David Passow Custom Contracting
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David and his team refinished our old attic floors (that had been painted white) and they look fantastic! He was super efficient, flexible, took the time to make sure the process would be easy and safe for our family. We have a ten month old and a couple of dogs and cats so he made sure that their safety was put first down to the type of stain used.Aug 12, 2013Verified
We got ourselves in to a bit of a quandary when we decided to begin what we thought would be a trivial tiling project in our 475 sq. ft. kitchen. After getting through about half of the 3-6 layers of existing vinyl flooring and related flooring materials installed over the past 40 years, we eventually found a half tar covered maple floor from when the house was built in 1918 buried beneath. It had at least 3 areas that were significantly damaged with missing planks and/or water damage. We knew it would take an experienced hardwood floor refinisher to restore this floor to its original beauty, yet couldn't afford to live without a kitchen for much longer. We spoke with a floor refinisher who did good work for us in the past, but he wasn't available for a while and made clear that he wouldn't be able to start the job until more demo work was complete. Therefore we did some research and found David's Thumbtack page which had before/after photos of circumstances that looked much like our own. After leaving a message with David, he promptly returned our call and scheduled an appointment to come take a look at the state of our floor. David didn't seem fazed by what appeared to us to be a significant restoration project. This was very reassuring. What impressed us right away was that we could tell David wasn't about taking shortcuts and would treat our home as if it were his own home. Using his versatile plumbing and carpentry skills, he also planned to remove an existing island with a sink before starting any work which though seemed daunting was the right thing to do to get the job done right. After assessing the amount of work needed, David put together a realistic timeline and cost estimate, which were very reasonable. After removing the kitchen island successfully without a hitch, David got right to work on repairing the problem areas of the floor. He did an amazing job integrating new hardwood, when necessary, with the old wood without making it too obvious to the eye. Once the repairs were complete, David worked diligently according to the agreed upon plan to refinish the floor in its entirety. He maintained continuous communication with us via phone and text which was very helpful during the length of the project. The restoration project is now complete and the floor looks beautiful. It's a true testament to David's expertise, diligence and attention to detail. Thank you for your excellent service David! Steve Z.Nov 14, 2012Verified
I interviewed several refinishers for my 90+ year old hardwood floors. David Passow was informative and straight-forward in what he would do with respect to results, process and schedule. He followed through with fabulous results. Initially, I was worried about the many pet and other stains as well as warps accumulated over the century. He did not promise a perfect floor, but he conveyed confidence in removing almost all imperfections and minimizing the rest. His work on our NEW floor exceeded expectations! The stains were removed and other imperfections are not apparent. The before and after photos on his website were accurate and likely you will see our photos soon. David displayed professional confidence in his craft, and he was fun and informative to work with in every stage of the process. He was eager to provide tips on care for the floor as if it was his own. David was right on schedule from the start of the work through its completion. Prassow was extremely competitive in his pricing. I will call on David in the future for my flooring needs. You cant go wrong in getting his low-keyed, professional advice and quote. HenrySep 19, 2012Verified
We heard about David and his work from neighbors, so had him come in and refinish our bedroom floor. We were so pleased with it that we had him come back and refinish both our dining room and living room floors. They turned out just great! The only problem is, now the floors look so good, the walls look shabby, so we're going to have to do some painting as well. Just a minor delay; everything will look great when we're done.May 4, 2013
I interviewed quite a few HW floor refinishers and found that David was committed to doing the job right the first time. When it came to do the job he did a great job and exceeded my expectations. David will be the only one that will get the call when I need my floors refinished.May 11, 2010
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is by the square foot for refinishing. Repairs and anything else I would do varies in price.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I stay up the latest types of finishes and stains.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I am a third generation carpenter so really because I didn't want to work with my Dad anymore.