What our customers say...
They were a great pleasure to work with, showed great patience and accommodated all of our additional requests. Unlike other builders who use any extra requests for work to make a quick extra buck, Summit often agreed to do small extra items without any additional costs and for the larger items they charged a fair price. They used the highest quality materials throughout and were very quick to rectify any imperfections that we found, even if it was not their fault. Summit worked hard to source supplies and continue construction during the Spring 2020 lockdown, even when most other building companies had stopped any works. When it was time to move back into our house, they worked early morning and late night shifts to get the construction to a level that enabled us to live in the house.
Summit consulted us about very little detail in the design to make sure we were happy with the work throughout. At the same time, they had a lot of building and design suggestions which we found extremely useful. After finishing the works, Summit were very happy to rectify any small niggles that we pointed out.
In summary, Summit group exceeded our expectations and we did not regret our choice at any point. Any extra money spent compared to other building companies was well worth it and we can unreservedly recommend Summit to anyone looking for top quality work and peace of mind doing a large domestic project.
After meeting with various different builders, we decided that we really wanted to work with a company that would manage the whole build for us. We didn't want to have to source and manage other contractors such as plumbers, electricians or decorators separately, so when we met with Julian from Summit Group for the first time, he let us know that Summit Group had its own group of plumbers, electricians and decorators who all work together under the one umbrella. Summit Group would coordinate and manage the whole build. That to us was a huge factor in us choosing Summit Group, as the last thing we wanted, was to have a contractor finish their part and pretty much walk off site without the job being fully completed with gas, electricity and all. We really didn't want to have to project-manage various separate contractors ourselves.
When we met Julian for the first time, he was friendly and he gave us some other very helpful ideas with regard to our new extension. After much deliberation (another very well-respected builder was coming out a bit cheaper) we decided to go with Summit Group for the build and we are extremely pleased that we did.
Very soon after accepting Summit Group's quote they started to move their equipment onsite and it wasn't long before they'd completely taken down the rear of the property. Throughout the build, we found the team to be very professional, friendly, hard-working and punctual and we found their work (and their work ethic) to be of an extremely high standard. Julian provided a constant presence throughout the life-cycle of the build and he was really very helpful indeed in suggesting suitable ideas when we were faced with certain challenges along the way.
Much of our build took place during the Coronavirus pandemic and it is a credit to Summit Group that they were able to finish our project during such difficult circumstances.
We are extremely pleased with the extension, the new upstairs bathroom, the heating solution, the electrics and all of the decoration that Summit Group have provided and we have, as a result, ended up with a fantastic extension that far exceeds what we could ever have dreamed of!
Thank you very much indeed to all at Summit Group. We will miss seeing the team, we will miss our weekly catch-ups with Julian and we will certainly miss his contagious laughter.
Summit were an absolute pleasure to work with, they went above and beyond to accommodate our requests (which often meant changing things). Their team were always here, always worked a full day and took a real pride in the work they did.
We did our works in two phases and where possible Julian used the same team for both. Vasili is now part of the family! We lived in the house for Phase 2 and Julian and the team made us a comfortable kitchen/lounge space and planned all of the works around us being in the house at the same time as them.
The quality of Summit’s work is excellent, they take pride in their finishing and high standard of workmanship. I would highly recommend them for any large project. We will defiantly be working with them again in the future, but for now we get to enjoy the finished product!
Being a bit of a perfectionist, we loved their approach of using high quality materials and their commitment to completing works to the highest standard. They also came up with great ideas to enhance the architect plans and provided solutions to ensure the end result was as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
Every single team member was punctual, polite and most importantly were all highly skilled tradespeople. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend SGBC. They’ve definitely left a lasting impression in our house, as our young son now likes to play builders, he’s ‘Big Julian’ and I’m ‘Julian Jnr’
We decided to undertake the work at the same time as our neighbours, who wanted to do similar things to their house. We met a lot of builders and ultimately decided on Summit based on the strength of their reputation. I received so many overwhelmingly positive reviews about them, and saw the high quality finish of their work, that I knew the process would be far less stressful than choosing another building company, which might have been cheaper.
Indeed, very early on in the process, we went into lockdown and the team did everything they could to continue the project, safely, despite supply issues. We knew that we were in the best hands possible given the unprecedented situation we were in. The team were very diligent, always starting work at 8am and finishing at 5pm, ensuring good progress was made every day. The team were friendly.
We also received some good design ideas and feedback from Julian, which ultimately made the end result of our project much better than what we started off with.
We had never done a house renovation before and were therefore apprehensive about the horror stories that you hear. We can honestly say that Julian and the team at Summit were exceptional and we very quickly knew that we had 100% made the right choice. All the builders were extremely polite, friendly, always on time, extremely hard working and clearly very good at what they do! Julian managed the whole project from start to finish (we didn’t have an architect to project manage) and I think it was probably as stress free as it could have been. Julian was very open to our ideas and also had plenty of great ideas himself. We never got the impression that things were too much trouble and all the builders took pride in the work they were doing.
The very limited number of other trades that visited the house (windows / carpets) all commented, without prompting, about how impressed they were with the quality of the work and that no corners had been cut. The quality of the finish was exceptional and Summit went above and beyond…one example was a bespoke bar that we had built in the main room, which has opening and slide away doors, which proved technically tricky to design and install but Julian and the team delivered, and there are many other examples - the main carpenter we had on site was a genius!
Other than add-ons which we decided on during the build, Summit stuck to the original quote which we were really impressed with as I’m sure that some items were a bit trickier / took longer than they had originally quoted for. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Summit to family / friends and we were really impressed with the service they provided from start to finish
Thank you and keep up the excellent work!
From start to finish, we have always been able to communicate well with Julian and his team. They have always gone above and beyond to ensure that we were happy with the work as it was progressing, nothing was ever a problem. If you're looking for builders who are trustworthy, reliable and efficient then look no further - we will definitely be using these guys again!
We couldn’t be more happy with the service we received over the months that they were with us. We remained living in the house with our three children and dog. The team were incredibly hard working, tidy and polite. Julian, Summit’s co-owner managed the build and would visit most days to discuss our ongoing project.
Each tradesperson needed throughout the build were employed by Summit. This meant that there were never any delays waiting for subcontractors which seems to be pretty rare in the building industry.
Julian is not only a great communicator, he also has fantastic design skills and we actually made a few amendments to our architects plans because of his suggestions. We had lots of bespoke carpentry built throughout, from wardrobes, to cupboards and our entire utility room. Julian designed it all, drawing his plans on the wall for his talented carpenters to build. It was truly amazing!
Overall we cannot fault Summit as a company, and recommend them to everyone that needs any major renovations. Their craftsmanship and high quality finish is second to none and we can't thank them enough for building our dream home.
Julian and his team made the process smooth, even in the face of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Every member of the team is hardworking and committed to achieving an excellent quality finish. Importantly also in sharing our home for several months, they were always friendly, tidy and patient with us being around too! Our boys also loved Julian’s signature wicked laugh!!
Thank you Summit, we look forward to lots of fun family times in our beautiful reconfigured home!
They were not necessarily the cheapest quote, however they insisted on doing the work within their own team so they could ensure quality, and they manage the build process from start to finish. All Summit staff attending site were extremely polite, tidied up after themselves and nothing seemed to much trouble for them to minimise our inconvenience.
We had a couple of surprises thrown in along the way (anyone embarking on a construction project should be in no doubt that this will happen!) and I was impressed by the way Summit (particularly Julian) dealt with it. I think a good measure of a contractor is how they deal with such unplanned events. Some see it as an opportunity to squeeze money out of the client, some offer little help as it wasn’t in the original plans. Summit were very pragmatic in their approach to such problems, offering sound advice and absorbing as much cost as they reasonably could.
In terms of the quality of the product, their level of finishing is excellent. The carpenter we had undertaking second fix was more of an artist than a tradesperson!
Thank you to Julian and the team, we are very happy with the end product and wouldn’t hesitate to use Summit again.
Vadym and the team are professional, personable and extremely trustworthy. That trust and the relationship that we have built up over the past decade is invaluable. Their finish and attention to detail is spot on as is their problem solving ability.
I cannot speak highly enough of the Summit Group.”
Julian and his team are incredibly competent and hard working. Nothing is too much trouble, and Julian was always kind and patient in the face of our indecision. The whole process was smooth from start to finish, and we couldn’t be more thankful for our dream home. We love it!
We are delighted with the work Summit have done, the quality of the work is excellent. Our project was finished on time and on budget. We would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others.
The team were lovely to work with and very respectful while we continued to live with our young kids in the house. They were committed to getting the project completed and took pride in their work. Julian made site visits on a regular basis and we talked through any concerns open and honestly.
Costing was fair and alterations to these were always discussed first so there were no surprises and snagging issues have been addressed since completion. We would be happy to recommend Julian and the Summit team and we are planning to use them again for our attic renovations in the future.
We have been so impressed with their exacting standards and refusal to make compromises. We moved back into the house 4 weeks ago and the few snagging issues have been swiftly addressed.
We cannot recommend Vadym and his team enough. Should we ever need to do a similar project in another property It would be Summit who we would call. The project was completed on time and in budget, despite the fact that we asked for additional work which was outside the scope of the original tender. Visitors to our house who have seen the results have already contacted the company with a view to obtaining quotes for their own projects. I have no doubt there will be many others to follow.
The team were an absolute pleasure to deal with – nothing was ever too much trouble. Everyone was respectful, committed and took pride in their work. The team were lovely with our children, taking the time to explain things, listen to their wish lists and even treated them to sweets! The scale of our renovation was extensive and yet the house was always kept in immaculate condition plus we had no complaints from neighbours. The team went to great lengths to deliver total satisfaction and things like digging up daffodils and replanting them, and rehoming nesting birds stick in my mind show the level of detail the Summit crew observe.
Julian made site visits on a daily basis and addressed any concerns immediately. He made suggestions that altered the course of the build for the better and was totally transparent on costs throughout. The end result was spectacular and we were delighted with our choice of building company. We would have no hesitation in recommending Summit
Bottom line is, we couldn’t have got it more right. Vadym and literally every single one of his team that came to site were delightful. From the ground-works crew, to the bricklayers, the electricians, the plumbers, the decorators, the tilers, the joiner (who is a literally one of the most skilled craftsmen I’ve ever seen work) and of course Vadym himself….they were all very polite, unbelievably hard working, respectful and talented.
We’ve reflected on how the process could have gone (the team were with us 15 months) and my wife and I literally can’t fault these guys. They did what they said they would do, they kept to budget and most importantly, the quality of the workmanship that we have been left with is outstanding. The finish is just exceptional. If you have a big job that you are hoping will turn your home into your dream home but that whole notion makes you feel nervous that it may all go wrong along the way, then you need to call SGBC. If your journey with them is half as good as ours…..you’ll be left very pleased indeed and will probably end up writing a testimonial like this one.”
After working with Julian I was introduced to his business partner Vadym who works mainly in South London. He first completed a project for us in Clapham Junction where we added a new basement to a property as well as extending and completely refurbishing the existing dwelling. This project was actually published in Grand Designs Magazine and recognised in the Don’t Move Improve Awards, 2019, which identifies the best extensions in London of the year. We were very happy with the quality of the work produced and Vadym’s team showed a full range of skills being able to complete everything from basement construction through to the finer finishing details that we asked for.
The following project that they completed for us was actually my own house. I think it speaks highly when an architect uses a builder on their own house. I am incredibly happy with the result of this build.
The last project is a new build development in East Dulwich. We introduced some very complicated brick detailing into this building which Vadym and his team embraced. The building is nearing completion and is looking excellent.
We definitely test the builders that we work with and ask them to produce bespoke details that are different from typical housing projects. Each time both Vadym and Julian have stepped up and delivered in all cases and the products they have produced have met our very high expectation. We hope to work with them again soon.
The Summit team worked so hard, and maintained an impressive momentum throughout the project. I have no doubt that we were difficult clients to work with at times, as we were looking for such a high standard of finish, but Julian and his team were absolutely up to the job, meeting and often surpassing our expectations.
Most importantly, the team were always friendly, professional, offered great advice throughout the project and were determined to ensure we were happy with the end results – which we absolutely are. I would 100% use Summit again, and plan to soon!
I have to say, Julian and team have far exceeded my expectations. All work has been completed to the highest standard (almost every visitor comments on the quality of the tiling / paintwork), on budget and on time, despite starting in the middle of Winter. Just as importantly, the team have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and neighbours have commended the clean and respectful way in which they go about their work.
Julian is a top bloke and throughout the process made a number of clever design suggestions which greatly improved the overall finish (the glass floor was a touch of genius). None of my requests were ever a problem and Julian showed great patience throughout, despite my lack of project experience. There is a clear cohesion and camaraderie amongst the team of specialist builders, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and tilers who work together seamlessly and tirelessly. I shall genuinely miss our Saturday morning catch ups. If I decide to push the boat out on a loft extension there is no question who I will call. Cannot speak highly enough of these guys. Top class.
The work comprised of a 4 meter rear extension involving lots of steel creating a stunning Open Plan Kitchen, Diner and Living Room, a loft conversion, remodelling and a full refurbishment. Not only was their work done to a very high standard, but they took all the stress out of what would normally be a very stressful process.
Julian is a great communicator, and they have assembled an impressive team who are very skilled, professional and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they had solutions for all our requests, plus many great suggestions of their own.
Overall the proof is in the beauty of the house they built for us and how happy we are!”
We are thrilled with the result because of this. Julian helped us to plan and make decisions as we went along with his expertise; eye for interior and exterior detail; and great knowledge of the best suppliers. The guys couldn’t be nicer to have around- always so polite and friendly.
We were impressed by how much Julian was involved closely on the project, making helpful, practical and cost-conscious suggestions along the way.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julian and Summit to others - their excellent reputation is very well deserved.”
Julian was very good at keeping us up to date on the progress of the build, and giving us suggestions on potential finishes. We would highly recommend Julian and his team and will be using them for future building work on our property”.
During the build we found the workers to be punctual, extremely hard working, always polite and friendly and resourceful. They turned up on time every day regardless of the weather, always put in a full day’s work and kept the site as tidy as possible.
The build involved a huge amount of manual effort as there was no rear access to our property to enable them to use machinery. Julian visited us regularly throughout the build to discuss progress and the project kept to schedule. Considering the scale of the work, we had relatively little snagging and what we did have was addressed quickly and without any fuss.
We were delighted with the work Summit undertook for us and would not hesitate to use them again. They have proved to be very reliable and we would thoroughly recommend them.”
One of my other concerns was that costs would mount up, but actually everything cost exactly what was quoted, and anything extra that I had them do was quoted for upfront so that that everything was clear and transparent. They even did a few extra things free of charge which was really appreciated.
The communication throughout was excellent, and I’m really thrilled with the end result. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Julian, Andrew and the rest of the team were a breath of fresh air - builders who know their job, can problem solve, work quickly and cleanly! They restored our faith in builders - would wholeheartedly recommend them. Thank you Summit