I interviewed several different contractors I found through couple of websites (Yelp & Thumbtack) for a recent remodeling project. Frano, owner at Sol Builders, was the fifth and last I met with, but I liked him the best. He offered practical suggestions and smart advice at the initial meeting (moving kitchen walls, enlarging a storage closet and putting laundry in it), which the other four contractors didn't bring up at all. Of the five bids I received, Frano’s was pretty much in the middle, so I hired him.
The house is a duplex consisting of a main unit (2 bedroom/2 bathroom), separate guest unit (1 bedroom/1 bathroom), and a garage (2,200 sq. ft. total).
It was built in 1918 and was in need of a major repair including the following: kitchen and bathroom remodels in both units (new cabinets, appliances, tile floors, fixtures, drywall, ceiling); new central air & heat installation; complete plumbing and electrical upgrade throughout; interior and exterior paint; hardwood floors refinishing; carpet installation; building new deck, new outside gate and fence; attic insulation.
It was a complex project with a long list of tasks, details, decisions and deadlines, but thanks to Frano it was a smooth ride the whole 10 weeks, from the beginning to the end. He got all the permits and passed inspections on time.
He worked with his structural engineer to knock down walls to open up my kitchen, and to install concrete pads, posts and a beam. His sub-contractors are very skilled and great team players. He got me contractor's discount at several vendors (tiles, kitchen cabinets and hardware, all faucets).
Frano was on site every single day, and also communicated via text and phone several times a day giving me updates. He handled any issues that came up with ease, humor and professionalism. The project finished on time and looks exactly like I imagined it. I’m very happy to leave a positve review for Sol Builders on few different websites for a project that gave me lot of anxiety before we started.