We have owned three homes in 35 years, so I've had my fair share of dealing with all different kinds of contractors -- carpenters, electricians, plumbers, remodelers, builders, etc. -- and I have my fair share of horror stories. Anyone who has had to deal with contractors knows that it's largely one big headache, and that there are a whole bunch of unscrupulous ones out there. This project was a 4-week, full gut of the bathroom attached to the master bedroom, including structural changes, and I have to say it was the least painful contractor-related experience I've ever had. Chad Wildern (President and owner of Meadow Ridge) was a pleasure to work with. He's very accommodating, honest, forthright, punctual, respectful of other's property, and talented in the construction trade. He showed up every morning at the appointed time (usually 8 a.m.), carefully covered the floors and any affected furniture with drop cloths, and did it whether it was he or a subcontractor doing the work that day. Chad was *on the job* every single morning, regardless of who was doing the work that day. He kept a close eye on all of his subs, making sure that their work was performed according to his standards, and that there were no shortcuts being taken. He was extremely attentive to details, often making suggestions to improve the overall outcome of the project, and was careful to discuss each phase of the project with me before it began and while it was in progress. (He even made cost-cutting suggestions!) If he didn't think something was going to work the way I was anticipating, he didn't hesitate to tell me and explain why. He's an excellent communicator. Even though I consider myself to be a "stickler for details" and do not hesitate to voice concerns to make sure everyone's all on the same page, Chad was always 2 or 3 steps ahead of me; he's really a pro. At the end of each day, whether or not he performed work that day or it was a sub working, Chad was there to inspect the progress, collect all of the drop cloths and make sure everything was cleaned up. One of the best parts of working with Chad is that I always knew what I was paying for: his contract is very clear, specific, and forthright; you know exactly what you're paying for materials, labor, and his construction management fee. There is no guessing, no feeling of being nickel-and-dimed to death. Structural changes included the removal of a ceiling bulkhead that ran above the sink and linen cabinet, as well as above the shower area, electrical changes, and appropriate added insulation. We now have a new vanity, sink, toilet, floor-to-ceiling ceramic tile shower, ceramic tile floor, new light and wall fixtures, and an all-glass Euro shower door/wall. (*Love* it, and no, it doesn't leak!) We have gone from an early 1960's blue-everything (sink/ toilet/ shower tiles), dark, icky, scuzzy bathroom to a light, bright, airy, visually-much-larger bathroom that makes me smile whenever I go in there. I absolutely *love* it; it's everything I had imagined and more. As I told my husband, it's actually my favorite room in the house!