I hired Creative Services to design, convert (from studs), and finish a portion of the basement, (appx.900sq.ft) while leaving plenty of unseen storage space. At our 1st meeting, I explained to Mr. Bertran, I have a very difficult time envisioning ; size, proportion or placement, but I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted.
Mr. Bertran suggested I share my vision with him, and he would translate my thoughts, into a rough drawing, to be used as a starting point. What I "saw" was; a nice size entertaining/TV area, a comfortable space, where I can work on my jewelry pieces, and when needed, it would become a dining/buffet area. The last part of my vision included; a wall that could be mirrored,hold a couple of ballet barre's, floor space large enough for both my Instructor, and me. In addition, the ceiling, and beam placement, needed to comply with the detailed specifications, of the Aerial Yoga System that will b coming soon. Obviously storage, was essential!
Mr. Bertran, Ralph, was very patient while listening to my vision, and extremely understanding and kind, while he explained all the current options available for; lighting, wiring, outlets, flooring, doors, license's, inspections...
Honestly, I hadn't given these "details" much thought. I spent my career in the World of Finance, and I was completely outside my "comfort zone"!
I found his knowledge impressive, as well as his ability to explain, so even I, understood, was much appreciated, and in some aspects, comforting.
It was evident, from the beginning, Mr. Bertran set high standards for himself, and for anyone he employs. Mr. Bertran was involved in every aspect of my project, whether the task was completed by Creative Services, or a sub-contractor. I could see, throughout the project, Ralph, not only had that "old fashioned" sense of pride for each job, small or large, he truly loves what he does.
I found it more than reassuring, that every Inspector who came to approve and sign off on their particular component, made the same comment, albeit with slight variations. They each told me,"I have not seen this much attention paid to details in long time. The quality of your renovation, is Top Notch"
I was so pleased with Ralph's abilities and his core values of hard work, attention to details and quality work, for a fair price, I hired Creative Services to do some additional work. I had some trees and bushes trimmed and shaped. I had a relatively new back gate, completely fall apart. Ralph was able to remove the damaged insides, and completely remake the gate, using leftover lumber and the original coverings, reducing the cost. In addition, I needed grab bars installed in two bathrooms, meeting ADA requirements, fixing & hanging a large mirror, painting the wall, a kitchen faucet repaired, gutters cleaned..Again, no job is too big, nor too small for them.
I will be having Creative Services back, when I finish my list, and they have an opening.