Bridgeville contractor takes home up a level
Building a three-story addition was a long process for Angie’s List members David and Sarah Bolenbaugh, even though the construction took only a few months. The Bolenbaughs purchased their Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, home in May 2012, and by the end of the year, they had blueprints for their addition.
The only problem, according to Sarah, was paying for it. “I wasn’t ready to give up, though,” she says. “I interviewed three or four local contractors in hopes that one of them would be able to help me come up with a more affordable option.”
The Bolenbaughs received competitive bids from two who worked with them on price. “We chose Action Builders because of their experience doing multi-level additions in Mount Lebanon, their flat rate final design fee and their detailed contract,” Sarah says.
In June 2013, they finally worked out the budget. The highly rated Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, company went to work a few months later, building the basement garage, first-floor kitchen and family room and second-floor master bedroom suite.
Sarah says after they cut some costs and added others, the price dropped from the estimated $198,000 to $175,000. To trim costs, Sarah and David did some of the finish work, but they never felt rushed. “Action Builders worked with us and left time in their schedule for us to complete tiling, painting, etc.,” she says.
Action Builders finished the addition in February. After that, they framed the deck on the back of the addition, and allowed David to install the deck boards.
Overall, Sarah’s favorite part of the addition is the new windows. “In the kitchen, I have a clear view of my kids playing in the backyard. Upstairs, we have these wonderful transom windows that let in the light, but keep us from seeing the neighbors,” she says. “Out the back bedroom window, we actually can see [more than 10 miles] all the way to downtown Pittsburgh.”