We waited as long as we could, but we finally had to bite the bullet and reno our basement. It was a daunting task, as we wanted to gut it, lower the floor, move the hot water, furnace and all associated plumbing and ductwork, waterproof from the inside, put in a radiant floor, etc. So it was a lot to think about for the first time that we had ever done a significant reno like this. After meeting with a few reno advisors, we decided to work with Jay because of his broad base of experience, his ability to create detailed CAD drawings of different parts of the project, and his network of high quality contractors.
Jay asked us all of the right questions to make us think about priorities for the project, helped us visualize what various layouts could look like, helped us make critical cost-based decisions like whether or not to underpin the foundation to get more headroom (which we ultimately decided not to do — no regrets there), and prepared everything we needed to get solid quotes from a number of high quality contractors.
Jay was very flexible in the planning process, helping us to go through a few iterations of the plan before settling on the final one, and saw us through the entire project by coming in for construction reviews at critical points in the contractors' work.
We ultimately ended up using one of the contractors that Jay introduced us to, and the quality of all of the work was exceptional.
- Company Response
Thanks Marc. Working with you and your family was a great pleasure for me too. From our conversations, I know that your timing for starting, and then completing this project proved to be just perfect, as you now have a wonderful and comfortable family space that everyone shares frequently.