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  • A
    WRIGHT SIGNATURE HOMES LTD
    My husband and I hired Wright Signature Homes, and the owner, Bob Gunn, did a great job. The project was largely on time thanks for his excellent project management, despite several unexpected "surprises" when we opened up the walls of our very old home. Bob was very reasonable throughout the project, understanding our need to keep costs down and working with us to find good solutions to the various issues that arose. Bob also pushed back on his subs on our behalf when they made a mistake as is inevitable for a project of this size. Bob was extremely responsive, professional, honest, and personable. There was one time that I tracked mud into the house by accident after we'd moved back in, and he actually swept it up before I got to it. He even bought a couple of small rugs for our entryways to keep his guys from tracking mud throughout the house. He thought of everything and was extraordinarily contentious about minimizing stress and inconvenience for the homeowners. The finished project looks and feels wonderful--we're just so happy with our house, which Bob made truly our home. And, best of all, everything is really finished. We had spoken to numerous people before beginning construction, and almost everyone had a story about how their project got to 95-98% or so done, and then the contractor just moved on. Not Wright Signature Homes, Bob got the whole punch list done and continued to be responsive to any additional issues that popped up as the addition/reno "seasons" over the winter. We highly recommend Wright Signature Homes and would definitely hire Bob again (the company's email is wrightsignaturehomes@comcast.net).
    - Michelle M.
  • A
    Mid Coast Home Services
    I've been using these guys for just about everything I need done around the house, and I would never use anyone else. They've helped me with everything from plumbing problems to renovating my master bathroom, and just about everything else that has ever come up around the house. Exceptionally friendly and professional, they have my full trust that the work will get done well and on time. Highly recommended
    - Nick B.
  • F
    Koziura Construction LLC
    We recently purchased a home with a large, ground-floor extension built by Koziura Construction (which was verified by the selling Agent/homeowner). The new-build extension was only approximately 4 years old at the time of our purchase but our home inspection flagged several issues with the construction quality, including some structural issues that we initially thought would be relatively easy to fix, such as having to rebuild a support wall in the basement (and for which we estimated would cost $10,000). We did go ahead with the purchase (so yes, buyer beware). However, we were absolutely floored when our structural repair contractor uncovered the extent of the situation (after opening up some holes in the ceiling and walls of the new structure). We had two independent structural engineers assess the situation to confirm what needed to be done. There were two missing structural beams (where clearly indicated on architectural plans), absolutely no joist hangers, and lots of careless carpentry (for example, a sill plate was cut for new plumbing to pass through a crawlspace without regard for the support function of the sill plate; and a support post was held in place by a shim rather than being appropriately installed). In addition to the rebuild of the wall in the basement, we ended up having to take down the entire ceiling in our kitchen and dining room, adding two new beams, two new support posts and additional supports throughout. Other annoyances with the construction of the new addition that we have had to deal with include a new electrical sub-panel without labels, a lack of venting to the new sump pump (resulting in constant pipe hammering and gurgling in our kitchen), and weirdly, 10-year old windows and doors on the 4-year old extension (as we found out when we tried to activate a warranty on one of the windows, grrrrr). All told, we have been saddled with over $30,000 of structural and other repairs, and our first three months in our new home with a young toddler were both stressful and messy. Based on this experience as a RESULT of Koziura Construction's work, I would not recommend Koziura Construction for general contracting or building work.
    - Margaret M.
  • A
    Contracting By PCI Ltd.
    The entire process could not have gone better. It took only 8 months from start to finish; extraordinary given that we were building a 4,500 sf home. Contracting by PCI, and its owner Peter Carbonaro, ran the job like a commercial site -- extremely tight deadlines, with all subs clearly instructed on their tasks and timelines. And the work was first-rate, throughout. Peter is one of those individuals that can "see around the corner" -- he anticipates issues, thinks them through from a number of angles, and provides cost-effective solutions. This is critical for any home building or home remodeling job. We raised our children in that home and we've recommended Peter for many jobs since. We couldn't have been happier.
    - Jeffrey W.
  • A
    MAGANA CONSTRUCTION
    They came on 3 separate days. On day 1 they removed the concrete sidewalk and prepped the area for gravel. On day 2 they dug 4 holes along the foundation and fixed/sealed cracks, installed the doweling, laid down gravel, and removed some trees in the front. On day 3 they poured the concrete, installed a catch basin ring, and did an acid wash to expose the pea gravel.
    - Marlene G.
  • A
    Finishing Touch Remodeling & Construction
    OVERALL
    The job went well; no major complaints, and there was potential for big mistakes that David made sure did not happen.  The square footage of the addition was modest (700 sq ft) but the preparation for the addition was extensive, impacting nearly every room on the first floor and basement.  They had to tear off most of the roof, install three tons of steel beams on top and new support posts down to the foundation below just to start.  So it was a big, messy job just getting to the point of framing-out the addition.
    PRICE
    We received four bids on the job.  David's was the lowest.  The difference between the top and bottom bids was over $100K.  My sense was that David tends to charge less (lower profit margin) with the expectation that he will do a great job and be available for other work at your home in the future, like sewer lines and other flood control, underground gutters, window replacement and other such smaller jobs (all of those he did at my home as well).
    QUALITY
    I'm a detail guy type homeowner, and I've had a number of other remodels done on this and our previous home.  I was in contact constantly with David or his lead contractor (Mark).  Our architects were very specific about everything.  I was VERY watchful, every day, checking the quality of the work, that they were following the plan, and when there was a discrepancy they corrected readily.  Mark once replied when I complimented him for doing a particular thing well, "If I don't do it right, I know you'll be calling me next year, so we always do it right."  We were particularly impressed with the primary carpenter, plumber, tile, and wood floor subs.  Especially the tile guy, he did amazing detail work.
    RESPONSIVENESS
    I have no complaint about David's responsiveness.  He always wanted to know my concerns, always addressed them, always wanted to "know exactly what (I) wanted."  I never had difficulty reaching David or the lead contractor, by phone or by email.  They were reliable.  David has worked on most of the homes on our street by now, for remodel or sewer lines, etc.  He has a good reputation for responsiveness and attentiveness among the neighbors.
    PUNCTUALITY
    They use subcontractors for most things, like all the contractors we considered.  So I expected the occasional no-show or delay and some of those things happened.  But no major delays and David always kept me informed when a delay occurred.
    PROFESSIONALISM
    We found David Blumenthal's company (formerly Call Blumenthal) through a neighbor's recommendation, and after contacting his references we noticed that everyone said the same thing, "David is totally honest and does a great job."  I then realized that it was very important to my wife and I that we worked with someone we could trust, and that's what we found with David.  I trust that he would be present, making sure the job was done right and the way we wanted it.  His follow up has been attentive as well.  All village inspections (many) went well, there were no significant "dings" for them to redo.  David worked closely with our architects who we think were far more detailed than he was accustomed to working with, which is important in remodeling because you always discover unexpected problems when you start breaking old walls.  They worked together on a number of such surprises and came up with great solutions that ended up being enhancements to the final product.
    MY RECOMMENDATION
    - Use David for your remodel (or any of the many other smaller services he provides).
    - For a larger job, know in advance what you want on the higher-priced items, like your window brand and style and flooring type choices.  David will likely bid these items at contractor-grade pricing, basic wood floor, basic windows, etc.  If you wanted higher quality items the upcharges could be significant.  This goes for any contractor's bid, but especially David's bid which will be simplistic ("install wood floor") unless you specify in advance.
    - Prepare for hard-working, high quality subcontractors, but not the neatest guys around.  We had to remind them at times to protect our appliances and furniture during construction.  This has been a problem with many contractors for me; some are really tidy and considerate of your property, others not.  David's guys are not, so you have to watch and they have no problem complying readily with your requests.  Everyone one was polite and eager to please.
    - ANDY AND ARLENE S.
  • B
    MHD Builders
    Going well given weather. Only problem is some of items are under estimated on budget. Otherwise, they are very friendly, easy to work with, excellent quality of workmanship by them and their subcontractors, and very responsive, so far. Need to update when finished with job.
    - Carolyn B.
  • A
    AL HATCHER INC
    The price was a bit high, but the responsiveness of Al Hatcher to our questions, the friendliness of his carpentry crew, and the quality of the work done made the cost seem worthy of the "intangibles" in their service. Unlike some other contractors, Al was also a good sounding board for our discussions of color choices and material quality level at the beginning. By the end, we were happy with all of our choices and also received compliments from our neighbors. When we're ready to take on more work in the future, we will definitely contact Hatcher.
    - JOEL & Sharon F.
  • A
    O'DONOGHUE BUILDERS
    It went very well. Eugene is friendly, honest, responsive and his estimate was on target. His workmen were trustworthy. His tile guy made a big mess in our basement - if we had been forewarned about this, it would have been helpful. That is pretty much our only complaint.
    - JANE K.
  • D
    The Craftsmen Group
    The work took over 3 months to complete.  The mason for the fireplace charged $$ more than the estimate without consulting the client.  When the carpenters finally arrived, the work was efficient and very nicely done, lots of compliments to the 2 carpenters...that's where the good stuff ends.  I had to find another mason to finish the foundation work...the one working with the Craftsman Group didn't have the time, and the estimate I received from him was not to fix the foundation problem, but to line it hide it behind a face brick finish.  All in all, management was terrible...all I heard was, "it's a small job...never done a deck before...etc." If they didn't want, "the small job," they should have make that clear instead of taking 3 months with countless phone calls of apology for not doing what they agreed to do within a reasonable time period.
    PS The roofer has never called back to replace an incorrect flashing around the chimney (which the Craftsman Group removed and discarded by mistake while refinishing the chimney).
    - karen p.
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