I am hesitant to criticize a small renovation business, like Home Forge, because I grew up with a father with little formal education who became a master plumber and electrician. As a boy I spent a significant amount of time helping him on his jobs. In addition, the staff of Home Forge are very likable folks. I will let the facts speak for themselves, however. I spent a total of about $142,000 with Home Forge for a 400 sq. ft. addition, and to renovate my front porch and car port. Work lasted 4 months and began on October 25, 2019 and finished on February 25, 2020. During that time Home Forge was running projects at 4 other sites around Atlanta. Each site is organized with a site foreman and 3-4 workers. Home Forge does use a lot of subcontractors. On my project there were subcontractors for concrete poring, electrical, roofing, gutters, gas line and gas-log installation. Much of the subcontractors’ work was poorly coordinated. The site foreman for my project was a very nice young man who was clearly not qualified to supervise the work on my project. He was incapable of prioritizing the order of work resulting in obvious frustration by his co-workers, and great inconvenience to me. For example, the work done inside my existing home was a new clothes closet, recessed lighting in the existing living room, and an open doorway with 3 steps into the new addition. In contrast to statements on the Home Forge website about respecting the customer’s time and home environment, I spent 6 weeks living in drywall dust, paint splatter and general disarray. These 3 jobs could have been finished in one week. I spoke with the owner about my frustration and asked to have a new site foreman assigned, but he refused. After my final payment in late February, I was able to closely examine the completed work. Under the addition there were numerous uncovered voids and gaps. I could see the floor insulation in a number of places. There were substantial areas where untreated wood had not been painted. On my front porch and carport there were also noticeable gaps and voids around the top of the support columns and the soffits. By mid-March these issues were attracting carpenter bees and wasps looking to nest. Inside the new addition I noticed a window screen was not properly installed with a nearly half-inch gap above the screen and the windowsill. Along a window frame the was a long crack in the drywall which should had been covered with fiber tape, spackled and repainted. By late-March I had identified over a dozen issues that needed repair. However Covid-19 was now becoming serious, and Home Forge shut down for two weeks because one of their workers became infected. I felt bad for the owner and the staff and decided I would fix the issues myself, rather than hassling Home Forge. After about 20 hours of work I completed the repairs. On May 7 I emailed the owner of Home Forge outlining all the issues with 18 photographs documenting each problem. I only asked that he reimburse me $176.60 for my labor (@7.25/hr., the Federal Minimum Wage) and materials. I’ve heard nothing from him. If you do decide to use Home Forge for your renovation, my sincere advice is to pay $200-300 and hire a good home inspector before you make any final payment.