Top Demolition Companies Near Ashburn

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R G Biggs Excavating
Business Description: Specializing in Commercial and Residential in: * Excavations * Demolition * Land Clearing * New Drive Ways & Repairs * Septic Tank Installations (WVA) * Septic Percs Testing (WVA) * Grading Rock & Concrete * Rock & Concrete Breakouts * Concrete Pours * Water & Sewer Utilities * Hardscapes * Hauling Gravel & Dirt * Top Soil * Tree Removal * Mulch * Shale * Backhoe * Loader * Dozer * Bobcat * Concrete Slabs/Footers Sidewalks Curbs and Stamping * Excavation for Basement and Basement Buildings
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Cortez Services LLC
Business Description: Cortez Services LLC is a full service general contractor. The company is family-owned, licensed, bonded, insured, and has been in continuous operation in the DC area for the last 18 years. Contact us for a free estimate and, for a limited time, a free kitchen or bath design for your remodeling project.
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305 BUILDING LUXURY LLC
Business Description: FULL SERVICE DESIGN BUILD RENOVATION BUSINESS SERVING THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and CIVILIAN MARKETS - SDVOSB - VOSB - SWaM
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Cox Construction & Contracting, LLC
Business Description: 5-6 EMPLOYEES. Ocasional use of subcontractors. Pricing is determinced by size of job. There is a travel charge of $30 which is refunded with signed contract. Emergency Service charges up to $200 surchare may apply.
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Happy Homes Remodeling
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Business Description: Licensed (Class A+BLD VA Contractor, License #2705 139342A) and insured, we specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, granite countertop installation, basement finishing/renovation. We can work with any size project and budget to create your dream kitchen or bathroom! Our owner is also the project manager, and is on-site at every job to ensure that the remodeling process is smooth and worry-free for every client.
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Blank Page Design Build
Business Description: Blank Page Design Build has been assisting clients through the process of remodeling for over ten years. We are a full interior and exterior design and build firm serving the DC metro area. We take great pride in our ability to build what our clients envision as their dream. We focus on each project with attention and personalized service that provides the client with quality they can trust. We will take our clients through the entire process of the remodel, from the planning stages through completion. Let us help you design & build the remodeling project of your dreams.
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Jire Home Improvement
Business Description: Established in 1975. If your house needs a new look and you are looking for quality workmanship with reasonable prices, then look no further: Jire J.L.R. Home Improvement is Here! The Company's Rule is an important moral truth; treat others the way you want to be treated. It is also the universal standard by which Jire J.L.R. Home Improvement does business. Our Company believes that we not only need to know what effect our actions have on the lives of their customers, but that we need to always imagine ourselves, consistently and realistically, in our customers' place. Building a strong reputation based on "doing the right thing" for our customers has allowed Jire Home Improvement to evolve into a dynamic, customer-service based company in the DC Metropolitan area. Our goal is to bring happiness to our customers by exceeding their expectations. We will accomplish any type of remodeling projects. We have the best flexible prices for these tough economic times. Get 50 - 70% discount If you call now!
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ANGLE3 Design Build LLC
Business Description: ANGLE3 Design Build Construction LLC possesses over 25 years of experience in the residential, commercial and government contracting construction marketplace. We are a one-stop-shop, and have the in-house capability to demolish an entire structure and complete a new construction build from ground level to final finishes. We employ up to 15 skilled tradesmen working at multiple locations throughout the “Built with Strength, District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Our completed work performance spans Pride & Dedication” general contracting, as required, and subcontracting to include all architectural trades, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, demolition, excavation, roofing architectural design/ blueprints and stamped engineering services. We are licensed, insured and are DMBE minority certified under the VA SWAM Certification program. Our contracted projects range from $5,000 to $800,000 per aggregate.
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Potomac Home Services
Business Description: Potomac Home Services is the local experts in tree services. We also offer other services such as Hauling and Demolition, Landscaping, Gutter Cleaning and Power washing
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M & G Contractor
Business Description: We are a home improvement business. We specialize in commercial and residential.
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HandySmith LLC
Business Description: Home Remodeling done in house, none of our work is sent to subcontractors. Service area covered: Northern Virginia From Chantilly to Springfield to N. Capital St in DC to N. Arlington
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Pyramid Land Development Solutions
Business Description: A premier Land Development Solutions company and a commercial residential build and design management company all in one. Celebrating 31 years of increasing success in the highly competitive development industry. We can help make your next venture successful and profitable. Additional DBA - Pyramid Land Development.
Reviews of Demolition Contractors Near You
FSPALDING ENTERPRISES INC...
Mr. Spalding performed borderline fraud on my demolition project. He refused to quote a price upfront and would only do work for the amount broken out in my insurance estimate, which should have been private between me and the insurance carrier. I did not provide him with that info, so it had to come from the insurance carrier. I was in a rush to get the work completed and foolishly let his workers perform services for me without him first providing a price upfront. This was 100% my mistake, but does not excuse his business practices. After the work was completed (3 men x 7 hours each of unskilled laborer demolition) the total bill amounted to almost $180 per hour per worker. Mr. Spalding even admitted on the phone that his total labor expense for the day was $650 ($250 for the chief and $200 for the other workers). I fully appreciate that contractors need to make money and support the right of small business people to make a profit, but in this instance his billing/labor ratio exceeded 5.5 so he was clearly taking advantage of both me and the insurance company. His message to me was that sometimes he wins and sometimes he looses. Well in this case he clearly won, to the detriment of both me and my insurance carrier. The borderline fraud I mention above stems from the fact that he charged me the full amount of certain line items in my insurance estimate (e.g. 9 hours of moving and protecting personal property) when in actuality that effort took maybe 2 man hours total (3 workers a total of about 30-45 minutes). I have disputed the charges with Mr. Spalding and am seeking to recover a significant amount of the charges already paid for. Although the total amount is relatively small ($3500) I will not hesitate to pursue this to the fullest extent allowed. In my opinion Greg Spalding is a perfect example of why home renovation contractors often get such bad reputations. The work itself was fair enough and his guys did work very hard and diligently, although they did not honor a specific request I made (several times) regarding demolition of my hardwood floors, but I think a better contractor will be able to remedy their mistake. My issue is that his business practices are unethical at best. It was my own fault for letting them work in my house. Please don't make the same mistake I did. Stay far far away from Greg Spalding and Spalding Enterprises.
- Kristy M....
AGSBuilders / Green Studio Builders Inc....
Green Studio Builders (and specifically its owners, Chris and Nicoleta Papadopoulos) helped me take a financially devastating situation with my house and turn it into an opportunity to create a home that I love. A little backstory: I bought my home in Hyattsville in 2009. It was a single family detached colonial with a three-story addition on the back-side of the house.  In 2010, I was told by a county inspector that the addition was un-permitted. It wasn?t clear until 2012 just how faulty the construction of the addition was. Long story short, it became clear that the repairs needed to bring the addition up to code were going to cost 150K or more. It took me a year find a way to finance the repairs. Once I had, I hired an engineer and architect to draft rough plans to inform estimates. Enter GSBuilders. When I met with Chris for the initial walk-through of my home, he was sympathetic, attentive, and optimistic. I felt immediately at ease and could tell that he was an expert who would take great care in fixing the mess I?d inherited. He recommended a complete demolish and rebuild, adding valuable square footage and ensuring that things would be wholly right. He was the only contractor to suggest a complete rebuild. The added value was double the added cost! When his estimate came in as one of the most competitive for a rebuild, I was delighted. Chris and Nicoleta made their support clear from the start. Chris spent his own time cleaning up the messes in the plans drafted by the architect and engineer I'd previously hired. He and Nicoleta both helped me navigate a personal health crisis in the middle of the project, meeting me on site to provide reassurance and welcoming me to their offices regularly with advice and espresso. Nicoleta spent hours helping me coordinate finishes. She acted as my designer at no extra charge. even making trips to tile stores and walking me through other finished project sites (with owner's permission) for inspiration. Nicoleta has a generous heart, exquisite taste, and great strategies for creating beautiful spaces on a budget. I also owe a debt of gratitude to William Reyes, the foreman assigned to my project. When Chris and Nicoleta had to tend to a family crisis of their own, William stepped in and held my hand through every step of the project through completion. Every renovation has its hiccups and I always knew I could count on William (Mr. William as I took to calling him because he always called me Miss Pamela) to come up with a great solution that would keep the project on track. In some cases the obstacles became opportunities for improvement! I couldn?t have asked for better. I could write for pages and pages about the specific ways in which GSBuilders saved my house and my sanity. Thanks to Chris and Nicoleta, my grief over this unexpected financial blow has become delight in my beautiful home.  I am forever grateful and cannot recommend their services highly enough. I can, however, offer individuals venturing into a project with GSBuilders some advice that will make everyone?s life easier. 1. Start your project with GSBuilders from the drafting stage. My only regret is that I didn?t find and work with GSBuilders and their engineers and architects from the start. They have a well-coordinated team and the quality of the work for the price can?t be beat. Save yourself the headaches and trust them with it ALL! 2. Know the specifics of your budget and start collecting photos of spaces and finishes you love. Nicoleta can work magic within your preferred style and budget, especially if you have specific price points for finishes and have a clear aesthetic. And even if you don't, Nicoleta will help you figure it out. That is tremendous added value. 3. Keep the GSBuilders team on speed dial and never hesitate to call. Chris, Nicoleta, and William all made it clear to me from the start that they were willing to help at every turn, but sometimes I didn?t reach out because I didn?t want to be a bother. MISTAKE! It became clear that transparent and regular communication made everyone?s lives easier. The team always got back to me within hours if not minutes and was happy to be in the loop. A connected team is an empowered team. 4. Stop by the office.  The espresso is hot and strong and you may even come on a birthday and get a cupcake! In any case, you?ll get a warm welcome and all the support you need to navigate your renovation. Thank you to the whole GSBuilders family for your love and support in this journey. I?m eternally grateful for you all!
- Pamela T....
AMichael Nash Design Build & Homes...
The overall project went over the estimated timeline, but we are happy with the final result.  We initially asked for quotes from 3 other companies, and none would provide the amount of work (with extras like the additional HVAC) and the quality of materials for the price Michael Nash quoted us.  Most of the others offered us builder-grade materials at that price range, and one even quoted a higher price than Michael Nash and did not include the work to build a new foundation.  There were no cost overruns or additional charges during construction, and every time there was an issue, they were flexible and worked with us to come to a solution.  In one situation, we requested a change to a key part of the floorplan while work was being done on that part of the house, and they were quickly able to make the change and it turned out great!
- John S....
CH Martinez Contracting LLC...
There were good and bad things about it. It was a learning experience and you know what you will do next time, differently. One thing I wasn't aware of was that there would be so many people coming in and out, like somebody doing the demolition, somebody doing the drywall. So there were a couple of different groups of people coming in to do the drywall or a different person coming in for the floor. So there were just a lot of different people in our home and I wasn't aware sometimes of the scheduling, not knowing when somebody was coming or expecting and them not showing up. So sometimes miscommunication because there were so many different parties involved. I was a little disappointed with the professionalism when we did the contract. I had gotten the original contract and then the day that we began, he had brought over the contract but didn't have the Angie's List 10% discount reflected. So he left to change that to reflect it. Once he brought it back, I had assumed that everything was the same but he had taken out the glass door for the master shower and because I didn't read every line again, I had assumed everything was the same except that 10% When a different person came to put the door, he asked to be paid. So I went back and looked at the contract. When I compared on that same day it was different and so I kind of felt deceived.
- Yolanda G....
AUS Builders Inc...
The construction project went a lot better and smoother than expected. The principle at US Builders, Cyrus, is a German licensed architect with deep knowledge of the latest and greatest construction methodologies and best practices. As such, our worries about such humongous project was put to rest at an early stage. Cyrus provided various options for both quality and cost in a timely manner and made the correct recommendations when we needed help.  The project consisted of exterior and interior architectural elements and build outs. The project was completed in a timely manner ahead of schedule and slightly over budget. At about 5% above budget we were happy campers! We would do business with Cyrus again and again if the choice was given.
- Mani V....
AGSBuilders / Green Studio Builders Inc....
In the fall of 2014 we set out to hire a general contractor to perform a complete gut and remodel of our cooperative apartment kitchen.  The space was original to this 1966 structure and was in dire need of some TLC.  We had been planning for well over a year before we even started looking for a contractor, so we had a very good idea on the design and didn't need any help in that arena. We opted to go with Green Studio Builders (GSB) for a couple of reasons.  The first is that we saw their work first hand in another apartment within our building and we were very impressed with the craftsmanship especially considering the complexities of that project.  Our project was similarly complex and it was reassuring to know that they had experience to tackle more than the run of the mill project. It's also nice to work with a contractor that already knows the building, the management staff, the rules and regulations, etc. The second reason was the result of our interaction with the owner of the company during his onsite visit to our apartment during the assessment phase.  One could describe Chris as passionate.  During the walkthrough he was a terrific listener and clearly was able to grasp the intensity of the project. The project consisted of gutting a 20' x 12' kitchen right down to the studs and concrete sub floor, removing walls between the kitchen and living room, walls between the kitchen and dining room as well as a wall between the living room and dining room.  We were going for an open concept and amidst that there was re-routing of trunk phone lines for apartments above and below us as well as a thermostat relocation. Work began in February and completed 4 months later in June.  We were assigned an operations manager and supervisor to the project.  Between them they were to coordinate all of the onsite activities.   Despite the assigned leadership, I assure you that I was keeping a strict eye on the project at all times.  We were not about to part with this kind of money with no personal oversite regardless of GSB?s reputation.  While the project was a huge success, I assure you that there were several conversations throughout the project to have minor elements corrected or to re-educate the crew members on the expectations of the project elements.  This type of open communication was vital and GSB?s entire crew was excellent at following through on my every concern without ever making us feel like we were overbearing. The demolition was completed in two phases; the first was an early prep to remove the old cabinetry and appliances to prepare the space for the asbestos abatement company (with whom we were expected to contract independently with).  Once the asbestos abatement was complete, GSB returned immediately to resume with phase two of the demolition where they removed the walls.  During this process our apartment was thoroughly draped to try and contain the dust and protection was laid on our hard wood floors to protect them from damage.  The debris was removed from the apartment in a timely manner.  With demolition complete, the new walls were framed and GSB coordinated for the electrical and plumbing sub-contractors to complete the necessary work.  The walls were then drywalled, mudded, sanded and primed.  GSB then installed the floor tile absolutely perfectly.  They followed through on my pattern flawlessly and the installer took great care to insure a proper installation.  We opted for long and narrow tiles and if the thinset underneath is not perfect it can cause future cracking , the installer took his time to ensure our complete satisfaction.  GSB did a great job of coordinating the timeliness of the subcontractor for cabinet delivery and installation. One of our longest delays followed cabinet installation.  We opted to go through GSB and their subcontractor for countertop installation and had already selected out stone, but there were several breakdowns in communication which resulted in a couple week delay.  While this was a sore subject for a few days, I assure you that GSB took complete ownership of the issue and made the situation right in a way that was agreeable to both us and them.  We never expected the project to be easy, but when snags do occur you need an organization that will own up to their promises and GSB did exactly that. Backsplash tile installation followed the countertop install.  Good news is that GSB sent the same crew back and like the floor work, the tile was installed exactly to specifications.  Once this was complete, GSB coordinated the final electrical and plumbing work as well as painting.  The operations manager came onsite for a physical assessment and the creation of a punch list of final to do?s and those tasks were completed expeditiously. We have enjoyed out new kitchen now for just shy of two months and every day we are appreciative of the fine work that was done to bring us to this point.  We recommend GSB and their crew.
- John G....
ACustom Craft Building...
Uwe worked with us to design our dream kitchen. His extensive knowledge of home remodeling and cabinet making allowed for a custom solution at a comparable cost to Lowe's or Home Depot but with the features I wanted and no filler. Uwe worked with us on design, walked us through the inspection process, demolished the old kitchen, facilitated coordination with a gas contractor, stone mason, and flooring installer, provided a trusted electrician and plumber, and using appliances, fixtures, etc. that we provided, gave us a beautiful new kitchen. Specific tasks accomplished included: Design assistance and consulting Project management Demolition and removal Cabinet construction (35 pieces incl. and island) Additional lighting Fan Hood and make-up air installation Plumbing and Electrical Painting Tile Backsplash Appliance installation
- Amanda B....
ADOBSON BUILDING & REMODELING...
This was a major remodeling project to bring a vintage home into this century.  We are absolutely delighted with the results and impressed by the quality of the design and the work. Rick Dobson (owner) was a pleasure to work with.  We discussed what we hoped to accomplish and issues we had with the spaces, and he developed innovative solutions and a wonderful plan.  We started discussions in late Winter 2014.  Demolition and construction began in early June, and the project was substantially completed in about 14 weeks, as anticipated.  Eric Kluge (project manager) and his excellent crew were a delight to work with.  In addition to overseeing the work of his crew, Eric coordinated with all subcontractors so that everything stayed on track.  Any time we had a question, Eric got right back to us with the answer.  If there was ever an unexpected problem, his recommended solutions were always on target. The cost of the project was significant, but not unreasonable for the scope of the work.  And sometimes you get what you pay for; we have continued to be impressed with the quality of the work in all parts of the projects--kitchen spaces, 2.5 baths, closets, walls, floors.  Nearly all of the plumbing was replaced.  At one point it became clear that one small part of the original design needed to be adjusted; Rick Dobson immediately said, "We'll fix it."  They did, with professionalism. We have another project in mind in the future.  When we're ready to proceed with that one, Rick Dobson is who we will turn to.
- Mark T....
FGarcia's Renovations...
Having spoken to several friends that work in construction, this project has every single nightmare story that they have heard people tell about dealing with contractors rolled into one. To save you the trouble of reading the essay below simply follow my advice - NEVER use this contractor under ANY circumstances. I signed a contract and paid the initial deposit in mid-March. Work began on April 15, 2015. It is now May 19th, I have been without a kitchen or bathroom for over a month. I have fired this contractor due to breach of contract related to timing of the project, extensive property damage and gross negligence. I have requested a refund of all monies paid to the contractor ($10,000), which I have not received, and will be forced to turn to the courts if not received in the next few days. Note that Garcia's Renovations also goes by Garcia's Concrete. The two principals engaged on this contract were Jose Garcia and Mervin Dandridge. I initially made contact with this company in mid-February, as I was exploring options for a much-needed remodel of my kitchen and bathroom. I hired these guys based on their very quick response time (Mervin was at my apartment to take measurements the same day I initially contacted them), extensive follow-ups, what appeared to be a good work ethic and examples of past projects that they provided. We met in their office to discuss the details of the contract and agreed on a final price. Several days later Jose presented me with a contract and offered a discount of $250 if I was able to make the first payment in the next couple of days, since he would be able to combine shipping costs on cabinets with another project. I obliged and transferred $5,000 as per the contract. Two days before work started (on April 13th) I transferred $2,000 for work to begin as per the contract. One day before work started, Jose contacted me to ask if I could transfer another $3,000 because the bank put a hold on the initial transfer and that he needed the whole amount to purchase supplies. This was probably the first clue that I should have turned and ran the other way. On the first day (April 15th), Jose arrived with four guys that he instructed to remove the old kitchen and begin removing tile in the bathroom. I asked to put down some protection on the wooden floors in the condo and to move my appliances to another room as I was not replacing them. At the end of the first day, I came home to the floors not being protected, with concrete dust tracked all over them, the appliances not being moved and all damaged from the kitchen demolition going on around them. That night I spent a lot of time moving the appliances myself and covering the wood floors with parchment paper that the contractor brought but did not use. I reported this damage to Jose. On the second day I came home to a small leak on the kitchen floor, as they were unable to properly disattach the kitchen sink and left it on the floor still attached to the water main - the thin pipes connected to the sink sprang several leaks, and there was now water on the kitchen floor. I moved the sink around until the leak had stopped and reported this to Jose. On the third day I came home to water once again leaking onto the kitchen floor, which I again resolved and reported to Jose. Also, on this day I was presented with about $350 in fines from building management for various damage done to the building by the workers. Also, on this day the workers attempted to install 1/4" cement board over partially demolished walls in the bathroom, such that there was over 3" in difference in wall thickness depending on where you measured going top to bottom - the workers simply did not remove the cement underlayer that was beneath the tiles, and attempted to hide it with cement board. I requested that the cement board be removed because I did not want to tile over crooked walls. On the fourth day (Saturday), trash was removed from three days of demolition work in the bathroom, the sink in the kitchen was moved yet again and began to leak water yet again. I came home late on Saturday night to about an inch of standing water in one corner of the kitchen, which I promptly picked up, and addressed the leak to the best of my ability by directing leaking water into a plastic bucket. My building doesn't allow work on Sundays, but I was filling up a 3 gallon bucket with leaking water twice a day. The following Monday, the unit owners from the unit below came home from a weekend away and reported a leak in their unit. Because of the leak, building management did an emergency water shut off (fined for that) and called in their own plumber who replaced the shut-off valves in the kitchen and bathroom (charged for that), and removed both sinks and the toilet. Starting from this day I had no working toilet in the apartment. This was also the first day that I saw a power tool used in the project - before that, Jose had his workers attempting to remove tile plus over an inch of underlying cement with a hammer and chisel (unsuccessfully). The following day, building management shut down the project because the contractor had apparently provided an improper insurance certificate. This took a week to resolve. In the meantime, the contractor became incredibly difficult to reach to discuss next steps, as he suddenly developed serious health problems and was in and out of the hospital. I have records of my multiple attempts to contact him by phone or text to no avail. From the beginning of the project, I had been asking for a meeting to discuss kitchen design and finishing materials to be used - this meeting never occurred. After the insurance certificate issue was resolved, no work was done for another five days, and Jose could not be reached. At that point I reached out to his partner Mervin - who was the person that initially came to my apartment and took initial measurements - only to find out that a) Mervin had no idea that the project was underway, and b) he was no longer working with Jose because Jose owed him too much money. It was at that point that I became very concerned and made the first attempt to terminate the contract and request a refund. Jose resurfaced, apologized, swore up and down that this was all because of his health issues that have since been resolved, and promised a quick and professional completion of the project, to be supervised by Mervin. It took another five days for Jose to convince Mervin to help him out and make some sort of financial arrangement, so work started again on May 6 - three weeks after the initial start date, and at the end of the time the contract stated work would take. After working for one day, everyone disappeared from the job site, leaving a huge pile of demolition debris on the kitchen floor. Noone could be reached for the following day, the trash was left in our unit over the weekend. That following Monday (May 11) I wrote a contract termination email to both of the principals on the contract, and requested a full refund of all money transferred, with the alternative of going to court but with a higher settlement amount (I firmly believe that the various fines I incurred from my building totaling nearly $1,000 as well as the ongoing headache of living without a toilet or shower more than fully offsets the cost of any labor that had been done). The contractor once again reemerged, apologized profusely, and negotiated a new contract with my wife (I refused to speak to him any longer), promised a $1,500 refund and cover cost of kitchen cabinets and granite that we had ordered ourselves at that point. When asked what work is to be performed I requested that they are to 1) Finish exposing the three cinder block walls in the bathroom to prep walls for tile, 2) remove the ceiling in the bathroom, and 3) install new metal framing on the fourth wall in the bathroom to replace a very flimsy construction that was there before. I was away on business for three days, upon my return I discovered that 1) Instead of removing the remaining cement from the walls, the contractors attempted to free-hand plaster over the walls resulting in all surfaces being extremely uneven and far from level (has to be demolished now); 2) Instead of removing the ceiling attempts were made to seal it to the adjoining walls (has to be undone now); 3) Instead of installing new metal framing as requested, the existing metal bars were wrapped with wooden planks, with cement board attached over top, thereby not resolving the unsound construction issue - the wall gives up to 3/4" if I press on it (so this too has to be undone). After this I resent them the termination of contract email and informed building management to not allow any of these people anywhere near my apartment again. Now we have yet to see how we will get our money back, if ever. As a wrap up note - in addition to all of the damage listed above and having been without a toilet for a month now (there is only one in my unit), I now strongly believe that all monies that I have transferred have been fully misappropriated, as the contractor follows a "Rob Peter to pay Paul" type of approach to finances. I was told in mid-March to pay deposit in order to get a combined shipping discount on kitchen cabinets. In reality, no cabinets have been ordered, ever. The same goes for the granite, that was supposedly paid for out of the $2,000 transfer that I made. The only thing aside from cement board and liquid nails that ever made its way to my unit was a shower handle/faucet combination - and NOT the one I requested, but a much cheaper alternative. Again, do yourself a favor and stay away from these guys!
- Anton V....
FJorge Canales Construction...
If you are considering using Jorge Canales, or his company Jorge Canales Construction previously  J&C Construction Company of 1410 Pollard St., Arlington, VA 22204 or from his alternative home business address of 2410 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington, VA 22206, for your construction work, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT!!    Here?s my horror story: Canales came to me recommended, yet, in the times I was associated with him, Canales proceeded to cause extensive financial damage to me while doing shoddy construction work of sub-standard quality, .   A construction job that Canales affirmed by his signature would cost $171,000 to complete -  including costs associated to credit damage and its subsequent consequences and litigation cost, and cost to complete the construction job as well as correcting some of the substandard work done by Canales, ran approximately close to an additional $240,000 in additional expenses. Below I?ve listed the factual highlights of just some of the most serious incidents that had happened: 1) Breach of Contract: Canales agreed to do the work in 10 months but took 1 year and 7 months (19 months) at which point after 19 months of on again off again work on the house, he walked off the job permanetly, leaving it still incomplete. 2) Forgery and Lawsuit: Canales committed forgery by copy/pasting my signature from our original agreement on to a 4-line agreement that he drew-up that he claimed I signed agreeing to pay him an additional $213,197.00.  He subsequently hired a lawyer and sued me at the  Superior Court of the District of Columbia ? Civil Division.  CA No. 2112-09 ? Jorge A Canales, Plaintiff vs. Leika Tesfa, Defendant.  The litigation itself consisted of approximately 15 to 18 cumulative hours of deposition where Canales? attorney proceeded to verbally attack and abuse me trying to make me admit that I had agreed to pay Canales the $213,197.00, that Canales claimed I owed him and had agreed to pay him.  He was never able to produce a single shred of evidence to back his claims including an original of the agreement that he claimed I signed. After 2- years of emotionally very draining and financially very costly litigation, we settled out of court and he walked away with no accountability for what he has done. 3) Cost of Substandard Work: Canales did very bad sub-standard work that cost me $30,000 to bring the house to a livable condition AFTER he walked off the project without completing his contractual obligations:       i.   Leaking foundation: Canales left the foundation incomplete, which subsequently leaked, flooding the basement on many rainy occasions and causing extensive damages and mold growth.   ii.  No or minimal Insulation: Canales built the house with no insulation in some parts and very minimal insulation in some parts.  Resulting in very high heating bills year after year ? costing me several thousands of dollars in since 2008 in just heating costs.  A cost which is still affecting me to this day. iii. Leaking and Flooding: When he performed demolition work he left areas of the house impacted by the demolition unrepaired.  This included the roof.  A house that did not leak before Canales started working on it, started leaking every time it rained. iv.  Skylight: The contract we signed called for the installation of a skylight in the roof above the hallway.  Canales created an opening for a skylight but instead of installing a skylight as has been agreed upon, he covered it with plexiglass that leaked constantly when it rained.  I was forced to have a patch up job done to seal the edges of the plexiglass covering so that rainwater will not get into the house. v.   Front entrance door: Canales did not bother to install a front door to the house.  I had to buy an exterior door and had a handy man install it so that I could have a safe and secure front entrance, when I moved in. vi.  Hardwood floors: Canales was responsible for the installation of hardwood floors that I had paid for and transported to the house.  Canales installed the floors improperly.  In some parts of the house the floor squeak and other parts such as the stairs, some of the steps are lose.   The staining and sealing job was also done improperly resulting with uneven and blotchy staining job throughout the house.  In addition, due to improper installation, the floors resulted in getting wrapped in some parts of the house. vii.  Incomplete Electrical work: It took a year and a half after Canales walked off the job leaving it incomplete and me moving into an incomplete house, and a letter from my attorney to Canales? electrician to force him to do the heavy-up on the electrical meter and close up the meter that was left exposed to the elements for over 18 months.  A condition, PEPCO (the electricity utility company) notifying me in writing that the work was incomplete and improperly done. viii. Improperly installed ductwork: The heating and cooling ductwork system installed throughout the house was done improperly, resulting in very loud wind gushing noise that is so loud it drowns out sound from TV and stereo set at normal volume, every time either the A/C unit or Heat unit was operating. ix.   Leaking Jacuzzi tub: Canales installed a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom that causes leakage every time it is used, resulting with bath water leaking through the ceiling and in the living room below due to improper installation of the tub. x.   Low water pressure: Some faucets in the house have very low water pressure while others have normal water pressure.   xi. No sound-proofing: Canales did not install sound-proofing in the house resulting in the loss of privacy while using the bathrooms. xii.   Mice infestation due to defective foundation work: Canales left holes in the foundation of the house resulting in mice infestation which is plaguing me to this day.  After years of costly rodent mitigation efforts using first Orkin then Terminex, both of which were unsuccessful in stopping the rodent infestation, I gave up and now use glue traps.  This has resulted in me catching 2 ? 3 mice a week in the house during the summer seasons. xiii.  Insecure rear deck: Canales built a deck in the rear of the house that was not done properly.  Subsequently the deck was moving from side to side so much that guests using it for a function at my house voiced their concern over it?s safety. Subsequently, I hired someone to inspect and repair the deck.  The new contractor found that Canales did not use the proper size joists or bolts large enough to secure the deck in place.  I was forced to replace all the joists of the floor of the deck as well as the railing to stabilize the deck. 4) Current Conditions: Now, three and a half years since the litigation, I?ve been able to build back my  credit that was severely damaged by Canales? actions. But the house still lacks insulation and sound-proofing.  The skylight is still covered with plexiglass that is contributing to the loss of heat and subsequent high heating bills.   Upon investigation, I found that the cost of heating houses similar in size and specs in the neighborhood is 1/3 of what I?m currently paying for heating my  house due to the lack of insulation.
- Leika T....