Steve did an amazing job with my floors. Not only did the floors come out great, but Steve and his crew were extremely flexible and worked around the schedules of several other contractors working around my house on other things to get the job done in a timely fashion. Best of all, his prices were extremely fair, and he is upfront with all the costs and there is never any changing the original quote. Lastly, the attention to detail with the little odds and ends were done with no extra cost because Steve is a professional committed to excellent work. Do yourself a favor and call him, you'll be glad you did!
Engineered Hardwood floors and baseboards.
Area Carlsbad, CA
Cost $3,000 - $4,999
Date May 2016
Posted: 6/09/2016 • Link to this review
Steve worked on our home a few years ago (I haven't had a chance to post a review until now). He installed our laminate floors, carpet, and baseboards. He did a wonderful job and was reasonably priced too. We had not painted the baseboards yet and were planning on painting them after Steve installed them. Steve strongly recommended us to paint them before installing them but we didn't really have time to do this. He offered to paint them for us and did not charge us to do so! This was a lot of time and effort on his part and we can't even express our appreciation. I would hire him again in a heartbeat! Thanks Steve and sorry for the delay in posting this.
Posted: 9/03/2012 • Link to this review
I am a very precise and picky person who has had my fair share of losers work for me, but....I was more than pleased with his work. Unbelievably patient and precise with his work. Customized base boards, painted, notched them out for cords,you name it he did it. My house is crooked because it's old but you would never know it. Highly recommended....
Posted: 7/15/2012 • Link to this review
I decided to ask Steve Straughn for an estimate on my recent flooring project (April 2012) because of all his outstanding reviews on Kudzu. On his first visit I was impressed by his professionalism, his knowledge, and his "can-do" attitude. I obtained four estimates and chose Steve, not only because his pricing was good, but because none of the others could match the comfort level I had with him. Steve did a wonderful job installing wood floors throughout most of my home, including the stairs and upstairs hallway. He also retiled my master bathroom and installed new baseboards in every room. And he installed new hall closet doors and arranged for repainting all my walls and the installation of three new light fixtures. The end product is gorgeous. It really looks like a whole new place. On top of doing great work, Steve was very easy to work with. He was extremely helpful in the materials selection process and gave me some good advice. He referred me to sources I didn't know about and I was very happy with the vendor I chose. He was flexible in working around my schedule, was always on time, cleaned up every day, kept me informed, and worked quickly. I could tell that Steve took great pride in his work. He paid attention to every detail and wanted everything to be perfect. It is rare to find that quality these days. I highly recommend Steve Straughn to anyone considering new flooring, without reservation.
Posted: 7/15/2012 • Link to this review
Steve installed a hardwood floor in our house in June, 2012. I would have to say that he is the best contractor I have ever worked with. He called every day to give me an update on the project. His work quality was exceptional. I would give him the highest possible recommendation
Posted: 6/30/2012 • Link to this review
Steve is a self-made, punctual craftsman with excellent work ethic and an eye for detail. Steve returned my call right away and set up a time to come in to do a free estimate. He llistened carefully to my wishlist, offered suggestions on ideas I was unsure about, and prior to leaving, expressed with sincerity his wish to do the work. I had such a good feeling from my first impression of Steve that I did not waste my time getting any more bids. I wanted Steve to do the work. After seeing his estimate, my husband and I decided the price was fair and we hired him. Steve and his team installed 1800 sf of engineered hickory hardwood flooring, including stairs, and 200 sf of ceramic tile in our home. His team consisted of two apprentices for the wood floors, a seasoned tile mason and a drywaller. Drywall was an unexpected trade to incorporate. When Steve removed the carpet from the stairs, he saw that where the existing drywall met the subfloor (plywood), there were gaps that the carpet was able to mask, but a finished hardwood tread (crisp lines) would not. So he called in the drywaller to repair the holes. As a result, the entire stairwell needed to be repainted. It was a small added cost in relation to the overall project, so we decided to do it. The hickory stairs are a masterpiece that have become a focal point in our entryway.
Posted: 4/19/2012 • Link to this review
Steve put down wood floors and baseboards in our house. He and his crew did an excellent job, and we get many compliments on our floors, and baseboards. He even found the same floors we picked, at a lower cost. I would recommend him to family and friends without hesitation.
Posted: 1/03/2012 • Link to this review
I hired Steve on the spot to install wood floors and travertine floors in my new house after reading all of the reviews on Kudzu. He showed up on time to the estimate. Steve's communication is amazing--he e-mails and returns phone calls within 24 hours. Steve was extremely patient as the close of escrow for my place was delayed by many weeks but he stood by me and was able to fit me in! His tile guys did great work and I love my travertine floors in the bathrooms. Hardwood floors were installed in the entire downstairs and they are amazing! Impeccable work, great attention to details (I am an extremely anal person and Steve did not miss a beat). The transition strip he created between the wood floor and the travertine tile to my half bath is seamless as well as the moldings along the fireplace and door ways. The price for the amount of work that Steve did cannot be beat. I recommended him to my mom and she hired him right away after seeing my place. She also had hardwood floors put in. Steve did wood floors in her family room, living room, and dining room. Steve ran into some trouble with her tiled entry way (the entry way was done by someone else years ago) and Steve was able to figure out a solution. My mom is as anal as I am and she was impressed with his work. There was a little bit of damage done to existing tile between the living room and dining room but Steve was able to remedy it and overall, she is happy. I'm very pleased with his work and so his my mom!
Posted: 8/15/2011 • Link to this review
Steve Straughn just installed Brazilian Redwood floors in our house. He did an excellent job. He is a pleasure to work with. He is reliable and efficient. I highly recommend him and will use him again in the future. His tile guy, Dan, tiled our floors and fireplace downstairs last month, installing Italian travertine. Dan did a fantastic job. Great crew. Good people to work with. Great value! What more can you ask for?! D & J, Chula Vista, CA
Posted: 7/16/2011 • Link to this review
My wife and I thoroughly researched many contractors to install strand woven engineered bamboo in our home. We came across Steve's excellent reviews on Kudzu so we called to meet him, and get a quote for the job. After talking with Steve we were so impressed that we hired him to do the work. Obviously, with hardwood flooring to be installed in our entire house, including stairs, we were a little anxious to say the least. It took us only a few hours watching Steve work to put our minds at ease. He worked methodically and efficiently with confidence over the weeks the floor was being installed. Steve met some situations with flooring and walls that were not level, but found ways to fix and improvise. It amazed us how well he could adjust to situations that just didn't go "by the book". Steve has impeccable patience and a very calm demeanor, making him easy to communicate with, and for getting the job done the right way and the way we wanted. Most important, Steve took the same pride in our home that he would take in his own, which is very rare these days. He did many little extras that just made for a beautiful installation. We are so happy with our new floor and the quality of work that it shows, and feel fortunate to have found someone as talented as Steve. He will be doing more work for us in the future.
Posted: 7/14/2011 • Link to this review
Based on the positive reviews here, we had Steve come give us an estimate on replacing our laminate floors and installing baseboards. He did an excellent job, was on time and extremely professional and just a very nice guy. We really like Steve and will have him come back to install bathroom tile and have already recommended him to others.
Posted: 3/11/2011 • Link to this review
This past summer Steve took care of some flooring problems and installed baseboards throughout our house and he did a fantastic job. Being an amateur DIY person, I had encountered/created some problems when I installed our laminate flooring. Steve came in and finished the job, solving every single one of my issues. His pricing was extremely fair, he got us a great price on the baseboard materials and he even gave me a discount for helping with painting the baseboards. We had a newborn and a toddler in the house and he was very respectful of our home and their needs. Steve is professional, friendly and skilled. I would recommend him to anyone looking for quality work .
Posted: 1/27/2011 • Link to this review
I found Steve online, and hired him to install about 400 feet of manufactured hardwood flooring. He came by prior to the appointment to do measurements and see the condo, and was polite and professional. On the date of installation, he showed up on time and immediately got to work. He worked quickly and only stopped to ask me the occasional question regarding how I wanted the floorboards to lay, etc. I would highly recommend Steve to any of my friends and/or family who are looking for a professional installer. I would definitely use his services again in the future!
Posted: 12/14/2010 • Link to this review
Steve was very helpful with providing us with options for the type of floor we wanted. He also had no trouble meeting the criteria for our homeowner's association. He was very quick to respond to questions (even when out of town. He had our floor installed very quickly and his price was unbeatable. The floor looks great!
Posted: 9/30/2010 • Link to this review
We were referred to Steve by a friend and he was everything we were told he would be. He installed laminate flooring for us and it looks awesome! His prices were reasonable and he was very pleasant to deal with. We would not hesitate to refer him to our friends and family.
Posted: 9/04/2010 • Last edited: 9/11/2010 • Link to this review
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