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Corey L. Seiler New Construction and Renovations
Business Description: For over 14 years we've been providing general construction service to all central Pennsylvania. Free contract bids for any size job. Our services include new construction, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodel, rough framing, masonry, plumbing, electrical work, roofing, siding, drywall, interior and exterior finishing, custom closets and built-ins, garage remodels, man caves, mother in law quarters.
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KLA Construction Inc
Business Description: We have 20 employees, and each of our projects are assigned a project manager in addition to a lead carpenter to manage your project from start to finish. Additional Contact: 724-537-3858
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White Hat Construction
Recent Review: White Hat was very professional and timely in their work.  The finished product is beautiful.
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Stiner Woodworks
Recent Review: The contractor that did the work on our house was responsible for putting in new wood trim around our new windows as part of his overall estimate.  He obtained the woodworker, Mr. Stiner,  for us.  We had heard nothing but good things about his work and his perfectionism.  While showing him the work that needed done on our windows, we decided to have extra trim put in the rooms, which would be at our expense and not the contractors.  We also had a more expensive trim put around the windows, with us agreeing to pay the difference between the standard trim and the more detailed trim.  But the contractor was to incur the basic installation charge.  We got an estimate for the entire job.  A few times Mr Stiner did not show up when expected, so I placed calls to get a definite scheduled date of arrival.  When he did arrive with a crew of workers, they stayed until the job was done.  The work appeared to be done nicely, but upon inspection of the windows, I noticed gaps between the wood trim and the window frame on several windows.  Two of the windows had gaps as much as a half inch or more.  I telephoned him to ask why the trim was not placed flush against the wall and he stated because of the way the windows were put in.  I said it was not acceptable and wanted that gap filled in.  He stated that it would simply take too long and be too expensive to eliminate the gap and that no one would notice it anyway, being that it was up so high.  I said I would know and wanted something put in there.  I assumed this expense should go to the contractor as he was the one that put the windows in.  He stated he would return to put some spacers in.  I also stated that one board was missed being nailed down, as well as multiple nail holes were not filled in.  They returned to fill in the nail holes and nail down the missed board, as well as check out the spacing and decide how it could be fixed.  After they left, and upon inspecting the nail holes, I noticed satin "swipe" marks on the glossy trim.  I called him back to ask him what those marks were.  He stated when they filled in the nail holes, the crew did not wipe the excess filler off and it could be removed with oil.  I stated we wanted all those wiped off.   It was several weeks to months before he returned to put the fillers behind the window trim, as well as to remove the "swipe" marks off the trim.  I was at work when most of this was done.  Upon returning home, I inspected the windows and the nail holes.  The gaps behind the window trim was not filled in and some of the swipe marks were still left on the trim.  The one was in a big archway and is very noticable when walking by.  I did not call him back and was very disappointed with the service he provided.  The work looks beautiful when you first see it, but when you look closely on several areas, you can see it wasn't done the way it should have been.
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Loebrich Contracting Inc
Recent Review: Loebrich's employees were prompt and very professional. The workers over all the projects were very professional in their work. Also, with the employees all being employed but Loebrich and not sub contracted you had the same guys everyday.
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Finishers LLC
Recent Review: We were presented with a challenging and unique project that needed just the right fit. In general it was a man cave basement (including small bath, kitchenette) refurb, with some interesting challenges. My only regret is not calling Finishers sooner. I wasted a lot of time getting bids/opinions from at least a half-dozen contractors before going with Finishers. This was helpful in a sense because I learned a lot, and learned about a number of approaches. But it also would have been good to get Damon in early. Ultimately we decided to go with Damon's crew because a) we had worked with them before*, and b) they could start almost immediately. Many other contractors said it would be weeks before they could start, or that they would make us their rainy day project. I did not want that. I also had some folks that were wishy washy on how they'd approach things, or what the numbers would be. Damon was very direct and realistic about everything. *(This was actually the second time we used Finishers for a project. About two years ago, Finishers redid the walls in our old dining room at our previous home. For that job, they did demolition, sheetrock, primer and painting.) Why didn't I call them first? Part of it was just thinking of them as only painters or wall construction. But they do a lot more. So that is lesson learned number #1 - call early. Prior to Finishers coming in, our plumber removed some baseboard heating, we installed a sump pump, and my regular electrician did some preliminary work. We did most of our own demolition, removing sheet rock and exposing walls down to block. This necessitated changing the outline of the ceiling in one place, and pulling other parts of the ceiling down. It would be Finisher's job to put everything back together and get the space livable again. Finishers prepped our basement walls and framed out new walls, and almost everything paint ready by the end of the first week. The important walls - where baseboard heating would be put back by our plumber -  were done, and we met our deadline to coordinate with the plumber. However, a couple of the other areas needed some touch-up before they could be painted. We ended up doing a bit more sanding ourselves than I would have liked.  My wife doesn't mind painting, but she has asthma and tends to take on a bit more than she can manage sometimes. On top of this, we both came down with sinus colds the week the remainder of the painting was to be completed (by us). So we had some extra delays there. The baseboard heating went back (by the plumber - separate company) but we actually need to take the bathroom sink back out to paint properly. That will be this weekend's project. The lesson here is simple: let Finishers do everything, especially the painting. They take much more pride in it than the average home owner would, and they know the ropes. I kind of feel bad that our paint job doesn't live up to what they would have done. I am very picky about electrical work, and have used only Long Electric for a number of years now. But Finishers noted the electrical plans and said they could do that as well. This saved me from having to coordinate with my electrician.  In terms of plumbing, we already had that farmed out, but Damon was willing to work that in if needed. I think going with our main plumber was the right thing to do considering our timeline and complexity, but Finishers will likely be helping with some smaller projects. Overall this was a very complex project with many twists and turns, and added frustrations that had nothing to do with contractors or the work itself. Finishers responded well to the challenges, my own quirks, and kept me informed every step of the way. They care about quality of work. Pricing was reasonable, the crew was respectable and I am glad to have them as part of our team. They are going to come back for some other work soon. The ceiling turned out to be more than we could handle, and it will be a separate job. I would recommend them to anyone.

Reviews in Ickesburg Man Caves

AWhite Hat Construction
White Hat was very professional and timely in their work.  The finished product is beautiful.
- Andrew K....
CStiner Woodworks
The contractor that did the work on our house was responsible for putting in new wood trim around our new windows as part of his overall estimate.  He obtained the woodworker, Mr. Stiner,  for us.  We had heard nothing but good things about his work and his perfectionism.  While showing him the work that needed done on our windows, we decided to have extra trim put in the rooms, which would be at our expense and not the contractors.  We also had a more expensive trim put around the windows, with us agreeing to pay the difference between the standard trim and the more detailed trim.  But the contractor was to incur the basic installation charge.  We got an estimate for the entire job.  A few times Mr Stiner did not show up when expected, so I placed calls to get a definite scheduled date of arrival.  When he did arrive with a crew of workers, they stayed until the job was done.  The work appeared to be done nicely, but upon inspection of the windows, I noticed gaps between the wood trim and the window frame on several windows.  Two of the windows had gaps as much as a half inch or more.  I telephoned him to ask why the trim was not placed flush against the wall and he stated because of the way the windows were put in.  I said it was not acceptable and wanted that gap filled in.  He stated that it would simply take too long and be too expensive to eliminate the gap and that no one would notice it anyway, being that it was up so high.  I said I would know and wanted something put in there.  I assumed this expense should go to the contractor as he was the one that put the windows in.  He stated he would return to put some spacers in.  I also stated that one board was missed being nailed down, as well as multiple nail holes were not filled in.  They returned to fill in the nail holes and nail down the missed board, as well as check out the spacing and decide how it could be fixed.  After they left, and upon inspecting the nail holes, I noticed satin "swipe" marks on the glossy trim.  I called him back to ask him what those marks were.  He stated when they filled in the nail holes, the crew did not wipe the excess filler off and it could be removed with oil.  I stated we wanted all those wiped off.   It was several weeks to months before he returned to put the fillers behind the window trim, as well as to remove the "swipe" marks off the trim.  I was at work when most of this was done.  Upon returning home, I inspected the windows and the nail holes.  The gaps behind the window trim was not filled in and some of the swipe marks were still left on the trim.  The one was in a big archway and is very noticable when walking by.  I did not call him back and was very disappointed with the service he provided.  The work looks beautiful when you first see it, but when you look closely on several areas, you can see it wasn't done the way it should have been.
- Kathy P....
ALoebrich Contracting Inc
Loebrich's employees were prompt and very professional. The workers over all the projects were very professional in their work. Also, with the employees all being employed but Loebrich and not sub contracted you had the same guys everyday.
- Ron G....
AFinishers LLC
We were presented with a challenging and unique project that needed just the right fit. In general it was a man cave basement (including small bath, kitchenette) refurb, with some interesting challenges. My only regret is not calling Finishers sooner. I wasted a lot of time getting bids/opinions from at least a half-dozen contractors before going with Finishers. This was helpful in a sense because I learned a lot, and learned about a number of approaches. But it also would have been good to get Damon in early. Ultimately we decided to go with Damon's crew because a) we had worked with them before*, and b) they could start almost immediately. Many other contractors said it would be weeks before they could start, or that they would make us their rainy day project. I did not want that. I also had some folks that were wishy washy on how they'd approach things, or what the numbers would be. Damon was very direct and realistic about everything. *(This was actually the second time we used Finishers for a project. About two years ago, Finishers redid the walls in our old dining room at our previous home. For that job, they did demolition, sheetrock, primer and painting.) Why didn't I call them first? Part of it was just thinking of them as only painters or wall construction. But they do a lot more. So that is lesson learned number #1 - call early. Prior to Finishers coming in, our plumber removed some baseboard heating, we installed a sump pump, and my regular electrician did some preliminary work. We did most of our own demolition, removing sheet rock and exposing walls down to block. This necessitated changing the outline of the ceiling in one place, and pulling other parts of the ceiling down. It would be Finisher's job to put everything back together and get the space livable again. Finishers prepped our basement walls and framed out new walls, and almost everything paint ready by the end of the first week. The important walls - where baseboard heating would be put back by our plumber -  were done, and we met our deadline to coordinate with the plumber. However, a couple of the other areas needed some touch-up before they could be painted. We ended up doing a bit more sanding ourselves than I would have liked.  My wife doesn't mind painting, but she has asthma and tends to take on a bit more than she can manage sometimes. On top of this, we both came down with sinus colds the week the remainder of the painting was to be completed (by us). So we had some extra delays there. The baseboard heating went back (by the plumber - separate company) but we actually need to take the bathroom sink back out to paint properly. That will be this weekend's project. The lesson here is simple: let Finishers do everything, especially the painting. They take much more pride in it than the average home owner would, and they know the ropes. I kind of feel bad that our paint job doesn't live up to what they would have done. I am very picky about electrical work, and have used only Long Electric for a number of years now. But Finishers noted the electrical plans and said they could do that as well. This saved me from having to coordinate with my electrician.  In terms of plumbing, we already had that farmed out, but Damon was willing to work that in if needed. I think going with our main plumber was the right thing to do considering our timeline and complexity, but Finishers will likely be helping with some smaller projects. Overall this was a very complex project with many twists and turns, and added frustrations that had nothing to do with contractors or the work itself. Finishers responded well to the challenges, my own quirks, and kept me informed every step of the way. They care about quality of work. Pricing was reasonable, the crew was respectable and I am glad to have them as part of our team. They are going to come back for some other work soon. The ceiling turned out to be more than we could handle, and it will be a separate job. I would recommend them to anyone.
- Jeremy D....
ALoebrich Contracting Inc
I would like to say that Loebrich Contracting is an excellent business to deal with. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a good quality and honest improvement made to their home. I have never felt at any time that I paid for something that I didn't get. I hope they are around for a long time to come. I know I'm going to need their help again.
- William K....