"Mike and his team have designed and built 2 separate extensions on our home in line with the needs of a growing family. On both occasions we used the full design and build service and Mike was able to accommodate some very specific design requests resulting in a building solution that was not only sympathetic, but also innovative. Mike and his team are always considerate and tidy on site and we have no hesitation in recommending them. Each time our works came in on budget and on time with a very small snagging list which was very promptly dealt with. The whole team are efficient, energetic, friendly and helpful and in this day and age it is rare to have the same team on site when projects are 8 years apart. They worked hard and throughout both projects provided extremely helpful advice which meant a relatively stress-free build. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future."
J. M. - Ashtead (2008 and 2016)
"Mike Wilkinson designed and built a kitchen extension for us and carried out some other internal renovations, including knocking two bedrooms into one and installing a new shower room, in 2012/2013. The standard of workmanship was excellent and the planning and execution were all very smooth. The cost and schedule estimates were detailed and realistic (in fact the build was completed slightly ahead of schedule). Mike’s team were a pleasure to have around, we enjoyed their company and they took care to minimise the disruption to our family and to always leave the worksite as clean and clear as possible at the end of each day. I would not hesitate to recommend them."
Clare Fisher - Ashtead (2013)
We worked with Mike from the design stage for our extension and renovations plans. He very quickly produced drawings for review and managed the planning application process for us. We had previously had a planning refusal with drawings produced by a different Architect. Mike’s drawings were approved by the council and our build began just a few weeks later. Mike’s team were all polite, courteous and friendly. They made sure everything was left safe and secure each day when they were inside the house and were mindful of the fact we had young children. Their work is of a high standard and they do not cut corners. We are very pleased with the outcome.
K. D. - Ashtead (2018)
Mike Wilkinson carried out a major extension to our property in 2015. The work involved a single storey extension to the rear and side of the property, along with a full loft conversion and roof replacement to create an additional bedroom. They also carried out extensive internal alterations to the existing building, fitted a new kitchen, along with external rendering to the existing top parts of the house.
Right from our initial meeting, Mike was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to properly discuss and understand what we wanted to achieve, and we had many meetings with him before the work started to fully agree and finalise the project brief. Mike came up with a lot of ideas on how to achieve what we wanted and to maximise the use of space. He also wasn’t afraid to point out where he felt some of our ideas were unrealistic or could be improved. He provided a fully itemised and detailed quotation, which then formed the basis of the monthly invoices as the work was carried out. Any additional items were fully costed, discussed and agreed before carrying out the work.
Throughout the course of the work, which took 6 months as originally planned, we remained living in the property with 2 young children. Mike’s team were always extremely courteous, professional and friendly. They arrived on time every day, worked a full day with set break periods, and always left the house habitable at the end of the day. Mike maintained excellent communication with us throughout the project, and any problems or concerns were dealt with promptly.
The quality of the finished work is excellent. As someone who works in the construction industry I took a close interest in the quality of the work and the materials used. Since the work was completed we have had only a couple of minor issues which Mike dealt with immediately. It is now 3 years since the work was completed and we have not experienced any other problems. Considering the scale and complexity for the work carried out, this is outstanding.
In summary we would highly recommend Mike Wilkinson, for both the level of service provided while the work is carried out, and also for the quality of the finished product.
Mr and Mrs Martin, Ashtead (2015)
Mike and his team have now completed two building projects for us, in 2014 and 2017.
At the outset we discussed our needs and possible designs with him and he then produced a number of solutions that could meet our needs. The preferred solution was then developed to incorporate other features on our ‘wish-list’ and some that he recommended. We also dropped a number of features that he felt would be inappropriate, lack value or add unnecessary complexity.
An aspect of the design development process that we came to respect was Mike’s knowledge of what the local planning authority and building regulatory inspectors would find acceptable. This was evidenced by their approval of both his design and building technique at every stage.
His ‘design and build’ philosophy is to work with the customer to achieve the best possible outcome in terms of what is practically feasible and aesthetically pleasing, whilst meeting the customer’s needs and wants within their budget.
The projects were completed in a structured manner by Mike’s fully employed building teams. We found all of his employees to be personable, gave attention to detail, were excellent timekeepers and left the site clean and tidy at the end of each working day.
In terms of budgetary control, I found Mike’s inventory/invoicing system clear and easy to follow. When unforeseen changes had to be made (almost inevitable in any large project) or indeed, when requested by the customer, a ‘parts and labour’ quotation was provided and then incorporated with the running aggregate.
In summary, I have found that Mike Wilkinson provides an excellent ‘start to finish’ building service. His involvement at the outset when you, the customer, are trying to formulate a design that will meet your needs, desires and your budget, is invaluable. The process of developing a design when working with him leaves little room for any misunderstandings over interpretation or cost. As a result, the building work can proceed smoothly and to the satisfaction of all parties!
I have no reservations in recommending the services of Mike Wilkinson & Co.
John Lindsay - Ashtead (2014 and 2017) (excerpts from a very long testimonial)
Mike designed our single-storey rear extension - principally to create an integrated kitchen/diner, an extended living room and a utility room - in close consultation with us and handled the planning and building regulations approvals process in a seamless way. Mike then co-ordinated and supervised both the build and fit-out by his superb team. We cannot speak highly enough of their expertise, professionalism, courtesy and reliability. Where sub-contractors were needed for specific disciplines, their people too were of the highest calibre. Mike and his team kept us informed of progress and upcoming stages and consulted with us on all key aspects. We also liked the contracting and billing process, which was transparent, detailed and accurate. We continued to live in the property throughout the build and fit-out process. The team always respected the fact that this is our home and ensured that the disruption was kept to a necessary minimum - an example being the imaginative use of temporary walls - and they went out of their way to be helpful to ourselves and our neighbours. We are absolutely delighted with the results of the project. We wholeheartedly recommend Mike and his team without reservation.
Frank and Sarah Penson - Ashtead (2019)
"We were absolutely delighted with the work carried out by Mike and his team all the way through the project, and Mike was also very good at resolving one or two minor niggles after completion. His team were all very professional and friendly, and they went out of their way to minimise any disruption to us during the build. We’d thoroughly recommend them!"
Mr and Mrs North - Epsom (2017)
"We were delighted with the service from Mike and his team, from the start of the initial consultation, through to the design and build. All aspects of the service were conducted in an extremely professional, very friendly and enthusiastic manner. Everyone in the team really cared about doing their best for us and made very helpful suggestions along the way. They were all very mindful that we continued to live in the property throughout the build and went out of their way to minimise any disruption to our daily routine. Their time-keeping was excellent and communication was clear and helpful at all times. They also maintained a very high standard of tidiness/clearing-up at the end of the working day, which was noted by various neighbours. We could not have wished for a better team and would strongly recommend them."
Mr and Mrs C. - Epsom (2017)
"Mike Wilkinson and his dedicated, friendly team completed three projects on our house. It is a real benefit that the design, planning and building process is managed all together. Each time we received the same honest, reliable, professional service. Mike is patient and listens to what the customer wants and delivers an excellent result to the budget agreed. We would have no hesitation in using Mike and his team again or in recommending them."
Karen Etherington - Ashtead (2012, 2013 and 2016)
"Mike and his team are unfailingly professional, helpful, friendly, and meticulous about the work they undertake. We were initially apprehensive about embarking on 6 months of building work at our family home, but Mike and his team ensured disruption was kept to a strict minimum, the work was of a very high standard and completed on time and within the agreed detailed budget. We would certainly prioritise using Mike for any future projects, and would happily recommend him to others."