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"Anyone needing an amazing contractor?
and his crack team can do just about anything (large or small) and do it well and on budget. On top" of that, he is a real pleasure to work with and communicates beautifully. It was my lucky day when my neighbor recommended
for my miscellaneous punchlist to get the Redwood House ready for listing. From our first walkthrough to toasting the finished job,
just "gets it." I could not be happier. http://www.mcclellandbuilt.com/ or call him! 916-790-7535.

-Shannon K.

"We have been in our house in Leimert Park for 25 years. We had done essential repairs to our only bathroom over the years but we knew that, eventually, it would" need a total remodel. We dreaded this because of the mess, inconvenience (think port-o-potty!), and just the hassle of dealing with a contractor and subcontractors. We recently finally made the decision to do the remodel. We got the names of three top rated contractors from Angie’s List and proceeded to arrange interviews. We were so impressed with our first interview that we went no further and cancelled the other interviews. The company we chose was
owned by contractor
. His estimator,
, was respectful, clear, and had a can-do attitude.
himself was to be in charge of our job.
is old world and old school. He is a man of integrity and a man of his word. He has 40 years of experience in construction with the knowledge, skills, and connections that go with it. He has built many houses and does extensive commercial work as well. Yet he welcomed our comparatively small job. He knew it was a “big deal” for us and as he said, “Big jobs
’t come every day and I want to keep my guys working.” Speaking of his guys, what a great crew! From his own employees to his subcontractors, each was very experienced and competent. Many have been with him for decades. He speaks proudly of having second-generation workers who he has known since infancy. He has helped several employees progress from laborers to fully licensed contractors in their own right.
was with us every step of our job as one trade after another worked on our bathroom. He was readily available by text and phone to troubleshoot and to answer questions. There weren’t any real hiccups with our job. It proceeded ahead of schedule. Our bathroom turned out beautifully and exceeded our expectations. Yes, it was an onerous process to
our only bathroom for several weeks, but
and his crew made the process as smooth and quick as possible.
says he has no plans to retire anytime soon, but if you have any home renovations planned for the future, our advice is to get on
’s schedule now.
’t wait and
out on having him as your contractor. He is a gem and we are so fortunate to have found him. He can be reached at 323-874-0764.

-Connie V.

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Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).

For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
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Home Building reviews in Saraland


Quoted a very, very high price that was problem 50% more than
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. Our fault we didn't shop it (having a baby at the time).
Really cruddy work. Big problem with shower drainage 2 years later that resulted in $20k of damage. Plumber couldn't believe what he saw. Totally unresponsive when we contacted. Other corners cut.
Beer cans on site so likely the crew was half in the can.
Overall a bad experience.
- Diana C.

Exterior Painting: The quality was BAD. First,
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's definition of "power washing" was a special hose nossel (and not a real power washer - like the one I own). I told him he can use my power washer, and he said that was not necessarily. I should have walked right then (but he was recommended!!!). I got on the roof, looked on top of posts (coming out of the home), and other areas.... all of these areas had NO PAINT AT ALL. The paint quality on the window panes were bad and peeled within 6 months! They had to come by on multiple days and the "lead painter" didn't check the workmanship - I had to do this! Because he put HOLE in our screens, I made him rescreen the ones he damaged (and paid for the rest to be rescreened). He returns all of the screens distorted. Apparently, he pulled the mesh too tight and bowed the screens. His reply was "your screen frames are broken." After I send him pictures of the screens installed (showing the frames bowed into the center of the window),
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said "Ill return half of your money." Exactly one year to date, no check has appeared. I spent $4k on this project and this is a big cluster mess! I WOULD NEVER USE OR RECOMMEND
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- mark A.

We are very pleased with the workmanship and service of
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& Marble. They did the template and within just over a week the granite we chose was installed with precision and excellence. They took care of a small issue we had with promptness
quality, service and respectful understanding. The price and quality was excellent and
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took care to ensure we were satisfied to the fullest. We would certainly recommend this company to anyone seeking new countertops.
- Philip P.

That being said. Mr.
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never showed up before 930 once and even after he did I would find the job site littered with beer cans on a nightly basis. He did not return any texts calls or emails. It took him ten months to finish a 7 month (as quoted by him!!) house. His phone seemed to only work when he wanted money. And he was verbally and physically abusive to outside contractors that were hired by me.
That's it tried to keep it short civil and to the point.
- John S.

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did a great job with the masonry work we needed done in our house. He worked with our budget and got our job done in a timely manner. He did excellent work! We would definitely use him for future projects and we highly recommend him!
- christy O.

Despite the recommendations from three other contractors he set the foundation at least 4 inches too low and the shop floods. I did not know the potential consequences of him working 'time and materials' and I agreed to it. What I found out is that it leaves me with few legal options for redress for his sub-standard work. He always claimed to be trying to save me money, but he went $50,000 over my maximum budget and every time we sat down to work out the projected costs, he made it look as if we were on budget. He rarely supervised his workers onsite, often telling me he was saving me money, as his hourly was more. But this actually meant that when the workers made mistakes, I was charged time and materials as they fixed them. But they did not always fix them. Materials were wasted, wood, nails, tools. They broke my personal items and left dents and holes in existing structures. When I attempted to discuss my concerns, he often said "no good
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goes unpunished". He would get quite offended that I did not appreciate all that he was supposedly doing for me. He frequently enticed me with promises of surplus materials he had available that would save me money. As far as I can tell none of these promises materialized, and he cost me a great deal more than the project should have. The final straw was when he had to replace my kitchen floor and he knew I had a hard deadline to be back into it, and he started another job before finishing my kitchen. He never took responsibility for any of his errors and blamed me for any difficulties. I have had trouble finding contractors to finish the work because when they see his work they want nothing to do with the project. I will say now that I finished the workshop myself, it is beautiful.
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's timber frame is beautiful--after I spent 2 weeks sanding off the oily finger prints of his workers from the wood panel walls. Last winter there was frost on the inside wall of the shop when the room was kept a 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When I told him about it his response was "you had plenty of time before the walls were put in to inspect the insulation. You should have noticed it then." He was charging me 10% markup on subcontractors and was the general contractor. I had not realized that I needed a project inspector as well. When he was asked to leave the site, my small extension ladder and a heavy duty extension chord disappeared as well. I do not know where they went. The monthly bills lacked detail and obscured what hours I was being billed for and what materials went into what parts. Even when I asked for a very specific tally of which worker worked on what and where, all I got was a spreadsheet with the materials and hour totals for each day. There were at least three times I was told someone was working at the
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shop 'finishing up the cabinets", but then I was told they were not finished yet. Workers often showed up after 8:15 and I was never able to determine if I was being charged for travel time.
- Sandra-Leigh S.

`If you have ever had a remodeling project, or lived through a construction project, you probably know that communication is probably the most important aspect of ensuring customer satisfaction. We have had previous renovations which failed on many counts, but communication was probably one of the biggest complaints. Let me say that
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Bros absolutely excels in communication. This is probably one of the biggest reasons that we chose them, and one of the biggest reasons why we would recommend them. Not only is
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a proponent of communication but so is his staff. They always respond in timely manner and pay attention to the questions that you have. They are honest, up-front and timely with regard to communication.
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's administrative staff, such as
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, are incredibly helpful in coordinating activities. They helped us pick out all of our fixtures and appliances. They were also amazing in coordinating any problem-solving that was required. I particularly like the fact that they gave us optionality... that is, they informed us on situations where we could choose to spend a few dollars more (or not) and what we got (or not) if chose to do so (e.g. insulation, heating systems, etc.). My previous contractor was so adherent to budget that he would be blind to giving us optionality. It doesn't hurt to tell people what they could choose to do or not do. Also, I would say that
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Bros does not try to nickel and dime you. When you are spending significant money on a big project, they want to ensure that you are getting a product that meets your satisfaction, and therefore, they willl work with you on work-order changes, modifications, etc.
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Bros stresses professionalism.
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insists that his staff is polite and attentive. His people respect the fact that they are in your home. He makes sure that they clean-up the work site and that they are respectful of neighbors.
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is a Marine, and he runs his operation with military precision. You can tell that he is a natural leader.
On execution of the project, I would say that there were so many obstacles dealt to the
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Bros team. It was the worst snowfall in decades. Also, our previous contractor (for an addition) screwed up so many infrastructure matters. And finally, we had at the token problems with the building department. Despite this adversity,
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Bros delivered in a professional, high quality, and timely fashion. They went above and beyond in correcting the problems that our previous contractor had left us with.
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were so helpful in getting through this project. At the end, they worked around the clock to get us back in the house before our rental house agreement was up. We will probably never know all the small details they did to help with that. Even on move back in date,
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was here and helped us problem solve moving some furniture back in. Additionally, they continued to communicate with us when the job was done. There were a few things that we wanted to follow-up on when the job was finished.
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and staff were very attentive to our questions and needs even after the job was done.
On the finish product, I am very satisfied. We worried that the house was going to look too boxy or look like a McMansion. It is neither of those. It looks fantastic on the inside and out. Our neighbors have come by to ask us, "who did this project?" We are very satisfied with product. We could have opted to move to a different location to get a house that met our needs, but we love our neighborhood and wanted something that would meet our space needs but maintain compatibility with neighborhood. I'm very satisfied with
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Bros' product. I love this house.
In summary, I would highly recommend
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Bros as a general contractor.

- Jesse S.

It went well. The exterior door frame looks brand new. The side of the house looks great. Bronz Home Builders Inc did an excellent job.
- Rena N.

Home Builders in Saraland, AL

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Aiken Design

PO Box 1398

American Alarm

5177 Stewart St

Apex Roofing and Construction

5800 Henderson Rd



Beach N Bay Inc

24695 Canal Rd
Orange Beach

Ben Murphy Company

12730 County Road 65

C And M Glass

3915 Saint Stephens Rd

Castlebury Homes


Central Services

21883 State Hwy 181

Charlie's Construction

4301 Huntsville rd.

CMC Contracting Services LLC

9055 Gayfer Rd Ext





Crocker Construction

18064 Harry Jones Road

Crow Builders Inc. Remodeling and Flooring

2700 McFarland Circle

Cutting Edge Construction

804 Michigan Ave

Day's Home Improvement

20079 Co Rd 13

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dive Pros

7203 W Highway 98

Dixon Homes & Interiors, LLC

P.O. Box 6000
Gulf Shores



E.L. Love Construction, Inc.

30849 Cedar St


28250 US HIGHWAY 98





Faith Electric Inc

9797 Bettys Wy

Fantasy Flooring and Tile Design LLC

11035 Diana Estates Dr., South

First Choice Roofing & Restoration

102 Briar Cliff Cr.

Flemming Builders

862 N Palafox St

FMC Mobile

12041 West Oak Court



Frostholm Construction llc

6384 Bayfront Dr



Gary Powers Dev, Inc

24257 County Rd. 55

GFY Construction LLC

81 Marina Cove Dr



Gotta Go Portables

4900 Hamilton Blvd



Gray's Fine Finishing

P.O.Box 65

Habitat Mobile Al

PO Box 16422




6900 Lakeshore Dr
Gulf Shores

Jubilee Commercial Cleaning

8124 Pecan Court

Kaiser Pools

State Hwy 104




406 B Pine Avenue


321 OLD HWY 43

Koby Construction

2154 Old Government St

L A Builders LLC.

8520 Merger Rd



Legacy Homes & Construction LLC

3411 Longview Road S

Lindsay Builders Inc.

4028 Highland Boulevard

Locklier Builders Inc.

7310 Vickers Ln

Lowery Roofing

5317 Rowe Trl



Mels Remodeling LLC

4025 Young Ave Unit C

Mike Motes Builders, LLC

4164 Huckleberry Finn Rd

Mobile Wall Works

1613 University Blvd South





New Life Builders

24025 Miflin Rd


11700 Plaza American Dr

Omega Construction & Design Inc

2880 Gulf Breeze Pkwy




POBOX 4064
Orange Beach

Phillip Vlahos Homes

PO Box 2919
Orange Beach



Professional Remodeling & Handyman Services

8161 Eunice Circle North

Provo Construction Inc

1555 Ocean Breeze Ln

Randy Broadway, Inc Builders

P.O. Box 247



Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Requena Framing

14272 george younce rd

Requenna Framing

14272 george younce rd


3666 Walther Drive
Gulf Shores

Roads Inc Of N W F

106 Stone Blvd

Rolyn Companies

561 Thornton Road

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Scogin Construction

1409 Pine Needle Ct

SmithCo LLC

5427 Henning Dr. W

Southeast Plumbing and Leak Detection LLC

19940 State Highway 181

Southern States Plumbing

17927 Samantha Drive

Southern Trade Home Builders

5628 Ponte Verde Rd

Southern Trade Home Builders

5628 Ponte Verde Rd

Tierce Construction Inc

3914 Ashley Dr



TJM Construction

11959 Barin Field Road



Triumph Homes Inc.

2295 Turtle Creek Lane East







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