Bamboo Floor and Staircase Remediation and Installation
John helped me with a floor installation project to correct the abysmal job done by the previous contractor: the bamboo floor was so badly buckled that it was impossible to walk on without effort. (The first contractor said his objective was "no gaps" in the floor; I told him mine was a "flat floor to walk on.") John removed the floor boards and numbered them, then reinstalled them correctly. The result is beautiful! (I just feel sorry for my previous renters who had to step over the "accordion pleats.") He also then removed the ancient linoleum from the stairs and installed the same bamboo flooring on them (the previous contractor said it wasn't possible). He then designed and installed a clever bullnose molding for the steps in mahogany (but perfectly matched to the bamboo cover) and stained/installed a new, matching threshold for the private entrance to the basement.
John was meticulous about planning his work space and keeping it clean so that the work did not interfere with my having guests over to dinner, using the laundry room, etc. It was wonderful that he treated my home with such respect! He also communicated clearly about when he would arrive, how long he would be working, and what the task objectives for the day were, in addition to taking care of ordering materials and picking them up.
I am delighted with the results and just wish I had known about his work before hiring the first contractor I used.
Legal Library Bookcase Customization and Installation/Kitchen Pantry Shelves
John customized and installed seven cherry bookcases that I obtained from a company that was relocating. Each shelf (I used about 42) weighed 20 pounds and, since my Park Hill, Tudor-style home was build in 1941, the downstairs space in which I wanted to place them was irregular vertically (not true) and horizontally (not level). John figured out how to create my dream libraries (one in my downstairs rental unit, the other in my hallway/office area). He also painted the hallway where four of the bookcases were installed (on my to-do list, but he wanted to see the project really done and perfect). Also in a shelving vein, John removed the wire shelves that were in my reach-in (not walk-in) kitchen pantry and installed permanent shelves that are secure enough to support the many glass storage containers I use for grains, nuts, legumes, etc. What a difference! The open pantry is no longer an embarrassing and messy eyesore, everything has a place, and the overall effect is exactly what I'd pictured. It took him about a day to complete this.
As with the other work, John was careful to keep my work space clean and minimize disruption to my routine. He removed all the old hardware (even the pieces that had been painted over multiple times by previous owners) and filled in the resulting holes so that no drywall work was needed.
The outcome is even better than I'd imagined with both the bookcases and the pantry. My friends and family are very impressed with the changes and have asked him to give them proposals.