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Box Construction, Inc.
4.9
from 148 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 199 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dan R.
Verified review

So far all is going well, looking forward to continue building a professional and friendship relationship with Box Construction.

  • 24 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
Adam S.
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All, I requested Mr. Resendiz to lay a reinforced concrete slab and build a strong building on top of it so I can have a gym in my back yard. Overall I am extremely satisfied with his work. After calling numerous companies to obtain quotes, Mr. Resendiz beat all of them by a significant margin and exceeded the quality I was looking for. I ultimately was looking for a heavy duty slab that could withstand abuse such as powerlifting and a "meat and potatoes" structure on top of it. From the ground up, everything they did was aweome. With the slab, they reinforced it with re bar for added strength. With the "shed", they used treated wood for the base to stand up to any possible moisture as well as installed diagonal braces to all the walls for extra rigidity. I have added pictures below which hopefully show his good work. I look forward to using them again! V/R, Adam

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MAHA GROUP/FPV
4.6
from 77 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina T.
Verified review

I’m very very happy with the work that Houman did installing recessed lights, a dimmer switch and a ceiling fan w/lights. He’s professional, honest, hardworking and reasonable. I will be using him again for any electrical needs and highly recommend him.

KC Development & Maintenance
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Scott K.
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Poor communication for the past 2 weeks. Tried to get confirmation on build date and no return calls, no emails.....nothing but crickets.

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Pacific Rim Carpentry
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexander W.
Verified review

Truly awesome working with John , he was on time and did a perfect job which is atypical in this field. If you want a professional that is pleasant to work with then John is your man. Thank you again!

Jaime's General Handyman
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Brittni G.
Verified review

Jaime is amazing! Very nice man, and did my fence at an amazing price! He's going to do a lot of my construction work from now on!

Fabulous Homes of San Diego
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Casey S.
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My project was a complete renovation of a 1972 built condo. The unit was completely stripped down to the concrete walls, floors and ceilings. All internal partitions were removed. The original floor plan had the access to the small bathroom through the bedroom. The new layout now has a hallway to a large and yes "fabulous" bathroom. The toilet was relocated by the use of a Kohler in wall tank toilet which I really like. Not only does it have separate pee and poo buttons, but the bowl is wall mounted.... no more nasty cleaning around hard to reach floor mounted regular toilets. The kitchen is completely new and was redesigned to take advantage of the space and now feels huge. Since the ceiling is concrete, there were no ceiling lights or ceiling fans. In a non-airconditioned building, ceiling fans make it so nice. The ceilings were furred down about 1 1/2" to incorporate the wiring and and the fan junction boxes. The lights are LED Philips surface mount lights. It looks like there are canned lights (all dimmable) but fit into the 1 1/2" furr down. All of the construction was done with permits from the City of San Diego and Cherl included the condo association on her insurance to make sure that everyone was protected. The cork floors look amazing. Not only are they eco friendly, I'm sure my downstairs neighbor is thrilled too. The sliders were replaced on the balcony so that they stack and open to a huge, connected feeling that makes the condo feel much bigger. The project started June 28th and was completed September 25th. Less that 4 months from stripdown to completion. Considering the difficulties of dealing with high-rise construction and the HOA, Cherl did a great job. Fabulous in both our words!!

Boyes and Son
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan C.
Verified review

My experience with Jordan Box, he is quick to respond, honest, gives realistic estimates based on work to be preformed, knowledgable, professional, and resourcesful. Based on our initial conversation about my project I decided to hire Jordan because it is apparent that he takes great pride in his work and will treat your project as if he was building it at his own home. I am happy I hired Jordan to do my bathroom remodel and looking forward to the next project with him as soon as this project is complete.

Pikul Inc / Apcotects
4.2
from 21 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine M.
Verified review

Alan Pikul and his staff had many design suggestions that complimented our designs ideas perfectly. The staff, especially Mike and Robbie were amazing and very concerned with the entire construction project ,often stopping by just to check that any subcontractors were up to Apotects standards. We have been completely satisfied with the construction, clean up and follow-up of this 5 star project. We share our home with friends and family with pride.

Peninsula Building Repairs
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Aida G.
Verified review

It was a pleasure working with Will. Very conscientious about his work. I’m extremely pleased with his work and am holding on to his number for future jobs. 😊 Thank you Will.

  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon H.
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He showed up on time and did the drywall repair as quoted and came the next day. I looks awesome. We will use him again.

Coggins Construction
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Paul T.
Verified review

This is my strong recommendation for Coggins Construction. Patrick of Coggins Construction is a local licensed contractor professional with over four decades of experience under his belt. We spent a lot of time talking with him discussing options and both he and his wife visited our home on the weekend. We hired Patrick to demo the front living room, demo the entryway, remove skylights, and reframe everything the original as built state. Patrick and his team have a passion for construction and it shows on the job. We had a strict timeline to meet. They showed up on time, worked hard, and cleaned up well after each day. Also they were very kind to my family, even my hyper Chihuahua! I had a few scope changes throughout and Patrick was able to accommodate my requests with great price and no impact to schedule. Thank you Coggins Construction for transforming our house into a home!

Studio Stratton Inc.
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Clarissa A.
Verified review

I'm so happy I found Lance to draft up plans for a master bathroom addition! Going into this process my husband and I had an idea of what we wanted and how we wanted the space to look, but Lance really brought it to life in the details, and was extremely helpful as well as informative when we had questions. I can't wait to submit our plans to the city and begin the process of building our much awaited Master Bathroom. Thank you for your outstanding, informative, and professional services!

WS Building Services
4.2
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Robin G.
Verified review

I was very happy with the completed landscape project. Bill Sullivan sent 2 extremely good workers who removed a giant yucca plant, added to an existing wall while finishing it with stucco and a flagstone cap, as well as created a beautiful border between the sidewalk and the front yard with attractive-looking pavers. The price was fair and the quality, as well as the aesthetic of the finished work was excellent. I do think Mr. Sullivan knows his construction business, but he is not as responsive or really good at communication as I would have preferred. All in all though, if you are patient and flexible, the work was done very well.

  • 18 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Christine S.
Verified review

I hired Enrique to remove a shed, remove Ivy and some large plants and replace fence. He was prompt,his bid was competitive and he finished and left yard in good condition. I was so impressed that he is going to come back and build some racks and clean and waterproof a storage unit under house for me

Zachary Puhl Construction
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Frank D.
Verified review

Build an exposed rafter extension to create an exposed entry shelter. The work and workmanship,cleanup and overall performance was excellent.I recommend Zach to anyone seeking a good job!

  • 39 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
J. R.
Verified review

After a phone chat, I sent Mr. Duin an e-mail outlining the projects I had in mind. I asked him to help me select those that fit into my quarterly budgets. Together we selected three that needed attention this winter. 1. stabilize a wobbly 6 foot block (gate) wall that was inches from a gas main, 2. Build a short block wall that would hold back dirt from a muddy embankment, 3. Reinforce a swaying wood fence and wrap metal posts with cedar – box style. Mr. Duin and staff did an outstanding job of listening to my needs. I was impressed with their work, quality of materials, work ethics and attention to detail. They were very pleasant to work with and I look forward to our next round of projects. I hope to include the trim/molding (with up lighting) along the ceiling of my front porch which will have to wait until early Spring – due to budget considerations.

ECCO Design Build
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Tom M.
Verified review

We are very pleased with Ecco's performance on our custom home project. They handled everything from the design to the actual construction. We never had to look outside of their services for help.

H U S S d e s i g n
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine A.
Verified review

I needed a drawing of an existing deck to submit to the building department the next day. I sent Lisa the drawings and specs for the deck on Monday late afternoon. She sent me her completed drawings at 8 am on Tuesday! Less than 24 hour turn around. The drawings are complete with no mistakes. She is an absolute angel. Didn't even charge me a rush fee. Thank you Lisa!

KSH Construction
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 9 years in business
David S.
Verified review

Kyle and his team did an amazing job building an enclosed patio and patio cover. He was extremely thorough and detailed to ensure that the project was completed exactly how we envisioned it and exceeded our expectations. He also helped identify contractors for specialty parts of the project such as roofing and stucco that met his expectations and ours. I would use him again for any project in the future! KSH is by far the best general contractor I have had at my home and would recommend them to anyone that is looking for an excellent contractor.

DESIGN BUILD | CALIFORNIA
3.5
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica H.
Verified review

Amazing experience from start to finish. Gerald offered suggestions and design options that we wouldn't have thought of on our own, and our kitchen looks super high end now, without blowing our budget. We are already thinking about the projects we want to do next with him.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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