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MAHA GROUP/FPV
4.6
from 76 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Esprit N.
Verified review

We have worked with MAHA GROUP/FPV a couple times and have never been disappointed, we will certainly use him again.

Platinum
4.7
from 63 reviews
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
J. L.
Verified review

I had a previous bad experience with a plumber, and decided to find a more scrupulous person to fix the half-done job. I decided to try out thumbtack, and posted a brief description of the work. Joel was the first of 5 plumbers to reply within the hour. Joel showed up the morning of the job with another employee and reviewed my plumbing issue in detail before going into the crawl space with his associate to double check the situation. He came back out, described the problem, offered short and long term solutions, and we agreed on which route to take. He assigned the work to his employee, and the work was completed in a couple hours. Although he was not the cheapest of those plumbers who replied, I did feel that Joel provided a reasonable price for the work, had great communication, and his employee also had all the necessary parts for the job in his van (eliminating the need to run down to Home Depot or Lowes for parts). Joel's employee was hard-working and he also provided me with before and after photos of the work completed. I am inclined to seek him out again for future home improvement projects (bathroom remodel, roofing).

MFPRP INC. Lic. #1009291
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Camille H.
Verified review

Robin went above and beyond to ensure that the job not only met, but exceeded our expectations—very detail oriented and he truly cares about the quality of his work. He even surprised us by installing a new electrical box cover because he noticed ours was old and just thought a new one would look better—it does! He’s a 10+

EXCEL CONSTRUCTION LA
4.2
from 47 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Peter N.
Verified review

We hired Excel Construction (Eyal) to completely remodeling our kitchen and to design and build a large wet bar. The remodeling job that they did included the demolition of the existing spaces, the removal of several existing walls, rewiring of some electrical outlets and switches, re-plumbing the new spaces, remove and install new flooring, new upper and lower cabinets, install new marble countertops, installing new lighting fixtures, fresh interior paint, some drywall repairs and adding a new large island at the kitchen. Eyal and his working crew did a stunning remodeling job. Eyal create for us a complete design of the work based on what we wanted and needed, guided us through some space limitations of the house and presented to us some different ideas that met our needs. The remodeling job was delivered on time, within budget and with high quality. Eyal was at the house every day and made sure that the remodeling progress is on track. He was there for each and every step of the work, which was extremely important to us. We highly recommend them for anyone who is searching for high quality remodeling or construction work.

  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Robert N.
Verified review

Oscar is my contact. He arrived, I showed him what I needed handled and found him to be a problem solving professional

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American Castles
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
Verified review

We decided to install a hot tub in the backyard but needed a 220 connection away from the house. We tried to do some of the work ourselves by prepping an 18" trench for an electrician to come and wire. The soil was tough and the job harder than we thought. American Castles came and picked up where we left off, dug the remaining trench, connected the line, installed the box, and even recessed some of the line behind the stucco for a better visual. They didn't cut corners, showed up in a big team, and took care of everything without a problem. Price was reasonable. I would hire again.

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Haggerty Construction
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
Verified review

Jay is amazing!!! He came to check out my project and we booked him for the following week. The clients made some last minute changes but he was willing to work an extra day to make sure we finished our deadline. He has a great personality, very knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond. We will definitely be using him again, thank you Jay!

Saeed Shirzad
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Dale H.
Verified review

Very pleased with Saeed's work. He put together a Queen size Murphy bed (from Costco) and it works great. He was on time, professional, personable and did great work at a reasonable price.

Ryan Handyman
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Saori R.
Verified review

Ryan was nice and polite and did a very good job and was very thorough and worked hard until the long job was done.

Solidesign+build
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Toni K.
Verified review

I have worked with many contractors on various home and office projects. This was my first time building out a retail store on a tight budget, with champagne taste. Brad & David turned out to be the ideal contractors for the job. These guys don’t just build what we agreed upon, they made me aware of all my choices beforehand and helped guide me to all the right design decisions. And even their crews of builders and painters were exceptional craftsmen. Brad & David brought my project in exactly on budget and before the deadlines. They are real pros and every question and request from me was promptly responded to. I will happily work with them again and feel lucky to have found them.

F.T. Design Group
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin P.
Verified review

Fady has designed 3 projects for me now. He was not only very detail oriented but a complete professional throughout the build. My city in particular is very difficult to work with. I'm convinced had I not chosen Fady, my build would have not been completed on time. Thanks Fady!

Lynx Construction
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas B.
Verified review

The Egal Construction team was one of the most down-to-earth, honest contractors I've ever hired for a job in our office building. When we ran into an issue, they jumped on fixing it in an impossibly timely manner. Five stars, 10/10, all of the accolades I can give. Hire these guys!

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JDA Construction
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilary K.
Verified review

Sarah and the guys at JDA went above and beyond to do our commercial job for us in a 100% professional and high quality manner, and wrapped up way ahead of schedule, so that we were able to open our doors weeks before we had planned. They even stayed and helped us with a few things we did not expect. They were prompt, understanding, knowledgable, capable, professional, friendly, and ultimately exceeded our expectations. I would absolutely hire them again.

MaNa Design Build, Inc.
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Stuart C.
Verified review

Mana Design Build just finished remodeling all 3 of our bathrooms. We love them and our new bathrooms. Our master bath was a complete mess and needed everything from new fixtures to new placement of shower, sink and toilet! Mazi (the owner) and Angela (the designer) was so knowledgeable of the latest designs, fixtures and really listened to what I wanted in my bathroom. Based on my input, she brought out fabrics, tile, granite samples all to my home. I didn't need to do any of the running around! She and Mazi met with us every step of the way! Demolition took only one day! He then reconfigured all the electrical and plumbing and started building my bathroom from scratch. The end result is a super functional, up-to-date master bathroom! Mazi then conquered our other 2 bathrooms. They needed a facelift: new tile, vanities, toilets, paint, the works! One of the benefits of working with Mana Design is that they are a design and build company. They provided all the materials, made all the necessary appointments for permits with the city of Lake Forest, and cleaned up the "remodel" mess every day before leaving! I am super pleased with my bathrooms! The work is clean and meticulous, and I know if we ever had an issue with something they would be out immediately to fix it. We look forward to our next project (remodel kitchen) with Mana Design Build!

Peninsula Building Repairs
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 15 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.

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HSD Services
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sc W.
Verified review

Scott and Victor were great to work with. We hired them to replace our first floor tile, baseboards, and paint half the interior walls. They also fixed an unexpected water leak during the tile project. Towards the end of the tile project, we decided to have them replace our patio deck and build a vegetable garden box. They were responsive, polite, showed up everyday, addressed every question and request we had. We will definitely hire them again for future projects, since they pretty much do everything.

  • 19 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanine H.
Verified review

We did a lot of research to find the right contractor to build us a free-standing recreation room. We actually hired a different contractor first, simply based on having the lowest price. What a terrible decision. We quickly came to regret it, and fired that contractor as soon as we could — a costly misjudgment. Even though Owl Construction’s cost was a bit more, though very reasonable, we knew he was the right contractor for us. Guy Hazan of Owl Construction is fantastic. He was so easy to work with. He’s a compassionate listener, and kept us informed and at ease through the entire process. I don’t know much about construction, and had never undergone a project of this size, but Guy was there every step of the way. He explained everything very clearly and addressed any questions or concerns we had from day one to the completion of the project. I also must mention the Amazing Anesta. Anesta is a gem to this company. She kept the communication light and easy, and got the job done. She is responsive, dependable, organized and kind. The final building is stunning. The contractors did such a great job all around. To think what a nightmare it would have been to have continued with that original contractor who bullied and didn’t listen. Owl Construction was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend them to anyone.

  • 33 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Chris H.
Verified review

Working with Ray was great, he was very professional and courteous. He took the time to understand what we needed and wanted in building a new master bedroom with a full bath plus and extra 1/4 bath and laundry space. Ray produced very detailed plans and met with the city 3 to 4 times in order to satisfy their requirements. He always arrived on time, to our appointed meeting times. We found that the pricing that Ray charged was very reasonable. He was not the lease expensive quoted through Thumtack, but we feel it definitely was the best value. I would highly recommend Ray to my family and friends who may need architectural services.

La Rocca Builders
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Michael F.
Verified review

When my roof collapsed after a fire in my home, La Rocca provided me with options to restore my kitchen and roof. I like the competative pricing, and communication was great. The project managers attention to detail, and my homes unique needs was amazing. I was worried that my homes needs would be to expensive but La Rocca competed for my home.

Believe Design + Build
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Judith A.
Verified review

My house was in bad shape till believe design + build came and fixed it up. It came out so beautiful I would highly recommend them to any one

John Mark Design Build
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Jeffrey W.
Verified review

Jack Kozakar was off the charts knowledgeable and on top of executing a major rehab project. Brought in great cost effective contractors and managed them under budget and on time. Creative and strategic with finding cost effective improvements that could pass inspection. Highly recommend and happy to reference.

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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