Tony Catchpowle - 29th January 2012

"Working within the construction industry I was looking for a pro-active medium sized contractor who could achieve my objectives and timescales on a refurbishment & extension project. (Dovecote Stables, value £165,000)

From day one, even prior to the tender stage, Grace started to contribute to the Project. She made suggestions on where we could improve the specification and save time and money. Once becoming our preferred contractor Grace continued to co-ordinate her own staff and a number of sub contractors.

Grace ‘stuck to her word’ and ensured that the construction team were on site every day and at weekends if needed, and keeping me informed of any problems or issues that required my input. Grace made herself available 24/7.

The quality of the workmanship from labourer to craftsmen was high, and a high priority was given to keeping the construction site tidy. The end result has been to produce a building to a high specification and within our budgetary constraints.

We sourced most of the finishes ourselves; however, Grace enabled us to use her trade discount on a number of occasions, enabling us to purchase superior products.

We were on a 4 month programme during which we initially lived in the house whilst the work progressed, and although this was not ideal for all parties Grace took into consideration the problems of a family with young children within a building site.

I have no hesitation in recommending Grace and Pondstart. They were a rare find, Grace demonstrate integrity and honesty in her dealings with us. Finally, although no construction project can ever go completely to plan, I believe Grace has the determination and experience to keep the project moving forward and has the patience of a saint!"



Roy Butler - 28th January 2012

"Pondstart work force and their contractors were all friendly skilled and professional. They ran a tidy and well ordered site and despite the restriction of having to share the narrow access lane with several neighbours they always did their best not to cause inconvenience.

We were impressed by the care taken to install the insulation and the vapour control layer which means we have achieved the high level of insulation and air tightness we hoped for. Overall they have built us a home to be proud of."



Anthony L.R. Cotterill - 27th October 2011

From the first initial visit by Grace Plant and her son Alec to discuss the project so much design detail was discussed right down to door handles, this impressed us.

This was followed by later visits by their plumbers and electricians.

The project started on the date given and materials arrived on time and when required and work was completed in the time specified by Ms. Plant.

The project was an additional bedroom and en-suite and given that work commenced on a Monday by the following Friday all brickwork was at roof height ready for roofing steel and timbers to be fitted.

All personnel and subcontractors employed by Pondstart Ltd were first class and the site was tidy throughout the whole of the project.

It was quite refreshing to see and work with a building company and their team working to high standards without any shadow of doubt I would most highly recommend Pondstart Ltd to any potential clients or business.



Ian and Alison Steele - 12th December 2010

"We chose Pondstart for our extension and renovation in Summer 2010 after shortlisting three local building companies recommended to us. Pondstart's quote for the work was very competitive but also by far the most detailed and comprehensive quote we had and there was no hesitation in explaining the details and changing it as we changed our plans.

Once building work began, the project was kept on budget and on time throughout despite us altering our designs slightly with daily project updates and queries. Any issues encountered were painlessly overcome with all options and costs provided and explained for our decision. All mess and destruction was kept to a minimum and any sub-contractors and building controls were managed and co-ordinated very well.

One area we were particularly impressed with was the coordination effort provided to ensure we were disrupted as little as possible whilst work was carrying on around us - something very important to us with a busy household and young family. Despite the fact they built a new extension, moved our entire kitchen into it and relocated the boiler for the central heating and hot water (in winter), we were only "offline" for about 3 days.

So, I would highly recommend Pondstart for any building work and would have no hesitation in using them again - we've been so pleased we've been passing their details on to friends and family for any other projects they have. We would welcome any prospective clients to come and have a look at the finished result which we think is fantastic."

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