Reader recommendation request: Remodeling help

September 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm | In Reader recommendations | 15 Comments

Just out of the inbox (reminder, our RRRs have their own category for your referencing pleasure):

We need a recommendation for a general contractor.  We’ve been in
West Seattle for a year and moved here from out of state, so we don’t
know where to begin. The plan is to convert an area of our basement,
the garage and washroom into two bedrooms and a bathroom. We’re
looking for all the obvious; someone reliable, reasonable and good.
Thank you in advance for any recommendations.

15 Comments

  1. There are some guys who are working near my house (on Thistle b/w 40/41 and they seem to be doing a very nice and thorough job. I’ll have to track down their names.

    Comment by Venkat — 3:44 pm September 19, 2007 #

  2. Weitzel Construction

    Great guy, wonderful company!

    Comment by cami — 3:59 pm September 19, 2007 #

  3. It’s called Northwest Design/Build (original name~).

    I’ve watched their work for the past month or two and it’s quite diligent:

    http://www.northwestdesignbuild.com/

    Comment by Venkat — 4:08 pm September 19, 2007 #

  4. Check out Tom Mulhall, with Quentin Construction.
    West Seattle resident and does good basement remodels.

    Comment by MO — 4:09 pm September 19, 2007 #

  5. Well, I can recommend two builders/general contractors. One is an immediate neighbor and friend who has a long list of West Seattle projects (and Seward Park, Queen Anne, CD, et al.) projects he’s done well –

    Mark Curtin cell 206-715-0551 home 206-406-0902

    and the other is a Ballard builder I know who also has a long list of projects (WS, Ballard) he’s also done well

    Todd Schulte phone 206-419-0876 fax 206-789-1172

    I know both these gents and their work and both are first rate, honest, hard-working and have a good group of reliable and quality subs they employ.

    Comment by chas redmond — 4:14 pm September 19, 2007 #

  6. Potter construction did a great job on our addition and remodel. I would recommend them.
    http://www.potterconstruction.com/

    Comment by Wes — 5:01 pm September 19, 2007 #

  7. Fine construction is a great pick. Very professional and extremely helpful.

    http://www.fineconstruction.com/

    Comment by Todd — 5:41 pm September 19, 2007 #

  8. I second the Todd Schulte recomendation. Todd built a 1000 square foot garage-shop-gym-attic for us a couple of years ago and he is a man of his word. His guys work hard. They are on site every day and make good progress. The project was on time and on budget.

    Comment by Jack — 6:32 pm September 19, 2007 #

  9. If not hiring an architect, please make sure your contractor is pulling all the right permits and following code requirements – exits from basements can be especially tricky. Best case scenario is a building inspector slapping a few fines on you, worst case is a life safety exiting issue.

    Comment by 44th & Graham — 6:52 pm September 19, 2007 #

  10. I would suggest you sign up for Angie’s List: http://www.angieslist.com. I think it’s less than $60 a year and you get to see the ratings on local companies by people who have used them. I’ve saved more than $60 by using the discounts available.

    Comment by Betsy — 10:32 am September 20, 2007 #

  11. STS Remodeling and is kick-butt….Craig Halverson the owner can be reached at 206.510.8787. He has done quite a bit of work in WS as well as all over the area. : ). Prices, labor and work quality can NOT be beat!

    Comment by StellaBlue — 12:55 pm September 20, 2007 #

  12. N Compass Construction, Drew Foster is who remodeled our kitchen, basement and bathroom. We are very happy w/ results. They stayed within budget, time frame and were always very clean. Highly recommended. They are a west seattle company which is even better!! 206 595 9808

    Comment by M&M — 1:18 pm September 20, 2007 #

  13. Ventana Construction – http://www.ventanabuilds.com

    Comment by Jen V. — 9:37 pm September 20, 2007 #

  14. I second Ventana Contstruction! They did some extensive work on our basement plus they worked on our neighbor’s house, an old neighbor’s house (a gorgeous job on their basement), one of our best friends’ house (another fantastic basement remodel as well as their kitchen and master bedroom). They are a West Seattle company. They are very thoughtful, thorough, dependable and very good at what they do! Everyone I know who has hired them loved their work. They have a lot of pictures of their projects on their site.

    Comment by JM — 6:43 pm September 21, 2007 #

  15. I highly recommend J&M Remodel and Repair (206)915-5667 – Justin. He just recently remodeled my bathroom. Very dependable, even in the snow, -Excellent job! He is a West Seattle company.

    Comment by Joyce Maudn — 4:49 pm January 7, 2009 #

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