TESTIMONIALS

What our clients  think of us

Laura & Will

We recently worked with Carrington Leigh on reinstating a basement flat into our main house. The job included an extension, digging out a terrace, layout change, new roof, tanking, all new plumbing, electrics & all interior finishes.

As a designer I was conscious we wanted a high end finish but without always having the budget! Tod was always available to problem solve & it’s clear he cares about working to get things right. Any additional costs were discussed in advance with no hidden extras lumped on at the end.

Tod was always considerate of dates, working to finish in time for parties or leaving site early when parents were staying. He has a great network of really excellent trades & the Carrington Leigh team are incredibly experienced & a joy to have around. Our project spanned 12 months & the team were hardworking, friendly, respectful & kept the site tidy throughout which made our life (living on site) so much easier.  Our kids still run up to say ‘hi’ whenever they see the guys in the area. I can’t speak highly enough of them!

Thank you Carrington Leigh! 

Daniel & Paulina

We are so delighted in choosing Carrington Leigh for our recent renovation project. Tod was flexibile from the onset, accommodating our ever-evolving ideas with pragmatism and expertise. The attentiveness we received was second to none, ensuring that every detail was considered and every concern addressed promptly.

The quality of tradesmen on our project was outstanding. Each individual brought a high level of skill and professionalism, contributing significantly to the impeccable finish of our home. Working with Tod and his team was an absolute joy, not just for us but also for our designer and architect. Tod’s good design eye was a huge bonus when we had to adapt to the realities of an old Victorian property.

What truly sets Carrington Leigh apart is their passion for delivering a quality product. We came into the project with high expectations on quality of finish and the team’s commitment to going above and beyond was evident in every aspect of the work. We couldn’t be happier with the results and are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and talented team.

Dan & Raj

Every time we walk into our kitchen, we can’t believe it’s ours! Tod and his team have done an incredible job and went above and beyond. We have a beautiful kitchen, utility area and wet room. But behind the scenes, so much more goes on. From new pipe works, underfloor heating, new roof and so on, we felt confident that the structural and integral work was done to the best standard, no corners cut. Tod also went over his remit, liaising with the heat pump engineer, dealing will all the extra issues that that work brought up, making design suggestions – the amazing oak bookshelf that not only is a talking point, but also reflects what’s important to us (we are crazy bookworms and the extra shelf helps with the 1000+ books we own!).

Tod also suggested a huge window in the kitchen which brings amazing light through from the back all the way to the front of the house. Plans changed as we went along and Carrington Leigh were accommodating and helpful – and honest where they thought changes would add more to the bill than they would deliver.

The team also undertook a huge insulation project so that the heat pump would work to full and efficient capacity. They were painstaking, polite, and always cleaned up at the end of the day. Future-proofing for the planet, Tod knows his eco-stuff if you’re into that, too.

Anna & Alistair

Tod and his team oversaw the redevelopment of our kitchen and utility room in 2023. They stripped the old kitchen right back to the brick, improved the insulation, installed a heated floor, double glazed the windows and doors, rewired and fitted new lighting, and tiled and painted throughout. They worked with our kitchen fitters to ensure quick and seamless installation of the kitchen so there was minimal time wasted. The team also removed old decking on the patio and installed a beautiful terracotta tile terrace with steps down to the garden.

Tod was great to work with. He was really helpful in considering the most sustainable and energy efficient materials, which was a priority for us, and worked extremely hard with his team to ensure that our busy family of four had working kitchen facilities and a clean, liveable home right through the build (no mean feat!) Tod was always available and thoroughly respectful – of us, our pets, our neighbours, and our home.

We’re delighted with the quality of the finish (and grateful to Tod for his advice around paint and some of the fixtures and fittings). We’ll definitely use Carrington Leigh again and have already recommended them to friends and neighbours. 

Mike S.

Carrington Leigh were fantastic on our basement project. They took the project on after we had a false start & competed it to a very high standard.

All the tradesmen are highly trained, customer focussed & well organised. The communication from Tod is always clear & the team were reliable & finished the project on time. Would highly recommend them.

Caroline

Like most people, we were apprehensive about the disruption we would face in having a kitchen refit. Add in the structural work needed to change the layout of our ground floor, and it’s fair to say that we were dreading it.

Tod and his team at Carrington Leigh put our minds at rest from the start. Tod provided thoughtful suggestions as to how the work should be undertaken, together with detailed and transparent quotations. He then coordinated all the various workstreams (plumbing, electrical, plastering, etc.) as well as handling building regulation sign offs.

Communication was first rate throughout. On the odd occasion where an unforeseen issue arose, Tod was excellent in proposing sensible solutions.

The team were unfailingly polite and respectful of our home. We would recommend Tod and his team at Carrington Leigh unreservedly.

Louisa & Michael

A delight from start to finish. Thanks to Carrington Leigh we have a new garden office, & re-landscaped front & back gardens that we love.  

Tod (building works) & Kalpna (garden works) paid attention to what was important to us, made us part of the team in problem solving, & dealt with any subcontractor issues in full so that we didn’t have to. All of Tod’s tradespeople were equally professional and respectful throughout.  

There were known challenges around our limited access & a very small site, surprise challenges around material shortages & in amongst all that, the arrival of our second son; all expertly managed by Tod. 

Tod spent a reassuringly long time on the quote, ironing out the most challenging aspects of the project in advance, & making sure we got the best solution to balance out our expectations with our budget. 

We would 100% use Carrington Leigh again & couldn’t recommend them highly enough. 

Hugo & Holly

We trusted Carrington & Leigh with the complete replacement of the hot water system in an outdated house. Further to this they constructed a new downstairs toilet (from a storage cupboard) and rebuilt the family bathroom. Tod and his team were consistently very good in their work, attitude and approachability. They provided extremely helpful input and advice into the design and equipment needed, e.g. boiler and hot water tanks. The attention to detail on the two new rooms was also very pleasing and we continue to receive compliments on the work done.

Tod was always very communicative as well as upfront and honest about costs and anything that might impact this. We have completed a number of different projects in various properties and therefore have worked with various companies and tradespeople. We would definitely recommend Carrington Leigh and Tod’s team and will always consider them in any future project that we do.

Keep up the good work!

Teresa

We engaged Carrington Leigh in connection with our kitchen refit and they worked closely with Classic Kitchens who were fitting the new kitchen. Carrington Leigh’s role included clearing the site, removing the old kitchen, preparing and laying a new tiled floor, managing all the electrical and plumbing requirements for the new kitchen and arranging for the kitchen tiling post-installation. I cannot recommend Carrington Leigh highly enough, the service we received was excellent. Tod Livermore managed the whole project in an extremely professional manner and everything was executed to high standards.

His team of workmen (builders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tilers) were skilled, hard-working and polite and easy to have around. Tod was excellent in terms of communication, keeping us informed at all stages about what was happening, checking we were happy with everything and also gave very helpful advice and suggestions when needed, for example, in relation to our kitchen lighting.

The project was completed according to the detailed budget and timetable set out by Tod. Overall, therefore, our experience with Carrington Leigh was excellent and the level of service we received surpassed by some distance the levels of service we have ever received before from a building company. I would highly recommend Carrington Leigh without any reservations.

Jesse & Rose

Our requirement for building work is always the same: “Do it properly and make it look good.” Sounds simple, but it’s really hard to find someone who does one of these things never mind both.

We needed some plastering and painting work done, and a quote on some potential structural issues, we got a few builders in to quote and included Tod after hearing rave reviews from other Forest Gate locals.

As soon as we met Tod we felt good about working with him. Very knowledgeable about the potential issues and possible solutions concerning Victorian terraces, and crucially a clear appreciation and enjoyment of the aesthetics of the job – right down to making suggestions of layouts, materials and finishes. He was also very personable and able to relay all the information in a way that felt uncomplicated and manageable.

Soon after we started the work what we were paying for became clear. Tod said from the beginning that he thinks of himself less of a builder and more of a project manager. We’re not the sort of people who would have thought about using a project manager, but to be honest my experience of builders is that the guy who comes round is never the guy doing it. It’s always “project managed” to another builder on the books, just not very well.

But with Tod he dropped by daily to keep us informed about what was going on, what the plan was for the next few days, and any potential snags ahead.

We had originally hired Tod to give us a quote for replastering and decorating the lounge and a bedroom. Also, double checking that previous structural work raised in our buyer’s survey, for which we had a structural engineer arranged. As soon as work started, the structural engineer confirmed that we had THREE dangerous unsupported chimneys, and a through lounge that was not sufficiently supported.

What happened next made Tod worth his weight in gold. He quickly made a point of developing a friendly and trusted relationship with the structural engineer, the building control officer. He re-timetabled everything around us so that we could get the necessary building control approval and structural engineering plans arranged, and arrange the financing of this much bigger job. He even helped us liaise with our neighbours on third party wall agreements and assurances of good workmanship. At any point if we had an issue or a question, a quick whatsapp and Tod would have the answer, or pop round to chat.

The quality of the work itself was incredible. The old through lounge work was corrected, a new chimney build in our lounge, a second chimney supported with a joist, a third chimney taken out right up to stack above the roof. His team of builders, carpenters, roofers, electricians, worked seamlessly to get it all done. Not only that, but we made recommendations along the way, the right kind of insulation in the ceilings. Making the plug sockets were in the right places. Advising on layouts of rooms. At every point there was a choice of solutions and advice on what to go with. It says something that at the end of the process the Building Control office said that the level of workmanship was some of the best that he’d seen.

Today, as we sit in our gorgeous lounge, expertly finished, the lovely tiled fireplace on our new chimney, the beautiful new bay window radiator Tod recommended, and the ceiling rose that Tod generously gifted us as a thank you for the work, it looks the way you would hope a newly done lounge to look. Same with the bedroom. A superior finish and a feeling of quality throughout. “Look at our house!” we keep saying to each other, months after the work it done.

Thanks Tod for “doing it properly and making it look good”!

Ben & Lara

We worked with Carrington-Leigh to re-render the back of our house, re-plaster some of the interior walls after water damage, & replace both the external doors.

Tod & his team were a dream to work with, the builders were very polite, tidy, & always keeping us updated. Tod himself works as the project manager & always went above & beyond to suggest solutions, update & reassure us.

The team has a great eye for detail & fully commits to finishing a project as if it were their own house.

I would recommend Carrington-Leigh for any type of building work!

Virginia & Carrie

Todd and his team re-redesigned our back garden with new surfaces, decking, fencing and raised beds, on a very tight time schedule. Not only did Tod work very hard to meet the deadlines but he also helped in the design, adding extra style, and suggested good value material options. We were very impressed with his managing skills and his team who were punctual, reliable, hard workers and executed tasks with care and attention. Tod was very hands-on and transparent about the process and pricing as well as making it an enjoyable experience and the result was fantastic. We are looking forward working with him again on our future projects.

Adam & Lexi

Carrington Leigh have been a delight to deal with from start to finish. Tod is a great project manager & coordinator of the various tradesmen & has assembled a truly professional set of workmen that deliver a very high standard. Tod also ensures that all the snagging is done until you are happy with everything & has a fine eye for detail himself which is a great asset.

He also understands where you are coming from as a client & often makes suggestions & options you haven’t thought of for the better. They installed a brand new front door & pathway & glazing & some custom built cupboard, TV storage & shelves in our loft eaves room. Highly recommended for any job big or small.

Stephen & Anna

Tod oversaw the repointing & repainting of the front of our house, as well as the replacement of old PVC windows with nice new sash frames.

We found him & the team to be helpful & responsive throughout the process, & they even worked through Storm Eunice to deliver the project to time!

Gem & Woody

Carrington Leigh have worked on large & smaller projects for us & has always delivered. Tod’s great at helping us to work out the best solution & finding great tradespeople. 

We are always really pleased with the quality of the work, which is why we keep going back to Tod for our projects. They are super reliable & will always go the extra mile, really happy to recommend Tod & his team for anyone who is looking for reputable company.

Natalie & Amo

We appointed Tod & his team over the summer to complete some work to our house. The work ranged from a complete underpinning of our back extension to re rendering, painting the whole back of our house to installing external insulation. They have done a fabulous job & the work could not have run smoother. It is so hard to find local builders that not only complete work within the timeline given & to a high standard but that do it under budget, no hidden cost surprises along the way!

We cannot recommend Carrington Leigh enough, East London is very lucky to have them.

Thanks Tod!

Cat & Howard

Carrington Leigh have always provided a very professional service.  The quality of the work is always very good & they were responsive when issues arose. When completing our room refurb which included flooring replacement & creating a fitted wardrobe they assessed the work to be done & carried out work to a high standard & within the timescale.

They are polite, professional & when completing jobs they are careful & clean. We have used them for a number of different jobs, have recommended them to friends & family & would continue to use them for any works we required in the future.” Cat & Howard, E7

Jo

Tod was fantastically engaging, hands on & communicative throughout the process & saw my vision for what I wanted.

The quality of the work was second to none & met my exact requirements for a built in cupboard that incorporated a utility space & storage for my sons toys. From organising & taking delivery of materials to project managing from start to finish, I cannot recommend Carrington Leigh & Tod more.

Amber & Ed

It was a pleasure working with Tod & his team on our front garden project. We chose Carrington Leigh for the job, which included laying an intricate mosaic path, after hearing glowing reviews about the team’s attention to detail. We were not disappointed.

Tod kept us constantly updated about the project’s progress & was transparent & accommodating.
I would confidently recommend Carrington Leigh for any design & build projects. This is a company that you can depend on as the team strives to build on its excellent local reputation.

George & Anna

Tod takes the hassle out of having building work done.

Courteous & helpful he has high standards of both delivery & service. I will use his company again.

Dom & Laura

Tod took on a number of jobs for me, from the simple to the complex, & each project was treated with the same high level of care & attention to detail.  He was as comfortable in executing precise requests as he was with helping to fill in the detail of more basic ideas.

The level of communication was excellent from start to finish, & his team carried out all the work to a high standard.

Oliver & Zoe

We used the team at Carrington Leigh to do a couple of jobs, including carpentry & decorating, & we were delighted with the service.  The built-in wardrobe & desk unit was delivered to a really high-quality finish, the design process was very collaborative which meant we got exactly what we wanted.

They sourced exactly the materials we wanted & left the room clean & tidy post installation.  We can’t recommend the carpentry highly enough. We also had some external decoration done, the decorators were polite & efficient.