@Caholland28 unfortunately that's all to common these days. I myself have been in the business for 43 years now. It shames me to here stories like yours. But it happens so often. Seems the pride in workmanship and the honesty in building in gone. The best thing you can do is make sure that whoever you hire is licensed and bonded and they come with a host of references you can actually call and verify.
Now I'm in California and I don't know were you are. I also know that every state is different when it comes to laws about licenseing. But if you are in a state that does require a license and bond to do construction than always make sure that the guys or gals that work for you have Thiers. That way if they do you like this guy you can attach their bond and get your job done right!
I know this probably doesn't help much now, but hopefully in the future you can find some pearl of wisdom in what I've said. So good luck and keep me posted on your progress I really would like to know how this turns out