OF DS BARDEN BUILDING CONTRACTORS, COVERING SEVENOAKS
OF DS BARDEN BUILDING CONTRACTORS, COVERING SEVENOAKS
Mr & Mrs. Fletcher
"From our first meeting with Dan, we felt reassured by his professional approach and knowledge. This continued beyond the sale (phew!) and throughout the project. Importantly it also extended to his team, who without exception, were polite, professional and a pleasure to work with.
Dan is an excellent project manager who communicates effectively and handles whatever is thrown at him. He's patient, flexible and a great problem solver. Of course, there will be tough conversations, but they will always be fair. I was kept informed of any challenges and/or changes throughout the process such that the price we agreed is the price we paid.
Dan's team churned out high quality work week after week and must be credited with delivering the project ahead of schedule and to high quality.
We will definitely work with DS Barden again and I would recommend to anyone that they do the same.
I'd go as far as saying that we had the best client/supplier relationship that I've ever experienced, in my professional or personal life."
Mr & Mrs. Webb
"We have just finished our second extension with Dan and his team and couldn’t be more pleased. They have done a fantastic job again and were a pleasure to have around our home. Dan is very approachable and helpful in all aspects of the build. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he had brilliant ideas. Dan and his team are completely trustworthy and reliable. Both projects finished on time and within budget. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them".
Mr & Mrs. Gresham
"Dan did our first extension in 2012 which was fairly complicated due to it being a listed building. We were very impressed with him and his team then so wanted to use him again for our build this year.
Despite the fact Dan’s business and demand has grown considerably since 2012 he still found time to work with us during the 3 years it has taken to get the planning permission. Once we were given a build start date Dan met with us every week to discuss the progress, any issues and what would be happening week by week.
Dan’s is extremely professional and organised. I did not have to worry about a thing. His team are friendly, hard working and knowledgeable. The build ran exactly to schedule and Dan has been on hand to help with any advice we have needed since.
If you want an organised, honest and reliable builder who will look after you from start to finish then I could not recommend Dan and his team highly enough".
Mr & Mrs. Johnstone
"Dan Barden deserves his excellent local reputation, providing an extremely high level of service from start to finish.
We were given a very detailed quote upon which we were able to base our decision to engage Dan. Communication and project management were very good, having weekly meetings to discuss what would happen the following week, and discussing any choices we needed to make in plenty of time. Invoicing was very detailed and easy to follow. The only reason the original quote was exceeded was where we had to have some additional works carried out, and this was smoothly incorporated into the project. The original quoted timeframe was also kept to.
Dan's team work extremely hard, and were on site every day. They are conscientious, making effort to be friendly with neighbours as well as us, and ensured that the house was safe for small children to live in throughout the work, and nice to have around. The office staff are also thorough, responsive, and nice to deal with".
Mr & Mrs. Anayi
"From our very first contact with Dan we were impressed with the courtesy, respect and understanding we received. We lived through a large-scale build with a toddler and new-born which although not ideal, was made so much better by Dan and his team. They went above and beyond to help us living in what was essentially a building site, ensuring that we were as comfortable as possible and most importantly safe.
The communication with Dan was fantastic, we had weekly meetings to discuss the status of the build and what they would be tackling next. Dan is a solutions person, so whenever issues were uncovered, he kept us fully informed and had the solution worked out so that it never became stressful. With a toddler and new-born life felt stressful enough so this was incredible!
Dan and the team never lost focus and completed the project on schedule and budget. Every single person in the team treated us with courtesy and respect. They were always aware that it was our home they were working on. Without hesitation we would recommend Dan, he has surrounded himself with a brilliant and hardworking team and this is demonstrated in the quality of the work that they turn out".
Mr & Mrs. Popplewell
"DS Barden did an excellent job on our extension an whole house modernisation. The quality of the work was very high, the guys polite and tidy and Dan an excellent communicator which helped keep the project on time and on budget. Would recommend to anyone."
Mr & Mrs. Briggs
"A huge thank you again to Dan and his amazing team, for our WONDERFUL kitchen extension and patio. As ever, a pleasure to work with such a hardworking team who always go above and beyond our expectations. Can not recommend you all enough."
Mr & Mrs. Hutchinson
"We recently used DS Barden for an extension and internal reconfiguration. We chose them based on their excellent local reputation and the experience exceeded our expectations. The work was completed to time (in fact early) and to budget and we are very happy with the quality of work done. Every care was taken to ensure our client satisfaction at every stage. Communication was excellent, and every single member of the team was pleasant to deal with and cared about achieving a good result. Dan is an excellent project manager and his great organisational skills ensured that our project ran smoothly. If we do further work then we would definitely use DS Barden again and we have been recommending them to anyone we know who is considering building work. They fully deserve their excellent reputation for reliability and quality."
Mr & Mrs. Walker
Dan and his colleagues at DS Barden are a highly professional, thorough and dedicated team who deliver extremely high-quality work on time and on budget.
We were so impressed by Dan and his team when we first contracted them to complete a two-story side extension on our period home, in 2012, that we never considered using anyone else when we later decided to complete a loft extension. Dan and his team are a dedicated group of hard-working, trustworthy and highly skilled group of individuals whom I would recommend without exception to anyone looking to complete anything from small to large-scale building work.
Dan’s whole team is friendly, courteous and a pleasure to work with and Dan himself manages and overseas projects superbly well. DS Barden provides the whole package, from project planning to management and delivery. They are flexible and happy to accommodate and offer advice on the inevitable tweaks and changes that one wishes to make during the course of major building work. You may find yourself missing the friendly chats when your work is finished!
Mr & Mrs. Lavelle
"We engaged DS Barden to renovate our house and add an extension in September 2017. This was a full renovation of everything including full wiring, plumbing, interior remodel, kitchen, bathrooms, floors, and ceilings. It was a 7-month project and was finished bang on time. Dan and his team were exceptionally professional throughout as well as being very easy to get on with. Any problems were dealt with easily and collaboratively. The work was of an exceptionally high standard, and there was very strong attention to detail. At every stage of the project from quoting through to snagging, everything was delivered exactly on time and as specified. This was a big project for us and one that needed to be done right. We chose Dan based on his strong reputation in the area and we were not disappointed. That reputation is very much deserved. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services."
Mr & Mrs. Shea
"DS Barden Ltd undertook our ground floor extension, first-floor extension, and extensive internal work in the summer of 2017 and we have no hesitation in recommending them. The price was appropriate, the work was completed to schedule and to budget with a few unforeseeable extras (such as discovering a lead water main which had to be replaced).
The team was always pleasant to have around, and Dan’s management of the process and excellent communication made the project considerably less stressful than it might have been. Since the completion of the project, snagging was completed quickly and without fuss and the team has returned a couple of times since then to fine tune aspects such as the new heating system."
Mr & Mrs. Toogood
"We engaged DS Barden to renovate our house and add an extension in September 2017. This was a full renovation of everything including full wiring, plumbing, interior remodel, kitchen, bathrooms, floors, and ceilings. It was a 7-month project and was finished bang on time. Dan and his team were exceptionally professional throughout as well as being very easy to get on with. Any problems were dealt with easily and collaboratively. The work was of an exceptionally high standard, and there was very strong attention to detail. At every stage of the project from quoting through to snagging, everything was delivered exactly on time and as specified. This was a big project for us and one that needed to be done right. We chose Dan based on his strong reputation in the area and we were not disappointed. That reputation is very much deserved. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services.".
"We are absolutely delighted with the works carried out by Dan's team at DS Barden. They came highly recommended, and we now know why. They did a fantastic job on our kitchen/diner conversion earlier this
year. The works were carried out seamlessly, and ahead of schedule. I was dreading all the mess and chaos, but Dan's team were really professional and did an amazing job, keeping all the mess to a minimum, and
leaving it all clean and tidy afterward. We have since asked Dan back to quote on further works to be carried out."
“Oh my gosh - I have never worked with a ‘can do it all’ attitude like Dan’s before. The team managed this wee project with every professional concern, best quality input and client advice! I have felt utterly informed on the process and been most impressed by his determination to do no less than a fine job. Dan and Jamie have been simply fantastic with every attention to best carpentry and finish as a matter of professional pride!! What great guys! Huge credit to your team! Thank you! Huge thanks also to the lovey Rachel for tolerating me, I am most grateful for Rachel's constant advice and kind professional support.”
Mr & Mrs. Crawford
“The last year has been the happiest time in our lives since Connor's diagnosis. 100% this is due to the environment you built for us, to take care of his needs and to lift a huge weight from our shoulders and to have an inclusive house forever more.
Without question, I have never met a company that has worked so closely with us to deliver exactly what we need. There is a difference between what you need and what you want. At points, we thought we wanted X but working with Dan and the team the solution was Y, which delivered better results than we could ever have imagined.
Dan's organised and thoughtful approach allowed the build to be completed without a hitch, ahead of schedule - we thought only DIY SOS could achieve this.
In fact, DS Barden and their supply chain of local businesses are very much our DIY SOS.
Due to the complex circumstances around the need for the build, Dan and his team pulled out all the stops to ensure what we needed was delivered and through his contacts saved us over a third on the original quote.
But don't be fooled that was a cheap job. The workmanship is second to none. We have lived in the house over a year without the need for any follow-up. The house is just perfect. This is 100% testament to the whole team, both those on and off-site where there is a real spirit of teamwork and focuses to get the job done to the highest standards. Delivered with skill and abilities that seem to come naturally to them.
Thank you once again - every time we walk through the front door we think of you guys and the smile on Connor's face says it all.”
Mr & Mrs. Williams
"We cannot recommend D S Barden and the team strongly enough. They came to us well recommended and very much lived up to their billing. Started when they said they would, Communicated clearly when necessary and finished when they said they would. A complicated job with quite a bit of steelwork done well. A couple of small snagging issues were dealt with immediately and without a quibble. The guys on site were polite, worked diligently (and apart from an at times dreadful choice in music) did all they could to minimise disruption to us. Mopping floors and wiping down surfaces at the end of the day - really! A nice team.”
Mr & Mrs. Ashlee
"DS Barden was recommended to us by one of the Mums at school. Our 2 storey extension was finished this Summer. The build was finished on time and on budget. Dan and his team were efficient, polite and did their best to keep disruption to a minimum. Dan had regular meetings with to keep us up to date as the project progressed and problems that arose were dealt with quickly and efficiently. We would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend them”.
Mr & Mrs. Drake
"We asked Dan and his team to quote on our bungalow renovation. From quote stage to completion of the project we found everyone at DS Barden, and all contractors that they worked with, to be totally professional and efficient and yet caring and interested in every part of our project. We had many unexpected issues that came up during the build and Dan and his team promptly suggested solutions and worked tirelessly to complete the project three weeks early and to a very high standard. We are extremely happy with the renovation and glad that we included some of Dan's suggestions. If anyone is looking for a builder they can trust and a respectful and hardworking team then we would highly recommend DS Barden. In fact, no one who comes to our house can believe the transformation, and our neighbours only have positive things to say about how considerate they found Dan's team.”
Mr & Mr.s Woollard
"Dan and his team helped us with our first ever build the project and they couldn't have managed the process better. The entire project was completed on time and to a very high standard. All staff were pleasant and professional and even snagging list items (which are very typical of any such project) were taken care of promptly and with the same care and attention as the actual build itself. Dan himself, met with us on a weekly basis to ensure we were kept up to speed with all deliverables, and we would highly recommend their services and would most definitely use them again.”
Mr & Mrs. McCrum
"We recently completed our first house renovation, adding a double side extension and single story back extension, plus several improvements to the existing house. Dan and his team made what could have been a very stressful situation into a very positive and successful experience. Having spoken to several builders in the build-up to the work commencing, we were impressed by Dan’s attitude to the build. He was excited at the prospect of the project which made us confident in our choice. We had issues with the access to our property and Dan was the only builder that did not bring this up in the initial discussions – preferring to focus on how we would achieve the finish we wanted within our budget.
We were impressed with how the build went to schedule and that at each milestone, the next step was ready to commence straight away. There were no unnecessary delays and the build came in a week or so ahead of schedule. As with most projects, there were lots of things that popped up during the build and changes that we wanted to make. Dan was always available to discuss the changes and offer advice on the most cost-effective solutions.
Dan’s team were also a pleasure to have around. We were living in the property in the initial stages of the build and they were always courteous and helpful with us and our neighbours, keeping the disruption to a minimum. It’s clear that Dan cares a lot about the reputation of his company and this shows through in the work that he and his team do. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking to carry out building work to their property.”
Mr & Mr.s Marriage
"We engaged DS Barden to extend our home in April 2016. Ours was quite a large extension (including a new kitchen/family room, bedroom, bathroom, ensuite and patio) and was due to take 5 months. We were apprehensive as we had watched too many episodes of Cowboy builders!!
Our decision to engage DS Barden was the best decision we made. The build was finished within the timescales discussed at the outset and within the price agreed. We lived in our house throughout the build and Dan and his employees did all they could to ensure that the building works did not unnecessarily impact on our family life and home. Even when the time came to start work on our kitchen which meant the kitchen needed to be empty, Dan ensured that a temporary kitchen was set up for us in another room so we still had a sink, microwave, cooker etc.
I would thoroughly recommend Dan for any building project. We found him and his team to be reliable, hardworking, professional and respectful. Most importantly, they produced a build of very high quality and were willing to give advice whenever decisions were needed from us. They really are such a fantastic team and I would not hesitate to use them again."