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6. Exterior Construction Services Inc
3.9 from 33 reviews
3.9 (33)
3.9 (33)
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Chicago, IL
I contracted Exterior Construction Services for the first time in 2016. This is a Veteran owned business and came highly recommended from my contractor. We needed some tuck pointing work to our building, and the first 2 quotes we received were for 6 figures. Eric and his team evaluated the whole building and only recommended tuck pointing 2 of the walls and fixing specific defects in the other 2 walls. His quote was 20% of the other quotes I received. Moreover, ECS was going to grind and point every brick on two of the walls. ECS was incredibly professional. I paid 30% in advance, and the job was started and completed on time. Additionally, ECS cleaned the entire space each day and brought their own dumpsters, secured their own permits, etc. Subsequently, I hired ECS again to put in a new 8 foot patio door, replace all of the windows on 2 walls, install a new fireplace, repair 2 lintels, and fix a chimney. Again this work was done ahead of schedule at 20% of the cost of other estimates. When I had an emergency issue with our roof, Eric came immediately to patch the leaks. When I needed to secure permits for work, Eric was able to put us in touch with the best permit expediters. Eric's team did so much work on our building and was trusted to the point that he had keys and came/went as he needed to. We recently got an appraisal 3 weeks ago, and the appraiser stated that the masonry work increased the value of the property more than what we paid for the work. But the real testament to ECS is how they treated my family when we were recently faced with a tragedy. ECS came out with food, porta-potties, assisted in a search of a 12 block area in the South Side of Chicago. When my father's body was recovered, Eric and his crew were there for me. When I unexpectedly took over properties in the South Side, ECS did tuck pointing and roofing work that other companies wouldn't even quote. Finally, ECS employs kids from high risk situations and teaches them a trade as an alternative to gang life. ECS is often busy, but they have always been transparent with their scheduling. I can't recommend any business more than I would recommend ECS. I can provide referrals if necessary *please ask ECS for my contact information.

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Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

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