Excellent Suggestions

Customer reference for REBS as told to pickapro by Paul from Rathfarnham on 22-Jan-2009

When was the work done?
The work started in August and was finished in late December, 2008.

What was involved?
The house was refurbished, an extension was added, the garden was landscaped and an outdoor shed was converted to an office.

How did you choose John McCormack?
I found out about John from the pickapro website. He came across as the most enthusiastic of any of the builders we spoke to and he also had the most ideas.

Had you definite ideas in mind before you talked to John McCormack?
We had ideas about what we wanted done but we were looking for additional input and other ways of doing things. At first we were just going to have an extension added to the house but after the project was started, we decided to refurbish the whole house, convert the shed and have the garden landscaped.

Did John introduce new ideas?
He did yes. John was full of ideas. With other builders we had spoken to it seemed as if all they said was you can't do this and you can't do that. From the beginning John was the opposite. He asked us what we had in mind and his ideas flowed from that. In particular, his suggestions for the he layout of the extension was excellent.

How did the project run?
It went really well. As with all building projects, things come up but what I really liked about John was that he always answered his phone and made time to meet with me if I had questions. As far as the schedule went, the original job of getting an extension was going to be two and a half months. In the end, the project took four months but we had added the refurbishment, shed conversion and landscaping to the original job. Getting the work finished in four months was very good.

What was the biggest benefit to you of using John McCormack?
John's ideas and the fact he's so reasonable. John is very positive and he would listen to what we wanted and then speak about what could be done, rather than just saying no all the time.

What's your favourite part now?
The whole thing turned out really well but two things really stood out. John put in a third velux window in the extension and added an interior window between two rooms. Both bring in extra light that wouldn't have been there without those changes.

Would you recommend John McCormack to others?
Yes, highly

Any tips for other people?
To be honest I found the pickapro website to be excellent. It's very hard to find places where you can get recommendations from people who have had work done. That's the key because without that information you don't know who half these guys are. Another bit of advice would be to have a good plan of what you want done and drawings. We didn't in our case and it was harder on John because of it. If you're having work done, budget properly. A lot of people don't budget for decorating and there's loads of extras afterwards that still need to be done.

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