Ken Larsen's website - Contractors recommended by neighbors and friends


Category Recommendation(s) Date Made by
Appliance repair Tommy Crittenton 336-703-8730
March 10, 2020 Ken Larsen -"I hired Tommy to fix my Samsung washing machine.  It wouldn't drain.  Tommy fixed it in under an hour.
Appliance repair (refrigerator) Appliance Docktor 919-383-0557 June 2018 Robin Butler
Appliance repair YouTube November 9, 2018
Zoltan Ring:  Your best bet would be to google your washing machine model with symptoms on Youtube. The Appliance Pros have most excellent videos.  I repaired both washer and dryer following their instructions.
Auto repair Elite Auto Body May 4, 2018 Ken Larsen:  They did a fantastic job repairing my car after it got hit from behind.
Auto repair Auto Logic pre-2018 Boykin Bell:  Auto Logic specializes in imports.
Auto repair Al's Garage pre-2018 Boykin Bell
Bathroom remodel Nelson Fuentes <> May 20, 2019 Kristie Thompson
Bathroom remodel

Greg McGee - owns Piedmont Construction & Repair (919) 215-4952

May 20, 2018

Jane Provan:  We highly recommend Greg McGee who owns Piedmont Construction & Repair.  He masterminded our master bathroom's severe leakage issue with repairs under shower stall and ceiling below in entryway plus new tiled shower stall and flooring.  Greg has also done many smaller projects for us.  He believes in hiring the best sub-contractors he can find and is very communicative, on time, and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  

Bathroom remodel Craig Fox, May 19, 2019 Leslie Kelley:  We just had a great experience with Craig Fox who renovated our kitchen/dining/floors. We also added a custom bathroom vanity, staircase work, and exterior doors to the project. He worked everything in seamlessly. He brought carpenters to install desktops for us and front doors years ago. He has a team of 6 guys plus subs he has worked with for years. Everyone was really nice, very skilled, and the process was smooth. Craig was great with estimating actual costs, time, permits, and he was responsive with communication.  We were very pleased with the outcome.
Bathroom remodel Dave Schroeder 919-696-6301 March 2018 Alice Carlton (friend of Ken Larsen)
Bathroom, kitchen remodeling AMC Contracting January 2020 Philippe Chedaille on Longleaf
Bathroom, kitchen remodeling J.B. Buckley Construction 2018 May and Cotton Bryan
Bathroom, kitchen remodeling Bill Cederberg 2018 Lives in Briarcliff
Brick mason Stan Blevins masonry, 919-740-5770 May 16, 2019 Leslie Kelley
Brick mason Perez Joaquin 919-538-6276 May 16, 2019 Ty Hainsworth
Builder Fox General Contractors Anthony Edwards
December 9, 2019
Without hesitation, I recommend Fox General Contracting.  My wife and I hired them last summer to replace a porch with a new addition.

Craig Fox (cel: 336-264-6571) was recommended to me by neighbor Leslie Kelley.  I'm glad she did.  Craig is very good about estimating (expenses and a schedule) and communicating (I typically receive an e-mail from him on Sunday for the coming week's activities in addition to our as-needed in person meetings.)  He is very transparent with how he runs his business.  I feel very comfortable working with the him.

Working with Fox, I have come to realize that a typical builder doesn't have a ton of employees.  So, when you hire a builder, you are hiring them and their preferred subcontractors.  The Fox subcontractors have been timely and delivered quality work.  Also, the materials that Fox ordered for construction of our addition have all be quality materials.

In short, I am very happy with how Fox General Contracting has been. 
Our addition is close to finish; we will be occupying and decorating it within 30 days.
Chimney sweep and repair Chimneys Plus January 31, 2019 M Dexter
Computers Intrex 2013 Ken Larsen
Deck building James Austin of Austin Bros. Construction March 4, 2019 Ann Loftin "They built an awesome 12'x48' deck for me."
Deck repair Dave Kasper 919-225-5449 March 4, 2019 Michele Zembrow
Deck repair/replacement Francisco Plaza 919-593-7215 July 20, 2019  
Lynn Calder:  "Francisco Plaza has done fabulous work for us on two decks and a barn. He is professional, thorough, and concerned about “code” issues (important for decks!)."
Drainage issues, Plumbing Drain Express (Dicky is the owner of the company) April 28, 2019 John Morrison (friend of Ken Larsen)
Drainage issues Lindsley Waterproofing August 24, 2019 Sonny Turner
Driveway repaving R. J. Barbare’s Concrete Co May 26, 2019 Peggy Eckel and Bruce Henschel
Driveway repaving Cole Cement  919-942-7259 May 24, 2019 Jodi Bilinkoff
Duct Cleaning DUCTZ 2013 Ken Larsen
Electrician Lynn Carter and her son,
November 29, 2018 Michele Fletcher: Lynn Carter has done electrical work for us for years and we’ve been pleased. Her son now works with her.
Electrician Mike Kajcienski 919-201-2041 November 29, 2018 Michele Fletcher
Electrician TLR Electric January 24, 2017 Charlotte M
Electrician John Bauer <> October 24, 2018 Ty Hainsworth:  John Bauer lives at 601 Longleaf in our Briarcliff neighborhood.
Foundation repair Cornerstone Foundation Repair and Waterproofing March 2018  
Flooring Moon's Flooring in Mebane Feb 3, 2019 Mani Dexter:  Moon's flooring did some repairs for me and was able to match the repaired places with the existing flooring incredibly well.
French drains Landscape Logic Sept 17, 2018 Michele Rivkin-Fish
Gutter cleaning A-1 Gutter cleaning 919-929-0052 Feb 14, 2019 Erica Sparkenbaugh (on Emory Drive)
Gutter cleaning
Raintite Seamless Gutters
Jimmy Carver, Owner/Operator
919-967-8911 office
919-621-2211 cell
June 7, 2019 Rick Fahrer:  "I recommend Jimmy Carver for this work.  Jimmy is a retired CH firefighter and has been in this business for at least 25 years.  He will give you high quality work."
Gutter cleaning Pro Wash Exteriors  336-214-1500  Burlington May 31, 2019 Boykin Bell, Carol Miller
Gutter and roof cleaning Lewis Dailey cell: 252-532-8037 Feb 14, 2019 Rick Fahrer:  He has quite a few Colony Woods and Briarcliff customers.
Handyman John Bauer 919-923-6355 (lives at 601 Longleaf) April 2018 Ben Brown and others
Clif Crandell: 919-597-9726,
Dave Kasper: 919-225-5449
August 26, 2018 Michele Zembrow:  Clif does electrical work like attic fans, outside fixtures.
HVAC 6&Fix May 9, 2019 Dave Hunter.   The company motto is "Call Before 6PM And Get Your System Fixed The Same Day – Any Day, For The Same Price!"
HVAC Alternative Aire out of Durham 2018 Sha Shabin (August 8, 2018)
Boykin Bell (October 24, 2018)
HVAC Boer Brothers October 24, 2018 Boykin Bell, Volker Mueller
HVAC Happy Home Heating & Cooling
Service dept:  919-383-0158
October 17, 2018 Ken Larsen:  This company used to be Comfort Engineers, Inc.  They replaced my furnace and A/C in August of 2015.  They've been running fine ever since.  In October of 2018 I signed up for their annual service - $ 217.37/year.
HVAC Wake Heating & Air August 2018 Rick Fahrer
HVAC All Weather Heating & Cooling June 30, 2018 Linda Mews
HVAC BEAMCo II (Phillip and Andy) 919-724-8304 December 25, 2018 Marion Schoenbach
Internet, TV, phone provider AT&T August 21, 2018 Robin Hennessey Butler:  "We switched to AT&T/Direct TV a few years ago and have never looked back.  The internet fiber is faster and supports more people online at the same time without disruption."
Internet, TV, phone provider AT&T for fiber internet
BasicTalk for landline (phone)
August 24, 2018 Kim Manturuk: "We pay $90/mo. for fiber internet from AT&T. We pay $10/mo. for a landline through Basic Talk. We do not pay for television service." 
Internet, TV, phone provider Spectrum September 2018 Ken Larsen:  I'm happy with all the services provided by Spectrum, but not their price.  Currently I'm paying $ 193/month.  [details]
Landscaping Robert Caudill 919-717-9931 March 13, 2019 Jane Provan:  Robert put in French drains for us.
Landscaping Landscape Logic March 13, 2019 Michele Rivkin-Fish used Landscape Logic to improve her property's water drainage.  The owner grew up on Tinkerbell.
Landscaping Bountiful Backyards March 13, 2019 Tiffany Englert:  Bountiful Backyards have done a lot of storm water remediation.
Landscaping Poteat Landscaping 2016 Terry Crook
Lawn service
Chris Van Goethem Landshaping (CVG)
April 8, 2019 Robin Butler:  They do a lot of lot of lawns in the neighborhood.
Lawn service Banana Corp Lawns or email April 8, 2019 Ring Zolton
Painting Fernando's Custom Painting 919-650-9408 August 4, 2019 Lynn Calder:  "Fernando Martinez with Fernando' s Custom Painting LLC painted our entire house inside to prep it for sale. He was great and helped with colors and other suggestions, as well as some carpentry work, power wash, etc. Very reasonably priced, responsible, and reliable. I would definitely hire him and crew for work in the future.
Painting Huerta Brothers (‭919-427-6352‬) August 3, 2019

Wes Dain:  "We and 2 other neighbors have had good experiences with the Huerta Brothers (‭919-427-6352 - ask for David‬).  They do a good job, and are fast and friendly, all at the right price."

Painting Zarazua Painting March 16, 2019 Boykin Bell used Zarazua Painting for exterior painting and a new roof in the fall of 2018.
Painting Martin and his crew 919-621-1393 August 3, 2019 Michele Zembrow: "Martin and his crew are terrific and reasonably priced, though they tend to be very busy. Call in advance if you can."
Painting Morgan Paint Co. 919-967-3327 July 2018 Joseph Morgan
Plumber Brad Johnson Plumbing
November 9, 2018 Ken Larsen:  This company worked on a major sewer line repair at the house at the SW corner of Willow and LongLeaf.  [details]
Plumber John Pertschi 919-291-5071 January 31, 2019 Wes Dain
Plumber Carrboro Plumbing 919-265-4026 2010 S. T.
Plumber Whaley Brothers 919-489-3413 pre-2018 Terry C
Plumber Sparrow & Sons 919-942-5171 2008 Ken Larsen
Power generator for a house E&W Electric in Hillsborough  919-245-0200 October 13, 2018 John Morrison (friend of Ken Larsen):  "The generator they installed sends a notice to your phone when it goes on and also when it needs maintenance."  John lives in Chapel Hill's Coker Hills West neighborhood.  They've had quite a number of power outages, and John is glad he had a generator installed.
Roofing and gutters Baker Roofing of Raleigh  (reviews) April 26, 2019 Al Baldwin had them redo his roof in July of 2019.  Based on Al's feedback, Ken Larsen had them redo his roof at the end of December 2019.  Ken:  "They did an awesome job."  Ken:  "A gym buddy (Diane Pettifor) called Baker Roofing the "Rolls Royce" of roofing, but Diane eventually went with Jeff Bond Roofing because of the price."
Roofing Jeff Bond Roofing July 2019 Ken Larsen:  "A gym buddy (Diane Pettifor) had them redo her roof and was very pleased with the quality."
Roofing Bud Matthews Services July 2019 Ken Larsen:  "A gym buddy (John Morrison) had them redo his roof in 2018.  He was pleased with the quality and the price."
Roofing and gutters Consolidated Building Systems February 10, 2017 Charlotte M
Tire Replacement, oil changes (car) Alfa y Omega Tire Center
1118 Old Greensboro Road
March 23, 2017 a friend of Ken Larsen reports great service and low prices
Tree work Treeist November 26, 2018 Michele Fletcher: "They have taken down several trees, trimmed others and gotten rid of a host of invasive vines, including Chinese wisteria. Extremely professional and good prices."

Amy Lewis
Tree work Brad Haus 919-830-1889 November 26, 2018  
Virginia Tompkins:  "Local guy. Grew up in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Lives in Carrboro.  He has done work for us several times---big trees and random limbs and branches that needed it, ground out the stumps. Does a really good job. Does what he says he will, when he says he will. Cleans up after he's done. Highly recommend him."
Tree work Bruce Paden, the Arborist January 8, 2020 Ken Larsen:  On January 8, 2020 the Arborist team remove about 15 trees from my property to keep those trees from shedding debris onto to the new roof that I just had Baker Roofing install.  They were very methodical and did an awesome cleanup job, and their their work all in one day.  Kudos to them.

For stump grinding, Bruce Paden recommends Sam Garrett 336-525-9995.  His business is Mr. Stumpgrinder.

For tree planting, Bruce Paden recommends Matthew Arnsberger 919-423-4253.
Tree work Bill Gaddy pre-2018  
Water Heater replacement Your Man Friday November 11, 2018 Michele Zembrow:  Norman from Your Man Friday replaced my water heater in 2012.  He was prompt, reliable, and was recommended by Weaver Street Realty folks.
Water Heater replacement John Bauer 919-923-6355 (lives at 601 Longleaf) November 11, 2018 Ty Hainsworth:  John Bauer is also a very good option for plumbing.  He replaced our water heater for a very reasonable cost.  He purchased it from Lowes for us and passed along his 5% discount.
Window washing Pro Wash Exteriors July 8, 2019 Michele Zembrow:  "At least one of the brothers in Luis Rodrigues’ family, who did gutter cleaning for several neighbors recently, does window cleaning."





If you need a major renovation, you'll need a building permit.  [Town of Chapel Hill residential building permit process]


To get a building permit, you'll need a licensed general contractor.  [North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors]



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