- Using 12 instead of 14 gauge in the lighting circuits.
- Paying the electrician 80% when rough-in was completed (I finished the
job myself) He did a great job of planning, switch locations, etc.
I still recommend him (Evergreen), though.
- Not noticing that the builder changed the septic location (he didn't
- Not checking the window heights
- Putting radiant heat in the garage. I'll never turn it on
- Using Gale insulation.
- Mirror in powder room is too high
- Mirror in guest room is too low
- Getting bad advice from Strait Flooring on our Marmoleum installation
- Using Strait Flooring
- Using Truth Hardware's power skylight
- Not planning for rainwater catchment (I still want to do this)
- Not planning for passive solar hot water. ( I may add this)
- Not installing a second water heater at the west end of the home.
- Bruce Shaver, absolutely the best finish carpenter. Honest & extremely talented
(see our window casings,
fireplace surround, & my
- John Miletich, builder
- The Plumbing Connection
- Class Act painting
- Moon Construction (sheet rock)
- Evergreen Electric (although I could not get him to come back to finish,
I may have to move him to regrets)
- Dave Barns (metal roofing)
Caveat: High winds caused screws at the metal roof edge to pull out.
Dave said that he would come back and fix this, but I had to do this myself.
- Chuck Anderson - Tile (check out the photos)
- Our brick Mason. He can do good work, but he has to be watched.
He tends to stray from the plan.
Makes a mess, too. Be sure to dig holes where he can dump his
- See "Who Can Build" here.
I also recommend:
Blakes Sand & Gravel for tile, stone, & brick. Judy
Reno and Cathy King were extremely helpful. They have an amazing eye for
Jeff King for custom furniture & built-ins. (JeffKing@HandCraftedWoodworks.com)
Thomas Building Supply.
Bliemeisters for cabinets. They did a beautiful job.
My biggest Regret:
- Using Absolute Air for our heating contractor.
Check a contractor's license & insurance status