The work went beautifully! Fred Ford, the owner of A2Z, came out, took a look at the work that needed to be done and gave me an estimate. The estimate was not only lower than the previous two estimates I had gotten, but also included Fred's obtaining the necessary permits (of the other two, one had not even mentioned a permit, the other had told me a permit was "optional" and I could get one or not, as I chose). I originally had planned only to have the dry rot repaired and part of the siding replaced with hardibacker. Fred offered to replace one of the sliding glass doors for free if I wanted to purchase it. Since the existing door was single pane, I decided to have it replaced. Then I decided it would be foolish to have just the slider replaced without replacing the window as well. One thing led to another and resulted in my having all the windows replaced with energy efficient double-pane windows. (The existing windows had been "jury rigged" with double windows whose sole function seemed to be to provide homes for spiders and were impossible to clean.) I also had the existing sliding glass doors replaced. Many of the outside lights did not function. Fred removed the ones I didn't want and fixed the wiring on the ones I did want (many of which did not turn on). On one of the walls he had to rebuild because of termite damage, Fred installed a larger window than had been there before. This involved inside drywall work. The wall the outside pipes had been on was also damaged by water. Fred also replaced the drywall on that side of the house. He textured the new drywall to match the existing drywall. It looks beautiful! As the crew worked, they repaired the previous contractor's shoddy work. At each stage, Fred made sure I was happy with the progress and what they were doing. Fred is a meticulous worker. If one of his crew did some work that didn't quite meet his standards, Fred would have him tear it out and replace it to higher standards and explain why the new way of doing things was better than the way it had been. When the county inspector came out to check his work, he was very impressed. Many of the elements Fred had installed were new to the inspector, but the inspector admitted it was an improvement over the "old" way. Although (or because) he is an exacting boss, Fred's crew enjoy working with and for him. They know they can take pride in the work they do. I had a roofer come out and give me an estimate for the roof who tried to hire Fred's foreman away from him. Jesse told the person, "Nope. It wouldn't be like working for Fred." There is not room enough to detail all the structural omissions and things that were "wrong" with the house: Framing was "pieced" together or completely lacking in some areas; headers over doors and windows were missing or were sub-standard. Fred fixed it all as he went along. Painting seems like a simple job, but it isn't. There are many details that make or break a paint job. Fred and crew took care with all the detail work, asking me how I wanted something finished and explaining why they were doing things a certain way, making sure I was happy with the results. I am thrilled with how my house looks! It looks like a new house!