We have just had our house renovated, including knocking through the kitchen/diner, rebuilding extension, removing old conservatory etc etc. On a recommendation from a friend in the trade we used Peter East-Bland, of ‘Londons Calling’.
I can’t recommend him highly enough. As well as being a first class builder and particularly skilled bricklayer, he is also a really good communicator – which is a rare thing in my experience! He kept in touch on an almost daily basis so that any problems were discussed and surmounted immediately; he liaised with other tradesmen (including those brought in by me) and relevant officials on our behalf and he kept to our tight timeframe despite some pretty challenging weather conditions which could have significantly set us back. His partner who manages the finances was totally on the case, keeping track of costs and again communicating with us regularly to ensure there were no nasty surprises in the invoices. Both she and Peter were available to us seven days a week and always 100% professional.
Between them they made the whole process really easy and (almost!) stress-free.