Kitchen Breakfast Room Extension Onslow Village, Guildford
I would have no hesitation in using EBC again, we found them to be helpful from start to finish with any queries or problems and calls were always returned on the same day.
The workmanship was to a very high standard and the work was completed when it was supposed to. The workman used were always very professional and cleaned up after themselves each day. The finished result looks great and we are very happy with it.
Bedroom and Garage Extension, Godalming, Surrey
We are writing to say how impressed we are with the rebuilding of our garage, construction of a first floor extension and all the associated works carried out by Elstead Building Company. Our son and we are delighted with his new bedroom, and every time we look at the front of our house, we marvel at how well the extension blends in with the older parts.
It has been a pleasure to work with you, the rest of Elstead Building Company team and your sub-contractors from the outset. You have made the costs, including the changes which inevitably happen during work of this type, clear throughout and kept us well informed of the programme for and the progress of the work. All your tradesmen, from the ground works crew to the wardrobe joiners and fitters, have ben unfailingly courteous, tidy, taken pride in their workmanship and made very helpful suggestions to make the finished work just as we wanted it.
We would certainly have no hesitation in employing Elstead Building Company for other work on our home in future and would be delighted to provide specific references to your potential customers for similar types of project.
Peter and Anne
Re-Roof and Chimney Upgrade, Farnham, Surrey
Chris and his team worked at our property for 6months as our project evolved. It was a pleasure working with them from start to finish, an outstanding experience. They get full marks in every aspect of the job from start to finish. Communication, transparency, friendliness, reliability, professionalism and the highest standards of work. I could not be happier and would not hesitate to recommend Elstead Building Company.
Kitchen Breakfast Room Extension and Full House Refurbishment, Godalming, Surrey
I contacted Chris and his team about a 'full' renovation and new (extension) build of my detached property in Godalming. He was excellent throughout the whole design, build and completion process. Chris helped to provide ideas and experts in the project which enabled me to focus on the finished article. His staff were professional and considerate at all times with a 'can-do' attitude to overcoming unforeseen issues that occur to each specific building project. "
Internal Refurbishment, Onslow Village, Guildford, GU2
We approached Elstead Building Company during the summer of 2015 when we were looking to refurbish our house. We found their approach friendly and professional. As we were not moving out of the property while the work was being done it was very important that we had a builder who was tidy, and considerate. We found that the tradesman that were employed by Elstead were very considerate and we were happy with the work that they did. The schedule of 3 months was quite an aggressive schedule, but it was also realistic and Elstead largely kept to the schedule. The only delay was due to some unforeseen structural work which needed to be done. We thoroughly recommend Elstead, the house has been given a new lease of life and we're very happy with the result.
Kitchen Breakfast Room Extension, Upper Hale, Farnham, Surrey
We decided to ask Elstead Building Company to quote for construction of a single-storey extension to the side of our cottage after they completed a small job for us – installation of a vent, which they did efficiently and neatly.
Chris Spicer came to see the property and took time to discuss our requirements and make suggestions, and was very clear about what was possible, and the scope of the work that would be required. We subsequently corresponded by email about the detail of Elstead Building Company’s quote, and Chris took the trouble to prepare a very thorough quote covering all aspects of the build, and clearly having taken time to assess costs in order to make the quote as realistic a forecast of the likely costs as possible.
Chris was also able to recommend an architect with whom Elstead Building Company work on a regular basis, so we also contacted them.
We looked at a number of building companies and architects before making our decision, but felt most confident about Elstead Building Company, and decided to proceed to assign the work to them, and we also engaged their recommended architect to draw up the plans and handle obtaining of planning permission.
Chris corresponded very regularly with us in advance of the commencement of the work to keep us in the picture about start date and any preparations needed on our part for the site, and any other detail. Chris also provided a clear schedule towards which they would be working as a target, breaking down the various elements of the build.
Elstead Building Company commenced work on the scheduled date and there was swift progress, and the build progressed at a good rate, in advance of the schedule at many stages.
Elstead Building Company provided specialised tradesmen from their team for each aspect of the build. They started promptly in the mornings, worked efficiently and speedily, taking care in their work. If there were any issues or choices to be made about a particular aspect of the build they would typically offer suggested solutions about the best way to resolve them.
They typically worked very tidily and kept the site as neat as possible, removing any waste periodically throughout the build.
Chris continued to correspond with us very regularly throughout the build about upcoming stages of work and checking with us for any items that required our input.
Our extension has now recently been finished giving us much needed extra space, and we have been extremely pleased with Elstead Building Company – the work has been completed to a high standard, and came in at very close to the discussed costings, which was crucial for us.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Elstead Building Company, and would like to pass on our thanks to all the team.
Peter & Eva
Re-Roof, Onslow Village, Guildford, GU2
I am delighted with the reroofing and brick work carried out on my house and now feel safe and secure.
The men worked hard and I found them very polite and hardworking and caring – in fact a delight.
I would certainly recommend Elstead Building Company.
Thanks once again.
External Joinery and Redecoration, Farnham, Surrey
Chris and his team from EBC put three new windows in and refurbished an outbuilding that had fallen into disrepair.
They have done an excellent job which was done on time and at the quoted price.
The builders always turned up on time and were friendly and polite throughout and left very little mess.
I would highly recommend Elstead Building Company.
Shower Room Extension, Godalming, Surrey
Once again, thank you to you and all those who worked on the project for delivering such a satisfactory outcome.
It can't have been an easy task to work in such a confined space but the standard of finish is excellent. It was
also good to have it completed on time, i.e. before Christmas. It has been much admired!
Roofing Review, Hindhead, Surrey
Thank you very much. Really excellent team of roofers, so glad we chose EBC.
Can't wait until we get the next gale so I can enjoy waterproof roof windows!
Rear Extension and Landscaping, Onslow Village, Guildford, GU2
We used Elstead this year for our extension as well as some work in the main body of our house. They were brilliant throughout the whole process, from the thoroughness in inspecting the site initially right through to final details and finish both inside and out. The extension looks like it has always been part of the house and we have had numerous compliments from visitors about how good it all looks.
Chris and Pete’s team of tradesmen were without exception polite, cheerful and hardworking, and everyone worked well round us including making life as easy as possible for our cats! Chris also coordinated our new driveway and makeover in the front garden and once again we are delighted with the result. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Elstead again in the future and would highly recommend them
Double Garage, Games Room Extension, Guildford
Chris Spicer and Pete Spicer built an extension for us. This comprised a double garage with a games room/bedroom above with an ensuite and a link through on the first floor level to our house.
Chris Spicer was Project Manager for the work and oversaw the whole project. Pete Spicer was responsible for much of the foundations, brick work, landscaping and finishing off. We were very impressed with the level of organisation, the quality of the build and the project was completed on time (in a realistic timeframe) and within the original quote. The quality of the external finish and the way it blends into our 1920s house has attracted positive comments from those who have passed by. We would certainly recommend Chris and Pete Spicer’s work.
Redecorations Godalming, Surrey
As previously discussed I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent outcome of the external refurbishment and redecoration of Coombe Cottage. When one considers how bad the weather was over the period of the works I feel that special mention should be made of both Peter and Ian who achieved excellent results in such trying conditions. I confirm that I would have no hesitation it recommending your services to future potential customers.
Lounge and Hall Extension, Normandy, Surrey
As a former Project Manager on major buildings in London including Canary Wharf and the listed Grade 1 National Portrait Gallery I was apprehensive when we decided to extend the front of our house using a local building company.
Chris Spicer was able to convince us that he had the expertise to undertake the work which included inserting steelwork to support the upper floor using steel supports and screw jacks and he had access to a team of tradesmen that could undertake all the skills needed for the job.
We were given a detailed breakdown of the scope and cost of the work, together with a detailed programme showing the sequence of how each trade would attend and do their particular tasks.
Most significantly the original works were completed to programme and to the agreed budget and we had sufficient confidence in Chris’s team to include additional work which was completed to our satisfaction.
Throughout all the stages of construction a high standard of skill was apparent especially in matching new brickwork with the original resulting in an extension that meets all our high expectations
Elstead are a local company drawing on local skilled tradesmen all of whom work with Chris on a regular basis working in an atmosphere of mutual regard.
In a building context Chris can be likened to a conductor of a new experimental work, your project, calling on successive artists to perform to time, resulting in an overall composition that leaves the audience pleased with the whole performance.
I would be pleased to discuss our experience with anyone considering using Elstead Building Company
Double Storey Extension, Guildford
We asked Chris Spicer to quote for building our extension and he was very competitive but the real value came when the work started. Chris was excellent, well organised professional and any niggles dealt with quickly and without fuss. He even noticed an error on the plans in time for us to be able to correct it without there being any interruption or delay. The end result... (our extension) well one friend asked, which bit the extension was! Such was the attention to detail and matching in of materials.
When you find a builder that is reliable efficient honest and competitive and a pleasure to work with it is a rare treat.
Annexe Extension, Guildford
"Chris Spicer was the project manager when we hired to build an extension to our house. The extension was quite significant, involving the construction of a 2 room annexe with ensuite…a utility room, an office, a master bedroom suite and a double car garage, remodelling the kitchen, converting an existing bedroom into a bathroom, knocking down a load bearing wall to combine two existing rooms, remodelling a powder room, adding a French door to the back garden, and enlarging a door to our conservatory. We subsequently hired Chris to redecorate the downstairs rooms of the existing house and the external woodwork.
We were very satisfied with the work. Chris was an able project manager. We particularly appreciated how he kept us informed of next steps; he gave us plenty of advance notice when we needed to make decisions regarding, paint colours, tiles, appliances, etc. He gave us an accurate and realistic timetable for completion of the work, which was indeed completed on time and within budget, with agreed add-ons. Chris’s team also detected an error in the architect’s plans due to a miscalculation that required a rapid, over the weekend redraft of the plans which Chris handled directly with the architect. This was particularly important as the early detection enabled the work to continue as scheduled. Chris also gave us good advice, suggesting additional work which proved to be spot on, and advising where we could save money. He took responsibility for his crew, proactively reporting to me and repairing without charge inadvertent and minor damage caused by a crew member.
We found the work team courteous, pleasant, professional and with obvious expertise and experience in all aspects of the work. Chris recommended a carpenter for some cabinetry work, which was very well done. He coordinated timing with the kitchen subcontractor in a seamless fashion, completing all preparatory work on time. We were so confident of the work that my wife and I left on holiday just after the kitchen work commenced and returned a week later with everything completely finished to our satisfaction.
We so appreciated the care, pride and attention to detail that Chris’s team displayed, that we celebrated with the team the completion of the work with a barbecue.
At the inspection of the work a year later to release the holdback, the architect was hard-pressed to find anything but a few cracks to repair.
I have no hesitation in heartily recommending Chris Spicer and Elstead Building Company.
Lounge and Study Extension, Farnham
Elstead Building Company is a professional, reliable and friendly company. The team of builders delivered excellent workmanship and provided very good time-keeping and regular updates on progress.
In fact Chris, the owner of the business, attended the site nearly every day to talk through matters including making helpful suggestions, ensuring additional items we requested were carried out and keeping us informed about the time scale. The extension was completed at a reasonable cost and within the time agreed with no delays even allowing for a month of wet weather and additional items – very impressive.
I can highly recommend Chris’s company and we are delighted with the superb extension.