The studio apartment had been a mold haven for years, and we did not know why. When we started the work, we knew there would be structural issues because there was no other reason the mold would exist. James Simmons did wonderful demo work - keeping the space blocked off from the remainder of the studio apartment with heavy plastic draping, vacuuming up through out the work, and alerting us to anything important he found during the process. Our family picked out all the design elements and fixtures - the counter tops, cupboards, doors, sinks, faucets, shower, etc. If we had a question, James was always available for advice, particularly regarding which brands were better quality or installation issues that might favor one item over another and such. James installed everything by himself without any subcontracting. I was impressed by the work he did with the shower - he had to move the shower drain, which was in a concrete floor, and reposition it for the new neo-angle shower. He did a flawless job. James installed all the new fixtures, electrical, ceramic tile, counters, cupboards, doors, etc. He also repaired the external wall through which the water had leaked and caused the damage. He did a beautiful job on everything. James would also schedule regular meetings with me to go over what had been done, what needed to be done, any time sensitive ordering or other issues, costs, etc. I appreciated being fully and routinely informed about the work. I have experienced other contractors who did not inform me and made me chase them down to get information. James actually enjoyed sharing the progress because he is proud of his work and loves what he does. As when working with ALL contractors, I oversaw the project closely to make sure things were being installed as I desired. I am very picky and attuned to details; therefore, my standard behavior is to always communicate my desires in detail to the contractor so that there are no surprises that cannot be undone, and this is true when working with James. If I did not indicate my preference, James would default to his own ? unless there was an obvious choice to be made, in which case he would bring it to my attention and ask for my preference. James is easy going, so anything that I wanted, he would agree. If there was an extra cost involved in a change I wanted to make, he would let me know BUT he did not nickel and dime me! Also, if he could obtain a better price on an item than I could, he would purchase the item and I would then pay the cost. He always presented receipts for items as soon as he purchased them and didn?t surprise me later with anything. We are extremely happy with James Simmons' work, and we are planning to have him do two more major kitchen and bath renovations on the upstairs as soon as we can - and if he does roofs, we'll ask him to look at some work that we need done there. James is insured and presented us with a signed statement from his insurance company. Perhaps more importantly, James is a man of his word as well as a skilled craftsman. I strongly recommend him.