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.