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Jack-Of-All-Trades
Business Description: Privately owned and operated. Been in business since 2000. Reasonable on prices and give free estimates .
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Distinctive Design Remodeling
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Business Description: Whether you are looking to increase your living and storage space or simply improve the beauty of your home, the home remodeling experts at Distinctive Design Remodeling are here for you. Established in 2007 in Lexington, KY, we have been serving Central KY & Southern OH with unparalleled customer service and dedication for several years, and we are fully equipped to take care of any and all of your home remodeling needs.
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All Around Joe LLC
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Recent Review: Joe takes care of my mother's house & coordinates repairs with me from afar (AZ to OH).  Both my mother & I regularly provide him with lists of things that need fixing & he schedules time to get them done.  I trust him implicitly - to do an excellent job, to charge us fairly, to watch out for safety issues in her house.  He does the work in such a way as to hold down costs for my mother, yet insure her comfort and safety. I visited my mother's house this month & was able to see the quality of the recent work.  Everything was outstanding! Joe is a perfectionist with even the smallest jobs.  We couldn't be more pleased with him - we highly recommend him! Joe is very fair in his pricing.  Only about half of these charges was for labor. The rest was materials cost, as Joe picks up whatever we need for the job.
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HATHAWAY CONSTRUCTION INC
Business Description: Hathaway Construction Inc specializes in concrete flatwork: driveways, patios, walks. We accept no money down to begin a project.

Reviews in Cincinnati to Build Wheelchair Ramps

FJack-Of-All-Trades
He was on time, did good work. It took him quite a while for the grab bars in the kitchen. The things he did, he did well. He said he would build a concrete wheelchair ramp, but never came back and now he won't answer my calls.
- Michael R....
FDistinctive Design Remodeling
Distinctive Design Remodeling LLC has, at first glace, a very good reputation on both Angie's List and the Better Business Bureau of Lexington, KY, which is why I called them.  They sent out Ray M., a salesman with quite the line.  He arrived at approximately 4 pm, explained how DDR was the top rated remodeling company in the tri-state area on Consumer Reports, said they had an excellent rating with the BBB, and provided me a list of "references".  He kept calling me "brother" and his pricing was, according to him, at a deep discount because I am disabled and a retired federal employee.  He made vague descriptions of the addition with cathedral ceilings, a GE outdoor 25,000 btu heater/air conditioning unit, excellent sliding windows, French doors, and a five foot wheelchair ramp, and wrapped it up with the claim his profit would be only 10%, and "sign here".  I would have to buy my own ceiling fan and flooring for some reason and have the flooring installed separately.  I wondered why. I told him I wanted to wait until January 2014 to take the money out of my retirement account, and he said "brother", you can get an interest-free $40,000 loan through me and payment won't be due for 120 days!  "Sign here".  He then went on to say his deep, deep discount was because he currently has five other jobs in the Florence area, and all prices will increase Jan. 1, 2014 because of the cost of materials and new code requirements like 2x6's required, not 2x4's, and higher insulation values - all of which will add at least $10,000.  "Sign here."  So I signed. That night I realized by giving him my date of birth, social security number, and other personal information, he could apply for a loan "on my behalf", and I started to worry that I had not received any specifications, drawings, etc.  Under KY law, you can void an agreement or contract within the first three days, so I called him to tell him not to do anything.  He again pressed the hard sell.  I said no, stop everything.  I then wrote a letter to DDR informing them in writing I was terminating my sales agreement and nobody should use my personal information to borrow money, and they must destroy all my paperwork. I got a credit report alert that on Thursday, a credit report was requested by DDR and a bank.  I called DDR and left a message with their answering service (during business hours).  On Friday I spoke to Jon Penn, the owner.  He said he'd read my notification, and he would not proceed.  An hour later Ray calls with "great news".  When I tell Ray I have terminated the agreement, he first lowers the cost so "I'm getting stuff for free!", and then he accused me of lying to him.  I told him not to contact me anymore, and I hung up. I am not implying Ray or DDR were going to use my information to obtain a loan for $40,000 interest-free for six months (he changed it from 120 days to 6 months) to defraud me.  But after seeing DDR has had 4 complaints with the BBB since 2/2012, and 3 in the past year, I grew suspicious.  I had not received any details of the materials to be used other than the GE 25,000 btu heater/AC, which for a 16 x 14 sunroom is overkill.  I had no idea how many windows or the size of the windows (I emailed asking, and never got a response).  I had no clue of the quality of materials, and based on Angie's List reviewers, the quality of the workmanship is hit or miss, depending on who you get.  I noticed in the BBB complaint that DDR was angry that the complainant filed the complaint after DDR paid a settlement, and some here in Angie's list remarked about sloppy work.  Of the 39 reviews, none of the A+ reviews went into much detail, compared to the less than positive reviews, which provided a lot of detail. The experience taught me never, never sign anything or provide personal financial information before you get all the specifications, drawings, listing of materials and hardware, etc.  Never be pressured by a salesman telling you he's taking a loss at this price or is able to offer such a deep discount because he has 5 other jobs in the immediate area right now and can save money grouping them together, and you must sign immediately or lose out on the massive discount.  Other reviewers have written of the same claim.   Buyer beware with DDR and other construction outfits; their pricing doesn't indicate good value, just alleged low pricing.  Without specifications and a detailed cost breakdown ahead of time, how can you sign a sales contract knowing you are paying fair market rates for labor and materials?  You can't!
- Claude B....
AAll Around Joe LLC
Joe takes care of my mother's house & coordinates repairs with me from afar (AZ to OH).  Both my mother & I regularly provide him with lists of things that need fixing & he schedules time to get them done.  I trust him implicitly - to do an excellent job, to charge us fairly, to watch out for safety issues in her house.  He does the work in such a way as to hold down costs for my mother, yet insure her comfort and safety. I visited my mother's house this month & was able to see the quality of the recent work.  Everything was outstanding! Joe is a perfectionist with even the smallest jobs.  We couldn't be more pleased with him - we highly recommend him! Joe is very fair in his pricing.  Only about half of these charges was for labor. The rest was materials cost, as Joe picks up whatever we need for the job.
- Kathleen M....
AAll Around Joe LLC
Joe accommodated my schedule since I was in from out-of-town for just a week at my mother's house.  He spent the whole day with us, prioritizing our list to get the critical items done that day & scheduling a second visit to do additional items. Joe is a true problem-solver.  He modified the shower stall so that my mother is able to utilize a mobility bench in it now.  He suggested several safety modifications we hadn't even considered.  When he found a problem with the wiring in an outdoor lamp, he repaired it.  If he noticed something that needed fixing, he pointed it out.  That is exactly what we wanted him to do! Joe pays terrific attention to detail.  He is very thorough & extremely considerate.  My mother is thrilled to have him as her handyman, and I feel very comfortable knowing he will take care of her problems in a very fair & safe manner.
- Kathleen M....
FHATHAWAY CONSTRUCTION INC
I had come to Angie's List to find a contractor to handle the remodeling of my recently purchased home. I submitted a request on Angie's List to see if they had someone qualified. Service Magic sent me an email stating that someone would be calling me shortly. Mr. Hathaway called saying he had received information that I was looking for a contractor. He offered to check out the property to see what needed to be done. We discused necessary work and he submitted a quote. I had explained to him that my house was a 2 story 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that needed to be upgraded and modified to allow my disabled daughter to live independently upstairs while I lived downstairs. We discussed the need for2 kitchens, 2 complete bathrooms, 2 livingrooms, 2 small diningrooms. This was not technically a duplex but I wanted to be able to allow my daughter as much independence as possible. His submiited quote showed costs for kitchens, baths, plumbing, electrical, repairing the front porch, modifying closets, and installing a wheelchaair ramp for me. He talked about how he could save some money by staying under budget and would appreciate it if I gave him a bonus at the end. I explained that the funds through a 203(k) require that any extra funds not used must be applied back into my mortgage but he said not to worry. He was sure he could find a way around that. He hired his father, a licensed electrician and HVAC, to install a new central air unit. The A/C did not work. It would run and blow room emperature air throughout the house. I called to see if he would come out to fix it and he refused. After making several calls to the HUD inspector, the father came out, went through the motions and said it was fixed. When I put my hand in front of the vent, the air was the same temp as before. I told him it wasn't cold air to which he put his hand over the vent and said and quot;it's cool enough for me.and quot; As he was leaving he said and quot;Good luck with this.and quot; I had to call a different HVAC technician to come out. They found that the father had not filled the refrigerant to the appropriate level before trying to charge it. It cost me an additional $400 to have the new technician fill the refrigerant and start it. Right away, we had COLD air. Good news for an asthmatic and an elderly woman with COPD during a heat wave. He hired Lowe's installers to handle the new carpet and vinyl flooring. Their quote was within the cost range Mr. Hathaway had bid. Unfortunately, they could not install the vinyl flooring upstairs until after the kitchen cabinets and appliances were installed. Mr. Hathaway stalled and said that when he was ready, he would install the vinyl flooring himself. The upstairs kitchen is still in a raw state. No appliances installed, no cabinets, no flooring and some drywall has to be done to complete areas where walls had window cutouts. In the 2nd floor bathroom, he tried to install the wrong shower stall. I had specifically asked for a less expensive version and he refused to use it. When he installed the wrong stall, it was not level and the plumbing was incorrectly placed. That cost another $2500 to correct the plumbing. The electrical wiring he had tried to fix on his own is still not corrected. I was told by the City that he had not obtained an electrical permit so it was a fire hazard. The work he did to restore my front porch looked nice initially. Three months later, the replacement posts are splitting where the nails were hammered in too close to the edges. The paint is cracking. I'm probably going to have to hire someone else to fix that area as well. The wheelchair ramp he installed to attach to the deck at the back of the house is already coming apart. There are boards that are coming loose from the frame and raising above the level of the ramp. The ramp was not installed to come level to the existing sidewalk. He had dug a big hole at the base of the ramp making it unusable. After refusing to come to work for over 30 days, I fired him. He sent his crew the next day to tear up the landscaping blocks some volunteers had placed at the base of the ramp so I could use it. They had already dug up most of my side yard. I told them to repair and replace what they had just torn up and then leave because the contractor had been fired. The worst part of this traumatic experience is that the contractor was constantly threatening to file a mechanics' lien against me if I didn't pay him more and more money. He made up a list of things he had voluntarily offered to do then wanted to charge me for them.( Things like putting a rod in a new closet when I had told him to take the rods from upstairs converted closets that wouldn't cost anything) All of the plumbing in the basement needed to be replaced due to theft prior to purchase and I told him I wanted him to use PVC piping where it was allowed by regulations. He used PVC but then charged me for copper piping. When confronted he said there was almost no difference in the cost. The HUD inspector (previously a licensed plumber) said the difference was approximately $1700 more for the copper. Hathaway refused to agree to a credit for me. We needed two interior doors placed in rooms downstairs, so I asked that 2 doors from upstairs, which would no longer be needed there, be used downstairs to save money. He did use them,then said that I still had to pay for them. During all of this ordeal I was careful about the budget. I was given coupons from my realtor for 10% off of all supplies from Lowe's. I had also received coupons in the mail for 15% and 20% off from Lowe's. I gave him all of those coupons to help defray costs. To the best of my knowledge he used those coupons to buy supplies for other jobs he was working while he wasn't finishing my house. His only concern is making as much money off of people (disabled or not) as he can. He doesn't care about what the client wants or whether it gets finished. I am certain that I am going to have to pay an attorney to straighten all of this out soon. I would never, EVER use this contractor or anyone associated with him. He seems very personable and likable but, in the end, everything he says is just a scam to take your money and not finish the work. Please be careful.
- Vicki S....