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  • D
    Just couldn't get in touch with him. He came over to look, then Never got back with a price quote or a time he would be free to schedule the work. I knew he was busy, but I deserved a call back if he couldn't do it. He may be a great builder/remodeler but I wouldn't know. ****Maybe the problem is with using Angie's List to communicate instead of direct contact??
    - Brian K.
  • A
    I called 3 different companies to come out and take a look at my roof. I called Aspen Contracting because I had seen their signs around town. Aspen came out the day I called them and gave me the best price of the bunch. Not to mention it came with a Lifetime warranty. Not that I'm going to live that long but they said it will transfer with the house.

    They schedule that same week and replaced it in ONE DAY!! I have never seen anything like it. Thanks again Aspen Contracting!
    - Alex J.
  • A
    When required, Joe brings in electricians, plumbers and roofers that he has worked with for 30 years.  He does everything else himself.  because he is such a hard worker, he can beat most contractors (with crews) on price.  I was impressed with Joe's attention to detail and thinking things through in advance to short circuit a problem.  Several times i found him redoing something because he didn't like the way it came out.  Quite honestly I wouldn't have noticed anything wrong or unsightly with the first attempt.  He is a bit of a perfectionist and that's ok by me.  I found Joe Maison to be professional, and very pleasant to work with.  I will be using him on several upcoming projects this summer.
    - Walter F.
  • A
    Very honest. Worked in weather I don't go out in. This is the 3rd house he has done for me. Least scrap of any framer I have ever worked with. Has a very good reputation with building code office. Weaver also does remodeling and trim carpentry.
    - william h.
  • A
    Completed on time and on budget. Exceptionally courteous, professional and punctual. Nick and Jeremy worked with us on planning and offering suggestions on all aspects of the project. They are not the cheapest GC around, but with Shugart you get what you pay for. Highly recommend!
    - Ira S.
  • A
    The winter of 2013-14 was colder and snowier than most in Northern Michigan, and we experienced problems with ice dams due to the persistent cold. Our ice dam formed at the edge of the sun room roof of our home.  It was exacerbated by 3 skylights in the roof of the sun room which leaked heat, melting the snow around and on the skylights. This melted snow froze when it reached the cold edge of the sun room roof.  Subsequent melt backed up and leaked into the roof and wall of the sun room.  Water leaked from the joints in the drywall and most of the openings around windows and doors.  Damage was done to the insulation in the roof and walls, the drywall and the floor.  Since insurance covered most of the cost of repairs, I obtained their approval of McMaster Construction to perform the repairs. I called Mike McMaster and he came to the house within a day to inspect the damage.  He recommended removing the ice dam before beginning any repair work and recommened that the skylights be replaced with newer designs that would lessen the probability of future leaks.  Mike subsequently met with the insurance company's estimator to agree on the work that would be done.  The scope of work included removal of the ice dam, removal of drywall and insulation from the affected wall and ceiling, removal of trim around windows, doors and floor, removal of damaged flooring, drying out the ceiling, wall and floor cavities damaged by water and reinstalling insulation, drywall, trim, and flooring. Also included were sealing and painting the new drywall, refinishing the wood floors to a consistent color and gloss. Mike also noticed water spotting on the finished ceiling of the lower level below the sun room and sealed and painted that ceiling. Mike and his team began the process of repair within a day of getting approval from the insurance company.  The began by removing the ice dam which took several days to completley remove the built up ice. Inside the house, they erected a plastic barrier wall between the sun room and the rest of the house to keep dust and dirt isolated to the sun room and also to minimize heat loss as they opened up the wall and ceiling and removed the insulation.  They brought in an industrial dehumidifier to accelerate drying out of the walls and floor.  Drying out actually took about 4 days before they could begin installation of new insulation, drywall and flooring. When it came time to refinish the floors, my wife and I vacated the premises, since we did not want to put up with the dust and smell of the refinishing process. Prior to leaving we selected a stain to be applied to the flooring.  After the floors had been sanded and stained, Mike called us and reported that the old oak boards had not taken the stain well and a blochy appearance was the result. He recommended re-sanding and trying a different stain. We decided to re-sand but leave the boards natural applying only a polyurethane finish.  The second sanding was not in the original estimate but Mike recommended it anyway because he knew we would not be happy with blochjy stain.
    As part of the repair project we also contracted with Mike to replace the skylights.  Insurance would not pay for this part of the project. Concurreent with the ice damage repair, we had also contracted for replacement of the 21 year old roof on the house.  Mike coordinated with the roofers for the replacement of the skylights.  He allowed them to remove the old roofing before removing the old skylights and installing the new ones.  The roofers then installed the ice and snow shield and flashing for the new skylights.  This coordination saved me about $600 that had been in Mike's original estimate. 
    Throughout the process McMaster Construction was professional and diligent in pursuing the repairs.  They were very thoughtful with regard to our home; they laid down tarps from the door to the work area and the installed the plastic barrier wall, and always cleaned up after themselves at the end of each work day. The quality of work done was very high. When something unexpected came up Mike simply took care of it, e.g. when the refrigerator in the kitchen was moved to sand and finish the floor beneath, the water line to the ice maker developed a leak.  Mike shut off the water supply, went out and purchased some new tubing and connectors and repaired the leak.
    I am very pleased with McMaster Construction's performance on this job.  I will certainly call them for any future work I may have and recommend them to others.
    - Walter O.
  • A
    We found Colin through a friend on Facebook. He had helped her build a bedroom/bathroom addition which was what we were wanting to undertake as well and our friend spoke very highly of him. Colin helped us design and plan our addition, helping us see where we could save money and where we shouldn't look to cut costs. Since we went with him to do the work he didn't charge us for his design time (and the many revisions that we asked him to make). After the plan was complete he then gathered bids using some of the subs he usually uses as well as several that we know and wanted to use. After getting the bids in place permits were pulled and the work began. Everything went pretty smooth for the most part. We did have one hiccup with the siding we used on the garage and what turned out to be a mis-communication between us and Colin. (There are so many decisions and details in a project like this). Colin went ahead and made things right taking the cost of the correction on himself. Towards the end of the project we had some unexpected changes in our finances and Colin worked with us showing us some things we could tackle ourselves to help save money. Colin and his assistant David were always responsible, organized, and courteous. I didn't mind having them around our children at all and enjoyed watching them explain to the kids on several occasions what they were doing that day. He managed the subs very well and was very hands on. I was also impressed by how quickly he returned our phone calls and emails (sometimes within minutes) getting us the answers we needed in a very prompt manner. I would highly recommend Colin and his company CMB construction for projects both small and large. I have already referred him to several friends and my brother for smaller projects.
    - James P.
  • A
    This builder has a wealth of knowledge and did not need to be hand-held.  They did the work and followed up in a timely fashion without over-site.  They were professional and VERY helpful.  They were positive and honest.  I would work with this builder exclusively in the future.
    - Amber B.
  • A
    Maison Builders and its subcontractors did beautiful work on this project. They arrived on time and handled a few minor delays in the availibility of supplies very effectively. The various aspects of the project were coordinated very efficiently and professionally. Maison Builders has done a variety of construction work for our family from 1997 to the present time. In addition to the above remodel project, Joe and his crew have done decking( complete with a Deck Dry system to create a ceiling and more outdoor living space), window replacement, and a basement remodel. I appreciate their skill, excellent customer service and professionalism. I highly recommend them for all of the above mentioned construction projects.
    - Cori O.
  • A
    His work is always excellent, his attitude and punctuality first rate, his prices are fair, and clean up complete.  He is easy to communicate with and HEARS all the things that concern you.
    - Mary E.
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