In 2011 we applied for tenders to build our new farm shop and 100 cover restaurant. After receiving numerous tenders from all other Northern Ireland we selected the tender from David McKee. Appointing McKee’s for this work must be the best decision we made with this project.
David and his son William are exceptional people. They recognised the need for careful time management of building works and approach tasks with a positive and helpful attitude. They understood that the building site was quite often an area which we required to show customers and suppliers around at any time, and they repeatedly surpassed expectations of their involvement in order to ensure that all areas were kept to a very high standard both adhering to H & S and that all areas were keep exceptionally clean and tidy.
They brought with them a team of highly professional tradesmen, all of whom carried out their jobs to a high standard. They were always prepared in advance, very forward thinking, often leaving the building site late, travelling home and returning early in the morning with a van load of materials ready for the next few days. Their tireless work ethic was instrumental in getting the build completed on schedule. Despite travelling 120 mile round trip every day, he and his tradesmen were all on site before 8am every day, and often at 7am. They never missed a day, and only took Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, in order to achieve our deadline. They braved extremely cold and excessively windy weather but never stopped.
They kept to our budget and saved us money at every possible turn yet no shortcuts were taken. They always had our best interest at heart. The craftsmanship is clearly to the highest standard.
David and William were extremely approachable. No matter what areas we needed changed or advised on, they always made time for us.
They started on 7th November 2011, and contracted to have the work completed for opening on 19th March, which only gave approx 20 weeks from start to finish. This seemed to us, unachievable, but they did not fail, we opened on 19th March with everything completed. David and William made this build very stress free for us. They never brought us problems, only solutions.
We could not praise their work or their tradesmen’s work enough. They are an EXCEPTIONAL team. We were actually very sad to see them leave, as we became close friends during this build.
Many of our customers have asked us for the name and telephone number of our contractor, as it is finished to a very high standard, and nothing has been compromised. We would be delighted to show this new build to any persons interested in contracting McKee’s.
Helen Harrison, Greyabbey
"an inspiration and a revelation"
David McKee was both an inspiration and a revelation when it comes to trust and work ethic. We didn't know him beforehand, but he had been working on a house near my parents and was very accommodating when they asked him to move some stones on the beach with his machinery to help with storm protection.
Therefore, we decided to ask him to quote against another builder for finishing a house which we had bought at the first fitting stage (walls, roof and part wiring). We were based in London, so it was more than just about the lowest price, but very important that we could rely on both the quality and honesty of the work being done - David and his team really impressed in every regard!
Regularly, we would have to trust his experience and 'good taste' when it came to advising on various aspects or decisions. Nothing was ever too much trouble, but equally, added expense or larger undertakings were always highlighted and discussed in detail. Never did I ever feel that we were being 'sold' or pressurised into any decision and in all cases David professionally advised on the most cost efficient solution which was in keeping with what we had already discussed - I really believe that he treated building our house in exactly the same way as he would have done, if it was his own house.
This was also evident in his team of plumbers, painters, electricians and joiners - you were always left with the impression that he was completely in control and keeping close supervision to ensure that everyone was delivering to the agreed standards and deadlines.
In summary, I could not recommend David and his team highly enough and he was always available 24/7 to answer any queries, concerns or change in direction. Being overseas at the time meant that having a builder that we could trust and rely on, made the whole experience a lot less stressful than it could have been otherwise.
I look forward to working with David again in the future and would be more than happy to supply a more detailed personal reference of my experience, should it be of interest.
Chris Preston, Rostrevor
"excellent workmanship"-"strong work ethic"
Excellent workmanship, no unexplained delays or days off site. Materials arrive ahead of times always.
They are tidy and leave a clean site.
A happy team with a strong work ethic. Can interpret customers needs and are adaptable. They are quietly efficient.
This is my 8th new build / major restoration job, so I consider I am a judge of workmanship!. Wish I had heard of them when I was on No.1 not No.8.
I would thoroughly recommend this firm and would gladly answer further questions.
Should you wish to see their workmanship (which included the restoration of an old stone forge
and a new build extension)
I would be happy to facilitate you.
V Gibson, Hillsborough
"...making our dream come true"
Like so many couples, building our own home was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and a very daunting task. This was not only a practical project, but the realisation of our dreams.
For us, having the right builder was key to ensuring that our home was created not only professionally, but also in a way that gave us confidence that our dream was safe. Having spoken to a number of people David had worked for before, we were instantly impressed by their total trust in him.
Two years on from the beginning of our project, we are still delighted that we decided David McKee was the right builder for us! Throughout the initial 13 months (it was a big project, and came in well within the expected timeframe) and the following 5 months of finishing and snagging, David and all of his team were not only efficient and professional, but also courteous and patient at all times.
Ours was not a straight forward project, and we are very aware that without David’s calm and logical guidance and his professional leadership, we would have struggled to complete the project at all.
Now that we have had time to make our house a home, we constantly receive very positive feedback about the quality of the workmanship throughout the house. When we struggled to make decisions about what would look best, David was always happy to give objective advice, while leaving the decision to us – we are glad that we followed his advice, and the result is a quality build with obvious attention to detail.
We have a house that we are proud of and a home that we truly enjoy.
We will always be grateful to David and his team for making our dream come true.
Keith & Anne Faloon, Rostrevor