I would leave six stars if they were available. Shimi and his workers - sometimes five or six at a time - were meticulous and expert craftsmen, unfailingly considerate and careful. We wanted to find quality work at a fair price, and Shimi more than delivered. This was not an easy project either, because it changed as it went along and became still more complicated because of a major problem Shimi discovered during the work.
"I will summarize the entire project to give some idea of what was involved. We hired Shimon Rotches Construction after reading the reviews on Houzz. Our goals was to expand or possibly rebuild an aging wooden deck at our home in Pittsfield. Shimi came twice to examine the deck that was in place and was probably built on different occasions over the last forty years by previous owners of the house. We explained that we wanted to increase the depth of the deck by about four feet. After examining what was in place, he discouraged us from doing an add-on because there were reasons to doubt the solidity of what was there. We ultimately decided to rebuild from scratch. But Shimi cautioned us that because our land had a considerable number of boulders he could not be absolutely certain about the final dimensions because of some concern about creating the proper footing. In addition, he didn't like the look of the underside of the house where the deck was joined, but would not know until the current deck was completely removed.
As it turned out, once the existing deck was demolished, it was clear that we were going to need to do something about the foundation support for the house itself. The deck abutted a porch room that was an add-on to the house, and the supports for that add-on were inadequate. Wood had dry-rot, cement block foundations were skewed and detaching, the footing was not deep enough, and it was necessary to see more of what lay underneath. This became a second project. Shimi was ultra-cautious, consulting with an engineer and then supporting the porch room with three jacks as he removed the footing that was there, coated the underside of the porch room with insulation, built supports, and worked with us to choose the best type of footing to permanently support the entire back room. This delayed our deck, but was absolutely necessary. At every point we were explained various possibilities.
Once it was complete the deck was begun. But it was uncertain what materials we were going to use. We went to the supplier Shimi uses and selected TimerTech Azec decking. We also came up with an idea for a border. And we chose a railing that we liked (builder's rail, I believe it was called). It turns out that we had unerringly chosen some of the most expensive alternatives, so we had to renegotiate the price of the deck and payment terms. Even that did not cause unexpected problems. And the railing turned out to be a construction job in itself.
We ended up spending more than we expected but we knew that was because of what we wanted or what we needed. We were not paying for office overhead or automatic markups, and we saw the nature of the work on a day to day basis (and when we were away, Shimi kept us closely informed). We are looking forward to future projects!!
Shimi and his team did a wonderful job on our Kitchen renovation, new Entry Porch and Boot Room. The work involved structural repairs and new rough carpentry and framing, plumbing, heating, electrical, exterior roofing, fine carpentry and finish work. All pieces were all done beautifully. We look forward to using Shimi Rotches Construction again!
If there was an opportunity to leave more stars, we would. We could not have been any happier with Shimi and his entire team. We met with Shimi and two other contractors for consideration of our renovation. Immediately it was clear that Shimi was our choice. While the other contractors were busy focusing on things we likely "couldn't do", Shimi gave us confidence with everything that we COULD do. Once we committed to working with Shimi, we knew we made the best decision. He and his team are so incredibly professional. They are kind, courteous and keep the cleanest project site. Shimi was extremely communicative and was always available for us when we needed him. Whenever we came upon an issue with the house (it was built in 1825, so there are bound to be issues) he immediately found the solution. Best of all, he actually came in just BELOW budget! We cannot recommend Shimi enough, he is simply THE BEST!
Shimi and his crew do fantastic work. No question, you can see that he pays attention to details and takes pride in his craft. We were referred to him by a friend a few years ago after we had so many contractors never call us back, never finish their work, or give us ridiculous quotes. Shimi responded immediately to our call for help & since then has worked on several projects in our home. From installing doors & replacing windows to sheetrocking, painting, and the biggest job: a full remodel of our basement which included beautiful tile work & finish work. He has come up with more than one creative (& cost effective) solution for the unexpected. And being new to the area, he has shared valuable advice as we're learning how to prepare our home for snowy winters and damp summers near the lake. Can't recommend him any more highly!
Shimi is very reliable, professional and does high-quality work. He followed our requests diligently and accurately. He was honest in his work and knew exactly how to complete the job. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him to anyone for jobs big or small. And I plan to have him do other larger projects for me."
Shimi Rotches Construction worked on our House in Great Barrington. This work included a gut job to a bathroom as well as doing some kitchen work and merging two rooms. Working with Shimi was a positive expereince and I would give him a strong recomendation. Overall, I would say three things regarding his work.
1. The quality of the construction was high. In each room, he efficiently carried out our construction plan, with the final product meeting our high qualit expectations.
2. He is very responsive. Our house is a second home in Great Barrington. Despite our distance, we were fully kept in the loop with p the project. He regularly send videos and photos and the work completed. Whenever we got tp Great Barrington to visit, there were never any surprised.
3. His estimate was reasonable and accurate. The costs were in line with the initial expectation set. No hidden expenditures at the end.
Overall, working with Shimi was a positve experience and I highly recommend.
Nicest and most accommodating carpenter you'll ever meet. Shimone and his crew have worked on numerous projects at my home and I trust them completely. Great work at a fair price.
Excellent work. Worked on our home since 2011. Remodeled bathroom and attic just a few of the projects Shimi did
Shimon Rotches of Shimon Rotches Construction is a pleasure to deal with. Our project was to reconstruct and refinish our old ugly fireplace. He did an amazing job of making our vision come true. He kept us informed the whole way, and always showed up when he said he would. I would definitely use him again for other projects.
Shimi is a pro. Honest, hardworking, straightforward, knowledgeable, creative, problem-solver, pleasant and a good guy. He stepped into a difficult and time sensitive commercial project and did a great job."
Shimi and his crew are reliable, competitive and a pleasure to work with. Finished job on time and on budget.
I loved everything he did THE BEST GOOD WORK Everything is clean Thank you for everything If you need a job, this is the man