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  • Rene came to my house and listened to my concerns, then proceeded with a thorough structural inspection of my home, both outside and inside. He explained his findings very well, recommended solutions. The entire experience was great. I fully trust and respect his opinion based on the interaction with him. He proved to have extensive and solid knowledge. Money well spent because now I know that before a start my home renovation I better address the existing structural issues. Highly recommend his services.
    - Vera S.
  • It was a disaster. Our plans, which had been approved by another highly qualified structural engineer, were quite sound. Mr. Mugnier's assessment of the plans, however, sunk the project. His assessment recommended all sorts of investigations and modifications that any other engineer we consulted said were not only unnecessary, but actually dangerous in and of themselves. This resulted in our condo association blocking our very reasonable renovation plans. We later heard from our real estate agent that Mr. Mugnier actually has quite a reputation for doing these types of reviews and killing projects.
    - Gina C.
  • Rene was extremely thorough in his assessment of our foundation. Despite the working conditions (a dirty crawl space underneath the house) he was very professional and spent a long time performing the assessment. We were very happy with the written report, it was detailed and accurate, and was provided quickly as needed. We will be hiring him to oversee repairs.
    - Nicola M.
  • He was pretty good and fairly reasonable. He was not perfect but good enough. He was professional and had a lot of experience. He was relatively easy to deal with. He wasn't cheap but it wasn't too bad. I wouldn't use him again only because I found a really good structural engineer that is really reasonable in price. It had nothing to do with him.
    - David W.
  • Mr Mugnier was prompt, courteous and articulate.However I didn't get what I needed which was basically a simple sketch detailing the dimensions of the LVL element to bear the load when a proposed larger knee wall was created. He said he would send a final report in a few days which he did by email including photos he had taken.He was good to his word. However, that report did not include the information that I originally asked him for. In response I requested a simple sketch of the LVL element and its location; he responded that he was not liable, that I needed to pull proper permits and that detailed measurements and plans were needed(he would supply for an additional $1600.00. I declined. He ultimately gave me a general description but not a very useful one.He stated repeatedly that I need proper permits and that I must address an area in the basement before going ahead which was strange since it was always my stated intention to address previously known issue before going ahead with renovation.It was not my intent to renovate without proper permitting and inspection. Mr. Mungier's oft-reiterated insistence on this issue was not welcome.Much of what he told me I had already learned from my pre-purchase home inspection, including remediation of the basement area he mentioned. I didn't really ever get what would be useful for my project.I felt he assumed I was trying to get away with something by using an unlicensed contractor on an un-pernitted project.I never gave him cause for such a dismal opinion.His e-mails were rich in disclaimers of responsibility.His policy is  that he be paid the day of his visit, which I did, that is  before I could review his report. From his point of view I understand why he needs to work that way. It did not leave me much leverage however.
    He was helpful in determining why we were having a small separate problem regarding a sagging spot in a floor. This problem was minor however and  was not why I had originally called him.
    His office manager was helpful in enquiring if I wanted Mr. Mugnier to call me yet again, but given the tone of Mr. Mugnier's previous communications, I declined.
    In the end I did not get what I asked for, much of what I did get, I already had in the form of my pre-purchase inspection.I have since arranged for a different engineer, one who has worked well with my General Contractor. and have chalked up my experience with Mr. Mugnier to caveat emptor. Based on my experience I cannot recommend him.
    - Russell W.
  • By far, the most fun day I have had renovating this house has been the day I worked with Annette and Andrew installing the 20 ft long 8x12 beams.  They also had a timber house builder come with them for the install, he was an awsome guy to work with as well.

    They are very professional and extremely pleasant people.  They made the initial visit and made recommendations on the beam install based on my needs.   They also spent about a day prepping for the install which made things go very smooth on the day of the beams install.  

    They are very responsive over email and phone and always gave excellent advice towards anything construction oriented.

    If I need any other structural work, I will not hesitate to contact Annette and Andrew again.
    - amir s.
  • We were in the process of buying a home in Cambridge when our Home Inspector found some concerns with the stability of the foundation. The house was built in 1850, and the foundational walls appeared to be pushing inward. We had to file an extension on our sale offer and scramble to find a structural engineer to give an evaluation. We found Annette Dey Engineering on Angie's List, and due to the excellent reviews decided to give them a try. Andrew (Annette's partner) answered my email very promptly and was able to schedule a site visit to the property on extremely short notice. On the morning of the site visit, both Andrew and Annette visited and walked the property with me and my husband, explaining all of their observations to us as they went. They took extensive pictures and gave a verbal recommendation for remediation. We then requested that they write up their findings so we could submit it as justification for renegotiating our offer for the house. They were able to provide a very professional report, including photos to document the findings, within 1 business day so we were able to meet our offer timing requirements. The original charge for site visit was only $200, and the additional $200 charge for the report was well worth it. Unfortunately, we were not able to come to agreement with the sellers on the offer for the house, but there was no question over the justification for us backing out of the deal. And both my husband and I learned a LOT about what to check for in a foundation and how to monitor foundational issues over time. Additionally, both Andrew and Annette were very professional and friendly. The listing relator even took their card to add to the agency recommended lists of Structural Engineers. I would highly recommend Annette Dey Engineering for any structural engineering needs.
    - Erika H.
  • The initial work of completing an engineering plan was done successfully, despite some slow response times from the assigned engineer. I ran into issues with the engineer upon the construction phase. The contractor said he found some issues with the plan and was calling the engineer with questions, perhaps too much. The engineer called me to complain and insisted on charging another $2000 to supervise the construction phase, nearly doubling the engineering expense that we already paid. I balked at this extra cost, and the engineer called me "Obama" and asked me who was going to pay. I really had no idea how to respond to this, assuming it was meant as an insult that I didn't quite understand. The engineer was very professional during the design phase but the construction phase was exceptionally concerning to me. I had to hire a different engineer to supervise the construction phase, who charged considerably less and was less argumentative.
    - Scott S.
  • Annette and Andrew arrived on time and were very professional and conscientious. They started in my unit measuring floor deflection to compare with basement conditions. They were very thorough and deductive in their assessment. Once in the basement, they were able to locate structural deficiencies, document them, and provide recommendations to arrest further deflection. The assessment was documented in a coherent, complete written report which was well worth the money. The assessment took ~ 1hr, and they were even able to come out on a weekend which was very convenient! We didn't have much luck connecting with their recommended contractors to move forward, but that did not take away from the good work.
    - David K.
  • They came back with quite an extensive list of issues, including scaring us into believing that the walls of the building might collapse. The group told us they could draw up plans to fix the issues for 6-7k. We got 2 other opinions, and the other opinions were in agreement that the walls were not in immediate danger of collapse. Our 2nd and third opinions offered plans for 1k. BE CAREFUL of these people.
    - Megan F.
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