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  • 9 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
Jessel P.
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Harry did an excellent job building my bed and desk and was very thorough with his work!

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G and M Landscaping Services
4.6
from 76 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney P.
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Our experience with G and M Landscaping was great. We hired G&M to take care of some building repair (interior and exterior) that was needed in order for us to receive our security deposit back at the end of a lease. Mario Villasenor was a pleasure to work with. I contacted G & M on a Friday, Mario came out to the job site the following Monday to confirm pricing, and completed the job on Wednesday of the same week. We are very happy with their efficiency, price & the final product. Thank you guys!

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  • 28 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark M.
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Todd replaced the roof on our house. He was extremely professional, responsive and sincerely desired to make sure we were happy at all times. I would highly recommend.

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Design Drafting Services
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily A.
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It was a pleasure working with Cy! He is friendly, professional and always completed the work earlier than promised! We hired him to draft our custom home building plans! I highly recommend his services!

D.H.Williams Company
4.5
from 35 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Gordon P.
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The crew that D. H. Williams has were vary help full. I will be referring him to all my friends and family.

Custom Woodwork ETC
4.5
from 26 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Adam C.
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We found Bruce on Thumbtack and this was the first time we took a quote from someone on this app. Our first impressions were great! For those who have had work done before, getting a contractor to show up on time when they say they will be there is half the battle sometimes. Bruce showed up when he said he would be there with what he needed to quote the job (again I cannot tell you how many times contractors will show up with nothing). Very professional and left a good first impression. We eventually hired him for the job of designing and building built ins around our fireplace. He based his designs of some ideas I found online, but his architectural skills of aesthetically designing the project to fit into our space were excellent and exactly what we wanted from him! The end result (which turned into a phase 2 project to again design and build an aesthetic beam and pillars separating our open floor plan and flow into the built ins he just made) was literally perfect. Matched our taste, design of the house and the craftsmen ship was some of the best I have seen. I don't like to talk cost because everyone has their own opinion on what is considered expensive however what I can say is he had 3 change orders on the whole project (one of which was a good size relatively speaking to the built in project) and he was clearly very fair and right in line with my expectations. This speaks volumes on the type of person and businessman he is. A++ contractor and will 100% be using him again in the future!

For U Builders
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Ralph R.
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We had a new deck built. They took down the old one and a new one within a week. From start to clean up they were great. Would definitely recommend this business. Thanks guys great job

  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua H.
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Very happy all around. Jason was great to work with and did an amazing job. Our deck came out better than we imagined. Would definitely recommend him!

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All Around Handy-Man
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mimi G.
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I wanted some cabinets built and installed in the garage. This company confirmed the appointment and advised me when he'd arrive. His work was thorough and he cleaned up after he was finished. Beautifully done, and in good time.

  • 10 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kayon p.
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James Construction PLC is on point,good price,clean work.I would recommend this company to any family or individual out there who wants to fix there home,this guy is honest he will work with you due to your schedule.Hes very professional and he gives you quality work.Am glad I took a chance and hired him now and definitely for future projects.

Van Fleet Builders
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
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Jeff is doing a wonderful job. He is remodeling three bathrooms, he goes out of his way to please us and has done many extras. On top of quality workmanship and great knowledge of the trade he is a nice guy. What more can you ask for? I highly recommend him for quality work at an affordable price. Thank You, Jeff.

Dakota Builders
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne B.
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I chose Dakota Builders to make some major upgrades to my manufacturing facility prior to seeking ISO-9000 certification. This included remodeling seven offices and building a 2500 sf free standing enclosure for the Inspection Department. The shop area required several partition walls for air ducts, electrical outlets, etc. I explained to Kevin what I needed and he took care of everything including design, build, finish, and permits. Came out perfect. I would recommend Dakota Builders to anyone that asks.

Goodman Building Company LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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I hired Mike to renovate our family room to give it an updated look. Work included taking down old dark paneling, new sheet-rock, taping, painting, new trim around the base of the room and around the windows, installing 3 new windows and a new slider door. Mike was timely and consistent from beginning to end, from phone calls and emails to showing up when he said he would be there. His work was priced fairly and his attention to detail is something I admire. I can't stress enough how clean he kept the room while working. Always using drop cloths and vacuuming everyday before he left. I get tons of compliments of our new updated room and I would highly recommend Goodman Building Company! I have already talked to Mike about the next few projects, updating my kitchen and bathroom in a few months!

  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Robert B.
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Andy and his team were prompt, professional and competent. Our house looks like a million bucks!!! I would highly recommend him.

A Man for All Seasons
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tom B.
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Tim was just what was required for this stair building job. He was timely on the first appointment to discuss the job and prompt on the day to perform the task. In addition, Tim provided precisely what we was necessary and even came in under the projected price, which was an accurate Materials / Labor breakdown. After this good experience we are already looking for additional projects he can contribute to our whole house renovation (turned new construction). Thank you, Tim, and we look forward to seeing you again at the property or around the community. Tom (Westbrook, CT)

JE & Sons 3D Home Design
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jose R.
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I hired JE&SONS 3D Home Design to create plans for a home that I purchased that was in need of a complete teardown and remodel. From the start, Jonathan and his team were very attentive and responsive. Jonathan delivered the design that I wanted in the time that I needed. He helped me applied for the building permit and has been stopping by the construction site to make sure things are going well. I have another house that I plan on building, and I plan on hiring JE&SONS again. I highly recommend Jonathan and his team!

Elite Stoneworks
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Rita S.
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My husband and I hired Elite Stoneworks to build a patio in our backyard. Stan came out to give an estimate within 2 days of my first call to him. The pricing was great and it got done within a week! We added a stone wall to the job and we are so happy with the finished product!

JT Duerr Remodeling, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barbara J.
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I could not have had a better experience with finding, through Thumbtack, the above contractor JT Duerr Remodeling LLC. The words listed above, work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value & punctuality are just a few. More words needed for all praise I would like to express.

  • 31 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elisha F.
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Lasse was excellent to work with. Very professional and produced excellent results. Look forward to working again with Lasse!

  • 19 years in business
About

Bernier Building & Remodeling,Inc. was founded in 1999 on the principals of providing timeless Quality Craftsmanship with modern materials and techniques. Our projects are done by our dedicated team of professionals. We source the best materials to do the job and use only licensed and insured specialty tradesmen. Our projects meet the latest code requirements and never take shortcuts.

  • 37 years in business
About

We are a full-service Amherst based design-build company, which means we are both the architect and the general contractor on our projects. We have 25 years of experience. Ours is a holistic approach, the "master builder" who integrates design and construction, along with schedule and cost controls. We're always on the job, and we are always accountable to our clients from beginning to end. We specialize in building, remodeling, and additions to houses. We design to meet our clients' needs. Our designs provide openness and connectedness in a range of spaces, from intimate nooks to social, open areas. We strive to connect the inside and outside in a symbiotic relationship. Our buildings respond appropriately, sometimes uniquely, to the site and its context. In remodels and additions, we look to exploit and improve on those valued assets of a home, so its stature is enhanced. Finally and importantly, we create a home that both sustains and nurtures the activities within and is beautiful. Look to us when you're considering building or remodeling. We do it all in residential design and construction, from feasibility and master planning, to design, pricing, building, and follow-up. We'll work with you to create a home you'll love!

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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