Recent Review: First of all, understand that I came to my project from a slightly different perspective ? I actually am an attorney for a large, international General Contractor. And so not only do I understand construction in general better than most people, but I also have some idea of how to minimize risk on projects from a contractual perspective. Most importantly, however, I understand the need for transparency and honest communication with your contractor throughout the project. Our project was a complete modernization of a 1950s home, including turning it from a 2/2 to a 3/3. I hired EJD to run all of the work with the exception of a few scopes ? EJD handled all of the structural issues, the painting, drywall and insulation, the plumbing, the air conditioning system, the tile, and the wood floors. We had other contractors install the new septic tank and drainfield, the new roof over my garage, the new driveway, the new terrazzo floor, the windows and the electrical for the house. Managing these guys separately was not without its challenges, which I will get into later. That being said, we hired Eric and EJD after a pretty thorough bid process. We solicited 6 bidders for the project and while Eric was not the very lowest, he was the second lowest. He was also the most interested, most thorough, and frankly the one who seemed to listen the best of all the companies. The other guys ? many of whom are prominently featured on this site ? merely threw a number at our job, not bothering to break out cost per discipline as I requested. Others seemed off-put about being asked to compete at all. The job was a tough one, and our schedule expectations were aggressive. That being said, in spite of those challenges, Eric and his crew ? led by Jon, who is as good a Project Superintendent you will find on any job ? are professional, hard-working, and attentive to detail. For the self-perform pieces of the work ? the demolition and rough finishes in particular ? Eric has his own crew that can perform the work, which is a real differentiator for him versus a lot of his peer small GCs, most of whom subcontract out 100% of the work and accordingly have minimal control of schedule. When there were soft spots in between subcontractors, or when enabling work needed to get done to allow subs to get working, Eric had his own guys available to get it done. Additionally, I found that EJD?s group of subs were top-notch across the board. His plumber in particular was really a pleasure to work with, and I really recommend that you utilize Eric?s subs in particular for work that includes a plumbing scope. They all were timely, fixed issues that we identified, and were polite and attentive to my wife and her concerns as well. This is not to say that this job was perfect. Eric and I had some disagreements about what was truly in scope, and I spent more time actively managing the project than I would have liked. There were a couple of quality issues that I asked him to correct, and he did not work well with my electrical contractor or window contractor (they butted heads almost the whole job). Regardless of those minor issues, I would absolutely, 100% hire Eric and EJD back in a heartbeat. First of all there is the schedule ? when all the other contractors were telling me that my job would take 6-8 months, Eric told me 3 ? which is what I thought it would take. And then he went and did it - it was only because of a couple of issues that we actually slid a few days past that, but he was very, very close. People walking by our home always commented on the number of people we had working out there. For a smaller residential project, the fact that most days Eric had anywhere between 5 and 10 people working out there, it was actually pretty incredible to see. Second of all, there was the budget. Eric?s pricing was fair throughout the job, not just at the start. We added a lot of scope to the project that wasn?t initially included, and rather than taking advantage of us (where contractors make a lot of additional profit), Eric was generally very fair with change order issues. The flip side of that was that I was also fair when it came to unforeseen conditions ? I made sure to respect what he had priced and what he hadn?t, and treated him fairly with regard to making those things right. Finally, there was overall quality of the project. I was a stickler for quality and finish level, as was my wife. As mentioned before, there were some things that were put in place that we felt like were not done to the level of our quality expectation, either in terms of finish level or matching the scope of the work. However, whenever we discussed those things with Eric in a fair and reasonable manner, we were able to come up with fast and mutually acceptable solutions to those issues, and in the end we got the home that we had imagined and hoped-for. There are a couple of small warranty issues that we now need to work out with Eric, but I have no doubt he will handle them with the same professionalism that he handled everything else. All in all, I can say with certainty that I would not have gotten our house done in as short of time, or at as fair a price, and/or with as high a level of quality, if I had not hired Eric and EJD. Hiring a general contractor and managing a major construction project are not ?hands-off? activities ? you need to manage your GC, clearly communicate your expectations to them, set up the right legal framework for the deal, and most importantly deal with them fairly so that you can expect the same in return. I am confident that if you do those things, that you can be very successful with EJD, and under those circumstances I would highly recommend them for your project.