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Greencastle Builders Llc
We have paid this General Contactor over $55,000 and all we have is a hole in the ground. We have fought back and forth with him through emails and phone calls to get the construction started and he has come up with every excuse in the book. Construction started in August of 2013 and 6 months later we have a hole in the ground and the pluming started. He has not shown up in the last three months saying that he can not pour the foundation due to the weather. Then the other day he sent the original plans and permits back to us in the mail and will not return our phone calls or emails. He has abandoned the job and stolen our deposit money. We had two other contractors come out to evaluate the job and let us know what we need to do to finish the job. Both contractors said that there was no reason why we could not start construction and that the work he has done has been done incorrectly. PLEASE DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY!! The owners name is Tim Caldwell and he will steal your money and do the job incorrectly!!!
- Philip K.
Jon Nordling LLC
Jon seems to be a very professional and knowledgeable contractor. We met with him in 2007 to discuss a new build project and again a couple of months ago to discuss remodeling job. After each meeting, he declined to compete for the job. The first, he told us he would be too expensive for us. The second, he just didn't get back to us with a bid. We liked his ideas and willingness to discuss both projects, but a bit dismayed that he apparently was not interested.
- Vicki A.
E and L Builders
E&L Builders handled our tear down and new build for stem to stern. OUr situtation was a little weird, but E&L took us on with enthusiam and focus. Our design was approved by Arlington Permits in May, the house was demolished un July, the modular home arrived in August and we occupied by Thanksgiving. What a whilrwind and all down very well. They handled all aspects of design documents, permit review, project coordination and supervision of final inspections. Clark from E&L was our main contact and was steadfast in keepingour project on track while his company was in their biggest year for projects. So we intejected our proejct into their 2005 work plan and they handled our project alongside everything else. They did a great job and were totally stand up. We would recommend E&L to anyone thinking of a modular building project and we would be happy to entertain a visit to our home to see the results of what we consider a quality project.
- Richard D.
GSBuilders / Green Studio Builders Inc.
This is a review of the design phase of our contract with GS Builders to design-build the second floor addition on our home in Kensington, MD. We tried to be as diligent as possible with our market research. We interviewed 5 other contractors for the project. Some interviews involved home visits; others included site visits to view completed work. Two early impressions set GS Builders apart from other contractors- 1) they are very generous with their time, and 2) they are passionate about architecture and design. For example, all other contractors we interviewed came with a preconceived template. Each interview involved a discussion in which our ideas were either ignored or hastily re-imagined to fit inside of a generic design they already had in mind. By contrast, my wife and I were very surprised when we met with GS Builders. Chris spent over two hours one evening just listening to us describe what we wanted our house to be. Chris was genuinely excited by our concepts, and generously brainstormed with us all evening. We left that first meeting feeling like we had a partner in our project. A partner who listened to what we wanted, and then applied expertise to help us see how we could realize our vision. I cannot stress enough what a unique experience this was compared to the competition. So we knew we wanted to hire these guys. But we assumed the "you get what you pay for" rule would probably put them out of our price point. Nope.They were able to come in slightly under the other guys! By much? no. If you want a huge project completed, you are going to pay within a pretty predictable price range. So we hired GS Builders to design and build the second floor of our home, consisting of a master bedroom / bathroom, two additional bedrooms, one additional bath, and a remodel of our first floor dining room (plus a few other details). I am happy to report that the patient, personalized service has not wavered. My wife is quite particular about what she wants. Chris has met with us in person OVER TEN TIMES to date. Several of these meetings included his architecture partner Nate, and the building process has only just begun. That does not include rounds of texts, phone calls, and emails to refine and deliver my wife's wishes. Do you see what I'm saying here? This is how committed they are to getting what we want. As far as mechanics and logistics go, things are running smoothly. Plans were delivered on time, permits were acquired on time, construction began on schedule. The crew has extended our chimney, started on our interior work, and today they began to dismantle parts of our eve in preparation of removing our roof (I'm assuming). each day when I come home, our home is swept free of dust, and our furniture is all covered. They do a great job of leaving the home in a livable condition despite the reality that it is also an active construction zone. I will post another review to document the finished product and the actual construction phase. For now, I think it's clear that we are very impressed with our design-phase experience, and would recommend GS Builders without hesitation. Feel free to be in touch if you have any specific questions. **** Construction now complete****second half of review below**** I'm back to finish my review of GS Builders' work on the second floor addition of our home. It's late January now, but they actually finished mid-November ahead of schedule. The sink for our master bath was out of stock at Pottery Barn, so we had to wait an additional two months for that to come in. As soon as it did, Chris and Nicoleta had someone out within two days to install it and finish the tile backsplash. I don't usually appreciate one-sided reviews. Pros and cons are much more useful to consumers. But I have to say, I honestly cannot come up with any substantial negatives to share about our experience with GS Builders. They gave us all the time and iterations needed to come up with the floor plan we wanted. They guided us through the process so that our choices were achievable within the constraints of cost and building codes. They always generated interesting ideas for us to consider when we weren't sure of how to proceed. The building crew was timely, professional, and courteous. The quality of the work was always high, in fact it exceeded our expectations. the first phase of the project was heavily dominated by meetings with Chris. As construction moved toward the finishing stages (trim, fixtures, tile, etc), Nicoleta became more involved. Nicoleta is an energetic and knowledgeable collaborator. She is a designer and engineer herself, so when the project transitioned to working with her it was seamless. She and my wife worked very closely to arrive at the tile design for our two bathrooms. Typical for their company, she was very generous with her time. She knows her industry well, and she helped my wife co-design the bathrooms she envisioned. They are beautiful. The whole house is beautiful. The design makes our house look like a new building went up- Not just an addition sitting awkwardly on top of an existing structure- as you commonly see. Closing thoughts. A big construction project is built on a thousand major and minor decisions. Making these decisions can be stressful at times. Having a team like Chris and Nicoleta to provide knowledge and patience makes all the difference. It develops trust. Sometimes decisions lead to changes that cost money. This is important, because Chris and Nicoleta were quite generous about this. Changes were always transparent, and they often made changes without charges. I've worked in construction myself, and I know how easy it is to nickle and dime clients. GS Builders does not do this. That builds trust. If you are looking to have work done on your home, you'd be remiss to overlook GS Builders. We definitely recommend them! James
- Krisztina M.
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