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CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION

Founded 1982 • With Angi since March 2004

4.7

(6) Verified Reviews

Business Details

Phone Number

Address

421 Lloyd St

Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Description

We currently employ 10 full time carpenters and helpers and an outstanding team of sub contractors that have been working as a team together to produce award winning projects for years. All of our projects are architect designed and are non-competitively bid....

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1.0

11/18/2014


John R.

worst customer service

Description of Work
We called to request an estimate on a kitchen and bathroom remodel and he flat out refused to give us an estimate. He was rude and snide saying he did not want to get into a "bidding war" with other contractors. So, contrary to there ad they do not offer free estimates.

Category remodeling, home builders, home remodeling

Service Provider Response

First time I checked my reviews in quite some time. I am very sorry Mr. [Member Name Removed] was so upset after talking to me. I guess my attempt to explain the negotiated bid process failed. If I sounded rude it was not my intention. I thought, at the time, my company description mentioned that all our projects are non-competitively bid. It did not, I have since changed it. My company typically gets involved with clients when they have preliminary drawings from an architect and are looking for a builder to help them with their project. We then work with the client by putting together preliminary budgets and suggest ways and means to save costs when needed if the budget is too high. The process is called a negotiated bid. I don't bid on projects that are going out to several bidders after all the drawings are complete. I think the competitive bidding process, more often than not, results in angry clients who find they can not afford to build what they paid an architect a huge amount of money to define. The negotiated bidding process provides the information the client needs about costs, before they spend huge amounts on construction drawings. This way an architect and builder can work together to keep a project on budget. I do offer free estimates. I provide a list of references for current projects and architects I have worked with. I meet with my clients and discuss the negotiated bid process. After the interview process is complete and clients decide they want to proceed, I will put in many, many hours bringing my subs on site and and doing my best to help them build what they can afford, at no cost to the client. I will look at many options and alternatives to get the price where it needs to be. I provide a fixed price and work to come under that budget, with an open book billing process, where all billed receipts are available to client upon request.
5.0

09/29/2014


Marie H.

Went great! John Cummings available for our questions and concerns. His workers felt like family. They arrived each and every day. Input great and work stellar. Hearing so any nightmares, we were relieved that the project was fairly seamless. Would not hesitate to use this company.

Description of Work
Fairly extensive rehab of a 50+ year old home taking about 6 months. Included 3 bathrooms, enlarging spaces, relocating doorways and closets, a new kitchen, laundry room, plumbing, wiring. Our windows were replaced and much carpenter involved.

Category home builders

5.0

07/30/2013


Barbara Z.

They were extremely honest, detailed oriented, and the employees were very responsive to follow up with any issues following the construction.

Description of Work
Did a major renovation on your home. They added an addition that was probably about 4,000 square feet.

Category home builders, home remodeling

5.0

11/01/2011


alicyn K.

The architect recommended him to me. The price was worth every penny. What they did was so perfect. They workers were neat and courteous. He has matured gentlemen working for him who are excellent. They have been doing this work for ever. We got topnotch experienced workers. John Cummings does not provide cheap labor. He has experienced, seasoned, and middle-aged craftsmen. He is expensive, but my architect said I won’t have any problem with him or the job he does. His personality is a little gruff, but you will have to over look that because of his quality of work. However, he is professional and intelligent.

Description of Work
I used Cummings Construction two years ago to put an extension in my house. I spoke to John Cummings. They doubled the house.

Category remodeling

5.0

02/08/2011


Robert H.

John Cummings, his employees, and subcontractors were all incredibly professional, friendly, and very detail oriented. We had these guys in our home virtually every day for over five months. They arrived on time and worked full days. I particularly appreciated the fact that the whole team was always willing to patiently answer questions, offer explanations, and discuss options with us--and cheerfully accept our input. They also tidied up the job site every day before leaving. When unexpected things came up, John was always helpful in considering all the possible solutions. And I will add that plenty of unexpected things DID come up. Please note, however: these were emphatically not Cummings' fault. It's an old house and was a complex project. For example, we did not initially plan to demolish the entire porch roof. But, when they started work, it became clear that the structure could not be salvaged and demolition was a better way to go. We couldn't have known that at the outset. I suspect that we could have gotten a lower cost elsewhere--hence the "B" on cost--but I truly do not think it is possible to find better quality and service. Relative to cost, I will add that the initial budget planning process was very clear, comprehensive, accurate, and open. As work progressed, John did not nickel and dime us to death with little extras, and I think he worked hard to control costs throughout the project. Even with the unexpected things that happened, the work did not go over budget! The work was completed with the highest standard of craftsmanship and the finest attention to detail. We are thrilled with the results and I would enthusiastically recommend Cummings.

Description of Work
Demolish and rebuild a badly leaking flat porch roof with deck on top, enclose a portion of that porch, gut and remodel kitchen. I prefer to not disclose how much we spent.

Category remodeling, home remodeling

4.0

03/01/2004


BRUCE M.

JOHN AND HIS CREW HAD ALWAYS BEEN POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL WHILE IN OUR HOME. THERE WERE NEVER ANY SURPRISES WHEN OUR BILL WAS PRESENTED. ALL OF OUR REQUESTS AND ADD-INS WERE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF. GOOD, PROFESSIONAL CARE IN PREPARATION AND COMPLETING JOB!

Description of Work
EXTENSIVE REMODEL OF FIRST FLOOR ADDITION TO INTEGRATE INTO A NEW KITCHEN.

Category remodeling

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    General Information
    Free Estimates
    Yes
    Eco-Friendly Accreditations
    No
    Payment Options
    Check
    Senior Discount
    NO
    Warranties
    Yes

    Services Offered

    We build architect designed custom homes, additions and interior renovations ranging in scope from the entire house to just kitchen and bathroom projects.

    Services Not Offered

    MAINTENANCE WORK OR FLOOD AND FIRE REPAIR.

    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION

    How is CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION overall rated?

    CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION is currently rated 4.7 overall out of 5.

    What payment options does CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION provide

    CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION accepts the following forms of payment: Check

    Does CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offer free estimates?

    Yes, CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offers free project estimates.

    Does CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    No, CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION does not offer eco-friendly accreditations.

    Does CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offer a senior discount?

    No, CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION does not offer a senior discount.

    Are warranties offered by CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION?

    Yes, CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offers warranties.

    What services does CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offer?

    CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION offers the following services: We build architect designed custom homes, additions and interior renovations ranging in scope from the entire house to just kitchen and bathroom projects.

    Are there any services CUMMINGS CONSTRUCTION does not offer?

    MAINTENANCE WORK OR FLOOD AND FIRE REPAIR.