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Damian and Szczepan (Stefan) tendered for and then completed a project for us last year. This consisted of demolishing a large garage, building a replacement garage on the opposite side of the house and then reusing the vacated space to build a one floor one bedroom self-contained granny flat.

The project started in late March 2008. The new garage took approximately six weeks and the main project finished in November. This was later than originally planned but the delays were caused by poor weather during the foundations dig phase and also an unexpected requirement from the structural engineer to go 50% deeper on the foundations than planned. Other than this there were no delays of any significance.

The brothers and their team worked Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings and were punctually on site at 8 a.m. each day. Most of the time they finished between 5.30 and 6 p.m. although on some days they did work a little later. There was good liaison with them over the times of work.

There was a weekly site meeting with D & S, the architect and ourselves. This was always attended promptly with the architect usually producing progress notes. In between the weekly formal meetings and more particularly towards the end of the project any issues were raised directly with and by D & S.

Their workmanship, and that of their subcontractors, was generally of a very high standard. They have contacts in all of the relevant trades and are able to do most things themselves. When necessary (gas, electricity, plumbing etc.) they brought in qualified experts – always Polish!

There was an ongoing effort made to keep the site secure and reasonably tidy. They regularly cleaned paths and the drive to reduce the amount of dust and dirt getting into the house. Generally, whilst it inevitably looked like a building site we were never greatly inconvenienced.

As with any building project certain changes were made to the original plan as things progressed. In retrospect we should have been clearer at the time as to the impact of these changes as this would have made the final reconciliations easier at the end of the project. Nonetheless we did not fall out over anything and when the final numbers were agreed both sides were comfortable with the result.

 We would unhesitatingly recommend D & S as reliable, trustworthy, capable and competent builders and should the opportunity arise we would not hesitate to use them again.

Mike and Claire Wilks
April 2009

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