brownstone door replacementI’ve been meaning to give a general shout out for the carpender/woodworker who helped us with our vestibule. Doug Merrifield email@example.com +1 (718) 928-8085 Doug worked with us first to restore an antique oak door and build a custom door frame. This door is the interior door for the entryway. He created custom moldings to our specifications for the door frame and the baseboards in our small vestibule and mixed stains to come up with the exact color we wanted. We also had him build a custom transom window for above this door. His work is meticulous. In phase two, Doug stripped and repaired our original exterior door which was in very poor condition, added new moldings and sealed and repaired our exterior door frame. And then repainted the door using oil base paint. We are thrilled with the results. Doug does work slowly, but the results are well worth the care he brings to the task. And his pricing seemed very reasonable to us.
Recommendation: Exceptional Carpentry/finish workI just wanted to post a recommendation for Doug Merrifield, a Park Slope dad an incredibly skilled carpenter whom we found on PSP. He meticulously tackled a number of complex projects in our home, from taping/mudding a very intricate skylight well to perfection (with many angles) to finish woodwork to reframe and hang doors that had far more complexity that any door frames should present! Doug's work is truly exceptional, and he additionally was a pleasure to have in our home, and fairly priced. His work will last a lifetime, it's clear, and it's his sort of attention to detail that makes our house a home. I know Doug had tackled a number of kinds of projects in the neighborhood and already has PSP reviews on the website. No affiliation, just wanted to add to the chorus of fans.
(no subject)I recently hired Doug Merrifield, a local carpenter and park slope parent, to build two custom radiator covers. He set and kept an appointment, gave me a binding estimate within 24 hours, had the work completed quickly, and delivered meticulously crafted covers. Doug took careful measurements, was thoughtful about design and was precise about installation. We considered using a contractor in the neighborhood, but never would have gotten the attention and quality that we did with Doug. He truly created pieces that fit in our home. Doug?s portfolio of work also showed custom furniture, cabinets, shelving units, etc. I highly recommend him and will definitely contact him for my next project. His number is 718-965-3932.
(no subject)We have hired Doug on two separate occasions - the first was for something rather detailed, complicated and time consuming. The second was for various things that we could not do ourselves. On both occasions he kept appointments, turned around quick estimates, was responsive, had excellent judgment on decisions and was helpful in the design process. He is professional and quite talented. The best part however, is the finished product. In both cases they were meticulously and beautifully done!! We recommend him highly and will contact him for our next project.
(no subject)We have hired Doug on two occasions. Both times his work was done meticulously and the finished products were beautiful. He is professional, detail oriented, hard working and creative - his imagination regarding our projects thankfully exceeded ours! He was helpful in the design process and his work shines in our home. We recommend him highly and will undoubtedly be contacting him again.
Doug is the bestDoug's work is topnotch--well-designed, high quality, and built to last. He is great to work with--smart, considerate, reliable. He does projects for a fair and reasonable price, in a reasonable time frame. He will listen to what you want, and work with you to get the best solution. You would have to look hard to find a contractor with as much integrity and craft ability as Doug has--and you won't find someone better. I recommend him without reservation. Hire this man--you will be delighted by him and his work.
(no subject)Doug was very easy to work with and understood what we wished for- design and budget wise. He was very considerate to work around our schedule. As the project progressed Doug would suggest new aesthetic and functional ideas that would work best in our small space. We really appreciated that. The materials he uses are of the highest quality. He especially goes out of his way to find the best quality and most importantly correct materials for the specific project. His craftsmanship is superior. Our deck is the most sturdy, well-made deck I've ever seen--and on top of it, simple (in the best way) and beautiful. We cannot wait to use it this spring and summer! We definitely recommend him for any woodworking projects.
(no subject)We recently hired Doug for 2 jobs at our place. We had some water damage to a ceiling which needed extensive patching and needed a ceiling fixture replaced involving dual pole wiring. Doug was a true professional every step of the way. He gave us a competitive estimate within a day and worked with our fairly rigid schedule to get the job done (even coming in on a Sunday). He was efficient, friendly and got the job done with no mess left behind. I've had some pretty poor experiences with handymen in the past and am excited to have found Doug. We will have a couple of other jobs within the next few months and will not hesitate to use him again. Highly recommend! (Jan. 2009)
Review for HandymanDoug installed some beautiful custom bookshelves in our home this spring and we are extremely satisfied with his work. He is absolutely meticulous about precision and craftsmanship and approaches every project thoughtfully and with great problem-solving abilities. Our project was particularly challenging because the bookshelves had to fit an odd-shaped space (triangular!), but Doug found excellent and aesthetically pleasing solutions to every design challenge. He was always on time and extremely conscientious about keeping the workspace as clean as possible and cleaning up after himself before he left for the day. He was also very considerate about working around our kids, their schedules, our houseguests (!), and making sure nothing potentially hazardous was left behind. Finally, he brought us into the decision-making at each stage to be sure we would be happy with the overall result. I couldn’t recommend Doug more highly to anyone who wants custom cabinetry installed. He is a true professional and a true craftsman.
(no subject)We have hired Doug a number of times for different types of work in our apartment. He is meticulous, his work is of the highest standards and, very important to us, he made sure that our home was spotless every night during the time he was working. As a result, we did not feel that we were in the middle of major construction activities, although he did help us substantially improve our home. Moreover, we have found Doug to be reliable and flexible. Doug offered to work around our daughters' nap schedule even before we could bring this up ourselves. Doug's first job for us involved filling an opening in the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, a light fixture and painting. Doug made sure to use the right materials, including interior metal wall framing and water-based paint. Doug's craftsmanship and attention to detail were very impressive. Furthermore, we felt reassured that Doug would tell us if there was something that would be outside his expertise (e.g. major plumbing for which we retained a plumber). We then retained Doug to install low-voltage spots in our ceiling and to replace built-in shelves. Doug again did an amazing job and helped us save money by suggesting the right materials, in particular the wood for the shelves. We love the resulting improvements to our home and will hire him again the future for any other work. In short, we are very happy with Doug and highly recommend him for any work you may be considering to improve your home. (April 2010)
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