Recent Review: Mr. Jon Paulson, proprietor of JP Construction, was immediately responsive to our inquiry. He visited us the following day and provided knowledgeable advice about the problem, about the dwindling supply of Masonite siding and the difficulty of matching our smooth surfaced 'colonial' style siding. We discussed 'spot' repairs, replacement of Masonite with Hardi siding on that wall, and exterior painting either only of that area or or the entire exterior. The day following our discussion he provided a detailed bid for each of the components discussed and told us that he had located a source of Masonite siding. He also provided a full page of references, including both corporate clients and individuals -- perhaps 20 in all -- as well as a link to his firm's listings at the Better Business Bureau and Angie's List. I later telephoned to ask about the possibility of replacing all exterior Masonite siding with Hardi siding; he scheduled a brief visit the following day to calculate the square footage that would be required and submitted an augmented bid by e-mail that included this approach. During his second visit he offered to quote on sealing and painting our wooden deck; I decided not to do so at this time. His bids included a 10% Angie's List discount. We contracted with JP Construction on April 11 for repair of the affected area with Masonite-type siding, which he had located, as well as full painting of all exterior surfaces (the house is about 60% brick clad, with most siding in the rear of the residence). The bid specifically included other minor repairs where siding or door frames were showing signs of wood rot. Mr. Paulson scheduled the job the following week, beginning on April 18. He arrived with a foreman and two workers promptly at 8:30 a.m., reviewed the job with them and us and left his foreman in charge of the work. The team worked efficiently, paid attention to our concerns, and did quality work. The job included pressure washing of all surfaces and materials, removal of damaged siding and attendant downspout, spot repairs, caulking and sealing of all siding new and old, reinstallation of the downspout, hand painting two coats of paint on trim, frames, downspouts, soffits and fascia, then spray painting of garage door, chimney and all siding. The foreman matched the exterior color exactly. The team cleaned up at the end of each day and stacked and stored their tools, ladders and supplies. They were careful to preserve existing plants and vegetation. The foreman kept us informed throughout the process.