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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.
The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.
If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window) then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.
Dictated by Federal LAW , you will need a Licensed and EPA Certified HVAC Contractor
to make such repairs . In fact , by law , ONLY A licenesed HVAC contractor can buy or install
said eguipment , NOT A handyman nor general contractor !
YES , You should have an A.C. sleeve surrounding the through the wall unit . These sleeves will usually accompany NEW products , either as a package or an add on equipment purchase.
Contact a Licenesed PROFFESSIONAL at once !
It depends on what type of ramp you need. If it is built out of wood you could look for a carpenter or a deck company. If you are looking for a concrete ramp a mason would be what you are looking for. There are also metal ramps and I believe some medical supply companies may carry them or be able to steer you in the right direction. As for insurance coverage I am not sure. You may have coverage and would be best talking to your agent. Depending on why you need this ramp there may even be programs through your local government or even some of the local charities might help. It might be a project a local Scout Troop might help out on.
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He said we could reschedule as soon as he got here. We went ahead with the door, which took 2 hours to install with two men. He left the destroyed door frame in my yard, a pile of board with nails in them facing up. There were nails all over my garage. He was going to replace the hardware on some folding doors, but he said the doors were broken and I would have to buy new ones. I feel if he would have looked at them more closely on his initial visit,I could have bought the new doors and had them installed.
By this time I was out of patience and good humor and told him we should call it a day. He said okay and left.
The company consistently goes the extra step. For example, I needed a permit for work outside of what
not doing that specific job. There were also some issues I experienced with my other contractor, outside of
He does not mind handling the little details to make sure everything comes together nicely.
construction. As far as the overall schedule, there were delays from both sides- owner and contractor.
and the ones I experienced did not have a major impact for me. In hindsight, I should have discussed the schedule
more to ensure we were on the same page- which is a responsibility of both parties.
The biggest challenge with my project was keeping track of all the change orders. As
things evolved, there were many little details to track and changes made, albeit for the better. This did affect
the overall schedule, but worth it in the end as the house is amazing and I am very happy. The good news is that
and his crew were very flexible and rolled with all the changes which only served me as the client in the end. However, I do think this is an area where The
thought could have been better.
We had been referred to
We highly recommend him in the future.
We executed a contract for home renovations (new roof and removal of “load bearing” interior walls) on 3
is a summary of services that we initially contracted for:
1. Pulling required permits.
2. Remove all existing shingles, felt, vents and collars complete. Cut ridge 2" on each side of ridge. Patch holes for square
vents. Supply and install new felt, drip
new collars complete. Haul away all material and debris.
3. Cover kitchen cabinets; remove walls to kitchen, front room complete. Remove ceilings in dining room, front hallway, and hallway to bed, front room, and kitchen complete. Remove ridge board and rafters in this area of construction. Supply and install new double ridge header in open room, new rafters to accommodate insulation and airspace. Supply and install new ½ "
OSB on roof sheathing. Frame up existing walls to meet new ceiling. Insulate and plaster.
All material is guaranteed to be as specified, and the above work to be performed in accordance with the drawings and/or specifications submitted, along with this proposal, for the above work and completed in a substantial workmanlike manner for the sum of $xx,xxx.xx
Key Concerns with the Contractor:
The first item on the executed contract (above) was to
After numerous inquiries and a verbal quote by
·Upon extensive research during the early
contractor’s license or the appropriate contractor’s license to perform the work for which they were contracted thus the reason why they engaged another company to
The overall cost weighed against the craftsmanship was marginal which causes me concern from a safety perspective.
We had an extensive (multi-page) punch-list whereby
Concerns with Angie’s List
After speaking with an Angie’s List representative on November 4, 2014 regarding the license and permitting situation, it appears that Angie’s List verification process is based upon the contractor self-certification of their credentials (self-attestation). That’s
alarming. This introduces numerous professional and personal risk scenarios especially not knowing who has access to your home. I would have expected Angie’s List to run the appropriate background checks on companies and its employees that
are working inside a family residence that includes children.
Suggest potential buyers perform their own independent due diligence including a review of all the postings regarding this company as there are many similarities.
Background:The remodel was an almost complete gut of the master bathroom, to include removal of a wall, installation of a custom shower, two sink counter-top and in-floor heating. The bathroom originally had a bathtub and two sink counter, all original to the house and cheap quality. In addition, I required some drywall repair in the dining room ceiling to fix damage from a water leak.
I brought in several contractors (4 in total) to get estimates on the job. All of the estimates were very similar in terms of cost estimate. The decision to go with
The work done on the bathroom was excellent.
The work done on the bathroom included removing the drywall, putting up DUROCK, using redgard waterproofing, installing a privacy wall and bench seat in the shower, putting DUROCK subfloor and self-leveling cement on the floor, in addition to the in-floor heating. They did drywall repair on the walls, as necessary, installed cabinets and granite countertops on the sink and installed a custom mirror.
In addition to the above, The owner's wife,
Overall, the renovation went very well, and I am extremely happy with the results. The bathroom looks beautiful and more importantly, I am confident the work behind the exterior was very well done.
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