All of a sudden we're getting great recommendations for this hard to find breed: the good contractor. This one comes courtesy of Nancy.
"I recently completed a massive gut renovation of my loft in the West Village. Based on a friend's recommendation, (who had just completed his own reno), we interviewed and hired James Lee of 9J Builder (contact email@example.com). A note that I interviewed 5 contractors and James was clearly the sharpest knife on the block...
"James and his crew did a spectacular job with high quality details and finishes, even exceeding our expectations, which is no small thing as my husband is an architect. On top of that, the job was slated to take 90 working days and they finished EARLY -- unheard of apparently.
James undertakes high(er) end renovations. His pricing is also on the higher end, but my husband and I figure that "you get what you pay for" and to this day we say that hiring James was the best decision we made in the whole renovation process. James also has excellent customer service, any little problem he immediately sends the foreman back to fix it. James made the renovation a pleasure for us."