In the City of Boulder, there is not much room for new construction, so remodel work is one of our mainstays as far as new work goes. This particular job came about in an unusual way, although it is the second time it has happened for us. These clients bought a home and wanted the whole place remodeled, so they hired a contractor. Before the contractor could finish the job, however, and before he was able to move down into the basement to remodel it, the clients fired him. He had apparently been price gouging them, was uncommunicative, did mediocre work, and more. And the clients were referred to us.
We came in to finish the job leftover from the other guy, repair a bunch of mistakes that had been made, and to remodel the basement. We stripped a bunch of dated material off the foundation walls, re-framed and insulated new walls, stripped off old popcorn texture off the ceilings, re-textured and repainted, hung all new doors and re-trimmed the windows, and added a bunch of electrical wiring, switches, lights, and cable runs. New carpet was also added as well as insulting the garage exterior walls.
In addition to what is mentioned above, while we were there we learned of a bad septic system line. In fact, recently before we had arrived on site, their basement had actually flooded. So we are currently underway in repairing their main septic line from the house out to the street, which is the old clay pipe. I had a video inspection done and learned how bad of shape the line is in. Another thing we do in-house as a company is repairs on sewer and septic. I am a licensed right-of-way contractor and have plenty of experience in plumbing and sewers. We will be saving our clients and friends a lot of money by digging up their yard and road ourselves and repairing their sewer lines without having to sub-contract this work out. Sewer lines are one of those problem areas where contractors can charge very high prices just based on the fact that it is “such an important” job. It is, it’s true, but you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to have the job done correctly.