Although I originally sought help simply removing my concrete driveway, Mike's versatility and problem-solving instinct made him the perfect craftsman to undertake a larger project, of which sawing that concrete into blocks was only the first step. He reused the concrete blocks as pavers, forming a beautiful, organic-looking mosaic of a new driveway (in a different location and shape) based on my sketches. It looks so nice I get strangers knocking on my door to find out who did the work. The crazy thing is that this was a first for him, but he combined such creativity and perfectionism into the job that onlookers assume it is a specialty of his.
Mike's labor rate is appropriate to his level of expertise, and now that I know how adaptable he can be, I will hire him for anything from plumbing to finish carpentry. This project had a lot of preparatory steps (concrete removal, coordinating with other services, grading/leveling, etc.) to manage, and he thought of some great ways to save me money in the process. As a result, the project wound up coming in about 20% under his estimate!