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  • D
    American Heritage Homes Corp
    We did not have any work (remodel/addition) completed by American Heritage Homes. We are a previous customer who had American Heritage build our current home in 2000. We contacted American Heritage in March 2016 in regard to the proposed addition based on the fact that they were familiar with our home design and we were pleased with their build quality. We spoke with the owner, Gary, who directed us to a particular sales representative at the Lockbourne sales model. We spent at least one and half hours with this sales representative going over design ideas. We also discussed an issue with our current vinyl siding and the appropriate department was notified. We were advised that the owner was on spring break and would return the following week to go over our proposed plans. We were then told that we would be contacted in a couple of weeks. We have not received any follow-up phone calls, voicemails, texts or emails from anyone at American Heritage as of today, August 31, 2016. We made several attempts to contact American Heritage by way of phone calls, voicemails and emails; however, all of our attempts have gone unanswered. Regardless of their decision regarding our proposed addition, at the very least we should have received a timely response from American Heritage Homes. Before hiring this company, careful consideration regarding customer service is strongly recommended.
    - sherri h.
  • F
    Prism Construction
    We hired Mike Hammel and Jim Deering to build a $350,000 house for us on 3/8/14.  They told us they were referring us to an architect, but actually just sent us to a designer who didnt know very much about building codes and was not competent to design houses.  After months of working with the designer, we finalized our contract.  We finalized plans on 7/9/13 and were told that the house would cost $350,000 to build.  
    On 8/6/13 we closed on our bank loan based on their estimate and were told construction would start in 3 days.  After almost three months of consistently being told construction was going to start "next week", we were told that our house was over budget and that we would have to have a meeting at the company office, which it turns out is Mike Hammel's personal residence.
    At this meeting, we were told that our house was $100000 over budget. Mike Hammel and his "team" had completely fabricated the events of the last 6 months, and tried to blame my wife and I for their incompetence in estimating the price to build the house.  They falsely claimed that we made changes to the plans.    At this point, they had already received $35,000 of our money, and we felt as if we were stuck continuing to build with them.  We redesigned the entire house in an attempt to bring the costs back down to budget, which took another few months.  During this time period, we also had a small pole barn built on our property that was supposed to be included in the house loan.  
    Finally, a year after we signed our build contract, we were able to begin construction of our house.  After six weeks, it became quite obvious that these guys were not competent to build anything, and they lacked any semblance of integrity.  I caught them lying to us repeatedly, trying to give us fake invoices and bogus accounting records, and possibly getting kickbacks from subcontractors.  At this point they had $50,000 in my money and had only paid out approximately $15,000.  They were trying to get me to give them another $36,000, but had no good explanation about why there were so many long term past due invoices already on the account.
    We immediately contacted an attorney and fired them.  At this point I also contacted their past customers and learned that this was not an isolated incident.  It turns out that hiding costs and lying to their customers about the true prices is part and parcel of their business strategy.  They also have a pattern of only partially paying their subcontractors, but charging the full amount to the customers.
    They spent two months threatening that they were going to fine a mechanic's lien against my property if I did not immediately pay all the subcontractors myself, agree to let them keep $16,000 that they tried to embezzle from me, pay them another $13,000, and sign a "non-disparagement" agreement stating that I would not tell anyone about their business practices.  Because of this threat, I was unable to do any construction on the house for months.  
    At the time I fired these guys, we only had footers and a foundation, so every time it rained I had to go run a trash pump and drain all the water out.  (They told us that it would be no problem to do a walkout basement on our flat lot 50 feet from a pond.  The designer never thought that it might be a good idea to build an outdoor drainage system to keep all the rainwater that landed in the walkout area from running directly into the basement.)  Of course these incompetents didnt budget anything for the drain system, and when the code inspector came out and saw the foundation he failed them on the inspection and told them they needed a drainage and final grade plan before it would pass.  Jim Deering, however, lied to me and said that the inspection had passed.  I didnt find out until a week later, right after I fired them I went to the Code Compliance office and they told me about the failed inspection.
    For the two months after we fired them, while they were busy with their attorney Kerry Boyle's assistance trying to extort additional money from me, I was talking to their previous customers and subcontractors, as well as searching county government records to learn about their business practices.  Finally, 24 hours before their deadline to file a mechanic's lien on my property, I advised them as well as their attorney that I was in the process of gathering and organizing the evidence of their crimes against myself as well as some of their previous customers, and would be forwarding all relevant documents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.  All of a sudden they couldnt give me back my money fast enough.  
    Due to their fraud and negligence, I am now left with a partially built house that is going to cost ~$100,000 more to finish.  If anyone is thinking of doing business with this company or these individuals, please do yourself a favor and contact their past victims.  It is obvious to me now that these guys not home builders, but actually con men who attempt to convince people to sign build contracts with them so that they can cheat them out of as much money as possible.
    - Nathan H.
  • A
    Gossing Construction
    Excellent jobs and cleanups. They were definitely not the lowest estimate, but having used other companies for other things, they were the best for your buck.
    - cheryl m.
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