Recent Review: THE PORCH: The original owners had built on to the house a large (45’ x 17’) screened-in, wooden decked porch. It was ugly, had a low, sloping ceiling, and the wooden deck which was built directly on the ground was rotting out. What we wanted was to completely remove the existing deck, replace the rotting wood deck with a concrete slab with proper drainage, and raise the sloped roof by several feet. THE BATHROOM: The original master bathroom had been partially remodeled by the former owners to include a huge (and largely useless) oval Jacuzzi tub which was surrounded on all three sides with dark wooden paneling; a very low single sink and tile countertop; an equally low toilet, and a fairly useless closet at the back of the bathroom. What we wanted was to completely gut the thing down to the studs, get rid of the closet to increase the total size of the bathroom, put in all new fixtures and custom cherry cabinets with granite countertops. We did not want a Jacuzzi tub but we did want an extra long tub. We also wanted the entire bathroom to be tiled. THE WORK BEGINS : ( Or, as we like to call it, “YOU FOUND WHAT IN THE WALLS?”) In short- massive termite and old water damage. Pat and his crew had to replace substantial portions of the walls in the bathroom, living room and bedroom including new wall studs, ceiling joists and footers. Those are the unexpected costs in a remodel. PLAN FOR IT! The demolition and construction of both the porch and bathroom went beautifully. There were some delays due to the endless rain and cold weather, but the work progressed at a steady pace. We have to admit to being guilty of constantly changing things, but Pat was very understanding and professional and made sure we got what we invisioned. LAST NOTES: Remodeling is a nasty, dirty, painfully expensive process. Do not scoff at the old adage of it taking twice as long and costing twice as much as you thought it would. It will. Make sure your relationship with your significant other is in good shape before taking on a major renovation! Aside from the mess and inconvenience, you will be faced with making about a thousand decisions you didn’t even know you were going to have to make. And you will encounter issues you never dreamed of. Having a good contractor like Pat will help get you though most of these difficulties. Cost-wise, Pat isn’t cheap. But understand this: you absolutely get what you pay for in the building trades. And Pat’s work is excellent. He wants it done right, and he demands that of his subs and his crew members. I can’t find a way to attach photos, so if you want to see some before and after photos, please use the link below. You’ll have to trust me that the finished product looks a hundred times better in person. http://www.pearsonarts.com/pjb/PJB%20Contracting%20website/index.html Ultimately, the question comes down to this: “Would you hire this contractor again?” To that, we have to give a resounding “YES”.