perhaps you should get the facts straight before you post comments. First off, my 18 years now, seeing what I can do and what others do, has pretty much given me the sound belief that I am very good at what I do. But I'll tell you what. I'll put up $100,000 against you and anyone in the country that I know more about all the different facets of residential construction and can do better work in these areas also. Simply contest: 50% knowledge based. 50% actual performance based. We answer questions on plumbing, then we actually do plumbing, the same for painting, trim carpentry, rough framing, making cabinets, fabricating concrete countertops, stamping concrete, masonry work, wood floors, tile floors, laminate floors, wood shake, shingle, and metal roofs, electrical, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, EIFS, real stucco, and everything else. I've done all those. Have you? We hire an independent panel (loser pays the costs) and they tally all the previous tasks and declare a winner. Put your money up or shut up.
As for working on the job I still do that because customers that don't want drywall but want custom bars and fireplaces, etc. choose us because the other drywall-free companies can't or won't do those things, and I do those things. I and do great work. I also want to keep an eye on the job because I really do care about my reputation. Most contractors don't. I am not saying I am the best tile setter in the world, but what I am saying is I have never seen any tile work better than what I can do. I have also never seen a better outdoor kitchen execution than what I have done. I've also seen my crown molding look as good as any I've ever seen. And what I am saying is I don't think there is anyone who I'll ever meet or anyone who will ever read this or any homeowner who will ever contact me and and other contractor who can do all those things as well as me. But like I said, I don't just make claims. I back them up. So either you or one of the contractors you have met in your 20 or so years of construction call me up and take me up on my challenge.
Anyway, our basements are built the same way as regular drywall constructed basements except our drywall is an insulated core material and our paint or wallpaper is fabric. That's it. Actually our basements don't take 3 weeks. They can take much longer. They are faster only in the sense that we don't have to tape or paint. Sometimes they are done in 3 weeks but that would be if a drywall basement took 4 or 5.
I have seen drywall quotes that are close to our quotes. We don't overcharge our customers. But you wouldn't know that because you are speaking out of ignorance. The real scam is a contractor who charges and then subs all the work out. We don't sub anything out. When someone hires us, they are also hiring me. When they hire you, are they paying you to call someone else up to do the work? Now who is the one overcharging?
You have so many stupid comments that I am not going to waste much more time replying to them as they have no merit. But I will finish with this. As far as I know I am the only one offering a system like this who DOESN'T give a price when we first come out to a job. In fact, we even offer to mail the quote to someone. I also am the only contractor in any field that I know of who actually gives the homeowner the names of my competitors and actually encourages them to call them up for a quote. Do you? Do you have a 100% complaint free business for your entire pro career like I do?
I don't pay college grads because they are not professional. They are waiting for a better job. That's a great attitude. Charging a customer money and having someone who is not making a career out of it doing the work.
I did 50 drywall basements before developing this system and on everyone I used steel studs. You are a fool for using wood studs. You know what "smart guy" the steel studs don't rust because we don't trap moisture like you do with wood studs and drywall. You put up a vapor barrier, correct? The whole idea is that drywall and wood contains cellulose and that is a food source for mold and mildew. Concrete is porous by nature so moisture comes in. You are trapping the moisture behind the wall, you have a food source, and you have a dark environment. Recipe for mold. Our system breathes and we don't trap the moisture with a barrier. The moisture flows into the room and dissipates. Furthermore, we apply a bead of polyurethane glue under the studs (not the $3 tube of cheap glue you probably use, if at all). Your contention that the wood studs can be crowned, etc. is moot. Of course you can do that but a basement has more climatic changes in the environment than anywhere else in your home. They may be nice now but they will change. Your doors become tight in the summer and loose in the winter in your upstairs. Your trim gets gaps because of the humidity and temperature changes in your house. And you think it won't happen to a wood stud? Especially in the area most prone to those changes..the basement! Ever hear of a dehumidifier? Ever put one in your bedroom? Or is it just the basement. Come on masterbuilder, who do you work for? Did you get suckered into one of these other franchises and are finding out that you have a bad reputation now?
It's funny. I get people like you know talk out of your rear but don't back up your statements. When I go to home shows, I offer people $100 if we give them a quote on our first visit or pressure them in any way. I offer anyone $100 if after actually seeing a basement of ours if they can honestly tell me it doesn't look better than any drywall basement they've seen. My website now posts a challenge that if you can get any other competitor to complete half your basement and you like theirs better than mine, I'll pay for the basement install. I have paid out $0 so far.
You're probably the type of guy who tells homeowners blown-in insulation is good, when expanded foam insulation is the best. You probably put treated wood on a deck when composite wood is so much better. Speaking of decks, do you nail or do you realize that shear strength is not important and that screwing is better. But actually, even if using the stupid idea of wood decking (unless you are a purist and want cedar) you shouldn't even be using screws. There are fasteners that mount underneath the boards for concealment. I don't know of any deck designs where the fasteners enhance the look.
Let's continue since you know so much and I know so little. You've done room additions before or built houses, right. Did you use ICF's? If no, why not? They are the best. Oh I know. You simply haven't heard about them or you are not familiar with them and are much more comfortable with conventional forms, much like the wood studs.
One final point. When you do your drywall basements, do you mention to the customers that there are paperless drywall products out there and mold resistant drywall tape? I didn't make these up. The drywall manufacturers themselves have said their regular drywall shouldn't be in a moist environment. Do you mention this to the customers or not?
Truth be told, most, if not all, of those other companies do have a snake oil presentations. We don't. I don't put drywall up because I do know more than you and I know it is bad for a basement. Maybe not so much for the mold but for the fact that you can't remove it, the acoustics are horrible, and it is very plain looking.
For you homeowners reading this, I encourage you to call me up and ask me questions. If we come to your house and are deceptive in any way or after getting a basement you feel the price wasn't worth the work, then please, please post negative comments about me. But don't be a jerk like masterbuilder and write garbage and lump us in with all those other companies.
And masterbuilder, another reason I do work on the jobs is that I must because I can't afford to pay another worker and sit in my office because I don't charge that much for the basement.
Please take me up on my $100,000 challenge. I do need the money.