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    Kucera Construction
    It was terrific. I love the results! Peter and his team have such an eye for detail Peter is nice and very easy to work with. My bungalow kitchen and bathroom was completely demolished and redone. He was able to save my original maple floors, and build a nice book shelf in the connecting hall way. I may never leave the house, I love it so much. Can't wait to entertain!
    - Jody M.
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    DESIGNfirst Builders LLC
    $200889.75. This is the total cost of D1's role in the remodeling of our north side Chicago home in 2019. In summary, what amounted to about 100 sq ft in new foundation allowed us to open up the house to make it more usable on the first floor kitchen/family area and then gave us the opportunity to extend backwards to gain a new master bedroom, closet, and master bathroom. On top of all this, they were able to split a very large bedroom into 2 smaller bedrooms, upgrade our electrical regarding service and compliance throughout the house making a former 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home into a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home and gaining us about 350 sqft. All this was done without having to sacrifice any of our yard space, either. In detail, this was what they did provide in relative order of events: 1) A sales pitch and 3D rendering of the potential layout of our remodeled home 2) A very detailed spec sheet that outlined everything they were going to be responsible for doing down to the measurements. I'd have preferred that the spec sheet was itemized with cost, but there were a few times I did ask about actual cost for some items in order to see if I would be gaining savings or not elsewhere and they were able to oblige. This spec sheet was probably what sets them apart from other general contractors, and perhaps other firms that are in the 'design-build' part of construction. 3) Architectural drawings, the labor to go through the stringent Chicago permit process and some work to navigate through administrative adjustment/variance processes due to setback issues with our home as it stood originally. 4) Design and selection help/ consultation of not only floorplan but of things like kitchen island design, master bathroom design, etc. 5) Demo of an existing deck 6) Laying foundation where original deck was 7) Framing from new foundation to second floor master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. 8) Demo of walls that lay inside the new frame to open up first floor and second floor 9) A new roof to extend to new rear footprint of home 10) Insulation for new areas 11) Electrical upgrade from 100 amps to 200 amps with the help of ComEd 12) New electrical to new portion of home 13) Replaced electrical to existing part of the home that failed electrical inspection (read below for details). 14) Plumbing for master bathroom 15) Drywall and patching for the entire house 16) Trim and interior doors 17) 5 year warranty on the work they did 18) Upgraded HVAC venting for most of the home What was not included was: 1) Glass exterior patio door 2) Plumbing fixtures 3) Major light fixtures 4) Interior painting 5) Exterior painting 6) New hardwood floor installation in the new footprint of the home. 7) All permit fees 8) Cleaning services Those items ran a total of roughly $13,000, but that also saved us about $8000 had we used D1 to procure those items or provide those services, which they were open about regarding their cost and potential savings if we did the legwork on our end. The major surprise was the electrical inspection that failed with the existing part of the home. In short, inspection revealed that the existing house was using bendable conduit to run electricity throughout the house so the ENTIRE home, including garage had to be re-done with rigid conduit, which meant not only new electrical work but then the following new drywall work to patch up the areas that were now impacted. My only gripe here is that had we had known this would have been an issue, we could have gotten some cost-savings by addressing it all at once. We felt stuck in ways because 1) it was something that was needed to be done to pass final inspections, 2) we had the freedom to get a bid, but that would mean delaying the construction further by that time to get electricians out, assess the situation, come to an agreed-price and schedule, etc. The balance between time and money was a motivating factor to go with the existing electrician through D1 to gain the warranty on the work. They said we could go directly with the electrician and save about $2500, but then the work wouldn't be under the D1 warranty of work. We decided to go with paying D1. In the end, I think we were able to get some flexibility in price because we stretched ourselves to pay for this in cash. While their sales lead crunched some numbers and said that they were able to offer the agreed-to price due to other projects going on relatively at the same time, we took that with a grain of salt because well, the timeilne of when that/those project(s) was going to start after permitting didn't make it seem that plausible that the level of trade labor coordination could ever run that smoothly. I'll admit���I probably wasn't the best customer. I was into their details during the construction process because I just wanted to make sure that work was being done and we could get in within a reasonable time and the amount of money we were spending warranted that I get the details of who, what, when, where, and why whenever I felt a need to know. We were out of the house for 4 months from late August to early December. The final product lived up to our expectations, and only living in it, has let us realize that those expectations were exceeded on a lot of points. We were able to transform a very old Chicago home that had our accents In them into a more useable and livable home for our family of 5, and making the decision to do so now verses later on in life has given us the opportunity to enjoy this space more with only really 4 months of not living as comfortably as we would have liked as the only downside. The staff that we worked directly with were all professional and great, especially our project manager Meagan who was equal parts proxy, soundboard, and an empathetic person to our concerns and needs. She is smart, responsive, and someone who really does take the point of view of the customer when she does her work. I only have good things to say about her. Kudos also to Sam (architect), Megan (designer), Eli (superintendent) and Justin (lead PM). They all were responsive and helped keep things moving for us. In regards to the trades, their electricians were the ones that stood out the most. There were several days where they would start at 530am and then stay passed 6pm. While I say I'd love to work with them again, I hope we don���t have to, because we seemed to have done it all for now. I would wholeheartedly recommend them with this summary���they do great work and have great people, but what they can't do, and what no firms can really do, is prepare you for the ups and downs of construction drama that is really the anxiety of wanting a finished product called your home sooner and better than it was before. They can make the process as smooth as possible for you, and if you want to undertake being involved, you can be, and it may frustrate you, but if you let it all happen, it may be all more enjoyable. This was a huge learning experience for us, and gave us a better understanding of how things operate in the construction business. It also gave the knowledge to answer back with a snarkiy remark when asked 'How long will it take?' and I answer 'about 4 months' and they respond back with 'oh, you mean 6 months?' I can say, 'oh, did you also go through a major 200k renovation on your home?. Ha! Thanks D1!
    - Sy N.
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    We needed a large wall sided (23 ft x 80 ft) that had not seen new siding for probably 50 years. Parts of the wall were water-damaged with rotting wood. We needed someone who could verify the structural integrity of the wall and rebuild it as necessary before siding over, and we needed someone who could make the wall actually look nice���not easy given that it was far from flat. Parts of it had asphalt siding, parts were patched with roll roofing, there were boarded windows and a door that needed to be sided over. Every contractor who gave us an estimate looked at the wall briefly from the exterior, and wrote a bid that basically said ���replace wood as needed.��� Not Vince McFadden of Exterior Remodeling Inc. Vince looked at the wall inside and out. He spent significant time in our basement understanding the construction of our 1890s home. He was the only contractor who recommended fully rebuilding part of the wall���framing it out, using all treated wood���and also adding four angle iron pieces at the main beam where the cross beams are attached. His estimate was not the lowest bid we got, but it wasn���t far off from it���even though the work he proposed to do was many times more thorough. Vince maintained a very clean job site and was extremely responsive and accessible via phone or text, always letting us know what time he would arrive and telling us what they planned to get done that day. Vince took pictures throughout the construction process and sent them to us as he and his team worked. He made a couple recommendations as things came up���a gate and garage door that turned out to be smart solutions. He was on the job site every day. We are extremely happy with the workmanship of Exterior Remodeling Inc. Our sided wall looks beautiful���so much better than we had imagined it could look. We felt like Vince was truly fixing our home as if it were his own. We would highly recommend Exterior Remodeling Inc and Vince McFadden to others���in fact a neighbor is hiring him to do a bathroom remodel based on the conscientious, top-notch job he did for us!
    - LINDA L.
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    Luis Flooring & More
    Luis did a great job! Highly recommended. Showed up on time and finished in a timely manner with quality work. Hard worker and dedicated to his craft. Highly recommended! I will be using him again and again.
    - Jose C.
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    Matias Construction
    Matias Construction did a great job. All of our construction went smoothly. Many projects completed thru out the summer and very happy with all work. Good hard working crew, would definitely hire again.
    - Marilyn R.
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    They started their work by not cover anything. Shingles damaged my siding and my neighbor. The pull the vent from the garage but never cover the holes. So they dropped loads of shingles on both my cars. Mind you a freshly painted car less the a month. The they the shingles is 1 color and the flat rolls in flat area are another color. They were to do a complete tear off with all wood. But they just aced pieces of wood on certain spots. So needless to say if look at the pics the roof is higher in certain areas. The as you can also see. They never removed the fascia. It is still exactly as they started. They did the gutters but are not connect at 1 corner because there is no wood installed in the fascia areas so they can screw into. No to say when it rains it sounds like a waterfall. Don't be surprised when I say that my roof now leaks worst then before they touched it. $19000 and it has to be done over about 50%. Not to say the holes on my siding and the deep scratch down to the primer on bothe cars. Here is the is now exactly 1yr later and not finish. I can get no call backs from Isaac Rodriguez. There hasn't been a worker here in 9 months. My tenant worked for isaac and has not been called to work in 7 months because Isaac doesn't want to keep hearing him ask about my house. So now this month my tenant moved because he's embarressed to look at me and cannot afford the rent with working. It is your money and your decision. But if you hire this guy; your a fool. My tenant was telling me how he has 4 contracts at the same time. And he is doing the same thing to all of them. They are all complaining and they have all been waiting a long, long time for Isaac. I will not stop spreading the word about this guy until he is out of business. Eventually I will find this guy and it won't be pretty. My roof leaks right on top of my handicapped duaghter's new bed also. I had to pay a friend to get on the roof and seal the leak.
    - Orlando L.
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    Barts Remodeling & Construction Inc
    After our first contractor delayed our project by three months just days before it was scheduled to start, we were stuck scrambling to find another option when I stumbled across Bart���s Remodeling, in large part based on the reviews I read on this site. We hired Bart to remodel every inch of a ~2200 SF, four story town home and could not recommend him strongly enough. Bart was very prompt and professional throughout the process, from the start when he showed up on time to walk the space and understand the scope, to the professional packet of information including all contractor licenses he provided day one, to the timely and line-by-line detailed quote he provided, to throughout the construction process and even following up with a phone call several weeks after the completion to ensure we were happy with the final product. One of my biggest concerns when interviewing contractors was communication throughout the project. Bart was always timely in responding to texts and emails and handled any unforeseen issues professionally and fairly. Bart���s project manager, Alex, was helpful in coordinating a number of the details throughout the project and was always timely in his communication. Perhaps most importantly, Bart���s contractors were very detail-oriented, respectful and took pride in the quality of their work. In short, I would highly recommend Bart���s Remodeling and look forward to working with Bart again on future projects.
    - Zach S.
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    Armour Roofing & Masonry
    The job was to inspect the exterior of the house, caulk, seal and repair brick, windows, mortar etc. on 4 sides of a 4 story building. Tony and his team started quick and finished even faster. Armour took the time to review my concerns, inspected my homes exterior, and then laid out the options they felt they could accomplish to spec. It was exactly what I asked for, no upsell, no BS. The quality of the work exceed my expectations. Not only did the team meet the contract requirements, they fixed issues they found on their own, at their expense, and educated me on what to watch out for in the future. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Armour for masonry/exterior work at all. In fact, I'm mostly likely going to be hiring them again for some new projects that I have this summer while we have some good weather again!
    - Kevin D.
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    Galaxy Homes Inc
    They did not finish. Paid 90% and they have stopped responding. No faucets or shower door installed. Has been 8 weeks and they do not respond to email, voice mail and not answering thier phones. I think they went out of business
    - William D.
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    Home Repairs R' Us Inc
    The big box stores only cut up to 4x6 pieces of wood. And they don't cut 6x6 pieces at all. Other lumber yards refused to cut my lumber for various reasons including, the wood was not purchased at their store, or the wood was treated, or they did not want to ruin their equipment (they believed there was a possibility that some metal may have been enclosed inside of the lumber that could cause damage). Anyway, Eric made the time for me on a Sunday morning and brought his equipment with him. He did a great job cutting the lumber. I was very satisfied. He was also very professional.
    - Ralph V.
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