We hope Pier Angeli is in business for a long time because after using him, we don’t ever want to use another contractor. But he comes with a warning. He’s not for the faint of heart. He doesn’t hold back when he’s explaining the problem that came up, why the previous contractor shouldn’t have done it that way and what he’ll have to do to fix it. You may not want to know that your kitchen sink is sagging and may collapse in a few years or that there isn’t enough support for part of the second story and it might cave during an earthquake. Once Pier explains the problem, though, he backs off. If you prefer being an ostrich and waiting until things break before you fix them, he’ll let you. The two things that struck us most about him are his work ethic and his attention to quality. We chose him to install a full elevator in the middle of a two-story tract home, which involved taking space from a bathroom, closet and cabinets, plus do a living room remodel with new fireplace and cabinets. The contract called for him to be finished in three months, but we made sure that we could stay in our temporary rental for four months just in case. We knew the biggest problem would be the elevator, and sure enough, when Pier opened the walls, he found things that weren’t supposed to be there, including a giant lump of concrete that he had to jackhammer away. There were also structural challenges that the architect wasn’t aware of because the drawings done for a second-story addition turned out to be different than what was actually done. As the challenges began adding up, we were glad we gave ourselves an extra month. We didn’t know that Pier is in his element when things go wrong, because he enjoys solving problems. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we took a ride on the finished elevator less than halfway through the contracted time. The reason is Pier is focused on what he’s doing, and he doesn’t take on any other work during a big project. He drives his subcontractors and himself to get things done. They work Monday through Saturday! What took the longest on our project was my wife and I making design decisions. Pier also drove us to make up our minds because he wanted the materials he needed to get our job done. I felt like one of his subs. Besides his perseverance, Pier takes pride in what he does. If you’re looking for a contractor to cut corners and do things as cheaply as possible, don’t bother to call him. He’s the guy you want if you’re after quality. When he’s done, he and you know that not only does the finished product look good, but it’s built solid to last. I’d put up with a primma donna to get the great work he did for us, but Pier is down to earth. Yes, he’s outspoken, but he’s got a great sense of humor. He doesn’t take himself seriously, but he’s dead serious about getting the job done right – and on time.