My experience with a remodler lafayette Louisiana
This is our experience with Dennis Almeida owner of Providence Design & Build which dose business as “A Kitchen by Design”, in Lafayette Louisiana, that should have been our first red flag. Dennis Almeida was contracted to remodel two bathrooms in our home. A three-week job, four at the most. ALL products were to be on site before work was to begin so there would be no delays or holdups. This project had nothing to do with any storms, flooding, raining, earthquakes or hurricanes. We downsized and wanted upgraded bathrooms (walk-in shower and a soaking tub) He was given $7000.00 dollars up front for supplies and 32 days later asked for another $8,300.00 dollars. (remember 3-4 week job) We had paid Dennis $15,300.00 dollars just for the damage he had done and got a house with no bathrooms for 72 days. Turns out, of the $15,300.00 paid, $5,000.00 was for 4 cabinets 9 feet, and $4,800.00 for tile, and $5,500.00 to ruin everything else. After 72 days with no bathroom in the house he ended his contract (with no bathrooms in the house) saying” he couldn’t finish the job” and gave me a bottle of wine. We have no bathrooms and I had to join a gym just to shower for work for 72 days and he gives me a bottle of wine. Who would do that to someone? No permits were pulled, or a single inspection was done! After 72 days without a bathroom in the house and giving Dennis $15,300.00 dollars, this is what we got:…….. Dennis gutted the bathrooms(both) on a Friday and no one showed up for the next 10 days. $7,000.00 dollars in damage to the AC unit, embedding not only the AC coils with drywall dust but the entire house. Screws in pocket door were too long and the rail sloped down 1/2 inch. Bent drywall around vent pipes. Not a single wall or ceiling is either plum or level and not just a little bit. Barn Door opening in wrong location and wrong size. No blocking and wrong size header to install barn door. The electrical switches were placed vertically instead of horizontally and placed below counter height, all had to be relocated. Placed the heater/vent over the doorway. Failed to run power to built-in night light. Some how connected bathroom power to outside front entry lights. Instead of using the existing plumbing, two lines were taped into the top of the hot water tank with pex(plastic) and ran 60 feet uninsulated throughout the attic to the bathrooms, by a teenager, not a licensed plumber as stated in the contract (plumbers’ son). None of the stub-outs are secure, just pieces of pex sticking out of the wall, nothings aligned, even or horizontal not even the bathtub drain. Toilets to close to wall, can’t complete floor molding. Hot water comes out of the back of the house…. its only connected to the cold-water line. The tiler took a week off in the middle of the job. Waterproofing pieced together and peeling off the wall. Wrong height of bench. Wrong pattern on floor, wrong color grout, floor and wall tiles switched. Threshold’s not straight or aligned. This is just a small sample of Dennis Almeida’s work, it goes on and on and I have spent hundreds of dollars to try and band aid his work, it would take thousands to fix it right, and I do believe that is why he ended his contract. Not a single contractor, plumber, electrician, or tiler would touch his work. All claiming it needed to be “re-gutted and started over”. This is what happened after Dennis Almeida ended his contract: The electrician charged me $917.00 to hook up power and connect lights, no one else would touch the work (invoice # 234). The plumbing could not be fixed at any type of reasonable cost. The tiling is a nightmare in itself, thank GOD for a perfectionist from Abbeville who took a month just to fix the mess the best he could. The tile guy (Dennis’s sub) said he had not been paid and wanted $2,000.00 to continue(ck#2053) after paying he added another $1,000.00 to the cost saying, “homeowners price and contractors price are different”. After pointing out the existing problems and cutting 2 cases of glass tile wrong, he left the job claiming he was stressed, and took 30sf of floor tile and a sack of thin set with him. I think he meant to take more. Dennis had ordered 10 Cartons of 12x24 floor tiles for the master, (142sf ordered 58sf used), only 29 total tiles were used on the floor. This is also leftover: 2 cases of glass tile beside the 2 cases he screwed up, 3 cases of rock floor tile(shower),2 cases of bullnose and about 100 feet of pencil. I had enough left over to do the floor in both the pantry and the linin closet, the counter top and a 12inch high backsplash in the laundry room, plus I still have all the above listed items. Contractors like this have learned that Lawyers and legal actions work to their advantage and a lot of the time, the cost for hiring an attorney is more than the cost of hiring a handyman to repair the work and will take a lot less time. If he did not do the job right the first time what’s the point of legal action. Post it, face book it, contact BBB. Don’t let this kind of work continue in Lafayette Louisiana. I’m over 60 and it can happen to you!
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