Eva W., Doylestown, PA—Whole House Remodel

Over the past several years Meridian has completed several large projects for us.
The first was a complete renovation of our kitchen (2010) which included gutting the entire space, installation of a new slider door to the deck, new custom cabinets, granite counters, hardwood floor, plumbing and electrical (new fixtures and rerouting where needed). The layout was largely the same but an island and prep sink were installed where there had previously been a peninsula; plumbing was moved for this.
The second project was renovation of our laundry room and mudroom, also completed in 2010. Again, the entire laundry room was gutted, a new exterior door, cabinetry, counters, sink and vinyl flooring were all installed. A unique cabinetry design for the mudroom was completed.
The largest project was the hall bath, master bath and family room, all completed in 2011. The bathrooms were remodeled sequentially so we were never without an upstairs bath. In the hall bath all the fixtures and cabinetry were replaced, exhaust fan and a tile floor over radiant heat were installed. The master bath was a total gut job, with new custom cabinetry, soaking tub, corian counters and tub surround, frameless tile shower, exhaust fan and tile floor over radiant heat. The plumbing for the tub and shower were updated and moved; this involved opening a wall below in the family room which was coordinated with the remodeling of the family room. In the family room, the exterior slider was replaced, the wood burning fireplace was converted to gas (a huge job which involved removing a brick hearth) and installation of a wall of custom cabinetry with a granite surround for the new fireplace.
For all of these projects drywall repairs were made, new trim installed and all finish work and painting were completed by Meridian. The only work that was completed by subcontractors was the plumbing and electrical, and counter installation.
Larry and his brother Mick, as well as the craftsmen, Stash, Dave and Matt, were a pleasure to work with. In the design phase, Larry was patient and knowledgeable, delivering multiple versions of detailed drawings and contracts. Everything was clearly specified (and if it wasn’t clarifications were made), contracts were broken down by work area, materials and part numbers specified, options (if applicable) outlined, and terms clear. Larry met us at the various suppliers to help us make our selections.
The work phase was well-organized and planned. The guys were punctual and always had everything they needed, no time was lost running around for supplies. Demolition was done carefully, shoes were removed before entering the house and laying tarps, heavy plastic with zippers for egress were installed in all doorways, and everything was cleaned up at the end of the day and taken away for disposal. Larry or Mick checked in on the work as needed, and were always available by email or phone. Someone from Meridian was always here for deliveries, inspections or subcontractors, never was I the homeowner left to deal with any of that. That being said, I was home most of the time during these projects, so available for questions, but I am sure that Larry has a system for resolving questions if the homeowner is away during the day. However, I never felt that I couldn’t leave while the work was being done. In fact, I was unexpectedly hospitalized during the bathroom projects and I was able to communicate with Larry over the phone as to how they could get in the house, etc. No worries! Importantly, Larry and Mick are committed to working with the customer until they are completely satisfied, coming back after the work is completed to correct problems or fine tune the work. This is something that you will not find in many contractors.
In addition to the big projects, Meridian has completed several minor repairs such as replacing the attic roof exhaust fan, drywall repairs in the basement and garage. Larry is always happy to schedule these small jobs in as their time permits.
Overall, we have been very happy with the work; there is great pride on the part of everyone associated with the company. Details are important to them and it shows!

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