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  • D
    DESIGNfirst Builders LLC
    Design first did a great job with the design of our job, picking out of materials, architectural drawings, and completion of the job within a reasonable time frame. The scope of the work included creating a vaulted ceiling over an open floor concept that included a new kitchen, living, and dining space. We loved the work, with the exception of the newly installed wood floors had large 1/8" gaps between slats in many areas. I brought this to the attention of both the installer and the supervisor of the job who responded that it was normal for these gaps to occur upon installation and that they would get better over time. As it turns out, that is not true. Over time, the gaps worsened. The remodel included a 5-year warranty on the work, and to Design 1st's credit, they did send someone out to try to fix the problem and fill the gaps with putty, and refinish the floors. Once again, I had concerns that this was not a permanent fix, and that the gaps would be noticeable as the putty broke down. In less than 1 year after re-finishing the floor, all of the original gaps are back and the floor remains in so-so shape, as it was when initially installed. The wood floor was only one minor issue. The major issue had to due with improper ventilation of the vaulted ceiling. After a few years, we had noticed that during the winter months, the ceiling would start to show water spots in certain areas. As it turns out, it appears that ice-damming was to blame for the water issues we were experiencing. All this was discovered, due to Design 1st coming in to investigate the root cause of the issue. (Again, kudos to design first for trying to stand behind their work at this point) The problem occurred when I insisted that Design 1st was responsible for the ice damming occurring due to improper ventilation of the vaulted ceiling. (As a matter of fact, their was NO ventilation of the vaulted ceiling as no vents were installed under the soffit and the baffles that were installed between the joists were not joined front to back, allowing the batts of insulation to pinch off any airflow to the roof peak -if there was even airflow from the ventless soffits). Design 1st claimed the insulation was done correctly and that the roof was responsible for the ice damming. (In fact, ice damming is caused by improper ventilation) When I spoke with the owner of Design 1st concerning the improper ventilation of the vaulted ceiling, and evidence that moisture and condensation was evident in the entire living space that was remodeled, he simply stated, that the roof caused the ice damming and it has nothing to do with the improper ventilation. Knowing that I, my wife, 1yr old daughter, and 5 year old daughter were currently displaced from our home during this time, and wanted to get back into the house as soon as possible, he offered to simply fix the one exposed section of the ceiling and ventilate only the north side of the ceiling, rather than trying to properly ventilate/insulate the entire ceiling of the remodeled room. Knowing I would need to go a timely and costly litigious route in order to try to have Design 1st take responsibility over the ventilation issue, I reluctantly agreed to have them try to fix the north facing side of the ceiling and ventilation only. Here are the pictures of how they decided to ventilate the north side soffits. You be the judge on the qualify of workmanship and if you would want your house to look like this.
    - Scott S.
  • F
    Rowe Construction
    This was a really bad experience from the start. Ryan is a horrible communicator and did not provide a schedule of when his team would be starting and working, it was always last minute texts after me constantly asking him when they were doing things here. He is completely unprofessional and rude, promises to do things that don���t get done. We had to find all of our own materials because he would only shop at menards/Home Depot (they don���t carry matching items for our home). Basically he was almost useless in finding the needed materials. We have also paid him for all the work and when I asked him when he would finish I get no response from him ( at this point I assume the money is lost and we need to find someone else to finish the project). The 2 good things that he has going is Gabe who does his wood work and Martin who does the floors for him! DO NOT HIRE THIS GUY! He doesn���t communicate or finish his work.
    - Kathy M.
  • A
    J K Complete Remodeling & Construction Inc
    The project was estimated to take 8 to 10 weeks and was done in 9. We were very pleased with the quality of the work. From patching and repairing wood floors to installing new kitchen cabinets. Jack, the owner, was very easy to deal with and I would highly recommend them for a project. The project was large and the extras were less than 5% which I felt was well within reason. As the name implies everyone who worked in the house was an employee of his company. No subcontractors.
    - Phil B.
  • C
    Bak Brothers, Inc.
    Then realized they could do roofing and possibly some masonry work, maybe even some exterior painting and light carpentry.... along with the windows. They seemed interested when they met with me, but after that, it was the last I heard from them. All in all the jobs I priced out reached about $30k. I don't feel I need chase people down to spend this kind of money, so I went with other companies that were also highly rated here on Angie's list, who followed through. I found the lack of follow up odd given the high reviews given and the dollar amounts involved maybe they were just busy, but again, I'm not going to chase a vendor down to spend roughly $30k when there are handfuls of highly rated contractors out there.
    - Eric H.
  • A
    Weshorn Design & Construction
    Weshorn Design was a life saver! I was just weeks from moving into my new residence when I realized the contractor I had hired for my bathroom expansion completely botched the job, failing to correctly frame in the new bathtub and floor. Wes immediately identified the problem which was causing the caulk to crack around all of my hand-picked wall and tub tiles, and outlined a thorough plan to skillfully repair the job. Instead of gutting the entire bathroom, he told me they only needed to remove tiles one layer above and one layer around the bathtub in order to frame it in again, saving me substantial costs. They also removed the poorly installed floor tile with sub cement boards, and installed new underlayment, that will last a lifetime. In addition, they suggested I install new tile baseboard which was left out of the former contractor���s mindset. They even sourced a new sink backsplash that matched my new vanity. I am beyond thrilled with my new bathroom! I trusted Wes enough to give him the keys to my house because I was not entirely moved in yet. One morning when Wes and his team arrived he noticed water in my basement and he phoned me right away to let me know. He and his men cleaned up the water and his electrician determined that my sump pump was shot and my electrical panel needed upgrading, something that my home inspector failed to note. I had another electrician look at the job and he was much higher than the Weshorn quote, and also tried to talk me into extensive work I did not need. In short, if you want a contractor that is dependable, honest and produces high quality work that lasts, I definitely recommend you give Wes a call. I would trust him with any kind of design, construction, electrical, plumbing and carpentry work. He is smart, very reasonably priced and just an all-around good guy!
    - kathleen s.
  • A
    Handyman Pros
    We were very happy with the service. The owner came out and gave us an estimate, and then we scheduled the repairs for the following week. Our work was done by Brian. Although it took 2 days, it was done very efficiently and with a minimum of fuss or inconvenience. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be scheduling more service soon!
    - Laurie S.
  • F
    Budget Right Handyman
    This was an extraordinary disappointment, and Budget Right handled the numerous problems that arose with extreme arrogance.��
    The job was first scheduled mid-June, and I was notified about the materials to buy prior to the job with the promise that their best carpenter would be scheduled for the job. On the day of the job, a confused technician ��showed up saying that he was scheduled for the job at the last minute, and had no idea what he was supposed to do. I showed him the job and he said that he would be able to do it, but it would look really ugly, so I called the center to reschedule again.
    Take Two: A week later,��The best carpentry guy they had ��showed up, and decided that the materials that we have are all wrong, and that we would need to buy different materials but that he would not have the time to do both. He offered to buy the materials, send pictures so that we could agree that they would look good, and schedule us for the first day after the weekend.
    Take Three: With no communication about our appointment or the materials, I call both the guy��and Budget Right. I finally reach Budget Right and they tell me that the guy��is not coming. They have the manager call me who repeatedly implies that the problem is my fault because I should have known that the guy cannot schedule appointments, and offers to reschedule again. When I ask him how I can trust that they will take care of the job the fourth time I have scheduled them, he demurs. No deal. Another wasted morning.
    How can you trust a company like this?��

    - Steven S.
  • A
    The Basement Men & The Concrete Man
    Steve Lauer���s Basement Men (The Creative Approach Builders and Remodelers, Inc.) first did a small project for us in restoring some drywall in a bedroom in the basement guest suite of our finished basement. ��Their service and workmanship in the basement were so exemplary that we subsequently engaged Steve and his crew to remodel our kitchen. ��Before beginning the kitchen remodeling project in our home we spent a lot of time interviewing a number of contractors and planning the details of the kitchen remodeling project. ��Others had told us that a kitchen remodeling would be very disruptive but we would be very glad once it was done. ��We were not disappointed in either of those expectations. ��We contracted with Steve Lauer���s The Basement Men. ��Steve worked patiently with us throughout the entire process and kept us informed during the entire kitchen remodeling process. ��Steve and his crew leader, Ziggy, showed excellent attention to the details and to our concerns regarding the kitchen remodeling, and both of them were very professional, punctual, and hard working. ��
    We were very pleased with the results of their work in our kitchen remodeling and would recommend Steve Lauer and The Basement Men. ��If you need remodeling work in other parts of your home besides the basement, then let The Basement Men out of the basement and you���ll be impressed with what they can do for your home above the basement. ��We were very impressed by their work in remodeling our kitchen. ��We are considering other work in our home and, based on our experience to date with Steve and his crews, will definitely consider hiring them again. ��Steve���s pricing was very competitive and no surprises. �� ��
    - ALAN W.
  • A
    Holda Construction Inc

    Our wood frame chimney had a section of siding that appeared to have water damage.  I called Holda and asked if they could replace the damaged siding.  He said he could do the job and gave me a list of materials that he needed.  I purchased the materials and his team showed up on the scheduled day to work on the project.  As they pulled off the damaged siding, it became evident that the damage was much greater than it appeared on the surface.  The fact of the matter was that the water damage covered a good portion of the chimney and went back though the plywood and even into some of the framing.

    We agreed that they would do a temporary job to carry me over until we could get the materials to do the entire job properly.  They ordered the materials and had them delivered in a couple of days and then came back and did the work.  The job took his 2 person team a couple of days.  The finished work looks fantastic and I was able to later confirm with a roofing specialist that they did a very good job with the flashing to ensure that the water damage issue would not come back.  The project came in cheaper than I would have expected and they did not charge me for the first day of "throw away" work when we discovered how extensive the damage was. 

    I would definitely recommend Holda in the future.

    - Steven K.
  • A
    Bak Brothers, Inc.
    We had the wood trim of our ranch house painted, including the wood trim below the gutters.  The painters found that there was water leaking from three corners of the gutters.  The wood underneath these three corners looked rotted.  Once we found that there was a leak, we asked Bak to come to our home for an estimate.  Ben came right away and gave me a quote which I thought was reasonable.  We completed the contract, where Bak clearly showed pictures of the areas that needed fixing.  Once the contract was completed, the work crew showed up the next day.  It was a very hot, humid day.  They fixed the leaks that day and replaced the rotten wood.  Bak provided the wood, which they primed.  After the new wood was in place and the work was done, I painted the new wood to match the rest of the wood trim around the house. 
    In particular, the crew removed the corner part of the gutter, replaced the fascia and soffit where needed with new primed wood, and reattached the gutter with a new matching gutter corner. 
    There was a rain a few days after the fixes were completed.  When I inspected the gutters, I found one of the fixed corners had a small leak.  I called Bak Brothers and Artur arranged for the workman to come out the next day and fixed this one corner.    I have not seen any more leaks from the fixed corners.
    We appreciate Bak's responsiveness, having these leaks fixed and the rotted wood replaced. 

    - Lew N.
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