Mike Kirkwood was hired as a general contractor to build a luxury home. He claimed that he had built multi-million homes in Edmonton. He failed to present a budget. As soon as the job started, it was shutdown for a month by the city because he failed to get building permits. He failed to follow the house plans, numerous shutdowns of the site to repair damage, costs were over 30% of budget and he could not organize the finishing trades, which the home owner had to do to complete. All finishings, including kitchen, flooring, tiling, etc. had to be coordinated by the home owner because Mike Kirkwood failed to contact the trades and organize them properly. Many of the trades refused to speak with him because of the problems he was causing. The retaining walls of the driveway collapsed and were never fixed. The pipes blew upon turning on the shower amongst many other serious problems. The house was expected to be finished in September 2009. It is now 6 months after that date and the home owners were still unable to achieve home occupancy. Mike Kirkwood was fired and the home owners are trying to clean up the mess.