Testimonials

 

We've done a couple of renovations over the years and our experience with Ben and his team was easily the best we've ever had. They were professional and dependable. They finished on time and on budget - the one and only time we ever had that happen. Also, they had impeccable followthrough after the job with the inevitable 'bits and pieces' that pop up. I couldn't recommend them highly enough … 

John & Belinda W. - Randwick

 

 

Not only did Benjabuild complete our major renovation in Newtown on time and on budget, they added tremendous value with their creativity, professional project management skills, and expert tips during the process. Every commitment they made was delivered, whether it be small commitments like arriving to a meeting on time, through to biggest commitment of delivering the project in line with all expectations. Their integrity is beyond reproach. Benjabuild have developed a team of highly skilled professionals and a network of subcontracts that provide great flexibility and a first class outcome. Just as importantly in metropolitan Sydney, they worked harmoniously with our neighbours and showed them courtesy and respect to minimise any issues. Not only would we recommend Chris and Ben from Benjabuild without hesitation and with the greatest of pleasure, we would not hesitate in undertaking new projects in the future and be secure in the knowledge we already have the perfect partner in Benjabuild. We thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with Benjabuild and are absolutely thrilled with the outcome, which is a beautiful home for our young family which is perfect for us, very well thought out, is exceptionally well built, kind on the environment and magnificent in its presentation. Benjabuild are passionate about their business and that shows in the quality of the workmanship, the professionalism of their dealings and the exceptionally high standard of their projects. Making the decision to renovate was daunting, however the decision to appoint Benjabuild made it a pleasure.

Karl C. - Newtown

 

 

Architect: Paul Wilsher Design

Build time: 6 months

Location: Newtown

Description: Demolish & rebuild of existing single storey 2 bed 1 bath terrace to a two storey 3 bed 2 bath, retaining only façade and downstairs front bedroom.


Looking for a builder I spoke to five or six builders recommended by my architect and friends and asked three to give me detailed quotes after initial discussions. Of the three Benjabuild wasn’t the cheapest but I decided to go with them for couple of reasons.

  • Benjabuild had the best communication skills and was open and reasonable in negotiating a contract
  • Having looked at a couple of the other jobs they had done the work looked higher quality and other clients were happy
  • Chris was happy to spend the time getting the contract scope level of detail right to reduce the chance of variations

When the job commenced Ben (Peat) was responsible for construction.  The build was a positive experience for the following reasons;

  • The build was finished on time and on contract price
  • Minor tidy ups after Benjabuild had left the site were done quickly and without question
  • Ben was very open and honest, with a high level of integrity, as was his leading hand
  • Ben understood the importance of keeping the neighbours happy
  • Ben came up with ideas to improve the finished product
  • Ben worked well with my other subcontractors (flooring, kitchen, windows, staircase) resolving any issues that came up on my behalf
  • Throughout the job weekly onsite meetings and responsive communication meant I was able to make minor design changes in a timely way without major expense
  • No surprises - the variations to the contract were exclusively additional works requested by me
  • Cost of variations was transparent and reasonable and <6% of contract
  • Invoicing was transparent & straightforward
  • Ben was flexible with the contract drawdowns to work around the constraints of my construction loan

I would feel confident in using Benjabuild on my next reno.  When other people tell me their reno horror stories all I can do is empathise.
Marc N – Newtown

 

 

I just want to record our thanks and appreciation to you and your team at Benjabuild for the excellent job you did for us in our recent renovatlons. When I have mentioned to friends that we had a wonderful experience with our builder that you and your team provided a high quality service i-n every respect, and that the project on time and on budget, they look at me in amazement. As you know, our architect Harry Levine recommended you on the basis of his previous experience. Obviously, for good reason. Your  responsiveness' your professional and pl-easant manner coupled with the highfy professional approach and skills of your team were fabulous from a client point of view. Your attention to detail. your ability to adapt quickly and without fuss when we changed our mind and your very quick and helpful folfow-up on lny issues once the project was completed have, again, been of real vaIue to us. Another measure of the way you operate was the response of our neighbours. Despite the noise and dust that inevitably attaches to a renovation next doorr our neighbours have made a point of commentinq to us on how'professionaf and agreeable your team was' throughout the Project.

We thank you again for your excellent work. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to other potential clients and we wish you well with your future business. You deserve it.
Stephen & Lucy C - Woollahra

 

 

Benjabuild are without doubt, the best builders in Sydney. We have just completed a large 5 month renovation, involving changing almost every room in a 4 bedroom house, and Benjabuild have been exceptional throughout. Not only have we ended up with our perfect home, but the process has been unbelievably smooth from the day we met to discuss our plans, through to the day we moved back in. Of particular note is:

  • They understood the brief: We felt Ben really listened and understood what we were trying to achieve, and how we wanted to do it. Ben always proactively looked for solutions to problems and came up with ideas of how we could get what we wanted
  • They delivered on time: Ben and the team worked hard to deliver everything to us on time and without delay. This was particularly impressive given the scale of the renovation and wider involvement of a range of trades
  • They delivered on budget: Ben understood our focus on cost and price and the team finished our project on budget" They also helped to save money on items where there was an opportunity to do so which was a great help.
  • The quality is fantastic: lts very clear from Ben and the team that they take huge pride in what they do, and care about leaving a great finish, This is obvious throughout the property

Perhaps the most important point of feedback is about the style of Ben and the rest of the team. I have a close and demanding eye for detail and was keen to construct a specific look for the property. Ben and the team understood this and were fantastic to work with, both in being patient in understanding and explaining how the build could progress, and in also working through any issues. This was the difference between having a good builder who does a good job, and a great builder who does an exceptional job. The whole team were fantastic to work with, and we wouild recommend them without hesitation.

Joe & Selina Short – Balmain

 

 

From the first instance we met Ben he was both professional and straight forward. The whole building process with Ben felt very easy. We were always aware of the build progression, through weekly meetings and follow up written minutes, provided with °a high level of detail and efficiency. Bens planning made it easy for us to organise materials and supplies. He provided excellent schedule that was met with almost no delays, everything stayed on track. Our renovation was finished in exactly the time frame estimated by Benja Build.

Ben's attention to detail was fantastic. He went above and beyond his role, making suggestions on design details, and assisting with improvements to the layouts of areas such as the bathrooms. Ben was also easy-going and flexible. His post-building service were exemplary. Minor issues, post completion, were handled in extremely fast time frames, and he had no problems coming back to the site and rectifying and confirming they were completed to our satisfaction. Overall, we had a fantastic experience building with BenjaBuild, we would use him again and would highly recommend them to anyone building.

Mark & Nicky C - Bondi

 

 

Chris and Ben's work and can-do attitude stood out as exemplary from the super-fast initial quote, through the quality and speed of the build, right down to the final detail finished today. They took such pride in every step of the build, which was reflected in the attitude and workmanship of everyone who came on-site. Their earnest attitude in listening to our needs and wants at every stage and working so diligently to target, both time-wise and financially, strengthened our trust in them daily. When we were away for months at a time, leaving BenjaBuild to continue the work, they didn't let us down. On our return, we knew we had chosen the right builder. We have been left with great memories of our build and a beautiful house to enjoy for years to come. Thank you Chris, Ben and your amazing team for carrying all the stress and the workload with such a positive attitude. Your humour and good nature will be mentioned in our house for years to come.
Michele & Julian – Camperdown