After meeting John and discussing the project, he made further suggestions on how I could benefit more from the renovation work, and his ideas where fantastic! He suggested putting in under floor heating and recommended a shade of paint that would look nice on the window ledges. His professional opinion gave me confidence that he knew exactly what he was doing. I listened to John’s suggestions and I am so happy that I took his advice because I am extremely happy with how the work as turned out.
Every member of John’s team were all very polite and would always clean up after themselves at the end of the day, which can be rare with builders and decorators. When the work was completed John made sure I was happy with everything before signing it off.
I would definitely recommend their service and use them again if I require in the future!
Once moved into our new house, one of the first things we decided was that we needed to have a garage built. Not only to house one of the cars, but be used as a store for garden tools etc.
We obtained planning permission and asked John O'Connell to quote. John arrived at our house and we discussed the plans, showed him the site for the garage and almost by return sent us a very detailed and professional quotation for the work required.
Prior to the start, we added to the specification a couple of times and each time, John arrived to discuss the changes and even added some suggestions himself for which we were very grateful. We agreed on a start date for the works to commence and sure enough, at the agreed time and date the Groundsmen arrived - with John to introduce them to us and work commenced!
The Groundsmen, Brickies, Chippies, Roofers, Electricians etc were all very pleasant- nothing was too much trouble and it has to be said (and this is a very important bit) everyone wants work done when they have a project to be completed, but no-one wants workmen on their site, so it was extremely pleasing that the guys working for John were all so amenable, going out of their way to do a great job (almost to the extent that they were doing the work for themselves) and every evening took time to ensure the place was tidied before they left.
John and Keith visited at least once a day during the build to make sure there were no problems and that all was well and Sian, and her colleague, who work in the office kept in touch with us regarding delivery details of materials etc..
The project of building a garage was fairly daunting for us, but John and his team gave a 100% confidence from the "get go" that the build would be as we wanted at the agreed price and within the agreed time span - and that's exactly what happened.
I would fully recommend John O'Connell and his team to anyone wanting any type of building work to be constructed and in the future would have no hesitation in using this firm again if required.
In addition to the garden office, the team have provided us with a large outdoor recreational space in the form of a patio area with plenty of space for outdoor dining during the summer and for the children to play in too!
They also changed our front drive from an ugly, uneven and unsafe tarmac to an attractive, level and safe paved area for our cars which means off-road parking from now on!
We have been particularly pleased with the high quality of craftsmanship involved in this project: from the design-phase, to groundwork and later to office construction, wall-building and patio and pathway-laying.
We would therefore thoroughly recommend the company for their speed with this project and their attention to detail in both planning and implementation stages. We found all employees polite, professional and reliable and were particularly impressed with their tidiness and thoughtfulness for the disruption to our daily family life.
It's normally quite hard dealing with new builders for the first time but they were excellent; nothing was too much trouble and they implemented all the details asked and stepped up to save the day when the specialist brackets for the floating beam came wrong. The time scale was very very tight, but we completed on time on budget including a few unforeseen extras.
They provided an excellent, competitive, courteous, professional service throughout the build of our Granny Annexe. On the odd occasion, and it was only the odd occasion that concerns or issues arose, John and his team dealt with these immediately without question or hesitation and worked with us on a number of changes that we implemented from the original plans whilst the build was progressing.
As a result of the high quality work we extended the original job to include not only the build of the annexe but also a new rear garden patio, new block paved driveway, new porch to the main house, and at a later date a new rear garden fence.
Would we hesitate to recommend John O'Connell Builders? Not at all, we already have recommended the company to others!
What was important was that most requests for changes were met within the agreed budget and on a £100k job the fact that we overspent by only 1% was mainly down to the company. The finished project has received many comments of praise and the building is a pride for our community.