We interviewed, researched and did due diligence on 8 contractors. Ultimately, ECC was not the cheapest bid we got from the contractors we solicited quotes from, neither were they the most expensive. Bruce Pomazal, owner and project manager was very helpful in showing us where we could save money and why it was important. ECC came in around the same cost as other construction firms we contacted but it was because of Bruce's commitment to help us stay within our budget, his references from other work and how we "felt" about him and his company's abilities that we decided to go with ECC. Initially we worked with a designer (Kryston Design) that ECC has worked with in the past to come up with the layout and architecture of the remodel we wanted. This process took quite a bit of time but in the end, we felt, it was worth the time and effort. Being that this was a major remodel we anticipated it would take several months, in the end, it took 5 and a half months to complete. While the work could have been done a little bit sooner, most of the delays were due to unforeseen things like, an unexpected, improperly decommissioned septic tank in the backyard and inspection times by the city of Tigard. Communication about the ongoing project was good but could have been, at least initially, better. Once we had a meeting with Bruce to discuss some of our frustrations with the lack of communication, things improved. While ECC was the contractor for the work, ultimately, it was our responsibility to oversee the details involved in the work. In hindsight we would have "walked" the measurements we had specified in the plans and been more proactive in some of the oversight of the construction. An example being the canned lighting in the kitchen. The lighting was put in before the kitchen cabinetry and the measurements were off. The lighting had to be removed and repositioned. To ECC's credit, they were very proactive in making sure everything was corrected and to our liking. As with any big project, documentation is important. Most of our communications with ECC were in writing. This was important in understanding what expectations were and what needed to get done. Bruce, along with his onsite manager, Wally, met us at the house weekly to go over the progress of the construction and to document anything that needed to be addressed by ECC or by us, the homeowner. They were also very accommodating in any changes that we had along the way. However, when doing a project such as this it is important to remember, contractors "live" for change orders and they can get owners way off budget. While we had a few change orders, ultimately we were, with the assistance from Bruce and Wally, ever mindful of any changes to the original plans and kept them to a minimum. Contractors will do whatever you want done...for a price. We made a commitment, from the start, to put into the contract everything we could anticipate needing to be done so that we did not have to have too many change orders. Overall, we are quite pleased with the attentiveness that ECC gave to our project and we love the final product. Keeping with the aesthetics of the original design, we were quite pleased with the look and feel of the house on completion. Having heard the many horror stories of construction and contractors, we are quite happy that, in the end, we had few if any "issues" and have a well remodeled home. If we ever need any other construction done to our home ECC will be the first, and possibly only, contractor we call.