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Months ago, I looked for someone to do a small painting project on Thumbtack. And I ended up with a brand new home. Christian, Jessica, Hector and the rest of the team at 5th Gen Group honestly do miracles. We own a 100+ year old row home in Washington DC and we've had problems ever since we moved in five years ago. After dealing with four different contractors that left me unsatisfied, I tried Thumbtack (at that time, new in the DC area). Christian came out to do an estimate and I was impressed by him from the get go - as a woman, I hate when contractors act like I'm stupid or uninformed. Christian never did that, and he answered all my questions respectfully and thoroughly and would defer to my wishes. We initially contracted for a gut remodel of our ancient kitchen and leaking bathroom. Christian's professional opinion was heavily appreciated as well as his vision - he instantly "got" the feel of a space and spent a lot of time listening to not only what we wanted, but how we would use the space and what we planned for the house in the future. Of course, the best laid plans always go awry - we knew our house had a few "handyman specials" but once Christian opened up the floor in the kitchen, we realized we were really in for it. Down there was a hidden mess of rotting wires, missing piping, garbage from the last renovations, and rotted-out beams. Overnight, our budget doubled. I personally wanted to die. But Christian calmly lead us through the process, helped us try to salvage our murdered budget, and focused on explaining the trade-off in home values. We ended up with an additional half bath downstairs (because really, what was another 5K at that point?), brand new kitchen (with a small bar!) a brand new stairwell and relocated laundry room, and a brand new bathroom with a shower (after 5 years of an ancient leaking cast iron tub). Christian isn't completely perfect - he's totally a perfectionist, and if you are one too, be prepared for some long conversations. There is an epic texting exchange over the bathroom tile that I may print out just to see how long it really was. But that's about the only thing. Also, for the other ladies on here- I always hate opening my home to someone because I have had bad experiences with contractors who were, at best, creepy. Christian and Hector were completely professional, and they really went the extra mile to make sure I always knew who would be in the house, when they would arrive, and how to reach both of them. Christian also has a lot of loyalty and integrity toward his clients - he is always fair, both in pricing and in the treatment of your home. He broke a small appliance - the only reason I knew was because he called me when he was purchasing an (upgraded) replacement on his own dime. All renovations are hard projects, long projects, and frequently frustrating. There was definitely a day when I wanted to kill Christian for sending me out to two different quarries in far out Virginia right around rush around. But when I stepped into my home for the first time, I couldn't stop smiling. And when we finally scrape together the budget for a third floor extension, I know exactly who I am calling.Sep 22, 2015Verified
Was very impressed with the prompt and professional service. Will definitely use 5th Gen again!Apr 26, 2017Verified
The last piece of work, which was to be completed "within a few weeks" never happened despite my follow up. I finally gave up, after months, and said I'd find someone else to do it. If Christian is going to have a successful business he is going to have to a. improve communications with customers so that their expectations are more realistic and b. manage his bookings/schedule a bit more dynamicallyFeb 20, 2015Verified
Christian did a great job and provided good suggestions. I'll be using his services again!Mar 6, 2015Verified
Christian was very prompt in providing his proposal and completing the work. He did everything he said he would do. Very satisfied with the work he did.Nov 2, 2014Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?No, I will either give you a contract or hourly rate. I will discuss which one will save you money but in the end, it is your choice.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Of course! If a professional in the construction field does not, something is wrong. I not only hold licenses as a home inspector, a certified solar installer, and an EPA Lead certified renovator but I keep up with the newest materials and building techniques. I am particularly interested in green building techniques and strive to perform LEED credits on homes whenever possible.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Ever since my discovery of legos at a very young age is where my passion for building and creating started.