"We engaged DS Barden to renovate our house and add an extension in September 2017. This was a full renovation of everything including full wiring, plumbing, interior remodel, kitchen, bathrooms, floors and ceilings. It was a 7 month project and was finished bang on time. Dan and his team were exceptionally professional throughout as well as being very easy to get on with. Any problems were dealt with with easily and collaboratively. The work was of an exceptionally high standard, and there was a very strong attention to detail. At every stage of the project from quoting through to snagging, everything was delivered exactly on time and as specified. This was a big project for us and one that needed to be done right. We chose Dan based on his strong reputation in the area and we were not disappointed. That reputation is very much deserved. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services."
Matt & Jo Toogood
"DS Barden Ltd undertook our ground floor extension, first floor extension and extensive internal work in the summer of 2017 and we have no hesitation in recommending them. The price was appropriate, the work was completed to schedule and to budget with a few unforeseeable extras (such as discovering a lead water main which had to be replaced).
The team were always pleasant to have around, and Dan’s management of the process and excellent communication made the project considerably less stressful than it might have been. We had a clear understanding of the manageable payment schedule and open lines of communication at all times. Since the completion of the project, snagging was completed quickly and without fuss and the team have returned a couple of times since then to fine tune aspects such as the new heating system."
Mr and Mrs Shea
"A pleasure to work with from start to finish. We wouldn't hesitate to work with Dan and his team again. On time (in fact, finished our 2-storey extension and significant internal remodelling / refitting slightly early), on budget and very polite and pleasant to deal with throughout the whole process. Well organised individuals and perfectly managed as a team.
Great communication from Dan and the rest of the team all throughout the build from planning to finishing. Super polite, very respectful and great with the neighbours. They even took their time to assist an elderly neighbour who needed some help. One neighbour commented that they had never known a build to be so quiet.
Dan was on hand as and when we needed him, was very responsive, had great recommendations for us from start to finish and met with us weekly to discuss progress and next steps, so we knew exactly what would be happening and when. That helped us to feel very well informed and we knew exactly what to expect and by when to order in any necessary fixtures and fittings. His team are incredibly hard working and kept going through the snow this year on the external work which was not expected but was amazing given the conditions. A very efficient team and a very positive experience for us as the client. "
Mr and Mrs Lavelle
"We cannot recommend D S Barden and the team strongly enough. They came to us well recommended and very much lived up to their billing. Started when they said they would, Communicated clearly when necessary and finished when they said they would. A good and at times quite complicated job with quite a bit of steelwork done well. A couple of small snagging issues were dealt with immediately and without a quibble. The guys on site were polite, worked diligently and apart from an at times dreadful choice in music did all they could to minimise disruption to us. Mopping floors and wiping down surfaces at the end of the day - really! A nice team."
Mr and Mrs Williams
"DS Barden Ltd undertook our ground floor extension, first floor extension and extensive internal work in the summer of 2017 and we have no hesitation in recommending them. The price was appropriate, the work was completed to schedule and to budget with a few unforeseeable extras (such as discovering a lead water main which had to be replaced). The team were always pleasant to have around, and Dan’s management of the process and excellent communication made the project considerably less stressful than it might have been. We had a clear understanding of the manageable payment schedule and open lines of communication at all times. Since the completion of the project, snagging was completed quickly and without fuss and the team have returned a couple of times since then to fine tune aspects such as the new heating system."
"DS Barden were recommended to us by one of the Mums at school. Our 2 storey extension was finished this Summer. The build was finished on time and on budget. Dan and his team were efficient, polite and did their best to keep disruption to a minimum. Dan had regular meetings with to keep us up to date as the project progressed and problems that arose were dealt with quickly and efficiently. We would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend them."
Mr and Mrs Ashlee
"We asked Dan and his team to quote on our bungalow renovation. From quote stage to completion of the project we found everyone at DS Barden and all contractors that they worked with, to be totally professional and efficient and yet caring and interested in every part of our project. We had many unexpected issues that came up during the build and Dan and his team promptly suggested solutions and worked tirelessly to complete the project three weeks early and to a very high standard. We are extremely happy with the renovation and glad that we included some of Dan's suggestions. If anyone is looking for a builder they can trust and a respectful and hard working team then we would highly recommend DS Barden. In fact no one who comes to our house can believe the transformation, and our neighbours only have positive things to say about how considerate they found Dan's team."
Mr and Mrs Drake, Sevenoaks
"Dan and his team helped us with our first ever build project and they couldn't have managed the process better. The entire project was completed on time and to a very high standard. All staff were pleasant and professional and even snagging list items (which are very typical of any such project) were taken care of promptly and with the same care and attention as the actual build itself. Dan himself, met with us on a weekly basis to ensure we were kept up to speed with all deliverables, and we would highly recommend their services and would most definitely use them again."
Tom and Heidi Woollard
"We recently completed our first house renovation, adding a double side extension and single story back extension, plus several improvements to the existing house. Dan and his team made what could have been a very stressful situation into a very positive and successful experience.
Having spoken to several builders in the build up to the work commencing, we were impressed by Dan’s attitude to the build. He was excited at the prospect of the project which made us confident in our choice. We had issues with the access to our property and Dan was the only builder that did not bring this up in the initial discussions – preferring to focus on how we would achieve the finish we wanted within our budget.
We were impressed with how the build went to schedule and that at each milestone, the next step was ready to commence straight away. There were no unnecessary delays and the build came in a week or so ahead of schedule.
As with most projects, there were lots of things that popped up during the build and changes that we wanted to make. Dan was always available to discuss the changes and offer advice on the most cost affective solutions.
Dan’s team were also a pleasure to have around. We were living in the property in the initial stages of the build and they were always courteous and helpful with us and our neighbours, keeping the disruption to a minimum.
It’s clear that Dan cares a lot about the reputation of his company and this shows through in the work that he and his team do. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking to carry out building work to their property."
Colin and Sarah Mccrum
"We engaged DS Barden to extend our home in April 2016. Ours was quite a large extension (including a new kitchen/family room, bedroom, bathroom, ensuite and patio) and was due to take 5 months. We were apprehensive as we had watched too many episodes of Cowboy builders!!
Our decision to engage DS Barden was the best decision we made. The build was
finished within the timescales discussed at the outset and within the price agreed. We lived in our house for the time of the building works and Dan and his employees did all they could to ensure that the building works did not impact our family life and home more than they needed to. Even when the time came to start work on our kitchen which meant the kitchen needed to be empty, Dan ensured that a temporary kitchen was set up for us in another room so we still had a sink, microwave, cooker etc.
I would thoroughly recommend Dan for any building project. We found him and his team to be reliable, hardworking, professional and respectful. Most importantly, they produced a build of very high quality and were willing to give advice whenever decisions were needed from us. They really are such a fantastic team and I would not hesitate to use them again."
Kate and David Marriage
"Dan Barden and his team produced a beautiful home out of a semi-derelict shell, on budget and 2 weeks early. He was a pleasure to work with"
St Malo House Ltd
"We contracted Dan for a ground floor extension and were very happy with the outcome. The team were friendly and courteous, and throughout Dan was available for updates and advice. We found Dan very approachable for questions and concerns, which were soon put right. I would not hesitate to recommend DS Barden, especially for those undergoing major work for the first time"
Mr K Smith, Tonbridge
"We were recommended Dan Barden through Sevenoaks mums and we'd seen his boards around Sevenoaks at other projects. This was the first building project we'd embarked on and before we'd even signed up with Dan he helped us to find an architect and get through the planning phase. He was very open and honest during discussions around price and specification and provided some very helpful recommendations to give us the best possible finish.
Throughout our project Dan's team were really helpful and Dan, taking the role of project manager, kept us informed from start to finish meeting with us regularly and was always being available if we had questions along the way. We took the decision to remain in our property whilst the work was going on and Dan took this into account throughout the project planning around our day to day needs and discussing every stage of the project with us.
To say we're delighted with the results is an understatement, not only did our project finish exactly on time, to the very day that we agreed, it also came in on budget with a variance of just £200. The finish is fantastic and we couldn't recommend DS Barden enough. We will definitely use Dan again if we embark on any other building projects; you really do get what you pay for!!!"
David and Michelle Webb
"D.S. Barden Building Contractors undertook a 2 storey side extension to our house and a total reconfiguration and renovation of the ground floor in 2015. Dan and his team were a pleasure to work with. There were various changes to the plans as the build progressed and these were dealt with in a professional, understanding manner so that we were able to agree the most sensible and cost effective solution each time. Communication with Dan was very good, from the discussions around an initial quote through to completion of the build. He and his team were very reliable and respectful of our near neighbours.
The development was finished ahead of schedule, and Dan and his team ensured that the process was an enjoyable one and, as far as possible for any building project, stress free!
We do not hesitate to recommend D.S. Barden and would happily use them again."
Mike & Kate Lea, Sevenoaks.
"We have recently had our building project completed by D.S. Barden, which involved the demolition of an existing one storey extension and garage, then construction of a double storey extension, single storey side extension and porch. It was a very significant step for us, both financially and practically, and we were naturally concerned that we needed to make the right decision in choosing a builder. We needn’t have worried, as we made the best choice in using Dan and his team. He delivered exactly what we had asked for – both within budget and timeframe. All the team were talented, hard working, professional and friendly.
We had complete trust in Dan and never had to worry he was not going to act upon his word. He kept us up to date and informed of all aspects of the project and could always be contacted. After 18 weeks of building we have moved back to a home that is improved beyond our dreams – it has been transformed into a perfect family home and we are now enjoying living here so much. The work Dan and his team have done is of fantastic quality, as all our visitors have commented. We would be happy for any potential clients of Dan’s to come and view his work for us."
Oliver & Jill Bettsworth
"Dan Barden recently came to our rescue when we were let down by our previous builder. His team were fantastic and under Dan's supervision, finished off our build quickly and with attention to detail. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again and would highly recommend his company to anyone looking for an honest and reliable construction company.
Dan Barden came highly recommended and he didn't disappoint. He and his team were both professional and approachable. They came in on time, on budget and did an excellent job. We were delighted with the outcome and would use them again if the need arose."
"The decision to knock out walls in your home, as part of a downstairs restructure, after 30 years is always potentially a time for concern. Dan
Barden came to us, recommended by good friends, and from the first meeting it was obvious he listened, noted and explained what his company could achieve. The quote was detailed and accurately presented.
From there on, every aspect of the work, over 4 weeks, was exactly on time. Dan was always available, whilst the site Manager, Ted, was excellent in every aspect, ensuring that all the work was completed to a high standard. His careful and thorough approach with his team ensured that they always produced a neat and well finished job. We are delighted with the end result. Everything was a success from restructuring the new room with 3 steels, ensuring the plumbing and electrics were installed to exact specification and re-plastering the ceiling and walls to an immaculate finish.
We would have no hesitation in highly recommending Dan Barden to friends, as a builder who understands the customer ethos and works hard to deliver the promised result."
"D S Barden Building Contractors came to our rescue after we'd had an encounter with a builder who had ripped us off and was then unable to complete our garage extension. Having been left in an awful mess and feeling very weary of taking on someone else to finish the job, we made enquiries to find highly recommended builders. Dan's name came up and we got in touch for a quote. Together we discussed different options to get us to where we should have been within a tight budget and timescale.
Picking up the pieces from where someone else had left off was never going to be easy but Dan and his fantastic team were not discouraged by this. They were polite, good humoured and incredibly professional. Our building works were completed to a high standard and most importantly we felt in safe hands at last - thank you!"
"Our experience was that Dan Barden and his team were very reliable and generally worked to a very high standard. We were impressed with how well they planned a complex project and then delivered on time and on budget. Changes to the scope were all agreed and either added to or subtracted from the account as appropriate so that we actually ended up slightly under budget. Inevitably with a big project, there were a few minor problems along the way but any issues and rework were addressed honestly and quickly so that we were happy with the end result. We would gladly use Dan and his team again."
Iain & Sarah Pearson
"We would highly recommend Dan and his team. Dan listens and remembers, his organisational skills are spot on. Quotations are very competitive. Nothing is too much trouble for Dan, from the sale to the end result, the service is excellent. Dan was always available to answer any questions we had or discuss changes we had decided upon as the build was progressing. Dave, Tom and the rest of the team of builders he employs were all courteous and the quality of their work is fantastic. The timescales promised were in fact shorter than expected. After our second time of using DS Barden Building Contractors, we would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again ourselves. Thank you Dan. "
Mr and Mrs Metcalf
"We would just like to express our thanks once again on the superb two storey extension you have built for us. Everything has been built to perfection, in record time, a week before the predicted finish date, and with no problems.
The neighbours have stopped me and my wife on many occasions to let us know how polite and friendly your team have been. This has been very reassuring as we had been worried about upsetting the neighbours with the amount of work we were having done.
You have set a new standard for builders. In the 15 years I have been hiring building companies from Scotland,, down to Kent, I have never met a company as professional, polite, and friendly as yours. They are all very family-friendly, which was great due to our 3 year old son. This is the gold standard and I will carry on recommending you to my friends. "
Stephen and Eleanor Slade
"Dan Barden and his Team have just completed a total refurbishment of my house in Sevenoaks and I am delighted. Dan has lead me through the project every step of the way and I have felt totally confident that the job was in safe hands. He has been so helpful in advising me with his expert knowledge.
Without exception, Dan and his Team have been talented, thoughtful, considerate and hard working. I cannot thank them enough for the professional job they have done. Their attention to detail has been second to none and I would thoroughly recommend them."
"We engaged D.S.Barden Building Contractors to build our new two storey house extension. D.S.Barden were highly recommended and their price was competitive. However, it was Dan’s personal approach, communication and attention to detail, which clearly demonstrated an understanding of our requirements that made them stand out.
We were not disappointed as Dan and his team continued this approach during the build, keeping us informed of progress throughout. The project was completed to the agreed price, specified quality and on programme in spite of difficult winter weather conditions. We would not hesitate to recommend D.S.Barden."
Andrew and Rowena Harrison
"We have used Dan and his team to undertake two different renovation projects on our property covering a variety of trades. From the outset, Dan's professional attitude was exemplary. He and all his team are reliable and punctual, leaving the site (our house) tidy at the end of every day which was essential with our two pre schoolers running around. Their work is to a high standard and any unforeseen changes were dealt with in a cheerful and flexible manner. Dan and his team's vast knowledge of all areas of development were essential in helping us choose the most cost effective way to proceed without sacrificing quality. All his team kept to the schedule and each project was delivered within the promised time scale.
It was a pleasure working with Dan and would not hesitate to recommend him and his team in all areas of property development."
Mr & Mrs Handley, Sevenoaks
"Dan and his team were a pleasure to work with from the outset. We lived in the house during the build and got to know them well, they were all friendly, helpful and gave us an amazing extension. Any unforeseen expenses and extras were dealt with as they arose; Dan and his team always seemed to provide a sensible and cost effective solution. Dan project managed for us including dealing with our other trades (window company, decorators and flooring suppliers) giving us a relativity stress free build. I have no reservation in recommending D.S. Barden and would happily use him again."
Mr and Mrs Maloney
"Dan's company was recommended to us by a family friend. The work that his company did for us was carried out to a very high standard and in a very professional manner. The men who carried out the work on our home were all very friendly, good humoured, polite and very accommodating, no bad language or sulking so long as copious amounts of tea and biscuits were provided. We would have no hesitation in providing a reference for this company, and would welcome prospective clients to view their work. We thank them all for a project very well done and on budget and schedule."
Mr and Mrs Giles
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