Testimonials from Godiva Developments - Goldaming
Your satisfaction and subsequent recommendation is our goal - here are some of our Customers' comments.
Mr & Mrs Warwick - Woking - November 2017
"Dean managed a ground floor single story and two story side extension, working from our existing plans & permissions taking us through building regs & completion certificates.
In addition to the core extension there were many updates and changes made to the original house; moving boilers/hot water tanks, underfloor heating, windows/doors and decoration throughout as well as a new ensuite & kitchen/utility room.
We lived in the house throughout the extension and were delighted with how thoughtful Dean was at making life as comfortable as possible for our family (and two toddlers) throughout the various stages & ensuring we had the facilities we needed all throughout the build.
His team were polite to a fault, helpful and left us as very satisfied clients during the build. They were remarkably clean throughout, Dean being fastidious about ensuring all workers cleaned up properly after they finished each day leaving us in a house that we still felt of as home.
I'm pleased to say the reasons we chose Godiva to do the work (client first attitude and focus) proved true, including when (as you inevitably do on complicated projects) have surprises/issues/problems to resolve.
The end result we're delighted with and it was delivered broadly on time and budget to the original quote and schedule (allowing for changes/minor alterations we made during the build.)
I would definitely recommend Dean & Godiva
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Mr & Mrs Harrison - Woking - July 2017
We worked with Godiva Developments on a major two storey extension, opening up our kitchen dining area to create a new family space and building a bigger master bedroom/ensuite. This was the first time we had done a project like this and it was important to us to get an experienced builder who really wanted to help us get it right, especially as it involved a lot of demolition of the existing structure.
Dean has a great deal of knowledge and expertise and has very high standards. He was on site every day and took an enormous amount of care over every single detail from the initial demolition and construction through to plumbing and electrics and the finishing touches such as lighting and decorating. He also really looked after us throughout the project, giving us a timetable at the beginning, managing the various trades and work flow and helping us live through the disruption. The project finished on time and the only additional costs were extras that we had asked for.
Our house is transformed! We are thrilled with the final result and will be getting Dean back next year to work on a follow up project.
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Mr & Mrs Atkins - Woking
“ Dean added a fantastic ground floor extension to our property to accommodate a large open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge.
He arranged the drawings & designs for us together with all the relevant building permissions. Additionally he carried out extensive upgrades to the property including underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, new plumbing (boiler, radiators, pressured system and new pipework), new electrics (wiring, lighting, alarm system and music/tv systems), changes to the internal layout, new windows & doors, new bathrooms, carpentry and decorating. He has in fact given the whole house a face lift. The building/ renovation took in total about 8 months.
Our new kitchen is quite outstanding. It was both designed and installed by Godiva using quality materials from Crown Imperial. This is a major success, both from a design perspective and on a practical level.. Natalie was on hand to see to any design/order queries we had along with last minute changes and additions. We truly felt like everything was completely covered and we are absolutely delighted with the outcome.
A lot of care was taken throughout the building process, Dean is personable, always on hand and is quick to resolve any issues. His team are very polite and helpful and extremely tidy. We are completely impressed with the standard of workmanship.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Godiva Developments”
April 2014 - Mrs Lindsay - Pyrford
Dean built a two storey extension for us and, from the beginning, took a huge amount of trouble ensuring that the project ran smoothly.
We had a timing plan which ran precisely to time and he stayed on site throughout the job. He matched our bricks, windows, doors and has a team of really nice, helpful people working for him. The site was always tidy and there was no bad language. We stayed in the house while the work was being done – a kitchen extension and new bedroom/en-suite above and, although our living space became smaller and smaller as the work progressed, they erected false walls/doorways so that a minimum of dust/dirt came through. Looking at the mess and confusion on other building sites around this area, I realise how lucky we were to have Godiva.
I have recommended them repeatedly and would wait for them to become free if I ever need more work in the future.
January 2014 - Mr & Mrs Glenholme - Horsell
After approaching a few builders for the construction of our detached garage, we repeatedly got told that what we wanted to do was just not possible due to the amount of protected trees and underground roots in the area that we wanted to build on. Following a recommendation from a neighbour, I contacted Dean to get his opinion. He came to the site with a structural engineer and within a week they had come up with an ingenious canterlever plan which would allow us to have our detached garage and not damage any of the trees around it. He took care of all the drawings and copious amounts of form filling that was required to get the plans approved and much to our delight he got them approved in a short amount of time. The build itself went ahead without a hitch and the site was always clean and tidy which was handy as we have small children. The time and price schedule were stuck to and we are very happy customers.
I would recommend Dean to anyone who needed building doing and plan to use Godiva for our upcoming extension.
May 2013 - Mrs Wormleighton, Horsell
When we mentioned to a friend that we were planning some building work she immediately recommended Dean. We approached him to help us plan the project and after meetings and discussions, Deans ideas had completely changed our mind as to how we were going to renovate our house. Dean was very patient throughout the whole process. He helped us plan what we wanted and answered our many questions along the way.
Throughout the process, Dean was always available to discuss things. His team were great and very considerate of the fact that we were living on site with 2 toddlers. Our house presented Dean and his team with some interesting challenges but we had complete trust that appropriate solutions would be found and they were. We were always impressed with how organised and tidy the site was kept. The quality of the work was very high and Dean's attention to detail was at times more pedantic than ours.
We are really pleased with the renovation and have no hesitation in recommending Godiva Developments and would definitely use them again in the future.
Mrs & Mrs Homolka, West Byfleet - November 2012
We are extremely happy with the completed extension undertaken by Godiva Developments. We never thought that a project like this would run as smoothly as it did. Throughout the build, the work was carried out to perfection. Dean managed the whole build personally which meant that everything ran like clockwork without our working day being encroached on at all. Our property and the building site was kept clean, tidy and safe at all times bearing in mind that we had small children living in the house throughout the project.
Dean and his team were also nicely spoken and friendly with good sense of humours which made it a fun project for us and the children.
With his eye for perfection, Dean advised us to make a few changes along the way which vastly improved the end result. He was also fair with pricing any extras we added on midway and also did a few things for us out of the kindness of his heart, which is much appreciated.
At the end we didn't even have a snagging list which was brilliant and we will definitely be using Godiva Developments again for our rear extension when the time comes.
September 2012 - Mr & Mrs Bennetts, Horsell, Woking, - Rear & Side Extension
We are thrilled with the outcome of this large build (double-story side and rear extension plus single storey the other side).
We chose Dean because he was price-competitive, had been recommended to us, and we felt he struck the right balance between being thorough and professional, and being easy to get on with.
The quality of the build was very high, and his attention to detail was remarkable. His time commitment was amazing.
Our build was completed ahead of schedule and Dean fitted the kitchen into the build without impacting the original schedule. In fact he put in significant extra effort to complete it so we could use it for an event well before the build was due to be completed.
Dean was always looking for source materials that offered value for money.
We had no significant problems because Dean was always able to come up with imaginative solutions when something needed one. We were able to leave him to make decisions about where to put things because he knew what he was doing and he had our full trust.
In short we’d recommend Dean at Godiva to anyone and won’t hesitate to go back to him in the future.
March 2012 - Mr Gough, St Georges Hill, Weybridge - Completion of Extension
In times, when there seem to be a lot on unreliable and unstable builders around, it was great to meet Dean and for Godiva to complete the building of my extension.
From our first meeting, on a Sunday morning earlier in 2012, Dean did what he said he would do, which, in itself to me was important.
The quality of the work that he did was very high and I was kept informed throughout the job. The pricing was very competitive and Dean's personal involvement was important. He always ensures that he is a key figure controlling the project at all times and, clearly, his pride in what he does shows through. I would have no hesitation in using Dean for other building or renovation jobs that I need doing.
December 2011 - Mr & Mrs Gale, Horsell, Woking - Rear and Side Extension.
We approached Dean at Godiva Developments through personal recommendation and after seeing several successfully completed projects in the Horsell area. Everyone was really pleased with his work. We felt it was important to appoint a firm we could rely on to deliver a quality build on time.
Dean was helpful at the quotation stage, taking time to understand what we wanted; carefully looking at the plans and offering practical ideas which greatly improved the design. With the contract signed, the building work progressed quickly and it soon became apparent that the site was to be kept well organised, tidy and safe at all times.
Dean kept us well informed as the build progressed, forewarning us of any outstanding decisions that we needed to make in order to keep the job moving and talking though any slight improvements we might want. In any job there are likely to be unforeseen events and we had our fair share with, amongst others, work required to facilitate the very old existing plumbing and drains to support the additional demand for water. Dean handled these situations well: explaining the options available and the cost implication – we were always fully consulted before any work took place.
Given that Godiva Developments only take on one main project at a time, meant we never had to worry about competing priorities: Dean was always on the job and at times seemed more concerned to get it spot on than we were! He was also meticulous in ensuring our project completed on time. Thanks to Dean and his team for turning plans into reality and making a home that we plan to enjoy for many years to come.
December 2010 - Mrs Purvis, Woking - Extension planning and build - Woking.
We don't hesitate to recommend Dean and Godiva Developments to our friends. Right from our first meetings with Dean he 'went the extra mile' to explain things clearly to us and make sure that his proposal was what we were looking for. He was helpful in suggesting some minor amendments to the plans and as the project went along.
We have three oak trees with preservation orders on our property which had to be protected whilst the building work was done. Dean was great at negotiating a practical solution for this, keeping all parties happy!
We were very impressed at the care Dean took over the details such as the choice of brick colour, the' tudor timbers' and door fittings. Throughout the build the site was always neat, tidy and safe for our family. Dean was always considerate of our living arrangements so that we managed to shuffle between rooms, as work progressed.
Overall we were more than pleased with the service we had from Godiva and are enjoying the results!
July 2010 - Rear double storey extension - Horsell, Woking.
We chose Godiva Developments to design and build our loft conversion to provide us with a further bedroom and en-suite to our 1930's built bungalow. During the project we were impressed with the friendly and approachable nature of Dean and his colleagues.
Timekeeping and reliability was excellent and their work ethic guaranteed that our property was also left safe and tidy at the end of each working day. Communications were reliable in updating us with progress of the build and offering guidance and solutions to any alterations necessary.
For all aspects of your build - from the initial design stage to the build completion - we would thoroughly recommend the Godiva Developments team.
April 2010 - Mr and Mrs Fiveash - Woking.
We had quite a large build which converted our 3 bed 1 bath detached property into a 4 bed 2 bath with extension to the kitchen and living room.
From the very start we knew Dean was our preferred builder, he spent time taking us through everything on our plans asking if we had thought about details from ceilings, door positions, windows, lights, sockets etc. and helping us make our minds up on those we had not even considered, plus his quote was competitive. Every meeting we had throughout the build process were very relaxed and all the way through Deans experience and creativity really helped us from making some basic mistakes, achieve the best from our original design and saved us some money along the way too.
At the start we discussed the schedule of works and from that we were able to plan ahead and it was clear that Dean went out of his way to ensure we experienced as little disruption as possible. Our build spanned some of the worst weather for a long time (Nov 2009 - April 2010) including some of the wettest and coldest weather. Although this did impact the completion date it was by exactly the number of days lost to the bad weather! Amazing. The coldest weather was around the time of 'knocking-through' to help us Dean erected a wall within our living room so we could still use it while the work continued on the other side, we greatly appreciated this, he even lagged it for extra warmth.
With Dean's ideas and creativity, we were able to redesign almost all of the upstairs, meaning that we gained an en-suite. Dean and his structural engineer, who he obviously has a good working relationship with, sorted out all the changes required. And this was all achieved without adding any extra days or costs to the final bill as it was considered to be the same amount of work just in a different shape than originally agreed.
We had several meetings at key stages. At each point Deans attention to details were obvious and really helped speed things along later as there were seldom any urgent decisions to be made.
Throughout the work Dean and his team were always punctual getting the maximum work out of the daylight hours available and they were also incredibly tidy throughout never leaving mess or anything dangerous that our three children could hurt themselves on.
Deans work is clearly of a high quality and he expects the same from anyone else he involves on the job, he sources good quality components and I think this shows, we were very pleased especially after a number of friends who have undertaken similar projects before ours commented that they wish theirs looked as good as ours. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
November 2009 - Mrs Payne - Guildford - Complete new build project including planning.
We instructed Godiva Developments for our Self Build construction project. The reason we went with Godiva was because it was clear from the beginning that Dean led from the front and was on site everyday to make sure the job ran smoothly and the building was done to his standard.
We wanted a builder who did the majority of the work himself as many seemed to outsource the work. Dean took charge of the project and built the shell and roof using all reclaimed materials , his attention to detail ensured that we have a 21st century eco house that looks 200 years old . Dean kept us informed at all times during construction and helped us over come many of the unforeseen problems we encountered.
We are more than delighted with the result which meant the rest of the build flowed like clockwork .
July 2009 - Mrs Bedford - Woking - Side Extension.
We undertook a virtual rebuild of our 2 storey 3 bedroom detached house to make a 6 bedroom 3 storey house with Godiva Developments.
The project was completed within budget with minimal delay. From the beginning Dean Kettell took responsibility for the whole project, communicating well with us on project progress in a professional and friendly manner, advising us where necessary and ensuring that the sub- contractors kept to their specification and timescales. This was a project that could have so easily been a nightmare but Dean worked to ensure that it became exactly how we dreamed it would be.
I would not hesitate to recommend him for any new build or extension work.
November 2008 - Mr and Mrs Yallop - Worplesdon - Extension work and Planning.
As featured in "25 Most Beautiful Homes" magazine - February 2010 issue
Dean Kettell of Godiva Developments built our extension with the utmost professionalism. He worked diligently to meet all the deadlines. There were times when he went above and beyond the normal building process expanding on ideas and forward thinking for internal solutions. He is very hard working and trustworthy, and we would unreservedly recommend him to build any extension, big or small.
Should you wish to look at his work please do not hesitate to contact us on 01483 233589