We bought an old house and didn't know some of the challenges we would face in remodeling it. The middle part of the house was built in the 1830's and has settled over the years. We have different size doors, windows, and some slight imperfections that "add character". Working on the house over the years has been one of my favorite hobbies. I even had to build a shed for extra storage to keep all the different tools I have acquired over the years.
Last year I remodeled two of the bathrooms and I was reminded that I was a perfectionist. I can't walk by my work without getting mad at myself for a missed cut, a small gap in the trim, or slightly uneven tile. Christina hears a lot of #%^(&! during my construction projects. I still love woodworking but I have retired from tile work. Doing work yourself makes you appreciate the complexities that go into it and the issues that can come up. It also makes you appreciate the time management and the ability to quote that contractors need. I thought the bathroom would take me a week, but I ran into a problem or I was interrupted by work or family. Have you ever heard someone say that "everyone should work in a restaurant so they won't be rude to waitstaff"? I think everyone should try a construction project so you can appreciate the next contractor you use.!
A good general contractor is hard to find because it is a hard job! They have to calculate the time, scheduling and purchasing of materials for their part as well as the managing of sub-contractors. This along with juggling all the outside factors that nobody can control. A 5-minute job could turn into 2 hours. That's why a quote for your project didn't come exactly when you wanted it! Marketing, communication, and scheduling their next job to make sure you are keeping everyone busy is tough enough. They have to stay busy with multiple jobs to make money! You can relate to that business 101 fact, right? One last quote that I heard a contractor say; "It may take them only 10 minutes to do a job, but you are paying for the ten years of experience it has taken me to do that job in 10 minutes and add in the cost of that specific tool I have that you don't" Think about that next time before you complain!
I kept the tools in the shed and looked for someone to remodel one of our bathrooms recently. I was immediately impressed by the communication from Mayne Enterprise. This is one of the first things I look for when hiring someone. They had a simple statement on their website that they do the work they are looking for. Their Instagram has pictures of recent work that looked very nice. I was sold and they delivered. They worked around our schedule and communicated an estimate of when each step would take place. The demo, the tile, the walls, painting, and plumbing. It all fell into line perfectly. Stephanie Mayne took over the communication from Chris Mayne and Chris nailed it! He worked around an awkward baseboard heat cover, horsehair plastered walls, and a slightly uneven ceiling line. I came home from work on the day they weren't working to let the tile dry. My wife said that Chris had stopped in to check on it. Very nice touch!
We are very happy with the way our bathroom remodel came out and have nothing but positive things to say about working with Mayne Enterprise. We are glad we found them for future projects at our house!
See our finished bathroom below!