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Duran Landscaping Inc.
4.4
from 97 reviews
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
Duane O.
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We hired Ernesto Duran to build a backyard retaining wall (from 3 quotes with other builders in the area). He built a beautiful, well crafted and high quality wall (see pictures) which was about 50 feet long and 36 inches high, turning an original 45 degree hill slope to an almost level foundation. He and his crew built the retaining wall in about 3 full days of work. We chose the Manorstone blocks (6" x 12" x 16") from Mutual Materials. In addition, Ernesto fully landscaped our backyard by removing the old grass and all of the weeds and replaced it with new grass and planted about 30 new plants as well as moving/replanting the existing bushes and trees. If you are looking to top quality, then Ernesto Duran is the Retaining wall/Landscaper" to hire. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Doerksen Handyman
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vijay K.
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Dennis did an incredible job and we would definitely hire him again. He was a pleasure to work with, very responsive, and was very knowledgeable about the project. We hired him to build a concrete foundation and assemble a shed, and the finished product looks excellent.

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Dahlin Design-Build
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Renee S.
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Steve Dahlin has worked for and alongside my spouse and I for more than ten years in many facets of restoration and renovation of our historic property, such as carpentry, siding installation, painting, repairing and restoring historic floors and thresholds, windows, and exterior and interior historic moldings. The projects we've worked on together have focused on jobs both small and large on the renovation of our two-hundred-year-old historic house and barn. Steve has brought his expertise and long experience to solving the often sticky problems that emerge when restoring, preserving, renovating, and replicating historic features. One project particularly stands out: We had found an original, historic window in terrible disrepair and deterioration that we wanted to restore and put back into its original location. Every other contractor, window supplier, etc., that we spoke to told us that the window was beyond repair and that we should discard it and purchase a new one. Steve, however, took on the job and did a fabulous job of restoring the window to not only its former beauty but also its functionality. Steve impresses us with his willingness to come out and help us even when the jobs are very small. Steve has recently worked with us on repairing our historic barn, and we've been very pleased with the result.

G&E Landscape Contractor LLC
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Sherwyn S.
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We just did a complete remodel of our backyard. It was literally torn down to nothing and rebuilt. The job involved removing existing patio, cutting down a tree, clearing all the plants, removing steps, leveling the whole yard, building retaining walls, fence, gates, laying a fairly large patio area with pavers, building a fire pit area with flagstone, drainage, sprinklers and planting. I hired G&E based on the reviews on thumbtack and I couldn't agree more with some of the reviews about their professionalism. They are easily among the best contractors I have worked with. Reliability, Punctuality, Accountability, Flexibility, and Quality are some of the key qualities I was looking for and they fit it perfectly. We are very happy with how our yard turned out and it is better than what we have envisioned. I would definitely hire Polo and team again for any future work. If you are looking to get any landscaping work, don't think twice about G & E.

Rcc Construction llc
4.6
from 33 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Megan S.
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They did a fantastic, quick patio job at my home. The guys were great to work with, very knowledgeable and super easy to work with.

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Selander Design
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcy H.
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Robert has been such a great, hardworking, reliable professional. We keep hiring him back because he's able to do everything from building beautiful custom window boxes, to installing a bathroom fan, to taking care of a variety of other household needs . . .

The Largest Landscape
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa M.
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When we moved into our house early July 2015, our yard was completely overgrown, the fence was rotted, and the neighbors were terribly unhappy with the state of the lot. Adrian returned my request for a quote very quickly, and was able to come out to view, and start working on, the property 2 days later. Over a week's time, he and his crew were able to completely remake the yard and build a new fence, all while working within our budget. We are so happy with the results, and Highly Recommend Him!

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  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy M.
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Cedo is a craftsman in the truest sense. He clearly takes pride in the work he does, and he does it well. His eye for detail is appreciated, he made our house look far better than I anticipated! We will definitely work with him again in the future, and will refer others to him.

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Sound Pacific LLC
4.5
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Tenzin T.
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Michael and Ryan did an amazing job on our back yard, building an amazing deck on an uneven yard. They took their time building the deck the correct way instead of rushing through to meet the timeline and move on to their next project. We knew they were busy yet they took time working diligently and creating a space exactly the way we wanted. We are one happy customer and would hire them again for other projects.

MOG2
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Allan A.
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We were new to the region and looking for some demo work as we begin a small renovation job. I received a quick response, fair and reasonable quote, followed by a superb job handled on time and very professionally. They did just what they said - promptly and as agreed. These guys are fantastic and I would highly recommend their services. I am confident that if they say they can do it , you will be more than pleased with their work and services. There is A Lot of experience that they draw from. It is Not their for go around and that is always important when reaching out to folks you do not know. AAA+++ satisfied. Allan from Federal Way.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jenya K.
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Larry was hired to replace closet doors and to add several doors as well as build a dividing wall. He did a fantastic job! He was very attentive to detail and worked long hours until everything was complete. Would definitely hire again.

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RR Design, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristen L.
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We're building an Acessory Dwelling Unit and needed a site plan constructed in a short time frame. R&R design put together a site plan for us in just minutes allowing us to obtain permits without waiting weeks. He was hired after another architect bailed in the beginning stages of our project I would highly recommend R&R design for any home improvement or new addition project.

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RDH Enterprises, LLC
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Torjia C.
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Responded quick and cutting to the point, I understood that they knew exactly what they were doing in previous jobs. Had to cancel on my appointment but they were very happy to reschedule as well as be recommended for other handyman jobs.

King of Kings construction
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
David P.
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Jim and his crew did a great job on my home! Turned a very old home with very old grey and blue paint that was over 20 years since the last paint job into a modern like new home with three new colors. Very pleased with the work!

Fine Design,Inc
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen C.
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My backsplash project turned out just beautifully. Work was completed very meticulously I and cannot say enough good things. Will be contacting them again soon for more work.

Craftsman Construction
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Christina W.
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I would definitely recommend Brian and his team at Craftsman Construction. I now come home everyday to my dream Kitchen! I have worked with other contractors in the past and I have to admit- we were a little scared to undergo such a big project, but from our first meeting to the very end Brian made us feel very much at ease. The quality workmanship, professionalism, and time on the project was awesome. Brian was able to see our vision and make it into a reality. His experience was also a big help in directing us on ideas that would add to our homes resale value but also stay within our budget. Aside from their customer service, the quality and finish work once the project was complete blew me away. We couldn't be happier! Thank you Brian!!

  • 2 years in business
Jennifer H.
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Incredibly skilled in all areas of construction!

Heinrich Solutions
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pat B.
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Dan Heinrich has added a bathroom in my home, helped with remodeling my basement, remodeled the lower floor of my rental house, and has done various jobs at my office building in Puyallup. Dan is prompt, neat, efficient, and talented, and always extremely fair in pricing his work. I trust him to the extent that he has keys and codes to all my buildings in case something is needed while I am unavailable. I have yet to find limitations to his abilities in any phase of construction. He is skilled both in designing a project and carrying it to completion. I give Dan Heinrich Solutions the highest possible recommendation.

Belle Design Build, LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandy L.
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I hired Emily to explore design possibilities for remodeling our kitchen. Emily came over at a time that was convenient for me and my husband did a thorough walk through, took measurements and discussed design budget. She provided me with several creative kitchen layouts and respectfully stayed within my design fee budget. I highly recommend her.

DANE Designs, LLC
3.3
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jenni W.
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Craig Daniels contacted me right away regarding my need obtaining building permit for my dream of owning my own business. He gave positive reassurance my dream of opening The Dutchboy, espresso stand will happen

  • 36 years in business
Tracy L.
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Mark totally remodeled our kitchen and put on a new deck. The craftsmanship was spectacular and there was nothing negative. They even finished the job on budget and on time.

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.

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