Extension and Alterations in Northwood.
I have known Dean Ottley for about 15 years. Before I retired I was a Senior Building Control Surveyor (Building Inspector) for the Isle of Wight Council, and inspected many of Dean’s jobs in Cowes and Newport. I was aware of his knowledge and capabilities as a builder, and also his skills in customer care, so when my wife and I wanted a builder to extend our lounge and kitchen, Dean was our first choice.
We had plans drawn by a local architect, and structural calculations for the steel beams produced by a local structural engineer. Planning permission was not required, as the size of the extension was within permitted development limits. Building Regulations Approval for the plans was obtained by the architect.
Dean gave us a written estimate of cost and an approximate timescale of four months, which we accepted. Work started in April 2017 and was completed on time and cost. During this time we decided to expand the scope of the work to include various internal and external alterations, and Dean helped us to choose suitable designs and materials for these. We were very happy with Dean’s work, and accepted his estimated prices for the additional jobs. We waited until he was able to fit these in between other jobs that he was already booked to do. He finished his last job for us in May 2018.
Dean carried out much of the work himself, and organised his team and subcontractors as necessary for specialist items. He ordered materials and arranged deliveries to suit the progress of the work, and these were stored on our drive and in the rear garden. He fitted out a temporary garden shed as a toilet for the workmen. He widened our gateway to allow sufficient room for machinery to get in. On completion, he reinstated a double gate to our requirements, which included enough space underneath for our three-legged cat to squeeze through. Throughout the work, Dean kept us informed of his tasks for the next few days ahead, so that we could continue to live at home without too much disruption.
We are very happy to recommend Dean, who performed the work to a good standard to suit our particular requirements. He had a friendly, helpful attitude, kept the site clean and tidy as far as possible, and provided good value for money.