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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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General Contractors September 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Seeking contractor for tricky hallway gate job

My building is seeking a contractor who can help us with a tricky job. We have a steep staircase descending to our basement (where we have storage, laundry, etc.). The metal gate at the top of the stairs is very difficult, sometimes dangerous, to open when ascending, so we’d like to find a solution that allows the person coming up to open the gate easily (with a pull cord, lever, or something similar), and that will allow the gate to close itself quietly afterwards. In addition, we might want to add a nice wooden front to the gate if possible to make it look a little nicer. (We’d also be open to replacing the gate entirely.)

Anyone know a jack-of-all-trades who might be able to help us with this small but tricky job?

General Contractors May 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Basement Sheetrock and drywall repair (probable mold) & dehumidifier

I am looking for a contractor to do some small repairs in the basement of a house:
1) ceiling :Replace Sheetrock, treat mold, replace isolation, find the origin of a leak (probably from a bathroom), repaint
2) partition wall : repair
3) provide and install a dehumidifier connected to the main drain
Let me know if you can advise anyone, I am in Carroll Gardens.

General Contractors April 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

More Feedback on Rahmann Contracting?

Hi all. I’ve seen a positive review for Rahmann Contracting recently on the forums, but also quite a few “buyer beware” responses when their name came up. I am considering them for a decent sized exterior job and would like to know if anyone else can share feedback on working with them.

General Contractors April 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Gut renovate a coop

Looking for a general contractor that can gut renovate the interior of a coop. Taking down / putting up walls, new kitchen and bathrooms.

Thank you for your help.

General Contractors April 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

General Contractor – JC Martin Renovations & Carlos Flooring

We closed on a Co-op in Sunset Park and needed to have some light work done in the apartment, but also needed to move in relatively quickly. Martin quickly returned our calls, sent estimates and revised estimates quickly and scheduled our work. The time crunch made the plan for the work that needed to be done quickly. But Martin was able to get some surprising detail work done – removing years of paint and exposing beautiful wood in our bedroom and office. As well as exposing the original nickel on our front door. He was flexible when we chose to change our minds on various projects. His partner Carlos finished our wood floors. They look phenomenal. We get many compliments on the floors and painting.

I will note that we were first time home buyers – and not really prepared for how the process would work. Sometimes the workmen left a sizable mess and a few times the work men seemed to not really know what they were doing. But if you have used contractors before perhaps you would have more patience than we did our first time around.

We bought most (if not all) of our supplies – which helped with cost. When we needed to move in a few of the items that we wanted completed had not been done. We had to terminate service at that point, but we worked with Martin and itemized the work that had been completed and negotiated the final cost.

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General Contractors March 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

GC Recommendation

I just wanted to drop a quick recommendation for my GC as a token of my appreciation for the work he’s been doing for me. His name is Thahal Beer, but he goes by “Beer,” and his company is Beer Construction.
Beer has done two major jobs for me now. My first job with Beer was on a two-family house, which needed a total gut job. He did a lot of structural work, all of the gas and water plumbing, he built two flights of stairs, and framed and drywalled almost the entire house. He stayed on that job until it was complete, and he actually taught me a lot about construction and finishing. I found his pricing reasonable and his expertise thorough.
My second job is ongoing, and it involves upgrading a house from a 1-family to a 2-family. Beer has done some foundation work in the basement, dug out the basement and increased the ceiling height down there by about 8 inches. He has also done some plumbing: heating, gas, and sewer. I will hire him to build and tile a bathroom and re-build an addition to the back of the house, as well as for some wall work and to refinish hardwood floors. I have complete confidence in his abilities.
If you would like to get in touch with Beer directly, his number is 646-358-6118. If you would like to talk to me about him, and about my experiences with him, feel free to call me at 914-806-5006, my name is Yury

General Contractors March 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Looking for help/recs for Gut-Renovation for small Carroll Garden apt

Hey there, I’m new to Brownstoner and looking for help/recommendations for General Contractors with some creative design ideas for gut renovation in Carroll Gardens. We are closing on the property mid-month. The project will entail full kitchen renovation. We will need to re-route plumbing/electrical. Also need help in creating a functional bathroom that is approx. 6 x 5.9. Issues include steam pipes that prevent a tub from fitting in the current space and desire to create an entrance to the bathroom other than from the bedroom (apartment is a railroad). We also plan to redo all hardwood floors and update all electrical throughout.

We ‘d appreciate any views on hiring an architect vs. contractor with vision. We did a previous remodel where we sourced all of our own materials but this is more extensive. Any thoughts?

General Contractors February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Looking for info about these contractors

We are looking for a GC, already have a couple we will send bids to but I would like to add at least another two to the list. A friend gave us this list, just wondering if anyone knows any of these GC and has any experience working with them:

Rick Weisfeld
Antarctic Construction Inc.
609 DeGraw Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217

J Simon Associates
John Simon

Mike Katz

MG & Co.
Mark Goldberg

Baker Reconstruction
Peter Baker

General Contractors February 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

Highly Recommend O'Neil Fraser and his Frasers Works & Repairs

I’ve been working with O’Neil for about two years now, since purchasing a brownstone, and cannot recommend him highly enough for home improvements and general contracting: 917.330.3431 or

In about 8 years of being a homeowner in Brooklyn, he is far and away the best person I’ve found, so much so that I won’t hire anyone else at this point. O’Neil has completed a range of small and big projects for me. Here are just a few:

Renovating the parlor floor, which encompassed tearing down a bathroom, putting up a new bathroom in a different location, shoring up beams (previous workers had really messed them up by cutting for pipes), and remodeling the bedroom. All of this required extensive plumbing and electrical work (he previously worked as an electrician), and in the year since it’s been completed there have been zero problems. As well, the work is beautiful. O’Neil worked closely with me on design issues, and always went the extra step to make sure the project had what it needed

Installing a bluestone patio and cedar fence in the back, which had been a raw mound of garbage-filled dirt. This included installing a new drainage system and salvaging a lot of the old stone.

Installing a light out front

Putting up an iron gate out front

Small jobs like putting up bookshelves, repairing original detail-work on the banister, various paint jobs, installing various fans, etc.

I could go on! I’ve dealt with so many difficult workers – people who can’t do what they say they can do, or lie about prices, or never show up, or behave inappropriately, and on and on … I had sort of given up on finding someone who was the complete package: highly professional and competent (and if he can’t do a job he finds the person who can), always straightforward and honest (he will walk me through repairs that I can do myself so I don’t incur unnecessary charges), will work within my budget, whenever possible salvages original details of the house or finds modern solutions that are in keeping with the design, shows up in emergency situations, always rectifies mistakes (there haven’t been many), etc … he has been a lifesaver for me.

General Contractors December 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

Is it possible to switch contractors with open permits?

We have been working with a new contractor, who we found on this site, and are not happy so we want to cut ties but we have open permits for work that has not yet been started.

How do we handle? When we can the current guy, does he close the permits and the new contractor pull new ones, do they transfer over?

Any input would be appreciated.


General Contractors August 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Recommendation for Aaron Gruenberg and Green Mountain Construction and Design

Hi All:

I’m writing to give a very positive recommendation for Aaron Gruenberg of Green Mountain Construction and Design. Aaron is a regular poster here and I became aware of him through this forum. Aaron recently completed an extensive bathroom renovation that I am very happy with. Aaron worked from ground up replacing the sub floor and basically everything else. Space was very tight and Aaron’s planning, and well thought out design considerations really made the difference. I’m pleased that my shower now uses a membrane system and that I no longer have a pan and a curb on the floor. I chose Aaron for two primary reasons – the first was his craftsmanship, in this area he was exemplary and not a shortcut was taken. The second was communication. The nature of the project combined with my own quirkiness required that I work with someone that I could communicate with in a fluid way, an individual who could respond to my design requests and ideas and reflect back with thoughtful input, Aaron was top notch in this area. I’m posting a few detail shots here and if anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me. In short if you are seeking a high degree of craftsmanship, communication and solid design experience you should definitely consider Aaron Gruenberg and Green Mountain Construction and Design.

postscript – I’m having trouble adding multiple pics here, if you want to see more just contact me

General Contractors July 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Booming Business for Contarctors

Business must be booming for general contractors again.  Looking to do renovation on four apartments in brownstone due to a  small fire.  Although the fire was contained to a small area of one apartment, the others sustained water damage along with the common areas. I’ve had three contractors come out for estimates only to never hear from them again.  Does anyone know of a reliable contractor that does good work.

General Contractors June 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Contractor recommendation for ceiling replacement/pocket door installation

I have an accepted offer on apartment in Sunset Park, but before closing I would like to get some estimates on the ability/cost of replacing a drop ceiling with a standard dry wall (or plaster) one as well installing some pocket doors, in addition to possibly re-doing a kitchen and perhaps some electrical upgrades. Any suggestions?

General Contractors June 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Contractor/subcontractor problems

We undertook a renovation 18 months ago, and moved in (and had mostly finished) in September 2012.  Our HVAC sub has since disappeared – initialy due to Sandy, but we have had almost no communication with him since November and he has not been in touch with our contractor either, although he sent a few nasty emails to the contractor.  There were three areas of work that he did not complete, and one area which was done sloppily and which the contractor had to complete for him. We’ve hired other people to finish two of the other items, but there is still one outstanding piece of work, as well as warranty and maintenance issues on equpiment that need to be addressed and as-built drawings which he promised us.  He is owed $4000 by the contractor, although once the additional work that the contractor did and the payments we made to other people to finish his work have been deducted, the balance owed to him is actually negative.  We have not made a final payment to the contractor, because we feel that we need resolution of this issue and final sign off from the sub before we can do that, but the sub has been nasty and threatened to put a lien on our property (this was before all communication ceased).  We would like to conclude our contractual obligation with the GC and get these issues resolved with the sub once and for all, but are really not sure what options we have to do so, aside from just gambling that he won’t come back to haunt us in the future.  Has anyone had experience with a situation like this or have any advice about to resolve things under these circumstances?  Thanks for any and all thoughts/help/advice!

General Contractors June 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Cellar Level Terrace

Trying to find the legality for cellar level terraces, i.e. digging out the backyard to the cellar floor level which would then have a 4′ retaining wall around it.
is there a code for this?
Thanks! BK

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