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  • B
    Professional Contracting
    Fairly well. There were flood issues, zoning issues, foundation issues that all had to be solved either before or during construction, so the project took longer than originally planned. The workmanship of most of the subcontractors was excellent, and due to the efforts of Cyndee Bourquet, our building liaison, all issues during construction were resolved. Art DeLaCerda, one of the partners, was always able to respond to questions clearly, especially the financial ones.
    - Edward C.
  • A
    Stearns & Sons Construction Inc
    Overall, Stan did a very good job. He was very responsive and communicated well, and I felt I could trust him. He was very good at answering my questions and keeping me informed on the job schedule and progress. His price was comparable to the other estimates I got. Nearly all aspects of the job were excellent: foundation, framing, sheathing, insulation, flooring, paint, the A/C combo unit, electrical, drywall, roof, and stucco.
    Stan went above and beyond in several ways. The project was unusual in that the roofs of the house and garage had to be mated to the vertical wall of the new room, because of the deck to be built over the roof. We had to modify several parts of the plans, and Stan was excellent at that. He also worked with me on the parts I did myself, such as cutting in the new door into the house. He helped me decide how the height of the yard-enclosing wall should decrease as it came out from the house, and how high it should be relative to the interior dirt, which hadn't been leveled yet. His mason put in an extra gate space by mistake, and Stan did not charge me for the extra gate. When Home Depot ordered the wrong kind of windows, Stan worked with me and them to get the right ones in and swap them out with the old ones, proceeding with the work in the meantime. He also helped me out by delivering the 16-foot 2x10s for the deck joists, even though I was putting them in myself.
    As with any job, there were a few things that went wrong, which Stan did his best to fix once I mentioned them. The baseboards and wood trim on the windows were a bit sloppy at first. The latillas for the deck parapet were not sanded or sealed and had splinters, not good for small kids. One parapet wall has a slight bow, causing the deck boards not to be aligned. These are mostly cosmetic, but if you're a stickler for detail, I'd advise stating very clearly what you want done, and inspecting each stage (of course, you should do this no matter which builder you hire). The only major problem was that the electrical subcontractor failed to realize that the entire house breaker panel would have to replaced, which added about $1500 to the job cost in the middle of it. Fortunately, we could absorb this, and it wasn't directly Stan's fault.
    Of course, things go wrong with any project, and by far most of the work went very well. Stan's honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism are hard to find these days, and I would definitely recommend him for any building or remodeling project.

    - John K.
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