It all began with a light fixture! Then came the idea that changes we had contemplated for years to fix a painfully ill-designed kitchen "might as well' be done at the same time. We called Jake at Mountainside to ask about a kitchen reno. Then we found that windows, doors, siding, etc. were all in dire need of replacement. Once the interior walls were down, we decided to install a sound system, working with the electrical contractor involved in the project. The kitchen reno involved tearing out the drywall ceiling in our finished basement, and so we ended up replacing all the drywall downstairs (it had been badly damaged by a crazy cat) the floor, light fixtures and trim. As the renovation expanded, the Mountainside team proposed each additional project without any form of pressure, which allowed us the freedom to choose to do what we really wanted. Thus the kitchen reno turned into a much-needed house reno.
We would highly recommend Mountainside for several reasons. First, the design, plan, and budget process is very careful and detailed, and they keep to it. Second, they want to do high quality work that will be beautiful and functional for many years. To that end, they have contacts with top-notch tradesmen and provided us with the best materials, building supplies, fixtures etc. available. The work was designed thoughtfully and skillfully: the floor plan is excellent and the interior design very beautiful. As the job progressed, you got the sense that Tanya and Ed really cared about every detail, as if it was their own home. Third, the cost of doing the job, hourly rates, and markups on tradesmen and materials, were exceptionally fair. Fourth, Wes, the project manager was able to organize the trades down to the hour, so everything happened systematically, and kept rolling along on schedule. We didn't have to vacate our home for any longer than planned or put up with living in a construction zone, thus taking a great deal of the pain out of the renovation process. Finally, the finished product is wonderful, even better than expected, and we are appreciating its beauty, functionality and quality more and more each day.