BUYER BEWARE!! This was THE worst experience in my entire life with respect to renovation. I built a new home and have had a ton of trades come and go prior to the basement renovation so feel like I am a pretty good judge of quality workmen who know what they are doing. Everything was going well with the other trades and was on track until he arrived.
This person is a fraud and can't even saw a straight edge because he uses old and dull tools and says he can't see properly out of one eye. He damaged (gauged) a $700 countertop, chipped chunks out of the cupboards, sawed off pieces that weren't supposed to be sawn off, snapped off cupboard legs and tried to hide the damage with a piece of kick plate, didn't know how to properly level cupboards and left me to do it, forgot to level some and caused all kinds of gaps and materials that didn't line up, didn't know how to install the build ups properly and put them all on wrong, asked could he borrow other people's tools and materials that were on the premises, came without a tape measure and appropriate tools several times and including his initial visit and had to borrow mine,
screwed up the countertop measurements to the depot three times, cost me multiple amounts of materials because he misjudged the project and changed his mind several times on how to make the project work, constantly chatted on his cell phone and looked for work online while supposed to be doing the job, and then wondered why he had been turned away from over 20 projects in the last few months and blamed it on a failing economy, lied to me on several occasions, disappeared often and quickly, had irrational tantrums and then wanted a "hug" to make up for his behaviour, is not accountable for his mistakes and tries to push the blame on the homeowner, the countertop depot girl, and the manufacturer of the cupboards. He put over 30 holes in my drywall that were visible under the cupboard instead of using a stud finder that I offered.
He seems very nice and responsible at first but gets stressed out quickly and is extremely argumentative. When you point out a problem he says, "no-one will notice" or "it's fine" - which is exactly what he said when I said he would wreck my countertop with his tools if he wasn't careful - and he did! He complained about wanting more money once he started working after we had already agreed upon a price.
I since found out he has been fired from Barzotti woodworking and other similar companies throughout his history. Please save yourself a lot of stress and time and money and DON'T hire this person. Red Green looks like Mike Holmes (Holmes On Homes) compared to this guy.