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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 311 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maggie F.
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My husband and I take pride in our home and are really picky when it comes to the craftsman we hire. We are very pleased to have the privilege to work with Micheal Chennels. We simply can't say enough positive things about our experience with him. After our initial meeting with Mike choosing to hire him over other applicants was a no brainer. He is very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, honest,professional, trustworthy, and offers competitive pricing. Mike is multi-talented and is super easy to work with. So far we have hired him to help us create a material list for our home's exterior trim, and build/install our custom kitchen cabinets. We are very happy with how everything is turning out so far. Using the technical drawings we provided Mike built cabinet boxes and will soon be building the cabinet doors and helping with our installation. He goes above and beyond to make sure every detail is perfect. He is very adamant about how important his reputation is and wants to ensure his clients are 100% happy with his work. We are so anxious to see the finished project and will be sure to share pictures when the kitchen is installed. Please feel free to contact me if you are considering hiring Mike.

BC Cleaning
from 51 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa A.
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Brandon was awesome in helping me to build and finish my customized cherry closet. Great communication, quality work and overall a pleasure to deal with. I'll definitely use him in the future and would highly recommend him to anyone.

from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Steve W.
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Fire escape removal, brick and mortar exit outside doorway, insulate, dry wall and paint inside doorway. AJ and his crew are excellent workers and provide high quality work at a very competitive price. In the future I will definitely give ISC a shot at any work I have.

Eclipse Constructors
from 24 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan B.
Verified review

We are very pleased with the work Eclipse Constructors did at our home. The transformation was so amazing that not only did it add beauty and curb appeal to our home, it also has a natural look as if it was part of the original construction. Bill Hurd and his crew completed our project on time and within the budget initially agreed upon. The finished product is a reflection of their professionalism and craftsmanship. Bill kept us informed every step along the way. We highly recommend Eclipse Constructors for your next home improvement project. You won't be dissapointed. Simply the best!

R. Trout House to Home
from 16 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Dave M.
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Rick was very professional and his communication was excellent before, during and after the project. I would highly recommend him for construction or demolition needs.

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Johnston Home Improvement
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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I hired Johnston Home Improvment to build a fire wood shed based on a photograph. I got extactly what I asked for, on time and paid the price I was quoted. The owner is very personable, has a strong work ethic and delivers a quality product. I plan using his skills for a master bath re-do. I strongly recommend this contractor.

from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kev B.
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Had them build an addition on the front of our house for a sun room. They were fast. They even raked and seeded the area where their bob cat had ruined the lawn.

  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Robert S.
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Ted patched and painted a 5000 Sq ft succo exterior commercial building. He completed the job in a very timely manner and was very detailed in his work. I would highly recommend him for any masonry and painting jobs.

DP Customs
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rick L.
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I contracted Dylan and his crew to repair some deck and basement stairs, and repair sheet rock in 2 rooms. CSD was very easy to work with and they did a quality job at a very fair price.

Mike Poorman Contracting
from 5 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Debra B.
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I had been referred to Mike Poorman Contracting from a very well known and well respected person in our community. I decided I wasn’t going to shop around, I would call Mike and if he could and when he could, I would hire him and wait if I must. My first idea of renovation required a few meetings and an architect, to which after much thought, I decided to back out. He was very understanding of my decision and I resorted to a few needed windows. In turn, I decided the bed and bath weren’t my priority, the kitchen was. He certainly has a wide range of experience and he was ready to build what I wanted to meet my needs. I was comfortable in the vendors and subcontractors he suggested. They all took great pride in designing, installing or whatever their expertise is. Mike stays on top of the growth and change in the construction industry. He informed me of innovative alternate construction methods that I was not aware of. I was told he has a history of completing successful jobs on time and within budget and he did not let me down on that either! Whether you are looking at new construction or have some remodeling needs, I highly recommend Mike Poorman for the job.

from 3 reviews
    Rebecca L.
    Verified review

    We have great experiences with Ithaconstruction. We are very picky and Fred always has a high attention to detail. We've used them for larger renovation and small projects around the house. Always on time and very responsive via text and phone! Cannot recommend enough!

    Lioto Enterprises, LLC
    from 5 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Morris C.
    Verified review

    I hired Lioto Enterprises to build a panty off of my laundry room.Very impressed with the job they did..I had a basic thought of how I wanted a done and with a couple suggestion from Lioto it really came out super.. Talking with Lioto I mentioned I was going to get a new patio door,he said he installs those..I immediately said,good..they installed my patio door and again, super job.. Don't think I need anymore work done on the house but if I do I will surely know who to call..

    • 14 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Christopher M.
    Verified review

    He's the nicest person ever to trust to build something for you

    Kimberly B.
    Verified review

    Tom and Debbie did a phenomenal job! They were very clear with their plan of action and all of their work was flawless. They are very honest people and it was clear that they take pride in their work.

    Steve N.
    Verified review

    Justin was very quality minded and the end result showed it. I also thought his prices were very reasonable.


    We take our business name seriously and won't stop till the customer is happy. We do quality work for a reasonable price.

    • 48 years in business

    Incorporated in 1970, we have successfully completed an impressive variety of construction projects. Our management processes have significantly benefited from the experience we have gained in project management. We now employ systems and methods that have been honed by our many years in the business. Our project list demonstrates our ability to manage and construct a huge variety of jobs for clients in all sectors. We believe we exemplify our philosophy of achieving great results by keeping things simple.


    I can service all your construction needs from full home renovations to kitchens, baths and basement finishing, to handyman services. With 25 years in the building industry, I have learned to listen to what each client is really looking for and what is most important to your vision and design: my job is to deliver that vision. I also offer assistance with design and product shopping. When construction starts, you're guaranteed my respect for your home and property. My management style has proven time and again to get the job done in a timely manner, on budget and to your complete satisfaction. The services I provide my clients, thorough estimates and level of craftsmanship come at a price. My price is competitive to all professional contractors. Keep in mind, there will always be a contractor that "throws a price out there" to hook you, knowing there are hidden fees down the road. Many just don't understand the scope of the project. Make sure you receive bids that are apples-to-apples, not apples-to-plums Fully insured LLC, EPA lead certified.


    We offer construction and construction management services, and our 2Good2BTru Crew has built new, super insulated, and passive solar homes and do small jobs, like kitchens, baths, decks, and roofs. Tompkins County, New York is our working area. The unique thing about Community Building Works! Inc. is that we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit housing organization whose mission is to build green, affordable housing locally and internationally. For every new house we build and sell in Tompkins County, we build one in a developing country, such as Ecuador, Mexico, or Guatemala. All profits generated by the 2Good2BTru Crew go to further our mission.


    we stand out by doing great work at a great prices

    • 35 years in business

    We have 34 years in the home building and remodeling business. We provide light commercial work in a clean, neat and timely manner. Call today.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.  

    How do architects work?

    Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

    When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

    How do architects charge for their services?

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

    How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

    A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

    Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

    What do general contractors charge?

    If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

    • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
    • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
    • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
    • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

    Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

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