In depth review from Glen and Chris Bona of Dalton
We contracted AC Wood to build a 23' x 25' addition to an existing garage on our property. This project included excavation, frost walls and footings, and reinforced concrete garage floor in addition to the structure itself.
From the estimate process throughout the entire project, Adam and all of his employees and subcontractors were responsive, honest, and professional. What impressed us most was how they worked with our budget (and design changes to meet that budget). I’m sure we were not their biggest project or client at the time, but you wouldn’t have known that by the way they worked with us to make the project a reality. Rick Soltes and Adam Wood were absolutely phenomenally patient through this process. Our budget did not make it easy for them but, in short order, we all agreed on a satisfactory cost and scope of work.
The excavation and concrete work was subcontracted to A. Williams & Son. Not too far into the ground, Andy ran into quite of bit of ledge. Andy was honest and up front about our options and the impact to the budget and we worked out a fair solution rather quickly. Andy made sure that we saw the work completed in each phase and let us know what would be happening next. He maintained a clean and safe worksite at all times and caused no damage to the property or existing structure. While the work below ground is important, the key feature of a garage is the floor. Andy and his father expertly created a near perfect garage floor, which has already stood up to one auto restoration project and will serve as the base for many more.
While the floor was curing, Vic (the carpentry foreman) and Adam Wood were on site to scope out the next phase of the project and to discuss any issues and concerns with us. Within a day or two, his crew hit the ground running and the framing was up within a couple of days. I had the opportunity one day to watch Don, Billy, and Mike at work. It was good to see true craftsmen who take pride in their work, and the results proved it. Once again, they maintained a clean and safe jobsite – no waste or trash, no nails in the driveway – which, quite frankly, is rare based on my past experience with other contractors. The garage was completed exactly as I had drawn it in my initial sketch and blended perfectly with the existing garage and house… like it had always been there.
The electrical subpanel wiring was completed by Crosier Electric. Mark visited the site and walked through our expectations. He was right on with his estimate and Jon and his crew completed the work exactly as discussed. Once again, we got exactly what we asked for exactly where I asked for it.
We met with Adam Wood at least three times in person and had numerous phone calls and emails to update us and to see if we were satisfied with the project at each phase. The project was completed ahead of the deadline that I set and we could not have been more pleased with the finished product.
Adam sets the gold standard for contractors. He expects a lot from his employees and subcontractors. I have recommended AC Wood to friends and relatives and would hire them again without reservation.
-Glen and Chris Bona Dalton, MA