River Ranch Pool House Building

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Business Description: Room additions and second story home additions are a great solution for growing families. Get the family room you've always wanted for extra living space by calling the Tampa area room additions experts at Room Additions of Tampa today. We are experts at building room additions for homeowners throughout Tampa and the surrounding counties. We can manage your project from start to finish, design to completion. At Room Additions of Tampa, we can provide you with a variety of remodeling ideas to help you shape the concept of your room addition's design. For example, if you want to add additional living space for family gatherings, consider having a sunroom built-on to your living room or kitchen. This will not only provide you with extra space, but a beautiful source of natural light as well. Sunroom additions are a great way to brighten up any area of your Tampa area home. Another remodeling tip to consider incorporating into your room addition plans is to use an entertainment center to replace a fireplace as the focal point of the room. This option is great for family rooms, game rooms and home theaters. Room Additions of Tampa has designers and support staff who are incredibly skilled at defining alternatives and options to help you get what you want within your budget. From home theaters to home offices, bathroom additions to complete second story home additions, our Tampa design/build team has the experience and expertise to provide you with a cost-effective, quality renovation that adds both space and enjoyment to your home. Contact us today to discuss your home extension needs, and let our Tampa room additions team start designing and building an addition for your home that blends in seamlessly with the current structure.
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Recent Review: We were very impressed with the service and workmanship. My phone call was answered immediately. This company was on time and delivered just as they proposed. Their employee was very careful and skilled and always professional. I was so glad we contacted them. This was my first selection from Angie's list and I'm glad I joined up!
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Business Description: Masterpiece Custom Homes, Inc. is a family business. Nick Bonsky, an experienced contractor and our company president, and his wife, Anne Parks Bonsky, an innovator in home design, combine their talents to create the most finely crafted homes in Florida.
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Business Description: Sun Pavers is a Family Owned and Operated business that was established in Florida in 1991, but has been in the business of brick paver sales and installations since 1983. We are a fully licensed and insured company, and our certificates are available upon request. We employ our own installation crew and every job is supervised by our full time quality control manager. We are also certified to install retaining walls. We offer 180 days same as cash financing through the Belgard Preferred Payment Program.
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Recent Review: Fixed - Contract provided by Robert C Haynes Construction had an August 14th, 2008 completion date. On or before that date, the final certificate of occupancy would be obtained. We are in mid-October, and the home and pool are not completed. There are demands for more money, beyond the contracts signed with the bank. Contract signed stated that any additional "change orders" would be submitted to home owners, signed, and submitted to the bank prior to work completion. None have been provided or submitted, and now general contractor is claiming tens of thousands of changes, months after the fact. Examples include blueprints clearly show items, such as double pane windows, as priced and included, but Chris Haynes is now suggesting, 5 months after installation, that they are an upgrade and we should pay extra. They are specified on the blueprints. How are they an upgrade? Please note - Almost all subcontract work is outstanding. Quality of the construction to date has met expectations. Professionalism, communication, and honesty with us as a client by Chris Haynes has been lousy. We are now working with a legal firm to attempt to finish the project, per contracts with us and the lender. Note, the construction loan belongs to us, not the general contractor. general contractor claims to be out of money. We have paid within contract guidelines, as instructed by a bank inspector, in a timely manner each time the general contractor has called for inspection. 10 days ago, Chris Haynes met with us at the property, and stated he could not work on the home without additional money. Since we will not participate in extortion, we contacted the construction loan bank, who recommended an attorney firm here in Tampa, & we have begun legal proceedings. It is unfortunate, that now Chris Haynes claims that the pool is not in the construction loan. It is clearly on the bank documents and the property appraisal. Chris Haynes claims that we have violated contract by speaking with and working with subcontractors. We have e-mail instruction from Chris Haynes to "work with and instruct" sub-vendors. This is a small, custom home. How do you pick cabinets, tile, etc. without working with sub-contractors? We are very disappointed in the experience. We hope to be able to fire him, legally, and finish our home. I would not use Chris Haynes again as a general contractor to build a home or a pool. If you do, have your attorney review and modify the contract provided to make sure it protects you, and your home investment. Add a paragraph that give a bonus for finishing early, and a financial penalty for not completing the work on-time.
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Reviews in River Ranch to Build Pool Houses

ABaker Aluminum
We were very impressed with the service and workmanship. My phone call was answered immediately. This company was on time and delivered just as they proposed. Their employee was very careful and skilled and always professional. I was so glad we contacted them. This was my first selection from Angie's list and I'm glad I joined up!
- Jane W....
CMasterpiece Custom Homes
I was looking into a new build home but when I asked a couple of questions for pricing via email I never heard back. The model home looks amazing and top notch but they wanted all the money up front.
- Ibelice Y....
FSUN PAVERS OF FLORIDA
The initial installation was fine, but we worked with the owner's brother Jeff who was very responsive and professional. Almost immediately after our driveway was done however, we started noticing that there were low spots and that rain would collect on the driveway. We notified Sun Pavers about this and they came out and made a repair. About six months later the repair failed and we were again having issues with the pavers sinking, creating low spots and holding water. Our brand new driveway looked awful!!!! It got very moldy from the water sitting in the low spots. In August 2013 I contacted the company to come out and repair the driveway once again. I was told that they were very busy, and I said no problem I am going away for two weeks, please just have someone call me back so I can schedule an appointment. I received no call. I tried calling them for MONTHS to schedule a call for someone to come out and take a look at the driveway and got no response. I literally tried from August until December to reach someone. Finally I went into their office and was able to make an appointment for the following week for the owner to come out. The meeting did not go very well. He refused at that time to acknowledge the low spots that so clearly exist in the driveway. When I showed him how bad the mold was getting on the pavers because the water is sitting on the low spots, he said that my whole driveway looked that way, that the pavers needed to be washed 1-2 times a year (we had already pressure washed them in September) and he pretty much called me an idiot!!! He left and said he would be back in a few days to take measurements on the driveway to see if it was sinking. That was in early December. It is now mid January and I just got off the phone with the owner. I called them last week to check the status of the measurements and was told that someone would call me back. Never happened. I called them again just now...the owner said our problem is that our grass is higher than the pavers and won't allow for the water drain. Okay, but what about the obvious low spots in the driveway that hold water?!!? I was told by him, and quot;Well yeah, of course your driveway is uneven. The only way to fix that is grade your grass and pay them to re-grade the driveway.and quot; NO THANKS!!!! We had a feeling this was going to happen and have already gotten a second and third opinion about our driveway. In each case we were told there wasn't enough grade underneath the pavers to begin with and they didn't angle the pavers so that water could drain off the side. BUYERand quot;S BEWARE!!!!!!!!! Poor shoddy work done in the first place, non-existent customer service, rude arrogant owner, they don't stand by their work or their warranties....Please if you want your paver work done right and for your sanity stay away from this company and use someone else. I wished we had, now we will have to pay out of pocket to have our whole driveway redone correctly...
- Carla H....
FROBERT C HAYNES CONSTRUCTION INC
Fixed - Contract provided by Robert C Haynes Construction had an August 14th, 2008 completion date. On or before that date, the final certificate of occupancy would be obtained. We are in mid-October, and the home and pool are not completed. There are demands for more money, beyond the contracts signed with the bank. Contract signed stated that any additional "change orders" would be submitted to home owners, signed, and submitted to the bank prior to work completion. None have been provided or submitted, and now general contractor is claiming tens of thousands of changes, months after the fact. Examples include blueprints clearly show items, such as double pane windows, as priced and included, but Chris Haynes is now suggesting, 5 months after installation, that they are an upgrade and we should pay extra. They are specified on the blueprints. How are they an upgrade? Please note - Almost all subcontract work is outstanding. Quality of the construction to date has met expectations. Professionalism, communication, and honesty with us as a client by Chris Haynes has been lousy. We are now working with a legal firm to attempt to finish the project, per contracts with us and the lender. Note, the construction loan belongs to us, not the general contractor. general contractor claims to be out of money. We have paid within contract guidelines, as instructed by a bank inspector, in a timely manner each time the general contractor has called for inspection. 10 days ago, Chris Haynes met with us at the property, and stated he could not work on the home without additional money. Since we will not participate in extortion, we contacted the construction loan bank, who recommended an attorney firm here in Tampa, & we have begun legal proceedings. It is unfortunate, that now Chris Haynes claims that the pool is not in the construction loan. It is clearly on the bank documents and the property appraisal. Chris Haynes claims that we have violated contract by speaking with and working with subcontractors. We have e-mail instruction from Chris Haynes to "work with and instruct" sub-vendors. This is a small, custom home. How do you pick cabinets, tile, etc. without working with sub-contractors? We are very disappointed in the experience. We hope to be able to fire him, legally, and finish our home. I would not use Chris Haynes again as a general contractor to build a home or a pool. If you do, have your attorney review and modify the contract provided to make sure it protects you, and your home investment. Add a paragraph that give a bonus for finishing early, and a financial penalty for not completing the work on-time.
- Joyce L....
FTamlin Homes Inc
Update as of 05/2013 - As expected, Tamlin Homes has failed to honor its warranty on the build quality of our home.  They refuse to return calls and have abandoned any responsibility for the remaining items still unaddressed.  Neil Robinson specifically asked that we wait until March 2013 (just under 1 year) for all the drywall nail pops and cracks that needed fixing.  His logic was to have them all done at once, in case more surfaced within the first year (the warranty period).  After leaving several messages to schedule repairs, Tamlin homes has informed us that no repair work is covered, and has since ignored calls and emails.  We continue to have plumbing, electrical, and structural issues with this home and have spent an additional $20,000 to fix or replace poor materials and other issues that Tamlin improperly installed, since taking ownership.    This is the true character of these people.  They have never owned up to any responsibility or accountability for their contractual obligations or promises. Do yourself a favor and do not let them practice building homes at your expense. Member Comments: If you are looking to hire a custom builder for your new home, please do your homework and thoroughly check references.  We hired Tamlin Homes to build our custom plan on a lot we owned.  We had met with several builders, visited homes currently under construction, and knew exactly what we wanted in our home.  Despite all our efforts and beliefs that we made a sound decision, this has been one of the worst nightmares of our lives.  I could write a novel about the experience and problems we have had with this project.  I know that your time is valuable so I will try to highlight what I consider the major issues we have and what could have done better to prevent them all together.    Tamlin Homes is a small custom homebuilder with very personable owners.  Bryan Thomas handles sales and Neil Robinson manages construction.  We were courted like royalty and promised the world.  All the problems began for us after the contract was signed.  For one, we never saw Bryan Thomas again.  He would not respond to our emails or return our phone calls.  We only heard from him when we were copied on the email badgering our bank for his next draws.  The only other time was when we happened to come across him parading another client through our home on a sales call.  Aside from a courtesy ?hello?, he ignored us.  This was a terrible letdown that left us feeling like we had been taken.  The biggest single issue with this project was the lack of supervision and management of the subcontractors by the builder.  Neil Robinson was responsible for the construction.  He scheduled his trades but was seldom at the job site to see what was happening.  Neil promised many things, including a no-smoking policy on site, keeping the property clean, and above all, the promise of quality workmanship.  He constantly made statements that they have the best trades and use the best materials in the industry.  Unfortunately, since he was never around to observe what was happening and to manage the construction workers, none of these promises were fulfilled.  We constantly found food, trash, and cigarette butts throughout the house.  He did put up no smoking signs but was never there to enforce it.  We observed all sorts of issues with the home, materials, and work quality that needed to be brought to his attention.  There were several contractors used the newly installed toilets in our home, which my wife had to tape shut, only to find the tape ripped off the next day and find waste left behind.  We were promised that would not happen and Neil was 100% reactive to every problem.  He only became involved after we brought our complaints to his attention and told him this was unacceptable and would not be tolerated any more.  The other major issue with Neil?s lack of involvement was that he did not know the contract details and had no understanding of our expectations.  He would become defensive and argumentative with both my wife and I as we pointed out mistakes.  He constantly told us that he was delivering what was on our contract until we finally got sick of it and brought our copy with us.  We had to point out everything for him to correct.  The constant excuses and blaming of others for the errors became ridiculous.  The biggest reason to eliminate Tamlin Homes from your short list is that they have no sense of accountability for anything.  Neil will blame everyone else for the problem but does nothing to accept responsibility beyond scheduling the repair and telling his contractors that we are being too picky.  If you are expecting a company who stands behind the promises and genuinely cares about their product, look elsewhere.  It has been 3 months since we took occupancy and he has been back in our home only once.  Apparently once Tamlin Homes collects their final payment, they have no reason to follow up on anything personally.  There are days when we have had more then 14 contractors running through our home and Neil expects us to manage them.  We have not been able to fully move in or enjoy anything about this home. Below are just a few of the specific issues we have experienced as a result of hiring Tamlin Homes:    We selected cherry cabinets for our kitchen and specified them in our contract.  Neil had ordered Maple and when we told him it was wrong, he yelled at my wife insisting that we selected maple.    Builder damaged our Wolf stainless steel range and blamed cleaners.   Plumbers installed our dishwasher incorrectly and shorted the circuit board.   Septic system was never tested after the hook up.  3 weeks after moving in we had a backup in 2 downstairs bathrooms.   Doors and trim are riddled with nicks and dents from careless workers.  Some doors will not close properly after being in place for less than 5 months.   Garage doors need replacing already.  After specifying in our contract and paying upcharges for insulation of the garage, Tamlin homes installed the cheapest version of the door style we chose.  We were not given options and now the garage is constantly 120 degrees during the day.   We needed to most have gas lines upgraded and relocated due to improper sizing of the initial system.  This involved digging up our new lawn and opening up drywall to access the lines.    Paint and Drywall ? I lost count of how many times we needed drywall and paint repairs due to incorrect positioning of lights and needing to open up walls for electrical and gas repairs.  Touch ups are very noticeable and this is not what we expected in a new home.    Staircase ? the focal point of the foyer, handrail is crooked and the finish is terrible.  They have made 4 repair attempts to remove brush hairs and stain drips, etc., and each one results in my family having to relocate to the downstairs rooms for the night while the finish cures.  There are now more than 7 coats of finish on the rails and they are loaded with drips and filled with excess finish.  Neil refuses to come to the home himself to see the damage.      Cannot Recommend this Builder:   There are so many other examples of this builder?s failure to deliver on their promise, and my point would not be to focus on what happened in my particular case, but rather to understand what led to all of these problems.  I feel it is necessary to include specifics in order to substantiate the review that Tamlin Homes does not provide the value they promise in a custom home.  They clearly oversold their capabilities and their subcontractor base does not have the skill or experience to deliver the quality we expected and were promised in a high-end home.  They build a nice looking home that falls far short on performance and function.     Considering that you might be making the single biggest investment and purchase in your life, this is a very important decision and you need to do your homework thoroughly.  We liked Neil and Bryan and that definitely impacted our ability to keep this purely a business transaction.  We should never have made the concessions we did to accept some of the incompetence that occurred on our project.  In hindsight we would have been better off working with a larger company that would have contributed the needed experience to build our home correctly the first time.  The relationship seemed important at first but now it is obvious that it hurt our objectivity.    We did understand going into this project that Tamlin Homes had not previously built a home of this size, yet we bought into the promise of the sales pitch hook line and sinker.  We checked them out and saw their previous work.  It looked good, but we now know looks can be deceiving.  I sincerely regret that we did not look beyond the lipstick and mascara and had asked the homeowners more specific questions about how their home functions.     At this point, we would not recommend hiring Tamlin Homes for one primary reason:  They have shown no accountability for the mistakes they made or the problems we have had.  They have consistently made excuses and placed blame elsewhere.  They have mislead us and have been less then truthful responding to our inquiries.  Had there been a full time construction supervisor engaged on our project and who knew something about construction, who knew the contract specifications, and who took the time to understand our expectations, most of this would have been avoided and we would have been thrilled beyond words.  Unfortunately I consider our decision to hire Tamlin Homes a complete failure on my part that will result in my wife and I having to spend additional money on completing and repairing problems that the builder had chosen to walk away from.  Please be careful and watch everything if you choose to hire them.
- William M....
FTamlin Homes Inc
If you are looking to hire a custom builder for your new home, please do your homework and thoroughly check references.  We hired Tamlin Homes to build our custom plan on a lot we owned.  We had met with several builders, visited homes currently under construction, and knew exactly what we wanted in our home.  Despite all our efforts and beliefs that we made a sound decision, this has been one of the worst nightmares of our lives.  I could write a novel about the experience and problems we have had with this project.  I know that your time is valuable so I will try to highlight what I consider the major issues we have and what could have done better to prevent them all together.   Problem #1 - We Fell for the Sales Pitch:  Tamlin Homes is a small custom homebuilder with very personable owners.  Bryan Thomas handles sales and Neil Robinson manages construction.  We were courted like royalty and promised the world.  We had thought through every detail, material and finish prior to the contract being executed.  The contract was presented with all our specifications.  The price was fair and we did not see any red flags.  In all, we felt very comfortable proceeding with these guys. All the problems began for us after the contract was signed.  For one, we never saw Bryan Thomas again.  He would not respond to our emails or return our phone calls.  We only heard from him when we were copied on the email badgering our bank for his next draws.  The only other time was when we happened to come across him parading another client through our home on a sales call.  Aside from a courtesy ?hello?, he ignored us.  This was a terrible letdown that left us feeling like we had been taken.  He is a salesman like all the rest.  He makes his living on the ability to over-promise and under-deliver. Problem #2 - Lack of Construction Supervision:  The biggest single issue with this project was the lack of supervision and management of the subcontractors by the builder.  Neil Robinson was responsible for the construction.  He scheduled his trades but was seldom at the job site to see what was happening.  Neil promised many things, including a no-smoking policy on site, keeping the property clean, and above all, the promise of quality workmanship.  He constantly made statements that they have the best trades and use the best materials in the industry.  Unfortunately, since he was never around to observe what was happening and to manage the construction workers, none of these promises were fulfilled.  We constantly found food, trash, and cigarette butts throughout the house.  He did put up no smoking signs but was never there to enforce it.  We observed all sorts of issues with the home, materials, and work quality that needed to be brought to his attention.  There were several contractors used the newly installed toilets in our home, which my wife had to tape shut, only to find the tape ripped off the next day and find waste left behind.  We were promised that would not happen and Neil was 100% reactive to every problem.  He only became involved after we brought our complaints to his attention and told him this was unacceptable and would not be tolerated any more. The other major issue with Neil?s lack of involvement was that he did not know the contract details and had no understanding of our expectations.  He would become defensive and argumentative with both my wife and I as we pointed out mistakes.  He constantly told us that he was delivering what was on our contract until we finally got sick of it and brought our copy with us.  We had to point out everything for him to correct.  The constant excuses and blaming of others for the errors became ridiculous.  The biggest reason to eliminate Tamlin Homes from your short list is that they have no sense of accountability for anything.  Neil will blame everyone else for the problem but does nothing to accept responsibility beyond scheduling the repair and telling his contractors that we are being too picky.  If you are expecting a company who stands behind the promises and genuinely cares about their product, look elsewhere.  It has been 3 months since we took occupancy and he has been back in our home only once.  Apparently once Tamlin Homes collects their final payment, they have no reason to follow up on anything personally.  There are days when we have had more then 14 contractors running through our home and Neil expects us to manage them.  We have not been able to fully move in or enjoy anything about this home. Below are just a few of the specific issues we have experienced as a result of hiring Tamlin Homes:   We selected cherry cabinets for our kitchen and specified them in our contract.  Neil had ordered Maple and when we told him it was wrong, he yelled at my wife insisting that we selected maple.    We ended up changing our granite and tile to match so he did not have to absorb a $25K loss.  We actually fell for the tearful sob story he gave in the kitchen after he calmed down.  We tried to be incredibly accommodating to his mistake and never received as much as an apology or thank you for our concession.  This was my wife?s dream kitchen and although it looks very nice, it will not every be as we wanted. Builder damaged our Wolf stainless steel range and blamed cleaners.  Plumbers installed our dishwasher incorrectly and shorted the circuit board.  Septic system was never tested after the hook up.  3 weeks after moving in we had a backup in 2 downstairs bathrooms.  Doors and trim are riddled with nicks and dents from careless workers.  Some doors will not close properly after being in place for less than 5 months.  Garage doors need replacing already.  After specifying in our contract and paying upcharges for insulation of the garage, Tamlin homes installed the cheapest version of the door style we chose.  We were not given options and now the garage is constantly 120 degrees during the day.  We needed to most have gas lines upgraded and relocated due to improper sizing of the initial system.  This involved digging up our new lawn and opening up drywall to access the lines.   Paint and Drywall ? I lost count of how many times we needed drywall and paint repairs due to incorrect positioning of lights and needing to open up walls for electrical and gas repairs.  Touch ups are very noticeable and this is not what we expected in a new home.   Staircase ? the focal point of the foyer, handrail is crooked and the finish is terrible.  They have made 4 repair attempts to remove brush hairs and stain drips, etc., and each one results in my family having to relocate to the downstairs rooms for the night while the finish cures.  There are now more than 7 coats of finish on the rails and they are loaded with drips and filled with excess finish.  Neil refuses to come to the home himself to see the damage.     Cannot Recommend this Builder:   There are so many other examples of this builder?s failure to deliver on their promise, and my point would not be to focus on what happened in my particular case, but rather to understand what led to all of these problems.  I feel it is necessary to include specifics in order to substantiate the review that Tamlin Homes does not provide the value they promise in a custom home.  They clearly oversold their capabilities and their subcontractor base does not have the skill or experience to deliver the quality we expected and were promised in a high-end home.  They build a nice looking home that falls far short on performance and function.    Considering that you might be making the single biggest investment and purchase in your life, this is a very important decision and you need to do your homework thoroughly.  We liked Neil and Bryan and that definitely impacted our ability to keep this purely a business transaction.  We should never have made the concessions we did to accept some of the incompetence that occurred on our project.  In hindsight we would have been better off working with a larger company that would have contributed the needed experience to build our home correctly the first time.  The relationship seemed important at first but now it is obvious that it hurt our objectivity.   We did understand going into this project that Tamlin Homes had not previously built a home of this size, yet we bought into the promise of the sales pitch hook line and sinker.  We checked them out and saw their previous work.  It looked good, but we now know looks can be deceiving.  I sincerely regret that we did not look beyond the lipstick and mascara and had asked the homeowners more specific questions about how their home functions.    I think everyone learns from their mistakes, whether they admit to them or not.  Tamlin Homes may succeed if they change the way they approach their customers and their home building process.  At this point, we would not recommend hiring Tamlin Homes for one primary reason:  They have shown no accountability for the mistakes they made or the problems we have had.  They have consistently made excuses and placed blame elsewhere.  They have mislead us and have been less then truthful responding to our inquiries.  Had there been a full time construction supervisor engaged on our project and who knew something about construction, who knew the contract specifications, and who took the time to understand our expectations, most of this would have been avoided and we would have been thrilled beyond words.  Unfortunately I consider our decision to hire Tamlin Homes a complete failure on my part that will result in my wife and I having to spend additional money on completing and repairing problems that the builder had chosen to walk away from.  Please be careful and watch everything if you choose to hire them.
- William M....