Don’t ever hire this guy! I thought for a long time before writing this post but decided I would. My wish is to prevent someone else from going through what we have.
Our upstairs remodel became a nightmare when our contractor walked off the job on September 21. Unfortunately we payed out more money then the actual work complete. There was a minimum of 2-3 weeks more work to complete.
Even though 90% of budget cost was paid out he walked because we refused to pay more money until more work was finished.
What a mess! When he abandoned the project the plumbing and electrical didn’t meet code, plumbing to the bathroom not finished, floor unfinished, no door or window trim. Electrical boxes hung below ceiling grade and not’s forget no lights upstairs.
Since the plumbing and electrical didn’t meet code we had to hire another contractor to not only replace the work he did but to reinstall and finish.
His name is Tom (Dwaine) Coffman. He presented his company as being CSS Construction. Born and raised in Boubonnaise. IL. He resided on Cove street until recently relocating to Frankfort, IL. He moved into a townhouse, with his girlfriend, Kristie on Frankfort Square.
At first I though he was a good carpenter, but, that turned out not to be true. Temperamental outbursts were often and he was VERY thinned skin.
I mentioned the lights (2) didn’t look even. He responded…
“you said the lights aren’t level. Your roof isn’t level and you lied!”
We cut an opening in the dry way (guest room) to gain storage space. He replied…
“You step in and cut holes in MY wall and are uneven. What the fu.k is that?”
The day he walked he texted me…
“All I needed was the extra money and he (hubs) refused to give me my money that might work for someone else so there’s your credit sweetie (work not done) you got what you desired).
We took them out to lunch and the next day walked out…
“If I’d of known that was our last supper…..”
They were negligent…
We took Minnie out for a weekend and gave them access to our home. When we returned, after 4 days we found a box fan running on to of a bed and a floor A/C unit also.
We were lucky to come and find our home not burnt down.
I’m in the process of filing a small claims case against him but I am having difficulties finding his address. Hub sand I will be doing a stake out soon.
Things we’ve learned…
Never pay more than a 30% deposit.
A legitimate company will never force you to pay in full for “add ons”, ie. installation of new plumbing.
Never, ever, feel like you are in to too because it can only get worse.
If your feeling uncomfortable in your own home something seriously is wrong.
Ask for referrals before using anyone and ask to see their work!
Know the building codes in your area, such as size of piping for water lines, conduit vs coaxial cable.
Sorry there’s no pretty pictures but please spread the word about this thief. This is just the tip of the iceberg of how unethical and what shoddy work he does.