Anyway, in order to do this Master Suite idea, I need to have a wall with a door in it put up across that front entrance hallway, which is maybe 4-ish' wide. It doesn't seem like something that would be terribly difficult but it's totally beyond my abilities, which are strictly limited to watching HGTV.
Looking up local "contractors" online and in the yp gets me so many businesses, but I don't want a major reno or anything even approaching that, I just want one wall (with a door). I'm concerned that going with the "handyman" classified listings might get someone who may be okay at lots of things but will not put up a proper wall (with a door) that looks like it belongs there, ya know?
So how might I go about finding the right type of person or business for this job? I've already asked around to a few friends and co-workers, but so far no one seems to have any ideas for something this limited in scope.
Angie's list? Call a local remodeling company and ask them for an estimate.
If you're looking to add the new wall to the old wall (so it's a longer wall). I would definately use someone who's work you can see. It's hard to join/match and get it perfect- a professional or someone really good with dryall installation.
If you can find a door to fill the opening and not deal with the drywall, then a handyman should be able to install a door.
Check around; make sure they're licensed and bonded (insured). Check the BBB but don't rely on them solely. Word of mouth is your best bet.
I'm not a big fan of angie -- I subscribed while I was living with Dad in Pittsburgh and needed so many things done to his house for him. In a big city like that, it was sometimes a helpful site. The listings here in smallville are so limited as to be mostly worthless IMO and I hate paying for nothing. I guess I can start by calling the big-name contractor companies that say they do residential work, and if my job's too small, maybe they can give me a reference to an individual contractor or something like that.
Edited to add another answer -- house was built in '88 and is drywall. Yes, I'd need the whole thing framed, drywall, even painted, altho I could probably handle that part myself
[This message edited by ISPIFFD at 10:29 AM, July 15th (Tuesday)]