Recent Review: The basement, and my bar in particular is absolutely amazing. It all turned out so much better than I had hoped. I met with four different contractors. Al was the last person I met with, and frankly, my wife and I had already decided on another contractor but kept the appointment we had made with Al to be polite. Al blew both of us away with his thoroughness on the proposal. The others were not willing to do certain things (flooring, for example), or had proposals filled with variables. One, that is also a highly rated company here on Angie's List, emailed me a proposal that was a pre-printed form with a bunch of checkboxes on it, and wasn't even willing to come out and explain it in person. Anyway, after Al went over his proposal and left. my wife and I looked at each other and said "OK, he wins". Due to the financing I was using, construction didn't begin for several months. Al was great - the financing I used (203K rehab loan) required him to take on some financial burden than he normally wouldn't have, but it all worked out great. I was a bit naive when the project started - I incorrectly assumed that they did one project at a time, so I'd see them all day, every day, from start to finish. As I said - Al is a popular guy, and had many jobs going on at the same time. After a week or two, I got used to the schedule. There would be flurries of activity, with some down time in between. There were some delays when the bar construction started, partly because of changes that Al and I came up with, and partly because he is juggling multiple projects and can't be on any one site day after day. I was OK with the delays because I could see the quality of construction I was getting - I'll wait an extra month if it means getting exactly what I want. We got to know all of the crew over the Summer. Al, Mike, Lance, and Roger were great, we were completely comfortable giving them access to the house - they came and went as needed. Anyway, completely satisfied. If I can figure out how to attach some photos, they will say more than I can in 10000 characters..... Al is really a master craftsman, and a perfectionist. Because of that, he is also very busy. Every stick of wood in my bar was custom cut by him. I learned a lot about cabinet making by watching his progress (mostly that I made the right decision to NOT attempt to do it myself).