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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

Feedback on two kitchen and bath remodelers in southern Maine. Richard P. Waltz and Above and Beyond, LLC???

We want to have our master bath remodeled, and have contacted both of these contractors. Anyone please let us know if you have used either one, and did they do a good job, etc...

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Hello. You don't mention in your question if you have a design plan for your remodel. The very first and most important step in any remodel is to have a good plan, based on a list of criteria. In other words, the reason behind the remodel, why you need it, what it does not have now that you need or want and future use of this bath. It looks like one of these companies is a construction company - they do the tear down, etc. The other company is a plumber.

No, we've not had experience with either of these companies but are professional interior, kitchen and bath designers and become concerned when people start where you've started (according to your question). Many people start here and then are disappointed when the remodel is more work, more time, and more frustration than they hoped.

Usually a construction company does not get involved in the design and set up of a remodel, nor do they make recommendations for fixtures, furnishings, flooring, lighting, etc. They do the "dirty work" when they have a finished plan in front of them. And a plumber will also work off a plan as will your electrician.

We are available to speak with you - at no cost - and then develop a design plan with all your needs and wants based on cost per square foot. From that point, we can recommend a construction company or use our own professional team - whichever is easiest and most economical for you. Sometimes a construction company does not have on staff personnel to do tile work or other more difficult finish work and that is where we can also assist as we do have resources for all this work.

Be careful, start with a good design plan that includes everything you want, then take the next step. Doing anything without a solid plan is asking for trouble! Good luck to you and if we can help, please contact us at 603.238.2912 or We'd love to help.

Answered 9 years ago by Maria


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Answered 9 years ago by Cas


Ditto on using Angies List member reports if available...

When evaluating these remodelers for your project werecommend requiring them to provide separate and specific line item pricingfor:

1) labor items suchas demolition, plumbing, framing, flooring installation, painting, etc.
2) finish materialquotes for things like flooring, tile, plumbing fixtures, lighting, doors, etc.

By breaking contractor quote's down into individual laborand finish materials you will be able to compare apples-to-apples pricing frommultiple contractors. For example, ifcontractor #1 quotes a job assuming white 6x6 porcelain tile (cheap) andcontractor #2 quotes based upon an imported hand painted white 6x6 tile(expensive) you'd likely not know the difference except contractor #1 may seema lot less expensive.

This approach helps both you and the contractor ensure thereis an accurate, aggressive and sustainable quotation for his/her services.

It also gives you the assurance that you can choose thefinish materials you prefer at the best possible prices and without having to pay any contractor mark-up.

For pricing and specifications you can also use an affordable online service such as Homemade Design. Here's a kitchen case study you might find interesting.


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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