Jim spent well in excess of six months at our home in Glebe assisting us with refurbishing an early Federation home. The work primarily involved adapting the house, untouched for many years, for contemporary living.
We have no hesitation in recommending Jim Routley for work such as we undertook in Glebe. His work is excellent and with his sense of humor, it is a pleasure to work with him on a project. – David and Mairéad Browne
Some of the main tasks for Jim were supervising the installation of recycled sash windows where there had not previously been windows, moving a staircase and bolstering the structure of one area of the house to allow a large opening to be cut for folding doors onto a deck. Outside the house, Jim and his workers built a long angled path to take heritage tiles and also restored a tiled verandah which had completely subsided.
Another major job was the installation of an 11 metre brick fence with sandstone capping to take wrought iron palisades. This involved major excavation to set the foundations and faithful creation of the brick style and pier capping of an existing length of fence.
During the project Jim liaised effectively with the architect and engineer and also with us as owners. He was always flexible and responsive to our requests to the point where we added many tasks to the list we had provided at the outset. Jim is a ‘can-do’ sort of guy – nothing seems to faze him and he takes setbacks in his stride. Jim has many excellent contacts so that the tradespeople he brought on site were always first rate and were well briefed.
From our point of view one of Jim’s main strengths is his communication skills. He is a good listener and, in addition, is one of those rare builders who keeps you informed of progress or setbacks on a daily basis. When he was running late or had unexpected delays in acquiring materials he would, without fail, phone to update the situation. We always knew where we stood and could place our trust in him.
We have no hesitation in recommending Jim Routley for work such as we undertook in Glebe. His work is excellent and with his sense of humor, it is a pleasure to work with him on a project.
David and Mairéad Browne