We breathed a huge sigh of relief after seeing Carl’s charming drawings of the cottage. Will and I figured we were onto something we could manage within our budget if we heeded Carl’s advice to preserve as much as possible in the cottage, keeping it simple, maintaining the charm. Buoyed by our new found confidence we were eager to find a contractor who could help us execute this modest renovation.
Again, as luck would have it, finding the right contractor fell directly into place. Will had collaborated with a new local contractor, Jason Richardson, of J. Richardson Contracting LLC.
whom Annie Selke had retained for her latest home renovation project in Lenox, Massachusetts. She had brought in the renowned architect John Gilmer to head up the re-design. This renovation was no small under taking. Jason, who had recently formed his company and employed a crew of four men, was highly skilled and knowledgeable. Will was very impressed with the quality of Jason’s work, and that of his diligent crew. After wrapping up Annie’s renovation, Jason and his crew had begun to tackle another house renovation project for one of Will’s colleagues who also gave Jason and his team raves reviews. We were confident that Jason would turn out to be the perfect fit for our project.
We walked Jason through the cottage, damp, moldy basement and all.
He looked at our drawings and nodded as he listened to us explain some of our ideas. Jason was quick to point out where he could improve upon our plans, and prepared us to anticipate that some things may not be possible once he could look into things a little deeper. All in all he felt that the house was in fairly good shape on the interior and the structural improvements needed would not be complicated.
A week later Jason presented us his estimate- it was completely reasonable with allowances for details we hadn’t ironed out such as the kitchen and bath. After five months of thinking and rethinking this tiny cottage we were finally all systems go.