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    Hello, folks. My wife and I need to finish up part of our basement and we’re having trouble figuring out how to get started. We envision putting up a wall or two, adding carpet or flooring, etc., but are fine with doing a lot of the finishing work ourselves. Does anyone have any recommendations on handypeople/contractors that could take a look at what we’re working with and help us get things going? I did a search of the forums but it’s hard to pinpoint specific types of jobs or sort by most recent.

    Thanks in advance!



    Hi Mightymo,

    My name is Chris Raynor. I’m a local contractor here in West Seattle. I’m fully licensed, insured and bonded. I’ve done lots of remodels for local folks such as yourself (mostly from the west seattle blog). I’d be happy to come by and take a look and give you a free estimate. I’ve got references available upon request and would really like to meet you.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Chris Raynor

    Raynor Custom Renovations & Remodeling

    7509 California Ave SW

    Seattle, WA 98136




    2 Much Whine

    Chris did a good job for us. There was some electrical, some plumbing, duct work and drywall work involved. I was able to save a few bucks by priming and painting myself. We heard about him on the blog and are happy with the results. Plus he’s a local guy and makes amazing cookies which makes it sound like I know him beyond a “contractor / customer” relationship but I don’t, he just happened to have a fresh batch of cookies that he shared with my family. I’d hire him again just to get another cookie.


    Greetings MightyMo,

    I’m also a local contractor with a great deal of remodeling and design experience. I’d be glad to come by and give my opinion of what’s possible, what’s practical and put together a proposal or two at no cost. My company, Hearthstone Interiors, is licensed, bonded and insured and I’d be happy to provide you with local and recent references.


    Wes Busch

    Hearthstone Interiors

    4622 57th Ave. SW

    Seattle, 98116




    Anne’ Burke, owner of Trend Development and Design, is a general contractor with design experience as well. 206-841-4728. TrendDevelopment@comcast.net. Trend has been in business for 10 years and is so well recommended that they don’t need to advertise!


    We are doing a basement remodel as well and I have a few contractors you should check out. We are using ACS Seattle (www.ACSseattle.com). We also really liked Better Builders (www.BetterBuilders.com). Both are local. Also, you might want to consider using an architect to help plan your space. We used Greg Maxwell (www.gpmarchitects.com) and he did an amazing job transforming our space into exactly what we were looking for. Good luck!



    Dave Morris owner of Quality Home Remodeling is an AMAZING contractor. He is fully insured, licensed and bonded. He has done a ton a work for us and some of our friends.

    His info is

    206-226-4072 davemorris999@yahoo.com



    I’d like to add to the recommendation for Wes Busch,,, he helped me alot to form what I wanted in my bathroom remodel… he has taste and knowledge of colors. A real plus when you want new ideas!



    I have used Chris Raynor as well and was very happy. Good work, fair prices. I hired him again for another project. Very dependable and nice guy too!!



    Long time North Admiral West Seattle resident contractor (Insured, Licensed, Environmental, Honest) Phil Segalla 206-935-1555 has seen/done it all. I’ve have used him for years with Excellent results. Phil is a “stand-up” craftsman who stands behind his work. Good Luck with your project!



    Do a calcium chloride test on walls and floors…. before ya start. Could save ya years and years of agony and thousands of dollars. You might have to design around those test results. Or use the newer ASTM F 2170 protocol. If your home is over 20 years old.. especially. It should be a “must do” on the basement remodel list.

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