I had worked with a couple of terrible contractors in the past. I was very skeptical of hiring another contractor for my two bathrooms because of my bad experience.
I interviewed 4 different contractors for this job. Paul's bid was more than fair and he did not balk at any of my requests. He did not try to over sell me or convince me that I didn't need one thing or another. He simply said Yes and gave me everything I wanted and came in at the price he quoted and in the time frame he quoted. His staff was respectful and left my house as clean as is possible when doing this kind of job.
I have found my contractor for life and would not hesitate to recommend Paul and his crew for any job. Please feel free to use me as a reference. Thanks again...
"When I decided that it was time to redo my kitchen (30 year old home, no renovation since inception) I called in a lot of contractors, received lots of bids some crazy ideas, and narrowed it down to a few, including Paul Merrick.
His ideas and costs were so right on target! I needed more counter space, and Paul used his great sense of space and design to make the best suggestion for doing so! The materials he suggested were beautiful and the work was done on time and with great expertise. His crew were so polite, not imposing, showed up on time, did their work and cleaned up after themselves.
Needless to say, the kitchen is just gorgeous! I have just sold my home, 10 months later, because of relocating, and I am certain that this beautiful kitchen was a huge factor in selling quickly and getting the right price for the home. Many, many compliments from potential buyers, real estate agents"
"I would highly recommend Paul Merrick Construction. We called Paul to create an upstairs office/loft area for us. He worked with one disastrous engineer and saved the project by directing us to a second engineer. He worked with the engineer and the City and got the project done quickly through the City and started immediately. He and his team worked fast and got the project done on schedule and masterfully.
He was attentive to our needs (as orders change) and didn't kill us financially with each change. Things happen! Paul and his team got to the house early and finished at a reasonable hour each day.
The end-product is fantastic and we are thrilled to have used Paul Merrick Construction to do the work."
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"I had 7 contractors give me bids on rebuilding 3 bathrooms, 3 closets, and building an outdoor dining room. 3 didn't show up, and out of the 4 that did, Paul:
1) came promptly on time
2) came back with a fully itemized breakdown of the costs of the project and
3) outbid everyone else.
There were hiccups throughout the work, but nothing outside of what's to be expected when you remodel your house. Especially my house, which is 70 years old! A lot of extra things needed replacing once the walls and floors were opened up. That, and I had many extra things added to the project throughout the process (which Paul created very detailed itemized "change orders" for).
Paul is new to town, and has not yet developed his crew of subcontractors. Some of them weren't working very well, so Paul had to replace them. By the time you are reading this, he will probably have a good crew together. He found some remarkable subcontractors while working on my house that did outstanding work.
If you're going to remodel your house just remember to take it with a good "pinch of salt"!! Unexpected things always happen, especially with older homes. A certain degree of messiness is inevitable, and the cost will almost always end up more than expected. Paul is completely honest though, and his level of pricing consistent throughout the change orders. And he works exactly according to his precise breakdown on costs.
All in all, I have 3 beautiful bathrooms, 3 nice new closets for my bedrooms, and I have an outstanding outdoor dining room. Paul is creative and can give you new ideas throughout the process. And, unlike contractors I worked with in the past, if you change your mind throughout the process (which I did a lot!) he will give you no attitude about it, and is entirely patient. Those two qualities make all the difference!"
I hired Paul Merrick to do some extensive construction work to my business and his pricing was fair and his work was very thorough. His workers are very polite and clean as well. I would highly recommend him to others and would definitely use him for all my future construction repairs.
I live in Texas and own a 30-year old rental house in San Diego County. About 10 months ago I needed to find someone I could completely trust to repair a few items at my rental house. Paul came highly recommended from a Realtor so I gave Paul a call. He provided a timely estimate with a reasonable start date. He also works on bigger projects, and my jobs were smaller, so I was glad to see that he could fit them in between his bigger projects. My repairs included adding a sliding lock to the front door, adjusting the patio door, installing new screens, fixing window locks, installing a granite bathroom vanity top and faucets, and repairing some outlets. Paul was patient with me in picking out the granite and faucets, which is not easy long distance. He also made a wise recommendation that saved me some money.
Paul did an excellent job and my tenant was very pleased. A couple of months ago, my tenant had a few more things to repair. I called Paul again and I had the same excellent experience.
I have been very happy with Paul's estimates, turn around time, reliability and workmanship. I would definitely hire him again.
"One thing I've learned when having someone work on my house is that things can change and often do. But the key is having someone that is willing to work around changes and end up giving you something better than you could have expected. Paul Merrick Construction gives you both!! Plus he is nice, honest and seems to always be in a good mood."
First off, I want to say I am very pleased to have selected Paul Merrick Construction as my contractor for this renovation and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
I used Home Advisor for recommendations on my condo renovation. I entered the following tasks for HA to use in recommending contractors:
1. Remove all cabinets and appliances from the kitchen and remove the dropped ceiling along the four walls and tear out the bar (pony wall) with the dining room. Insert doorway into hall behind kitchen. (Convert old kitchen to bedroom/office/home theater)
2. Tear out the living room fireplace and cement wet bar adjacent to dining area. (Space will be used for range top, hood and drawer microwave.)
3. Remove the first floor bathroom vanity with cement countertop.
4. Remove all tile and fixtures from master bath
5. Properly dispose of all rubbish
6. Move kitchen to dining room area, extend electrical and gas line to new locations for wall oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, range top, hood vent and microwave. Keep sink and dishwasher in current location by flipping them to the opposite side of a new wall to be built thus converting the old kitchen area into an office/home theater room. Install cabinets, and appliances and provide a moveable island with built-in stand mixer shelf.
7. Install a dual headed shower to replace the former bathtub area, convert old shower into pantry closet, install double vanity with Carrara marble top, install porcelain wall and floor tile with Carrara marble trim.
8. Build out walk in closet in the master bedroom and replace/install six-panel doors throughout and paint the entire condo.
HomeAdvisors provided three primary contractor recommendations: Treeium, SD Remodeling, and Maroucal...I contacted all three, sent them my task list and set appointments with representatives. One was a no-show, one wanted $5500 to give me an estimate, and one provided a low, medium, high estimate (the low was more than double my budget of $85k). I went back to HA for additional contractor recommendations and contacted Paul Merrick Construction.
He took my list of tasks and arrived prepared to discuss the job and not sell me on removing weight bearing walls as another contractor had done. About five days later I received a 20 page breakdown of subtasks and costs for each task. This estimate was closely aligned with our budget and estimated a 10 week duration. Paul started tearing out the kitchen the first week of December and finished the renovation the end of February.
It was a pleasure working with Paul, Gloria (interior designer for cabinet and appliance layout), and all of his workers. The tear out phase was messy as expected, yet they cleaned and swept the floors daily to minimize the dust and accumulation of debris. Drywall was removed from the old kitchen to simplify moving the kitchen gas and power lines. The ceiling in the old kitchen was raised as part of its conversion to an office/home theater with additional insulation and new drywall installed. Once the utility lines and drywall were in place for the new kitchen area, cabinets were carefully installed to accomodate a built in Blue Star wall oven and range top, refrigerator, drawer microwave, range hood, toe-kick drawers, and a moveable kitchen island that is a masterpiece. It was a pleasure to work with Mauro as he installed the kitchen, bath, and hall cabinets, built the island and installed the appliances.
Paul's team did an outstanding job of prepping the master bathroom area for the new shower, wet-mopping, installing the large shower foundation and the porcelain tile and marble trim. The master bathroom and new kitchen are truly showcase rooms. With fresh paint throughout, upgraded doors and new kitchen and bathrooms we feel like we have a new home that will meet our needs during our retirement years.
My wife and I hired Paul to remove a fireplace and a non-load bearing wall, in order to open up our floorplan (who needs a fireplace in Southern California?). It was not a particularly difficult job, and I was contemplating doing most of it myself as other bids came up a little too high for our budget. But Paul came in with a very competitive price, and he assured us that he could start the job in about a week and have it completed in 3-4 days (other contractors speculated 1-2 weeks would be needed).
Exactly one week later, as promised, Paul and his crew showed up. They got the job done in 3 days, like he said, and I appreciated how quickly he worked. The project involved demolition and haul-away, capping a gas line, moving an electrical outlet and a light switch, hanging drywall (both wall and ceiling), mudding the drywall and painting. All of it was done to our complete satisfaction.
I'm glad I hired Paul Merrick Construction, and if we have any more home projects come up, Paul will be the first person we call.