We weren't planning to buy a house that weekend, but we knew it was a once in a life time house. Even though the plaster walls were falling down, and only a toilet in one of the 3 bathrooms worked, it didn't matter. After all, the house was built in 1927. We could live without air conditioning and fix it up over time. And then the inspections uncovered lead paint, mold, asbestos, collapsed galvanized pipes throughout. The entire home had nob and tube wiring. We were way beyond our comfort zone but we couldn't walk away.
Through our new neighbor we met Bryan Hepitis. She had just used him for a tear-down-to-the-foundation-renovation and had only good things to say about him. So we gave Bryan our wish list and he drafted up his bid, along with 2 other contractors. Bryan was the clear choice.
It was not an easy job. He ripped out, stripped down, re-placed and put it all back together again. From the door nobs to the original plank floors. All the plaster walls had to be torn down to install new electrical and plumbing. A 2 zone HVAC system replaced radiators. I won't even begin on the kitchen. And the plaster walls were exactly replicated.
Needless to say, a lot of hard work, attention to detail, patience and smarts went in to the job. But his experience really showed when unexpected problems were uncovered. He would explain the problem and follow it with solutions. He knew where to cut costs without jeopardizing the quality. The finished product? Amazing.
Asa, the previous owner stopped by just a few days after we moved in. We showed him the house and all he said was "this is exactly how it should be". And the son of the owner previous to Asa, who had grown up in the house, came by a month later and we showed him the house. He said "it's just how I remember it." But here's the best part. After living in the house for 3 years, we still walk around amazed. Bryan's work holds up!
We put blind faith in to Bryan and he didn't let us down. In addition, the job was completed on time and on budget. The only additional charges were for changes and additions we made to the project. We were happy to pay him as he is worth every single penny!