You can’t ask for any more than that from your Contractor. We were looking at the option of adding a three car garage/2BR apartment to our Cayuga Lake property. I was very hesitant to do so as we had no experience with contractors and our main home is outside NYC. We would be six hours away from monitoring the process and correcting any problems. I was worried about having to track down my builder, demanding promised changes and watching deadlines pass. My neighbor had gone through this and I wasn’t thrilled having seen the process.
Another neighbor told me about Mike Poorman, who had done some work for them in the past. I got a chance to meet Mike and see some of his work. My wife and I got a good feeling from that meeting and decided to take the plunge. We worked with Bob Eggleston (designer) and he took our ideas and turned out a solid set of plans that had everything we wanted in the house. Bob and Mike guided us through the process with the Town and we quickly got approvals.
The construction contract was simple; I provide some money up front to get started. After that, more money would change hands as specific parts of the project were completed. That let me know that Mike had confidence in his team and I wouldn’t be pre-funding the whole build and at risk. Plans were approved over the winter, the contract was signed and we were ready to go in the spring.
No build ever goes exactly as expected, but basically, Mike and his crew executed down the contract in almost perfect sequence. Mike would send me pictures of completed work and we would move to the next line on the list. Occasionally, I would drive up to check things out or one of my neighbors would give me an update.
One thing Mike did which really helped was recommending that we choose certain materials ourselves. Things like flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops etc. were outside the contract. Mike provided an estimate about approximate expense for materials but installation costs were in the contract. My wife and I got to choose exactly the items we wanted while knowing the added costs to our project. In this part of the process, Mike acted as our trusted advisor; steering us away from bad choices and dealing with the vendors once our choice was made.
Spring is almost here and we look forward to enjoying the new building. We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on the building’s appearance and the quality of workmanship. I highly recommend Mike and his team and expect to use them again in the future. I even enjoyed playing in his golf tournament!