Michelle Forest and Peter Simpson

Monday, October 7, 2013

Shortly after receiving a recommendation from a relative in the construction industry, we met with Dave to discuss building our new home. Within a few days, Dave had developed the initial budget and began getting quotes. As soon as permits were obtained, site prep began. The great sequencing became apparent as the procession of suppliers and tradespeople commented on the orchestration resulting in very few days when there weren’t at least a few different sub-trades on site working alongside Dave’s competent and friendly crew. Neighbours were pleasantly surprised by and commented positively about the crew’s friendliness, professionalism, tidiness and respect for the local residents; in fact two of Dave’s crew were hired to do work on some small projects after hours on neighbours’ houses.

Budgeting by Dave was excellent; costs which exceeded estimates were due to items we chose or changed after the initial pricing. All aspects of this complex construction project were coordinated in a timely and professional manner; Dave’s expertise with the technical aspects of questions around design challenges often proved to be the critical factor resulting in great solutions. We had wanted to build as ‘green’ a house as we could afford while maintaining a reasonable budget. Local materials and suppliers were sourced and we’ve just received notification that our home has received a platinum rating, the highest rating provided under the BC Built Green Standards!

Dave was honest, trust-worthy, honourable, hard working and very engaged in making this as easy a process for us as possible. He was a neutral sounding board when the stresses of two opposing views seemed larger than life. Despite the very tight timeline we requested, Dave got us into our new home exactly six months after the site prep was completed. We know that he sounds ‘too good to be true’—that is the comment that several friends have made when they’ve heard about our positive house-building experience. All we can add is that Dave McKenzie cannot be more highly recommended.

Good luck with your project.