Let me start by stating that I have worked with many contractors in my lifetime, and I am not easy impress. Honestly, I am usually left unsatisfied. This was not the case with Gilbert Construction.
When John was out for the initial quote, he was punctual and prudent. I informed him that I was bidding out the project to other companies and he was understanding, patient, and respectful of that process.
From my initial Thumbtack search to my multiple questions leading up to the job, John was always very responsive. After receiving 3 quotes for my new deck project, John came in at the fairest price. With John's expert input, I even changed the overall plan for the deck to better fit the needs for my family. This option was actually less expensive than the original plan, so it was in no way an upsell. I remain grateful that he cared enough to help me plan the right project to fit our home.
He scheduled my job for a Sunday and finished the entire job in 10 hours with him and his other employee. I cannot overstate how impressed I was with their professionalism and quality of work. I had a challenging project and was VERY specific with how I wanted my new deck to curve to fit existing landscaping. He saw my vision and built the new deck EXACTLY how I wanted it.
I am a true stickler, and paid very close attention to initial framing and support of the deck when they started to build early in the morning. I am no stranger to home improvement projects, whether I build myself or hire a contractor. This is, without a doubt, one of THE BEST decks I have ever seen built. After construction was completed, we sat down together and he guided me through the best ways to stain, seal, and care for my deck long term.
I would highly recommend John Gilbert.