Recent Review: Over a month long period I had contacted numerous granite vendors and cabinet makers to obtain estimates. I conducted background checks, read reviews, checked referrals and contractors' licenses. I was still undecided as to my selection, but went to select the granite slabs at Arizona Tile. Advance Solutions had a booth set up in the parking lot of the vendor to advertise their services and provide complimentary tacos and gifts. We contacted Ray Foster who provided advice on the selection of granite and backsplash. My first impression of Ray was he was knowledgeable, extremely respectful and professional. I contacted Ray's assistant to schedule a meeting at my house to obtain an estimate. Ray arrived at my home in the High Desert and spent over an hour with me to discuss options. He e-mailed an estimate which was at the high end of all the estimates I had received. I checked Advance Solutions referrals, complaints and contractor's license which they passed. Ray came back to the house to take me to Home Depot and Lowes to look at pre-fab cabinet boxes in an attempt to reduce expenses. Ray spent over two hours with me as we discussed ideas and further options. I met with Ray one more time as we continued to discuss ideas. At this point Ray had spent 8 hours with me and I still had not hired him yet. Ray was extremely patient, professional and had great ideas. Based on my experience with him and the fact that he would be able to do all of the work I needed instead of having to deal with multiple contractors, I decided to hire Advance Solutions. My final contract price was almost twice the original estimate amount, but much more extensive and included some custom cabinets. The work started on 10/17/11 with demolition of the tile counterfort and removal of the cabinets. The cabinets were stripped, sanded, restained, and finished. The work continued daily at the house with the exception of cabinet building and staining/finishing at the workshop. There were some issues which arose along the way. The cabinet stain sample was misplaced and we could not confirm the color. I gave the approval to add another coat, but then it appeared to be darker with an orange tint. The stain sample was located and it did not match the cabinets. Work was halted that day and removing all of the stain from the cabinets was offered by Ray and his cabinet stainer. The next day, the top of one cabinet box was stripped and restained, then all of the cabinets were completed in a satin finish. The look was much better than the color we originally chose. The behind the range glass tile that was ordered was out of stock and not available for 6 weeks. We met with Ray again to select a mosaic tile. We then realized our desire for a framed area behind the range would not fit because of the short vertical height. We then changed the design to a horizontal accent strip along the entire backsplash with an antique white pencil border around the backsplash. The pencil border was too thick and had to be recut. An electrical outlet box had to be repositioned to be in proper horizontal alignment with the mosaic tile accent line. Any major remodeling project will have issues come up along the way. My wife and I had a tendency to be perfectionists, especially with our first major kitchen renovation in 19 years, but Ray and his staff were very patient and worked diligently to resolve the issues to our COMPLETE SATISFACTION. The final completion date was later than expected, but I told Ray all along, "I was not in a hurry and would rather wait to have the project completed as expected." The completed project looks absolutely beautiful. We love the granite, backsplash, new cabinet doors/boxes, and color of the cabinets. The under cabinet xenon lights highlight the backsplash and granite countertops beautifully. The color of the kitchen walls match our decor perfectly. Ray Foster is a top notch designer and is a perfectionist. He is passionate about his job and the quality of work he expects from his staff is as if it were his own home being remodeled. My first impression of Ray as knowledgeable, respectful and professional was spot on. He has a very low key demeanor, which enhances his ability to deal with the stressful world of home remodeling. I have already agreed with Ray to have Advance Solutions paint the interior of my home next month. With all of the expenditures, we may not be able to buy any Christmas presents, but we will have the best looking home in the neighborhood! I would highly recommend Ray and Advance Solutions to anyone who is interested in a top notch, quality, home remodel project.