In late 2014 we purchased an existing home in Dromana. We had intentions to renovate the home as it was over 35 years old and it looked it!
We had an idea in mind of what we wanted in regards to the renovation so we were aware it would be extensive. What we didn’t have at that stage was a builder that could carry out a project of this size and to the quality standards we expected.
We found Wayne Stewart Builder online and from there we arranged to meet at our house and go over the project with Wayne. From the very first meeting Wayne made us feel comfortable and at ease. Wayne put forward solutions and ideas we hadn’t considered. These suggestions ended with becoming key points to the overall style of the build.
As part of his service Wayne arranged for a further site visit with his Draftsman to draw up the extension and new plans for our home. Wayne Stewart Builder handled all permit submissions to the Council and kept us in the loop right throughout the process.
We were extremely pleased with the way the build went. The ongoing communication from both Wayne and Colette Stewart was impeccable and made the whole experience much easier to deal with particularly as we lived in the property during the entire build.
There wasn’t one room in the house that went untouched and in fact we added a room, third bathroom, extensive decking and a list of items too long to mention in this testimonial. It should also be mentioned that all the tradies used by Wayne were of the same calibre and would also be recommended by us in their own right.
Overall we were more than pleased with the build quality and the end result. The outcome exceeded our expectations in every way possible. After going through a bad experience with a dodgy builder many years earlier it was a huge relief to deal with both Wayne and Colette.
We cannot speak highly enough of our entire experience with both Wayne and Colette.
Based on that, we would recommend Wayne Stewart Builders to any prospective clients….you will not be disappointed!
Wayne Stewart’s company letterhead incorporates the statement ‘We renovate and build beautiful homes with old fashioned quality’. This could never be truer. I would never have believed the attention to detail that this builder gave, throughout the entire process of renovating our 20 year old home at Mt Martha.
Right from our first meeting with Wayne Stewart, there was a feeling of conscientious commitment to our project, as he listened very carefully to our ‘wish list’. We had never renovated to this extent before, and needed a lot of advice and recommendations, to help us with the decisions that we needed to make. Wayne encouraged us to upgrade existing fittings to complement the end result and we are so glad that we followed his advice, to ensure every detail in our home was consistent with the modern renovations. Whilst some of Wayne’s work is unseen at the end of the build, and friends and family only see the final decorated and furnished home, we are so aware of all the underlying structural work that was required (and carried out to an amazingly high standard).
He encouraged us to opt for a hardwood timber floor and the result is truly beautiful, and a stunning feature of our home. When fittings or materials were delivered, if anything did not match Wayne’s high standards, Wayne was quickly on the phone to the supplier to request a replacement. We had several tradesmen come to our house for other reasons apart from the build, and they all commented on the high standard of workmanship, and asked who our builder was. Wayne has a terrific team of people who work with him, including his wife, Colette. She was so helpful with advising us where to go to choose fittings and fixtures, and to provide recommendations for other companies that we requested, to make our home complete.
We were always comfortable to ask for advice-no question was ever treated as trivial, however silly it seemed to us at times! Also we were always kept ‘in the loop’. Wayne runs a tight ship, with a timeline for the construction working out so well, with our requirements. It was like watching a jigsaw puzzle come together. He is very well organized, and had all the upcoming tradesmen booked in advance, and ready to go when the job reached any given stage.
As with all projects of this type there were unexpected discoveries and unforeseen expenses. However Wayne and Colette remained focussed and kept the project moving along, so we could move into our home before Christmas, as planned. The end result is a promise fulfilled; a home renovated with old fashioned quality-Wayne Stewart and his team transformed our ideas into a lovely, liveable, workable reality. We would recommend this company wholeheartedly to anyone wishing to build or renovate, and we are happy to discuss our project at any time.
It has been 12 weeks since we moved into our beautifully renovated home, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your dedication in completing our renovation with a minimum fuss and ease. The decision to choose you to carry out this renovation was made with comfort, having seen your skills and traditional workmanship in our previous home. Thank you for providing suggestions to structurally modify our architects plans.
Although it appeared to be a minor oversight at the time, your initiative to point out the obvious made a huge difference to the visual impact of the house. From an aesthetic point of view, it was of paramount importance and we are absolutely delighted. The French doors are refined and the gable roof is ‘breathtaking’! Your work ethic, pride, honesty and caring attitude are evident in every detail of our home. Most importantly our desire for a home that was sympathetic to its origins, without looking dated and ‘old-fashioned’ has been achieved. The work that has been conducted in our home, we believe, will undoubtedly stand the passage of time.
Its timeless appeal and your excellent workmanship have achieved that. The tradesmen in your team were also professional and committed at all times. This had a great impact on the overall transformation of our home and it was of utmost importance for a job as large as this, to be done with team effort and organisation. Wayne, your attention to detail, patience, constant and open communication, were all greatly valued. We now have a very healthy appreciation for the amount of work that was conducted; it was inspiring to watch our house being transformed, and observing the amount of work that you personally oversaw.
It was of great comfort to know that you were in control, and everything that needed to be done was. We never had to ask twice. We believe that your attributes and dedication to your work is the very reason why this large project was so successful. You were present every step of the way, overseeing and ensuring all the work was completed to a very high standard. We consider ourselves lucky and appreciative to have had you be a part of this exciting journey. There were many instances where you went above and beyond your job description to help, and whatever decisions had to be made or altered, were executed in a fully informed way and always with a better result.
As you know, there is another stage to our renovation pending; we look forward to you returning to do this work for us, knowing that it’s going to be done with pride and a minimum of disruption. Our home has far exceeded our expectations on many levels; thank you for being part of this journey and making it real.
It has now been about 5 weeks since we moved into our new home that you built for us, and we absolutely love everything about it. We can only hope that during the building process we conveyed often and clearly enough to you, our complete satisfaction and happiness in how you carried out the construction of our home. The tireless efforts from both yourself and Colette, care and building expertise you put into the construction of our home, can be seen throughout with a quality finish very rarely seen nowadays, in any home.
After building a few times with previous builders, this home was our long awaited ‘dream home’. We wanted to make sure we made the right decision in selecting a builder, and right from the time you quoted, we knew you were going to care about the construction of this home, as much as we were. Being in the floor covering industry we hear endless stories from customers, about their building process and it is very rare to hear any positive reports at all. We are going to be the ‘one in a million’ exception, as we have nothing but 100% positive stories about our building process and final completion of our home. We have, and will continue to highly recommend you, to everyone we come across.
Your prospective clients should be aware of the many attributes you have and we would be only too willing to tell them some of these. You are: A Quality Tradesperson A Perfectionist Honest Understanding and caring about your clients wishes Particular with every detail Always helpful and available The list is endless, but the point is that anybody who decides to choose you as their building contractor, for any project, whether big or small, is going to know what it is like to be a 100% happy and satisfied client.
Thank you once again and wishing you, Colette and your family all the very best.
“We Build Homes with Old Fashioned Quality” is an understatement to Wayne’s expertise and professionalism. Our family is delighted with our beautiful renovations. I think Wayne’s secret to such a successful outcome, is that the professional tradesmen on his team have to match his ‘High Quality Old School standard’. We can assure anyone considering building your new dream home/renovation that you will be just as happy as us, with what Wayne will achieve for you. Also, Colette’s help and advice with colour schemes or whatever other questions we had were of utmost value to us, nothing was ever too much trouble. Thank you very much again Wayne and Colette.
Wayne has carried out renovations on my home progressively over the past 10 years. This includes new bathroom, new kitchen and refurbishment of all existing rooms as well as adding a verandah and large deck. I loved the fact that I did not need to oversee the works being carried out. Wayne not only ensured that quality tradesmen were used, his project management skills meant there was minimal impact (to me) or delays in work getting done. Wayne’s consultative approach clearly shows his vast experience as he offers suggestions or solutions. I recommend Wayne to anyone who is looking for a builder that gives you a high quality finish with a minimum of fuss.
We have just had our dream home built by Wayne Stewart, and we have had a nothing but a great experience with the husband and wife team (Wayne & Colette). Constant updates and open communication gave us total peace of mind. Wayne was always happy for us to come down to the site and walk us through any of our queries. He has had many ideas which have helped us improve the look and functionality of the house. His experience really helps in making important and practical decisions. We were been really impressed with the quality of workmanship and materials that he used. The job site was always clean and professional.
Importantly, there were no nasty surprises, as Wayne and Colette explained each step thoroughly. Wayne has a saying on his business card, “Good old fashioned quality” and that is what you get! From our first meeting with Wayne and Colette, they gave us confidence with their honest and realistic approach to building our home. It’s very hard to find a builder like this these days. We highly recommend Wayne Stewart, if you want a quality built home with a stress free experience!!!
Thank you for the work you have completed for us.We are rapt with the improvements and we are already enjoying the house more as a result. Everyone who worked on the project from your team, were fantastic. They have not only completed the work to a standard that we are impressed by, but they also showed great consideration, in working around us and the children. Thanks again!
When we were getting quotes for our extension Wayne Stewart was the first of 5 builders we saw, and he immediately made us confident in his skills and abilities. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable, we knew immediately that he was someone who knew what they were doing and was able to do the job.
One thing that stands out for us, before we even signed the contract with Wayne Stewart Builders is what Colette said to us; that they wouldn’t be the cheapest, but they would be the best. That honesty remained with us throughout the many complications of our build.
Initially it was what seemed like a relatively simple matter of filling in of a balcony to turn into bedroom suite, along with the removal of a pole and re-supporting the room above with a steel beam. But it turned into drainage, retaining wall, plus driveway work.
The latter of which Wayne had said he could do early on, but the drainage and retaining wall was new work, something which we are thankful of Wayne’s knowledge and experience of, as it’s something we had not looked forward to finding other trades to carry out the work.
Throughout the building process Wayne was accommodating to any changes or alterations that needed to be done, any changes we requested were quickly acted upon and any problems that arose speedily addressed.
It was Wayne Stewart’s knowledge and experience in the industry which has been on display throughout the whole process, not just construction of our extension, but the drainage, concreting and other works that were constructed and rebuilt throughout the whole process.
Communication was always easy with emails being replied to within the day, Wayne would answer his phone if we called, or text messaged and always with a friendly tone and ready to explain things.