"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."
- Onslow Village Guildford.
"After looking at the alternatives, we decided not to move, but to extend our semi in Onslow
After discussing with an architect, to transform our house to the family home we wanted, we would need to build a porch at the front, a loft conversion at the top, extend with both double storey and single storey out the back, and convert part of the garage to a utility room. While we were there, and so as not to have to revisit any building work, the ground floor needed digging up to cure a damp problem and the roof needed a refresh, and a patio please, all within a conservation area!
No small task, in fact a very daunting task for us. Chris Spicer was our chosen project manager having been recommended to us, and given the beautiful end result I would go on to recommend him to others.
Its no easy process watching you house taken apart and being rebuilt and despite the huge amount of work, the huge number of trades required, the result is outstanding and I always felt it was in safe hands with Chris watching over and managing the very many trades. Yes requirements changed, some hasty decisions where needed, there were a few shocks on the way, but Chris managed these, kept us informed of progress and delivered on agreed timescales.
At the time of writing this, some 3 months after completion I am extremely pleased with every aspect of the work carried out."
"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."
- Onslow Village Guildford.
"While planning our extension, we had watched enough building / makeover TV to know that it can become a nightmare with the wrong building company involved...
Chris was recommended to us and we are very pleased that we used him, the price and a realistic estimate of how long it would take were agreed at the start with contracts signed and both only increased as we asked for extra things to be done as we went along.
The scale of our work was significant – increasing the size of our house by more than a third with a considerable amount of reconfiguring of room layouts inside, including a new kitchen and bathroom and a large amount of hard landscaping outside. The quality of the work was high and the different tradesmen were all polite and helpful - which was important to us with our young children around.
Any building project has to be well managed, and Chris excelled at that. When problems arose he was there to sort them out. When we had questions he was quick to answer them and gave good suggestions and advice. As things arise along the way, you want someone running things who you can trust and who isn't selling you a line so they can cut corners or increase the price having quoted low at the start. We have recommended Chris to others who were equally pleased and we would use him again ourselves."
Mr Adrian Creedy
"Chris Spicer and Pete Spicer built an extension for us in 2010 .This comprised a double garage with a games room/bedroom above with an en-suite and a link through...
...on the first floor level to our hous.
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."
"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 extention
"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."
Mr Charlie Matthews
"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."
Mr Steve Gandy
"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."
Mr Jon Lowton Stoughton
"Chris Spicer, project managed a small, single story, extension to the side of my house which enlarged the kitchen and included a new downstairs cloakroom...
It was complex and included a tiled, sloping roof, the repositioning and replacement of a gas boiler, the electrics for the extension and improvements to the electrics of the rest of the house, two ‘knock throughs’, a fitted kitchen and the dismantling of a garage. The work was undertaken by skilled tradespersons and was completed to a realistic time scale with a more than satisfactory end result.
Chris Spicer is an excellent project manager with a keen eye for detail with the twin aims of quality and delivery foremost in his mind. The end result is an extension that is admired by all who see it, especially from those who were aware of the original kitchen and its shortcomings."
Lounge and study extention
"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.
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."
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