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chrissie586
Doing everything you say is wrong: fired architect who came back with the $75k master bath and winging it on my own. Sticking with knee-jerk "No" builder, an old-school curmudgeon, because he knows what's right and forces me to fight for what's important yet give ground on silly things I can't really afford. Yes men are great with unlimited budgets but sometimes you need a reality check.
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Wall 2 Wall

I have gone both ways... and frankly doing the parting out of work and buying in supplies my self seemed to work very well... when going with so call professionals... builder and design/building order person... they ordered a roof system that was even steeper than the existing too steep roof on a major addition... and boy could they figure out how to waste money! Went out on a limb and ordered all supplies my self... used our own design after the addition design was a total flop from architect.. we got the addition done with local workers... and had a kitchen ... all custom designer.. built to fit... with uneven window centering... and cabinets that did not fit the space properly when done... totally not impressed! Next remodel about 6 years later... did not even bother... took my design requirements to the cabinet guy... had him come in and go over again with us prior to building them... then had him go ahead... all fit perfect! Designed to my spec's... went ahead with Laundry room as well... and could not be more pleased! he made all the adjustments that I asked for from things I saw on Houzz... I could not be better pleased! the results were wonderful!
NO middle men even dealt with this time... So not necessarily the answer.... If you can luck out and find a really good professional ... yes... but unfortunately in most cases how do you find the good ones? Other than being referred by someone you know and trust... ??? That is where something like this is good... where you can see what they actually can do... before and after pict's.... and being able to actually see the workmanship... for my second remodel.. that is what I did... I looked at the kitchens around our small town... and chose the cabinet guy who did not necessarily have all the latest styles but had beautiful kitchens that had stood the test of time! Kitchens that have been used for years & years that have withstood the test of time with use in a real situation where people actually still cook! :) :) :)


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Erik Nuveen
I just completed a $152,000 renovation of a master bathroom and closet. The best lesson I would take from the 14 month project is; Let the unprofessional and unqualified go. Do not even consider anyone without 10 years of experience and get the last three projects recommendations, not the recommendations he or she wants to provide you. The last three will be much more helpful.
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