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    Alexis Home Remodeling
    We had a fantastic job done by Edian Langa and his crew of Alexis Remodeling. Back in spring 2017, we came out to our back porches and found that over winter, the center post had rotted at one of the splices, right between 1st and 2nd floor decks and the 2nd and 3rd floor decks were badly sagging, like a hammock. I put in a couple posts to shore things up and keep them from further dropping. We had a few contractors take a look over the next couple months and give quotes. One said $80,000, another said $65,000, and another said $50,000. The very high estimates were, while shocking, not that unreasonable because we're on a hill and from the front of the house to the back, we drop 2 whole floors, about 18 feet. So it's about 50 feet from ground level at the back up to the roof of the 3rd floor deck. Also there wasn't really any way to get a bucket machine back there to make pulling the porch apart safer. And there were a couple trees back there too close to the porches. Edian looked at it as well and, initially, looking up at it from the ground, gave a quote of $35,000-$40,000, but as we walked up the stairs for a closer look at each deck, he withdrew his quote and said he wouldn't want to give a quote without seeing some plans from a structural engineer. He gave me a name of someone he'd worked with. We dithered for a while about what to do, and finally decided to have the plans done by the guy that Edian had recommended. We liked the guy because he agreed to put together some plans that would allow us to keep the first floor deck which was in mostly decent shape as well as the outer posts, which would save us some money and to keep the roof over the third floor deck (which extended from the main roof). The plans came back and they were a little complicated and we just didn't go much further from that. One other thing we looked into was how much it would cost to just tear down all but the first floor deck. We got an estimate of I think $8,000 for that from a demolition company. Zoning was an issue and we were worried if we removed the porches we'd lose the right to rebuild them as-is, given that setback requirements (distance from neighbor's property line to our building structure) were certainly much different than when our home was built in 1914. Also we'd been told at the Boston Building Dept that our three-decker home was in a neighborhood that was zoned for 1- and 2-family homes and as such anything we would do to it would be automatically denied and have to go through the Appeals Board. Money overall was also an issue, because, before discovering the failing porches, our plan was to replace our leaking tar and gravel roof. We had enough in a home equity line to do one or the other, but not quite for both the roof and the porches. And since the roof extended over and tied into the porch posts, we couldn't really do one without getting involved with the other. So we were in a quandary and ended up doing nothing for actually another year. Porches were worrisome, but stayed put. Roof continued leaking and we put buckets out. Then one day, I believe it was July, in 2018, we came home to a constable-served citation from Boston Building Dept taped to the door saying we'd done some work without a permit and needed to get one within 30 days. So, things had come to a head. Since we still had the plans that Edian's structural engineer had drawn up in summer 2017, I gave Edian a call and explained the situation. He remembered our porches. He let me track him down at the job he was working on and interrupt him to look at the engineer's plans as well as the citation. He called his lead carpenter, Fernando, over to have a look as well, said, "we've got to help her out with this," and they both conferred and Edian committed then to help us make our 30-day deadline with the city. I made myself as available to him as I could but he pretty much took the lead in dealing with the city, which was a super relief to us. Right off the bat, I knew I was dealing with a guy who was going to help us get through what had become a really difficult situation. He worked up a contract and we got our permit before the deadline, so the city was off our backs. He estimated the job at $55,000 and thought he could start on it in early October 2018. He did start the job then and worked on it continuously right to the finish, that is, wasn't hopping off to other jobs. No, Edian himself was there working with his crew every day. That's a good contractor to have, on the job himself every day. And, this was a very difficult, pain-in-the-butt job to pull off -- up and down the hill with every piece of lumber, pressure treated 6x6's, all the debris, etc. Turned out we needed to replace the outer posts as well as the center post, so the final cost went up to $58,000, but we pretty much expected that would happen and it wasn't a huge extra amount. Edian projected the job would take about 7 weeks and that's just about when he finished up, about the 3rd week of November 2018. Now, back to the roof, which as noted earlier, does extend over the 3rd floor porch. Miraculously, Edian managed to get his roofing subcontractor, to squeeze us in on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It had snowed just a few days earlier that week, but Saturday turned out to be just a bit above 40 degrees and the roofers said they could do the job. In one day, starting at 7:00am and finishing at 4:30pm, Edian's roofers, about 15 or so guys, tore off our whole flat roof, which was nasty coal tar pitch and gravel, replaced some roof decking that was rotted, and reroofed it all with a new rubber roof, aluminum flashing, and sealed the various roof penetrations. Job well done! Reasonable price too for the roof -- $18,000. (We managed to scrape up the money.) We really lucked out hiring Alexis Remodeling for our jobs. Edian is a great guy and has very good people working for him. We're really thankful to him for all his help. Bravo!
    - Mary Abigail P.
  • A
    Bruce is a true professional. Not only does he respond in a timely fashion, but he does the work/project in a fast and efficient manner. He offered multiple suggestion to maximize closet space and for that I'm thankful. No doubt, I will hire again!
    - MaryEllen R.
  • A
    DiOrio Builders & Designers Inc
    DiOrio did a very organized and through job of demolition and reconstruction of three different projects outside our house. We were given a through estimate and timetable of the work and Derek and his crew took on and completed each project in a timely and professional manner. The craftsmanship and design were exactly what we anticipated based on our conversations with Derek and we're thrilled with the finished product.
    - thomas s.
  • A
    Hourihane Carpentry
    Lennie and his team did an excellent job renovating our attic. The final result is better than we could have hoped for - the pictures speak for themselves (last pic is what it looked like before). Throughout the process Lennie was open and responsive, and was happy to make alterations to the plan where necessary. He checked in with me regularly to see if I was happy with everything, and whether I had any concerns. I highly recommend Lennie to anyone, and will be using him for future projects.
    - Peter R.
  • A
    AR Home Renovations Corp
    Andre is a great contractor! Very skilled, knowledgeable, easy to work with and responsive. We hired Andre for a major home remodel and are thrilled with the results. Whenever we have new work to be done, we always contact Andre. We also hired Andre to redo a roof for us that another big-name contractor in our area (with high ratings) botched. Unlike many other contractors, Andre is honest and does whatever it takes to make sure we are satisfied with the job. We highly recommend and completely trust Andre.
    - Deborah T.
  • A
    Bauman Remodeling
    Mike Bauman and all of his crew and sub-contractors did amazing work for us renovating and really transforming our new house with a new kitchen and bathroom. He took on every challenge we had that came with the substantial work it took to open up the first floor living space. He is professional, highly skilled, takes obvious pride in his work, and runs a great team. Even though he is very busy, he made sure to share all updates along the way, give us options, and was always responsive right away when we needed to reach him for any reason. Can't recommend him highly enough, it was a pleasure working with him.
    - Aaron S.
  • A
    McEvoy Carpentry and Contracting
    Paul was a great referral to us from a friend, and I would do the same going forward without second thoughts. Paul was able to review the job within a day of calling him, provided quick pricing and was up front about his schedule and when he could complete the work. As we got closer to the start date that date didn't slide, and Paul and his crew performed the work in good quality, good communication, and a timely manner.
    - Drew D.
  • F
    Mack's Painting & Carpentry
    I contacted Mack's at the beginning of the summer (June) for a quote. I received the quote on 7/3/2018. On 7/31/2018 I sent the signed (scanned/emailed) to the company accepting the proposal. I was told the usual turn around time would be 3-4 weeks. After a month I still hadn't heard anything. I called and got Mack and was told that I was on the calendar for the early October. It's now December and no word from them! I read the other "F" ratings and this appears to be a common theme - no communication! I agree with one of the reviews that if this job was too small for you to bother with then it is only courteous to contact your customers and decline the business.
    - Timothy W.
  • A
    Neary Construction
    Liam just did the most spectacular job installing built-in shelving, benches, cubbies, and hooks that turned a formerly useless room into a storage mecca! Liam was timely, responsive, professional, and his work is of stellar quality. I even had another contractor who I had in the home comment on how exceptionally well-built the shelving units are. I'd highly recommend Liam for any job you might be considering.
    - Matthew O.
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    DiOrio Builders & Designers Inc
    We needed it all done in a hurry. They responded immediately, gave us a full itemized schedule and got everything done on time. Moreover, they went above and beyond, pointing out a few problems and then fixing them with our approval. For example, there were several unsightly bulges in the walls - big ones - and they made everything smooth and even, carefully checking before proceeding. Place looks great1
    - Ona B.
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