What our Customers say about us
“Sitting in our nice cosy A3 BER rated house on a chilly day in January it’s very easy to see the value of the works that Renova did for us. This time last year this house was a drafty E2 that was either too hot for me or too cold for my wife. Now a consistent temperature between 19-21°C is the 24 hour climate, thanks to excellent insulation, underfloor heating and an air source heat pump.
What attracted us to Renova after our own extensive research into insulation and energy efficiency was the comprehensive package that their retrofitting company provides. John and Alan have successfully combined their professional training with their considerable experience into a specialist service that goes far beyond the bricks and mortar. The fact that Renova has its own dedicated team of experienced and talented tradesmen was also a considerable factor in our choice. Knowing the work is to be carried out by a dependable and reliable team provides a guarantee of quality workmanship that is not available when sub-contractors are relied on. It also ensures that a tight timetable and accurate cost analysis can be realistic expectations.
John and Alan were able to analyse what each insulation measure would bring to the overall improvements and could fully explain the folly of any half-baked attempts. It became clear as we discussed the works to be done and got to the quotation from John that Renova was just the professional outfit we needed. Renova promised when the works were done that we would be walking into a show house. There would be a timetabled process where we chose bathrooms, kitchens, doors, windows, lighting etc. with the guidance of the interior designer, Penny.
Knowing we were dealing with such a professional team freed us up to consider some reorganising of the interior of our home; initially it was just to be a deep retrofit insulation. In the end, and thanks to the considerable patience of John and Alan, we have ended up where every room in our “new” house has benefitted from the Renova touch.
We were particularly keen on getting as environmentally friendly a heating system as possible and Stephen was just the man to guide us here with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area.
And as promised we did effectively walk into a show house that just happened to be in the exact location we had left 5 months previously. The pride in the work as the foreman Kevin showed us around was palpable, with extra touches everywhere that we had not specified (or thought of really).
Again when Alan came for the snag list, his sense of pride in what really was a fantastic effort was very evident and there was no attempt at all to dismiss any of our very minor snags. We had a good chat with Alan this day and again could get a feel for how John and Alan complement each other so well.
We can highly recommend Renova and their work to anyone thinking of the daunting task of major renovation. All during the process they provided solutions rather than problems and once the works began we left them at it, not visiting again until 2 weeks before we moved back. You don’t have to “keep an eye” on their work. Neighbours all complimented the workers and how they marshalled the site with very little disruption. They couldn’t get over the fact that even the grass was mowed during the renovation.
If you want the best job done, headache free, then Renova is your bespoke solution.”
“Following our house purchase we recently completely a fairly large upgrade/refurbishment to our house. The property was in need of modernising and having previously lived in a number of cold, drafty homes we were very keen to undertake a deep retro to include insulation, heating and plumbing upgrade and fit out albeit within our budget. We have a young family and busy work lives and had never really undertaken a project like this before.
We looked around at a number of builders/contractors including some who were recommended to us by family/friends. I also came across Renova by chance following an internet search. I liked what I initially saw on their website but I did not know anyone who had dealt with them before. In any event from our first meeting with John Martin it was clear they were a very professional and thorough in their dealings with us and got involved 100% in the project from the first contact. In our first meeting we gave him an idea of what we wanted to do and our budget for the project. I was very impressed initially when John agreed to attend at the property on a number of occasions and subsequently provided us with a detailed cost estimate and recommendations of works to be undertaken in line with our budget. We also met him at the property a number of times which further assisted us greatly in making decisions around what we would do with the property. To be honest while we dealt with other builders and got quotes from them the decision to go with Renova was relatively easy in the end. They were by far the most professional, helpful and had a full team of experts available and ready to be involved within their company. When the project started we were introduced to the site foreman who was a complete star and really excellent point of contact for us the whole way through the project. He was easy to deal with, very interested in his work and went out of his way to accommodate any of our requests or meetings with him. He kept a clean and immaculate site at all times and even went around to the neighbours before starting the heavy building works to introduce himself and let them know what was going on. This made it very easy to us when we eventually moved in and we have very grateful and thankful neighbours now! The project was completed on time and within budget. The help and assistance we got all the through in design, lay out and upgrade of works was really impressive. In summary and looking back overall we found Renova excellent to deal with, very professional in their work and the finished product is better than anything we could have expected. I would highly recommend them.”
“I met John Martin at an Ideal Homes exhibition in 2015. At the time we were looking to renovate an old apartment in order to sell it on. Renova changed the layout, put in a new heating system, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and complete redecoration. The work was completed on time and on budget.
We were so impressed with Renova that when we were contemplating moving ourselves, we asked John to view the apartment with us. He gave us confidence that we would be able to make a very dated space into the home we wanted. The apartment was gutted and the space rearranged. Extra insulation and a new heating system was added. A new kitchen, bathrooms, wardrobes and fitted storage was added. New floors were laid, and the place was completely redecorated.
Renova’s experience added greatly to the design of our apartment and we are very grateful for their persistence in making sure some of our ideas could be achieved.
This was not an easy build. All rubble, equipment and new supplies had to be carried up and down three flights of stairs. We found everyone on the build professional, thoughtful and good humoured throughout.
We are now well settled in our ‘new home’, and every time we turn the key in the door we know we made the right decision in moving and engaging Renova.”
“Given our so very positive experience with RENOVA, we now wonder why we ever dreaded undertaking a significant renovation of our house.
We undertook a major internal renovation downstairs in a regular 4-bedroom semi-detached house as well as installing a combination of internal and external insulation. We took the opportunity to upgrade our heating, electrics and windows and then simply did a house-wide redecoration.
Before committing to RENOVA we were impressed by the professional showrooms and the very informative meeting with John Martin. It was obvious that John knew the ins and outs of each aspect of the job and immediately a debate of the pros and cons of each option helped us to clarify what would best meet our needs. To leave that meeting with a very good ball park of anticipated line-by-line costs was refreshing. Our final bill was not far off that initial estimate.
Clarity of costs at every step of the process made decision-making much easier. Our house had a few hidden surprises for RENOVA and subsequent decisions had to be made. The pros and costs of each option was always outlined and always included any cost implications.
Once work commenced the professional approach onsite was impressive; the way the site was set up, liaison with neighbours and regular meetings and briefings were the order of the day. It was such a relief not to have to think ahead and seek out various trades at the right time. The package of skills within RENOVA meant that every single piece of work was completed to perfection. Alan rivalled our own penchant for perfection in finish and maybe even surpassed us. Some time afterwards some minor items needed addressing; these were addressed in a timely manner as part of the aftercare. This resulted in an end product that was second to none.
The motivation of all of those working for and associated with RENOVA was most pleasing. Everyone turned up when they said they would. If there was ever any doubt about anything a call was made. As clients we only received courtesy and full inclusion at all times. RENOVA’s greatest assets are its people and the way that they organise and structure their approach to a project.
Agreeing to have RENOVA undertake this work has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. If we ever needed work done in the future we would not waste time looking elsewhere but would return to RENOVA every time.”
“We talked about renovating our house for years and in particular opening up the dark kitchen to introduce light and to enjoy the views of the back garden. After talking to several architects we had concerns about the escalating budget estimates. A friend of ours, who had just had a major renovation project completed by Renova, recommended that we talk to them.
From the outset we realised that Renova fitted our requirements exactly. There was a professional approach to the project from start to finish. We had several meetings with John to discuss our requirements. He listened to our wish-list and his advice was practical and appropriate. We agreed an itemised budget estimate (including a contingency figure) and a date for starting and completing the work. We met Paddy, the foreman, in advance and he kept in contact over the duration of the work. As a courtesy he also called to our neighbours to introduce himself and to allay any concerns about disruption during the course of the project.
From our perspective the project was stress free. Renova scheduled all the different tradesmen. The quality of work was superb. Paddy is a master carpenter and he did a wonderful job matching architraves and skirting boards to the original Victorian surrounds. Penny, the interior consultant, advised us about design details, materials and costs. Fiachra did an amazing job incorporating some of the old bricks into a feature wall as a backdrop for the stove. Alan was very helpful advising us on details such as sockets and power-points when the space was a shell and it was difficult to visualise the final layout. Throughout the course of the project we asked for additions to the original contract such as new high output radiators. Nothing was a problem. The work started and finished on time and within budget. All in all, the project was a very positive experience, due mainly to the attitude, professionalism and skills of the Renova staff.
Now that we have moved back to the house we are thrilled with the transformation. Unfortunately the rest of the house could benefit from the Renova touch. If we decide to give a facelift to the rest of the house we won’t look any further than Renova.”
“The foundation to the success of our project was due to the time, knowledge, common sense and patience provided by John in reference to our proposal.
Our ideas were very carefully considered, discussed and where possible were improved. As we moved through the proposal, John prepared a detailed specification, which was costed and frequently updated so we knew exactly the likely financial outcome at all times.
Then having decided on the final proposal, Alan took over. When the building started he had everything set up for the works to proceed, which they did without hindrance from the word “go”.
Any suggestions that we had during the course of the works were positively discussed and where possible were acted upon and implemented without further discussion or reminder from us.
Throughout we were very impressed by the standard of workmanship, the organisation and management of the works, the respect for our property and for our neighbours.
Our visits were on a “needs be” bases because we had complete confidence in the RENOVA team and this is still our view today having lived in the renovated house for the past few months.
The rest of the back room staff in RENOVA were equally supportive and are totally up to date on furnishings, materials, suppliers and costings etc. This saved leg work and improved on value.
RENOVA’s work practices are, in our view, the best approach to a building project. Very efficient and very easy to understand. Add to this their building expertise and you can safely conclude that the end result will be to your complete satisfaction, as it was in our case.”
We moved to the US in 2000 and rented out our family home in Dublin. In 2016 we started to think about returning to Dublin and the work that our old home needed to accommodate our needs. We were living as Ex-pats in Germany and would not be in Dublin to “project manage” or supervise any part of the build. We decided to use RENOVA to completely renovate and extend our home. On meeting John Martin and Alan Stevens, we knew we were in safe hands.
Their expertise would have our home warm and dry on completion. On visits home we were impressed by their team of RENOVA skilled workforce, their timeliness on the build, the cleanliness of the site and most of all by their attention to detail and after care at the end of the job. We would highly recommend RENOVA.
- Understanding this was a very personal undertaking of a much loved family home (since 1922) and we needed to make sure we got it right first time and to a high standard ….which Renova delivered above and beyond
- Renova gave us peace of mind for an A to Z renovation especially as we don’t live in Ireland
- Fantastic input and advice from initial meeting on site to being handed the keys
- Working closely with us to change or amend all our “wish list” as well as advising that some things don’t work
- Clearly laid out budget and cost options
- Having one point of contact during the renovation work
- Special mention for site manager Kevin who went above and beyond
- The expertise of Penny who really did an excellent job of design within our budget as well as getting the house to fit our dream which she did magnificently
- Constantly come up with clever and innovate ideas
“We stumbled across RENOVA at a time when we were disillusioned by other firms who wanted a large initial outlay for assessment, design and planning. Given that we both work full time, the last thing we wanted to do was project manage a big renovation. All the decisions were made in a few meetings with John, Alan and Penny and we then let RENOVA get on with it. The all inclusive product RENOVA offer and the one point of contact are invaluable.
Unlike friends who spent all their time during a renovation chasing contractors, RENOVA took it out of our hands and did all the chasing, even when we had organised an extra piece of work in the garden which was not in their remit.
RENOVA completely transformed a badly laid out and neglected house into a warm and comfortable home and they did it on time and in budget. When they say 8 weeks turnaround, they mean it. All of the team are professional, friendly and nothing is too much trouble both during the works and afterwards.
The best thing we could say about RENOVA is if we were lucky enough to renovate another house again, John and Alan would be the first people we would call.”
“This was the second time that our family had dealt with Alan Stevens and on each occasion we have been impressed by his reliability, integrity and efficiency. On this particular occasion, time was of the essence as I had a fixed date to move into my new home. RENOVA delivered on their promise and an old, cold, dark and dreary 100 year old cottage was transformed into my contemporary, cosy, bright and energy-efficient new home, and I moved in on the promised date. RENOVA’s wealth of knowledge and attention-to-detail helped to turn a potentially complicated event into an enjoyable and exciting experience. I’m delighted with the results and would highly recommend RENOVA.”
“We are very happy with the quality of the work done by Renova who refurbished our apartment. We received detailed estimates, they oversaw the work and it was completed within the timeframe outlined and within budget. John and Alan were available at all times for consultation and advice.
Penny’s expertise and advice on fittings and colour schemes was excellent. The work done by the team is of a very high standard. We are now living in a very comfortable, well insulated and well designed space.
We felt we were in the hands of professionals who oversaw every aspect of the refurbishment and a foreman and employees who carried out the work to a high standard.
We have no hesitation in recommending Renova to others.”
“We were extremely busy during the time of the renovation and would not have had enough time to manage different contractors. We came across RENOVA while looking for contractors on the internet and contacted John and booked some time to go over the details of the house.
In the first meeting John went over some of the previous jobs that they’d done and explained the whole process from start to finish. We had a very good feeling about it and decided to proceed. So we got quotes and worked out what we needed and did not need, and pressed the button.
The design phase then began and went quite smoothly, special thanks to Penny for assisting us with every single detail from bathroom fittings to the colour of the walls. It was unbelievably helpful. We had a few hiccups during the construction phase due to the bad condition of the house, but Alan and John were always on top of things and we overcame these fairly easily. I remember that I was only able to visit the place on weekends during construction. Every time I was so surprised by how much it’d progressed in a single week. Another thing that caught my attention was how clean the place was during construction, it didn’t even look like a building site.
The house was handed to us a week before schedule and in supreme condition. RENOVA’s expertise and professionalism made the renovation stress-free and the end result exceeded our expectations. I would not hesitate to engage RENOVA again, or to recommend them to others.”
“Respect, quiet, gentle and tidy are not the words generally associated with renovations. Yet these are the qualities that team RENOVA applied throughout the retrofit of our 1920’s house.
Honesty, time management and budget adherence are other attributes that were brought to the table in addition to keen design ideas to suit our precise needs.
Our brief to RENOVA was to reduce the heating loss downstairs.
A deep retrofit of 3 rooms on the ground floor was recommended.
Walls, floors and ceilings were taken out and rebuilt. All carpentry work was bespoke and beautifully finished. Electrical and plumbing sub contractors were very efficient. Painting inside and out was clean and tidy. Above all, time keeping was excellent. When we visited, we noticed that our house was cleaned up at the end of each working day which was very reassuring.
We now have a home that is warm.
The job was completed to a higher standard than anticipated by a dedicated team of likeable people.
I would highly recommend RENOVA, they have renewed our home”
“RENOVA helped me to transform the ground floor of my home from a draughty, dark, badly laid out space into a bright, warm, comfortable living space. Having explored other options, I chose to work with RENOVA because they project manage the whole home renovation from start to finish. From my first meeting with RENOVA to the completion of the work, I worked with the same person throughout – John.
Having one point of contact made the whole process stress-free. Unforeseeable structural issues arose during the work and I was impressed with the efficient, cost-effective manner in which John and his team managed to find a solution. I was very happy with the lads that worked on the project. They were more than willing to answer any questions and explain the stages of work when I visited the site.
My home renovation started on the agreed date and was finished on time. Allowing for adjustment for the unforeseeable structural issues, the project stayed very close the the agreed budget.
The attention to detail, professionalism and courtesy that I experienced in my dealings with John and all the trades personnel that worked on my home leaves me with no hesitation in recommending RENOVA, or working with them again in the future should I be in a position to do so.”
“John and Alan transformed my drab, dated house into a modern, bright, high-spec home, all within budget and on time. From the first, exploratory meeting right through to the completion of the project, the team at RENOVA were terrific to deal with. Their enthusiasm and positive approach made the home renovation a wholly enjoyable experience.
John and Alan oversaw all aspects of the job, big and small, superbly well. They efficiently managed and coordinated the multiple tradesmen and subcontractors on the project, from structural engineering through to decoration.
Their expertise and professionalism made the entire home renovation stress-free and the finished product exceeded my expectations on every front. I would not hesitate to engage RENOVA again, or to recommend them to others.”
“After noticing the sign for RENOVA locally, we called in to their showroom and were impressed with their setup and how knowledgeable and professional they came across. After thorough negotiations with John Martin on the cost plan for our home renovation project, we were pleased to go ahead and were impressed with the detailed breakdown of every little cost involved in the project, which made it so easy to track during the course of the home renovation, and meant that there were no hidden costs emerging during it!
Alan Stevens managed the project from start to finish and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Our confidence in Alan and John’s management of the home renovation just grew more and more as the project progressed due to their constant communication, professionalism and their obliging attitude. If any issues were raised, nothing was too much trouble. They are very much focused on keeping the client happy!
Every member of the team who worked on site, from the foremen/builders, – (Manus, John and Joe to name a few) to the plumber John, were all very professional and courteous and a pleasure to deal with. The site was securely managed and kept extremely tidy the entire time. The whole project was completed on schedule and we are thrilled with the high quality finish and high standard of insulation. We have ended up with an amazing space that the whole family is thoroughly enjoying! Their aftercare service is excellent too!
We would not hesitate in highly recommending the RENOVA team and will certainly be using them again for any future work we require to be done on our home!”
“We were basically happy with our house and wanted the same house, but just a bit warmer, and with a new-look bathroom and W.C.
Last summer over a 6 week period, RENOVA got to work. They internally insulated a large east-facing wall, two bedrooms, the bathroom and all the floorboards in between. They replaced our 25 year-old radiators with new high-efficiency ones, gave us a gorgeous new bathroom, a new cloakroom and did a few miscellaneous jobs while they were at it, including fixing a troublesome leak in the roof.
We were very impressed with both the work and the RENOVA style. There were no trips to industrial estates on the M50 in order to choose tiles or paints. Instead we gave them a rough outline of what we wanted, went to their showroom in Kilmacanogue, and, and over a cup of coffee, made all the decisions.
We were also extremely impressed by the high quality work of all the RENOVA workers. “Ah, sure it’ll do”, is not part of the RENOVA vocabulary. In addition they were, without exception, courteous and considerate. We can genuinely say that the 6 weeks it took to complete the home renovation work were stress-free ones.
Alan’s perfectionist eye meant that we had a minimal snag-list at the end, which was attended to without delay. With John in the background, there were no budget over-runs. We have now ended up with exactly what we wanted – an even nicer, toasty house.
We would have no hesitation in recommending RENOVA to others.”
“I waited a year to write this testimonial. Renova promised a beautifully designed, energy efficient home and excellent after sales service. One year after they packed up their tools and sent in their meticulous cleaners I can unequivocally state that Renova delivered everything they promised, and more.
Our home works and looks exactly as they left it, and continues to delight. Our energy bills are really low. Renova kept to the budget, kept to the schedule and kept their promise of a top quality, comfortable, efficient home, delivered without stress. Every single team member was professional, talented and a pleasure to deal with. We actually enjoyed the process of renovating our home and would use them again without hesitation.”
“My main interest was to improve the insulation on an old terraced house (built around 1875) and reduce the carbon the footprint, along with some general improvements. The thought of moving out and having the place taken apart never filled me with joy. However, it was clear from the start that I was in good hands. It probably couldn’t have been any easier.
Getting a good result was a shared priority for everyone involved in the project. If I wasn’t happy with something, we would find ways to make things work. Everyone in Renova gives great attention to detail, and have a real understanding of old buildings. They don’t give their word lightly, but having promised something, they work hard to deliver on it. Good communication is at the heart of the process – and trust – and this is where the team were excellent. As new decisions came up – old houses can offer up a few surprises – there was a joint problem-solving approach, in order to come up with something I was happy with. The whole team genuinely cared about the project, and I have great respect for the wide range of skills which were in use.
Even though I had already made significant reductions by installing new windows throughout beforehand, the Renova project brought a further cut in energy use of more than a third. On top of that, the house is now much warmer and more comfortable.
I have no hesitation in recommending Renova.”
“We contacted RENOVA in November 2015 to renovate our new house. We had an accurate indication cost for the works within 48 hours, and a detailed proposal within a week.
RENOVA took control of the whole process and handled everything from the initial strip out right through to completion, including a final clean.
They took care of the technical retrofit specification as well as the interior design. An otherwise stressful undertaking was made easy and enjoyable by the RENOVA team.”