I recently contracted In the Mind's Eye Contracting to develop my basement. From the very start, the project went smoothly.
The first step was finding a quality contractor. I searched through the Better Business Bureau and found John Csuhany of In the Mind's Eye Contracting. The next step was the contract. It was well written and very detailed and we sat down and went through it and he made sure I understood all aspects of the project ahead. We discussed the work schedule, the suppliers and the payment terms. He suggested different options for design and products. He proved to be knowledgeable, creative and experienced. All that was left to do now was pick out my materials from the vendor list he supplied me and get to work. Throughout the project, John was very good at keeping me up to date on the schedule of work and how it was progressing. He always advised me which subcontractors/trades would be in my home and on what days and times they would be there. They all treated my home with care and respect. As with any project, things come up and when they did he dealt with them immediately and effectively. Progress payments, as outlined in his contract, were on schedule. The invoicing was clear with copies of receipts attached for any extras, which were minimal and I was informed of. Any changes after the contract was signed were discussed in detail and a change order was written up for authorization before proceeding. All work performed on my home was on the up and up.
If you are thinking of hiring this contractor, then you will be in good hands and can rest assured that you will get a quality job done, on time, on budget and with no hassles. You get what you pay for and I got my monies worth. In an industry where you hear so many horror stories, I am glad to say this was definitely not the case.
I strongly recommend "In the Mind's Eye Contracting".
We would highly recommend John to anyone for many reasons: He does absolutely top notch work, he provides excellent ideas, he keeps an open line of communication with us at all times, he was personally at our home every day, he hires top notch contractors, he really listens and cares about what we want, the work site was kept very clean, he started on time, and finished within the time frame and on budget - including doing the changes and additions we requested. We would hire John again in a heartbeat and highly recommend him! If you want a top notch job with a contractor who is pleasant to work with and who really cares then In the Minds Eye Contracting is for you!
John does good work on agreed timelines and strives to present a professional face to the customer I would hire him again.
Four-Stage Renovation Project
In 2009 I hired John Csuhany from Minds Eye Contracting to start the first of a four-stage renovation project on my 70 year old home. Over the ensuing four years, I found John to be open, honest, and enthusiastic about sharing my vision of the finished project. He understood fully the look and style of the era I was aiming for and helped achieve it through his knowledge of suppliers, his craftsmanship, his sub-contractors and his high standards.
John worked within my budget. The lines of communication were always open. Any added expense was always discussed first and agreed upon. There were never any surprises. I found John to be a very good problem-solver in dealing with an old home and the challenges that it sometimes presented.
The custom work is one of the things that gives the house its unique look. John and his team achieved this through the built-in bookshelves, the tile work in the bathroom and kitchen, the refinishing of the original hardwood floors, and all of the woodwork that went into the window casings and doorframes.
My experience working with John was both rewarding and educational. I wouldn't hesitate to hire John again or to recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good, reliable, professional contractor.
Garage upgrade/completion - drywall, insulation, radiant heater installation, pony panel, lighting and electrical installation to facilitate a woodworking shop.
Job went very well, all my expectations of services that should be provided by a good General Contractor were met, and then some.
Communications were timely, descriptive and I appreciated the fact that I was informed of the cost increase of a lighting product recommended to better meet my light requirement before the fixtures were purchased.
John took the time to understand what I wanted and delivered, Thank you John
We had never hired a contractor before and after hearing so many horror stories we had major reservations. I found In the Minds Eye Contracting on Handy Canadian. Much to my surprise they exceeded all expectations. We had a basement bathroom renovated along with a small playroom (maybe future den or office). The quality of workmanship and level of courteous was great. I will keep them in mind with future renovations.
Tub and Tile Installation
We had a tub and tile surround put in a main-floor bathroom. John informed me of the provincial 'Hiring a Contractor' rules, and then stuck to them. He sent photos of similar work to help us consider designs and gave good input into what different choices would look like. He took time to inform me of enough details to allow me to make informed decisions. He was willing to source and pick up items, or let me do that when I chose to. I liked the team approach. He paid close attention to keeping our house functional for us and worked hard to keep inconveniences to a minimum. His subcontractors were also friendly, courteous and good at their job. John did not hesitate to take down a bit of the work of one sub and redo it when it wasn't to his standard. All in all, a good experience. We will recommend and use John again.
Workmanship Was Excellent
John Csuhany of In The Minds Eye Contracting was excellent to work with. I was probably was one of his more difficult customers to work with. Yet, John was always courteous and did his best to do the work within my time limits. The workmanship was excellent and I would use TMEC again in the future without hesitation.
John did a wonderful job with my bathroom reno. He kept me informed of delays and if something did not seem right he contacted me right away to get my opinion. When I made changes to the original plans he was very accommidating, so when he was finished we were very happy with the results. If I need more work done I will call him first.
John Csuhany from In the Minds Eye Contracting organized and executed the completion of my basement during the latter part of January and early February. He was prompt and courteous with constructive feedback and adjustments to the plans I had set up. He really helped bring my vision into a reality. His crews were organized and respectful of the fact that we had two children at home under the age of 3, cautious to leave the main floor untouched and hallways free from obstruction. John stuck to the prices quoted on the contract and was very upfront about any changes and/or amendments that needed to be made based on changes made throughout the finishing process. He was concerned about client satisfaction throughout and continuous asked if there was anything we would like to change or anything that needed to be addressed. He was on time and diligent in ensuring that we got the basement we wanted. It looks great. I would recommend In the Minds Eye Contracting to anyone, especially those with busy young families who are concerned about the normal disruption caused by home renovation projects. Thanks again John.
Ensuite and Shared Bathroom Renovation
We hired In the Minds Eye to renovate our ensuite and a shared bathroom in our home. John from In the Minds Eye was quite courteous and professional during the quoting stages through to the completion of the job. He took care to ensure we were always informed and comfortable with the process and he worked to minimize the impact renos often have on a family's day to day life. The job was finished on time (early in fact), within budget and we truly couldn't be happier with the outcome. We would happily recommend John and In the Minds Eye to anyone interested in having some work done to their homes.
Ted and Amanda Eccleston
Pleased With Communication and Quality of Work
Strathcona Management Agency has dealt with In The Minds Eye Contractor for the past ten years and have always been pleased with the communication and quality of work. They have shown fair pricing and work has been done in a timely manner. I would recommend this company to all clients interested in repairs or full renovations.
Dick B., CAO
Garage Storage Space
It is with great pleasure that I recommend John from In the Minds Eye Contracting. I contacted John for a small reno project to turn a crowded & hard to reach attic on top of a detached garage into easily-accessible storage space. John scheduled an appointment with me and showed up on time. He was quick to recommend cheap alternatives to what I had in mind, which I really appreciated. It was nice to see a contractor that was not afraid to propose cost-saving options.
Once John realised that I was serious about this project and that I did want all the bells & whistles, he quickly came on board and recommended other improvements to my initial plan. He then produced a very clear contract with all the costs clearly laid-out. The work was completed on time and within the budget, with very good communication throughout the project.
My wife and I are very pleased with the final result. John worked diligently on this project and all the subcontractors he employed also met his high level of professionalism.
I had the pleasure of contracting John, from "In the Mind's Eye Contracting" and I cannot tell you enough how pleased I was with his service. John was very professional, handled the difficulties that came up with the job nicely, and provided his insight on creative matters to make my basement remodel/finish look absolutely amazing. John finished the job ahead of schedule and on budget (actually a little less from his estimate on materials!).
John worked on a daily basis at my home, which required me to leave him with a key to my house and I felt very comfortable doing this with him. Everyday when I arrived home, John had left me a note letting me know the status of the project, he cleaned up very nicely everyday so as not to interfere with my regular home life ( I have a 3 year old, so this was very important ). I also expressed concern for my little guy and dust, dirt and drywall dust floating around, John took extra care and had the right equipment so that I didnt even notice dust anywhere else in the home, I was thrilled!
John did a complete finish of my basement, from top to bottom. He ran into some difficulties with poor conditions left from the previous builder. John handled this with ease, fixed what was required and didn't increase the cost of my contract. John took care of all the details from design, to product selection, to delivery and installation. I could not be happier with the job that John did to finish my home, he is a master craftsmen and went over and above what was required to ensure that everything turned out perfect.
In this day and age, quality, craftsmanship, price and professionalism is very hard if not impossible to come by, John and "In the Minds Eye Contracting" are all of these and I would highly recommend his services to anyone for any job!
Thank you John, for the excellent work, professionalism and great design idea's! you have a very very happy customer!
Installation of Ducted Range Hood
I was completely satisfied with the timely installation of a ducted range hood in my older home. The work was completed within a reasonable timeframe, respectful of my budget, and performed in a professional manner. I was very happy with the results!
I would be happy to recommend John and crew of In The Minds Eye Contracting to family and friends.- their workmanship and can-do attitude made my project a reality!
Our commitment is to your peace of mind before, during and after the construction process. Our business offers all necessary services from start to finish including design, procurement of permits and engineering as required. All our trades persons or renovation professionals are chosen for the high quality of their proven workmanship and reliability.
We fully guarantee all workmanship and materials as per contract. You are provided with a detailed contract that is along recommended guidelines put forth by Alberta Consumer Affairs. All necessary Licensing, Liability and WCB coverage is carried by the Company for your protection. We are bonded and are BBB members.
Our primary concern is your comfort in knowing you have hired a reputable and reliable contractor that will perform the work and manage the project to your expectations. Please contact us to arrange a consultation and visit our website for a detailed viewing of our references and portfolio.
We offer complete basement development and remodel services including fireplace installs. Our basements reflect the finest workmanship and services from a general contractor available.
Our customer bathroom references show we are second to none, planning anything from a simple cosmetic remodel to a full custom development to create your dream bath, we have the experience and resources to make it a reality.
As full service general contractors we are your one stop remodel and new development professionals. Our service and workmanship is second to none and is reflected in our many references. We also offer design services and our cost plus options can be offered to fit any requirement.
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