We contracted Cathal Whelan by tender process through our architect, Grant Maggs, for a residential build which took about a year. The job entailed demolishing an existing semi-detached terrace in Carlton North. The original facade and the rear stables were retained and completely restored, and the remainder was a new build. The works required the builder to be careful with adjoining buildings and to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of the surrounding neighbours. This was done expertly, with all parties happy with the result. Cathal and his team always conducted themselves with professionalism throughout the course of the build and all our questions and communications were handled efficiently and with care. Timelines were well adhered to and it was a pleasure to work with the team. We would have no hesitation with working with them again, and would highly recommend Cathal Whelan to any prospective clients.
Maria and John M (Carlton North)
"Our strong communication with all parties involved in the building process (including the client, council, architects, our staff, sub-contractors and others) coupled with quality workmanship and our ability to manage deadlines, sets us apart from other builders" Cathal Whelan, Director
Cathal, thank you and your team for all your hard work on our renovation. We can’t speak highly enough of the work you have done. The three major factors that stood out for us were:
- You were incredibly professional
All of the communication we had with you was thorough, informed, consistent and respectful. Renovating a 110 year old house can be a logistical nightmare – but you explained these challenges, and provided intelligent solutions. All of your staff and contractors were friendly, professional, clean, polite and accommodating.
- The project was delivered on time and on budget
This was a small-medium sized project, but had all the challenges of a big project. Even though this was the case, the project came in on time and on budget. Even when there were a few little contingencies you explained these and always ensured that we got good value for money.
- The final finish
Everything just works. I think it is only at the end of a project when you sit back and look at what is left over that you can really appreciate that getting all of the little things right makes such a massive difference – but now having lived in the house for a few months I can’t for the life of me find a fault. Everything works first time every-time, all of the finishes are just spot on, and there is a definite quality in the materials and finishes that are telling me that this is a renovation that will really last the test of time.
Donovan and Melissa (South Melbourne)
Thank you for the outstanding work you have put into my considerable house renovation. Undertaking such a huge task, and having listened to all the horror stories and meeting several ambivalent builders – I felt this was an impossible job to undertake. However, from our first meeting, I knew I had met someone who listened to me, could see my vision and understood what I was trying to achieve with the renovation. Not just a ‘builder’ but someone with useful ideas, insight, vision, practical suggestions, pride in their work, considerable industry knowledge and excellent taste, all carried out with the utmost diplomacy. Of course, we came across problems, including constant rain for six months, but these were all external to your work and our relationship. I sincerely believe that without your help – from considerable planning changes, to the dozens of minor detail decisions – I would now have a completely different and compromised house. Your attention to detail, always going that extra step to ensure the highest possible quality and keeping me informed at all stages, relieved the amount of anxiety that I think any home owner would have undertaking renovations. Of all the tough decisions made by both of us over the past six months, the best and easiest one was selecting you to build my brand new magnificent house. I’m happy to show others the house and your exemplary workmanship.
Dr M. Brophy (Williamstown)
“Thanks Cathal and your team for a great job. We still marvel at our new home. We would recommend you to others”
Mark (North Fitzroy)
Thank you so much for the fantastic renovations you did to our house in such a speedy time. Your efficiency, organisation and professional skills are superb and you were a pleasure to deal with. We will certainly be spreading your praises.
Julie and Andrew (Highett)