Lights On, Nobody Home
All cities have construction contractors. Firms of various sizes handle all of the construction from huge glass and steel office towers to new home construction and remodeling. Here in Nutjob Hills we also have a few construction firms. We’ve also got a self described “Construction Guru”. This guy is a cross between a construction company, an architect, and an interior decorator. Not only will his company build, remodel or add on to your home, He’ll also tweak the design to suit what he thinks is best and then he’ll give the interior a look that suits his impression of you.
This guy has so much of a reputation that he can now only get work from people that have never heard of him. If things keep going at their current pace, he’s gong to end up having to find a new career due to what word of mouth is saying about how he does business.
For example in a recent remodeling job the owner had made it clear that he wanted a specific set of Murray Feiss lighting items to be used in the new den he was adding to his home. However after meeting him, discussing the plans and looking over the existing house our “guru” decided that the owners choice simply would not do.
Once the work started he then proceeded to spend hours searching shops all over the area as well as several online retailers looking for what he thought would be much more appropriate for the owner’s new den.
I haven’t seen the place yet since construction was finished but I do know that the owner is extremely unhappy with how things turned out. I can’t say that I blame him either. Not only were his design choices totally ignored but I have been told that the resulting den looks more like something out of the Adams Family home.
The moral of the story is check out construction firms and their reputations before signing anything. Have a look at some of their previous work, talk to previous customers and find out what they’ve done that wasn’t right.
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