Flint Arrow LLC Review - David Rothenberg

A Home Buyer's Story of Misery & Hell

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David Rothenberg, Architect & Contractor

We could write volumes about the two years of misery and hell David Rothenberg (Flint Arrow & Place Designers Owner) has put our family through. We may never financially recover from David Rothenberg, but we can hopefully help other people from the same fate with this review.

UPDATE: David Rothenberg Sued for Alleged Construction Fraud Scheme Lawsuit Here.

UPDATE: Rothenberg Allegedly Made Legally Blind Couple Pay Extra & Failed to Pay His Suppliers. Read Angela's Story Here.

BREAKING UPDATE: David Rothenberg's brother, Michael Rothenberg, is convicted of fraud, ordered to pay over $31 million and faces up to 60 years in prison. Read Coverage Here.

Flint Arrow LLC was hired to build a single family residence in a good and workmanlike manner according to the terms of the Contract. Instead of delivering a completed home, David Rothenberg has left us with a defective half finished home after nearly two years.

The only thing worse than the poor workmanship and broken promises is the fact that David Rothenberg drew hundreds of thousands of dollars from our loan that he wasn't entitled to. In addition to breaching many important provisions of the construction contract, he refused to follow our specifications. He also refused to provide Disbursement Statements during the first one and a half years. This is a violation of Texas Law. The result was unpaid subcontractors, lien filings by his subcontractors, and many thousands of dollars of missing items that we paid for.

David referred us to his personal bank that provided the construction loan. Texas law requires that the Contractor provide the Owner with a disbursement statement at each draw. Flint Arrow submitted draw requests directly to the bank, refused to give us copies, keeping us completely in the dark about what he was drawing money for.

Our Contract specified that Contractor would invoice Owner for expenses incurred. Despite this fact, Flint Arrow LLC would draw hundreds of thousands more money from the bank than expenses incurred.

Because Flint Arrow didn't provide Draw Requests or Disbursement Statements the us for 1.5 years, we didn't know that David Rothenberg drew over $200,000 more than expenses incurred. After we received the first subcontractor lien on our home for unpaid work, we asked Rothenberg all the Disbursement Statements he was legally required to provide under the Texas Property Code. His response was “I will leave that portion between you and the bank”. David Rothenberg has now gone silent and is nonresponsive to our communication.

To make matters worse, David Rothenberg drew the money from our loan for major items and then didn’t pay for those items. Now there is not enough money remaining on the loan to pay for those items. There are currently mechanic's liens on the home and Rothenberg refused to get them removed although the Contract requires that he do so. We continue to get letters and calls from more contractors and suppliers who he failed to pay.

Total Days Home Under Construction After David Rothenberg Telling us 1 Year

Home is far from complete with dozens of defects. No Flooring, No Cabinets, No Electrical Power. Home sits with liens and in a state of decay due to actions of David Rothenberg

Texas LAW - Texas Property Code Sec. 53.258

At the time the original contractor requests payment from the owner or the owner’s lender for the construction of improvements under a residential construction contract, the original contractor shall provide to the owner a disbursement statement.

Number of Disbursement Statements Flint Arrow Provided to Owner during first 1.5 years of construction:


Texas LAW - Texas Property Code Sec. 162.001

The Texas Construction Trust Fund Act provides that payments “made to a contractor or subcontractor for the improvement of specific real property in this state” are trust funds, to be held in trust for subcontractors or suppliers of labor and materials. Tex. Prop. Code § 162.001(a). If a contractor receives funds and “intentionally or knowingly or with intent to defraud, directly or indirectly retains, uses, disburses, or otherwise diverts trust funds without fully paying all current or past due obligations” to the subcontractor, the contractor has misapplied these funds. Id. at § 162.031(a). Violators can be personally liable. Any violation of the Act increases the exposure against any individual who actually has control over trust funds. Violations can result in criminal liability. Misapplication of trust funds amounting to $500 or more is a Class A misdemeanor, with up to one year of jail time. Misapplication with an intent to defraud is a third degree felony, and can result in up to 10 years in prison.

Review of Defective Work by Flint Arrow LLC

The quality of work that was performed by Flint Arrow could not be worse. We have not found a single part of the home that was completed in a good and workmanlike manner. David Rothenberg hired unqualified subcontractors with the apparent motivation of lowering costs and increasing his own profit. We hired a third-party inspector to inspect the home after framing. We received a 20 page report on the deficiencies. The independent report indicated that Flint Arrow didn’t even install the windows properly and failed to flash the windows. Instead of making it right, David charged us to remove all the windows, properly flash each one and then reinstall. The report also indicated the rear patio was sagging. Again, David charged us to fix his issue, but even after the attempted repair, we can still see sagging. We would ultimately discover the foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical and some walls are defective.

Review of Shaky Wall at Risk of Collapsing

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Flint Arrow and Owner David Rothenberg designed and built this garage and wall. It fails to meet IRC 2012 Code. He used inadequate sized studs that are not continuous. He created a very weak hinge wall. According to a structural engineer, the wall is unsafe and at at risk of collapse.

Water Cup Test

We pushed on the wall with one hand and created this video demonstrating the extreme movement on the wall. One strong wind and this structure is likey to collapse. This unsafe structure needs to be demolished and rebuit properly.

Severe Sag in Patio Roof

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Sagging Patio Illustrate the Poor Quality Work & Shoddy Construction

Failure to Flash Every Single Window

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Flint Arrow failed to properly flash all windows. They taped house wrap to the outside of the window and called it done. Our inspector caught the major error. Flint Arrow had to remove all windows, install flashing and then reinstall the windows.

Review of Defective Foundation

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Plumber was repairing a septic defect by Flint Arrow. He asked "Did you know your house is missing the footer"?
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Flint Arrow failed to pour the foundation per the spec. The specification calls for a 24" minimum height exterior beam.
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Massive Exterior Gaps Illustrate Poor Quality Work & Shoddy Construction

Flint Arrow left the house open and exposed to weather for many months. We hired a 3rd party mold inspection service who reported water damage and elevated moisture readings likely caused by rainwater and a swollen wood subfloor. Flint Arrow has not resolved these issues.

Contractor was paid to install fencing. The fence on the side wobbles terribly with the slightest push by one finger. The fence in the front started rusting after just a few weeks.

Contractor attempted to add 20% to our allowance items in the contract although not authorized to do so. David argued " We do need to get compensated for our efforts or it does not make sense for us to involve ourselves in portions of the job without compensation for Flint Arrow”.

Defective Cabinets in Wrong Material

We communicated the cabinet type was to be wood multiple times verbally and via email. Flint Arrow arrow represented they would be wood and provided an invoice stating Maple was the material. We unwrapped one cabinet to check the quality and the door immediately fell apart exposing particle board and MDF. After taking a closer look, the cabinets delivered to our home look like complete garbage.

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Invoice provided to us by Flint Arrow clearly states Maple
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This looks like one step over cardboard. Ikea Cabinets appear to be better constructed.
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We read about these low grade materials online. Builders buy these cabinets to maximize profit. They disentegrate if they get wet and there are many horror stories online.

Electric Work by Flint Arrow

Flint Arrow cut the electric line to our existing home on the property. Instead of repairing it, they ran a high voltage (230 Volt) cord on top of the ground without using conduit. This careless act creates a risk of electrical shock, short circuit and a fire hazard. The complete disregard for basic safety jeapordizes the lives and safety of everyone on the property. This is a gross violation of codes and the resulting hazard could electrocute anyone who may come in contact. It is especially concerning for children and pets.

While doing electrical repairs to correct David Rothenberg's defects, our new electrician discovered that the electrical wire feeding the home was severely undersized for the load. When too small of a wire is used, the wire may overheat, melt down or catch fire.

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Flint cut the cable to our existing home and refused to fix it. Instead, they ran a cable on top of the ground.
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High voltage cable ran on top of the ground with no conduit. Basically, there is an extension cord powering an entire home with no conduit

Trim Work by Flint Arrow

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Massive Exterior Gaps Illustrate Poor Quality Work
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Finish Quality at Garage Doors
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Exterior Trim Shoddy Work
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Massive gaps around exterior door. Rusting header.

Masonry Work by Flint Arrow

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Shoddy Dryer Vent Installation

Sheet Rock Work by Flint Arrow

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Sheet Rock Finish Quality

Paint Work by Flint Arrow

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Humidity Damage Caused by David Rothenberg failing to Climate Control the Home
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More Humidity Damage Caused by Flint Arrow LLC.

Fence Work by Flint Arrow

Failure to adequately prepare and paint the surface caused paint adhesion failure and rusting in just weeks. The fence is disintegrating. David Rothenberg notified multiple times 6+ months ago yet no action taken.

Our New Fence by Flint Arrow. Posts are basically sitting on top of ground.
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Paint Literally Fell Off the Fence
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Review of Rusting Steel Fence by Flint Arrow

Doors by Flint Arrow

Our New Doors by Flint Arrow.
Humidity warped, they will not close.

Contract Specifications stated wood trim. When we confronted David Rothenberg, this was his reply:

"We did not specify pine. MDF is a wood product."
David Rothenberg Quote

Who is David Rothenberg?

David Rothenberg is listed as a principal of an architectural design firm Place Designers located in Round Rock, Texas. David says he oversees many architectural projects. Mr. Rothenberg has also developed projects from land acquisition through construction as personal investments. Flint Arrow LLC is one of those personal investements. This is our review of David Rothenberg and Flint Arrow.

David Rothenberg Texas Board of Architectural Examiners Registered Architect – #20325

Flint Arrow LLC Address and Phone Number

After two years of misery and hell we were forced to file a lawsuit. This lawsuit will soon be posted.

Owner of Flint Arrow, LLC has also done business in the past as Rothenberg Homes and is listed as Principal for Place Designers in Round Rock.

Questions and Answers

Where is Flint Arrow located?

Flint Arrow lists it's office at: 18601 Farm to Market Rd 1431 Suite 103, Jonestown, TX 78645

What is Fint Arrow's Phone Number?

(512) 222-9271

Who is David Rothenberg?

David Rothenberg owns Flint Arrow LLC in Jonestown, Texas. He is also an owner of Place Designers

Is David Rothenberg an Architect?

David Rothenberg is a Registered Architect - #20325

Do rules of professional conduct apply to Texas Architects?

Yes, the Board makes rules consistent with the laws and constitution of Texas.

Would you recommend David Rothenberg for Architecture work or Home Construction?

No, selecting David Rothenberg as a home builder is the worst decision we've ever made. The decisions has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Has David Rothenberg and Flint Arrow LLC been sued?

Yes, David Rothenberg and Flint Arrow LLC have been sued for alleged Breach of Contract and Fraud. Full Lawsuit posted here: Link to Lawsuit

Can I submit a review for David Rothenberg?

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Can I submit a review for Flint Arrow LLC?

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Breaking News: David Rothenberg's brother, Michael Rothenberg, has been convicted on 21 counts, including bank fraud, false statements, four counts of money laundering and 15 counts of wire fraud. Read the Full Story Here.


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