A. McVays Construction & Renovations
Deck Repair, General Contracting, Home Inspection, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, Roof Flashing Installation, Roof Repair, Interior painting, Certified roof inspection
Alexander, Asheville, Barnardsville, Bent Creek, Biltmore Forest, Candler, Enka, Fairview, Leicester, Swannanoa, Weaverville, Woodfin, Bakersville, Micaville, Penland, Plumtree, Spruce Pine, Hendersonville, Arden, Gatlinburg TN, Little Switzerland, Pigeon Forge TN
We were hired by Mrs Riggs because her previous contractor quit ( it is quite obvious to us why now ) .
She told us she wanted to remove several bearing walls and install new kitchen cabinets that were due to arrive soon. She Also wanted us open up living and dining room walls. She had no professional design ,blueprints or plans to provide us which was quite a " head scratcher " for us since she already ordered all her kitchen cabinets .
We began by Informing Mrs Riggs -
# 1 We can never approve removing any bearing walls until a structural engineer provides approval and plan.
#2 we can not put a cost on this project , there are way too many unknowns , for example what the engineer will charge or recommend ,
We have no idea what or how much electrical or plumbing will require moving or the cost to do so or what kind or the cost of the structural components the engineer will require
#3 we informed Mrs Riggs that this will have to be a "cost plus contract" but we have done our best to ESTIMATE THE COST , we did not include many items in this estimate , all is in writing in contract and agreed to by all parties .
(Mrs Riggs evidently does not fully under the the " Plus " part of the contract and expected us to run , manage , supervise this complex project for free or next to nothing "
#4 upon receiving the signed contract
we proceeded to engage the structural engineer ( also got permits started , lined up plumbers and electricians ) , on such short notice this was no Easy task , these guys are booked up for weeks in advance but we pulled in some favors. The structural engineer required us to open up , remove areas of drywall on walls and ceiling so he could fully understand the structure and how it was built .
WE WERE NEVER SURE HOW MANY OR HOW MUCH OF THE BEARING WALLS HE WOULD APPROVE TO BE REMOVED . We opened up all the areas that were necessary for the evaluation by the engineer .
# 4 when We reached a point where our cost had added up to a point that exceeded the deposit amount , we conveyed this to Mrs Riggs and told her we required another payment , she demanded a complete accounting immediately , we did this exactly as contract dictated .
Mrs Riggs then accused us of " shady " practices because we added on the " plus " percentages to our cost and she felt she could and would further dictate what we could charge for project manager , licensed GC over sight and management of her project . We then decided it was best quit her project.
She refused to pay , our attorney now has this and he has confirmed that it is defamatory, his fees are now added to balance due and he is adding defamation to the case file.
Owner / manager since 1995