My husband and I are like two little kids getting excited by every aspect of the small renovations we are making to our new house and contacting every contractor we come across to bid out work for us. The Custom Brick Studio gave us plenty of options to look at for the stonework we are interested in. They had so many pretty options, trying to decide what we liked best was difficult. They were able to put us in touch with several local contractors they work with who could do the installation for us, should we decide to go with them. I'm not sure what we'll wind up doing, but have visited them several times to look at what they have.
We looked at some of the plumbing fixtures at the Noland showroom. I thought their fixtures, while designed well, were very simple. We aren't doing a whole lot to the bathroom, so besides some tile fixes, I wanted to jazz it up with some really pretty hardware. Noland's hardware was simple and plain, not at all what I wanted.
When I came across Harrison Home Improvement, I contacted them for some of the small work we needed done around our house, which included some repairs on the fence around our property. I can't put my finger on it, but I was didn't feel quite right about the meeting we had with this contractor. As I always do, I asked for references I could check on. This man turned from being friendly and easy going to almost being offended, which shocked me. I then explained we do not hire anyone until references can be checked when he got up and walked out insisting he had never been so insulted in his life! I later discovered this is one of many pseudonyms for his company which has an extremely poor reputation. Thank goodness we always check contractors out! I shudder to think what could have happened.
Brannan Garage Doors was one of the first places we looked for getting the garage door we have replaced. I'm not sold on the idea yet, but did think they had some very nice options. My husband got into a very lengthy conversation with the sales rep about the pros and cons of the various door materials. The rep was very informative and gave us a very good basis of comparison going forward.
I jumped the gun a bit by having an estimator from Top Notch Glass come out and give us a quote to redo the glass in our bathroom for the shower. I do not like what we currently have at all, but it's functional. Somewhere down the line I would like it replaced. They certainly know their glass enclosures and gave us a lot to think about, especially with the frameless floating glass enclosure.
While out searching for solutions to the laundry list of items we need to address in our new house, we discovered a whole new world of doors we didn't know existed. Bolvian Hardwood came into our world and we made the discovery of gorgeous, solid hardwood doors. I hadn't ever seen anything like this, nor had my husband. After taking our time and looking at their product and designs, we knew we had to include their doors into our home. They were very gracious and gave us a quote to replace several of the doors in our house. We can't address this aspect yet, but now have a clear understanding on what a hardwood door can do for upgrading the house. I can't wait until we are in a position to have them replace what we currently have.
We visited the showroom of Custom Overhead Doors to get an idea of the products they offer. Getting our garage door redone is on our list, but after seeing the prices of some of the other companies, I'm starting to think twice about it. The styles Custom Overhead had were certainly very nice and they offered plenty of pricing options. I'm still not sold on the idea yet, but will say their pricing was midrange of what we were finding.
I stopped into Shady Paints to see what they offered as far as 'green' paints. I had seen something to the affect that they offered a greener approach which caught my eye. I had a hard time finding anyone at first to assist me, but when I finally found someone, they gave me some information about it. It didn't appear the associate I was speaking to had much knowledge base on the subject. There was another associate who came over to add their thoughts, but it didn't appear to me that they had their information together.
We visited the showroom of Murray Supply to get an idea of the styles and costs involved in a coutertop for our kitchen. We have an island as well, so they were able to tell us in advance what measurements to bring to make sure we received an accurate quotation. They were very cordial and showed us a great deal of sample materials. I'm not sure our measurements were precise, but it gave us a good basis of comparison with all the other companies we were getting quotes from.
We considered American Cedar & Millwork to redo our back deck. It was horrid when we moved in and we seriously contemplated just having the whole thing redone. American Cedar provided us with some gorgeous examples of the red cedar material they use as well as plenty of references for us to check. I was very pleased with what I disovered, but we didn't feel we could justify the cost at this time.