During the middle of November 2018 B K Construction started the building work we planned for, which entailed them building a single storey extension and a lot of internal work. For example, they converted a former kitchen into a main bathroom, and re-organsed 2 bedrooms so that an en suite could be incorporated with the new master bedroom.
Brendan was always available to answer all of our questions, and he made sure we were happy at each stage of the building work. He always returned our calls and messages promptly, and managed the whole project in a timely fashion, which meant delays for deliveries and materials were kept to a minimum.
His whole team were a pleasure to have on site. Always cheerful, and were polite to our neighbours who commented to us on a number of occasions how cheerful and friendly they were. There was always someone on sight to manage the deliveries, and despite access challenges they were always upbeat and just got on with transferring the materials from kerbside to site. Although the internal and external work was incredibly messy, and could have been potentially disruptive, as we were living on site the team took care to clear up, and always left the site tidy.
All ancillery services were arranged through Brendan, for example roofers, electricians and plumbers, and they were all efficient and knowlegable workers.
We are very pleased with the quality of the work, and glad we chose B K Construction. We would have no hesitation in using them again and recommending them.
Chris and Derek Sowden, Somerset, October 2019
How lucky we are! We were introduced to Brendan and told what a good company he had.
How right that information was. The work started and finished exactly the date we were told.
We seemed to have a number of different workman, each specialising in a particular area. All were polite, hard working, tidy and friendly. Somehow they managed not to damage the plants growing near the work ! We are so delighted with the end result that we have already recommended the company to others, confident that they too will be well-satisfied. Thank you Brendan and workers!
Edward and Christine Donkersley, Uffculme, Devon, September 2019
Brendan was recommended when I was buying my first period renovation investment property in Wellington and now we’ve just finished the second. I cannot recommend B K Construction highly enough. Brendan and his team are skilled, experienced, and helpful. Brendan is knowledgable and creative with solutions, the quality of the work of all the boys in the team is the highest of any builders I’ve used, and most importantly they all care about the work they do. I am so grateful to the person who recommended B K Construction to me 9 years ago.
Katy Evans, Wellington, May 2019
Brendan was recommended when I was considering creating an open-plan kitchen/living space which involved removing an internal wall. Once the plans were agreed and the kitchen chosen, Brendan promised that all the work would be completed in two weeks. I didn’t believe him and blanked out four weeks in my diary. Amazingly, the whole project was completed in one day short of two weeks! Not only that but Brendan also managed to tile my bathroom which had not even been in included in the original project. With Brendan nothing is too much trouble.
Brendan is extremely professional and his team are super-efficient, helpful, cheerful and reliable. Overall, the work was competitively priced and of a consistently high standard; I would not hesitate to recommend Brendan to anyone considering building work in their home.
This was the first time that we had used BK Construction, however they came highly recommended and Brendan was incredibly helpful throughout the planning stage of the project. The project was carried out in 3 phases to minimise disruption – 1. A new build single garage (to replace existing), 2. New build single storey side/rear extension to provide utility/boot room and 3. Conversion of existing integrated double garage to extend ground floor living space and create open plan kitchen, dining living space, this included the removal of an external wall and replacement fit with aluminium bi-fold windows.
Throughout the process, Brendan kept us fully up to date with progress, was exceptionally flexible as we made alterations to some plans along the way and worked with us to deliver a transformed house. Having a team of builders on site daily for 3 months it was important to us that they fitted in with our kids, dogs, etc and they really couldn’t have been much more helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending BK Construction or using them again in the future.
B K Construction recently undertook the conversion of an agricultural building into offices for us at Hemyock Engineering. As the existing building was just a tin shell, we needed everything from new external cladding and insulation to new walls and ceilings throughout. As well as the offices, we also required 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms, a board room and warehouse storage. BKC completed the work in under 4 months moving at a steady and consistent pace with always plenty of manpower on site. We were particularly impressed by the site foreman who we had daily communication with and was always ready to ask questions where the specification was unclear. As with most projects there were many client changes throughout the build, but BKC were very accommodating and flexible to our requirements. The end product is a high-end finish and we have been very proud to show both our local and London/international clients around the offices and all have been suitably impressed.
Andy Malam, Hemyock Engineering
Brendan has been helping me to maintain and upgrade my Taunton let property portfolio for some years now, and this is the latest: A large ground floor flat was looking very tired after a long tenancy, we completely redecorated and put in a new kitchen. The shower room was re-grouted and the ceiling plastered and a little hot water heater put over the basin. After new carpets and curtains it looked top quality and was let before it was completed at an increased rent.
Brendan is always extremely helpful, positive with solving problems and invariably sticks close to his quotations. His workforce are a delight to have around. I have no hesitation in recommending them so long as they do not get so busy they can’t fit in my next job!
Alice Sumption, Taunton Vale Properties Ltd
We have used BKConstruction for 2 jobs so far, the last one being a kitchen and utility room replacement. Brendan and his employees have been very good to work with and have been proactive in suggesting solutions to problems in both design and fitting. They have also treated our house professionally, cleaning up at the end of the day and not being intrusive in the way they work. We have been very satisfied with the quality of the work done and the response to fix any small problems found after completion. We would intend to use them again for any future work.
Kym & Maggie
I’ve used Brendan (B K Construction) for several jobs including the installation of a new kitchen, an extension and building a garage. All work was completed on time and to a very high standard and his team worked really well together.
I find Brendan very useful when trying to turn ideals into reality and this is where his experience really shows. Some of his ideas have helped me to maximize the use of a space particularly with my extension.
I have also used Brendan in an industrial environment where he illustrated he was capable of working with all the H & S aspects. He delivered a turnkey solution to a building project on a very tight timescale and exceptional standard.
We recently had a conservatory built for us by BKC. It was completed on time and within the price quoted. Both my wife and I are very impressed with their service and politeness. We would have no qualms in using them again,also we would recommend them to others.
Lesley and John Hooper
We would just like to thank you and your team for the excellent work carried out on our extension. Always puncutual, polite and tidy with everything carried out to a very high standard and any unexpected challenges met with ease. We couldn’t recommend you and your guys enough. Thanks again!
Daniel and Rebekah Smith
In 2013 my Shop was virtually destroyed by Fire. I appointed B K Construction as Contractors to undertake the strip out and rebuild. Being positioned in the Town Centre and with no means of easy access, this was a particularly difficult and sometimes dangerous undertaking. The contract was completed efficiently, on time and importantly within budget. The standard of workmanship and finish is exceptional. Dealing with Insurers, Loss Adjusters and the like was a particularly stressful time for me and I cannot thank B K Construction enough for their help and professionalism in completing the works so efficiently.
Gill Shire (re North Street Shops)
Brendan Kingston/BKConstruction has carried out many jobs for me over the past ten years or more in my last two properties. I have found him to be friendly and helpful. The jobs he has carried out for me varied from small to building extensions on my current property. I would recommend BK Construction.
We are very happy with all the work Brendan and his boys have done for us – and will definitely be having them again !It is good to have a good builder so local, which is very important to support our local people too. They are very good working together, always cheerful, which makes a lot of difference – It was absolutely freezing when they were doing our barge boards, as well as painting down the house – so I just kept the kettle on, only fair to them !! They have also done a wonderful extension for us above our kitchen, with minimal disturbance to our routine.
“We’ve used BK construction many times over the years for all aspects of internal and external building works, large and small and also kitchen installations. They have always provided an excellent complete service as the main contractor from designs, tenders, procurement and management of sub contractors right through to the timely completion of works. A professional company with honest values who won’t let you down. Have and will continue to recommend”
Keith Bright, Estate manager, Babcock Infrastructure services
We have had the pleasure of using BK Construction on more than one occasion and would recommend him and his staff highly.
We have had the kitchen modified with further units and worktops fitted to a high standard with tiling around the work tops changed .
Floor tiling has also been done by Brendan in the past in the hall way through the kitchen and into the downstairs toilet.
Lastly this year we had a conservatory built and patio extension built , whilst doing this we decided to change the size of it after works were started , the mods were done without arguments and in good humour!
It was done to a very high standard and now into the winter we are very pleased as we have an extra room at remarkable value .
All works were done quickly and on time to a pleasing standard by all his guys , and left in a clean and tidy condition.
Highly recommend by us !
Neil and Philippa Thompson
I would just like to thank Brendan and his team for all their hard work. I love my new garage and my loft. He explained how long it would take and they kept to it. As I work full time. I had too trust them and did fully. My neighbours also commented how hard working the team were. I would recommend them.
Thanks again guys
St. Ivel Garages
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I am happy to write this testimonial for Brendan Kingston (BK Construction).
Mr Kingston has recently completed a project to convert an old lorry garage building into a youth club/community centre for Hemyock Parish Council. I administered the scheme on behalf ofthe Parish Council. The scheme was worth around £100,000.
Mr Kingston’s tender was competitively priced and his pricing of variations was considered to be fair and reasonable. The workmanship was considered to be of good quality and the work was carried out quickly and efficiently. The project was completed within the contract period.
Mr Kingston was always cheerful, co-operative and eager carry out the work (and any additional work) as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Building Control Officer was also satisfied with the work carried out by Mr Kingston.
I would be very happy to recommend Mr Kingston (BK Construction) for anyone wishing to carry out a construction project and would be happy to give a direct recommendation to anyone who might seek a reference.
Parish Councillor for Hemyock Parish Council
Using Brendan’s design idea’s and innovative solutions we have a fantastic kitchen which maximises our awkward shaped kitchen and utility. Brendan and his team installed the kitchen quickly minimising the inconvenience such a home improvement can cause.
We are extremely pleased with our kitchen and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and use him again for future projects.
Matt & Sarah Clark
When we bought our large Victorian house, we knew that it would need significant renovation, refurbishment and improvement. But we also knew that whatever work was required would be carried out with skill, efficiency and technical competence by BK Construction. And this has indeed been the case.
After the spring gales, Brendan Kingston oversaw the dismantling of two tall, unsafe chimney stacks and the associated repairs to the roof. The rainwater and foul water drainage systems were also renovated and new inspection chambers installed. Brendan arranged a bespoke design for the conversion of a top floor storeroom into a kitchenette for our guest suite; and then personally carried out the work. Under his supervision, an untidy and unattractive side alley has been transformed by sympathetic brickwork, paving and wrought-iron gates into an inviting second entranceway to the house. And, now that a new conservatory has been added, we have, of course, asked Brendan to tile the floor.
Brendan is always ready with helpful advice on any aspect of building work and is able to call on additional specialist expertise when necessary. We have never known him to be anything but cheerful, optimistic and encouraging and these qualities are also present in large measure in those whom he employs. Whatever construction work we may need in future, we shall always consult Brendan first. We can recommend BK Construction without hesitation or reservation.
Glyn Jones, Wellington
Brendan and his team carried out the fitting of my kitchen to a very high standard. From the day it was started the whole thing was stressless and they did not leave until the job was completed and totally to my satisfaction. The work progressed smoothly due to good organised teamwork. I am thrilled with the finished result. Such a professional company and I would highly recommend them.
Sue and Graham Emery
You have completed a number of jobs for us, ranging from floor tiling, plastering refitting a kitchen etc. All of which have been completed to a high standard and we wouldn’t hesitate to use your services again. The tiling and plastering especially appear to be your speciality.
We employed Brendan Kingston’s construction company to build two single storey extensions to our property (address as above) on the recommendation of a colleague who had already used his firm to build an extension in Hemyock. A small, old study on the western side of the house was demolished and replaced with a much more spacious, lighter and thermally efficient building. The kitchen on the eastern side was increased in size and is now superb and much more spacious than we originally anticipated. The original flat roofs have been replaced by pitched roofs which look much far more attractive (and efficient) than the flat roofs
Our initial impression of Brendan was that he was bright, cheerful, helpful, had some good ideas and was trying to help save us money in the project. His tendering was most competitive, and he has managed to keep to his forecast costs. Brendan and his work force were most reliable and they worked hard to achieve the required goals within the forecast timescale.
We would certainly use Brendan again for building work and have already earmarked him to construct a Garden Room at the rear of the property, and to build a porch over the front door. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him for any form of building work.
Old Heathcoat School Community Centre (OHSCC)
Our lovely building dates from 1912 and was a school until 1989 when it was closed. It lay derelict until 1997 when it was rescued by local people and it is now run as a community centre playing host to over 60 community groups and charities.
The cold wet winters of 2011/12 and 2012/13 accelerated the decay in the many windows of varied shape in the building. The trustees considered making another effort to patch up the 100 year old windows, but decided we should attempt another major project.
Our planning and fund raising team tackled the daunting problems of liaising with District Planners, seeking quotations from manufacturers and raising funds. We tried to interest the planners in PVC and then metal framed windows but to no avail. We had to replace the windows in wood which we thought would be prohibitively expensive.
Fortunately we consulted Mr B Kingston of BK Construction who put together a package based on bespoke engineered wood supplied by Westport complete with double glazing. The quotation given was £121,000 (including VAT) for the replacement of all 53 windows; some with rounded arches, some sash, some very large. This quotation was only marginally more expensive than other options not acceptable to the planners and we were able to convince funders.
Our next problem was how to install the windows whilst keeping the centre going. The BK team liaised closely with our Administrator and her staff. It was difficult requiring much compromise and attention to safe working, but the installation was successfully completed between April and June in 2014 without any extra costs being incurred.
People have remarked on how good the windows look. Ventilation has improved in summer conditions and we look forward to reduced heating bills in winter.
The Trustees are grateful to BK Construction for their efforts in completing the project to our satisfaction. We would be pleased to employ BK Construction on other projects in future.”
J. Bell (Chair)
Magelake Parish Pavillion
“This project started at the end of the summer of 2011, to raise the roof of the main building and to provide much imporved facilities for changing, including 4 team changing rooms and 2 officials changing rooms. We also put in a disabled shower and toilet facility with baby changing. The weather was not on our side and it rained quite a bit, so some slippage was incurred in the build time, but it was finished by may of 2012, with our Grand Opening on 31st August 2012. I am pleasd to say that the over spend was less than £1000, but on a £400,000 project I thought that was exceptional. We now have a fabulous facility and it much used for playing sports, holding parties and even wedding receptions. Full marks to Brendan and his crew for a job well done!”
Diane Brandon, Chair , Magelake Parish Pavilion