I wholeheartedly recommend Robert Bauer Building Contractors for any home building or remodeling project. Bob and his team built our custom home on Smith Mountain Lake, and we have been thoroughly pleased with the home as well as with Bob and his people.
We selected Bob from six other contractors for several reasons. First he had exceptional recommendations from those who had used his services, including from several whose opinions we strongly valued. Second, his bid and proposal presentations were thorough and detailed, and he was willing to commit to a fixed-price on much of the job. Naturally, there were components where our requirements or our material choices were not yet fully known, and those were on an allowance or cost-plus basis. The bottom-line was that we felt we knew upfront the costs involved. And in fact, except for areas where we opted for a more expensive approach or material, where we added or changed requirements, or where we experienced "fact of life" increases such as storm drainage issues, Bob's estimates were remarkably close to what we actually experienced.
As the job progressed, Bob's team kept us closely informed as to their progress. We were not residing in the area during construction, so this was very important to us and allowed us to be sure we were on-site during critical times when eyes-on decisions were needed. Bob's process of progress payments was clear and fairly administered.
I was particularly impressed with Bob's supplier flexibility during the building phase. On several occasions, we were not thrilled with the options provided by local suppliers and sought sources outside the area. For example, we wanted solid core, custom Lyptus doors finished to match the custom cabinets. We found a vendor online that appeared to meet our requirements. Bob performed due diligence on this supplier's quality and reliability. He also coordinated with the cabinet maker to provide the finish "recipe" to the door manufacturer who provided a sample. Once we were satisfied of the match, Bob ordered the doors, tracked their progress and insured their timely delivery and installation. We went through the same process for entrance way and garage doors and again, a flawless execution.
I'd be remiss if I didn't also comment on Bob's selection of subcontractors. Bob's been here for a while and has local information superiority. His selection of subs was experience-driven, and while they might not have been the "lowest bidders", they were the "best value" choices...exactly what we wanted.
As to schedule, there are a lot of moving pieces in building a custom home. Bob managed them as best as they could be, and once all requirements were nailed down, he provided an occupancy forecast that proved to be spot on. I'll admit that during the construction "heat of battle", I had my doubts, but I was pleasantly surprised when it all came together as he had forecast.
We've been in our home now for over a year and there have had remarkably few post-construction issues, but whenever we've had a problem, Bob fixed it. Moreover, he's been very responsive, reacting to issues even on weekends if required. No question, Bob's warranty is rock-solid.
Were we to build another home in this area, we'd select Bob to build it.