Having completed several renovations in the past I approached the selection of our contractor with the belief that I was familiar with the ups and downs that accompanied the partnership. Ralph Cataldo and his team exceeded my expectations on every level. There were the numerous challenges: an ambitious time frame that was pushed to aggressive when council approvals were delayed (the result of council vagaries, not the fault of builder or architect), the fact that we live in Hong Kong and I could only make a few visits back, and finally dealing with budget and project management with a 12-13 hour time difference and far away client.
The Cataldo team delivered the project on time, I was kept completely informed of the building progress through regular pictorial updates, and any budget variances were well documented and discussed ahead of time with options presented. Neighborhood issues were kept to a minimum with the team's focus on keeping a clean site and sensitivity to any surrounding impact. Given we were managing from afar, the architect/builder relationship needed to be a smooth one and in this respect I believe both Hutker Architects and Cataldo Builders were pleased with the relationship that developed-- again making it an easy process for us to manage.
The professionalism and responsiveness of the group has been impressive. They take pride, as they should, in a job well done and want a client to be happy with their new home. In summary, I can't recommend Cataldo Builders any higher and would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have in regards to our experience.
Alison Blasch & Jayunti Bajpai