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Munoz Construction LLC
Jose Munoz walked through the entire job site with my husband and me about a month prior to the arrival of his crew. He took very good notes and made some excellent suggestions. He provided us a list of materials that we could acquire ourselves ahead of time - which we did. Mr. Munoz and his crew arrived promptly and setup quickly. They took very good care of my home by using shoe covers, laying down tarps, and taping up plastic to reduce the drywall dust. The work took place over a day and a half - as projected. Everything was completed with care and looks excellent! I would definitely use this company again and would highly recommend them!
- Cynthia W.
Omar's General Contracting
Excellent, and responsive. Very punctual, even tolerating my miscues. Work was beautiful and I am totally happy. I am looking for new things for them to do! Wonderful service and work.
- James Y.
The demolition and installation took place while I was out of town. Before I left, Luisinspected all agreed supplies I purchased: floor tile, wall tile, thin set, grout, sealer, medicine cabinet, lavatory, sink, vanity light, GFI switch/plug-outlet combo, reused newer toilet, glass towel rods/mounts, recessed soap dish, plumbing fixtures, shower rod, curtain, as well as paint. These items totaled about $2000, as I chose 3x6 inch gray mosaic marble subway tile for walls and 1 inch white/gray/beige hex mosaic marble for the floor. The work took place for the most-part while I was away at a family reunion in California. We had telephone calls and SMS text pics of the process during that 10 days. The entire job was complete in two weeks, which took a bit longer than expected, but allowed me to be home for the last couple of days to advise on finishing touches. The work was NOT EASY, I could see that from the demolition effort, which took longer due to the 1950s style construction (bomb shelter) of my bathroom. All the tile was set in concrete, the floor and the walls. Both needed significant effort to remove and clean up to allow for the laying of plywood to floor studs, followed by Hardyboard (concrete board) over new plywood floor and directly to the wall studs. This made the scheule slip a day or two. After the demo, the job went swimmingly and looks simply beautiful. I have to say the transformation was astounding. They are consumate professionals. HIRE THEM.
- Scott S.
Liberty Home Enterprises, Inc.
To prepare our house for sale, we repainted the interior rooms, refinished wood floors, upgraded the space in the cellar, repaired the external drainage, and repaired or upgraded several additional items. Alex's team worked with our schedule and completed all work at a high level of quality.
- Charles L.
ChrisWorks Custom Carpentry
Overall, the project was a tremendous success. The only negative was the length of time it took to get the necessary permits, especially for the wine cellar excavation and buildout. The work quality was superior. The construction workers, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters were courteous, punctual, friendly, and extremely professional. The finished basement is absolutely outstanding and should be used as an advertising example of a true success story .
- Chuck S.
Maxtor Contracting Group LLc
Maxtor did a great job on my screened in porch. Miguel and his team helped me with the design, electrical work and the finishing touches, including very professional casing. He added an enclosed cellar under the porch that I use for storage. The whole job took less than a month and Miguel was attentive to my many requests. His work is of a high quality and very economical.
- Steven G.
I was very satisfied with him. He did a good job. He was reliable and honest. I liked him. He finished on time. He was knowledgeable and he was a good contractor generally.
- Kimberly C.
Diaz Painting & Renovations LLC
Diaz did amazing work. Gave us a complete quote, was less than I would have thought and the working was 100%. He always on time, worked a full day, cleaned up after each day and re-did any work that I asked him to do. He fixed some prior work when asked, built sliding & barn doors, 1st time for him and did an awesome job. I can not say enough good things about Diaz and his work, I highly recommend him for any work you have for them.
- Charles K.
Michael Nash Design Build & Homes
1 Aug 2011: The managers and employees at Michael Nash have done a great job to make sure our basement remodel goes smoothly. Our wine cellar and new bar are taking shape--everything looks amazing right now. Now that our cabinets and granite are installed, it's obvious the designer knew what would fit our space. We decided this week that we wanted to extend the new flooring into the adjacent space in the basement, and Michael Nash made it easy to incorporate that change into the plan. Dec 2011: Our basement re-model is complete and we couldn't be more pleased with the finished product! The total project (walk-in wine cellar, new bar w/ granite counter tops, new flooring (hardwood and tile), and our "pub-style" game room) are all beautiful. It is exactly what we wanted. There were a few hiccups along the way like you would expect with any remodel project, but the managers at Michael Nash walked us through each step and helped the project recover. First, our pendant lights were discontinued by the manufacturer--they called and we were able to select another model, which I actually liked much better. Then, they had problems with the supplier of our hardwood flooring--again, they helped us select another option, and it looks perfect! Michael Nash promptly responded to our questions and sent out workcrews to fix some minor imperfections in some of the finishes. Overall, we love our new basement and look forward to spending a lot of time in it with friends and family!
- Kathleen H.
Lakewood Home Builders Inc
We hired Lakewood to help update and renovate a home in the country for us. The project had a wide ranging list of tasks to accomplish from repairing a metal roof, rewiring the entire house electrical wiring, lighting and ceiling fans, outdoor lighting, generator, cellar doors, new AC, etc. Everything was completed in a timely manner and to our expectations. The project manager at Lakewood, Tim Johnson, was responsive and flexible with our schedule and needs. Lakewood clearly communicated the scope of work and cost, and maintained a high level of communication during the entire process. They are professional and easy to work with. TI would highly recommend Lakewood to anyone!
- Eric W.
ChrisWorks Custom Carpentry
This is the second time we have used ChrisWorks. He and his skilled team completely refinished our basement. He added a walk-in tiled shower, build a media room, added a granite bar, excavated a crawl space and added a wine cellar. built two storage rooms, added a bedroom, and designed and built cabinets in all areeas. Chris completely replaced all items in the bathroom and added a walk-in tile shower. He added a new vanity, toilet, lights, and mirrors Again, all work was done on time and in a top quality, highly professional manner.
- Chuck S.
Before the review, a short preamble. We have lived in our house for 21 years. It is a somewhat small 1950’s brick rambler with 3 bedrooms and 1 ¾ baths on the main level and had a fully unfinished basement having the same square footage as the main level below. We chose this house over several others, specifically because we intended to finish the basement “right away”, and even had a plan drawn up before we moved in. But finishing the basement never happened. Through two decades the plan went through many iterations. Many contractors took a look and gave us estimates. We de-scoped the plan, re-scoped the plan, had contractors lined up who pulled out, and in the interim focused on more straightforward home improvements. The unfinished basement loomed; to say there was a lot of emotional baggage tied up in the basement renovation would be an understatement. We came across Basement Masters (BM) via a web search for “finished basement MD”, that brought us to their online gallery. Our hopes were lifted as this seemed like the kind of company we had been looking for! We contacted Pavel, who came out and carefully and patiently walked us through their process with our plans and provided us our first estimate. We needed to take care of a few important issues first, starting with replacing original copper water pipes with PVC pipes (this was done to our satisfaction by one of BM’s subcontracting plumbers before the basement job actually started). Also looming was a ceiling clearance issue in the existing stairway, which required a variance from the county. Finally, there were two major water incursion issues that required coordination with a basement water mitigation specialist that Pavel recommended. We received a Christmas present from our county when they finally granted the variance in December 2015. Over a year had passed between our first meeting with Pavel and the notification from the county. When we met with Pavel again, he informed us that their prices had gone up, but he offered a discount if we could start within ~ 10 days of the meeting; an opening in their construction schedule had just come up. This was daunting, as we needed to get everything out of the basement in very short order. During the negotiations we added a bar to the plan; with the discount this was a very attractive option and ultimately become part of the final plan. The deal was sealed when Pavel graciously offered to have his crew move large and heavy items into our rented storage pod on the start day. When the team arrived they immediately got down to business and very carefully filled the pod with our belongings. They started framing that day. The basement was fully framed within about 4 days; the transformation was unbelievable. Water remediation of two areas in the basement, which was absolutely essential, was done in parallel, shortly after the framing was started. The water contractor recommended by Pavel did an excellent job. As the job progressed from framing, to plumbing, insulation, and drywall, we were impressed with BM’s attention to maintaining clear lines of communication and commitment to staying on schedule (the schedule was clearly articulated and fully considered and checked each week, very similar to scheduling protocols used in large-scale engineering projects). We also appreciated their attention to job-site tidiness; after each work day, they swept and removed the trash from the basement. The electrical subcontractor was superb and extremely pleasant to work with. He and his team took the time to clearly explain options for lighting, fixture placement, and data and home theater outlets, and were very responsive to our input and questions. The carpet installers were very competent and did a fine job. Finally, the finish painter was extremely meticulous and easy to work with; we are very pleased with his fine craftsmanship. There were only a few things we would have liked to have seen done differently. A large basement closet that contained stored clothing and other household items was left open (without protective plastic) for some period of time during the construction process and a large amount of construction dust made its way in. BM agreed to help clean this up and also compensated us for our time and effort. As we found out during the initial plumbing inspection, the bathroom vent solution (PVC pipe with stack) that was originally selected by BM turned out to be unnecessary. The venting was removed in favor of a Studor valve solution, but this left a hole in the exterior brick wall. BM did fill the hole and installed a cover over the hole on the exterior wall. Finally, while BM’s decor advisor was pleasant and easy to work with, and helped us through the process of making decisions, we could have benefited from a little more help in narrowing down choices for such a large space; many of the choices were time critical and at times we felt rushed. All things considered, however, these issues did not seriously detract from our overall positive experience. Basement Masters did a superb job, finished on time, and resolved all of our issues. Our finished basement is simply awesome thanks to Basement Masters, and we could not be happier with the result. We enjoy the transformed space every day.
- Patirica B.
POTOMAC VALLEY BUILDERS
Overall I think they need more than one foreman when supervising such a big job. The overall quality is okay, but without the architectural help, the design part may not have been as good. When their workers were doing the work, they should have been more closely supervised, the sub contractors should have been questioned, and better supervised also, and ask to offer the best quality product. The electricians should have been supervised to properly mark the wires in the electical box. The gutters installation should have been questioned when there were such big gaps between the soffits and the gutter itself. The insulation in the wine cellar should never have been installed the wrong way around, and those are only a few of the issues I had.
- Cecile W.
Case Design Remodeling Inc
They worked with us to plan the project. They arrived promptly, and worked effectively and neatly. The stairs were beautifully made and are rock solid. All the employees were professional and skillful, and the project manager monitored the progress closely. He was responsive to our concerns.
- Roberta D.
ROTH'S HANDYMAN SERVICE
As usual, Lawrence was on time, professional, did great work, and cleaned up everything before he left. This was a pretty typical visit for Lawrence, as we call him when we get several small jobs that need doing so he can do a lot on one visit. Trust me, Lawrence does fantastic work and his prices are always fair. We have used him for more than 15 years and we trust his judgment on everything (except for his jokes, which are just lame). But Lawrence has done lots of jobs for us over the years, from the typical things such as installing ceiling fans and deadbolt locks, tiling a backsplash in our kitchen, doing recessed lighting in our kitchen, etc. But he has done some really big jobs for us too, such as installing a new oak staircase in our entry hall, building built-in bookshelves in our basement, and building a 6' by 8' wine cellar in our basement with full insulation and cooling unit. Lawrence can do it all. He is the best handyman in Prince William Co.
- Mack H.
Dave was personally involved in every detail in the planning and design of each room. In addition, he came to the house virtually every day to be sure that the work was up to his high standards. His experience became obvious to me early on through the many thoughtful suggestions he made for the built-in cabinetry in the library. There are many, many choices available. I think that solid advice from someone like Dave is essential, if such a project is going to be really successful without a lot of stress. I like the fact that Dave offered suggestions and alternatives to us, but was always careful to step back and have us select what we felt was right for our needs and taste. I was very surprised at how clean Dave's workmen keep the house. I assumed that there would be dust everywhere from the sawing and drywall work. Instead, the house was remarkably dust free and Dave's people picked up after themselves every day, so construction clutter was non-existent. All of his workers were very polite and very professional. I cannot fault in any way the quality of the work that they did. All of the library base cabinets and shelves were installed with perfect alignment and I could not find even a small scratch on any surface. The same is true in the wine cellar. There was considerable drywall repair and repainting required in the library and kitchen areas. The work was done so well that I cannot identify the areas that were repaired, although I know where the holes were originally. The overall quality of the work and the final results certainly exceeded our expectations.
- Ronald S.
Basement Masters did a fantastic job for us. They started by walking through the basement with us and analyzing how it could be reconfigured to maximize use of the space. Then Pavel went through their very detailed price list to give us a precise estimate of the cost of the job, noting pricing that was variable based on our final selection of options. The detailed price list and plan for completing the various phases of the job gave us confidence that they knew what they were doing. The crews then marched through the job. Demolition followed by framing followed by electrical and plumbing followed by drywall, etc., etc. It was all planned out and executed very professionally. We had several questions and changes as the job proceeded and Basement Masters was very helpful and willing to make adjustments after clear discussion of price and our prior approval. The final product is beautiful and very functional. Elena, the interior designer, helped us make selections for paint colors and flooring that gave us a warm and inviting space. The trades teams were incredible - knowledgeable, neat and efficient. Most impressive was the demonstrated commitment to excellent work. Great Job!
- Ellen M.
Lensis Builders Inc
It went very well from start to finish. We knew what we wanted and Lensis accomplished it: an addition that would look like part of the original house and an enlarged partly covered deck. It is impossible to differentiate between the exteriors of the original house (11 years old) and the addition. The interior finishes were also matched or coordinated to achieve a uniform look. The project progressed in a timely manner, even though we made some changes along the way, all of which were accommodated willingly and well. It was a pleasure to deal with all of the employees who performed their work in an expert and professional manner. Although it can be disruptive to live in a house that is "under construction", Lensis did the work with minimal disruption and left the work area neat and clean at the end of each work day. We could not have been more pleased with the job.
- Sarah O.
BGS RENOVATIONS LLC
We worked together on the overall plan -- layout and sequencing of all work. We ordered custom racking and they did it all. These guys are excellent to work with and everything from just the right stain shade to tile design was expertly managed.
- Gail S.
Moss Building & Design
On January 28 I called Moss and spoke with Linda, a member of the ill-named Customer Care Team. I explained that I have a house in Arlington where I want the basement remodeled, and that scheduling a consultation is difficult because the property is rented. I further explained that the basement situation is "quirky" and would require someone with a real designer's eye. She said Jason, one of the owners, would "by far" be the best person for the job. Because we had to schedule around Jason, me, and my tenant, we set it up for March 26 - two months in advance. On the afternoon of March 23 someone from Moss called me and said, "Jason has had something come up and has to cancel. Would you like to reschedule?" She also offered to have someone else keep the appointment instead of Jason. I pointed out that (a) I had scheduled 2 months in advance; (b) rescheduling is difficult because the house is rented, and (c) Linda had gone on and on to tell me that Jason was THE best person to help me design a remodel for a weird, quirky basement. I felt that the Moss person either didn't hear me or didn't care about my situation. She dismissed each of my concerns without truly addressing them. When I asked to speak to a manager she replied that all the managers would tell me the same thing. So I ended the call without resolution. After thinking about it for a bit I called her back and asked to speak with Jason. Finally, she relented and said that it was a "family matter" that was causing him to cancel. Her tone make me think it was perhaps something grave and I started feeling guilty for pressing the point. I eventually got Jason on the phone and he explained that he did, indeed have a family issue in the sense that one of his family members wanted him to do something. It was far from urgent or bad and, in fact, he admitted that it was essentially just poor planning on their part. After all of that Jason finally said he would keep the appointment if I you really wanted him to - but not without a healthy dose of guilt thrown in. I decided that if he would be keeping the appointment reluctantly I may not get his best work product, so I politely declined. Jason then proposed that I skip meeting with them and meet with an outside architect with whom they often work. On the upside I'd get actual architectural-quality diagrams suitable to take straight to a builder. On the downside, I'm paying around $500 right out of the box rather than getting a sense of what the builder thinks. Since I was pretty disgusted with Moss by that point, I decided to take them up on their offer, meet with the architect and skip Moss. I'm sure I'll get a quality product for my money, but the architect is limited in what designs he can give me because he has ideas that only a builder will know whether they can be done (like blowing a doorway in the wall of a bomb shelter). I can't believe that Moss was going to cancel an appointment they'd made with me 2 months earlier. I'm deeply disappointed with the unprofessional way they went about canceling it. And I think it's kind of crummy that Jason offered to keep the appointment - but only after letting me know how much it would interfere with his family plans. And now I'm paying around $500 for an architect's designs without knowing whether a builder can actually do all of them. UPDATE: Moss referred me to an architect rather than keep the appointment we had scheduled 2 months earlier. Including travel, I spent 3 hours on that architect, who said he would have something back to me in "a couple weeks." More than a month later I never heard from him, either. Apparently Moss likes to work with contractors who share their concept of customer service.
- Niles G.
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