When it comes to home improvement in the state of New Hampshire, or any state for that matter, deciding who you should call for contractors can be a hair raising experience. Some shady contractors are guaranteed to take you for a ride while others are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a new spin on your home. So how do you know which is which? Well, as most readers already know, Doc has her pulse on the home improvement action so that question will be relatively simple to answer.
However, before we answer that burning question of who to trust in Central New Hampshire let’s quickly look at what all is involved in the world of home improvement. If you are starting from the ground up you will need to contract with a qualified and degreed architect or residential designer to set up the plans for you. Once done the designer or architect will work with a qualified builder, plumber and electrician, that you or he/she has contracted with, to finish up the job. These are your main home improvement contractors. You will of course need someone to do sheetrock, flooring, painting, cabinet work and all the other little details that make a house a home. These people are often referred to as sub-contractors because, while important to the job site, their skills are not as important as the designer/architect, the builder, the plumber and the electrician. Without the main contractors there would be no house for the sub-contractors to finish off. Often, some of your contractors will be able to multi-task. Like Doc being able to design your home’s floor plan and then being able to help frame it, for example. I will explain who can do what in my list of go to people for home improvement contracting. Some contractors can recommend sub-contractors for you or may even provide them for you as part of hiring them. So here is the list of what contractors are best for starting out on that new home improvement project in Central New Hampshire.
1. Melody ML Waring (Doc of District 13)
With a degree in Residential Design and many years experience in home improvement and sales I can get your floor plan set up, tweaked and then re-tweaked until you are absolutely in love with the new design. I am a multi-tasker with the ability to help my builder lay flooring, install sheetrock, install cabinets and do general framing. I also have my own chimney sweep business, Kick Ash Chimney Sweep, so I am able to send out workers to install your new fireplace or clean up your old one. I would rate myself as a high 10 on a scale of 1-10 but that would be biased so I will let you decide by looking at some of my work when you consult with me. I can be reached at 603-968-9608 or at email@example.com
2. Ben Ewen’s Property Maintenance
Once I have your floor plans in place I send them over to Ben Ewens who works out all the little details and begins setting up the next step, which would be building the addition or home. I always go over this beginning process with him to make sure my client gets exactly what he or she wants. Once Ben and I are on the same page I will either leave Ben and his crew to their own devices or, if I have some spare time and a client on a tight budget, I will jump in and help get the structure started. Once the framing is complete and watertight we hand the project off to Z Electric. Once Z Electric is through with the rough wiring Ben and sometimes, Doc enter the home to start closing it up. Since Ben is also a multi-tasker he is able to install sheetrock, roofing, flooring and various finish items such as trim. Ben is also able to produce amazing antique reproduction cabinets as well as regular cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms . He is very detail orientated, goes above and beyond the call of duty and always knows what my clients want. However, he often forgets his verbal manners. A small flaw to deal with when all you want is honesty and an amazing new home. Speaking of honesty, I have left Ben alone in my home many times and have even gone on vacation while he stayed behind and took care of the house. Never have I found anything missing from the house at any time that Ben was alone here. Ben is also a neat freak, often leaving the site cleaner then when he found it. I would rate Ben as a low 10 on a scale of 1-10. Ben can be reached at 603-254-9444 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
3. Z Electric (Tom Zajchowski, NH license 8814)
Tom is beyond explanation. He can fix anything that is broken provided it is electric. He can even keep up with Doc’s odder client demands without batting an eye. Tom, unlike Ben, is very quiet. Sometimes you may even forget you have an electrician in your house. I have often times left Tom alone in my house to work out some bugs in the old wiring. I came home to find everything done as I asked and no valuables missing. Therefore, I would pin him as very trustworthy, but Tom is not without his flaws. He hardly ever cleans up after himself so be prepared to do some serious clean up when he is done. Usually sawdust, wire remnants and wire tape can be found piled up around the house when he leaves. In bigger jobs you may find sheetrock and insulation in his piles. If I am on the job site when Tom is I will usually clean it up for you though. On a scale of 1-10 I would give Tom a low 10. Tom can be reached at 603-279-6533