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"The job went well. Reasonable price, work done well and in good time. Eamon
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stayed in touch with us throughout by email.The finished product is superior. The house looks beautiful with the old brick chimney gone.Thank you
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"We had to do a seismic upgrade to our small one-
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house and had previously consulted with two structural engineers on the scope of the job. We decided to just bolt the foundation and strengthen the post-to-beam connections. Whereas other contractors who looked at it tried to upsell us on
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-walling and whatnot
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saw the engineer’s point: That, given the small size of our house,
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-walling was beneficial but was not necessary. He got himself into the very-tight crawlspace and looked at it thoroughly (some contractors would only peek at the space with a flashlight -
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crawled on his belly and was very gentle with the duct-work from our furnace).

The bid was very reasonable, though I did have to call him a couple of times to get him to write it up (I have found this is just part of working with contractors - the squeaky wheel gets the grease - we used to think it was a red flag but we are older and wiser now). And, wow,
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got in there and banged the work out in two days with just an assistant. I got on my belly (inspired by
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’s example) and found the work to be excellent. He also walked us through what it would take for us to do the
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-walling ourselves.

Overall this has been the most positive experience we have had with a contractor since we bought the house 10 years ago. We will definitely be asking him to bid on future projects and I hope to work with him again
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was great. They came right in on budget and finished exactly when they said they would be finished. The same guys showed up everyday on time and there were no
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costs or surprises.
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and his team were really professional and easy to work with."
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"Overall things went very well.
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was willing to hire my plumber and painter as subs. The work looks beautiful and
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made sure if any mistakes were made, he had them fixed; for example, some cabinets were dinged by workers, the deck and steps had to be replaced in areas do to the same. Everyone went to extra mile to make sure I was happy with the results."
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"I needed to get rotting plywood "siding" replaced on one wall of my 1906 Edwardian, and needed to have the entire exterior repainted. And I needed to get it all done in about two months, before the rainy season.

After getting separate estimates from a handful of painting contractors and siding contractors, I found
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based on his excellent Angie's List and Yelp reviews.
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immediately impressed me with his ability to understand what I was asking for and help me translate that into what I needed.
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's quote was not the cheapest, but it was fair -- and it was the most-detailed estimate I received from any of the contractors I spoke with. I plan to be in this house for a while and wanted work that would last, and
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gave me the confidence he could deliver exactly that.

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is the general contractor and directly employees his own carpenters. He subs out painting, demolition, and other work.
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was on-site nearly every day, keeping an eye on the job, and he was in contact with me nearly as often. He was always easy to reach by phone and email, and returned messages promptly.

The work on the siding went more quickly and smoothly than I had anticipated. With an old house, you expect complications along the way -- and we ran into a few, but
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worked through them and kept on schedule. Examples:
Vibration from the exterior siding removal managed to damage some of the interior plaster.
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repaired and repainted the interior at his expense. The building inspector mentioned an upcoming code change that would require gypsum board on top of the plywood sheathing for fire protection. Since the code change wasn't in effect yet, the easy thing to do would have been to skip it.
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presented the options to me, worked out the (minor) additional cost, and - most importantly - figured out how to fit in the additional work without impacting the schedule.
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has some very talented carpenters working for him. We discovered rot in some of the detailed trimwork on the front of the house, and his carpenter
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was able to fashion (on-site!) a replacement that is indistinguishable from the original - exactly matching the nearby trim.

The painting also got off to an outstanding start. The paint crew spent nearly three weeks doing absolutely meticulous prep work on the front of my house - scraping, patching, filling, caulking. They handled minor repairs themselves, and called in
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's carpenters for a few cases where more significant repairs were needed (like the trim I mentioned above). Their clear attention to detail made me confident the paint job would last.

However -- and this is my only complaint about the entire project -- when it came time to paint the back of the house the work was not up to the high standards of the rest of the project. The prep work was not as detailed, and the painting itself was sloppy -- e.g., the painters didn't bother masking the metal roof of an overhang, and it got covered with overspray; there were also a number of places where the paint was bubbling and cracking. When I complained to
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, he got the problems corrected promptly (and this is one reason I feel
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is absolutely deserving of an A rating for the entire project). It just seemed surprisingly out of character compared to the "do it right the first time" approach that
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's subs delivered on the rest of the job.

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accommodated my requested changes along the way -- including a late decision to change from cedar siding to HardiePlank, and some added interior painting as long as the painters were on site. Costs for the additional work were reasonable and at exactly the rates in
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's original quote.

One more nice touch:
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called me several months after the job was complete, specifically to ask how the paint was holding up on the back of the house where I'd had the problems described above. It's great to find that level of accountability and follow-up in a contractor.
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"I first met
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when he was the foreman for some work on my daughter?s house. I was very impressed by his careful workmanship and attention to detail, both in the interior work and especially in the restoration of the fa?
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. When I inquired about someone to put up some plywood sheer walls in the ground level of a rental property,
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was recommended to me. It turned out to be a much bigger job than just putting up some plywood sheer walls, as parts of the foundation needed to be replaced.
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was very helpful in recommending a good civil engineer to design the foundation work--who turned out to be an acquaintance of my wife. As the demolition got underway, we discovered some serious termite damage to structural posts and the main beam, which had to be replaced. I was completely satisfied with the results, both the quality of the workmanship and the pace of the work.
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said that the job would be finished in two months, and he beat that by about a week, despite the extra work that had to be done because of the termite damage. This was important to me, because our tenants were not able to park in the garage while the construction was in progress, and I wanted to minimize the inconvenience to them. The work also resulted in a noticeable improvement in stability for the building?the tenants n the upper unit have reported that the floors no longer shake when a bus goes by.
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"I was very pleased with
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's attention to detail and commitment to the job. He answered questions as they arose and gave me options to work with along the way. He stayed on budget. I'm very happy with my new deck, stairs, concrete and door. I have no hesitancy in recommending
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"Mullhall Construction stepped in and professionally took over the job after our initial contractor informed us that he was unable to start the project. The workers from
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on our site showed up on time every day and were courteous and professional. The lead on the job asked appropriate questions and was open to my comments and concerns.
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checked in with me regularly to make sure the project was moving forward smoothly and to be sure I was happy with the work that was being done and to make sure I was happy with his employees. The foundation they installed is solid and the stairs and porch cover are a beautiful entrance to my home.
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makes sure all of the details are taken care of. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience. I found communication with
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and his crew easy, the work professional, and everyone was trustworthy.
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"I am from the mid west and have worked with contractors, both here and there. I can honestly say that
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and his crew has been the best overall. I observed during the project that
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is an honest, hard working guy that is extremely concerned with keeping me the costumer, both happy and well informed throughout each project. He knows what he is doing and has high standards, but actually listened to me.
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also has Architectural and Interior design consultancy. I found that this service was unique for contractor but very helpful. They charge me for this service on an hourly rate that was very reasonable. I lived in the house while the work was being done, and it was completed on time and w/minimal disruption. I highly recommend that you consider
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"I own an old, four-unit
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in San
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. Initially when I attempted to contact contractors about the various projects that needed attention, they either did not return my calls or presented me with astronomical bids. From the very start,
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stood out by responding to my call immediately, being the only one to show up on time, and hreturning his bid to me sooner than any other contractors. His price came in somewhere in the mid range of bids that I?d received. I chose to work with
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because he came across from the very start as professional and hard-working. I?d also seen and read very positive reviews about previous work that his company had performed in the past. After I chose him to do the project and the work commenced, I realize that I had made the right decision. He made a major renovation relatively painless. He was always on site and performed a lot of the work himself. His attention to detail is extraordinary, from structural work to fine finishes
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and I designed the custom cabinetry, and when he finished this section of work I realized that he is a true craftsman. He always kept me informed with regards to progress of the project and even took the time to meet with me in the evening to discuss ideas the he or I had. A lot of the work was designed on site and it turned out better than I ever imagined. The site was kept very clean throughout. The project and was done on time and on budget. I cannot recommend
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All Seismic Retrofit in San Francisco, CA

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All Bay Development, Inc

1020 Harlan Court, Suite B
San Jose, Ca

All Seasons Construction

5277 College Ave
Oakland, CA

AMERICAN HOME REMODEL & REPAIR

2220 TAHITI DR
San Ramon, CA

ANDERSON-JANOVICH INC

242 PHELAN AVE
San Jose, CA

Angress

1341 California Street
Berkeley, CA

Apple Renovations

Santa Rosa, CA

Apple Town Woodworks

290 Golf View Rd
Watsonville, CA

Arch Construction

222 Milbrae Ln.
Los Gatos, CA

ARCON CONSTRUCTION INC

650 Florida St
San Francisco, CA

Argos Construction

3259 Shelter Creec ln
San Bruno, CA

Arian Contractors

Danville, CA

Armor Construction

130 Talavera Pkwy Apt 1333
San Antonio, TX

Artistic Homes inc.

4976 South Pt
Discovery Bay, CA

Asset Home Building

Edythe St
Livermore, CA

Astorga Construction

915 Cayuga Street
San Francisco, CA

AT&T

1040 Grant Rd
Mountain View, CA

Axsis Construction Company

334 Baden Ave
South San Francisco, CA

Azure Building Design

P.O. Box 844
Felton, CA

B A Morrison

2544 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley, CA