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Don’t Let a Good Contractor Get Away

When you own an old house, it’s extra tough to find a reliable, honest, trust-worthy contractor that “gets it” and will love and respect your old house, but I found one.

And now I’m worried about losing him.

Yesterday I got a call from David Strickland, who is *the* contractor that did most of the work on our home in Colonial Place. He truly is one of the most skilled craftsmen I’ve ever encountered. In addition to his 30 years of experience, he’s incredibly gifted and talented and just has a real “vision” for this work.

He’s not just a carpenter who can patch things together, but a true artisan in every sense of the word, and I don’t say that lightly.

As a nice bonus, he’s one of the most honest men I’ve ever known.  If I had a single complaint about David, it would be this: He does not charge enough for his work.

Yesterday, David told me that his phone has stopped ringing and he’s going to have to make some hard choices soon if work doesn’t start up again.

Two years ago, he did a $100,000+ room addition for a friend of mine, and she was thrilled with the quality of the work. And it was a beautiful job. Whether it’s a room addition or a few shelves, he does it all. He’s licensed and insured, and it’d be a sin to lose him to another line of work. He’s too talented and too honest to lose.

If you’d like to see samples of his work, scroll on down. He’s done so much work for us, and I’ve never met another contractor who comes close to this level of quality.

His name is David Strickland and his number is 237-6492. I hope you’ll give him a call.

David installed all the new windows in our house, including these in the kitchen. He did a first-class job.

David installed a dozen new windows in our house, including these windows in the kitchen. He did a first-class job, and meticulously cleaned up everything when he was done.

Theres more than 250 linear feet of crown molding on this little house, built and DESIGNED by David Strickland.

There's more than 250 linear feet of crown molding on this little house, built and DESIGNED by David Strickland.

Another view of the little house. And yes, thats a slate roof. It has a floored attic and five little windows.

And yes, that's a slate roof. It has a floored attic and five little windows.

David redid our bathroom too, and he did a fantastic job.

David redid our bathroom too, and he did a fantastic job. It was a mess of 1980s beige and 12-inch tile and he restored it to its former beauty (1920s era).

The bathroom became my favorite room in the house!

The bathroom became my favorite room in the house!

Another view of our perfect bathroom.

Another view of our perfect bathroom.

And David built this custom fence around our yard.

And David built this custom fence around our yard.

The side-yard fence - also by David.

The side-yard fence - also by David.

Give David a call at 237-6492.

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  1. Donna Bakke
    August 5th, 2011 at 18:40 | #1

    Hey Rose-

    You could do a review on Angie’/s list and maybe the better business bureau so when people check those resources, he’ll have glowing reviews!

  2. Pat L.
    August 8th, 2011 at 00:53 | #2

    Hi, I know how you feel. Fortunately business has picked up a bit for my team. Wish I had more work to go around. You might want to include his area code for those of us in the area. I hope things turn around for all their sakes.

  3. August 9th, 2011 at 14:18 | #3

    Hi Rose. Do you happen to live in the Chicago area? I wanted to know if you might be interested in doing a program about Sears Homes for our organization. If not, do you know of any other experts in the area?

  4. Laura
    August 13th, 2011 at 14:11 | #4

    Rose- we are looking for someone to do some work on our Sears farmhouse- where is David located?

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