Testimonials

Gite Complex – Bouteville

“We have used Charlie May of ECM3 for just over a year and  half on a number of projects and he is currently working on the renovation of an adjacent property to convert into four gites with a swimming pool. Work was carried out to a very high standard. His project management removes the hassle and stress for us. He ensures everything runs smoothly and the job progresses without any delays. Charlie is approachable, he discusses progress, identifies issues and potential problems and suggests options so we can agree the best solution. He works for the client rather than what is best for him. ”

 Leisure Complex and Roofing – Sainte

We have undertaken many refurbishment and building projects during the 10 years we have lived in the Charente Maritime, and were fortunate enough to have Charlie recommended to us for the roof refurbishment of our current home.  We were so impressed with his diligence and efficiency in bringing that project in ahead of time and with minimal fuss, that we approached him to project manage and undertake the conversion of four large chais in our courtyard (previously used for cognac distillery) into an indoor swimming pool, spa with hammam, gym, games room and bar.  It was a major project that required detailed planning and expertise, not least of which was an efficient heating and dehumidification system to safeguard the integrity of the existing buildings.  Charlie conducted extensive research to ensure that every technical aspect was thoroughly addressed, and that the entire build was carried out to a very high standard.  The project was brought in on budget and two months ahead of time, and Charlie’s project management skill meant that the entire process was a stress-free experience for us.  Throughout the process he was readily available to discuss ideas to improve on the architect’s outline drawings and to incorporate our suggestions in order to achieve our vision.  We now have a stunning leisure complex that is a pleasure to spend time in.  We would have no reservations at all in recommending Charlie and his team to anyone.”

Eugene & Fiona – Retired – Sainte – 2014

 Major House Alterations and Renovation – St Simeux

Quality of work, without question very good. Ability to interpret clients requirements and offer sound suggestions. Willingness to admit and correct problems. Would I use Charlie again ?  The answer is Yes. Would I recommend Charlie ?  The answer is Yes

Mr & Mrs J. McDonnell – Retired – St Simeux – 2013

Barn Conversion – Sonneville

‘Charlie took all of the stress out of my barn conversion.  He transformed a ramshackled barn into a pantry, utility room , huge double height games room plus two ensuite bedrooms that I am delighted with.  Charlie dealt with the Marie, organised the local artisans and worked within the budget we agreed for the project.  I have no hesitation in recommending Charlie and his colleagues for all of your building requirements.

Mark Thompson – Chief Investment Officer of HSBC UK Pension Scheme.’ – 2013

Roof Replacement – Jarnac

‘We would like to thank Charlie for the fine work in re-roofing our commercial investment property in Jarnac. The work was carried out efficiently and neatly without causing any disruption to the tenant’s businesses. As well as the re-roofing work Enterprise Charles May also dealt with all of the paperwork in obtaining the necessary permits from the Mairie and the Batiment des France.
Everything was done on time and to budget. We would recommend Charlie to anyone wanting work done.’

Andrew and Ann Rayson – Legarde-sur-le-Nez – February 2013

 New En-suite Bathroom Build – Ranville

A week now since Charlie put in an en suite bathroom for us and want to report that we are really happy with the end result. I’d recommend Charlie to work with; very easy, professional and neat.

Mr & Mrs Oliver – Les Breuilleud – 2012

New Roof, New Staircase and Alterations – St Meme

Dear Charlie,

Many, many thanks for all your hard work. We are very glad that we asked you to undertake the project which, despite the unforeseen complications that are inevitably found in old houses, has come in surprisingly close to your original quote. As we are based here in the UK, your emails and photos of work in progress were very helpful and we found it easy to discuss details via email and Skype.

Having now seen the work for real, we are delighted with the end results and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Very best wishes,

Mike and Lindsay Fear – St-Meme-les-Carrieres – 2011

Alterations & Kitchen Refurbishment

Charlie has impressive attention to detail, is reliable, a superb craftsman and is  knowledgeable about carpentry, electrics, plumbing, decorating and tiling with an ingenious approach to problem-solving. We are delighted with Charlie’s work for us and only wish we’d met him sooner. ECM are also great value for money and understood that we were on a tight budget. We have already recommended ECM to all our friends and will definitely use the company again. Charlie also happens to be charming, witty and great fun. In short, highly recommended.

Mr & Mrs T. Bazell – Dulwich – 2010

Alterations & Refurbishment

Overall we are delighted with the new bathroom. ECM’s quote came in the cheapest, and we were very impressed with Charlie’s enthusiasm and ideas. When he came round to assess the job, he suggested that under floor heating could be installed, which was something that we had not considered. He also recommended lowering the ceiling to counter the problem that the bathroom has historically had with damp. Once work started, it wasn’t long before we felt that we could trust Charlie to just get on with it.. We are rating ECM as five star because it is obvious that Charlie and his team take pride in what they do, don’t overcharge and don’t cut corners. As well as being a thoroughly nice bloke, Charlie is a professional who cares about doing a good job, and keeping his customers happy. We highly recommend ECM.

Mr & Mrs Fuller – Clapham, London – 05 Apr 2010

Alterations, Design and Build

We’ve just said goodbye to Charlie, and we have been left with a fabulous new bathroom, cloakroom and loft bedroom with en suite. I cannot speak more highly of Charlie. When you embark upon work with a company, you hope for flexibility, good communication, creativity and above all quality results. ECM tick all these boxes and more. Nothing was too much trouble, and we were in contact several times a day by email, text and phone – so questions and concerns on both sides were easily answered. ECM were a pleasure to work with and we would have no hesitation in asking for their help again, and recommending them to anyone else.

Mr M. Robinson – Herne Hill – 2009

Simple Kitchen Installation

Charlie is a positively affable fellow, who enjoys his work, and does it well! His quote for the installation of our kitchen was remarkably well priced, in fact, the best we’d had when we decided to proceed with him. We had what we believed was a clear plan for how we wanted the finished kitchen to look, and Charlie was quite happy to work to that specification. Crucially, however, he suggested alternative ideas whenever the need warranted it. He communicated this in a matter-of-fact fashion, without undue pressure, and it was clear that his suggestions were based on previous experiences and accumulated know-how. Problems encountered during the installation were dealt with professionally and his wide knowledge base meant that he almost invariably had a solution for them. That he kept us informed through the installation meant there were no surprises once the work was complete. His passion for his work is clearly evident in the quality of the finish, and our kitchen is a joy to work in. Thoroughly pleased in South Croydon!

Mr & Mrs Ingwe – South Croydon – 12 May 2010 

Bathroom Re-design and Refurbishment

My bathroom refurbishment was completed at the weekend and I am extremely pleased. From the initial strip out to the final application of sealant, I was most impressed with all aspects of the job. There were several plumbing problems to be remedied as I live in a very old property but all were expertly handled and resolved with great skill and attention to detail. The quote was very reasonable and as a single woman at no point did I feel I was being ripped off or mislead (as can often be the way!) I also felt at ease and comfortable with the men who carried out the work. Love, love, love my new bathroom! I would most definitely recommend this company. 5 stars *****

Miss Laura Howard – South West London – 2009 

Kitchen and Bathroom Refurbishment

Well, what can I say? I am very happy with both the bathroom and kitchen I had Charlie install. The end result has exceeded my expectations. Both rooms really enhance the house and are a joy to use. The guys are great. Very trustworthy, honest, hardworking and easy to talk to. You can be sure if you give them a job they’ll do their upmost to do their best. Would I call on Charlie again? Most certainly yes. “

Mr Purchas – London – 2009