Recent Review: Walter had completed two previous jobs in our neighborhood which we had seen and liked.. We asked him for an estimate and when he would be available to paint our house. The house has siding on the upper floors on an exposed basement of concrete blocks. We inherited the house from family members, and it had been many years since any painting had been done--leaving much peeling paint, clinging Virginia creeper and ivy. Walter promptly provided a detailed estimate of the work to be performed and the expected costs in paint, supplies, and labor. He was able to begin work within 10 days, thereby fitting into our scheduled summer events for which we wanted the house freshly painted. There were two days of bad weather during the work, but Walter made up the time and finished ahead of schedule. Several remarkable incidents occurred during the time he and his helper were here. While Walter was on the roof painting the chimney, he noticed a small space that had created the very beginning of a leak inside. He offered to get the materials to repair the small hole, which he did that day. We assumed there would be an additional charge for this valuable piece of preventive maintenance, but he charged nothing for it. In addition, the new shutters were several days late in arriving, and painting them on our property would have required work in a new week. Then rain began to pour down. Walter said he would take the shutters to his home and paint them there over the weekend, in spite of the rain. The shutters were installed right on schedule, perfectly painted. We had originally selected two shades of the same color, and were undecided as to which one would be best. Walter got both colors, and painted large swathes of one side of the house for us to see the two colors side by side. The large sample areas made it easy to choose, once we saw them in several light conditions. We have owned and maintained several houses in the past 30 years, and in all that time we have never worked with anyone we would recommend more highly than Walter Castillo, a fine craftsman and perfect gentleman.