We’re proud of this letter to Holmes on Homes!
Dear Mr. Holmes,
Like you I write for the Globe, but on science.
I'm also a North York Suburbanite who's just had an en-suite renovation.
You must get foam-at-mouth letters from people with horror stories.
Mine was the opposite: My contractor's a gem.
He's a smart, quiet Romanian who's dead honest and whose work is like a Swiss watch. He gave me a turnkey price on the renovation and when I said I'd get the hardware he shrugged and said, 'My quote stands. Just deduct what you pay from the total.' How, I asked him, did he know I wouldn't buy gold-plated everything and leave him with $1.98? Shrug. 'I trust you.'
He and his crew were here every day, all day, from start to finish.
When his window sub was late and then left the job half-done, he worked all weekend to clean it up before the painters arrived.
When I asked if he had any ideas for a baseboard, he nodded and said nothing; I arrived home that night to find he'd cut and installed floor tiles around the circumference of the room to a height of 4", exactly matching the shower base.
The tile work was done to fractions of a millimetre and the whole effect is fabulous.
His name's Dumitru Paraschiv, his firm is Emergency Plumbing, and he's at 647-402-7382.
PS. Love your common sense and technical knowledge - I worked for the National Research Council's Division of Building Research and boy, have you got the fundamentals right!
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