Very responsive and helpful. Managed the planning permission seamlessly and kept us informed all the way. We got a little stuck with the structural drawings as the engineer took longer than expected but on th other hand there were 42 pages of calculations. But the team chased it all in and we're very happy.
I would have no reservations about recommending this company or using them again. First impressions from Katie were excellent, warm friendly, allowing plenty of time to explore the opprtunities available and answer all my questions. Pricing was very clear and the timescale was clear and kept to.
They kept me up to date throughout the planning process which was successful. I had to make a minor amendment during the application which was swiftly made by Katie and communicated to the council. Phil was equally as professional and helpful, determining the exact details on site ready for building regs. All my many emails were promptly and comprehensivly answered. The whole process was smooth and I believe the service provided was excellent value for money.
Binney and Sims were professional and approachable from the get go, they made the whole process easy and brought our ideas into an reality, we have been left with an open, spacious family home.
I would thoroughly recommend.
Katie and Phil were thoroughly professional and always responded quickly to our requests. Katie's design ideas were sympathetic to our requirements, and she came up with ideas that transformed the final plan. We happily recommend Binney and Sims.
Katie and Binney and Sims provided us with great support right from the initial email enquiry. Although in the end we didn't go through with the purchase of the house, the plans that they drew up for the extension and redesign of the internal structure were brilliant. They listened to our specification, advised accordingly and it is a great shame that we are unable to see the project through to the end. I would have no hesitation in using the company in the future if the need arose.
Katie helped design and plan our single storey extension and dealt with all planning applications etc. She was very open and approachable whilst maintaining a professional manner. She responded to any queries very quickly.
We would not hesitate to recommend Katie and her team :-)
Katie helped me plan and visualize an amazing extension for my small 1 bed cottage property. The planning application process was all handled by Binney and Sims and the stress completely taken away from myself. Her designs were original and really sympathetic to the property's age and history. I would recommend Binney and Sims Ltd to anyone planning an extension/build. You will not be disappointed.
Katie and her team, Phil and Heather have provided outstanding customer services and not only provided the designs but arranged for a number of builders to quote for the work. Nothing has been too much trouble even if it meant changing the drawings again before they went off for approval. They have made the whole process stress free!
Enthusiastic, detailed and creative in their approach i have no hesitation in recommending their services. it is a real comfort to have a team take you through the process of design, build and control.
Professional business offering fantastic service. Katie came out and reviewed our 'wrong' plans (another designer), then redesigned everything within a short space of time, making the most of the new space, and offered advice for when the extension was finished. Fantastic ideas, brilliant service, would highly recommend to anybody looking at any building works.
In February 2017, Ross L said:
We 100% recommend Binney&Sims services. We wanted to extend our 3 bed detached house and really could not get our head around how we wanted to design it. We had all the questions everyone does, such as "can we do this, can we do that" and it was quite frustrating not having the knowledge. We also did not want to pay alot of money for our initial designs in case we wanted to change them. Every Architect we looked at or considered, offered packages that were just so expensive, none were less than £1000-£3000. I was advised by a friend to consider technical drawers instead. While searching for one, I found B&S and called them immediately. I spoke to Katie who gave me advice over the phone and arranged to visit us. She arrived on time, was well presented, very friendly and easy to talk to. She is full of knowledge about the building trade and put all our ideas into order. We didnt look at anyone else after meeting Katie and hired her services. Within a week, we had recieved our 1st set of drawings. They were brilliant and exactly what we imagined our extension would look like. The drawings were very professional and easy to understand. We requested some slight amendments which Katie did with no fuss or bother and in quick time. We then instructed Katie to submit our drawings for planning permission. It went very smoothly and we were kept upto date all the way by Heather at B&S. What we loved was we knew exactly what was happening, when it was and roughly how long things were going to take.
The flex in B&S's communication was brilliant. We kept in contact mainly through their FB page - messenger, so it was nice and easy. A couple of times we would send a message at 6pm or after and would still recieve a reply in minutes. If we needed anything we just gave them a call and the phone was always answered.
Finally, the bill from B&S was absolutely spot on. I genuinely believe their fees are a fair figure and completely realistic.
The other positive non stressful factor was that we did not have to buy the whole package (1st drawings, PP submission, structural calcs, full management of the build) we could pick and choose what we wanted. This worked really well for us; because we have a friend who is a structural engineer and was helping us do the calcs. He was also very impressed with the drawings and even happier when B&S sent them via email in a format he was able to use and adjust to how he needed them to be.
If we need this type of service again the I would 100% use B&S. Its a breath of fresh air to find a professional, reliable and friendly firm that doesnt charge the earth but provides the same quality service you'd expect after paying thousands. Thanks guys
In January 2017, Ron T said:
What a wonderfully relaxed, unpressured approach this Company takes when dealing with their new clients.
A fully consultative approach was taken where my views and the project environment, access etc. were all carefully considered.
My project was twofold; restorative work on my 20 year old hardwood, 50 SqMtr Orangery and a modern conservatory style extension in hardwood adjacent to it.
As my home is Grade 2 Listed the design of the new extension was sympathetic assessed with the existing structures and compliant with the wishes of the Bedfordshire Conservation team.
The restoration work including re-leading of the gables, gutter repairs and re-painting of the whole structure is beautiful and has put another 20 years of life on the Orangery.
Very professional and unpressured service all round.
A big thank you to the team at Binney and Sims
Katie and Phill have helped brilliantly with my planning and building work. I would recommend them to anyone wanting a bespoke friendy and efficient business to help with extention and building matters. I cannot recommend them enough, and can't wait for the next project !
S Goldspink Northill Beds
Excellent service, nothing was too much trouble. Katie was prompt in visiting our home and quickly grasped the concept of what we were looking for in an extension to our home to accommodate an ageing parent. The design was prepared with due consideration to the existing Georgian style house and the extension plan submitted to the local Planners for their consideration. At short notice, the requirement called for an additional tree study and this was handle by Katie to meet a tight deadline imposed by the Planners. The plans were successful and we were most impressed with all our dealings with Binney and Sims Ltd and the excellent feed back that we received during the whole planning process. Well done.
We have used Katie and her team quite a few times now to draw up plans for our customers extensions and they have always provided an excellent service and have always had fantastic input. Katie and her team have always provided their drawings on time as they promise so we will definitely be using them for our design and build projects.
Excellent service from Katie and the team at Binney and Sims. Katie came out to me to discuss a rear extension, where we wanted a large open plan kitchen space but had to include a cloakroom, of which we could only see one option which didn't make the most of the space. Katie came up with an ingenious and inventive layout meaning we also gained a utility room, while still having a seven metre long kitchen diner with full width bifolds! She was excellent throughout the process and kept us updated throughout the planning application. Now planning is approved, we can't wait to see her vision come to life! Highly recommend.
Fabulous service, great advice and walked me through the planning process, helping us to achieve the best possible design for our house by listening to what we wanted and giving constructive suggestions. Highly recommended
Great service from Katie - very friendly, listens to your requirements but also makes suggestions without being too pushy. Very clear on costs upfront and produces excellent quality drawings and help with planning.
Katie was brilliant, took her time to listen what we wanted to achieve with our extension and came up with some great suggestions. Nothing was too much trouble. She was very efficient and professional and dealt fantastically with the planning department on our behalf. We would definitely recommend Binney & Sims, in fact we already have!
We would completely recommend Binney and Simms. Katie spent time with us to gain input on our requirements, and developed the detailed plans from these ideas. Nothing is too much trouble - even down to suggesting builders who would be able to carry out the work.
Avril and Jim Williams, Bedford
In September 2016, Sarah M said:
Great ideas and vision of how designs work. Great pricing too. Would recommend.