As you can see in my profile I do not write many reviews. I use Yelp quite often, but I hardly ever come back to write a review. However, after working with Greenwise Construction I needed write something.
My husband and I have been living in our house close to 10 years, and every year right around June we always talk about remodeling but never got around to it. Finally, after our little family expansion, we decided to take the plunge because we needed more room for our twin girls to roam around. Once again I took to Yelp in search of a contractor. I read reviews upon reviews, for contractors near and far. Nobody really caught my eye. I tried calling a couple of places, they either couldn't understand what I was saying, or didn't care to drive to where we were located to give an estimate. I left a msg for Andy at Greenwise, and just assumed that he wasn't available. I received a return call that same day and set an appointment for that weekend for the estimate.
When Andy came to estimate our house, we had these grand ideas of adding square footage to the house. Thinking that was the best way to add more room. Andy offered some good ideas and said he would draw up plans for us and give us an estimate. He sent us the estimate and our eyes practically popped out of our heads. We also had several other estimates for the expansion, and they were all generally in the same price range, which was completely out of our budget. After much thought my husband and I decided to just open up the space we have, take down some walls and some windows to create an open living space. Once again we had a few contractors come back to the house to estimate. One of them (a so called friend of a friend) told us that it would be too expensive to add a beam to reinforce the opened kitchen and living space, he told us just to work on the patio. But that wasn't what we completely wanted. We had Andy come back out and take some measurements, he also offered us ideas of how to make the space open and more liviable. We asked him if it was too expensive to open the kitchen up to the living space, and if the beam would cost too much. He said he will need to check on the cost of the beam, but it shouldn't be too expensive. That following week, he had his team come out and inspect the space so that he can give us a true estimate of the cost. The estimate was within our budget (a very tight one), so we agreed, signed the dotted line, and work begun on Monday.
At the onset of the construction I let Andy know that we only have 30 days to complete the project. We initially thought that we just needed to be out of the house for a week, turns out I am glad we spent the entire project out of the house. My other concern throughout the project was the budget, hearing so many horror stories of spending more than anticipated. But through every step of the way Andy always advised us when there would an increased cost (that was very rare, anything above the cost were changes that we wanted and asked for). Since we had an open concept living space we wanted to add an island to the mix. Andy had mentioned that they do customized cabinets, but my husband and I thought that it would be easier and cheaper to pick up something prefab. We searched around for an island that fit our style and budget, but came up with nothing. We just decided to have Andy do the island, and thank goodness we did. The island came out spectacular. Another good thing is that Andy and I had the same design taste (down to the sunglasses we both wore)!
I know this is a lengthy review, but our ultimate descision to go with Andy's team was the best thing ever. They were on budget, on target, and always cleaned up after themselves (they even cleaned our stove). I recommend them many times over. The remodel has now allowed us more room for our babies to play in, and our fur babies to enjoy!!!