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  • A
    Scott Riggs Construction
    The majority of the job was accomplished in a timely manner, but some parts took longer than were forecast.  The quality of the work was good and Scott was a good general contractor.  His painting subcontractor isn't as good as his construction subs, however.  Overall I'm pleased with the work and would recommend his services and use them again.
    - John B K.
  • A
    Nelson & Nelson General Contractors, Inc.
    Our bathroom on the main level where the guests go needed remodeling.  We had had most of the house updated in a previous remodeling but we ran out of money and time for this bathroom so it stood out like and (old) sore thumb.  My wife and I had been talking about updating it for ages.  Then last November, just after Thanksgiving, she informed me that she was hosting the Company Christmas party at our house and that the bathroom MUST be updated....NOW!
    What to do?  She wanted me to have a bathroom gutted and redone in about three weeks for concept to completion so I called Gary Nelson at "Nelson and Nelson".  I have been working with Gary Nelson for many years.  I own a small property management company and I rely on Gary to perform a variety of projects at my rental houses.  He has done major remodeling projects for me and minor fixes as well so I asked him if he could pull this off and he agreed to do it.
    What I like about Gary the most is that he can do anything.  Before I found him, when I had a project, I had to call the plumber, the electrician, the drywall guys, the roofers or what not to get it all done.  Gary is good at all of that stuff so I don't have to worry about coordinating vendors or paying extra for a General Contractor.  This project was the perfect job for his skills.  He came over to the house, went over with us what we wanted and gave us a ball price.  We agreed and later on that week he started.
    Gary was very patient with us throughout the process.  I work out of the house so I was present for much of the work.  I must admit that I "hovered" over him maybe a bit too much but he was patient with me throughout the process.  He was very good at communicating with me during the project and when little issues arose, like they always do in a remodel, helping us work out what to do.  Anyway long story short, Gary finished the project on time and on budget making me a hero of our home.  
    If you need contracting work done, particularly remodeling related work, I highly recommend Gary.  He is highly skilled in a variety of trades, honest to a fault and really cares about his work product.  Also for things that are beyond his scope, he has excellent subcontractors to do the work.  I also like the fact that he will do small jobs as well as big ones.  Often the good contractors only want to certain jobs and won't call you back on the little stuff.  Gary is not like that.  As you can imagine he is quite popular so he can get booked up sometimes but once he commits to a completion date, you can count on it.
    Best of luck to you in your contractor search.  In my opinion you should put Gary on your short list.  I think that you will be pleased.
    - Mark T.
  • C
    If you are looking for the cheapest home per square ft. America's Home Place (AHP) should be your choice.  If you are looking for anything above and beyond, including communication, please look elsewhere.  My initial impression of AHP was that the customer service was excellent.  All my emails and phone calls were returned within 24 hrs.; however, at about the 10% completion mark my superintendent, Bernie, left AHP for another builder in Fredericksburg.  From this point until about the 65% completion mark communication was minimal.  During the construction we lived a half mile away so my daily routine following work was to walk through the home.  It was at this point that I realized that subcontractors were taking advantage of the fact that AHP had not assigned a new superintendent to the job.  When I called the main AHP to notify the management about subs trashing the job site or uriniating in gatorade bottles, I was assured that it would be addressed.  These problems with subcontractors continued until the day we moved into our home, especially with the company who performed the final grade, which I will highlight later in my assessment.  I do believe the managment had good intentions; however, it is hard to come down on a sub that you are paying minimum dollar for.  The work ethic and craftsmanship throughout our home shows this.  Attention to detail was absent.  I complained about one area of the floor that always squeaked from the day the sub-floor was installed.  Two pieces of the ADVANTAC subfloor did not meet at the joist which is why they were bouncing.  I was assured it would be fixed; however, the spot was carpeted over and the floor squeaks today.  I was informed by my new superintendent that it was a structual issue and a 3 sq ft section would have to be removed in order to fix the floor joist.  This news came as my family was living out of boxes in preparation for moving into new home.  This goes back to my point about the subcontractors. AHP probably told them about the subfloor; however, when they are looking at a punch list and what they are getting paid for the job, along with Friday afternoon rush hour heading south to Fredericksburg, my subfloor was a simple fix--two nails with a nailer which actually went the entire way through the subfloor (not the joist) and onto the first floor subfloor. 
    The Final Grade:  Our first superintendent, Bernie, was great.  He called me one afternoon and asked if I would mind installing the drainfield before digging the foundation.  Well, for me simple answer...yes, I had never built a house before so I
    relied on Bernie and his expertise.  The only issue with approving this is that more dirt was taken from the lot than needed to go.  FFX County approved an area where dirt could be piled until the foundation was backfilled.  The company that completed our final grade brought in fill dirt with lots of rocks.  They also did minimal work with ensuring proper drainage with the grade.  I believe this was due in part to the lack of dirt and with the fact that they were trying to get their money as fast as they could knowing that no one was going to check their work.  In the process of hydroseeding they drove their truck through the lot creating ruts.  Some ruts were fixed; however, many were not and are still there.  According to the county, the soil was suppose to be prepped with a landscape rake that would remove rocks and ready soil for seed and straw.  We are still about 5 truck loads short on dirt.  During our final walkthough the owner of the final grade company was arguing with the superintendent about not getting paid.  This was in the kitchen of our new home!
    Site Work Cost:  Two weeks prior to final settlement I was informed that my site work was about $10K over budget.  I was shocked!  I had been informed at the 30% completion mark that I was about $2K over and that we could eliminate the $2k if we cut back on the amount of concrete used at the end of the project.  I am a active duty servicemember who is relying on money saved through multiple deployments to pay for this project.  At the beginning I had made it clear that anything above and beyond the contract price I would pay for with the savings.  I did not want to have to go to the bank at the end and adjust the total project price.  Upon finding out about the $10k I had lost it with AHP.  Many would have lost it when viewing the subcontractors on site with their complete lack of respect for the property, but this was my breaking point.  I was angry with the fact that AHP was not supervising their subcontractors, both with the work, or lack thereof on site and the fact that subs were submitting estimates for site work and then doubling or tripling the cost after the work was completed.  This is the reason my site estimates ended up being $10k more two weeks prior to settlement.  AHP did concede $2,900 due to the mix-up with soil leaving the lot and then charging me to bring it back; however, at the final settlement I had to come out of pocket $5,900.  For me, if it was work that was perfomed completed TO STANDARD without cutting corners I would have no problem paying; however, it was the toughest check I have had to write because I was angry about the lack of oversight by AHP on the site cost and estimates.
    Final Thoughts: As I stated at the beginning of this assessment, if you want a home at the cheapest sq. ft. cost go with AHP.   The house itself is built to code, which in FFX county is strict.  I do believe that my experience would have been far better if we had
    our superintendent throughout the process. I do believe that AHP should have conceded the additional site cost due to the lack of communication and oversight on subcontractors.  I also believe that AHP is building in a market where they are over their head.  It took approx 7 months to get building permits whereas builders such as NDI and Classic have their plans already with the county.  The builder only has to submit an ammendment to the plan that includes any walls, doors, etc. that are being moved.  The bottom line is that I expected this experience to be far better than what I have experienced in the past six months.  I am excited that my family will have home to grow up in; however, I expected more.  Limiting my expectations has always been difficult for me to do; but when working on a budget sometimes it is a must.  However, the communication/customer service aspect should always be there and it was absent for about 4 months.  As a Soldier, communication is a must on the battlefield...if not people are seriously injured or killed.  As a faithful angies list member, I have noticed that communication is at the center point of many reviews, as it is in mine.  Thank you for Reading and Good Luck.
    - Adam N.
  • A
    They did a great job giving us the upgrades we asked for at a fair price.  During the job they found some issues with the house that we had not noticed.  They fixed brick work and roof shingles at no extra charge stating that they stand behind their original work.  I was amazed since over 14 years had passed.
    - Bruce W.
  • A
    Northern Virginia Kitchen, Bath & Basement Inc
    In January 2010 I started the money saving task of finishing my own basement. 15 months later I stood proudly in front of my mostly framed in walls and not much else. My wife 'politely' inquired how the project was coming, and if it would be ready for company this summer. Taking the hint, I contacted four contractors in the Northern Virginia area for estimates to finish my 1800sq foot basement in April 2011. The basement project included 'touching up' my framing work (which is where my handyman skills came to an end over 12 months ago), installing all drywall, electrical, plumbing, painting, and flooring (carpet and tile) for a gym, poker room, rec room, bedroom, wet bar, and full custom bath. Not only did JJand K Custom Remodeling and Paint come in among the lowest of the four estimates, but John's prices on cabinets, and labor to construct a custom bar were unbeatable!

    John, and his wife Kim, were involved in every step of the project and kept me informed (daily) on the status, and provided expert recommendations on everything from the number of recessed lights I would need in a particular room, to where I could choose from a large selection of granite, tile and all the fixtures meeting each of my specific requirements. The contract and proposal John presented me were very straightforward, and even though I made several changes on the fly after the work was started, John and his team met every requirement often without any additional costs to me!

    In eight short weeks JJand K transformed my concrete floors and wood studs into a perfect basement retreat. In fact, my wife and brother commented that it does not even look like a basement, but rather another level to the house. The framing, painting, and trim are immaculate! The custom bathroom and tile work John did in the basement bathroom makes me want to redo the rest of my bathrooms in the house so they are on par with the basement. The granite topped bar with cherry cabinets and matching wine rack make it hard to come upstairs at the end of the night. JJand K designed my bar and wine racks based on my unique requirements using a CAD program, so I could actually see what my finished project would look like, in 3D, before any work was started. I was even able to make several changes to the project as it was underway with little to no increase from my initial estimate.

    What really made me a lifelong customer of JJand K is John's work ethic and integrity. He has got be one of the most straightforward, honest contractors I have ever met. When he says something will get done, it does. In fact, he even spotted things that needed to be fixed that were outside the scope of my basement project contract that he either fixed for free or just charged me for the cost of parts! In one instance (around week 4 of the project), I noticed a few of the tiles on the shower floor needed to be fixed... (I was very particular). Before I could even mention it to John, he told me he had already spotted the problem earlier in the day and it would be completely redone (at no cost to me). And when it came time to haul away the debris from the construction site, they even removed some large items I had been storing in the basement that I no longer needed, for free.

    Bottom-line, JJand K is able to deliver one of the highest quality basement remodels I have ever seen, and I would use them (and already plan to for my upstairs bathroom) for all future work. If you need a reputable, honest contractor for any size job, I would HIGHLY recommend JJand K Custom Remodeling and Paint.
    - Mike H.
  • C
    - Lee D.
  • A
    Mike Garcia Construction
    Still in early stages , will repost after completion.
    - Pamela B.
  • A
    Total Living Construction Inc
    They weren’t the cheapest, but they did very good work.  I had no problems at all.
    - Erik K.
  • A
    E and L Builders
    They were very professional, high quality, very accommodating to anything we wanted done differently and things that had an error in them, they fixed it.
    - Randy S.
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