We hired Josh Zamiara of “Artisan Techniques” to do the crown molding, door frames and fireplace mantel in one of our rental units (since our usual carpenter was overwhelmed with work and could not fit us into his busy schedule). One of our other regular contractors highly recommended Josh based on his past work. Because of his past reputation and referral from our regular, well-respected and professional contractor, we trusted Josh in completing the tasks within a few weeks. We trusted him so much that we gave him a copy of the key to the studio apartment to come and go as he pleased, and even paid him in full in advance. Huge mistake! He took advantage of our full trust in him. Josh started the task on a good note by coming in regularly almost every evening to do the crown molding. After that, things went downhill rather fast: his framing of the bathroom was sub-par, and then he completely stopped coming in to resume work. He kept giving us excuses: he had to fire an employee and was short-staffed, and then it was his dog, and then his sister, etc. We tried to accommodate him, we were patient with him, but then the delays got longer and longer to the point that our other contractors could not continue their own work because Josh did not finish his part of the renovations. The other contractor who referred us to him was even surprised by his delays and his refusal to answer his own texts and calls so that they could co-ordinate their assigned tasks! He later found out from other people that Josh was focusing on his big lucrative contract at the expense of everybody else. We lost an entire month without any work being completed! I had to turn away a few potential tenants because of the delay! He kept putting off the work! Furthermore, he kept ignoring my phone calls, text messages and e-mails! When I finally got him to come, I explained the issues but he seemed superficially interested in finishing the work because he loved working on an old house, but by this time I realized that he was insincere. I had to let him go. He told me that he wanted to remain on good terms, but in the end Josh refused to refund the unused portion of the payment stating that he needs to consult his lawyer since I broke the contract with him. He gave excuses that he was willing to work with us to complete the job but I refused to give him that chance! He also complained that the work that we wanted from him kept changing (implying that we had to pay a work modification fee). Do yourself a HUGE favor: DO NOT HIRE JOSH from "Artisan Techniques"! Underneath his charming, polite persona lies an unreliable, unprofessional, inconsiderate scammer. He will take your money (and even ask you for more) for work that he does on his terms and his schedule. I, personally told him that the work needed to be completed by December 1st so that I could attend to my other responsibilities (my other job, taking care of my disabled mother, and getting ready for my first treatment of radiation therapy), but clearly he did not care! I did manage to find someone else to finish Josh’s work, but ultimately I lost money since I had to pay someone else to do a job that I already paid Josh to do! Spare yourself the headache, heartache and risky expense! Find someone else!