Ray Bircham Builders Ltd

The Blue Barn, Mill Road, Stoke Holy Cross
Norwich
Norfolk
NR14 8PA

Property Maintenance

Listed under:  Builders, Kitchens / Kitchen Fitters / Kitchen Installers, Loft Conversions, Property Maintenance, Tilers / Tiling / Grouting
100% recommended   Rating 9.9/10
15 reviews since 2011
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Overall Rating
9.9 /10 Overall Rating 9.9/10
Based on 15 reviews since 2011
 
 
 
Quality 10/10 Quality Rating 10.0
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed

 
Tidy 9.7/10 Tidy Rating 9.7
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy

 
Service 10/10 Service Rating 10.0
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional

 
Value 9.7/10 Value Rating 9.7
The firm\'s charges are reasonable for the work involved

 
 
 
Recent Reviews 
 
" Barry and his team were very professional and have done a wonderful job building our extension. The costs for some things were a little more, for instance we had to have deeper foundations, but Bar...."   more
 
" On the first site visit the builder had some very good ideas and suggestions as to layout. Each stage of building work was explained to us and consultation made throughout the whole job. The builder...."   more
 
" Barry and his team have provided us with an outstanding service. Nothing was too much trouble. There were many complications along the way (the joys of old houses) but nothing phased Barry. His proble...."   more
 
" I write this letter in recommendation of Ray Bircham Builders Ltd. as a builders and project managers. Barry worked with us, since October 2015, on a large double extension to the side of our current ...."   more
 
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Charges: 100%
Before starting work, did the firm explain the charges including labour, materials, callout & VAT (as appropriate)?
 
Timing: 93%
Before starting work, did the firm explain when the work was expected to start and finish?
 
Payment: 93%
Before starting work, did the firm explain how to pay (e.g. cash, cheque, etc.)?
 
Reliable: 100%
During the work, did the firm keep their promises, explaining and agreeing any changes about the work, costs or timing where necessary?
 
Invoice: 93%
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Guarantee: 56%
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Barry 5
Bircham 6
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communication 3
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decisions 2
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Excellent 3
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finish 2
flexible 3
good 5
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helpful 2
highly 3
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knew 3
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Obviously 2
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pleased 5
pleasure 3
polite 2
process 2
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professionally 2
project 4
puts 2
quality 3
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really 3
recommend 5
regularly 2
responsive 2
service 2
skills; 2
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Review 12 Nov 2019
Recommended by customer in NR70
 My Age: 40 - 49 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Average 
 I have known this business: Under 1 year 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 8/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
House extension
 
Cost: £48000
 

"Barry and his team were very professional and have done a wonderful job building our extension.

The costs for some things were a little more, for instance we had to have deeper foundations, but Barry ensured we knew about this as we went along.

Other additional costs were down to us asking for extra bits to be done- Barry and Alex were very good at working out how to do some of my more unusual ideas!

It took longer than originally stipulated, but we had more done and some of the delay was due to other factors beyond Barry's control. I think as jobs like this do often take longer, it is good to keep an open mind and be flexible. Barry is good at communicating what is going on and why.

Overall, we are really pleased with our extension and we would not hesitate to employ Barry and his team again."
 
 
Team:
Barry, Alex, Alan, Gareth, Shane,Carl, Jordan, Kyle, Chris, Keith
 
 
 


Review 8 Nov 2019
Recommended by customer in NR6
 My Age: 60 - 69 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Beginner 
 I haven't used this business before 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 9/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Ray Bircham Builders prepared our extension for a whole new kitchen with underfloor heating, new double glazed doors, new window, removing an old back door, preparing for a new sky light and extending a toilet to a shower room.
 
Cost: £16000
 

"On the first site visit the builder had some very good ideas and suggestions as to layout. Each stage of building work was explained to us and consultation made throughout the whole job. The builder was very flexible and was able to change small items on request. Obviously the work was dusty, but all doors were covered with board to prevent too much disruption.
All the workers were very pleasant and helpful. The work was undertaken to the highest of standards and on schedule. We would have no hesitation in recommending Ray Bircham Builders. Thank you very much for a job extremely well done!"
 
 
Team:
Barry Bircham and all members of his team.
 
 
 


Review 4 Nov 2019
Recommended by customer in NR2
 My Age: 40 - 49 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Average 
 I have known this business: 1 - 5 years 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 9/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Side and rear kitchen extension on a terraced house including downstairs wet room.
 
Cost: £30000
 

"Barry and his team have provided us with an outstanding service. Nothing was too much trouble. There were many complications along the way (the joys of old houses) but nothing phased Barry. His problem solving and ability to think outside the box are something a lot of tradesmen see as an opportunity to increase costs but this is not the case for this company. We always felt that we were able to be honest about what we did and didn’t want and although Barry would offer advice he would never try to force his opinions upon us and imply he knew best. Everyday the house was left in a tidy state and they did their best to not encroach on our living areas although due to the nature of the extension this was sometimes challenging. The work went on a little longest than expected but we were able to discuss this easily. Throughout the time Barry and his team were with us they became like extended family. Everyone was a pleasure to have a cup of tea with and they were all brilliant with our little boy. This company is as reliable and trustworthy as it gets and we can not recommend them enough. The standard of work from Barry and his team is fantastic and everyone who comes to our home is wowed by what has been achieved and the quality of the finish. I have already had extra jobs done and will continue to use them in the future as well as recommend the my local friends. Keep up the good work Barry and team!"
 
 
Team:
Barry, AJ, Jordan, Kevin, Shane, Colin
 
 
 


Review 11 Jul 2018
Recommended by customer in NR4
 My Age: 40 - 49 
 I'm: Male 
 My level of experience of similar services: Below Average 
 I have known this business: 1 - 5 years 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 9/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Two floor extension, patio and other remodelling work
 
Cost: £80000
 

"I write this letter in recommendation of Ray Bircham Builders Ltd. as a builders and project managers. Barry worked with us, since October 2015, on a large double extension to the side of our current property including two new bedrooms, a new kitchen/diner, a new patio, other outside work and some remodelling of the existing building. We have been very impressed with the work and can recommend them highly. Barry takes great care in all the works and employs tradesman that are trustworthy and produce work of a high standard. Something that puts Barry above other tradesman is his communication skills; he regularly had discussions with us leading us through the complex process and making sure we made the correct decisions at the correct time. It is also worth noting that Barry is very responsive to emails.
"
 
 
Team:
Barry
 
 
 


Review 9 Aug 2017
Recommended by customer in NR4
 My Age: 30 - 39 
 I'm: Male 
 My level of experience of similar services: Below Average 
 I have known this business: 1 - 5 years 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Two storey extension (including kitchen), remodelling, patio and fencing.
 
Cost: £80000
 

"We have been very impressed with the work and can recommend them highly. Barry takes great care in all the works and employs tradesman that are trustworthy and produce work of a high standard. Something that puts Barry above other tradesman is his communication skills; he regularly had discussions with us leading us through the complex process and making sure we made the correct decisions at the correct time. It is also worth noting that Barry is very responsive to emails."
 
 
Team:
Barry and team
 
 
 


Review 25 Jun 2017
Recommended by customer in NR3
 My Age: 50 - 59 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Average 
 I haven't used this business before 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Single storey extension with vaulted ceiling and in-suite
 
Cost: £30000
 

"really pleased with my new studio room, will recommend them and use again,"
 
 
Team:
Barry Bircham
 
 
 


Review 10 Aug 2016
Recommended by customer in NR15
 My Age: 30 - 39 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Average 
 I haven't used this business before 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
To remove and replace existing banisters and newel posts. To remove and replace existing coat cupboard doors. To investigate and repair damaged guttering to front of property.
 
Cost: £1464
 

"From the outset, communication from the company was precise and transparent and we knew exactly what to expect and what we would be paying for. There were numerous emails between us and the company and each one was treated with courtesy and acceptance.

Barry and Alex arrived on the date agreed and worked incredibly hard to ensure the work was completed on time, despite some unforeseen delays to the start time. From the start of the project, we were kept informed of any delays that might be incurred due to materials not being available etc. Very flexible and amenable to our requests whilst on site and nothing was too much trouble. Both Barry and Alex were friendly, approachable and a pleasure to have in the house.

The work has been completed to a fantastic standard and we're really pleased with the finish. The materials and finish were exactly as we were expecting and have been fitted with a skill and experience that shows.

We would definitely ask the company back to do more work for us and would highly recommend them to others.
"
 
 
Team:
Barry and Alex
 
 
 


Review 14 Jun 2015
Recommended by customer in NR1
 My Age: 70 + 
 I'm: Male 
 My level of experience of similar services: Above Average 
 I have known this business: 1 - 5 years 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 9/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 9/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Major demolition & rebuild project to convert 2 flats into a luxury home and separate this unit from a second dwelling

"I had used the firm once before, on a small roofing project, as a test for their suitability to undertake the major project.
They obviously were fine on the test project and have been excellent on the major project."
 
 
Team:
The key team consisted of Barry, Ted & David .... all 3 are very dilligent & skilled in their main discipline and a pleasure to work with
 
 
 


Review 13 Jun 2015
Recommended by customer in NR14
 My Age: 60 - 69 
 I'm: Female 
 My level of experience of similar services: Average 
 I haven't used this business before 
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
The demolition of a tired wood and brick conservatory, installation of new patio doors and refurbishment of roof line.
 
Cost: £5420
 

"We had full confidence in this company as Mr. Bircham explained what could be involved at the very start. He and his team worked very hard, were very polite and quiet."
 
 
 
 


Review 13 Jul 2012
Recommended by customer in NR14
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 9/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Complete renovation of old barn into a delightful 3 bedroom property.
 
Cost: £115000

"Ray Bircham have done a number of restoration projects for us – this one was particularly impressive. Excellent quality, attention to detail, excellent workmanship. Very helpful & a pleasure to deal with.
"
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review 18 Apr 2012
Recommended by customer in NR7
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 8/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Cost: £2508

"We are very pleased with our new front garden wall. The builders were polite and considerate and always consulted us with any queries. Very good standard of workmanship."
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review 30 Oct 2011
Recommended by customer in NR7
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Cost: £12000

"Very pleased with the quality of the work. all the builders used were experienced tradesman and this was reflected in the finished job. I would certainly consider using Ray Bircham Builders again for any other project."
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review 23 Oct 2011
Recommended by customer in NR7
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Extending property and internal alterations. Fitting new bathroom and kitchen. Tiling walls and floors. Laying wooden floor.
 
Cost: £42000

"We have used this builder on several occasions. Work is always completed professionally and to a high standard."
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review 12 Oct 2011
Recommended by customer in NR6
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
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Customer Review
 
Cost: £40000

"A very efficient service by Ray Bircham Builders – everything completed in a first class manor. To a very good standard and a very competitive price – we feel we received very good value for money."
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review 28 Sep 2011
Recommended by customer in NR7
 
 
Satisfaction Ratings
 
Quality 10/10
The quality of the work was as expected and agreed
Tidy 10/10
There was little disruption and the site was left clear and tidy
Service 10/10
The team was friendly, helpful, considerate and professional
Value 10/10
The firm's charges are reasonable for the work involved
Show All
 
 
Customer Review
 
Eliminate squeak in floor panel. Repairs/replace cement under edge of roof tiles.
 
Cost: £156

"Work was done very professionally & left clean and tidy on completion."
 
 
 
 
 
 

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