Following a kitchen fire, I called Kals, who has worked with me on many jobs throughout the years both in my home and my office. No job is too small or too big. Al handled all the details for a complete kitchen restoration due to fire and smoke damage: replaced drywall, painted ceilings and walls, replaced tile floor, sealed parquet floors (they are beautiful), and repaired smoke damage throughout the house. I am a very indecisive person, or so my husband says, but they are still always so patient with me and ALL the change orders. They are considerate of our needs, and responsive to questions and I always ask a thousand questions before deciding on something!!! The actual restoration of the kitchen shows Al's technical skill as well as artistic skill given that our 1950s home seems not to have a straight line in it. My family and I lived in our house during the restoration, and Al made it easy to do so, and actually required that someone often be present during the remodel so that normal issues that arise can be resolved quickly. I recommend them unreservedly. They are such an honest and down to earth team that love what they do. They are professional, fair priced, and worked hard to make the final product perfect! My husband and I are always happy with their work!
REVIEW UPDATED 12/5/09: I am now a repeat (and still very satisfied) customer of Swinging Hammer Home Repair. After the great job Bobby and his crew did on my back door I decided to hire them again for a larger job. I am glad I did because the results were outstanding. They removed a large mirror covering a section of wall, repaired holes and cracks in the drywall, matched the texture and then painted my living/dining room and hallway (including all the trim and doors). They also completely upgraded the appearance of the fireplace by installing a new mantle shelf and adding granite tile to cover the existing brick. And they replaced some existing light fixtures with new track lighting. It looks like a brand new room! I still highly recommend this company! ORIGINAL REVIEW: Bobby replaced my back door and everything about the job he did was excellent. He showed up when he said he would, he offered reasonable rates, his workmanship was top-notch, and he left the work area even cleaner than it was when he got there! I'm very impressed by him and his company and will definitely be calling on him to do more work in the future.
I've had many bad experiences in the past with other contractors causing damage, leaving huge messes, or disappearing without finishing the job. This makes you worry about having repairs or remodels done... but I would have no hesitation having Swinging Hammer do any work on my house. Bobby and his crew are a shining example of what you want from a contractor working in your home. He did absolutely wonderful work on our house. He installed French doors in what used to be a large open archway, and found a solution to our runoff problem between our roof and arbor. I am so pleased with how the study doors turned out. Bobby and his helper were professional and polite. And at the end of the day, they cleaned up so well it looked like they'd never been there! I have never had any home repair go as smoothly. He was true to his bid, he got the job done at a very reasonable price, did quality work, and got it done on time! I have already had compliments on the work. He is the only guy we will ever call to have any work done on our house and I'd confidently refer him to anyone looking for home repairs.