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  • It started out good, but then they got busy with other jobs and completely blew me off before the job was finished.
    Very disappointed with this company. No response to multiple emails as well. Frustrating, but I guess they had other opportunities to make more money and my job just wasn't large enough $$ for them.
    - Roger M.
    • <Provider name locked. >Excellent work. Vlad and his team are highly professional and communicate well. Went through the quote in detail before the project. Work is solid. Good attention to detail by the electrician. Readily responded to any changes that inspector came up with afterwards. Highly recommend this company.Provider name locked. >

    - Peter M.
  • TLDR; Driving progress is up to you.  Painter is incompetent.  Will miss every deadline.  No green building acumen.
      I hired Provider name locked. to add a bedroom to my house and pour a concrete pad for another room.   It was a straightforward project he estimated would take 2.5 months (10/1-12/15).  He volunteered the 12/15 completion date so I put fines in the contract if substantial work was not completed by 12/25.  From the architectural drawings, the only thing that changed during the project was the size of one window and the additional removal of a 3 foot interior wall.
      10/1, the work started and within the first two weeks, excavation was done, the foundations were poured, the framing was done and the windows and trusses were ordered.  Within a month the trusses and roof were on and the windows were installed.  So far, so good, but this was all done by one sub.
      Then things started going in slow motion.  I moved out for the month of November so they could get the dusty indoor work done without disturbing my family.  There were only 3 things completed in November, the electrical was roughed in, two small (5 foot and 3 foot) non-load bearing walls were removed and there was a day or two of digging on a retaining wall.  Disappointed in the progress I asked him twice for a schedule with the remaining tasks and dates.  Although he said he could provide one, he never did.
      He was supposed to have the drywall and insulation done by December 1st (a date again volunteered by him), so my HVAC contractor could install a ductless heat pump.  I had to push out that date by 2 weeks.  Also due to him missing the schedule, I was heating an uninsulated room for 3 days.
      For the siding, outsulation and exterior window trim, he set up 3 meetings to go over it with my architect.  The first one, the Provider name locked. didn’t show.  I wasn’t around for the 2nd one.  The third time he sent a Provider name locked. who had never worked with outsulation before.  To his credit, he paid for the 3rd meeting.  Although the architectural drawings went into explicit detail, the Provider name locked. required handholding to understand them.  My architect was visibly frustrated explaining the installation process to him over the language Provider name locked. .   The Provider name locked. charged $8000 for 4 days of work.  It was $2900 over Provider name locked. ’s original bid.   This seemed high for 2 reasons.  1. A bid from a competitor who specialized in green building, had worked with my architect before and was familiar with outsulation bid $5600.   2. When I asked the Provider name locked. why the caulk job was so bad, he revealed he had used a random day laborer to help.  When I asked Provider name locked. about the price, he stated that the price was fair because there were several surprises, and he had asked the Provider name locked. to come down in price.  Not buying this explanation, I called the Provider name locked. myself.  I asked him if he had provided Provider name locked. with a bid before he started working and he said no.  I asked him if Provider name locked. had asked him to come down in price and he said no.  So Provider name locked. essentially wrote him a Provider name locked. check with my money.
      By the beginning of January, electrical still hadn’t been hooked up, there were no doors or gutters and the Provider name locked. -potty and trash heap remained.  I’d had enough of Provider name locked. ’s work and I wanted him to tie up the loose ends, give me the final bill and get out.  I handled all of the interior work, hanging the doors, doing the trim, painting, patching the drywall and installing the flooring to wrap this up as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, after the initial bit of electrical was done on 1/6/15, I stopped the fines.  Provider name locked. went back into slow motion.  I’ve attached a full timeline so you can get a taste of this.
      Probably the biggest debacle of the project was the exterior painting.  I had told Provider name locked. I wanted to have him do the exterior painting, but I wanted it done when the weather was nice.  Ignoring my request, his guys came out to paint on 1/15/15. It was sprinkling when they arrived, but they shrugged it off with “It wasn’t raining in Federal Way.”  More and more rain kept coming, so they covered their sprayer to protect it while they continued painting.  Then it started a downpour.  All the paint washed off.  They returned the next day to continue.  It rained again that day.  They didn’t prime any of the bare wood and painted it while it was soaking wet.  Not surprisingly, very little of it adhered to the wood.  I fired the sub in charge of the painters because he was supposed to do some work inside like hanging the doors and doing trim work and I didn't want him trashing my house any more. They came out again to paint, this time it wasn’t raining.  But the paint job looks terrible.  There remain bubbles, drips, uneven coloration and almost bare wood in places.  (There is one picture from the first day and all the remaining are as it looks today) I told Provider name locked. to hold payment for this until they did it right.  Provider name locked. has repeatedly told me he would make it right, but hasn’t delivered.  I scheduled a meeting with the painters to come out and review their work, but they never showed.  Also telling is Provider name locked. didn’t look at the paint job himself when he came to collect the final payment.
      Twice during the project I was approached by his subs asking for money.  Although I paid Provider name locked. the day he asked, it was clear there was a considerable delay with money flowing to his subs.  First the concrete guy showed up at my door and I got a Provider name locked. notice from the company, the second was the door guy.  The door guy said, it takes a long time for Provider name locked. to pay.  It took over Provider name locked. over 2 months after his last day to collect the invoices and present me with the final bill.
      Something as Provider name locked. as grading a 20 foot driveway and hauling out the trash, spanned 2 weeks to complete.  The worker trashed the retaining wall and left a bunch of concrete debris which I had to get hauled out myself (see picture).  Also of note, my circular saw mysteriously disappeared after the driveway guy used my table saw.
    Here is the timeline:
    Before work starts pay 1/3
    10/1 Project and excavation starts
    10/7 Concrete pads poured
    10/10 Room, framed and sheathed
    10/17 Trusses on
    10/25 Roof on
    10/31 Windows in
    11/4 Pay second 1/3
    11/5 Retaining wall digging starts
    11/10 Remind Provider name locked. I need the insulation and drywall done by 11/30 for a scheduled HVAC install.
    11/11 I provided my door choices to order.
    11/12 Rough in of electrical
    11/20 Small interior walls removed
    11/23 Retaining wall ordered
    11/25 Retaining wall arrives
    11/28 Checked on doors, still hadn’t been ordered.
    12/1 I return to my home and there is no drywall or insulation.
    12/3 Insulation is done
    12/9 Drywall starts
    12/12 Drywall is done
    12/13 Retaining wall digging ends
    12/15 They come out to look at siding with architect
    12/16 Retaining wall done
    12/17 Doors actually ordered
    12/19 Siding starts
    12/22 Doors supposed to arrive
    12/24 Siding done
    1/6/15 Electrical finish starts
    1/7/15 Asked to grade the driveway and finish up
    1/10/15 Gutters on
    1/15/15 Awful paint job done in the rain
    1/16/15 Bare wet wood painted without priming, doors come in, wrong size
    1/17/15 Driveway grading starts
    1/20/15 Paint job touched up but not fixed, barely painted wood, bubbles, drips, uneven coloration remains
    1/21/15 Electrical finish completed
    1/26/15 Doors finally come in the correct size
    1/27/15 Driveway graded
    4/6/15 Get and pay final bill
    4/18/15 Schedule painter 4/24 to review work
    4/24/15 Painter doesn’t show up
    - David B.
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