Keil Construction Co, Inc.He estimated 2 months to finish their basement and took just ove
We contracted with Keil Construction for design consultation on a whole house renovation, to include architectural drawings and construction permits. We paid them $6,000 and then heard nothing from them for six weeks, despite repeated requests. Finally, we received a set of blueprints dropped at our front door, though we had never met with an architect! When we questioned how this had happened without an architectural survey, we were told “since all Capitol Hill row homes are pretty much the same, we took the drawings for your neighbor’s house and flipped them.” At the time, Jeff Keil was remodeling our neighbor’s home and had sent an architect to survey and design their renovation. Basically he took money from both of us and “double dipped”, by flipping their plans (both for the existing layout and the renovation plan). One week later,we took the blueprints to Jeff’s office and explained 50-100 items that were wrong. We had drastic changes since the plans reflected our neighbors existing house and their remodeling ideas, not ours. These changes were not minor as our houses had entirely different HVAC systems and current layouts. In addition, their remodel incorporated the basement as a living room/office, while ours was to be a full apartment. So we were missing bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and all the electrical and plumbing was wrong. We stated that the scope of work and drawings should reflect our project to minimize mistakes and see the holistic vision. Jeff agreed to make the changes and send an architect to revise the drawings. One month later, we received a call from Keil employee asking us to sign the full contract (for over $200K) – we stated that we did not even have the correct drawings or permits for the remodel. She agreed to inform Jeff but he did not contact us. Finally, nine months after we paid for the project, we asked for: a refund of $6K minus reasonable expenses; an accounting of monies used; an electronic copy of the architectural plans; and our house keys. No response. After repeated calls, we received half our money, but no itemization of invoices, electronic drawings or house keys. The permits totaled $409 and were for one bathroom and they had spent no other money on our job except maybe a few dollars to copy the neighbor’s blueprints.
This was our very first experience with a contractor and it has been purely awful from start to finish. In the interest of fairness, his finished work looks to be good quality, and he is still working on our neighbor’s house. He estimated 2 months to finish their basement and took just over 7 months – so he is incredibly slow and unresponsive, even to them, who have a contract for over $200K. His company wasn’t on Angie’s List or Dirty Scam when we were researching, but we liked his finished work, so we chose him anyway. That’s the last time we’ll ever do that. Since last year, I have met over ten people who had similar (most of them much much worse) stories of doing business with him and I wanted to save other people from ending up a victim of his unethical business practices.
4 Reviews on Keil Construction Co, Inc.
We hired Keil Construction in January 2018 to do a full-house renovation on our Cap Hill home. After moving into a rental, what we anticipated would be a 5-6 month project stretched to 12 months and resulted in substantial structural damage to our home that we are still, 16 months after the start of our project and 4 months after firing Keil, in process of repairing. Zero integrity. Do well to stay clear.
It's also worth noting that working with his team was a pleasure.
We have used Keil Construction for two major renovations and a handful of smaller projects over the past ten years. We have been thrilled with the outcome. In fact, Jeff Keil has increased dramatically the value of our Capitol Hill home. We’ve recommended him to friends over the years, and they have all had a positive experience.
Our first renovation entailed gutting our first floor to expand the kitchen, moving the half bath, and adding a mudroom and an entrance from the garage. The results were stunning, and the cost was very reasonable. Jeff was very involved throughout the process, and his recommendations and attention to detail made a huge difference. It’s also worth noting that working with his team was a pleasure.
we were able to create more useful and beautiful spaces than we had originally envisioned.
We recently completed a home renovation with Keil Construction for our Capitol Hill row home. The renovation included a new first floor, including kitchen and half bath, all new systems (plumbing, electrical, HVAC), a new main bathroom and new flooring throughout the house.
As others have stated, we selected Jeff and Keil Construction because of their approach and creativity with the work. Their prices are competitive and their finished work excellent, but what gave them the edge for us is Jeff and his ideas.
With his experience and design skill, we were able to create more useful and beautiful spaces than we had originally envisioned.
Keil Construction Co, Inc. Bad Service.
Jeff Keil is the only person responsible for the awful outcomes of his work ethic. His contractors do a great job, but working with him is like signing over a death deal with the devil. He is unprofessional, disrespectful, and overall uncommunicative. All he does is cut corners and screw the clients, contractors, employees, etc. Anyone who chose’s to work with him should honestly have their lawyer review what he wants you to sign over.
My neighbor chose him to work on his home to do some small remodels (bathrooms, etc) and Jeff took it upon himself to make the final design decisions. He then has the audacity to say that this is his project and actually yelled and got into a confrontation with my neighbor. He is the epiphany of a two face.