Recent Review: When he came to do the quote, I explained to him what I wanted and that keeping costs low was as important to me as having something built to last. He was really patient with explaining all of my options, the pros and cons of each, and price differences. He was creative in coming up with my options and willing to customize things how I wanted, as long as they met code and were structurally sound. He answered all of my questions, even ones I know must have sounded stupid (like what's a piling and if you do a small concrete pad, can you make it a bigger concrete pad later when I have more money). Everywhere he could see to cut costs without reducing quality, he pointed it out. He got me the bid quickly and in the promised time frame. He said he could buy the lumber and I could pay him or, if I have a rewards credit card, I could use that to buy the lumber myself (hello, AK Air Miles!). Either way it was the same cost. He called in the order then I called in to pay and to arrange delivery. He started the project on time and worked very fast (he is very efficient). He built the whole thing in 2 days (after the concrete was dry -- preparing and installing the concrete was done in one morning but then we had to wait days for it to dry). Both he and his assistant were very courteous. He kept me informed of the progress and let me know what to expect at each step (like the need to keep the dog off the wet concrete!). He noticed that my gate sagged a lot and was difficult to open. He offered to fix it while he was there for very little money because it was a quick fix for him. My stairs are still holding strong a year later (just like new) and are exactly what I needed. I could not be more pleased with them. On my indoor projects, he was very clean. He took his boots off at the door, he used drop cloths and the like to minimize mess, and he leaves the area clean. That is SO refreshing. He has attention to detail and makes sure everything is done right, no matter how small. I showed him all the things I needed done, he got all the parts and things he needed, and did almost everything in one day (some things like the drywall mud and tile had to dry before he could finish them). Overall, he was very knowledgeable about materials, building codes, procedures for building and fixing things, and my options. He was very professional. Even though we had met socially before, he really put on his "contractor hat" and was in business mode when he came to do the quote and the work. I have since recommended him to others and one of my coworkers is a repeat customer who is also very pleased with him. Note: I will disclose that I am presently (Oct. 2012) dating the owner of this business. However, at the time I hired him to build my deck stairs, I was not and had only just met him. When I met him, I told him that I needed stairs built, that I had just gotten a quote from a leading deck company in town that had done my neighbor's deck, and asked him for a quote. He came in with a quote lower than the other company. After checking his references and looking at his portfolio of other work, I contracted him to do the work. I am receiving no compensation or other incentive for writing this review. I have only including in this review the projects that I have hired him to do and compensated him for, though all of the things he has done since as part of my "honey-do" list have been excellent! As much as I'd like to think he worked so hard just to impress me, I know from seeing his other work that he is just an excellent contractor.