Alan & David | COORABELL
We appointed Damien Connellan Building as our contractor to perform major alterations and additions on our property at Coorabell. The project involved the renovation of an existing two storey A frame western red cedar cottage that was approximately 30 years old. Several piece-meal extensions had been carried out on the property and it was our intention to unify, extend and improve the overall quality and appeal of the home.
Having built and renovated a number of other homes previously, we understood how very important it was to select the right builder for the project. It was critical for us, as we knew that a great deal of our time was spent away when the work was being carried out. Trust therefore was paramount.
Damien Connellan Building came highly recommended through a friend who had major renovations and additions done by Damien. We were so impressed by the work he had produced for them that we knew he was to be our builder.
We had very specific ideas and goals that we wanted to achieve. Damien not only helped us achieve them, but he was also instrumental in suggesting aesthetic and design ideas that enhanced the overall look of the home. While base plans had been supplied, Damien's attention to detail and his communication skills in attending to a myriad of details, showed he understood our high expectation and he always delivered with care and exceptional quality.
During the renovations and additions we were at times still occupying the home on a part-time basis. Damien's consideration toward us was shown by his amazing ability to keep the site very tidy.
The completion of the work was a great result and has created a character filled home and a relaxing environment with lasting quality.
Above all it has been the attention to even the smallest details, the quality of work and craftsmen like manner from Damien Connellan Building and his sub-contractors that has created the result we were after. This project has exceeded all our expectations and Damien's work is always admired by anyone who visits the home.
If we know of anyone wanting to carry out building work, we will always put forward Damien Connellan as an excellent builder.
Karen & Garry | NEWRYBAR
We wish to express our gratitude for the construction works at our property, and our delight at the outcomes achieved.
The fact that we had to work to a strict budget, at time constraint to provide for temporary occupation and weather to contend with, made for tight control and pre-planning of tasks, all of which you handled admirably.
But most importantly, perhaps, is the craftsmanship you displayed as you approached and instigated each phase within the contract. Everything measured accurately – no “near enough is good enough” – and fitted together like clockwork. Also the attention to detail, ensuring all exposed surfaces were adequately sealed prior to installation, ensuring that the building will still be going strong a hundred years from now.
Of course, such quality comes at a cost. You were not the cheapest quote we received, but your analysis of the plans prior to quoting demonstrated that you fully understood the requirements (the Architect’s, ours and Council’s) to achieve a proper finished product.
We believe the rate is fully justified as you give a full hours work every hour of the day and this productivity produces a greater output each day for the dollar.
We also appreciated your assistance in sourcing all of the resources required at the best possible prices, which made a big difference to the final cost.
As you are aware we are planning a similar project when sufficient funds are available and it would be our hope that we can again contract you to weave your magic.
Ruth & Phil | BANGALOW
Needing to extend an existing historic red brick home in Bangalow, we were determined find a high quality builder to execute our project to ensure the extension was of the highest quality and was sympathetic to the original building. Damien Connellan was chosen from a short list of 3 because he demonstrated his ability in that area and displayed an understanding of the scope of the project as well as bringing plenty of fresh ideas to the table with his quote.
Over 18 months Damien and his extensive team of high quality sub-contractors delivered an award winning extension full of excellent craftsmanship. We love living in our new home which is the ultimate testament to the excellent result delivered. Of significance is his attention to detail and his insistence on a high quality finish.
Many of the notable features of our outstanding new home were suggestions tabled by Damien and his team. He came forward with design enhancements on a regular basis and most were adopted and significantly enhanced the desired look and feel we were searching for.
For the periods of time we were living on site during the extension work, Damien ensured that the impact of his work on us was minimal. He worked to ensure minimal impact on our neighbours as well. The site was always kept tidy and in good order.
Damien proved to be an excellent communicator and kept me fully informed of any variations. This was very important as I was unable to be present during most of the work. Damien and his team were prompt in their attendance and always delivered more than their fair share of work for the time recorded. A high level of trust was established early and underpinned the smooth completion of the project. Most importantly Damien always acted with the highest level of honesty and integrity I have experienced in a lifetime of dealing with professional third parties.
We highly recommend Damien and his team for any building project you have in mind.
Karen & Steve | BROOKLET
We hired the services of Damien Connellan Building on the recommendation of neighbours who could not speak highly enough of the standard of his work or his affable and professional manner. Damien was contracted as a builder and worked with us for a number of months.
Not only can we affirm the outstanding recommendations of our neighbours, but we can add our own as well. The work undertaken by Damien is of the highest standard. All work was done on time, within the agreed budget and, furthermore, as problems or potential aesthetic issues were encountered, Damien would discuss these with us, offering alternative ways of overcoming and/or improving our original designs. Anyone Damien subcontracted for the purposes of the job also provided superior service.
Damien knows and will explain where it is important to spend money, but also save it as well, which is so important in terms of genuine economy and added value. In fact, we have taken great satisfaction in the fact that when other tradesmen enter our home, without fail, each of them has commented on the high standard of Damien's work. Damien generously and of his own volition, offered such useful advice on how we could proceed with our work – advice that we took and not only saved time, but money and ended with a quality result.
Having renovated three houses now, we can definitively state that Damien is one of the hardest working and reliable men that we have had the pleasure of encountering. His attitude to his work, the respect he shows your home and his interactions with us as his clients have meant that having Damien on the property has been a sincere delight.
We cannot recommend Damien Connellan Building highly enough and would gladly use his services again.
Adrian & Angela | NEWRYBAR
You have done an amazing job building our forever home.
You epitomise what it is to be a master builder. The house is perfect and even better is that the build process was a real joy and that is all thanks to you professionalism and partnership on the project.
Our door is always open to the Connellan's.
Susan & John | BALGOWLAH
Thank you once again for the outstanding workmanship and management of our building project. We really appreciate the professional manner with which you organised the entire job. It almost made the project seem 'easy'. We would be delighted to recommend you to any future clients.
You certainly set yourself high standards Damien!
Wayne | CURL CURL
Choosing a builder is one of the most difficult decisions one can make.
In my case, it was made even harder by the fact that my understanding of any contruction technicalities bordered on zero.
Among a field of highly regarded and recommended builders, I chose Damien Connellan. Damien wasn't the lowest quote, nor was he the highest. He was however, the most thorough and helpful, spending hours explaining each and every option available, where to save money, and more importantly, where to spend a little more to avoid any future problems. This was all before he was given the contract.
If the 'Plain English Building Contract' is designed to make a lay-person feel more comfortable, then Damien is best described as the 'Plain English Builder'. He goes out of his way to make sure you know each and every detail of the building process.
Unlike most builders who flit from job to job, Damien was always on-site, supervising all trades and making sure schedules were met. From plumbers to renderers, he chose the best in their field, and that fact is reflected in the finished job.
Our house is high on the headland which is regularly lashed by near-cyclonic conditions. While neighbours have had their share of weather damage, our house has withstood the elements brilliantly. This is testimony not only to Damien's prowess with the hammer, but his insistence on over specifying those materials such as window frames and roof structures.
There is no such thing as a dream renovation, but if you want to avoid any real nightmares, consider Damien Connellan Building for your project.
Russell Simmons | ARCHITECT
Damien Connellan Building has carried out a number of projects over the years, for which I was the architect. There are a number of areas in which I judge the performance of a Builder: Dilligence – Damien started when he said he would and proceeded very diligently straight through to completion, without disappearing off on other work (which is a very common and annoying occurrence in the house building industry).Workmanship – Damien by nature likes doing things very well, hence his workmanship is of a very high quality. He has an eye for and pays attention to the detail, which makes for a quality product. During the course of the work he offered many suggestions to improving the final result.Variations – Alterations and additions usually involve cost variations and I found Damien's pricing of variations (both for unforeseen items and client changes) to be very fair and reasonable.Value – Damien provided high quality at a reasonable price, which resulted in excellent value to the client. Ultimately this is the most important service that can be delivered. Damien Connellan Building has done a wonderful job on the projects he has worked on and from that experience, I have no hesitation in offering my personal recommendation, and have done so to owners and architects.