I didn't use many sub-contractors. Here are the ones I recommend and
don't recommend. No particular order.
Arrived as promised, stayed until he finished. I particularly liked the fact
that all underground copper was insulated, hot and cold. As building
progressed, all stub outs were in line with the walls. All toilet flanges
were dead on as far as spacing from walls. I had one small seep 2 years
later. He came out the same day I called and repaired it at no charge.
They did the house, shop and garden shed slabs and the driveway and
sidewalks. They were very level and absolutely square. A SIP is twenty-four
feet long. Low spots would show easily. I don't know what else to say other
than they were very easy to work with. His workers were always cheerful. It
was obvious they enjoyed their jobs.
Squires Masonry Contracting
A case where the owner is the most skilled and productive worker. This means
he has little time to oversee employees. He had trouble keeping laborers.
The other bricklayers were not quite so meticulous as the owner. I'm also
"picky" so the average person would not notice the little differences in
work and his.
D. Bassett Roofing
This owner was not part of the crew. He was on the job frequently but not a
worker. The roof was done during the busy roofing season. Most of the crew
were employees but some were subs. It was easy to determine who was who. The
employees were, well, better roofers.
Jerry Calahan Drywall
This guy's estimating skills are unbelievable. He estimated 400 sheets of
drywall. It only took 396. He had a large crew, the proper tools and
equipment and the know-how. He was also easy to work with. We made some
small changes that didn't even slow them down.
The two owners are hands-on; measuring, estimating and building. Few
cabinetmakers would build with pine; it scratches and dents too easily.
These guys did a great job and actually gave us more than we expected.
Baker Overhead Doors
Sadly, Mr. Baker has passed away. He was a true gentleman.
He had replaced the doors at our Arlington house years before.
I bought the door from him and installed it myself. He was very helpful and
included more than enough hardware to install it.
Air Control Heat & Air
Not recommended. I had written a lot here but my wife convinced me to delete
Perhaps it is only a coincidence that most of the recommended subs had
their name in the company name. Maybe I just like to gripe but it is a shame
that there is more to say about the problem subs than the skilled workers
who perform their jobs to high standards day in and day out. Hopefully they
will receive their just rewards for a lifetime of honorable toil. Hats off
to you gentlemen.