San Diego, California
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We already left a review of Charles Brzezinski and CBCS but please disregard that review as it was forced out of us because Charles held our project hostage until my wife left positive feedback. We hired Charles to construct a tiny house on a 24x8 ft. flatbed trailer which the build process was to be filmed for a TV show. From the beginning Charles was a bit difficult to deal with however, he had a designer Karen Jennings who was the voice of reason and really heard what we had in mind and kept things on track. We cannot speak highly enough of Karen, her professionalism, attention to detail and integrity are amazing and if you’re looking for a designer we highly recommend her! In our opinion, Charles is one of the most unprofessional, unethical people and in our experience, he has no problem bullying, lying, and threatening when he doesn’t get his way, it was also our experience that he continually over promises and under delivers. During the course of our project Charles made several homophobic jokes and continued to make jokes implying that I was in a romantic relationship with an individual from the show that we were having issues with. This type of behavior is unprofessional enough but he also constantly cursed and used foul language regardless of who was around. Charles was in charge of the build budget that we agreed on and he went grossly over budget, with zero change orders or communication about it with us. After the show left there was a long list of things that he still needed to fix and finish. We communicated to him that we needed the project by 16 December 2016 and he drug his feet and did not complete the project. He got to a point that he considered the project complete and stopped working on it and then held the project hostage on his property demanding more money. On one of the days that I did a walk through pointing out shoddy work and asking what the plan was, this apparently upset Charles and he began to yell, curse and berate me. I simply pulled out my phone and took a video of this.

Any issue, mistake or plain incorrect work Charles would immediately blame outside factors, people with the show, or even us the clients. When we started suspecting that he was using un-licensed sub-contractors we requested a full list of all sub’s information, which he was required to provide to us per our contract he refused to provide this information. When we asked for a list of what our payments were paying for, which is required by CA state law he also refused to provide this information. After 2 months we finally received our project as complete as he was willing to do.

To receive our project we had to sign over a gooseneck trailer that belonged to us, and leave positive feedback.

I have now spent 3 weeks fixing the issues that he refused to fix even though they were on a punch list he was aware of. The following is a list of the top discrepancies that were noted and I have been fixing:

• 2 confirmed water leaks thus far and have to remove large portions of the exterior walls to access

• Gas line leaks

• Remove all the cabinetry for the entertainment area, dismantle them, cut them down to the proper 15 inch depth (that was called in the original design), re-assemble and re-install

• Completely redo the shoddy trim that was haphazardly installed around them the cabinetry

• Paint splatter all over our house and cabinets

• All cabinetry has scratches, dings, and scuffs

• Sink had a large gob of mastic dried and left inside it

• Countertop had an awful caulking job that had to be removed and redone

• The glass mosaic tile that was selected for the kitchen backsplash was ruined. Instead white subway tile left over from our bathroom was installed. The cuts on these tiles are chipped and jagged.

• Sink was not siliconed

• Medicine cabinet disappeared (purchased by us), nothing installed

• Photo sensors for the exterior lights disappeared (purchased by us)

For photos of all of these issues please follow this link: http://unhappyclient.imgur.com/all/

When we hooked up water for the first time we immediately had a leak coming through the wall. We notified him of this on a Thursday and he said the soonest he could take care of it would be the following Tuesday. The location that we had the project was being tented and we could not stay there. We decided to move the house so that Charles would no longer be aware of our location. Based on our interactions with him we didn’t know if he would damage our project or even take it when we weren’t there. We hired a licensed plumber to come out and fix the leak who had to cut a large hole through the front of our house. After fixing the leak he stated (in writing) that the leaking fitting was not installed to code, therefore installed improperly and was very clearly not pressure tested for the required 24 hours prior to putting up the walls.

We believe that the electrical was never installed after installation and we are having a licensed electrician inspect the wiring.

Lastly, during our research after all of these issues it was discovered that the license #999910 that he’s operating under does not belong to him. The contractor license is issued and held by Robert Anthony Lotta who is the Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) over Charles. CA state law requires that the RMO be engaged in “direct supervision and control” of the work. Which is any one or combination of the following activities: Supervising construction, managing construction activities by making technical and administrative decisions, checking jobs for proper workmanship, or direct supervision on construction job sites. Reference: Contractor State License Board, Rules & Regulations, Chapter 13, Article 2.

To the best of our knowledge Mr. Lotta did not meet any of those requirements and as far as we know he was not even informed of the project as we had never heard of him, met him, seen his name on ANY paperwork until we ran the license number at www.cslb.ca

Please do the due diligence and research that we unfortunately didn’t do until it was too late before considering hiring this person/company. Do NOT rely on anything discussed over the phone or in person, get EVERYTHING in writing.

Review about: Charles Brzezinski Construction Services Home Construction.

I liked: His staff brendon and karen.

I didn't like: Treatment, Unprofessionalism, Not being able to trust what was said, Refusal to provided required documentation, Threats.

Review #791359 is a subjective opinion of a user.

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Reason of Review / Monetary Loss Poor custormer service, multiple poor quality, pricing issue, warranty issue / $6000
Preferred solution I want my trailer back, I also want to be reimbursed for all the professionals that are fixing the issues, the costs that I've taken on to finish unfinished jobs, and materials provided that "disapeared" and to actually finish the house.

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Anonymous
#1304633
I suggest a counter-suit to his for the above complaints, costs and breach of contract.
Anonymous
#1303954
VIOLENT SOCIOPATH. DO NOT HIRE. ITS PUBLIC RECORD.
Anonymous
to Anonymous #1304125
WOW! thank god people are seeing the light on this guy. #thetruth #thetruthhurtsCharlie.
Anonymous
San Diego, California, United States #1296820
***BEWARE***
Be aware that Charles has now changed the name of his company from Charles Brzezinski Construction Company (CBCS) TO CENTERBEAM CONSTRUCTION AND REMODEL, www.centerbeams.com
Also be aware that his license 999910 is currently suspended (as of the date of this post) follow this link to see/verify: https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/onlineservices/CheckLicenseII/checklicense.aspx
Check Better Business Beau to view his unresolved disputes. Follow this link to see all the past and ongoing lawsuits that Mr. Brzezinski is involved in: http://courtindex.sdcourt.ca.gov/CISPublic/viewname
There you will see a long list of lawsuits where Mr. Brzezinski is primarily the Plaintiff/Petitioner. Recommend not hiring this individual/company but if you do, follow all of these links and read the reviews to get an idea of what your future will look like.
Anonymous
#1294927
Do not hire this person without doing a complete background check you will be sorry and lose money. Get everything in writing and have witnesses for every interaction.
Anonymous
San Diego, California, United States #1278315
Call me to join in the legal action that I'm taking with CBCS
call me at 619-778-4198
Anonymous
Brevard County, Florida, United States #1249899
Anyone who would agree to have a home built or remodeled for filming is ***. The quality will not be there as it is a rush job to meet filming deadlines. This is not the first and won't be the last lawsuit resulting from bad results from a "reality tv" build/remodel.
keif
Ocoee, Florida, United States #1249467
CHARLIE LEARN TO BUILD RIGHT
Anonymous
Ridgeland, Mississippi, United States #1192717
contractor illegally and without permission or knowledge of homeowner uploaded video of my house to youtube. which was not even completed even according to so called video. missing closets, doorknobs, front brick not completed correctly for starts! This is evidence of bullying and harassment as contractor owes me money, and exposing me to possible criminal activities!
Anonymous
#1179504
Basic remodel. paint, flooring
?First of all the job was abandoned. There was a complete failure to meet deadlines, Change orders where not signed or approved, and they are formatted incorrectly.?I was forced to hire other contractors. Come to find out he is working with Mr. Lotta who was supposed to supervise him this did not happen and when I complained Mr. Brezinski suddenly manufactured so called change orders that where not approved. I have lost revenue to the excessive time that my remodel was not worked on. I had to make two trips from Albuquerque to San Diego at $1200 cost to me. The day the Mr. Brezinski deemed to complete the project he demanded more money even though he was not meeting his own self-dictated deadline that was never agreeded to. I was double charged $2200 for the bathroom and am owed money for a front door that was not delievered after three months. Mr. Brezinski will not ever take responsibility for anything and blames it on outside forces, and even the client. Mr. Brezinski went severly over budget. I was never advised of any deadlines and none where ever met. the project was left undone the front steps, door, kitchen appliances not installed as agreeded to. There was a leak in the kitchen sink that he refused to fix. I am out thousands of dollars

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