After having a truly awful experience with a large contractor in the remodel of our kitchen this past summer and fall, it was with some trepidation that I ventured into the arena of small business contracting as a remedy for the previous disaster. The possibility of experiencing something similar again weighed heavily on me; nevertheless, the job needed to be finished. So I went through the bidding process on Thumbtack and consulted with several contractors, deciding on Forte Construction Alliance to complete the work of tiling the backsplash in our kitchen. Nate Forte has a wealth of experience that is evidenced by his easy-going and confident evaluation of the task at hand. He examined the previous contractor's shoddy workmanship, explained what needed to be done and how he (and his assistant Ivan) would fix the mess, made suggestions about what specific tile types, colors, and grout would best suit my clearly stated budget constraints (and where to purchase the requisite materials at a reasonable price). Nate immediately sent me a clearly detailed bid that was consistent with other bids I had received. Nate's assistant Ivan (and later Ivan's father) showed up at the appointed times, got to work right away, and completed the job precisely when they said they would. Ivan is an amiable, highly skilled and very focused man; it was a pleasure to watch him work, and work hard. Nate carefully inspected the work that Ivan and Ivan's father had completed; when I pointed out that a USB port was missing in an electrical outlet, Nate immediately went to Lowe's, purchased the correct hardware and installed it. Nate also pointed out that because we had a recent granite cabinet top installation that there could be settling that might create a very slight separation between the backsplash tile and the granite over time. He made it clear that if that were to occur, that he would come out and regrout any affected areas at no cost. Ivan's artistry as a tilest has made our kitchen beautifully habitable again. Because I was so very pleased with the workmanship and the professionalism displayed by Nate and his asscociates, I asked him to evaluate another remodeling project I had in mind. Once again he quickly explained what needed to be done and how, and had a reasonble and meticulous bid to me within days. Forte Construction Alliance has my utmost respect and my highest recommendation. Mostly, I had the feeling that I was dealing with an honest man of integrity who values competency and craftmanship and stands by his work.
Thursday, January 14, 2016