Joyce & John Hudson
Steve has been the project manager for our loft conversion from November 2011 until completion in April 2012. From the beginning of the project he has liaised with ourselves and all sub contractors with the highest level of communication and commitment, keeping us informed at each and every stage of development, ie architect, building control, planning department.
Steve had some brilliantly creative design ideas as the project progressed, for example in the design of extra storage, walk in wardrobe, etc.
He is completely trustworthy and we felt the house was in safe hands whilst we spent time away.
We are delighted with our loft conversion and have no hesitation in recommending Steve to anyone who expects a high standard of workmanship.
We decided to move from the mainland to the Isle of Wight in November 2011 and immediately purchased an old house with the intention of demolishing it and building a new one in Freshwater. We used rated People to identify a potential builder to carry out the construction. As I was still working at the time, I could only apply limited hours to the project management side of the build, so we had to find a builder who was reliable and needed the minimum of supervision.
We really struck it lucky with Steve Whittington as he was highly skilled, reliable and supportive. He worked well with the architect (Neil Geddes of Ventnor) and followed the complex plans precisely. In addition he actively assisted with the sourcing of materials including the timber frame, suitable bricks and reclaimed tiles; I would not have been able to negotiate the prices for these essentials without his help. In addition Steve has gathered a team of sub-contractors (bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc) who were also skilful and reliable. During the build we experienced some awful weather but the job still got done on-time.
We would add that the house was planned to meet advanced eco-house standards and is highly insulated and has water-harvesting, heat-recovery and under-floor heating all advanced techniques that Steve and his team coped with superbly.
My wife and I have some experience of builders having extended houses we have owned in the past. In all these cases we ended up dissatisfied with the work we received, but this never happened with Steve Whittington. He always came to site when he promised, always answered phone calls and made sensible suggestions for ways around problems. We recommend him highly.
Steve, Thank you so much for a fantastic job from start to finish!
You handled the complexity of the footings with ease and the overall finish for my double storey extension was to top spec! I will not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family when it’s their turn for a project. Cheers pal!
We are customers of Steve Whittington over the last 18 months he built us the most amazing new home.
Steve is helpful polite and honest all of which are not easy to find in a builder.
Steve went beyond the drawings whilst building and flagged up areas that we could improve upon, one case making a chimney alternation to enable an extra room instead of having a dead space which has meant that I have a home office instead of an awkward dark storage room.
He suggested low cost improvements that has allowed more natural light in to the roof space and has really improved the overall feel of the house all whilst the build was under way. We made some changes to window details and he was happy to oblige. We also included up to the minuite solar and rain water harvesting items all of which Steve either managed or installed for us.
At no time did we feel out of control or unsure about the progress of the build. The build was carried out in the rear of our current garden and our privacy and impact to neighbours was minimal.
The service from Steve and his team has been professional, polite and a pleasure from start to finish and I would highly recommend him to my friends.
We hope to work with Steve again on future projects.
“We have been so impressed with Steve and his team’s work as he completely renovated from top to bottom and completed a double storey extension to our old cottage. We found him totally trustworthy and are very pleased with the workmanship throughout. They kept going until it was all finished and Steve is always on hand to answer questions, sort problems and reassure us. He was very competitively priced and his pricing was open and transparent. We would have no hesitation in recommending him as a good, trustworthy, and reliable builder.”
Period of construction
August 2016 – January 2017
Demolition of existing 15m2 conservatory, and levelling of site, approx. 50m2
Removal of rear section of wall and construction of extension to extend existing room by 5m to create a kitchen /Dining room area of 5m x 12m.
Landscape rear and side of property to create courtyard space and side path
Steve visited our house in June 2016 and after listening to our requirements, quickly assured us that everything we wanted to do was possible. We had a very detailed quotation for the work, broken down to component level, within three weeks, with the assurance that the price quoted would be the price that we would pay whatever happened.
Steve and his team started work at the beginning of August 2016, and the site was quickly and efficiently cleared. From the beginning, and throughout, every member of Steve’s team was hard working, highly skilled and very sensitive to the fact that we were living in the house throughout the construction.
Steve project managed the work from concept to completion, made very good suggestions to minor changes throughout, and communicated extremely well at each stage as to how things were progressing.
We were that delighted at the standard of construction that we asked for extra work to be carried out in an additional room which required a complete strip out and rebuild to create a ‘boot room’ complete with custom built shoe and cloakroom cabinet. Steve arranged this extra work to be completed within the original schedule.
The overall finish that we asked for was bespoke in order to blend in with the period of our house, and the result has far exceeded our expectations. We now have an extension that not only adds character and value to our home, but has given us the flexible living space that was missing before.
I would not hesitate to recommend Steve and his team to anyone who is considering construction work at their home. Steve’s approach is both flexible and accommodating and working with him has been a highly enjoyable and instructive process.