Grand Rapids Master Bedroom Remodel

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Home Maintenance Service
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Recent Review: HMS did a very fine job. Handled details we did not anticipate. Cleaned up every night before leaving. When work was completed looked like it was original part of house.
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Meadow Ridge Builders, LLC
Recent Review: We have owned three homes in 35 years, so I've had my fair share of dealing with all different kinds of contractors -- carpenters, electricians, plumbers, remodelers, builders, etc. -- and I have my fair share of horror stories. Anyone who has had to deal with contractors knows that it's largely one big headache, and that there are a whole bunch of unscrupulous ones out there. This project was a 4-week, full gut of the bathroom attached to the master bedroom, including structural changes, and I have to say it was the least painful contractor-related experience I've ever had. Chad Wildern (President and owner of Meadow Ridge) was a pleasure to work with. He's very accommodating, honest, forthright, punctual, respectful of other's property, and talented in the construction trade. He showed up every morning at the appointed time (usually 8 a.m.), carefully covered the floors and any affected furniture with drop cloths, and did it whether it was he or a subcontractor doing the work that day. Chad was *on the job* every single morning, regardless of who was doing the work that day. He kept a close eye on all of his subs, making sure that their work was performed according to his standards, and that there were no shortcuts being taken. He was extremely attentive to details, often making suggestions to improve the overall outcome of the project, and was careful to discuss each phase of the project with me before it began and while it was in progress. (He even made cost-cutting suggestions!) If he didn't think something was going to work the way I was anticipating, he didn't hesitate to tell me and explain why. He's an excellent communicator. Even though I consider myself to be a "stickler for details" and do not hesitate to voice concerns to make sure everyone's all on the same page, Chad was always 2 or 3 steps ahead of me; he's really a pro. At the end of each day, whether or not he performed work that day or it was a sub working, Chad was there to inspect the progress, collect all of the drop cloths and make sure everything was cleaned up. One of the best parts of working with Chad is that I always knew what I was paying for: his contract is very clear, specific, and forthright; you know exactly what you're paying for materials, labor, and his construction management fee. There is no guessing, no feeling of being nickel-and-dimed to death. Structural changes included the removal of a ceiling bulkhead that ran above the sink and linen cabinet, as well as above the shower area, electrical changes, and appropriate added insulation. We now have a new vanity, sink, toilet, floor-to-ceiling ceramic tile shower, ceramic tile floor, new light and wall fixtures, and an all-glass Euro shower door/wall. (*Love* it, and no, it doesn't leak!) We have gone from an early 1960's blue-everything (sink/ toilet/ shower tiles), dark, icky, scuzzy bathroom to a light, bright, airy, visually-much-larger bathroom that makes me smile whenever I go in there. I absolutely *love* it; it's everything I had imagined and more. As I told my husband, it's actually my favorite room in the house!
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Jacobsen Remodeling Inc
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Recent Review: .. We previous had experience with Dwight Jacobsen (Jacobsen Remodeling, Inc) as he completely remodeled our kitchen a few years back. The result was fantastic. We contacted Dwight again,knowing we would receive the fairest , best quality,and timeliest workmanship available. In June 2011, I drew a preliminary plan for the addition, based on our requirements. We met with Dwight & his selected Designer and discussed the project. A few changes were made for the handicap rooms and by early July we had  the building permit and the work began. The excavators came first  & dug the space for the foundation & crawkspace. By mid July the concrete foundation & crawlspace were poured & completed. The rough-in carpenters & roofers came next, completing the outside walls,interior rafters, and roof by late July. Insulation was applied on the roof interiors, the inside wall interiors, the foundation inside walls by early August.The plumbing, and heating ducts were roughed-in by early August, as was the electrical wiring & outlets.The dry-walls were installed about the second week of August, then the handicap shower and cabinet installed in the bathroom. Following that, the base cabinet for the laundry was installed. The finish work on the dry-walls was completed the next week.Outside vinyl siding was completed by mid August. Finish carpenters began installing doors, wood molding, sinks and commode by mid August. Plumbing and heating was completed at that time too. The painters began on the walls, doors and molding, doing a great job with the stain, completing everything by mid to late August.The carpet and vinyl flooring was installed in early September. We had the upright freezer, washer & dryer moved from the basement into the laundry room at that time. The township inspectors issued the final approval to occuply, and we moved into the new addition. Dwight Jacobsen managed this project with great skill. He was present during each phase and workday, directing the work and suggesting better ways to accomplish the job being done. All the work crews displayed a great knowledge of trheir craft. The addition was a beautiful success because of them, an d Dwight's supervision. Last,  but not least, this project is "Grandma Approved". "
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H.O.M.E. LLC
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Recent Review: We did not have to lift a finger. Every detail down to the proper can light placement for the best lighting in our newly remodeled room was perfect. Clean, neat, organized, detail orientated are just a few adjectives that stand out when working with HOME LLC and the entire team. Kym, the owner, personally kept me informed of the progress along the way and sent wonderful communication and updates that were easy to read and understand. At the end of the project I felt like I was the expert because I learned so much. I will be utilizing their services for my new flooring installation as well numerous other projects needed around my home. So thrilled to have HOME LLC as a resource for my home!
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Ken Idema Builders, LLC
Business Description: Ken Idema Builders LLC is a residential and light commercial general contractor, with all the qualified subcontracors.
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Speese Painting Co., LLC
Recent Review: Our first experience with Dave Speese and his crew was in late summer 2013. They painted the exterior of our house, a Tudor-style structure with a variety of surfaces and a lot of trim. It had not been painted in about a dozen years and was in rough shape in many areas. We were very impressed by how thorough and meticulous Dave's crew was in prepping everything properly. They carefully powerwashed all of the siding, trim, and doors (the service doors as well as the garage doors) and expertly replaced all damaged wood and stucco board before beginning to paint. They worked steadily over the course of a week or so, putting in full days and cleaning up neatly at the end of each workday. We were so pleased with the results on the outside of our house that we soon hired Dave to do some interior work on our master bedroom and another bedroom and bath. That was followed in 2014 by our kitchen and dinette. These jobs involved removing lots of old wallpaper that had been applied incorrectly and therefore did not come off easily. The task was an extremely tedious and challenging one, but Dave's crew did a wonderful job of skillfully scraping off every square inch of old wallpaper and paste and then skim-coating the walls to make them suitable for painting. We look at them now and can't believe the transformation--they are so smooth that no one would ever know they had once been wallpapered. In 2015 we hired Speese Painting to paint our master bathroom. This again involved working on walls that had once been wallpapered; some had already been patched and re-drywalled following a remodeling project. We had also replaced some windows in the room, and the new frames and casings were all bare wood and intricately layered. The job was time-consuming and very detailed, and once again Dave's crew did a spectacular job, especially with the window trim. It turned out beautifully--much better-looking than the stained wood we had been considering. For both the exterior and interior work, Dave's crew (including John, Brandon, Tim, James, and Teddy) are the nicest and most professional gentlemen we have ever dealt with in the twenty-five years we have lived in our home. Dave Speese has ensured that they adhere to very high standards in all they do. They are always courteous and respectful. They are very punctual or, if they are experiencing a delay of some kind, they let you know as soon as possible and give you an idea of when they expect to arrive. They are strongly committed to making the job go as quickly and as neatly as possible to minimize disruptions to your daily life. Also striking is the sense of personal pride they take in the work they do--it's easy to tell that not only do they want their customer to be satisfied, they want to be pleased with the results as well. As far as we're concerned, Speese Painting epitomizes the old adage, "You get what you pay for." You will probably spend a few dollars more, but the entire painting experience from beginning to end is well worth the investment. We would hire Speese Painting again without hesitation!
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HWC Home Works Corporation
Recent Review: We decided to make our house just the way we wanted it by sacrificing one of our three smallish bedrooms in order to more than double the size of our master bathroom and nearly double the size of our master bedroom. We set a budget of $25k and began getting estimates in November. We received three estimates, all of which were within 10 - 15% of our budget. We selected HWC based on reading some good reviews on them. We also liked the fact that HWC coordinated the entire job, guaranteeing that the job would be completed before Christmas, which was key to us as we were having house guests during the holidays. I did all of the demo work during the last week in November and HWC began work on Dec 5. Tom from HWC was the carpenter andante did all of the beautiful tile work. We can't say enough about his skill, professionalism, and likability. We felt completely at ease having Tom in our house while we were gone each day. Not only was his work excellent, but he put up with our two huge dogs everyday. He kept us informed everyday regarding any and all issues and made sure he got our input whenever a choice had to be made. He also made a number of design suggestions throughout the job which turned out great. There is not one single detail of the work that Tom did that we don"t love. As for the schedule, well, they were close. With a week to go before Christmas, progress slowed with a couple of days where no one was here for the majority of those days. We called HWC and expressed our concern, reminding the sales guy and the owner of their commitment to finish the job by Christmas. They assured us that they would be putting two additional guys on the job for the remainder of the week. They made good on that claim, and we did have a bathroom with the essentials on Christmas, but it took two more days to finish everything. Not terrible, but can't give them an "A" either. The only other negative was that the final price was approx. 10% more than the original quote. This was due to three things: 1. A $400 beam that had to be installed where some closets had been removed, which it turns out were load-bearing. We asked the sales person during his original walk through about whether the walls that were being removed were load-bearing, and again on at least two other occasions, even pointing out that one of the other bids that we had received said that a beam was needed. He said no beam was required. Thankfully, no structural damage occurred during the week following the removal of the wall, prior to HWC realizing the issue and installing the beam. 2. I was told near the end of the job that the plumbing bill would be $900 more than what had been in the original quote, as they had "found" additional plumbing issues in the basement, such as an old iron vent pipe that had to be removed. My only issue with that was that this should have been included in the original estimate, as all of the relevant plumbing was right out in the open and easy to see. Then, during the final walk through of the finished job with the HWC owner and the salesman, I was informed that the contracted plumber had submitted a final bill to HWC for an additional $900! The owner seemed genuinely embarrassed about it, but hinted as tactfully as he could that he would really appreciate not having to eat the whole $900 himself. I was totally not comfortable with paying for a SECOND plumbing overage, particularly when no good reason was given for the overage. They asked if I would consider paying a third of it, with them and the plumber eating the other two thirds, to which I reluctantly agreed, although I did also request that in return perhaps HWC could install some shelves and hooks in the bathroom for us. They agreed and Tom spent a couple of hours on these installations. 3. The sales guy forgot to include the price of the shower door in the quote, although we had specifically discussed the door when we came into the HWC office to finalize the details of the job. The door therefore ended up being another add-on at the end, although to their credit, they did give it to us at cost. So, bottom line, we ended up paying for some things that were necessary, but they were things that could have and should have been in the original estimate, and if they had been might have caused us to make some different decisions up front. In the end though, the new bathroom and bedroom look far better than we could have imagined. We love our "new house" and couldn't be happier with how it turned out, thanks to Tom and the other skilled folks who made this happen. I feel that HWC is an honest and reputable company and the quality of the work they perform is second to none. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Reviews in Grand Rapids to Remodel Master Bedroom

AHome Maintenance Service
HMS did a very fine job. Handled details we did not anticipate. Cleaned up every night before leaving. When work was completed looked like it was original part of house.
- Barry K....
AMeadow Ridge Builders, LLC
We have owned three homes in 35 years, so I've had my fair share of dealing with all different kinds of contractors -- carpenters, electricians, plumbers, remodelers, builders, etc. -- and I have my fair share of horror stories. Anyone who has had to deal with contractors knows that it's largely one big headache, and that there are a whole bunch of unscrupulous ones out there. This project was a 4-week, full gut of the bathroom attached to the master bedroom, including structural changes, and I have to say it was the least painful contractor-related experience I've ever had. Chad Wildern (President and owner of Meadow Ridge) was a pleasure to work with. He's very accommodating, honest, forthright, punctual, respectful of other's property, and talented in the construction trade. He showed up every morning at the appointed time (usually 8 a.m.), carefully covered the floors and any affected furniture with drop cloths, and did it whether it was he or a subcontractor doing the work that day. Chad was *on the job* every single morning, regardless of who was doing the work that day. He kept a close eye on all of his subs, making sure that their work was performed according to his standards, and that there were no shortcuts being taken. He was extremely attentive to details, often making suggestions to improve the overall outcome of the project, and was careful to discuss each phase of the project with me before it began and while it was in progress. (He even made cost-cutting suggestions!) If he didn't think something was going to work the way I was anticipating, he didn't hesitate to tell me and explain why. He's an excellent communicator. Even though I consider myself to be a "stickler for details" and do not hesitate to voice concerns to make sure everyone's all on the same page, Chad was always 2 or 3 steps ahead of me; he's really a pro. At the end of each day, whether or not he performed work that day or it was a sub working, Chad was there to inspect the progress, collect all of the drop cloths and make sure everything was cleaned up. One of the best parts of working with Chad is that I always knew what I was paying for: his contract is very clear, specific, and forthright; you know exactly what you're paying for materials, labor, and his construction management fee. There is no guessing, no feeling of being nickel-and-dimed to death. Structural changes included the removal of a ceiling bulkhead that ran above the sink and linen cabinet, as well as above the shower area, electrical changes, and appropriate added insulation. We now have a new vanity, sink, toilet, floor-to-ceiling ceramic tile shower, ceramic tile floor, new light and wall fixtures, and an all-glass Euro shower door/wall. (*Love* it, and no, it doesn't leak!) We have gone from an early 1960's blue-everything (sink/ toilet/ shower tiles), dark, icky, scuzzy bathroom to a light, bright, airy, visually-much-larger bathroom that makes me smile whenever I go in there. I absolutely *love* it; it's everything I had imagined and more. As I told my husband, it's actually my favorite room in the house!
- Claudia K....
AHome Maintenance Service
We have used Randy three different times, and each time he does a great job.  He is always on time, and he is polite and professional.  His hourly rate ($25.00) is very reasonable.  He did charge more for installing the sump pump backup, but that was fine with us since that job required special know-how (he still charges less than a plumber would have for that job).  I will definitely use him again in the future.
- Cindy L....
AJacobsen Remodeling Inc
.. We previous had experience with Dwight Jacobsen (Jacobsen Remodeling, Inc) as he completely remodeled our kitchen a few years back. The result was fantastic. We contacted Dwight again,knowing we would receive the fairest , best quality,and timeliest workmanship available. In June 2011, I drew a preliminary plan for the addition, based on our requirements. We met with Dwight & his selected Designer and discussed the project. A few changes were made for the handicap rooms and by early July we had  the building permit and the work began. The excavators came first  & dug the space for the foundation & crawkspace. By mid July the concrete foundation & crawlspace were poured & completed. The rough-in carpenters & roofers came next, completing the outside walls,interior rafters, and roof by late July. Insulation was applied on the roof interiors, the inside wall interiors, the foundation inside walls by early August.The plumbing, and heating ducts were roughed-in by early August, as was the electrical wiring & outlets.The dry-walls were installed about the second week of August, then the handicap shower and cabinet installed in the bathroom. Following that, the base cabinet for the laundry was installed. The finish work on the dry-walls was completed the next week.Outside vinyl siding was completed by mid August. Finish carpenters began installing doors, wood molding, sinks and commode by mid August. Plumbing and heating was completed at that time too. The painters began on the walls, doors and molding, doing a great job with the stain, completing everything by mid to late August.The carpet and vinyl flooring was installed in early September. We had the upright freezer, washer & dryer moved from the basement into the laundry room at that time. The township inspectors issued the final approval to occuply, and we moved into the new addition. Dwight Jacobsen managed this project with great skill. He was present during each phase and workday, directing the work and suggesting better ways to accomplish the job being done. All the work crews displayed a great knowledge of trheir craft. The addition was a beautiful success because of them, an d Dwight's supervision. Last,  but not least, this project is "Grandma Approved". "
- Ray G....
AHome Maintenance Service
Randy and Trent did a great work on the job plus they were able to get a couple of things done that we added at the last second (added a canned light in the ceiling and painted the second closet). We had a few requests for them after the job was finished and I sent them an email to summarize. They replied to the email immediately and scheduled a time to come back only a few days later. They arrived on time and completed all requests even though a couple of them were not easy. I was very pleased with all aspects of the transaction. Further, they went the extra mile without us even asking when they repaired a hole in the wall in our master bedroom. We didn't even realize it until they were gone. Class act. I would highly recommend them to anyone based on their friendly approach, quality of work and professionalism. Thanks Randy and Trent.
- Rob Y....
AH.O.M.E. LLC
We did not have to lift a finger. Every detail down to the proper can light placement for the best lighting in our newly remodeled room was perfect. Clean, neat, organized, detail orientated are just a few adjectives that stand out when working with HOME LLC and the entire team. Kym, the owner, personally kept me informed of the progress along the way and sent wonderful communication and updates that were easy to read and understand. At the end of the project I felt like I was the expert because I learned so much. I will be utilizing their services for my new flooring installation as well numerous other projects needed around my home. So thrilled to have HOME LLC as a resource for my home!
- Melissa K....
CKen Idema Builders, LLC
Ken Idema is a very nice person and he personally did a very good job, however, some of the sub contractors were not held to task or performed the quality expected. Ask questions and oversee every aspect of your project is necessary. If you want more detail regarding our project and further review, please feel free to contact me at Mary.mulligan50@gmail.com. Thank you
- Mary B....
ASpeese Painting Co., LLC
Our first experience with Dave Speese and his crew was in late summer 2013. They painted the exterior of our house, a Tudor-style structure with a variety of surfaces and a lot of trim. It had not been painted in about a dozen years and was in rough shape in many areas. We were very impressed by how thorough and meticulous Dave's crew was in prepping everything properly. They carefully powerwashed all of the siding, trim, and doors (the service doors as well as the garage doors) and expertly replaced all damaged wood and stucco board before beginning to paint. They worked steadily over the course of a week or so, putting in full days and cleaning up neatly at the end of each workday. We were so pleased with the results on the outside of our house that we soon hired Dave to do some interior work on our master bedroom and another bedroom and bath. That was followed in 2014 by our kitchen and dinette. These jobs involved removing lots of old wallpaper that had been applied incorrectly and therefore did not come off easily. The task was an extremely tedious and challenging one, but Dave's crew did a wonderful job of skillfully scraping off every square inch of old wallpaper and paste and then skim-coating the walls to make them suitable for painting. We look at them now and can't believe the transformation--they are so smooth that no one would ever know they had once been wallpapered. In 2015 we hired Speese Painting to paint our master bathroom. This again involved working on walls that had once been wallpapered; some had already been patched and re-drywalled following a remodeling project. We had also replaced some windows in the room, and the new frames and casings were all bare wood and intricately layered. The job was time-consuming and very detailed, and once again Dave's crew did a spectacular job, especially with the window trim. It turned out beautifully--much better-looking than the stained wood we had been considering. For both the exterior and interior work, Dave's crew (including John, Brandon, Tim, James, and Teddy) are the nicest and most professional gentlemen we have ever dealt with in the twenty-five years we have lived in our home. Dave Speese has ensured that they adhere to very high standards in all they do. They are always courteous and respectful. They are very punctual or, if they are experiencing a delay of some kind, they let you know as soon as possible and give you an idea of when they expect to arrive. They are strongly committed to making the job go as quickly and as neatly as possible to minimize disruptions to your daily life. Also striking is the sense of personal pride they take in the work they do--it's easy to tell that not only do they want their customer to be satisfied, they want to be pleased with the results as well. As far as we're concerned, Speese Painting epitomizes the old adage, "You get what you pay for." You will probably spend a few dollars more, but the entire painting experience from beginning to end is well worth the investment. We would hire Speese Painting again without hesitation!
- Debbie S....
BHWC Home Works Corporation
We decided to make our house just the way we wanted it by sacrificing one of our three smallish bedrooms in order to more than double the size of our master bathroom and nearly double the size of our master bedroom. We set a budget of $25k and began getting estimates in November. We received three estimates, all of which were within 10 - 15% of our budget. We selected HWC based on reading some good reviews on them. We also liked the fact that HWC coordinated the entire job, guaranteeing that the job would be completed before Christmas, which was key to us as we were having house guests during the holidays. I did all of the demo work during the last week in November and HWC began work on Dec 5. Tom from HWC was the carpenter andante did all of the beautiful tile work. We can't say enough about his skill, professionalism, and likability. We felt completely at ease having Tom in our house while we were gone each day. Not only was his work excellent, but he put up with our two huge dogs everyday. He kept us informed everyday regarding any and all issues and made sure he got our input whenever a choice had to be made. He also made a number of design suggestions throughout the job which turned out great. There is not one single detail of the work that Tom did that we don"t love. As for the schedule, well, they were close. With a week to go before Christmas, progress slowed with a couple of days where no one was here for the majority of those days. We called HWC and expressed our concern, reminding the sales guy and the owner of their commitment to finish the job by Christmas. They assured us that they would be putting two additional guys on the job for the remainder of the week. They made good on that claim, and we did have a bathroom with the essentials on Christmas, but it took two more days to finish everything. Not terrible, but can't give them an "A" either. The only other negative was that the final price was approx. 10% more than the original quote. This was due to three things: 1. A $400 beam that had to be installed where some closets had been removed, which it turns out were load-bearing. We asked the sales person during his original walk through about whether the walls that were being removed were load-bearing, and again on at least two other occasions, even pointing out that one of the other bids that we had received said that a beam was needed. He said no beam was required. Thankfully, no structural damage occurred during the week following the removal of the wall, prior to HWC realizing the issue and installing the beam. 2. I was told near the end of the job that the plumbing bill would be $900 more than what had been in the original quote, as they had "found" additional plumbing issues in the basement, such as an old iron vent pipe that had to be removed. My only issue with that was that this should have been included in the original estimate, as all of the relevant plumbing was right out in the open and easy to see. Then, during the final walk through of the finished job with the HWC owner and the salesman, I was informed that the contracted plumber had submitted a final bill to HWC for an additional $900! The owner seemed genuinely embarrassed about it, but hinted as tactfully as he could that he would really appreciate not having to eat the whole $900 himself. I was totally not comfortable with paying for a SECOND plumbing overage, particularly when no good reason was given for the overage. They asked if I would consider paying a third of it, with them and the plumber eating the other two thirds, to which I reluctantly agreed, although I did also request that in return perhaps HWC could install some shelves and hooks in the bathroom for us. They agreed and Tom spent a couple of hours on these installations. 3. The sales guy forgot to include the price of the shower door in the quote, although we had specifically discussed the door when we came into the HWC office to finalize the details of the job. The door therefore ended up being another add-on at the end, although to their credit, they did give it to us at cost. So, bottom line, we ended up paying for some things that were necessary, but they were things that could have and should have been in the original estimate, and if they had been might have caused us to make some different decisions up front. In the end though, the new bathroom and bedroom look far better than we could have imagined. We love our "new house" and couldn't be happier with how it turned out, thanks to Tom and the other skilled folks who made this happen. I feel that HWC is an honest and reputable company and the quality of the work they perform is second to none. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
- Libbie T....