A few notes on our bathroom remodel…it was a complete gut down to the studs and bare cement floor and in the case of the shower and tub, new cement floors. It was an extensive job and we are very happy with the work. We got four quotes, three from local contractors and one from our favorite store, the one with orange aprons on the staff. All the quotes were in the same ballpark with Avery being 2nd to lowest and the store being the highest. We chose Avery as he has his own employees versus subs do most of the work and his cabinets are all custom made versus boxes that are customized.
The process for all is the same, somebody measures the room, somebody comes with a prelim drawing and then manipulates the drawing on a computer, a final cost is quoted plus a shopping list. Make no mistake the shopping list will add about a third of the cost or more if you go high end on fixtures and tile. Avery has a list of vendors that will work with you on all the purchases and make sure they not only fit the budget but the job as well. This might be our only real complaint as the list was available but wasn’t highlighted to us. Jason told us about a vendor for the fixtures and we dealt with them but we found our own tile vendors and a few other sources as we didn’t know he had relationships with some already. A word to the wise for anyone thinking about a total bath remodel…you will not be able to use the room for 5-6 weeks, you will have a dumpster parked in your drive for about half that time and if tile removal is involved everything in the house will be covered in dust. That being said, when Jason Avery and crew are finished you will forget the dust, the dumpster and the down time. They were VERY careful in trying to keep the mess to a minimum and protect our other floors. With the exception of the unavoidable dust they did an admirable job. We only had two minor errors and while both added a few days to the process they were both corrected to our satisfaction and at no cost to us.
Jason worked with us on the initial design and helped us come back to earth on our expectations (the 6’+ claw foot tub really wouldn’t work in the space available) and gave us plenty of options to express ourselves. He told us upfront he wouldn’t tell us something was possible if it wasn’t. Those errors notwithstanding the work done exceeded our expectations. I laid out a pretty detailed plan for the tile work and Brian (our primary craftsman) matched it perfectly except for a few minor details where he first suggested different options and got approval and in all of those the details improved the plan. Brian was on time every day and worked a solid day every day he was on site. The electricians were thorough and worked hard as well. All required code was met and inspectors were shown all work. Keith was the project manager and we saw him at all the right points in the process and was always responsive to our questions. At no time did we feel that someone wasn’t listening to what we had to say. Actually, they had to ask for feedback as we felt things were going pretty much as planned and weren’t all that demanding of their time. When the work was final he gave us a week to ten days to use the room and come up with a “punch list” of things to be redone. We found few minor things and Brian come back and corrected all of them. Overall, I can and have recommended Avery Construction for any bath or kitchen remodel. We are planning on redoing our kitchen in a few ( 3 or more) years and we’ll call Avery Construction first.