Recent Review: We went with Alex Freddi for our kitchen remodel because of his high ratings on Angie?s List, and we were not disappointed. Alex truly is a dream contractor: He knows his stuff, he listens and communicates well, he has the respect of his crew and subcontractors, and he is a wonderful human being with a great deal of personal integrity. From our first exploratory meeting with Alex, it was clear that he would be easy to communicate with. We had a productive discussion, he listened to us, he thought things through, and he made some insightful recommendations. He demonstrated a perfect balance of being able and willing to offer suggestions and explain the pros and cons, but then always leaving the decision up to the client. These qualities continued throughout the job. Pretty much everything went smoothly in this project ? which is saying something, because it was fairly complicated: a full kitchen remodel in a small space (in an old house) that posed some constraints and did not allow much room for error. Most of the day-to-day work was done by assistants Mike and Kyle, who were both terrific ? good carpenters and very friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Alex came by frequently, was always available by phone or email, and did not hesitate to get his hands dirty and go to work on something himself when it was needed. Midway through our project Alex suffered a soccer injury that normally confines most people to home for many weeks. Yet he managed a speedy recovery and soon was driving himself to our place and would hobble up to the door on crutches to check in, when we and his crew fully expected he should have been back home in bed! His commitment to his work and his clients really shined through during this time. One aspect of Alex?s policy that many people will appreciate is that he is willing to leave much of the purchasing of materials up to the client. This means you are not paying him a contractor?s markup on these items. In addition, you save still more money because he allows you to use his contractor?s discount when you purchase the materials. Between these two policies, the client can save many hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. And this actually does NOT mean more time investment for the client. In our previous remodel of other areas of our house, we bought many materials through the contractor for that job, paying a markup, but still had to invest all our time up front to research and select items ? AND then had to deal with the fallout when that contractor made mistakes in ordering. In contrast, with Alex?s approach, you invest little or no extra time, but save much money and gain the peace of mind that you?ll get exactly the items that you want. With our kitchen project, we had elected at the outset to have the cabinets and countertop installed by a cabinet company. Alex responded very professionally, telling us that this would complicate things slightly and that he would feel better about being responsible for the installation himself, but letting us make the decision and saying that he was open to coordinating with any other contractor. Well, the one aspect of the job where we departed from working with Alex was the one aspect where things went awry. We experienced a number of problems with the cabinet company (covered in a separate Angie?s List report), and this meant that we had to ask Alex for some flexibility as certain stages of his work had to wait for the cabinets and countertop to be completed. Speaking of flexibility, I?ll say one more thing in praise of Alex and his crew. They were very flexible and accommodating as new things came up during the project. We modified some of our requests, and they made a few discoveries during demo and construction, and in all instances we discussed things and worked out a solution. They were happy to install a beadboard ceiling in the room adjacent to the kitchen, for instance ? something that had not been in the original plan. In sum, we are very happy with our new kitchen, and we?d give Alex Freddi the highest recommendation possible.