It was not a decision we took lightly to go ahead with a garden room for the back of our house. Firstly, it is a big expense and because of this it had to flow well with the rest of the house and work as a live-able space. We’ve seen a few extensions where a room is just plonked on the back of a house and never feels integral to the rest of the home. It took us about a year to decide it was the right thing to do.
From day one we decided to go with Oliver James. We were impressed with how James just deals with garden rooms which means he comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge as to how best make use of the existing building and the new area being created. We spent a lot of time planning and deciding how the layout would work as an open plan family space and to give us the feel of the outside coming in. We wanted to move the existing small kitchen from the front of the house to the back and make it an integral part of the family home. James took time to understand our vision and helped us realise this with suggestions and input as to how best to get what we now have. If we had an idea, he helped us run with it.
We had the work done back in 2017. The team were on site every day prompt at 8am. This gave us the opportunity to have a daily chat as to what was happening that day before heading off to work. James followed this up with weekly site visits. Plus, he was always contactable if we had a query. Although we’d never experienced building work within the home before it wasn’t nearly as painful as the horror stories you hear about. We had to live in our home while the work was undertaken which could have been nightmare but it was OK and exciting to see the progress being made each day and week.
As I mentioned, part of our remit was to bring the outside in and to give us a feeling of space. As you can see from the pictures this has certainly been achieved and a worthwhile investment, especially with the summer we had last year.
James was fantastic to work with - we really enjoyed and got great value from discussing our ideas with him during the initial process of designing the room. When work commenced the team were friendly and polite, and responsive and understanding to our particular requirements, which is really important when making such an investment. When we encountered inevitable challenges and problems, James was supportive and the team ensured items were addressed. The final product is an outstanding addition to our home, totally transforming our house and our family lifestyle. It is a space our family always uses and everytime I get home from work I can't quite believe the change! I try and work from home as much as possible!
Finally, James and Carrie were just great people, and this is hugely important when deciding to work with someone on a daily basis for 6 months!
Many thanks for your work and all the very best in future projects.
We had a garden room completed by Oliver James in September 2016. We found James and his employees working on our project to be professional and courteous at all times, always arrived on time and made sure the site was left clean before they left each day. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them in the future..
We had such a great experience working with Oliver James. The staff were hard working, polite, clean and always on time. They really listened to what we wanted and created the most beautiful garden room. I was heavily pregnant during the extension and they ensured everything was on time, mess was to a minimum and they kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. We had our garden room built in 2016 and due to personal circumstances we sadly have to move to be closer to family now. We were so lucky to have the garden room as it was the selling feature of our house.
We had 7 viewings and all 7 put in an offer and we were lucky enough to get above our asking price. Our house was on the market for 2 weeks it did not need to be on any longer. All viewers commented on how the garden room was the most amazing feature. It is so tastefully done and creates the most amazing open space. We also were able to create a great relationship with James which will continue. Prices were good compared to other quotes we received and all prices were broken down into proper stages so we knew what we were paying for at what point. We were given all paperwork in regards to planning applications etc and Oliver James ensures they take full responsibility of this and get everything checked so there are no issues. I highly recommend using them. You won’t be disappointed!
Pippa - Milton Keynes
Great experience working with Oliver James Garden Rooms. James and Carrie are both very friendly and easy to communicate with and always responded quickly to any questions we had along the way. All the workers we had on site during the build worked quickly and efficiently and were very tidy.We are over the moon with our garden room, which has been built and finished to a very high standard, and we would definitely recommend Oliver James...
We've finally got the furniture in and are now using our new garden room! I've attached a couple of internal photos
So we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone at Oliver James for the speed and high standard of their work. We're so pleased with our new garden room and can't wait to show it off and make good use of it at our son's 1st birthday party.
Faye & Jaime Bull
I cut out an advert of ‘the Kew’ about 3 years previously, so knew I liked the look. I also researched the company online and liked what I saw. James was great when we met and he seemed genuinely excited about the project, which was refreshing change to most builders!
Mr & Mrs Bullingham
We wanted to increase the size of our kitchen. The main reason we chose Oliver James Garden Rooms is they specialise in garden rooms. In addition, James helped with design ideas and the cost was below our guide budget.
The strengths of Oliver James are reliability, beautiful design, high quality and good value for money. They also provide excellent project management and high levels of communication from the start including a full project and payment plan. No nasty surprises for extras.
We were looking at moving house to get more family space, the expense of doing that was astronomic and we would lose lots of the benefits of our current home. By chance we were told about Oliver James Garden Rooms and it was an ideal concept for us.
Oliver James provides a professional, engaging service, with vision to drive what we required, and the complete project managed package, left nothing for us to worry about, amazing!
We purchased our bungalow with the specific intention to extend the downstairs space. We wanted something that would give us an open plan airy feel with plenty of light that we could use all year round.
We liked the idea that Oliver James Garden Rooms would project manage the whole build from start to finish. We had previously had building work done on our old house and managed all the tradesmen ourselves, the hassle was immense.
We loved the marketing material for Oliver James and the testimonials were excellent. On meeting James, we felt comfortable that he would ensure the guys did a good job It was a strong selling point for us that Oliver James managed the whole build from start to finish. The testimonials gave us confidence that they knew what they were doing and would do a good job.
The guys who actually did the build were lovely. They were respectful, honest, trustworthy and reliable, which made a huge difference.
We are delighted with our garden room, we couldn’t be happier with the results.
The garden room proved itself over the Christmas holidays. We had friends over from Sweden and with their three kids and our three, we needed all the space we could get. Despite the extremely cold weather the wood burner worked a treat, keeping the room at a comfortable temperature without any problem.
Chris & Jacqui
The main selling point, mentioned by all the estate agents who viewed our home and the couple who bought it, thought the kitchen/garden room was fantastic and that it was a large contributory factor in choosing our house over a similar house in the area.
The garden room has proved a wonderful addition to our home. It looks superb and the added space blends in well as an integral part of the house. The design and quality receives praise from every visitor. The project design and construction went very well, the weekly progress meetings proved productive and any challenges were dealt with professionally.
Sylvia & John