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After a friend of mine could not finish building a shower basin in our master bedroom bathroom, I posted the project on Thumbtack on a Saturday morning. Charles came by within 2 hours of me calling him and looked at the remodel. He said he could come by before I would have to got to work at 8am on Monday to start the project. He came at 8:30 but texted me to let me know he was running behind. Then he stayed and finished the job until it was finished by the time I got home from work. He even texted me the pictures of the final project. It came out perfect!
Showed up promptly. Finished all work with no issues and no overcharges. Excellent and I am going to hire Destry for other projects.
Photo updates to follow First, I should say that for a big project like this, I would hire John again, bottom line. That is probably the most straightforward way to assess the renovation as a whole. We hear nightmare stories all the time about significant (and even minor) home renovations and, while we had our frustrations, we went through a big job with few significant complaints. Planning/cost: Initially discussing the project, John was extremely receptive to our budget needs: we had saved up a very specific amount of money, and needed to complete two big projects in order to make the house more appealing to future renters (as we plan to move to a home with my wife's parents for the foreseeable future). The house had only one bathroom, even though it was approximately 1600 square feet. We needed to fix that if any families were going to rent. John understood and very clearly explained where we would be able to save money, what he would charge us for his work, for materials he bought vs. materials we provided, the realistic areas we could go cheap and the areas we couldn't scrimp on. John's price was not just competitive, but frankly made the difference between us being able to have these two complete and dramatic projects vs. one that would have left us feeling wanting. However, it was the price along with the fact that his clients indicated he was flexible and budget sensitive through the whole project that made the decision for us. (We've certainly dealt with people who claim to be able to work with "x" budget, and then everything somehow inflates dramatically over time.) We had a laundry/utility room that was separated from the main house by a breezeway. John connected it to the main house with brick in the same style as the house. He converted the room to a full bath and laundry room with a large shower. Simultaneously, he opened up the bare backyard wall of the main house, installing larger windows and glass french doors. Quality of work/cleanliness: John completed a great deal of the work himself, using a subcontractor to perform most of the brick work and the drywall. The quality, functionality, and look of the work overall was simply fantastic. Day after day they meticulously cleaned up their work, leaving as little footprint as possible on our day to day lives throughout the process, which, frankly reduced the stress that I believe tends to naturally accumulate during such projects. Once we paint it I believe the new brick will be entirely indistinguishable from the old. The brick has extremely clean lines in the same pattern as the existing work, and the finishing work around the windows and doors is excellent. We did have a brief ordeal flushing out a clog that seemed to result from construction debris, but ultimately the plumbing is excellent. Similarly, the shower tile work ultimately is terrific, but we did have a problem with the layout due to an error that John corrected, and it looks wonderful. In the bathroom, he took what was basically a junk/laundry room and installed an elegantly laid out vanity, toilet, laundry hookups on one side, and a massive shower, and utility/cleanup sink on the other, with room to spare. He added a simple half-wall to divide the toilet from the washer/dryer that works perfectly to separate the space. The shower he created for us is enormous and beautiful. Every time we go in the room, we are impressed all over again. The whole room could have appeared like a necessary appendage stuck on to the rest of the house, but that large, bright tile shower makes the room look elegant. Flexibility: I hated to lose my very functional utility sink from that room and hadn't planned for a replacement; however, John helped by coming up with a clever solution to put a sealed brick sink in with the water heater closet. which works perfectly. It's a clean, and very functional solution that I constantly appreciate having, though it was certainly a significant adjustment for him. When we requested adjustments, it felt as though John quoted a bit high to accommodate time and materials (and his added stress). But all in all he was fair and up front about the work, his time, and our options. That being said, there were some frustrations: Our frustrations all come down to communication and documentation. I don't fault John for all of this - his talent lies in the work he does; had we been more on the ball, we would have been more clear and organized ourselves. We had any number of preliminary discussions with John, and agreed to three or four major things up front, that satisfied us the work could be done in a way that would meet all of our needs. But as the project began and progressed, numerous details were forgotten. Specifically, the layout of the utility room and the physical requirements for the french doors to be installed. John repeatedly asked how we wanted to accommodate something as if we had not already come to a conclusion on the matter and we would essentially have to re-figure it out. Specifically, he forgot the layout that best accommodated all of the elements I mentioned above, and he forgot that he would have to "float" the bathroom wall, requiring a different (pricier) toilet than originally planned. Additionally, when he went to start work on the french doors, he had to take extra time to order a lintel that would span the entire length rather than two separate lintels - but, of course these were dimensions he'd known since originally planning the project. Things like this ultimately got worked out to our satisfaction, with one frustrating exception, but if either of us had documented what we'd agreed upon, it would have saved a great deal of hassle and debate, as my wife and I had to re-discuss everything ourselves as well, which reinforced John's feeling that we'd never come to a final agreement to begin with. Time/documentation: While we believe John was more than fair in his billing, the lack of clear, consistent documented days/hours prevented us from having a clear, concrete idea where we stood financially during the project. This impacted us when, in a couple of instances, we did ask for changes (such as installing the utility sink) and he quoted us for the change, though we had no idea whether we were in the high or low end of the overall planned project. All of this is to say: John worked it all out, and he did so in a way that was affordable, excellent, excellent, quality, beautiful work. But, in order to avoid frustration, agreements as to planning should be documented and ongoing days/hours worked should be documented. This would help avoid revisiting complicated plans and would allow for adjustments without having to be in the dark about the bottom line. Day in, day out, we are grateful for the work John did, and that it didn't eat us alive financially, because he did come in right in line with the budget. We love looking through our fantastic glass doors every morning. We have guests stay with us for a day or two, and love having a beautiful distinct bathroom they can use when they stay with us. We love knowing they won't feel they're entering into some dark corner of the house tacked on because it had to be, but that there's a beautiful bath with plenty of space that they can make themselves feel at home in.
They did a great job on installing our wood floors! They were finished in 1 day which was quicker than I thought. Professional and hardworking plus the floors look spectacular!!
The project was black mold on the wall behind my kitchen sink cabinet. GPS came out promptly to give me an estimate to remove the mold and replace the damaged cabinet parts. Once I had insurance approval, (that was what took a week!), they did a very professional job of containing & removing the mold and water damage. The guys stayed overtime to finish and left my kitchen cleaned up and better than new! My claims adjuster said their estimate was "very fair" and their work was excellent.
He was here at 8am and was finished by 11am. Job well done and in a timely fashion. Highly recommend to all.
Hector was extremely helpful and professional and was able to adapt to my companies needs to finish the project. Will definitely hire him again for future projects.
Steve and Diane tore down drywall between our kitchen and kids playroom. They did a high quality job. They communicated well, were well priced and finished the job on time. I will use them again for any project they can do.
Mr. Pratt did a great job painting a couple rooms, also did some carpentry work, and built a patio on my house. Not only did he finish it on time, but kept it clean, I will have Mr. Pratt fix repair or add on to my home from now on.
Justin was great! Everythig was exactly tge way I envisioned and well communocated. I would highly recommend him and will be using him as an ongoing handyman for our house:)
After talking to 5 different sources to build an In-law suite on our home, I chose Duke Dumont. Stuart Price was the GC. He was informative, honest, caring and my choice from the very beginning even though the quote was more than we could afford. He was the only one who gave us a start to finish option. He worked with us to get as much as we could with our funding and advised us on the contractors WE brought in. Even advising against one that was way over priced! He took care of MORE than was expected and stuck with us to the end, even though he was only responsible to the dry wall. I can't say enough about the quality of the people who built our room, they were honest and cared about the job they did for us!! I would and HAVE told people about Stuart and Duke Dumont.
Ken is a true professional. He was quick to return my phone call and set up an appointment to review the job. His estimate arrived within days and he began work shortly thereafter. He was efficient, professional, and creative in the work he completed for us. He really took the time to ensure we were making the right decisions and that we were going to be happy with the finished product. I would recommend him to anyone looking to remodel, complete a project, or give your home a fresh look.
Everything from initial measurements to the finished job could not have been better. Rick was very professional and reasonable and the project turned out great.
Rick and his team did a great job doing some detail work that another company couldn't get right. They showed up on time everyday and worked hard to finish the project. Great painters!!!
Showed up on time. Finished the job promptly. Hired him for two more jobs. Charlie had good ideas and was easy to work with.
It was an awesome experience working with John Buehler! He is very knowledgeable. He is very easy going and great to work with. He does great work and is very detailed oriented. He makes sure you are satisfied before he finishes the job. I would most definitely recommend John for your job!
Ernie just finished the tile work in our master bath. He took his time to do the job right and the result was incredible. I would highly recommend him for any tile work. There was nothing that I could see that could be done better. Thanks Ernie.
They did a fantastic job finishing our dry wall repairs! You can not even tell there was anything done there they all blend so nicely! We will be using them again and highly recommend!
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Kitchen and bathroom remodeling (demolition, installing of cabinets and appliances) are done by a father/son team. Do you need a wall closed off or opened up? A door added? New base, crown, chair rail, etc.? An exterior door put in through your block wall? No problem. Tile showers are among a few of our areas of expertise. We will take any of your written bids and generally beat them by 25-50%. One can go to our web site and see our work through slide shows. We offer free estimates or advice. Small and large jobs are ok. We are licensed, insured and bonded. We have tons of references. Currently, we just finished converting a 3-car garage into a mother-in-law suite with a full kitchen, full bathroom, and a bedroom with a closet. Our customers will brag that they have found a subcontractor who does it all with speedy completion, fair pricing, and great workmanship. Wayne or Donivan Clifford
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We offer doors, shelves, baseboard, crown molding and cabinets. We also customize. You design it, I'll build it. We have great prices on materials.
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I do interior wall finishes of custom colors to your desire, exteriors, foams, waxes and stains. I've worked across the nation, providing applications of all types and using export or homeland products.