"We first met Dave in November 2012 when we requested a quotation to complete the brickwork for the foundations of a new extension to our bungalow. Dave responded promptly, arranging a time convenient to us both. He quickly understood the task required and quoted a very fair price. Importantly to us, however, was his friendly but professional manner. He was able to provide us with references for his previous work. It felt like he was a safe pair of hands from the start, and this proved to be the case as we asked him to complete more and more work for us as our bungalow project continued.
Dave brought a team of three other builders with him, and they worked hard to complete the work at speed and to our satisfaction. We were particularly impressed with the brickworks by Tom. They came promptly at 8:00 a.m. and did a full day's work. We enjoyed having them on site as they were always courteous and interested in the project.
It is a testament to Dave's work ethic, and also his personality, that he cared about not leaving us in a predicament and that he has completed so much work for us over the past four months. We know that he had other jobs waiting and he worked weekends to ensure he could get aspects of our project completed to tight, externally driven timescales. Specifically, over four months, Dave has completed for us: brickwork to extension; blockwork pillars, demolition and rebuild of gable-end; erection of steelwork; padstones; demolition of roof and ceilings; soil pipe and drain work; and installation of a new roof with tiles. We are happy for any of this work to be viewed by potential future customers.
In terms of pricing, we have always found Dave to be extremely fair. He knew we had a fixed budget and helped us to find ways of meeting that budget, such as using materials that we already had available even though he may have chosen alternatives. We never had any surprises, such as extra work undertaken due to unforeseen problems or items costing more than expected. We always paid what had been quoted. Dave was always trustworthy in this and we greatly appreciated this fact. Some people say that you can't trust a builder, but you can trust Dave to do what he says he will, at the price he says, and when he says!
Dave is easy to communicate with. He is friendly and approachable. Despite being a busy man onsite, we could always text him or email him and he would get back to us as soon as he could, such as later that day or the next day. We cannot express enough our gratitude for his work, but also his care in getting it done and getting us out of the horrendous building predicament we had been facing.
We thoroughly recommend him to you."
Johanna and Mark R
"We employed Dave Beach to carry out a small single-storey extension to the rear of our property. We found Dave to be friendly and knowledgeable from the initial visit to the final completion.
Dave worked with us to achieve the required quality within budget and time constraints. It has been a pleasure to work with Dave, who I found to be an extremely capable builder with a wide range of knowledge and ability. I would happily recommend Dave in the future."
"I wanted to write to thank you and your team as you put the finishing touches to our extension. You should be really proud that you have delivered on all the things we talked about at the start of the project.
Communication – Throughout, you kept me fully posted on progress with regular email updates, which really suited me given I was often not at home and we couldn't regularly meet face to face. You and the team were always aware of when Emma and the girls were at home and were really courteous and flexible to suit the challenges which are unavoidable when working in someone's home.
Phasing – A big thanks for the way you changed your plans to hit the really disruptive demolitions while we were away on our summer holidays. Extensions are always a messy business, and I can honestly say that you kept the interruption in our home to a real minimum, which I know takes careful planning.
Quality – You work with some good and experienced craftsmen in Tom and Rob, and we are really pleased with the finish of the end product.
Cost – Your final account was exactly the same as the contract price we agreed at the start and you were very reasonable in the costs for additional works we asked to add to the contract.
In short, I knew having an extension to our home would not be a straightforward business. However, you really made it as hassle-free for us as possible. I wouldn't hesitate to ask you to work for us if we ever embark on a venture like this again! Thanks again."
Mark and Emma R