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Decatur Builders

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  • 21 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
Libby H.
Verified review

This is the best company to use for ALL YOUR REMODELING OR BUILDING HOME REPAIRS. They do great work, did exactly what we asked to do, very professional and trust worthy in all ways! We will always use them for our home needs and HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU USE THEM!

  • 23 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl B.
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We are very happy with the outcome of our new Townhome . The painting was completed on time and was professionally handled by Zac and his crew. We will definitely use Peach state for future painting projects.... Cheryl and Robbie

Sully's Homeworks
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Donald g.
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The work exceeded my expectations. We have some difficulty scheduling, but that was completely on my end and Robert was willing to work with me. I couldn't be happier with my new deck. I will definitely be calling Robert for all of my future projects.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natasha P.
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Mr. White was very thorough and detailed with my project. He was professional and courteous and very accomodating. The floor plans for my building were excellent. I am very pleased!

One Call We Fix All
4.3
from 38 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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They did a WONDERFUL job. the knowledge and expertise are there. we love our sunroom. they remodeled it completely and we cant wait to use them for more work.

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Titan Home Restoration
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ronak P.
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Very honest people for the work I called the for to flash a deck they told me a cheaper and easier option is available. Honesty and customer service is what build's a business would highly recommend again

Penney Brothers Construction
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey L.
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Penney Brothers came out and replaced some of the hardy planks on my house. They did excellent work and were reasonably priced. We will definitely have them come back and do more work

Njoroge Homes LLC
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Dev P.
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After looking around for a general contractor, I luckily came across Mr. Anthony Njoroge! I initially hired Anthony to reface/polish the kitchen cabinets in my home. The cabinets were in a really bad shape -- they had thick stubborn oil residue all over them. Anthony came and looked at the cabinets and assured me that he will make these old/stained cabinets look brand new -- And sure enough, once he was done, I couldn't believe my eyes...! The cabinets now look BRAND NEW!! Anthony saved me thousands of $$$$ by fixing my old cabinets!! After seeing Anthony's work ethic, and experiencing great customer service, I have decided to hire him for more home improvement projects! (i.e. Upgrading Kitchen Counter-top, Installing Storm-Doors, and many more such projects!) Anthony is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for all your Home Improvement needs! He has a very positive and friendly attitude, exceptional customer service, and he genuinely cares about helping people and saving you a lot of $$$$ in the process. He is very creative and has unique ideas for improving your home in a way that you probably never even thought possible! He is very professional in his approach and his #1 goal is customer satisfaction! I can honestly say that he is in this business because he loves to be creative and he truly enjoys helping people! He puts himself in the customer's shoes which allows him to be very reasonable in price!! I am very thankful to have Anthony has my 'ONE-STOP-SHOP-CONTRACTOR' and I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is looking to get QUALITY work for a VERY FAIR PRICE! He has over 20 years of experience in building homes/general contact work, and I assure you that the quality he provides is unmatched! You will NOT be disappointed! HIRE HIM!

JC Building LLC
4.4
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony L.
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My house was destroyed by fire in November. I hired John for the demolition and removal of debris. He completed the job within two days, for a very reasonable price. I would recommend anyone looking for demolition services to consider JC Building LLC.

Chewy's Home Services
4.6
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
KATHY G.
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Jose was awesome to work with. He was quick to respond to our request and was very reasonably priced. His work was thorough and meticulous and he completed our small drywall project fast and to our satisfaction! Thank you Jose, we will definitely be using you again.

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lakeside handyman
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim P.
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Asked for a wall to be torn down and take care of two outlets. Very impressed with this contractor.

Pattern r+d
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Mary L.
Verified review

Patrick was very quick with his responses and he listened to all that I said I wanted. My husband and I are so excited to be building our dream home and we are very happy we chose Patrick!!!

Lombardi Associates
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly R.
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Our experience with Kevin Lombardi was a great. He listened to what we wanted and made changes as we went along. We now have a great house plan and can’t wait to start the building process. I would definitely recommend Kevin as your architect!

BID-Masters of Georgia, Inc.
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara P.
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Your home could be the most expensive investment you will make in your life time. With that in mind, you'll want the best in building or reconstruction. My experience with BID-Masters of Georgia exceeded my expectations. The quality of workmanship and professional manner in which the job was executed was superior.

Tirella & Associates
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sidra G.
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It is with the highest confidence that I recommend Gerald Tirella. While I thought I was just hiring an architect what I later realized was that I had retained the best advocate I could have found with negotiating Atlanta real-estate development. He is responsive and delivers on deadlines. And as a long time Atlanta resident, Geri knows not only any and everything relating to building code, but also how to steer you and your project through the complicated waters of use, development and zoning. Geri will wade into the trenches with you to get your project and your vision across the finish line. He is persistent, tenacious and creative, a true veteran of the Atlanta scene and the architect you want to hire for your project.

Extreme Earthworks LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jay M.
Verified review

I hired Extreme Earthworks in September 2016 to do a major grading project on my farm, which included clearing 3 acres of land, grading that entire area to make it flat, and creating a new driveway to that section of the property where I am planning on building my new house. The work was completed flawlessly, and Ken went above and beyond to make everything perfect. When he finished, I needed a few other things done, and he was happy to accommodate all of my requests. I have hired many other contractors over the years, but I can honestly say that I have never been as happy with any of them as I was/am with Extreme Earthworks. I would highly recommend them for anything you need.

Design Matters
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Paul Y.
Verified review

Carl went above and beyond for me and is continuing to do so. He's very knowledgeable about building codes and the process needed to obtain everything.

  • 12 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
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Tim was fantastic! We couldn’t have picked a better company to provide us with our crown molding needs. He was very easy to work with and gave great ideas. His team does beautiful work and they are very reasonably priced.

Forsyth Trading Company
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Erin M.
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Darran, of Forsyth Trading Company, just finished a 12 hour day completing 30 jobs throughout our home that included everything from mounting TVs and hanging curtains, & closet shelves, to fixing dresser drawers, installing a chandelier and fixing a bed frame that had cracked. He was very precise with every task and came up with creative ways of handling them. As soon as I reached out to him through Thumbtack, Darran came to my house for a consult where we went over what needed to be done and he explained to me how he would accomplish each item. He spent an hour or longer just for the initial meeting. The very next morning he sent me a quote which was a set price. It was nice to know ahead of time how much it would cost as many contractors give an hourly rate and if they take longer than they anticipated, you can end up paying significantly more than planned. Darran builds houses and even designs furniture so he had the skills to do more complex electical tasks as well as every other task without a problem. He was on time, worked very quickly yet carefully, was very friendly and made sure to finish everything on my list to my satisfaction. It was a pleasure to have him at the house and he even took the time to explain things to me in case I needed to take care of anything on my own in the future. If I ever need anything built, fixed, hung, etc, I will definitely call Darran with Forsyth Trading Company again. I am a perfectionist and I am very pleased with all the work Darran did. I'm sure you'll be very happy with the outcome if you hire him as well! Erin

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
Verified review

Marcus has OUTSTANDING EXPERTISE. He was extremely professional and out whole team was impressed about his knowledge in commercial building structures and construction. He fully educated us on the things we need to fix in the building while also telling us things that we could hold off on. His customer service was outstanding and he really treated us with so much respect and care. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY HIRE HIM FOR YOU CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

About

A.B.R., Inc. is a full-service remodeling company serving the Metro Atlanta area since 1998. We make home repairs, alterations and additions. We service residential and commercial clients with dedication to doing the job right, which includes correctly identifying the problem and delivering a lasting repair to the conditions. We are very skilled in most trades including carpentry (rough, finish, custom work, cabinetry, and installation of windows and doors), painting (interior and exterior), drywall and plaster, tile design and setting, flooring, and wood restoration (historical, framing and heavy timbers as well as trimwork). Our work is thorough, neat, and accurate. We are principled, knowledgeable, skilled, and fun to work with. We repair the work of others and pride ourselves in solving problems. Our customers love the beauty, efficacy, cleanliness, trustworthiness, and pleasure of working with pleasant, skilled, and timely crews. We are real craftsmen with many years of experience treating you and your property with respect and attention to detail that is shown in every job we do.

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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