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    K & L Home Improvements LLC
    To start out, I should point out that I have built a number of decks in my life; and have lived in California, Colorado, Florida, and here in Kentucky. I currently work in commercial construction, but know both residential and commercial building codes. I typically do all the work around my house; everything from fixing plumbing issues to rewiring electrical, and everything in between. I don���t like to hire contractors because they don���t call you back, disappear after payment, and generally don���t do the work to my standards. I will not, however, get up on the backside of our deck and move 6x6x20 beams to support a roof 35' in the air. So I went through the process of hiring someone I felt was qualified. Since I have the experience, I know how much a project of this magnitude should cost, and how long it should take. I called about 20 contractors around Louisville to get quotes for the work, and besides not getting calls back from a lot of contractors, or bids obviously too low or way too high, I lucked out and got a referral to K&L Home Improvement to build the deck. I found pictures of their work on Facebook, and looked at their current and previous projects to see what they can do, and the quality of their finished product. I then called Keevin Thomas, and had him come to the house and explained what I wanted him to do. I should point out I didn���t tell him my background, and didn���t tell him how to do the job. I only told him what I wanted it to look like. The same thing I told 20 other estimators/contractors before him. He definitely knew all the code requirements, and pointed out code compliance issues he would correct when he rebuilt the existing deck (my deck lacked joist hangers, stringers were undersized in one area) and issues he would solve when expanding the roof. He also came back for a second visit with his roofer/framer because he wanted to make sure he captured everything in his estimate before giving me a final quote. Trust me, this is a BIG plus, because I don���t want to find out half way through the work that you forgot to include gutters, or vinyl siding, or didn���t realize the roof trusses would have to be replaced and now my cost is going up to cover your mistake. He knew exactly what had to be done, and exactly how to do it. I received his quote, and while it wasn���t the cheapest, it was one of the more comprehensive and detailed estimates, explaining exactly what they would do, and how it would be accomplished. I accepted his quote, and he was able to get his guys to my house the following week to start the work, well exceeding my expectations in a busy construction market. What can I say about the workers; it���s COLD outside, but they still pulled off the existing deck and roof, efficiently built the new structure, sealed it up, and completed the work in about two weeks, just like I expected. The other thing I expected, and got, was a call or visit from Keevin each day to make sure everything was proceeding as expected. He walked me through the process of what his guys were going to be focusing on that day, asked if there was anything I needed/if I had any concerns, and brought any issues to my attention (like the shingles were a difficult match because of previous work on the roof in that area) I expect a good contractor to talk to and explain his plan before proceeding, even though they are the experts. At one point, we were having the roof torn off to replace, and I saw there was a major storm coming in a few days on the news. He had a plan in place to cover the house with a tarp days before, just in case, and promised the work would be completed before the rainstorm. He did, in fact, meet every promise he made on the project, including this one, and the roof was ready for a heavy downpour. The work went off without a hitch, and I couldn���t be happier with the result. I���m glad I met Keevin, and would call him again if we needed more work done on the house now or in the future. It���s nice to know there is a reputable, honorable contractor doing work in Louisville. I can���t say enough good things about the overall experience and the results. If you���ve hired contractors before, you know the stress involved with having someone tear up part of your existing home. Everything is finished and exceeds even MY expectations.
    - Darren B.
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    Vincent Abell Contracting Inc
    I contacted Vincent Abell Contracting when we found that we had a leak around our chimney. We also wanted our front porch pillars replaced -- they were rotting out, and thanks to some woodpeckers, we've had quite a menagerie living in them, including a family of owls. I've always preferred to work with companies that have their own names in the company title -- I believe that anyone who is truly proud of their work isn't afraid to put their name on the work that they do. I found the Abell company in an internet search, and called them. Our house is thirty-three years old, and is brick on the lower floor, and sheathed with classic vertical wallboard on the upper story. Although we've been diligent about keeping it painted, the vertical wallboard was beginning to rot from the bottom, where the water would eventually creep in. Brad, the Project Manager, and a recent college graduate with a degree in construction management, came out with his father, Vincent. They closely examined the house, and gave me the options that were available. This wasn't an easy job -- the areas requiring the new siding were in somewhat difficult locations, and on the back of the house were about sixty feet in the air, requiring the use of scaffolding. On the ends of the porch, and the scaffolding had to be set up around foundation plantings, including one yew that was as large as a small R.V. The pillars were also large, sixteen feet high and about twenty inches square, and as I mentioned before, beginning to rot. The option that we selected was to have new pillars custom built from a manufactured wood product. Not only was it guaranteed not to rot, it is mechanically stronger that to original wood pillars, and, while they don't carry a great deal of weight, the ARE load-bearing. I talked to two other contractors, but decided upon asking the Abells to do the work. They weren't the least expensive -- in fact, just the opposite, and I am notoriously tight (or thrifty, in my opinion) -- but I thought that the Abells presented the best options, and gave me the complete picture. They were excellent at providing samples of the proposed material, and, unlike the other two contractors, didn't try to 'steer' us toward or away from certain options. The just presented the case, and let us make up our minds. The work commenced, and the gentlemen that did the work were extremely skilled, and conscientious. Not only was I happy with the quality of the work, but the attention to detail was unusual, too, even the little things like policing the area for trash and cigarette butts before leaving for the day. There was never a question about when they'd arrive, either. Everyone with the company was scrupulous about calling ahead to alert me as to when to expect them. (I had requested this.) It may be a trifling thing, but as it was important to me, it seemed to make it important to them, too. The work was completed when they said it would be, and -- this was a first for me, and quite a pleasant surprise -- exactly for the estimated amount. We did a final walkaround with Brad after the job was completed, and (other than finding on small piece of siding under a bush) the job site was clean and tidy, and the work was first-rate. Here's a small detail that I believe is important. In the twelve years that we've lived in Kentucky, we've had a variety of contractors; roofers, asphalt, concrete, and other repair and remodel businesses. The Abells were the first, and I mean the FIRST, that never used any of MY tools. That is something that drives me crazy, and most especially when my tools are used without permission. There's a certain concrete contractor that will get a recommendation (let alone work) from me about the time that I'm named the next Pope because of doing just that. Not only did the Abells not need to 'borry' and of my tools, they took excellent care of their own -- something else that I tend to observe. And for those of you that think that this is a picky little detail, and are amused at my concern for tools, let me just say that this tendency may be testosterone-driven, but it is quite real. Asking to borrow another man's tools is like asking to dance with his wife, or to borrow his car. I'm entirely happy with the work, and in fact have asked them to come back for a smaller job. I'm delighted to have found them, and as the company seems to be multi-generational, I'm confident that they'll be around to handle the contracting needs at our house in the future.
    - Gordon L.
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    Guy Carpenter
    We always use Guy, he is great! He has done a lot of work around our home and most recently repaired 2 doors. Also, aligned the doors to open & shut correctly.
    - teresa w.
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    Rock Solid Home Services
    It's went great very fast and it looks awsome we are very happy
    - Paul P.
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    Rent A Carpenter
    He was a man of his word, on time, and cleaned up.
    - ANN S.
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