Renovations have a reputation of being inconvenient, disruptive, messy, time consuming, costly, tedious â€“ ultimately stressful. Let us try to change that. Fully insured, reliable, two man crew. Rough carpenter and former service person for new home builder have come together to make the perfect framing/renovation team. read more...
We worked with KayKo to complete a basement renovation and a shed erection. Their services included framing, installing drywall, mudding, taping, and finishing the ceilings with a California-style ceiling in one area and a flat ceiling in the other. The job was done on time, within budget and to our quality expectations. The contractor was punctual, courteous and thoroughly cleaned the work area every evening prior to leaving. Our cost and quality expectations were met and we would use / recommend them for this type of work again.
I have a number of concerns about KayKo Construction. First, they promote themselves as a team consisting of a very experienced builder named Murray and Beth. Murray did about three days work and he seems extremely skilled. He then left and never came back. The other owner on the other hand, did the majority of the demo and reno work. She had a helper who was very nice and helpful to here. On a positive note, they are very clean, work very hard, and seemed to know how to frame. I was very concerned about the taping and finishing of the drywall as I know it is a difficult delicate job to do great drywall work.
Nearing the end of the project after giving them a substantial amount of money, I quickly learned she is NOT a drywaller. I have several bubbles on my walls, my ceiling butt joints are readily exposed. I was told that it looks fine in the natural light. And I would agree the bubbles are less noticeable in cloudy day light.
HOWEVER, when your place lights (halogen AND table lights) all the imperfections are easily noticeable. I have had about 10 people visit my home since this happened and everyone of them can easily point out these bubbles. I have to hire very experienced drywall hired to fix the problem and his assessment was that the butt joints are crowned. The mud was not applied properly and now I have to spend more money to fix it. I asked this contractor several times, "are you sure you are good at drywall because I did not want to have special ceiling.. just flat".. she assured me she could.
The worst part is that this contractor refuses to take any sort of responsibility for what has happened to my home. If you wish to hire her for demo work and framing, I would say yes I was pleased. Very pleased actually. But the money must stop there.
She will ruin your walls and then act as if YOUR standards are too high. Luckily, several people have seen what it looks like outside "natural light" an all of them are left in shock. Trust me, hire a professional drywall expert. It is one thing to tear something down, and put up some 2 x 4s for walls but its a whole other skill to properly tape and plaster. Unless you want your ceilings and walls to look like they have the mumps... then hire someone who knows what they are doing. It will cost you big bucks to repair this kind of damage! Not to mention the trust that is compromised in the whole renovation industry. This has left me very hardhearted with people who call themselves professionals. I can not imagine doing this to someone's home and consciously promoting myself as a drywaller! Unconscionable - totally unconscionable... for that reason alone I personally would not even hire this contractor back to take out my garbage!
Since writing my first review, I have learned KayKo Construction failed to install a cold air return. All the walls were built and drywalled. A HVAC specialist told me this usually done at the framing stage. She aslo made my attic entry too small which does not meet code and when I told her her about her response was "she knew at the time" but didnt know where else to put it given the slop and electrical in place. Unfortuantely, I was never told at the time that this was a problem and would made some suggestions for her or moved the light in the way or put somewhere else. I guess her solution was to make an entry that does not meet code.
KayKo Construction was originally hired to install the tiles in both bathrooms. She measured and I purchased what was to be installed based on her measurements. Later I learned a family friend would install for me because I was concerned with her skill in laying very expensive tile. Today he informs me that I am short the amount needed to tile the floor and showers. Both tiles were made on special order meaning my project is once again delayed. When the roof was done I had to buy shingles three times because of miscalulations
Perhaps Eric the other reviewer is a family member or perhaps he had the good fortune of having Murray - Beth's husand work along side her... but I can tell you there have been several costly mistakes made by this contractor that I have to pay for in time and money. This has been a nightmare experience for me. I hope noone else has to go through this again.
I had an apprentice working with me who has never done drywall. I knew that there would be issues, which I expressed to the homeowner. If the homeowner had said to me that there are some issues, I would have brought her a roll of green tape to put pieces on everything that she could see (which I always allow homeowners to do). She did not do that, instead she asked me stop work and told me she would be bringing someone else in. It was my job to fix the drywall and it was not a huge deal. I have been a service person for 3 new home builders, over the last 10 years, and drywall repairs were the majority of the work I performed. I am responsible for the people I hire and have since let my apprentice go. I am all for helping people learn but the cost of learning on my time is more than I am prepared to accept. The two of us, Sandra and myself, had to pay the ultimate price for a poor decision on my part. I really enjoyed working on this project and my biggest regret is that I didn't finish it because now Sandra has lost respect for me and believes I lied to her about the work I can do. I am truly sorry that she feels that I am not a drywall company. I am still confident that her place, given the chance, would have been perfect in her eyes.
The cold air return was installed at the framing stage. The grill needed to be installed which was purchased and left at the home. I was asked at least 4 times to calculate the sqft of the bathroom because the homeowner deleted the bbm that contained the info. I had the information written on the blueprint which was drawn by her architect. I gave her those numbers forgetting that his dimensions were not correct and that we had extended the bathroom. Sandra had the tile installer at her home just after framing was completed. Why didn't he measure? Isn't that his job? I wasn't installing the tile. Eric is actually a neighbour of ours that had us do his basement last year, at his request I had him help me hang drywall to keep his costs down. As far as Sandras attic access, it did not effect 2 men and their equipment from accessing the attic to add insulation. There are many things that don't meet code in her home but she neglected to get a permit for a very extensive renovation.
KayKo Construction has a TrustScore™ of 2.9. The average TrustScore™ for other businesses providing similar services in Cambridge and the surrounding areas is 3. For detailed information on how TrustScore is calculated, click here.
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|In Business Since||2011|
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Basement Renovations, Bathroom Renovations, Caulking, Ceiling, Commercial Renovations, Decks, Fencing, Garage Construction, General Contracting, Handyman Services, Home Additions, Home Construction, Home Restoration, Home Theaters, Insulation, Kitchen Renovations, Painting, Shed Construction, Siding, Tiling, Window Treatment, Windows and Doors, Demolition Work
Renovations have a reputation of being inconvenient, disruptive, messy, time consuming, costly, tedious ultimately stressful. Let us try to change that.
Fully insured, reliable, two man crew. Rough carpenter and former service person for new home builder have come together to make the perfect framing/renovation team.
We specialize in demolition, basement framing and finishing, sheds & garages, additions, trim work, painting, bathrooms, window & door installation, drywall (hanging, taping and painting), textured ceilings, fences and decks.
Quality workmanship by thoughtful and respectful trades people with 15+ yrs exp. Done at a price we can all be happy with. As always free estimates.
|Main contact(s):||Beth , Murry|
|Listed with TrustedPros since:||2011|
|Accepts credit cards:||No|
|24 Hour emergency service:||No|
|Licensing information:||Contact KayKo Construction to request licensing info.|
|Insurance information:||Insurance information available upon request|
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