Customers comments below, full details provided on request
Feedback left February 2015. Mike and his team rebuilt half of our kitchen and attached cloakroom and carried out a long list of other bits and pieces throughout the house. Firstly, what a relief to find a builder who answers your calls/texts/e-mails. So many other workman that I've dealt with are poor to return calls/texts/e-mails and the repeated chasing is so frustrating. Not so with Mike, he replies quickly to communications and does his best to be accommodating with requests for changes and additional work. Also, we're very happy with his quality of work and his attention to detail. Another good things is that he doesn't leave you with bits and pieces to sort out yourself, but rather looks to be helpful. e.g. after Mike had finished we had new vinyl being laid in the kitchen. Mike offered to come back and fit the washing machine and tumble dryer after it had been laid. We were happy with his price too, but even if his quote isn't the cheapest we'd recommend using him because he is so professional to deal with.
Feedback posted at MyBuilder.com. Michael knocked down our old out house and built a new kitchen and extension and fitted kitchen. He also did other work in the house at our request.We are very pleased with his work . He proved to be trustworthy, reliable and friendly, always ready to give helpful advice as we progressed. Michael is obviously a man with considerable skill and experience. He was always kind courteous,respectful and approachable. He worked consistently hard and spent the whole time with us whilst engaging on this project (around 3.5 months). Prior to having this work done we had a vague notion of what we would like the finish article to look like and how to accomplish it.Michael helped us with that along with the architect who drew up the plans and submitted them for approval. We were able to modify and change with the help of Michael's advice.We are delighted with the finished product. Michael is obviously a man who takes pride in his work, is meticulous for detail and always tidied up at the end of each day. We found Michael on the website of my builder.com.At that stage we were concerned to find a good reliable builder as one hears so many horror stories about builders and the expensive misery they cause. This we wanted to avoid at all costs. We are Christians and we prayed the Lord would provide a good, honest reliable builder. Michael has proved to be the answer to our prayers and was all the things we were looking for in a builder. We can confidently recommended him to others. D&C Tonbridge Sept 2014
Feedback posted at MyBuilder.com Mike and his team have renovated our kitchen/dinner and the living room. The standard of their work is incredibly high and they both were very professional, punctual, solution driven and helpful. Mike is a gentlemen and always listened patiently to our instructions and demands and completed the work to a higher standard then we could have hoped for. We'll only consider Design for Living for our future jobs, as they proven on many occasions to be reliable, trustworthy and hard working. A&K Crowborough July 2014
Would highly recommend Michael and Designed for Living. Initial impressions were of a highly organised, professional approach - Michael and the team did not disappoint. The project came in on time, budget, disruption to family life was kept to a minimum, and the end result exceeded expectations. E&C.E Tunbridge Wells Dec 2012
Michael has been fantastic throughout, very punctual and the work was completed on time with a very high standard of finish,we are very pleased with our bathroom conversion and would certainly recommend Mike to anyone. G.F. Crowborough Nov 2012
Feedback original posted at myBuilder.com - "From the beginning, Mike's communication, from the quote to making preliminary arrangements was clear and regular and Mike was always friendly and approachable with any queries we had. Not only were the bathroom and bedroom rearrangements were completed to a very high standard but Mike has left the upstairs of our house stronger and safer because of his thorough preparations in the build up to the job. He kept us updated throughout the periods of the works that we had to move out for and solved any problems that arose quickly and calmly." Highly Recommended DC Tunbridge Wells Sept 2012
Mike has recently finished installing a completely new kitchen, resizing and installing a complete new bathroom, plus new boiler, outside decking and fencing and other internal work. All the work has been finished to a very high standard and looks great - at all times mike was approachable and asked me exactly how I wanted things so no mistakes were made. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others. S.K. Sevenoaks June 2012
Feed back left at MyBuilder.com 10th June 2012 by Kumiko M Mount Ephraim Tunbridge Wells, - Michael refitted my bathroom and kitchen. Right from the outset he was absolutely punctual and helpful and I felt that I could trust him. He even sent letters to my neighbours to say that he was working and left his contact details just in case. He did the work exactly as I wanted, and the finish was excellent. He left the area very clean when he finished the whole job. I have had many builders in the past, but no one was as considerate and solid a worker as he has been. Very highly recommended.
Kitchen & dining room knock through and decking design.
We asked Michael to take on a kitchen dining room knock-through project in February / March 2012, together with the design and construction of a raised decking area at the back of the house. His quote was detailed and clear, he kept within the planned time for the job and also, more importantly, kept within the planned budget! I can't speak highly enough of Michael and his very skilful team with the work they carried out to such a high level of quality and finish. I would hire them again and recommend them to anyone. Many thanks, Susan Allender, Riverhead. May 2012
Extension & Ensuite
We used Designed for living in the summer of 2009 to knock through our kitchen and utility room & build a small extension to create a large open plan kitchen. The work was excellent and we were very pleased with the results. We used them again in Nov/Dec 2011 to partition off a section of our spare bedroom to fit an en-suite bathroom which again we are really pleased with. On both occasions Mike & the other tradesmen he used were professional, friendly, turned up on time & carried out the work with respect for our home, on time & to budget. We have had no hesitation in recommending them to friends & would happily use them.
R & H Tunbridge Wells.
feedback left at MyBuilder.com March 2012 - Mike was very professional and worked within the time quoted & cost quoted. A truly high standard and attention to detail given. We are very impressed with the finished product. Mike was also very accommodating and was not put off to ideas and suggestions we put forward and he worked around these to fulfill our job spec. Would we hire Mike and the team again......? For sure
L & KC Tunbridge Wells
feedback left on facebook January 2012 Kitchen dining cut through and new kitchen etc
Recommending Michael and this team to anyone looking to get building work done in the TW area. They did a great job in our kitchen and dining room. Thanks! VL Tunbridge Wells
........which has enhanced the value of our home...
Mike Livings promptly quoted for an extension to our home which involved the addition of two bedrooms and a shower room built upon existing first floor dining room and kitchen.The Design for Living team proved to be efficient and flexible in their approach to the work.The job was completed within the estimated time scale in a clean and efficient way. Mike effectively coordinate the involvement of the different trades and was able to competently deal with the input of an architect and a structural engineer who were required to cope with adjustments to the building plans as the work progressed.I was very satisfied with the outcome of our extension which has enhanced the value of our home and has provided welcome additional space.I have found Mike cooperative and easy to deal with in relation to adjustments to the original plans for our work. I have been happy to recommend his firm to others .
JF Broadwater Down
repeat clients say.....
We have always been extremely pleased with the work carried out by Mike and his team. His first project for us was to renew our kitchen, creating a dining area as well by knocking 2 rooms together. His attention to detail, clear plans and management of the work were impressive. The work went ahead as scheduled and we felt confident in leaving the building works and project management to him. His work is thorough and his respect for your home means that the mess and upheaval are kept to a minimum. We were so pleased that we asked him to renew our downstairs cloakroom the following year and again were very happy with the work carried out. We would not hesitate to use him again.
We would not hesitate to recommend “Designed for Living” and have done so! The fact that we are repeat clients demonstrates our confidence. The work is completed on time, within budget and to a high standard. Innovative solutions, attention to detail and the desire to ensure our aspirations are met are all incorporated into the service.
Professional and personable with a strong efficient team, Mike Livings is able to prioritise and project manage effectively. N&A Langton Green
Whole house refurbishment
.... carry out a fairly extensive upgrade of the majority of our cottage which was in need of some serious TLC. He assembled a substantial crowd of plasterers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, tilers etc. Entire floors were removed, ceilings and walls re plastered, and a host of things replaced, including 4 fireplaces, four windows, 2 loos, a bath, shower and 2 sinks. Michael Livings project managed it all, dovetailing the works efficiently, and keeping me informed of every new discovery (there were many) of rot and damp. Job done!
I felt I should let you know how very pleased my client is, following the work you recently undertook to completely strip out and refurbish two bathrooms. I have rarely experienced such forward planning prior to the commencement of the work. This resulted in a job starting on time, finishing on time, to an agreed budget, and with the minimum amount of disruption to the household.
I have no hesitation of recommending your Company for similar and general building work.
DB. Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder. Tunbridge Wells.
Designed for Living Ltd have recently completed a garage conversion and new kitchen for us. They are reliable, hard-working and give great attention to detail. They cleaned up after themselves and found solutions to problems. We are absolutely delighted with the work that they have done for us.
Structural Alterations etc etc
We had a major re-arrangement of the inside of our house, carried out by Designed for Living. This included knocking three rooms into one to create a new kitchen-diner, a new shower room, an en-suite and two new bedrooms. All of the work was completed on time and to a very high standard. We were given a work schedule in advance, which was strictly adhered to and any difficulties encountered were quickly resolved. We would recommend this building firm to others.
Mr M + Mrs L Rotherfield