Our old deck was old, too small, and in bad shape. We also had a huge (think ½ basketball court concrete slab which had become cracked and buckled form tree roots over the years. John and his brother Max and their crew completely busted up and hauled away the slab. They demolished the old deck and built a new deck. (We’re doing the final pint touch up and railing staining). It’s beautiful! We’re thrilled. We wanted an outdoor space that we could enjoy and share with family and guests. The Capestanys were delightful to work with and their crew was great; from first call for a bid to final walk-though. The group had a terrific work attitude and ethic and a great pride in their craftsmanship. Even the pooch loved them. This deck is going to last for decades. Now we have to figure out what to do with the rest of the landscaping…
We negotiated to a contract which clearly described the work to be done and the price. First Choice estimated that the work would take three to four weeks. They completed it in a little over two weeks. The quality of the work seems to be very good, and very thorough. John, Max, and Christian were all pleasant to deal with, very positive and good humored.
Weather was Pac NW weather – much rain. Regardless, the crew worked throughout to complete the deck and got drenched at times. There was a light delay after demo of the existing deck and placement of railings for the new deck material to be delivered but that was acceptable. (I wasn’t going to use the deck in that weather anyway!) The only complaint that I have is that one or two days when I expected someone to show, they did not. But that is a minor complaint. My new deck is beautiful and even smells wonderful. I am very pleased with the work done and would call them again with another project. Thank you, First Choice!
We definitely needed a new roof and double paned windows. We also knew that with the new roof we’d be putting in skylights … After the roof and windows went in we had those 100 degree days and the house no longer got that hot, reaching only 74 degrees at the end of the day rather than 86 to 90. Now that the days are cooler, the house stays warmer and is quieter; we hear less car noise and outside noise with both the new roof and windows. Not one of the windows, skylights, or solar tubes has leaked and all provide spectacular light in the house. With the new window trim, our house looks great. John C and Max were excellent at checking in with us and managing the project overall. They and their teams did spectacular jobs. We’d known that John C was very quality conscious; he put our upper back deck on several years ago and we were very happy with his work then. We are no less happy now, and First Choice Carpentry continues to deliver high quality work at a reasonable cost.
First and foremost, the craftsmanship on this job was excellent Bill, the lead framer, is really exceptional in his field — just watching him work was inspiring for a DIY like myself. All of the mitered corners are crisp, and every cut looks like it was done by a machine. All of the nail holes in the trim are filled, and the cedar shakes are absolutely stunning. They never scrimped on materials, using plywood instead of OSB, 5/4 trim, and high-end paints and sealers. Everyone who has looked at the house is impressed with the quality of the work. Max made numerous trips to our house to bring by materials for us to look at and select from, including making two trips just for stone samples … I feel good about what we paid for the quality of work that was done. We have another phase of this project (back of the house!) already bid by First Choice for when we have the budget to kick them off. I plan on going with them to do it, and I would highly recommend First Choice to anyone either building a new house or remodeling — you won’t regret it.
It was the best experience ever for our remodel/addition. I know how stressful it can be to find a contractor, yet alone one you can trust. My wife and I couldn’t be happier with them. They are highly trustworthy. They were in/out of our house for 3 months. Tearing apart the roof above our garage and adding an extra bedroom was a pretty big project and it went flawless. They were ahead of schedule and kept us stress-free. The thing I liked the most was they gave us the complete package. They have an architect, an engineer, construction crew, etc. We didn’t have to shop around for an architect here, an engineer there and attend a homeowners meeting/fill out a form, etc. they did it all for us!!! From start to finish, they delivered on every promise and even finished the project early. There were no extra costs or hidden problems. They were straight forward and honest. They took ownership, are all well experienced and professional. John the owner even showed up one weekend (on his day off) to check the tarp because we had extremely high winds and rain. The craftsmanship was phenomenal. It was a very “hassle-free” experience and I highly recommend them for your needs. They can do pretty much anything.
We had heard First Choice was a quality operation, so we asked them to bid out our window replacement project so we could upgrade our house and take advantage of the Energy Tax Credit Rebate. The job lasted 3 days, with quality new construction installation and John Capestany (the owner) even went above and beyond the contract by replacing interior window sills that had accumulated water damage. He is not a man to have a finished product that doesn't look top notch. Wrap up was solid, with additional siding replacement (again a John add on to tighten up the exterior presence). They even found someone to recycle our old aluminum windows as we are very green conscience people so they wouldn't go into a landfill. All in all, if you are looking for a contractor to conduct any type of improvements, additions, repairs, or new construction, I would recommend these guys. The whole crew is professional with decades of experience.
John did a great job designing and building our deck at our cabin in Easton; It really turned out great. Now we can be closer to the river and entertain guests.
I want to thank John and his crew for the outstanding work they provided on the recent addition to my home. They were prompt, efficient, and even cleaned up my space daily. As a homeowner contractor, John made my work almost seamless, he’s almost like ‘family’ now. As a small businesswoman, I can appreciate the time and effort John and his staff put into my project. Thanks is too small a word.
We have used First Choice Carpentry for three projects. John did a first class job of transforming an attic and makeshift sunroom into a multi-use study with great space and light. He also turned an exposed deck into a beautifully finished porch that is great for entertaining. These jobs entailed a new roof and when a subsequent wind storm put two trees on our house, it was the extra bracing from John’s work that saved a bedroom and its occupant from extensive damage. He was quick to rescue us from the storm and everything was rebuilt as if nothing had happened."
Ted & Lori Irwin
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