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  • A
    They were very proffesional and attended to many details I would have overlooked. It took a couple of weeks longer than they said it would but the weather interrupted some parts of the project.Overall they were exceptional! They also come in wayunder some of the largercontractors that literally hit me with ���Sticker Shock��� for what I thought I would be quoted. I am using them next summer to build an in-law addition on my summer home for my parents. They referred me to a great designer that was also reasonable. I would definetly recommend them to my friends and neighbors.
    - James K.
  • A
    Ken, Ana and their team have been amazing! Ken is always responsive, polite and tries hard to meet your expectations. Ana was patient, had great ideas on design stuff, and was equally responsive to emails and calls with questions, suggestions or changes. The crew that worked on the house was there early and were always respectful. They did a great job and moved quickly without cutting corners. I have already recommended Elite to others and will continue to do so.
    - Jessica J.
  • A
    The construction project went so well, I felt that I had to write an online review so others would know about it.
    Quote:  Someone physically came to my home, while I was there, and went over exactly what I wanted.  I expected (and received) an itemized estimate for work to be performed.  MW doesn't cost out every nail in the project but other companies hide overestimates by not telling you.  Very happy here.  I was able to see where big ticket items would hit my wallet and rethink items that were out of my budget.
    Project Start:  I was given a general start date at the time of signing the contract.  They didn't start on my start date.  However, they kept the lines of communication open so I knew why we were sliding right and when I could expect my project to start.  The hold up was primarily the permit approval process.  Enough said...  
    Foundation Team:  Impressive!  Demolished an old driveway completed all foundation work and poured the garage in about 2 weeks.
    Framing Team: Pros!  Constructed the shell of the addition, completed the roof, and had the shingles on, again in about 2 weeks.
    Siding Team:  Strength in numbers!  I'm not really sure if it took 2 days or 3 to rip off all the old aluminum siding and hang the vinyl.  Fascinating to watch.
    Plumbing work:  Ran the pipes, no drips.  Considering it's from the 1970's the house has copper pipes.  I was a little surprised to see PVC on the new addition work but it's not like I specifically requested copper in my quote.
    Overall construction: Very well done.
    Job Site Crew:  I specially need to call out Matt Galassi at MW.  He's exactly the guy you want as your project manager.  Always, always, calls, texts, or emails you back.  Never sweats the small stuff when things that are out of his control pop up.  Has an excellent report with the team leads doing the work and the county inspectors approving the work.  Was VERY respectful of my family while 1. My pregnant wife wanted constant schedule updates. 2. My 3 y/o son asked him a million questions every day.  3. My newborn baby "needed" quiet (according to my wife). 4. I wanted to "help".  Other than Matt, I would minimally interact with the team leads.  All interactions were positive.
    Warranty work:  I asked them to repoint an area on the foundation.  Done. 
    Special requests:  There were two work items that I wished to postpone for an extended period of time. One was the actual break through into the addition from the existing home so as not to expose the newborn to anything.  I honestly thought it would never happen b/c I had paid in full, and there was little/no incentive for them to come back and do the final breakthrough.  However, Matt made sure it happened and put us right into their schedule when we were ready.  This is the kind of thing that makes a guy like me (hate facebook, spam, or anything that exposes you to identity theft) get online and write a review.
    Bottom line:  You will absolutely get an excellent construction company that is ran by exceptional people if you go with MW Construction!



    - Steven S.
  • F
    It turned out terrible. They took forever to finish it; they hired unprofessional labours instead of license individuals. They’re just unlicensed. They shouldn’t be building at all. If they do work for you, they use cheap, cheap materials.
    - Pamela M.
  • A
    Renovating our older home, and making it more functional for the entire family, has been a goal of ours for many years. Timofey and his team are turning our conceptual plans into reality, and it is exciting to see the progress. Timofey is the ideal blend of achitect and builder -- he is an expert in the art and science of designing and building, and he also has in-the-field, practical knowledge gained from years of experience building and renovating homes in this area. I highly recommend Rigadom for Timofey's design-build experience and expertise. In addition, even if you come to Rigadom with a set of plans in hand, as we did, Timofey and his team will offer helpful suggestions that only make the project better -- whether by improving the look, fine-tuning the function, or reducing the cost. I have also appreciated Timofey's willingness to discuss the cost-value of certain pieces of our project. His practical advice has helped us in analyzing finish choices and in deciding how to spend our limited budget. Selecting a contractor to accomplish your dreams, and to protect your investment, is not easy, and we are fortunate to have found a contractor we can trust to solidly build and beautifully finish our home.
    - Cindy B.
  • A
    About a month ago our roof, which I had reshingled about 10-15 years ago, developed a leak at the eaves. Thus began our quest to find a roofer to completely replace the roof including the plywood in our 50 year old house. I went to my local library branch to peruse Consumer's checkbook for possible roofers. I made a list of about a dozen roofers, called them all and made appointments with the eight who either answered or called back for estimates. The estimates ranged from a little more than $10,000 to a jaw dropping $16,000. At that point I joined Angie's List for further research. My wife took a different approach and asked the manager of our bank if she knew a good roofer. Our banker referred us to the brother-in-law of her sister-in-law, who turned out to be Ryan Doan of Quest Remodeling. By now I was weary of this search and was reluctant to contact one more roofer, but hey it was my wife. What could I do but get over my reluctance and call him. I figured this would be a quick rejection. Meet the guy, let him give me an estimate and send him on his way.

    To my surprise Quest Remodeling was on Angie's List and every review was a rave! And then when I met with him I understood why. Ryan knew his business and had a lot more experience than appeared from his Angie's listing plus he was willing to work with us on cost. Within a week we had decided to hire Quest to replace our roof. Fortunately for us our shingle choice was in stock and Ryan's crew had a free weekend. Almost before we were ready, bright and early last Saturday  morning, Ryan's six man crew arrived and started to tear our roof off. They were like a well oiled machine. Two or three guys tore off the roof, a third guy handed up the new plywood, another nailed it down and the new roof quickly took shape. Although the weather man had called for scattered showers, they never materialized. and Quest was able to finish the roof in one day. The clean up was very thorough. Other than a new roof and the sign in our front yard, it's impossible to tell Quest was ever here.

    The roof looks beautiful and exceeds our expectations. The day after they installed the roof, a neighbor stopped by and complimented the roof and copied down Quest contact information for the roof replacement they need. I hope they hire Ryan. They won't be disappointed.
    - Carl W.
  • F
    We signed a contract on 6/12/12 for the work that was to be done.  The work was started in the second week of July.  When the job was initally started he contacted the county and was advised that he would have to split the job into 2 parts.  He could build the garage and then when that was completed he would then be able to start on the addition to the back of the home.  We were not notified of this until after he started the demolition on the previous add ons.  He never got a final approval for the garage until January of 2013.  At that point we were asked to pay for the additional work up front and the work was not done until April.  The project is still not finished.  It has been almost a year at this point and we were told that it would take 3 months to complete.  The foundation in the rear of the house has been set and that is all.  He has been paid for 83% of the job at this point and he is no longer returning phone calls or emails.   The punch list items for the garage have not yet been addressed and included in his proposal he was to clean up after any work that was done and we have had to do that as well.
    - Michael H.
  • B
    We did not get the design done because this contractor is not licensed in VA. They politely informed us that they could not do the job and that Angie's list would refund the Big Deal charge for us. The big deal should have listed their area of service/license so I would have known not to choose it.
    Angie's list was responsive to our request to refund the Big Deal for us.
    Thanks!
    - dawn M.
  • A
    We were impressed with Alfred Bunaugh and his team from the beginning. He has decades of concrete experience and was able to make expert recommendations along the way about construction details, drainage and concrete options. He identified what could have been a serious problem with our addition foundation and ensured it was built deep enough to reach bedrock, working with Moss and ourselves to keep the cost down. He works long hours, even on weekends, and completes his projects quickly. Yet the quality is exceptional. Our garage pad and driveway look great and seem set to withstand the elements for a long time. We receive numerous compliments on our stamped walkway and stoop, which includes a sundial design and flagstone stamping in tinted concrete. He aims to please and even transplanted an azalea bush for us, which is also doing well!
    - Carl L.
  • F
    This is a dispute over workmanship, cost and work I feel wasn't adequately performed under terms of  contract and issues that weren't satisfactorily addressed. The work performed by WFB Companies INC violated code and did not in the majority comply with the terms of the contract and accepted industry standards. Contractor, Bill Bowdring, owner of WFB Companies INC. failed to perform work in accordance with the drawings and specifications submitted, for example,   1) Caused owner to order and install a shorter bedroom window to replace the existing window as WFB overshot the height of the new Kitchen addition roof. Cost to owner:  New Window: $299,  Removal and installation : $887. 2) Caused owner to re-locate improperly installed HVAC supply to the correct kitchen floor location, vent it to crawlspace and insulate same supply duct in basement. Cost to owner:  $510.3) Damaged billiard room wall adjacent to kitchen with estimated damages of $300 with paint. 4) WFB caused water damage to owner's polyurea garage floor with misdirected sump pump drainage, estimated damage of $1710.6)  5) WFB misjudged header and stud location for entry to owner's pantry. Cost to remove said header and studs and replace anew was $1075 to owner. 6) Damaged bedroom wall requiring the shorter window in several large sections with an estimated repair of $300 with paint. 7) Damaged basement walls while doing electrical work with an estimated damage of $400 with paint. 8) Damaged tar driveway with an estimated damage of $50. 9) Constructed incorrect framing about the kitchen entry door requiring a new header and studs costing owner $900 to repair. Owner should be reimbursed for the first framing installation cost by WFB as well as the second.  In addition to the aforementioned, the entire front wall of the home containing the kitchen door is also out of plum which will require custom dry walling. It was as if no level was used to construct this wall.11) Installed a damaged Kitchen window costing owner $850 to remove and to install a replacement. Owner should be reimbursed for the first installation cost by WFB as well. Owner spent $250 to try and effect a repair but it did not take.12) WFB cashed specific checks for merchandise not received and owes owner the $1500 dollar allowance for the front door, $862 balance paid for said door and $1250 partial balance paid  for 4 windows. It should be noted that WFB had completed all the work in question weeks ahead in most cases but will deceive by excusing it as a work in progress cut short by his dismissal. WFB is disingenuous and has demonstrated a loss of credibility by being caught in lies to owner and his sub, Bright Masonry, documented in e-mails. WFB failed to pay his electrical subcontractor and failed to correct code violations upon notification of completed substandard work. Owner sitll does not know what his first draft of $65,812 to WFB covered as WFB jockeys coverage and allowances from draft to draft and within another contract mentioned in e-mails that the owner has never seen. Owner asked for an accounting after WFB's dismissal but WFB failed to comply. Owner may have paid for the aforementioned Anderson Kitchen window and the Thermatru kitchen front door which were credited back to WFB by distributor Smoot Lumber. WFB filed a deceptive uncalled for double dip mechanic's lien on owner's home and has not sent owner an amended mechanic's lien after getting credited approx 6500 dollars by Smoot Lumber on defective products installed at owner's house.Complaint too long -Check BBB site.
    **I am rejecting WFB's response because: WFB is validating his work by providing partial truths out of context masking the substandard  work performed by his carpenter and falsely accusing my Architect, Gary Zickafoose,  who can be reached at 703 960 5245 to counter claim.  WFB's structural and electrical County inspections initially passed but upon closer inspection failed County  re-inspection.  This is a matter of public record.  WFB's shoddy work  can be attested to by Craig Leech, Master Inspector County of Fairfax, (57)1 238 6320 who failed it upon re inspection citing issues in his reports.  He is very familiar with the substandard work performed by WFB at my house  and with my firing the previous contractor Michael Nash and Company  who returned my
    monies after I agreed to pay for the demolition of his substandard exterior foundations ready to be failed by the County. There is no
    subsequent fired contractor being sued after WFB as he is asserting and mentioning DPOR. WFB is the only contractor to be sued. WFB failed to return to correct his violations upon my notifications to him. I had fired him and did not know about getting County Enforcement after him as I learned later to do with WFB's electrical contractor, Lopez Electrical, who failed to complete the job he was contracted for and for which James Makely, Fairfax Co. Code compliance (703) 324 1300, was ready to cite him for if he did not return to finish. Adilio Lopez returned this June 2012 to finish the electrical work owed since Nov. 2011.   Some of the  WFB structural issues were corrected by Polcor (202) 415 4042 -replaced WFB's incorrect header and studs from pantry to kitchen addition, had expert carpenter address drywall issues due to out of plum entire front entrance wall of main addition.  Terry Dalton a career craftsmen ( 703) 395 2638 ) can attest to the out of plum front wall and for the removal of WFB's incorrect size header and improper studs about the front kitchen addition entrance cited by Craig Leech, Fairfax County Inspector.   Charlie at Condon Reed Inc (703) 534 5555 can attest to the improper HVAC supply duct location installation by WFB  which his company corrected.  I learned after filing my complaint against WFB with DPOR that one or more of these contractors was being investigated for failing to pull permits which I had no knowledge of.  WFB is reaching for straws by defending himself with false statements out of context to the actual events that  took place.  It was only Lopez Electrical  who was put on notice by the writer and  not threatened as WFB would have you believe,  to finish his work , wiring the kitchen island. He was warned by James Makely, to honor his agreement to me  to finish the job I  paid for on 11/16/2011. WFB failed to pay Lopez. WFB's Erie Insurance Group agent,  Phil Haugh  ( 703-723-4211) , realized WFB's  inconsistencies, saw the  multiple damages WFB incurred to my house  and was aghast by WFB's excuses and agreed to settle only what he was allowed to under contract and advised me to contact an attorney for other damages as cited above.  DPOR suggested that WFB took me for allot of money beyond the actual build cost and suggested I contact an attorney. Another builder estimated that WFB took me for $20-30000 dollars at the time I fired him.  WFB has a history of lying to the writer, his insurance agent, e-mail responses to me with regard to the overbuild of the kitchen addition roof, the names of subs who were not paid (withheld sub  Bright Masonry who he left me holding the bag until I realized his deception and threatened a warrant of detinue, denied responsibility for flooding my basement, engineered a  bait and switch cabinet event , cashing my checks and not providing the goods, kept the $1500 allowance I paid for the front main door, owes  money he allotted to the second draft, owes refunds for the faulty thermatru addition kitchen door and kitchen window covered in the first draft credited back to WFB, etc,etc. My complaint spells out the whole event and its reality is what WFB is trying to re-invent by being creative and distorting the facts.  It is the writer's contention and that of DPOR that the WFB invoice is suspect and DPOR did advise WFB to revise/correct downward his mechanic's lien  on my house which WFB failed to do. The writer believes that WFB owes him 20-30 grand to restore him whole and that WFB must allow his billing for the work he completed to be subject to scrutiny. WFB overcharged for 2 electrical and one residential to the tune of over a grand. WFB is being inventive and will creatively say anything here. He has been disingenuous through out and has shamed the industry. Please note the BBB and their accredited paying dues contractors/members, i.e. WFB, are supportive. I may never contact the BBB again as the paying dues contractors and other members stand to benefit because it is not the consumer advocate level playing field you are led to believe. No action was taken by DPOR against the corrective contractors.
    FROM DPOR:
    RE: RE: 2012-02416 Mihalakelis vs. WFB Companies Inc. Most of your complaint is civil in nature.  The Board does not govern cost
    issues, markup issues, workmanship, performance on the job, lying, etc. As we had discussed, many of your concerns are civil in nature and are simply not governed by the Board?s regulations.  I know that makes things more difficult for you but the scope of my authority is quite limited.  Even if WFB had failed to pay a subcontractor, WFB probably would have been able to gain compliance by simply paying the sub prior to the completion of my investigation.  Also, as we had discussed, had you not fired him and then he failed to fix issues cited by the inspectors, at that point, WFB would have been in violation.
     Christine J. Bourcy
    Investigator Compliance and Investigations DivisionDepartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, Virginia 23233 Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 498, Centreville, Virginia 20122Cell:   703-638-9452
    Office/Fax:   703-803-1124
    - Michael M.
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