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Business Description: Hi! This is Gary, the owner of GM Construction. I started in wood and custom cabinetry and studied under a master carpenter for many years before starting my own business. I designed GM Construction to stand head-and-shoulders above the competition in many ways. Here are a few examples: First, I personally do a complimentary consultation with each homeowner. I listen to what you envision for your project and bring sample materials with me to educate you on the pros and cons of all your options. From my vast hands-on experience, I can offer suggestions when appropriate so that your project will complement your home and lifestyle. Second, I'm there on every project to manage and guarantee the highest quality work every step along the way. I do not use sub-contractors like my competition. I use my own experienced, top notch crew and my crew is extremely diligent to be non-invasive to the parts of your home/yard, plus leave a clean work environment every night. Third, you will be satisfied with your project's outcome. I take care to make sure that every client is well taken care of and gets the wow factor in the work we complete. My business is booming because of the great referrals my clients and work produce. Take me up on my free in-home consultation so that you can experience the difference working with GM Construction. - Best! Gary Suchland
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Business Description: We manufacture log siding, paneling, log railing, staircases, etc.
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Business Description: We are the area's largest door, trim, staircase, and wood shelving dealer. In business since 1952, our motto is "Buy Where the Builders Buy" and they do. We are currently opened to the public with wholesale prices!
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Business Description: Established in 1974 SIDING WORLD provides contractors and homeowners with high quality exterior home improvement products, supplies and tools. SIDING WORLD offers a large selection of products from siding, doors, decking and railing, doors, windows, roofing and gutters. Our knowledgeable team can help you decide what you’ll need to complete your next project or refer you to a reliable contractor to help complete your job.
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Recent Review: Derek was very responsive with all call backs and proceeded with job as scheduled.  He had a crew of 2 helping him that did excellent work.  They all checked with us as they were doing the job to make sure it was proceeding to our satisfaction.  It was a pleasure to work with Derek and his crew.  I sincerely appreciate that everything they said, they did.  There were no surprises and the work turned out great.
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Recent Review: The painters were efficient, timely, courteous and cleaned up after themselves.
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Recent Review: 5/13/13 - Professor Selvig arrived promptly to prepare estimate. Friendly, courteous, & professional. 6/13/13 - returned to complete work order which he did in a professional & expeditious manner.
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Recent Review: My old deck was in rough shape.  The stairs and railing were also a safety hazzard.  Brian (owner) and his right hand man (Seth) rebuild the stairway, blocked and braced the sub-structure and replaced the old deck with new composite decking and handrail.   Overall the deck came out fantastic, even better than I had hoped.   Brian and Seth are very focused on quality work and attention to detail.  Brian also goes the extra mile to make sure the customer expectations are met.    I gave them some extra challenge with this deck such as "no exposed butt joints" and a "chevron pattern" for ascetics.   The picture frame and angle board joints are excellent, very tight.   Best deck I have ever seen!  Very pleased and well definitely hire again!
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Recent Review: Job was done very well. They were on time and never stopped until they were done cleaning up. Will hire again for any project.

Reviews in Flint for Porch Railing Installation

ADBD Construction Services
Derek was very responsive with all call backs and proceeded with job as scheduled.  He had a crew of 2 helping him that did excellent work.  They all checked with us as they were doing the job to make sure it was proceeding to our satisfaction.  It was a pleasure to work with Derek and his crew.  I sincerely appreciate that everything they said, they did.  There were no surprises and the work turned out great.
- Cooper G....
AHusband For A Day Inc
5/13/13 - Professor Selvig arrived promptly to prepare estimate. Friendly, courteous, & professional. 6/13/13 - returned to complete work order which he did in a professional & expeditious manner.
- Helen R....
ADinse Contracting LLC
My old deck was in rough shape.  The stairs and railing were also a safety hazzard.  Brian (owner) and his right hand man (Seth) rebuild the stairway, blocked and braced the sub-structure and replaced the old deck with new composite decking and handrail.   Overall the deck came out fantastic, even better than I had hoped.   Brian and Seth are very focused on quality work and attention to detail.  Brian also goes the extra mile to make sure the customer expectations are met.    I gave them some extra challenge with this deck such as "no exposed butt joints" and a "chevron pattern" for ascetics.   The picture frame and angle board joints are excellent, very tight.   Best deck I have ever seen!  Very pleased and well definitely hire again!
- Brian W....
AMcHandyMan LLC
Job was done very well. They were on time and never stopped until they were done cleaning up. Will hire again for any project.
- Raymond V....
AOld Mill Cabinet Shop
I can't say enough good things about the crew from Old Mill Cabinet Shop. Don found that the root of the problem started with improper drainage which caused the foundation problem. The bushes also contributed to the problem because they retained a lot of moisture. The crew reinforced the foundations to stabilize the porch, then replaced the decking with a vertical grain wood to minimize the horizontal expansion of the wood during seasonal and temperature changes. There was damage to the porch railing, balusters and columns. Don reproduced a number of damaged pieces (eg.round column bases) back in his shop. He even took one of the columns back to the shop to repair. Each day they showed up early and worked tirelessly, even in intense heat that July brought. They were always pleasant, and kept us informed of the progress they were making, offering helpful advice, asking questions along the way about our preferences in materials and expectations. Any major work done disrupts the homeowner's daily activities, but the crew from Old Mill were very accommodating and made the restoration as non-intrusive as possible. I recommend them highly.
- Nancy B....
FS&B RENOVATIONS AND REMODELING LLC
We hired Matt for two separate jobs to be done concurrently. Job 1 was interior work and Job 2 was to design and build a new deck. This is for the interior work, job #1. Job #2 is posted as a separate write-up for decks. The start of the job was to have been in April. The job was in 3 parts. Part 1 was removal of existing carpeting and associated floor base trim. New hardwood floor, purchased by us, was to be installed with associated trim. Painting of the rooms was included as an add-on with no additional cost as this was intended to create an efficient flow of work between the interior work and the deck. The scope was 4 bedrooms, a master closet, hallway, and downstairs family room. 100 feet of flooring was to be added to the master bathroom as composite flooring tiles. Part 2 was removal of 7 single doors and 1 double door, and the installation of new doors provided by us. Trim was to be installed as part of the door installation. Part 3 was re-structure of 2 stairways and hardwood installation on both of them. This included demolition and reconstruction of railing and steps including new hardwood installation. Matt would generally arrive at our house after 9AM. He would sit in his truck anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour before getting his saw and other equipment ready. He would prop open our door and leave it open the entire time he was at the house. This was regardless of whether he was taking a “break” in his truck or actively working. Each day our house would be filled with flies and insects. Generally, he would leave around 2:30 in the afternoon. Attendance was inconsistent. After completing a room, we would not see Matt for several days, if not for a week. In some cases, his trailer stayed in our driveway, other times it would be gone. Communication was fairly non-existent as to what days he would be at our house, and what days he would not. Some days he did not arrive until early afternoon. His cleanup was all over the map. He would pick up debris, but his tools were generally left wherever he last used them unless they were tools such as his saw that was outside. He would store that in our garage even though his trailer was parked in our driveway weeks on end. We found tools lying on the floor, closet, window sill, garage. Our garage is still filled with the sawdust that blew into the garage. The quality of the work is very suspect. For the floors, his cuts are inconsistent. The gaps at the walls in some cases are visible. A door jamb has visible cuts, and several pieces of molding have significant gaps between the molding and the top of the wood flooring. The rail for one of the stairways is not angled properly and is pulling off the wall. Holes drilled into the rail are in some cases mistakes and the holes remain visible to the underside of the rail. On the stairs, the hardwood floor gaps vary step by step. Several of the doors swing open or are difficult to close. The double doors are incomplete. Our first floor flooring is not square. We felt very disrespected that Matt would consider the level of quality in our home to be acceptable. There was also a tendency towards damage. Existing walls were marred from his tools. Newly installed flooring was damaged by his tools. We found over a box of good hardwood flooring thrown in the garage. We found paint on existing floors, new floors, window sills, outlets, switches, etc. The proposed price for the scope of the work was very acceptable. However, we did not get any commitment on timing and this project dragged on for 6 months. We were hit with many excuses as to why Matt could not work for days or a week at a time, yet it appears that he was doing work for other clients at this time. Between this project and the deck, over 90% of the costs were paid to Matt in increments over time prior to completion of the job. Shame on us for giving that level of trust. Matt completed the last room in the house at a point when no one was home. We came home to find him and his trailer gone. His ladders were in our driveway. A pile of rubbish was in our driveway. Over a box of good hardwood flooring was piled up in the garage mixed with various wood debris. His tools were left in our family room, our stairway, and our stairway landing. We did not hear from him for 2 weeks despite email and text messages. At this point in time, there was not one room in the house that was fully completed. Every room either had defects or was incomplete. After 2 weeks we suddenly received a text message asking us whether his wife had been to our house to “explain the circumstances”. The response was no. He wanted to come by on a Sunday to explain it to us. At this point we had no desire for anymore drama and requested an immediate explanatory response. We have not heard from his since. We have since had a professional hardwood installer evaluate the work. We are going to need to rip out both stairs as the wood is poorly cut or improperly installed, with gaps on every step. The gaps and visible cuts will also be fixed. We are able to do this because we have over 15 boxes of leftover hardwood flooring, over $4000 in flooring was leftover due to Matt’s incorrect estimation. We are also forced to hire a trim carpenter to replace the railing on the stairs. We do not know the extent of the additional costs we will incur. One of the railings is in 3 separate pieces. All carpenters have negatively commented on the stair rail not being one continuous piece. Below is a brief description of the pictures we have taken, unfortunately, Angie limits you to 10 photos. We tried to upload those that paint the best picture of what was done. The extent of the poor quality is really hard to believe. Pictures 3873 - non-continuous stair rail 3874 - rail pulling off wall 628 – top of front stairway 630 – top of back stairway 631 – damage from back stairway work 635 – wall damage from back stairway work 674 – unfinished railing 4767 – spackling residue left on new floor 675 – unfinished railing and pulling off wall
- Sara H....
FS&B RENOVATIONS AND REMODELING LLC
We hired Matt for two separate jobs to be done concurrently. Job 1 was interior work and Job 2 was to design and build a new deck. This is for the new deck job, job #2. Job #1 is posted as a separate write-up. The start of the job was to have been in April. The material arrived, but was missing several key pieces of wood. The wood that was delivered occupied our driveway for 3 weeks as we awaited the delivery of the missing wood. Finally, the wood was delivered, but no work was done until well into July. During this time Matt would either work 3-5 hours on the house project or not show up at all. Every absence was accompanied by a new excuse, from injuries, to other customers to car troubles, etc. Meanwhile we were reading reviews of other people for which he was conducting work during that time. Money was requested frequently to buy supplies and the deck was mostly paid for before any work was started. Finally, in July, Matt was directed to not do any work in the house until the deck was done. In 4 days, the deck was completed. We had waited 3 months for a deck that ultimately took 4 days to complete. Before the installation, Matt made comments such as “decks are my bread and butter”. He also stated that he needed to buy a new handrail, as the one he had used in other installations was worn out. Evidently, Matt was installing a required hand rail for previous deck owners and then removing it after the inspection enabling him to re-use it for the next deck installation. We were wary of the rail installation. It was wobbly, did not appear to be sturdy, and our deck is above a walk-out basement, so it is higher than a standard deck. Sure enough, the inspector did not pass the railing nor the hand rail. The hand rail was cited as being too low and also was open ended, thus providing a catch point for a sleeve which could result in a fall. The rail system itself was much more extreme. Many of the rail posts were notch and sitting on top of joists, nailed in place. Per the township inspector, the rails are not to be notched and should have been lagged in place. One side of the deck, the rail posts are sitting on top of the joists and were toe-nailed in place on all four sides of the posts. Upon seeing the red sticker, Matt took it, read it in his truck, then spoke to the inspector. He then drove away with the sticker. At no time after that has Matt discussed the deck. We chose to wait for him to complete the interior work before discussing it with him. 3 weeks ago Matt left our house with his trailer that had been parked in our driveway for the 5-6 months. We emailed him and texted him but received no responses. One week ago, he responded as to whether his wife had stopped by our house to “explain the circumstances”. We responded with no and he suggested he stop by on Sunday. Our response was that we did not want him coming to our house and we wanted an explanation at that moment. We have not heard from him at all. He has completely abandoned both projects unfinished. We are currently having decking specialists look into the work that has to be done to fix our railing. The work will entail removal of the existing railing, some decking, and then a new railing system installed. This appears that it will set us back well over $4,000. This is on top of the $14,000 we had already paid to Matt. Pictures 663 – Post with nails 664 – 2nd post with nails 665 – 3rd post with nails 666 – hand rail
- Sara H....
AProfessional Handyman
Everything went great and the deck and rails look good. I would recommend Don Mayville to do this again to anyone that asks. He was on time and the price never changed and he is very professional in his work.
- James R....
AEF Deering Co
Ed and his team did top shelf work first removing our old decking material, repairing and replacing all previous deck components with new and then installing the Nexan LockDry aluminum decking. Ed and his team were professional, ensuring top quality work with attention to detail. They kept us well informed every step of the way. Not only was he responsive to our calls, he proactively called us to tell us what was happening next and when it would happen. The work was a little more than our budget was ready for, but you absolutely get what you pay for. We wanted quality, and we got it. This was a really nice job.
- Daniel W....
ADeck Expressions
I was given Shawn's name on a neighbor referral, my daughter's deck was in disrepair, 12x20, so after a bid process I hired Shawn to come in recover the deck and replace the railings. I was there working on a garage door and found the door was rotted, so I asked Shawn if he could add it to his current task. He immediately sent someone out for a prehung door and it was installed that afternoon. The quality of the deck, railing and door install was exceptional, the price was very reasonable and the fact he was able to take care of my door problem was extraordinary customer care. I currently have Shawn out to my house to give me some ideas and bid to replace some trim boards. I would recommend him to anyone.
- Gary V....