Builder Files Lawsuit Over $3 Million Rockefeller Log House

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

Andrea Rockefeller bought this $3.06 million home that sits on 75.5 acres in 2011.

At the center of a dispute involving a nearly $500,000 renovation project is the most expensive home bought in Pulaski County in 2011.

Richard Farris Construction Co. of Little Rock said in a lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court that it renovated the $3.06 million home Andrea Rockefeller bought in November 2011.

But it said that it wasn’t paid for about $150,000 worth of material and labor done at the log manor that features seven bathrooms and sits on 75.5 acres in west Pulaski County.

Farris said in the lawsuit that he wanted Rockefeller to pay the money it owed his company.

Rockefeller turned around and sued Farris. She said that it performed “sub-standard and defective work,” including botching how it installed the light poles and how it handled the foundation repairs and the decking material.

She said the cost to repair the work that Farris did will exceed the amount that she owes the company.

Rockefeller asked that she be given a judgment for the amount she had to spend to fix the alleged “defective workmanship” from Farris, and for court costs and attorney’s fees.

Stephen Gershner of Little Rock, the attorney for Farris, said that Rockefeller didn’t raise the issue of alleged substandard work until recently.

“Farris Construction didn’t get payments, and no reason was given for not making the payments,” Gershner said.

The attorney for Rockefeller, Sam Hilburn of North Little Rock, was unavailable for comment at press time Thursday.

Rockefeller’s father was the late Arkansas Lt. Gov. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller. Forbes estimated his net worth at $1.2 billion in 2005. Her great-great-grandfather was John D. Rockefeller Sr. n



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