GRANITE COUNTERTOP- Grade: F Jamie wrote out the work order, accepted payment and oversaw each project but he subbed the work to Geo with American Marble. They were punctual and the steps seemingly went well - estimate, removal of existing countertop, sink and faucet, installation. The granite looked beautiful but there were several issues with the fabrication: - apx 1/2 inch of one wall was busted in to accommodate the granite. - A few weeks later, while the kitchen was still apart (stove, faucet, and dishwasher were not yet installed), I realized that the tip out sponge tray had been removed and was under the sink. Because the sink hole was misaligned it no longer allowed the tip tray door to close completely and Geo apparently removed the tray and put it under the sink without saying anything. When I pointed this out to Jamie he said 'go ahead and use it no one will notice that it doesn't close completely'. - When the dishwasher, faucet and stove were installed I realized that the other side of the granite is a 1/2 an inch from the wall (one side too deep into the wall and now the other side is a half an inch from the wall). This causes the stove to not sit flush with the wall and a cabinet drawer no longer opens fully because it now hits the stove. The counter on one side of the stove sits out half an inch further than the counter on the other side of the stove. The back splash tile has not yet been installed. I don't know if or how they will make up for a half an inch. - Another issue with the granite fabrication is that no holes were drilled underneath to be filled with wood necessary to brace the dishwasher. Geo the fabricator or Jaime the contractor should have made sure this was taken care of. - I found a valve handle under the sink. When the plumber arrived he realized that the handle had been broken off and needed a replacement. Geo and his assistant turned off the water, removed the sink and faucet and turned off the valves - they were the only ones who could have broken this. PAINT CABINETS, BUILD SHELVING TOWERS - Grade: A for the contractor - Grade F for Jamie who didn't pay him the full amount. Vijay was the subcontractor and he did a beautiful job. He has over 20 year of experience in cabinetry and showed. Could not ask for more. He was extremely helpful. REPAIR AND PAINT INTERIOR WALLS - Grade: C / Price $2500 There were areas of the house that needed holes and cracks filled. Some of these areas were not sanded before paint was applied. The painter did a fine job. Jaime did the wall repair. Price is a huge issue with this job. Jaime told me it would take 2-3 men 3-4 days to complete. It took one man 3 days and he worked sporadically on repairing the drywall. PLANT AND TREE REMOVAL - Grade: C / Price $2650 Several trees and shrubs were removed. Unfortunately, they removed a small tree that wasn't supposed to be removed. It was replaced with a bush of same species. The planting of the new bush was done without care and it began to die within a couple of days. Constant water is slowly bringing it back. They also broke a resin statuary in the back yard. GUTTER INSTALLATION - Grade: B / Price $1100 The gutter contractors did a great job. I dont know who they were. The issue is with Jaime. The front of the house needed a gutter: $450. The come and go, its great. Then Jaime tells me I should have the rest of the house done: $650 and gutters are put on the N, S, and E side of the house. Then Jaime tells me I really should have the West side done. He wants another $450 for apx 25 feet of gutter with a downspout. I don't understand why this wasn't done when they did the rest and say its too much. He went down to $350. I passed. FRAME AND FUR APX 3'x11' WALL - Grade: D / Price: $900 Jaime did this work himself. The wall needed to be built out 2" to accommodate electrical work. Unfortunately the build out does not blend with the existing wall. You can see where it is built out. Jaime said you cant blend plaster. He tried using concrete but it doesn't look good. Certainly not $900 worth. PLUMBING - GAS - Grade B- / Price: $1800 I don't know the name of the subcontractor. I had to have the gas line moved from coming up thru the floor /crawl space under the stove to coming thru the back wall. It needed to be done quickly because the flooring contractor would begin within a few days. My primary issue with this is the price. I felt I had a jacked up rate because I was in a bind and needed it done quickly. All in all, I paid about $200 for the plumber to do this. When the gas inspector came out, changes had to be made to the plumber's work. REMOVE BASEBOARDS, CASING, AND KITCHEN FLOOR TILE - Grade B / Price: $2450 Jaime did this work himself. He did a good job but he didn't remove the casing from a doorway that was marked "removal'. When I pointed it out, he accused me of writing that on the casing. It was never removed.