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4. Elohim Construction LLC
4.7
from 3 reviews
4.7
(3)
4.7 (3)
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Serves Greektown, MD
"After meeting with several contractors, I decided to go with Elohim Construction b/c of 3 things: 1. They were the ONLY ones who actually stated my skylight was in total need of repair and showed me the crack; 2. They offered financing which is a big help especially if you want a project done right and don't want to short change yourself by going really cheap (trust me, I've "redid my bathroom" twice with other contractors); 3. And lastly, they agreed to renovate my bathroom while I was away on vacation for two weeks and keep me posted. So, it didn't take two weeks to complete more like a month and half.....of course, we did have hiccups, but I must say Arturo does his best to find solutions and work with you. He will also give great suggestions for example, I wanted a pocket door unfortunately due to piping and a beam my pocket door would not have the standard 24 inch threshold, but he originally recommended a barn door and I had to go with it and I don't regret it. My mirror I bought was slightly too big, therefore, I decided to move it to the opposite wall and he mentioned an actual wall mirror which made my really small bathroom look so spacious!!! As friends have mentioned, they brought my old "grandma" country style bathroom to a 2019 edition and I truly love it and can't wait to renovate my hallway bathroom!!! My pictures don't do my new bathroom justice, but enjoy!!"
10. Brian rogers services
4.9
from 158 reviews
4.9
(158)
4.9 (158)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Greektown, MD
"He said the prior work was "very bad" (not necessarily confirmed by other contractors but there was some) in 8 bathrooms, 4 kitchens, and 2 wet bars plus an outside trench with gas and water line. He told us that he would be there all of last week and needed us to be there hand in hand working along with him, that there was "a lot to do and needed his and our total focus!!" We cleared our very busy schedules for the whole of last week to be there with him and asked him repeatedly for a proposal which he never sent. We arrived on Monday morning where he was in a big rush to hurry and scribble out a proposal not on professional stationery with any identifying information that we now wonder was his way of not giving us any time to review it and we fell for it, handed him a check for $2,500 and he promptly said he was off to an important job at the Watergate!! but not to worry!! he would be back and have all of the first house functioning in short order!! I don't know how much time he actually spent working or what he did other than the main water line because we have not been afforded the opportunity to talk with him or walk unit 1 with him. Will he be honest about what he did or make the project into a big deal that he should have charged a lot more for but gave us a huge break??? I don't know since he has given us no reason to trust his word. The last time he called me was this past Friday when he said that the work would actually only take 2 maybe 3 hours (down from all week???) and that he would work and finish everything on unit 1 by Saturday night Memorial Day weekend when it was quiet. I've now texted, called and emailed him for 3 straight days with no response, and sent him this email and said I would be forced to post on Thumbtack if I didn't hear from him. This is a highly time sensitive project that needed to be finished at least in unit 1 with all the other trades waiting on him before they can complete. We had high expectations seeing all the 5 star reviews so this has been disturbing. When he called about a bad tooth mid- week to beg off working, I had a sinking feeling. Who is Brian Rogers? Where are you Brian??? Are you sick, in the hospital? Or worse? Will you blame us? Will we ever find out, will you refund our money and cancel our contract to maintain your reputation? I certainly hope you will do at least that. I wish you no ill will, I wish for your success but your failure to keep your word on multiple fronts is serious and you need to apologize and make amends, or ultimately, the only person it will really hurt in your dark night of the soul, is you."

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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.  

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

How long should a bathroom remodel take?

With proper planning and a good general contractor, your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to take forever. The construction phase of the project will always vary based on your scope of work, the square footage and the condition of your bathroom under the surface layer. Inevitably an 80-square-foot master bathroom with major changes will take longer than a 25-square-foot guest bath undergoing a minor renovation. For a smaller bathroom, a facelift — the industry term for sprucing up the surface layer (such as paint, vanity, tiles or light fixtures) but keeping the existing footprint of the space — may take five to eight working days, as long as there are no surprises like mold waiting when the old vanity comes out. A more complex bathroom remodel that revamps the shower area (customizing the plumbing, installing tile and changing the shower door), updates the flooring and cabinetry, and adds new paint and new lighting could take anywhere from one week to three weeks. A full bathroom remodel that guts the room, changing the footprint and moving the electrical wiring and plumbing lines, could take four to eight weeks or more. To keep your bathroom remodel on schedule, have your materials ordered and waiting, and don’t make any change orders once construction begins. Planning is key to keeping a bathroom remodel on schedule.   

For more on how long a bathroom remodel should take check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

Where should I start when remodeling a bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before starting a bathroom remodel it’s crucial to know what you want and have a clear understanding of your maximum budget. If you’d love all marble fixtures but have $3,000 total, you will have to compromise. Being realistic about materials and money before you even contact a contractor will have you on the road to success. Here are some simple steps to follow in the planning stages of bathroom remodeling:

  • List your remodeling priorities in order of importance (e.g., 1. New shower head, 2. Replace flooring, 3. Install recessed lighting, etc.).
  • Calculate what you can realistically afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. Identify an “all in” price — meaning the absolute maximum you’re willing to pay, as well as what you’d prefer to spend.
  • Gather ideas from Pinterest about colors and finishes.
  • Research the costs of the materials and finishes you want and begin making choices about what is and isn’t possible to fit into your budget (once labor is included). If you’d like to stay under $10,000 total, but really love a $2,000 tub, plan to downgrade in other areas.
  • Request quotes from at least three reputable general contractors, share your vision and ideal materials, and work together from there.

How do I plan a bathroom remodeling project?

If you’re stumped on how to plan a bathroom remodeling project, it pays to hire a designer. This is especially important if you’re changing your bathroom layout in any way. Designers create contractor-friendly drawings indicating exactly where each tile and fixture will be installed, down to the light switches. This investment might cost you $300-$500 but save you significant frustration and miscommunication, while ensuring you get precisely what you want.

If you’re going to do your own design, planning a bathroom remodeling project means being organized and planning ahead. Create a general outline of what you want and the budget you have. Identify the specific fixtures, tiles, paint and vanity you prefer. Get all this organized before requesting quotes from two to three reputable general contractors. Once you find the right pro, get a written contract outlining scope of work, materials that will be used, timeframe and payment schedule. Communicate clearly about when to order your materials so they are ready and waiting by the time the contractor gets the permits. Your job from here is to communicate clearly, pay the contractor as the work progresses, and enjoy your remodel when it’s done.

For more on where to start when remodeling a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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