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My wife and I feel very lucky to have hired Provider name locked. for our project. It is difficult to overstate the value of everything Provider name locked. brought to the project. In addition to the design, Provider name locked. us to a fantastic builder (Provider name locked. Builders) and landscape architect (Provider name locked. ). Provider name locked. was very easy to work with and always professional. She was able to bring our ideas to life, bit also to incorporate her own ideas in ways we could not have conceptualized. There have been several occasions when friends of neighbors have complemented details of the design (e.g. railings, wood trim, backyard fence) that Provider name locked. conceived. Provider name locked. was very involved with the builders throughout the eight month process. She was always available to us at a moments notice. I can recommend Provider name locked. without reservation. I don't know how you could do better.
- Daniel K.
Looking for the right contractor for the job was the main concern for me personaly. Provider name locked. arrived in a timely mnoar to respond to the bid as well as during the process. pricing was very fair. We love our new kitchen, he worked directly with us from selecting paint colors to counter tops until we got exactly what we wanted. Would definately recommend !!!
- Barbara D.
email to friends and associatesre: our home/office renovation story
hey Everybody, As some of you already know, Provider name locked. and I did a very extensive renovation of the house here on Provider name locked. . What you may not know is that for the last two and a half years we have also been involvedin a lawsuit with our contractor. The purpose of this email is to outline our experience and hopefully help you avoid making the same mistakes. Although we won the legal battle,it has been a very time consuming and personally disappointing experience. If you are contemplating doing any remodel/real estate work I think it will be valuable reading.
When Provider name locked. and I found out that we were expecting in 2009, I purchased this home on Provider name locked. to have more room for our home/office. In the spring we solicited bids for a turn key renovationand reviewed bids from Provider name locked. construction, Fry construction, and American Style renovations(ASR). They were all in the 400k range,and so we selected ASR because Provider name locked. and Provider name locked. had been long time friends of mine. This was our 1st mistake. Work began in may of 2010. We were in Wyoming all that summer,where Provider name locked. was born on june 27th. We came home,hoping/expecting that the house would be complete or 95% complete. It was only 75% done. Also we had trusted the bank (US Bank) to disperse funds according to progress. They had paid out 100% of the contract price. Trusting the bank was our 2nd mistake. The contractor's attitude was flippant and they even had the audacity to ask for more money! To keep them working I paid them another 30k for change orders, even though we were still a long way from done, and they were contractually owed nothing. A side note here, make sure your contract includes appliances and landscaping. We had to pay for this over and above the bid because we had not reviewed it carefully. At this point, I had approx. 450k in the project. Although the house was only about 90% done,we moved in after thanksgiving 2010. That was our 3rd mistake. There was a ton of construction dust that made us constantly sneeze, and the contractors work slowed to a crawl. Fast forward to the spring of 2011: The punch list is still incomplete,we have no permanent certificate to occupy ,and the contractor demands another 33k. I offered to settle for 20k to be rid of them, but they refused,and instead,filed a 70k Provider name locked. on the property and a lawsuit against me in chancery court. Can you say nightmare? Anyway, I proceeded to hire a lawyer to defend. J. Provider name locked. Pepper,of Pepper bros. This was my 4th mistake. Provider name locked. Pepper should be a poster child for bad attorneys. After paying him over 10k in legal fees we finally went to arbitration , where he advised me to settle for 18k. Thank god, I fired him and hired Provider name locked. and Will Provider name locked. of Provider name locked. & Provider name locked. . That is the only smart move I made in this whole fiasco. ASR had hired a lawyer from Texas and a local lawyer, Provider name locked. . One of their key witnesses was Provider name locked. Fry of Fry construction. He was one of the bidders on the property. We had rejected his bid(even though his was lowest) because we had observed shoddy workmanship in his showcase home. In the discovery process, I had asked Fry in an email whether his bid was turn key, to which he of course replied yes.But on behalf of ASR he testified under oath saying : 1) That he never sent a reply saying that his bid was turn key 2) he could find no such email in his sent mailbox, and 3) accused me of fabricating the email. ( providing false evidence,which is a crime.) Why he did this is still a mystery to us. Also during the discovery process,we found out that our architect, Provider name locked. , had not supervised the project according to the contract, and we were missing several windows, doors, sinks, and cabinets, corbels, a settee, and it goes on and on. We were shocked. We had trusted him to be sure that the house was built to specs. This was my 5th mistake.At some point and time near the move in date,he completely lost interest in our project. He even tried to charge me to sit down and discuss why he missed so many items in his drawings! We had to depose him. After spending another 50k in legal fees and expert reviews of construction defects,and offering to settle for 0$, we finally went to trial on March 25th of 2012. They presented their case,and being older and not very tech savvy,they called Provider name locked. Fry to the stand,where he again claimed there was no such email, and that I had fabricated it. The brain trust of Fry and company were obviously unaware that an electronic record of that very email resided both on the sending and receiving servers. Fry was eviscerated on the stand by my attorney, and their case fell apart in short order. This is a story long on villains and short on heros, but I can't say enough about what a great job Will Provider name locked. and Provider name locked. did to milk some justice out of this mess. Where Provider name locked. Pepper had advised that I PAY THEM 18k, the court ordered that THEY OWED ME 96k plus legal fees and expenses of 120k, and their Provider name locked. was removed from the property. case # 11-674-III Provider name locked. county chancery court. In summary,I would say that you should thoroughly investigate any professional person you hire,and when it comes to construction,I would not implicitly trust anyone. There are obviously a lot of bad apples out there. I learned the hard way. I hope this helps you avoid my mistakes.
- Brett J.