We hired Nick's firm Ideas for Living, to renovate our living
space in our older two-family home in Jersey City Heights. We had a lot
of work we wanted (and needed) to do, including renovating a kitchen, two
bathrooms, and three bedrooms, including reworking and renovating a full
attic. Let me start by saying that the results exceeded our
expectations, and we love what feels like an entirely new home. Oh, and
we had a very tight budget!
Nick distinguishes his firm by
bringing a strong design element to his work, which we certainly enjoy in
the final product. But for us what really mattered, was how things
went day to day during the work, because large renovations can be
stressful. Here are some highlights from our experience with this
renovation, and working with Nick's firm:
- He provided us with daily
updates on the progress of the work, including detailed accounting of how
the funds were being spent.
- He prepared us in advance for the
unexpected since our home is older. And when we encountered some problems
(which we did), he helped us work though trade-offs to get the
necessary work done while keeping us on-time and on-budget.
- He does
one project at a time and he's on-site every day, so if there are
questions he's there to answer them or he contacted us to discuss.
- He thoroughly cleaned up, vacuumed, and walked us through the work area
each day to show us what was done and what was planned for the next
- He uses a skilled and hard-working team that he's put together
over time and multiple projects. He utilizes his team again and again on his
Calling Nick to discuss your
project before you start is definitely one of the smartest decisions
you can make, because unlike so many contractors out there he's a
professional who listens and won't over-promise results he can't
deliver. Do yourself a favor and make the call.
being a Real Estate Broker for the past 20 or so years, I am also an
investor who loves the challenge of buying and restoring old, neglected
Jersey City homes. I especially love the charm and character of the Row
House, as well as the grace and detail of a Victorian. Lucky for me I
have both!! Till now, the only drawback to my endeavors has
been finding a contractor with the artistic ability, vision, passion
and talent to get the job done, in a timely manor with every detail
addressed to perfection. In the past year Nick Caballero, owner,
visionary and director of "Ideas For Living", has created a magnificent
apartment in the street level of my home. From the bronze tin ceilings,
exposed brick, decorative tile work, detailed lighting, fabulous kitchen
& bath, he has transformed a once unusable space into a truly
elegant pad. Nick also created a powder room on my main level that is a
show piece. I am truly grateful for what Nick has done for me. I can not
imagine anyone with more knowledge, love, dedication and pride in his
work than Nick Caballero. After the job is done not only do you have a
beautiful home, you also have a friend with a brilliant smile.
Thank you Nick.
experience working with Nick Caballero was great. He was brimming with
enthusiasm for the job, and genuinely took a great interest in all
phases of the work. He had lots of ideas in regards to the creative
aspects of the project, but as a creative person myself I also had my
own ideas. Happily we found common ground which resulted in a fantastic
final result. My husband and I both love our new entry and garden, and
couldn't be happier with the positive change they have made to our home.
put, Nick's work is amazing! Nick is more than just a talented
general contractor, he's an artist. He has a keen eye to detail
and doesn't stop until perfection. Furthermore he is extremely
professional, and unlike other contractors he is transparent in terms of
cost. When working with Nick, you'll know exactly how every penny was
invested in your project. We highly recommend Nick for your projects
that require the utmost quality and satisfaction.
George & Bridget
Besides, he's really good with the caulk ... that's CAULK people!