What our clients say...
Families who are enjoying the fruits of their House Extension or Garden Room…
My wife had been considering an extension for many years and once we met Frank from Shomera at the Ideal Homes, it started to become a reality. Frank accurately captured our requirements while understanding my apprehension for change and the chaos that can accompany these projects.
The interaction around the design was great with inputs from all sides being incorporated into the final design. To Shomera’s credit they managed the build from start to finish, with the total project taking 8 weeks from September to the start of November and completed just one day past the scheduled finish date.
Like any building projects there are always un-known and unforeseen issues. The big advantage of using Shomera there was a speedy and fair resolution of these issues, with good communication at all stages during the build. The on-site staff were excellent, courteous and tidy and we now have a lovely extension with great insulation and light all day.Des & Una Kane
Excellent service and very happy with the end result.Willie & Sile McKay
Thanks to all at Shomera for your help in creating such a fantastic extension to our old house.Sean Spencer
I had ideas about what Shomera might produce, but was still surprised when I first saw the design and fell in love with it immediately. Given that our garden is North-facing, their consideration of the orientation and how best to capture light was fantastic. The count down is on for the start date in May. Can’t wait.Mary Simons
Overall project was excellent. Delighted with the finished product – THANKS!!Mike & Carol Haran
Having seen the quality of work done by Shomera in another house and knowing they have a very good reputation, we contacted Shomera to discuss an extension to create a large open plan kitchen/living area at the back of our house. Our first meeting was very open and informative and it was clear that Shomera sought to understand fully our needs and how we saw ourselves using the new space in the future. Shomera then provided us with a set of plans that maximise the natural light while retaining a great layout in the rooms of the existing house. The replacement of a small conservatory on our existing dining room, in a style and finish that matches our extension, has allowed us to enjoy that room much more and to feel that the whole space works as one. To complete the project, Shomera also recommended a Landscape Company who did a beautiful job. We now have a bright, spacious internal living area that continues seamlessly to an attractive outdoor living space, taking full advantage of the aspect and orientation of our site. The Shomera staff were at all times courteous and very helpful. The quality of the work done, the professionalism of all the trades people employed, the clarity about pricing, and the adherence to very efficient timescales for completion of the job, are all reasons why we would recommend Shomera to others.Imelda Galvin
Myself and my partner bought an old Georgian house in Dublin 8 in need of complete renovation in 2013. We initially thought that the house was in need of some minor upgrades and a reconfiguration of some internal walls. However after living in the house for a while we quickly realised that we really needed to start from scratch on the property. We contacted Shomera as they are an all service company and within two days we had a site visit with an Architect and Engineer.
We explained what we had hoped to achieve with the property and our budget. After a quick inspection of the property the engineer and architect were able to give us a good budget estimate , which included what they would recommend we fix along with our wish list of Items. From our initial visit with the Shomera team we were very impressed with their professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge. We decided to proceed with them as our builders and began work on our plans.
We worked closely with their recommended architect , Tim Magee , who’s first draft drawings were included in the price. Tim had great knowledge of the area and of period houses and was able to present ideas and layouts that we didn’t know were even possible. Due to his creativity and knowledge we ended up with the best possible use of space within the constraints of inner city living while still maintaining the integrity of a period property.
Tim was a great help to us as first time builders as we were completely unaware as to the protocol of planing applications and compliance. He handled all aspects of our planning application & submission, he met with conservation officers and even attended meetings with neighbours to help our application process. Unfortunately we received objections to our application , Tim again handled all aspects of this and even completed sunlight surveys and any other extras requested by the council and neighbours. We eventually were granted full planning permission and began our build .
Our build started almost immediately and lasted approximately 4 months , which for the scale of renovation work completed was exceptionally fast. Our build involved total excavation and lowering of the lower level of the house to achieve extra head height , complete re plumbing of the house and relocating & fixing all external plumbing to mains , complete rewiring of the entire house, a large two story extension, complete restructuring of all first level rooms to optimise space, insulation of the house from the ground up, solar panels and highest standard heating system, new kitchen and 3 new bathrooms … basically a new house!
Shomera were consummate professionals from the very beginning and even carried out foundation examinations before they began so that there were no hidden surprises once we got to the bones of the structure. An added personal touch i felt which really showed that they were here to help , is they removed and stored fridges, dishwashers, washer dryers etc for us and returned and installed them all in perfect condition at no extra cost to us
As with any build and especially with older properties we did run into a few minor items that were not initially obvious until walls and ceilings were removed. These were dealt with promptly by Sheomra and we were offered a variety of solutions at various costs. Shomera worked well with all our external suppliers to ensure that our build was completed as timely as possible and to the best possible finish .
Shomera showed their professionalism when a rather large problem with the build arose. The majority of the front of our house had a rather horrendous bay window added in the early 90’s which turned out not to have had planning permission. We were granted permission to replace the existing bay window with a window that would be more in keeping with the area which was agreed with Dublin city council. Unfortunately somewhere along the way the wrong replacement window was ordered and half installed on the house before the mistake was noticed . Shomera completely accept that a mistake had been made and dealt with the issue as quickly as possible and at a cost to them selves. While it was a frustrating mistake and added time to our build , i can not but say that Shomera dealt with it in the most professional manner and the end result was beautiful.
I would highly recommend Shomera to anyone looking to take on a build no matter how big or small .Mary Scott
The Shomera team are very patient, competent and customer focused.Daragh & Leah Kelleher
We were amazed at how quickly the project was completed and with little or no interference with our daily life. Any issues were dealt with and resolved and at all times. I felt we were in the hands of a team of experts. We are delighted with the finished product and feel it has added greatly to the value of our home and to our quality of life.Ann Donnelly
I was concerned that the layout of the existing spaces and the new extension needed to work seamlessly. To include a good utility room, a service access, an open-plan living area with clearly defined areas were some of the challenges and I have to say my expectations were exceeded in the design that was delivered by Frank and his team. Not only that, but they also cover everything from initial concept conversations, through design and final drawings and then onto the actual build. This leads to greater overall project efficiencies and reduced stress du to having to bring together various different partiesJames Cassin
Thank you for my “Shomera Nua”, the team did wonderful work, so graciously and in such a short space of time.Barbara McHugh
We are at the stage of completed design and the end result of this process has exceeded our expectations. Everything from light, layout and storage has been carefully thought through and delivered by the Shomera team. The 3D visualisations have been hugely helpful for us to see how our home will be once the project is completed.Julie O'Sullivan
We had been planning an extension for a number of years and had previously commissioned 2 architectural designs. When we met the Shomera/HousX team at the Ideal Homes Show and saw their work, we instructed them to do a design. From the start we felt we had found the most suitable partner to transform our home. The design produced got us excited and the collaborative process meant the design became more and more suitable and personalised to our requirements. A significant attraction for us was the full design and build service provided with all certification for structural work, planning, building regulations and guarantees included.
Once the design part was completed, the build commenced and we were very impressed by the professionalism, efficiency and quality of the work. We experienced none of the nightmares commonly seen on house build programmes and the short work schedule was rigidly adhered to. We love our new extension which is a large open plan living area but with each area discretely delineated. The light, space, connection to the garden and orientation towards the sun makes it a delight for our family.Cecil Shine & Orla Galvin
Nothing but praise for everyone involved. Class Job!Mark Kelly
Appointing Shomera to build a 500sqft extension at the rear and side of our detached property in Lucan was the best decision we have made. We were particular with what we wanted to achieve from the outset, and although we had spoken to a number of architects and builders, they were the only party that listened, understood and delivered on our brief within a realistic budget. What we have achieved is an enviable extension, but we have much more than that – we have fallen back in love with our home and it has transformed the way we live. Not only was the project delivered on time, and on budget, it was completely seamless and stress free with no impact on our neighbours. We were promised something light and airy and we have achieved much more than that – I could not nor would not change a single thing. You cannot be sure of a better quality or better build until you have spoken with Shomera. They will not let you down.Ev Byrne
All the staff were very friendly and respectful of our property and very polite.Noel & Ita Mannion
Frank & his team have transformed our 1970’s bungalow, which was too dark, cold and didn’t take advantage of the sun or views. Having had two previous designs that just didn’t give us what we were looking for, Shomera have ticked all the boxes with their extension and renovation of our home. From initial design concepts, meticulous project management to the final professional clean, we are delighted with the end product, the house of our dreams. We have a large open plan living area filled with light and views of the mountains and a first floor room that overlooks the countryside. I had begun to believe that what we wanted wasn’t possible, but Shomera have made it a reality.Pat & Mary Phelan
Our whole experience was excellent and we are confident without Shomera’s expertise our sunroom would not have the “Wow” factor. They give the building industry a good name.Brid & Mary deBurca
Thanks especially to Michael & the design team for their advice and patience throughout the process. We are delighted with the finished product, it is an original, and will improve our quality of life.Robert & Shannon Cree
We are thrilled with the extension, it is fab!Berna & Vivion Reddin
We are very happy with the build finish and also how well insulated the extension has proven to be and we look forward to enjoying it into the future.Donal & Mechteld Whelan
We found the workers very respectful of our home and they went to great efforts to minimise the inconvenience to us. From the groundwork guys all the way up to the site foreman we cannot speak highly enough of the service.Ian & Trudy Hill