The quality of construction seems to us to have matched that of the design. Jody and his team have converted your designs into an aesthetically pleasing and beautifully constructed building. The quality of their craftsmanship is of a very high order and we are not surprised that it has been nominated for an award. Jody and Daniel have put together a team whose great skill and attention to detail is excellent and whose constantly cheerful and positive approach always lifted our spirits. Dan’s contribution has been enormous and his calm approach and thoroughness have helped us through some difficult times.
Rob & Jane
With Grocott & Murfit having recently successfully completed their fourth project for us I write to thank you for delivering yet again. The qualities that have consistently impressed throughout all the projects you have undertaken for us both at home and at our factory include:
- A talented ability to provide imaginative and proactive design solutions
- Excellent communications throughout the project
- A diligent, courteous and skilled workforce with a can do attitude.
- Tidy and organised throughout the build process
- Delivering ahead of schedule, reliably and within budget
- Produced an excellent quality of workmanship and finish
- Provide a reliable and prompt aftercare service
Your company’s commitment to excellence is obvious and will surely stand you in good stead for the future. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you again.
The Reading Room was built in 1905, & was funded by the Holkham Estate. Originally used locally for the men for reading, it then became an auction room, Post Office & latterly a domestic residence.
We bought the Reading Room in June 2012, believing it to be refurbished & habitable. Sadly that wasn’t the case and the whole place was botched & dangerous. We had to move out & the house had to be gutted right back to the bare skeleton to start again.
We contacted Grocott & Murfit after we had reached a point whereby the whole building was just a shell. Prior to that we had contacted Chris Parsons, our architect to design an extension and new stairs etc.
The new designs were great and Daniel Grocott & Jody Murfit began a massive refurbishment in October 2013. The outcome of this combined work has been outstanding! The whole north side of the roof was replaced & the gables re-bricked, the main bathroom and front dormer have been rebuilt.
The new extension that Chris Parsons designed, incorporates a garden room, a wet room, utility and a plant room. All of which are amazing and really open out this cramped part of the house and making the kitchen phenomenal.
Daniel had lots of suggestions and ideas, which really added to the design part of the house, which makes it so different.
Speaking with Daniel, & at his suggestion we decided to go ahead with eco friendly energy. So we have installed air source with under floor heating downstairs, coupled with pv panels, which are tucked away on the extension roof out of sight from below. This means we are able to heat this big house in the cheapest and most efficient way possible. The plumbing on this & elsewhere was totally redone to a high standard even down to the smallest detail.
The electrics were also totally redone to a superior standard, with some lovely unusual fittings in the Reading room itself and the walkway, which show it off to the best advantage.
Originally, this was one of the coldest houses we had experienced, and now it’s warm & delightful thanks to the under floor heating and extensive insulation. As the before & after photos illustrate- the whole place is totally transformed from dark, cold & unsafe, into a clean, light and spacious residence that is a joy to live in.
The Reading Room & the walkway inside it, is innovative and absolutely stunning! Ash was used to build both this and the stairs, and the theme continued with an ash landing and then on downstairs to the large fireplace in the Reading Room itself.
We cannot commend these builders enough.
We have high standards, and those were met time after time. Nothing has been overlooked and no corners cut. Even small things like the door hinges have been of the best quality.
The work force themselves have been fantastic, with each person involved really contributing to the highest standard, and all of them being really genuinely interested in a good outcome. The standard of workmanship in our view has been unparalleled.
At every stage of the work, we have been involved and invited to participate, and the numerous questions and anxieties we had (after such a devastating beginning when we discovered how bad the place was), were always considered and responded to – from Jody & his crew with the extension, to Colin and his apprentices rebuilding the roof, which was difficult to say the least!
Ian and his sons made a fantastic job of the roof, & Marcus and the plastering team made the Reading Room especially, look amazing , and Craig’s second fixing pulled it all together, making the whole place look fantastic!
Daniel and Jody frequently allowed us into their homes to get new ideas and see a concept in reality, & Daniel even came with us to help us choose tiles & door handles!
If we have gone on a bit – we apologise! It’s just that we really think these guys are incredible and do you know what really made them stand out? They never forgot it was our home and what we had been through – it wasn’t just ‘a job’.
Thank you guys you have been amazing.
Grocott & Murfit proved to be a very skilful and careful contractor. They were always tidy and respectful of the surrounding property. The skills of the trades were of a very high level and where subcontractors were used they also reflected the quality work of GM. We would certainly use them again for the whole project including plans and designs.
Grocott and Murfitt Builders built a single-storey extension for us in 2011.
They produced the design for the planning application as well, and used the design software to illustrate what several alternative designs would look like, which was extremely useful in making the final choice. Taking into consideration the cost implications of alternative designs they made helpful suggestions to improve the design.
They kept to the price quoted, with no extras, and to the agreed building schedule. Their workers were friendly, considerate and courteous throughout. They responded promptly to queries, and quickly remedied minor faults.
We are entirely satisfied with the quality of the finished product.
We have been very impressed with the whole end-to-end service we have received from Grocott and Murfit during the extension of our property. They worked with us on our ideas to turn a dated bungalow into a contemporary house – from conception and drawings to completed build – and advised us on getting the best quality finish for our budget.
The project was completed within a tight timescale and, at all times, the team on site were considerate, tidy and friendly to deal with. Overall, a concientious company with a focus on quality and client satisfaction. We are one very satisfied customer!
Stu & Zoe Cox
Apart from the high quality of the work and their attention to detail, we enjoyed working with G&M.
They made a great detail of effort to understand what we were trying to achieve with the renovation of our property, adding much to the final design.
Their appreciation of green and ‘eco’ issues and the balance between retaining/adapting the existing framework or installing new materials was particularly helpful in ensuring our budget was used effectively.
We would thoroughly recommend G&M if you are considering developing your property, especially if you are interested in achieving a ‘green’ home.
Also, for the girls, Daniel’s shorts are well worth going over budget for
Jane & Nick
What a great find Grocott & Murfit are!
We approached two of their previous customers for a recommendation and they both sang G&M’s praises and said their projects had been delivered on time, on budget and to a very high standard. So we set them on to build our new home and that was our experience too.
They were organised, efficient, straight-forward to deal with and extremely helpful at every stage of the development. Their ‘can do’ attitude and drive to get things sorted worked brilliantly given we were based outside Norfolk. The house was finished to a very high standard because they employ the best people.
Thank you Daniel, Jody and all the team.
Emma & Bert
Jon & Nicky
Thanks to you and all your team for the great job you have done for us.
The extension has exceeded our expectations and integrated with the existing house beyond how we could have imagined.
The children are very much enjoying the space and the stress levels from before the build are now reduced as people have the space they need. Of course the visual effect of what you have designed and realised is amazing and all of our friends who have seen it are very impressed by what you have done and the quality of the workmanship. The bathroom may have caused more stress than all the rest put together, but that is past and what is now there is really amazing.
Your staff have been nothing but courteous, polite, friendly, ever-helpful, supportive and co-operative ‘going the extra mile’. Thank you for being sympathetic to our neighbours’ concerns too. So on behalf of Nicky and myself, thank you very much and we wish you all the best with your business.
I can’t thank you and your team enough for the work you have done on my house. You have made what some of my nearest and dearest thought was an ill-conceived and unnecessary venture an enjoyable and exciting experience. I appreciate your attention to detail and your willingness to take on board my special requirements.