Need magic words to get contractor to do a job.
I hope some of you can give me advice. I'm not doing well getting prospective contractors to 1)come see the job, or 2)get back to me with proposal/pricing.
Planning a pergola to span 14x28' plus 10x10' patio. One guy did give me a price, but indicated he'd only be using nails. Uhoh. The pergola will be built using 10' fiberglass reinforced pillars on 14' centers. The beams that tie into the house will be about 17' l. Advice from an architect, not local, is that the entire thing be tied into the roof rafters. I'd settle, at this point, for a contractor who would just do this part, which will be a bit tricky. The rest should be fairly straightforward. Looking at using glu-lams for the header bases which go into the rafters, supported by I don't know what.
Short story: I'm small. I'm old. I can't do this myself. I am ready, having been saving money for a good while.
Advice, comments, questions gratefully anticipated. I'm in the north metro Atlanta area, Sugar Hill to be specific.