When was the work done?
What was involved?
We built a granny flat extension to the side/rear of our house.
How did you choose Swords Building Contractors?
Found them through pickapro.ie. Asked Peter to call out to discuss what we were looking for. He immediately identified that we would have to get planning permission. He recommended an architect that he had worked with and the architect came up with a design that worked for us and brought us through the planning process.
We then looked for a number of quotes based on this design and Peter’s was the most competitive. That together with the relationship with the architect is why we chose Peter.
Had you definite ideas in mind before you talked to Peter Ashmore?
We had some ideas but were open to Peter’s recommendations.
Did Peter introduce new ideas?
He did. For instance he installed a ring beam just below the roof.
How did the project run?
Excellent on all fronts. Unless you have a 400 page contract there will always be some misunderstandings and miscommunications but these were resolved easily and fairly.
What was the biggest benefit to you of using Swords Building Contractors?
In the end it turned out to be an almost turnkey project for the design and build. We went for a builder’s finish which left the decorating and, fixtures and fitting to ourselves to complete. This allowed us to get a feel for the space before we committed to things like the kitchen installation.
What's your favourite part now?
The ceiling in the sitting room / kitchen area is full roof height giving a real sense of space to the room.
Would you recommend Swords Building Contractors to others?
Any tips for other people?
Mull things over. Have your own ideas but don’t be wedded to them. Decide what is important to you - practicality and budget in our case far outweighed the “design” of the space. I should have sought out people who had previously had work done but didn’t. Trust is very important to build up.