From the beginning Carl knew he'd have his work cut out as I have a background in project management!
Carl is conscientious, a perfectionist and straight talking! He explains things in every day language in order to reassure and makes making important decisions easy. He is acutely aware that the "building site" is, in fact, your home.
His team worked tirelessly (including weekends) to keep the project on track, taking each challenge the project presented on the chin and working for the best result, not the quickest and easiest, but the one that once everything was finished, would look best in our home. The team were polite and friendly whilst remaining professional.
Neighbours on both sides (we had to use one side for access and built within a few centimetres of the boundary on the other side) were happy with the level of cleanliness and respect shown for their cooperation and properties.
Naturally, on a kitchen extension other trades and partners are required, we used everyone that Carl recommended and have been utterly impressed with them all!
The end result is stunning and we can't believe the difference it's made to our home.
Don't get me wrong, it's a messy and dusty affair, but Carl and his team really do work at pace, whilst not compromising on quality, to ensure you have your home back as soon as possible!
Cheshire Extensions had been recommended to us by our friends and we are so thankful that we decided to go with them for our kitchen extension as they have been brilliant in every way.
We had an idea of an extension we wanted to do to our current home, no idea where to start, Cheshire Extensions came recommended to us, so we gave them a call. It couldn't have been easier, right from our first meeting with Carl he made us feel at ease, it was obvious he really knows his stuff. He put us in touch with an architect who was able to draw up the plans, deal with the planning office and get us ready for the start of the work. We also chose to use the kitchen designers and fitters (KAS kitchens in Cheadle) Carl recommended. Prior to the work starting we had a visit from our project manager Dave. Just what we wanted, he talked us through what to expect over the coming weeks, a rough idea as to timescale and what preparations we should do before the start. Every person we dealt with always did what they said they would, arrived for meetings on time and were prepared to spend time talking through the job.
Carl, I would like to thank you, Ronnie, Paul, and the rest of the team in relation to the recent extension and renovation at our home.
Carl and his team did a great job converting and old loft space in my 1930's semi into a fantastic new living space. The job was completed on time and work was done to a good standard. I was impressed that they still got the work done in all weathers.
Carl and his team have just finished our two storey extension. I cant praise enough the hard working, professional, considerate and friendly team and would highly recommend them to anyone who was considering any extension, garden or driveway work doing (We ended up with all three!)
Just wanted to say many thanks for a superb job. Everyone involved was great, polite, helpful and efficient. Would thoroughly recommend your company to anyone who requires building work done. Thank you once again!
I am thrilled with the new extension. Work went like a well oiled machine with a disciplined, hard working team for whom nothing was too much trouble. Even the neighbours remarked on how quiet they were and how clean they kept the road.
Thank you once again for the excellent work carried out on our single story extension earlier this year. We are delighted the work was completed according to the estimate provided, within budget and within the time frame provided. We were extremely pleased with the help and courtesy provided by yourself and all your workmen who visited and worked on site but in particular Ronnie, Scott, John and Lee. They were always extremely helpful in discussing progress and providing daily and weekly up-dates during each stage of the build. We were also pleased to have the reassurance that you were always readily available to discuss various stages throughout the build in addition to the men on site.
I can't recommend Carl and his team highly enough. From the initial quote right until the final day of the build, everyone was friendly, professional and approachable. Dave was our foreman and we're extremely happy with the service he provided - he greeted us with a smile each morning, kept us informed of what was going on and asked us all the right questions so we could make the right decisions throughout the build. Carl himself has a fantastic reputation in the trade, as we found out whenever we mentioned his name - I lost count of the number of times we were told that we were in very good hands with Cheshire Extensions. Carl put us in touch with Alistair and Lee at KAS Cheadle, and together they've created our dream kitchen - we love it and would highly recommend KAS too.
Cheshire Extensions are the best. All the crew are polite respectful and friendly giving 110% in everything they do.
We had got quotes from Carl on a few occasions over the years until we finally got round to making a decision and to building our extension! When we were ready we went directly to Cheshire because we knew by then that Carl and his team were very reliable and competent. We weren't really looking forward to the experience or the disruption especially since we have a really badly behaved Jack Russell who runs off or causes mischief at any opportunity! However, the experience was much better than I expected and the disruption was kept to a minimum by the team. And our dog loved it and didn't escape!
Having searched local newspapers and the good old internet, we contacted a number of various builders.
From start to finish Carl and the whole team were brilliant. They were very professional and nothing was too much trouble. We felt confident that they understood our requirements and were doing what we wanted. All the guys seemed very skilled and able to do a variety of tasks. The workmanship was excellent and they used good quality products and materials.
We are absolutely delighted with the new kitchen that Carl (of Cheshire Extensions Ltd) and his team have created for us. The job involved knocking two rooms into one, installing a new kitchen (and removing the old one). Carl organised all of it (building, plumbing, electrics, flooring, plastering, decorating) and brought in Alastair & Lee from KAS (Kitchen Appliance Specialists in Cheadle) to assist in recommending, supplying and installing the kitchen.
We have nothing but praise for the workers and work done by Cheshire Extensions Ltd. It was a cramped and awkward space to work in, but it all went smoothly. Well done gentlemen, we have a downstairs toilet room to be proud of.
Cheshire Extensions have just completed a double storey extension on our semi in Withington. We had many quotes done beforehand, but Carl’s quote was fair and comprehensive, and he was very quick to get back to us with estimates.
We chose Cheshire Extensions Ltd as it was clear from our first meeting with Carl that he understood what we were trying to achieve with our complex extension, he was polite and likeable and importantly he really understood that we wanted the highest quality finish precisely matching the existing build.
I recently had a single story extension completed by Cheshire extensions and have nothing but compliments for the service I received. The cost of the extension was broken down to line items and the eventual cost did not differ much from this. I was extremely happy with the guys as they took pride in every detail and extra care when in or around my property, including covering my drive to ensure it was not damaged and even cleaned the windows when they had finished. The communication was excellent as Ronnie and Carl were available on the phone 24 / 7 and gave me daily phone calls to advise what the plan was and what I could expect to receive by the end of the day.
I first contacted Carl Bateman and Cheshire Extensions as a result of a recommendation from a colleague at work. From the outset my dealings with Carl have been helpful and professional. Carl provided a competitive quote for a large double and single storey extension on my house. He was able to advise me regarding the finish at the property. Carl was particularly understanding and sensitive of the pressures that had necessitated the extension.
I initially got in touch with Cheshire Extensions because I was looking at building a large extension to the side of the house. Carl was very helpful and suggested some ways to proceed that I hadn't thought of.
Cheshire Extensions were a delight to have on site. They were always on time and worked like trojans.
Having been let down by another builder we were really pleased to have had Cheshire Extensions recommended to us. Carl came to meet with us the day after our initial enquiry and provided a competitive quote for our garage conversion and house refurbishment within a couple of days.
When we were looking for a builder to execute our plans for a loft conversion at our recently purchased bungalow, we discussed our requirements with several builders. We finally accepted the quote from Carl Bateman at Cheshire Extensions, mainly because he was suggesting a shorter timescale and was within our ballpark on price.
However, there is always a worry with such major building works, particularly before the work begins; but we needn’t have worried. The people Carl put in charge of our job, gave us every confidence that the work would be done properly and completed on time.
Inevitably there were unforeseen problems and extra work was requested [for example, new damp-proofing and gutters, etc.] but these were all taken in their stride and we got into the house by Christmas, which had been our initial deadline.
The main reason that Cheshire Extensions was able to finish in good time was because Carl ensured that the right people, with the right materials were on site at the right time. It gives enormous confidence to see half a dozen workmen all working seamlessly together.
We would certainly recommend Cheshire Extensions to anyone requiring major building work carried out. We have also told Carl that he may use our house as an example of the workmanship of his workforce, should he wish to do so for any other potential clients.
Anthea & Ian Lee
We wanted a small single story extension including a conservatory, utility room and a downstairs lavatory. We asked a few builders to come and give us rough estimates and advice, Carl Bateman visited us and suggested that we consider swapping the conservatory for a sun room.
Once we had drawings and approval from the council, we put the work out to tender and Carl’s quote was the best. The work started very soon after accepting the quote and was undertaken quickly and with minimum disruption to us. The choice of a sun room rather than a conservatory has proved to have been a wise one, the room gets a deal of use even in the recent cold weather.
We are more than pleased with the results. I should add that we did encounter one small problem after the work was completed, but Carl and his men very quickly put things right. I would recommend them to anyone.
Graham and Jo Sutcliffe February 2011
Carl and his team built a ground floor extension for us in 2009. We were impressed with their workmanship (and extremely pleased with our new living area) so we asked him to erect a porch at the front of the house. Our confidence in Cheshire Extensions resulted in us referring them to 2 close friends, and they are now close to having work completed on their properties.
As anyone who is considering having an extension to their home built knows, there is always a certain amount of apprehension when selecting a builder regarding costs, quality of workmanship, levels of disruption, timescales, etc.
We were extremely fortunate when we met Carl Bateman (Cheshire Extensions Ltd) who from our first meeting was extremely professional in his approach, although we had planning permission Carl was able to offer a number of suggestions to enhance the functionality of our kitchen extension. He is extremely knowledgeable and the amendments were agreed with the building inspector as no additional cost.
Carl and his team were on site on the agreed starting day and from the minute they arrived we knew we had chosen the right company for our extension. Everyone of his team works to an extremely high standard, there was no mess left on site at any time during the building works. The team were very considerate to our family needs of having to live in the house whilst undergoing major building works. We were constantly updated on progress and important mile stones such as knocking through enabling to plan our activities accordingly.
The costs for the extension were fixed and didn't increase, the work was completed to an extremely high standard and delivered on time. When they left with the exception of a three inch slip of missing grass around the extension wall you wouldn't have know they had been there.
I would recommend anyone considering any type of building works to employ Carl as their builder as you can be very confident that you're employing an extremely creditable and highly professional company who can be trusted to deliver very high quality building services.
Dave & Lindsay Lewis
After contacting the above company for an estimate for a small single storey extension (utility room/w.c.) To be attached to my property Carl visited me as arranged.
I found Carl to be genuine, considerate and well mannered. After the price was accepted I was not pressurised in any way, he listened to my suggestions without any problems.
The building was completed within the estimated time and I was completely satisfied with the finish inside and out.
I would also like to mention Carl's workmen who were friendly and tidy during the contract, Ron the foreman kept me well informed of the daily work he again was considerate and a very likeable chap.
Perhaps the only downside was they asked for too many brews !!! Only joking!!!
I received very fine recommendations from friends and neighbours close by who had buildings completed by Cheshire Extensions Ltd
I am quite happy to answer any questions regarding dealings with Carl's company plus any visits to view my extension (please contact me first)
John H Simmons
When we decided to begin building work on our home we, like most folk, were apprehensive. Having watched all the TV programmes we expected to find ourselves over budget; behind schedule & harassed. We did not want this. We are methodical people & hoped to find a builder who would understand our need for good communication; clean working & accurate budgets.
So we took our time to choose the right builder. We knew we were demanding prospective clients, but when we met Carl from Cheshire Extensions we realised he was not fazed by this. He was reassuring in a genuine way. His constant communication throughout our build was the lynch pin to its success. His staff were clean; friendly & helpful. Carl always did what he said he would do & amazingly, when he said he would do it. We were spoilt by his efficiency. The build was concluded on budget & one week early.
Would we recommend him? What do you think?
Roger & Janet Owens
This is a note to thank you for all the good work by yourself and trades in completing my house refurbishment project.
From our first contact until completion you tackled the problems that arose in a professional manner, to the satisfaction of all; what started out as a small modification to one bedroom and the bathroom grew into a major job with the additional work accommodated within an agreed completion time.
Your involvement has even extended beyond the completion of the work, by re-visiting with advice and help with other jobs that require attention, and this is very much appreciated.
Please pass on my thanks to all of your people involved in my project and I look forward to our continuing relationship.
As we were considering extending our house in the summer of 2009 we came across Cheshire Extensions through a recommendation. Whilst we took this as a good sign, we discussed our plans with three building companies and received quotes from each one.
From Carl Bateman coming around initially to talk to us about our plans, we were most impressed with his professionalism, advice and lack of 'hard sell'. Due to the nature of the ground floor extension there was going to be an issue at the construction phase around the use of our existing kitchen. Carl went out of his way to give a practical solution to how this problem could be resolved, bringing two of his colleagues around on a separate occasion to confirm his thoughts. This was something that made us think, quote permitting, we would like to proceed with Cheshire Extensions.
Thankfully, Carl's quote was in our budget, and so construction started promptly. I can honestly say that for the ten weeks or so of builders coming to our house, every day they turned up, ready to go at 8am. They were reliable, courteous and got on with their job. When there was a potential issue with the Architect's drawings, my wife and I were consulted over potential solutions. Undoubtedly, having your house ripped apart and put back together again is a fairly stressful experience, but Cheshire Extensions service helped alleviate some of this stress and the job went very smoothly. And now we have a lovely extension to enjoy!
Rob and Gail Jackson - March 2010
Having read all the reviews on this site I can only totally agree, especially with the professionalism/efficiency and friendly team of workers. Carl's manner at our first meeting set the standard and his foreman Ronnie led his team of excellent workers by example.
Kind regards & best wishes
Kath & Jim Harrison
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