I first met David Sheremeta at his shop in Port Moody in November of 2013
He agreed to come to my home and give me an estimate for the work I required. The next week he came to my home. He measured and assessed and suggested, "for about 250 dollars" I hire a designer he works with to create drawings for the feature wall I was hoping to build in my family room. (I had already purchased the fireplace but was in the process of putting together the rest of the required materials and contractors to complete the job). I agreed. The designer visited my home, we discussed my wishes for the wall, he took some pictures, then provide me, through David, a few drawings. Though the overall work changed over time, initially, I used the drawings for the family room feature wall before I had any cabinets built. Some time had lapsed (two months) and I reached out to David to commence the cabinet work.
As per Sheremeta's invoice, half the estimated charge was required as a deposit for him to begin work. The invoices for the three jobs in the house totaled just over $10,000.00 so early in March I met with David in Surrey and gave him $5,000.00 cash. With the deposit requirement satisfied and while the other work was progressing (electric, gas fitting, venting, framing, dry wall, slate tile, - albeit slowly) David attended my home in Ladner three times. He measured and brought a few samples. On the last visit David arrived at my home with the first cabinets that were to be 2 cabinets 5' wide x 1' high x 16" deep. Instead he brought 4 cabinets 2.5' wide x 1' high x 16" deep.
I was taken aback and in no way prepared to accept cabinets that were counter to the design of Sheremeta's own designer and my desire. (Let alone my home audio requirements). Sheremeta, instead of restoring the original design, tried to convince me his was a better approach. I was not going to argue but I hoped he would relent. After some discussion he did admit that it was not part of the original plan so I thought might accommodate my wish for custom 5 foot cabinets. David, it appeared, in an attempt to put our relationship on better footing, offered to bring another worker the next day at 1pm and help me bring the project ( the family room was the focus of the initial phase of the overall renovation), together by getting the dry wall and framing completed.
He called me the next day, Thursday, around 11:30am to inform me that he would not be attending my home. He said that by the time he got to my home he would only have an hour to work. I asked when he was going to come to my home. He replied "maybe next week". I was surprised by his inability to commit to a firm date let alone that he would not fulfill his promise to work at my home at a time that was of his choosing. He told me that I did not know what I was doing and that is why the job was so far behind. Further, I tried to convince him to agree to making the first cabinets the way I wished. He continued to try to convince me that it could not be changed. After about 20 minutes on the phone I gave up.
I decided I really needed to move on. I was too frustrated and thought I had only started the actual work, yet, already I am at an apparent irreconcilable difference. I couldn't take the chance that the conduct he was demonstrating was a pattern.
I sent David an email that evening terminating our relationship. I offered him the 250 dollars for the drawings his designer provided. I asked that he please refund me $4750.00. I loaded the cabinets in my van and returned them to his shop in Port Moody. I was hoping that he would provide me with a cheque. He did not. Though I was able to recover six lights I had left with him at his shop. Since then I have requested the money by phone, by text and through a lawyer and he will not return it. Instead, he tried to impugn my character.
I will be happy to provide any documentation and correspondence.