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Home Builder reviews in Powhatan

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    Creative Home Concepts

    After waiting 17 years to buy our first home, we found Creative Home Concepts through the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. We decided to choose him because of their endorsement. I have several issues with the way the house was presented to us, but my main issue lies with the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

    I explained the issues with the cabinets in a letter, along with photos of these issues. His response to my letter was polite, but after other encounters with him with other issues on the house, I view this as a disingenuous attempt, to make it appear as though he's trying to address the problems, without really having to solve them. He simply offers to and quot;discuss,and quot; the problems. His idea of discussing the problem, is to try to tell me, why he is not responsible and I am. Or I accepted the cabinets, therefore, they aren't an issue. He offered to have his cabinet maker come back and address the issues, but I refused. If he couldn't build them properly in the first place, it makes no sense to have him try to fix them. In my opinion, this isn't a responsible solution. When we addressed an issue with him, his response was generally to somehow place the blame on us. We didn't make things clear, or we didn't decide on something, or and quot;you're entitled to your opinion?and quot;

    Finally, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and we can't enjoy it. The cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, all need to be torn out, and built by a professional cabinet maker. I assumed his cabinet maker, Jerry Smith with Diamond Cabinet Works or Shannon Horan who handles cabinet issues had proper training in kitchen design. They obviously don't, even though their background states CHC has been building homes for over ten years. Jerry Smith with Diamond Cabinet Works claims to have 25 years experience. He was not trained properly, or just doesn't care about using sub standard techniques or material.
    We were sold a horrible product in our cabinets. We would have gladly paid more for quality cabinets with a qualified cabinet maker. We are currently in the process of having our kitchen cabinets replaced by a custom cabinet maker in Richmond, VA.

    This has left us with an overall bad experience. We feel that this was all due to improper planning, and not giving us a realistic estimate, by this contractor. The work of this builder was sloppy, and showed a lack of concern for our house. Since we were first time homebuyers and homebuilders, we didn't research him enough, but relied on Southern Living's endorsement of him. We will never do business with him again. I don't want his sub contractors near our house.

    This is not what I would have expected from a Southern Living Builder. He defends his sub contractors to a fault at the expense of his customer. He fails to realize without customers, you will have no sub contractors. There is more to being professional than calling someone Mr. and Mrs., and writing nice words in emails. It's your actions that speak for you.

    P.S. Since we've begun the kitchen renovation, we've found out that the kitchen window isn't centered with the house. I believe he knew the kitchen window was not centered, and he kept that hidden from us. We've also found an open vent with insulation underneath our dishwasher, that was not installed properly. This will have to be fixed also. I wrote a separate email to him asking why this vent was located there, and not installed properly, but I never received a response from him about it.

    Buyer beware. My suggestion would be to ask questions of neighbors, to make sure the builder has a good reputation. Apparently the builders pay Southern Living a hefty fee to be placed in their custom builder program. Don't let nice websites or positive comments on facebook, etc., fool you. Do your own research. While most of the Southern Living Builders we've dealt with in the past were wonderful, there is always the chance, you could get a lemon. I view this man as arrogant, with a grandiose opinion of himself. He would rather blame the customer than take responsibility for bad work.

    Our mistake was signing a contract with him. If we were not new homebuyers or homebuilders, we would have seen all of the red flags prior to signing a contract with him. When he initially sent us a contract, we made changes to the contract in writing, and we sent this back to him, expecting those changes to be made. We would then sign the contract when the changes were made. He proceeded to send us the same contract without the changes included, which we foolishly signed. He was in a hurry to get a sale, and I believe it was obviously a bait and switch. I view this as fraud and I view this company as unethical. I intend to file a complaint with the BBB about this company and Southern Living Custom Homebuilders program.

    It was a dreadful experience.

    I wanted to add two updates today, April 7, 2014.

    Not even two years into this house, we have a severe leak under our kitchen sink. I plan to post an update when I know the cost of this repair. In addition to this leak in the kitchen, a pedestal sink in our powder room was not installed correctly. This had to be taken out recently and reinstalled due to a leak. This was a $400.00 fix.

    I don't know how they continue to build houses. I blame the Southern Living Custom Builder program for this. They directed us to this company, and obviously didn't thoroughly look into them. Complete fraud.







    - Nancy K.
  • A
    Perkinson Homes Inc
    Bottom line,
    I have never had a better experience with a general contractor and all the
    supporting vendors than Brian, Shane and their team. This is my forth
    home project (and our last, as this is the empty nest home). I am a
    program/project manager by trade, so my standards regarding schedule,
    performance, change orders, quality and budget are very high. We
    interviewed 7 local Richmond, VA contractors. Between Brian and Shane���s
    quick and professional turn around, my background checks on their banker,
    suppliers, former and current customers, not one red flag came up. Quite
    the opposite. All commented on the quality of their work. The Powhatan
    Electrical, Plumbing and Building inspectors commented on their high quality. Even
    my lawyer and banking construction loan officer commented on how easy it was to
    work with Brian.

    Our home was
    a complete custom deal from start to finish. Our architect, Poole and Poole also commented on their focus,
    professionalism and easy going personalities. Our home was delivered 2
    weeks early and 6% over budget due to our granite, vanity and cabinet choices.

    I cannot
    recommend Perkinson Homes any higher.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Perkinson-Homes/329493895840
    http://www.perkinsonhomes.com/

    Feel free to
    email me for additional information, jack@jackcrowley.com


    Regards,
    Jack Crowley

    - Jack C.
  • A
    H C Swoap
    I'm very satisfied with the quality of the work. My wife and I were never inconvenienced. The workers worked during days we were not at home. They were very clean and didn't took care of my home. The price was reasonable especially considering the quality of the job. I'm considering hiring him in the future to build a garage.
    - Kevin B.
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