross, who's not required to have a trade license, says he loves the creative aspects of landscaping and collaborating with customers.
"We listen to their vision and execute it as practically as possible," he says. The company has five Pages of Happiness nominations this year.
Gracious Gardens met with Laura Holder of Wauwatosa four times before beginning work on a patio, hardscape wall and flower bed. "They went out of the way to ensure that my husband and I were pleased with the design," she says.
Gross also recycles waste such as asphalt, concrete and yard debris.
— reporting by Emily Udell