When my husband and I decided that we wanted to convert our loft into an ensuite master bedroom, we didn’t do much research as we had been recommended Smiths of Bromley by a number of people. From the first contact with them we knew we had made the right decision.
Initially we were given a start date of March but were very pleasantly surprised when Terry (known as The Boss or Tel) contacted us and said that the team could start in February.
So along came the scaffolding which took only 4 hours to put up and the work began.
Next Tom and the construction team turned up and erected the shell, added the new roof and installed the staircase within 3 weeks. We have to congratulate that team for the courteous treatment, the tidiness and clearing up of rubbish from day one. We couldn’t fault this team at all, although their singing left a lot to be desired !! (One of my husband’s best memories were the roofers singing along to Titanic) Smiths used Thomas Plasterers and they were all mindful of the dust and put up dust sheets everywhere to prevent most dust from infiltrating every nook and cranny of the house. How they managed to get every single wall as smooth as they did is beyond our comprehension.
What followed then was some exceptional work by all of the subcontractors, including Chad and the electrical team – nothing was ever too much trouble including fantastic after care (thank you Chad); Simon the tiler was just skilful and our ensuite bathroom is to a 5 star standard; Spencer and Paul – the plumbers, were also exceptional particularly in their after care too. So next to woodwork, what can we say about Dave – the Chippy? his attention to detail, precision and craft man ship was outstanding. Just make sure you buy sufficient tea bags he loves a strong brew! Shame for Smiths that he is retiring.
Just want to make a special mention to Dan (Doozy), who did everything from filling cracks, installing windows and collecting the rubbish.
Finally, Terry – thank you for driving the project, constantly collecting rubbish and ensuring that everything was completed on time. He also sorted out our snag list (which was, as you would expect, very small). We will certainly be looking to see if he can help us with our kitchen extension next.
If you are looking to do a loft conversion be prepared for some dust (its natural), be prepared for some noise – especially at the start, be prepared for lots of workman on site in one go – but this really should not be unexpected because when you bash through a wall / ceiling, putting in a new staircase there will inevitably be noise and dust. However, as stated, the team minimised the disruption for us and were just so courteous, tidy and could have a laugh with you as well. Please consider using Smiths of Bromley for your loft conversion as we would not hesitate to recommend them.
On the finance side, the quote we were given was the price we paid – apart from personal requested extras.
Final note, our loft conversion did take 4 months from beginning to end but that was mainly down to our personal taste and style. Just remember that the shell is up in 3 weeks which is truly amazing work – thank you Smiths of Bromley.
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