What our clients say
Ray Laurence and his team were tasked with a major renovation for the Darwin Orthodontic Centre. They commenced work with a limited time frame and despite some unforeseen structural challenges, which were dealt with promptly and professionally, they still had us operational by the scheduled completion date. The commitment and work ethic to complete the renovation was outstanding and reflected by all involved. We would like to acknowledge the excellent work by Charlie who was proactive and minimised the stress involved in the renovation, he was always very approachable and professional and ensured the project stayed on track.
The renovation is a testament to this great team of professional, skilled staff and sub-contractors and we are more than delighted with the state-of-the-art working environment, which is being appreciated both by staff and clients.
Council reviewed the need for a Darwin office and found there would be an on ongoing requirement to accommodate staff members outside of its remote communities. Following the purchase of an existing building, comprised of a warehouse and a tired and hap hazard office space, Ray Laurence Constructions were awarded the Tender to fully renovate the premises. The strict budget and short timeframes attached to the project allowed minimal tolerances, and required the services of a professional team to be successfully executed.
Renovation work can sometimes be problematic as one can never fully anticipate what lies below the external surface until work commences. Charlie Dickman and his team were proactive in working with Council to identify any issues during construction, and find time and cost effective solutions to rectify these. The work that Charlie did behind the scenes, in conjunction with the architect and engineers, minimised construction costs and contributed to the overall success of the project.
The Ray Laurence team commenced on site as scheduled, and despite having additional work added to the scope, were able to make up time to ensure that practical completion was reached on the scheduled date. Their hands on and transparent approach to construction is such that Council would certainly consider working with Ray Laurence in the future, and have no hesitation in recommending their services to others.
Ray Laurence was awarded the tender for the construction and fit out of The Foreshore Restaurant & Café. Charlie and his team of experienced tradesmen were extremely professional in the manner in which they completed all aspects of the build. The Ray Laurence team value quality of workmanship and it is on display with the very pleasing final product they have created at the foreshore. Furthermore, Charlie and Tanya were a pleasure to deal with and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
We first used RLC in 2004 with the addition of a large verandah and carport to our elevated home. Some 11 years later, we contracted RLC for a second time to complete a substantial extension and alteration to our home, which included a new downstairs master bedroom suite with WIR/ensuite, new downstairs entrance, enclosing existing stairwell to connect upstairs/downstairs and an additional living area upstairs. Charlie and Tanya were a pleasure to deal with and their team of tradesmen were on the job every day before 7am, carrying out their work professionally and courteously, while working around a family of five throughout the six month build. The job was completed to the highest standard before time and on budget, with any minor issues being rectified promptly. We are thrilled with the final product and would highly recommend Charlie, Tanya and the RLC team!
Ray Laurence were contracted to fit-out new offices including a kitchenette in a multi-story building within a very tight timeframe.
The work was completed within the timeframe and were of a high standard. Staff were professional and friendly throughout the project.
Last year we had contracted Ray Laurence Constructions for our Canteen work. This was our BGA project.
The project was on time and went very smoothly, never had complaints or issues working with the team. They are very well organized and their communication is excellent. There are no hidden surprises. They deliver what they promise. It was a pleasure working with them.
We have completed 3 commercial projects over the past 3 years with Ray Laurence Constructions – all were completed on budget and on-time.
The quality of the workmanship, attitude of the team and the professionalism of Charlie Dickman was excellent. We would use them again, if the opportunity arises.
Working with Charlie from Ray Laurence Constructions was the one part of renovating that wasn’t stressful. Ray Laurence Constructions converted our 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom concrete bunker of a home with burst pipes into a 3 bedroom, 1 study, 1.5 bathrooms home with a new kitchen, European laundry, open plan living and a huge outdoor entertaining area.
We originally found it hard to get prices from other builders, but Charlie met with us, gave us a ballpark figure and followed up with a quote just 2 weeks after seeing the property. Instead of starting with a cheap quote and surprising us with extras, Charlie was right on the mark. His experience and knowledge meant that there were no unexpected costs and he actually finished construction 1 week ahead of schedule.
We chose Ray Laurence Constructions because Charlie was genuine, friendly and followed up on any queries immediately. If you’re after a builder you can trust, communicate with and someone who takes pride in his workmanship, I highly recommend Charlie from Ray Laurence Constructions.
A very big thanks to Charlie and his team for the work completed on our house. Everything went according to plan with no hidden costs, hidden agendas or run arounds. Charlie runs an efficient and reliable operation and displayed the highest levels of attention to detail.
Our house was completed within our budget, ahead of schedule and is now a place we are extremely happy and proud to call home. We have no hesitation in providing Ray Laurence Constructions the highest possible recommendation to our friends, family and anyone thinking of getting some work done on their own property.
As with most major renovations there are often decisions and possible variations that need to be accommodated during the construction progress. Charlie’s open communication style ensured emerging issues and improvement options were always clearly identified and discussed in a transparent manner. The work was completed on time.
We also appreciated that after the renovation was completed any small issues we had were rapidly fixed. Also the 3 month post completion walkthrough with Charlie to ensure that any identified problems we had after living in the house were rectified promptly. We would have no reservations in referring any of our friends and family to Ray Laurence if they were renovating/building.
We found them honest, approachable and knowledgeable. They made what could have been a stressful time much easier.
Awesome job. Workers were there on time everyday and very professional in their work and attitude. Charlie was , without doubt, a perfectionist, and it showed. Everyone who visits, including friends who works in the construction field, are very impressed by the quality of work. Definitely highly recommended to anyone who are keen to renovate.
With three teenage daughters we needed to expand our home to cope with the increased demands and we also wanted to give our home a fresh, new look.
Charlie’s team constructed a new bedroom and ensuite for Mum and Dad, replaced out tired brick roof with modern zincalume, rendered the out-dated exterior brick walls and finished the job with a fresh new paint job.
Everyone is impressed with the quality of the work and it was pleasure working with Charlie and his team.
Without equivocation we can highly recommend Ray Laurence Constructions as a preferred contractor for major renovations in the Darwin Market. Our project has been completed on time, within budget and exceeded our quality expectations. This is the 5th renovation we have undertaken and RL Construct has by far been the easiest people to deal with.
We contracted, Ray Laurence Constructions Pty Ltd to complete a small, but difficult external tile job located at our private residence in Northlakes.
My wife and I had difficulty finding a company or individual whom we felt comfortable, to complete the task. We were confronted with quotes and a variety of suggested methods to proceed the job from different contractors, and as people not in the industry found it very uncomfortable and uncertain due to the different quoted figures presented.
Charlie Dickman attended and quoted, and explained in easy terms to understand, the method felt best to complete what was required. After consideration, we accepted the quotation and we are pleased to report the finished job was great.
The Trades persons sent to the site were well organised, prompt and extremely well qualified to complete the task. Most importantly the staff were vey tidy in the way they presented to the workplace during and finishing on a day to day basis.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Ray Laurence Constructions Pty Ltd to complete building tasks within their scope of expertise.
Ray Laurence Constructions Pty Ltd have completed two residential building projects on our behalf during the past few years.
The work was carried out in a completely professional manner. The Director displayed a reliable & hands on approach in all dealings with us and provided some creative design concepts along the way.
The work was completed within timeframes & to our complete satisfaction.
We would not hesitate to recommend Ray Laurence Constructions Pty Ltd.
We were delighted with Charlie and the team from Ray Laurence for delivering us a wonderful tropical home which is being thoroughly enjoyed by our growing family.
Ray Laurence are professional and dedicated and we readily recommend them to anyone as our “builder of choice’ in Darwin – and we are happy for anyone looking to engage Charlie as their builder to come and look at the high standard of his work at our lovely home.
We were very impressed by the professionalism, commitment and standard of work provided by Charlie and his team. Our renovation is great! High quality and completed to schedule with minimum fuss. We highly recommend Ray Laurence Constructions and would not hesitate to use them again.
The major upgrade and refurbishment of our block of units in Parap was our first venture in Darwin. We contracted Ray Laurence Constructions to carry out the works including documentation, statutory approvals, construction works and all final certification.
The work was carried out to a high standard, within the costs established and completed on time. Charlie thank you to you and your team for a tremendous effort, the end product is sensational and without your help with approvals and certification we would never have finished. Look forward to working with you again at some stage.
Ray Laurence Constructions was contracted to construct a small extension to our premises at Woodroffe.
From the first consultation with Charlie and through the whole construction process was conducted professionally, and we were at no time rushed into any decisions. During construction Charlie, and his employees would also give feedback in what would work and what would not during the process, this also was a great help in making that final decision.
Both myself and Bev would be very comfortable in recommending Ray Laurence Constructions and his team in any housing project either small or large.
We could not be happier with the renovation work completed by Ray Laurence Constructions. Their approach was extremely professional and the final results we outstanding. We would recommend their services to any one without hesitation.
Early 2009, Bees Creek School was successful in our funding applications for a much needed staffroom extension & caretaker’s facilities block. We also decided to cover our pergolas to create some outside learning areas for our classrooms. In all aspects of this project, Charlie & his team at Ray Laurence Constructions delivered us high quality work, with minimal disruption to the operation of the school and in a very professional and timely manner.
Ray Laurence Constructions has recently completed major renovations to our ‘previous’ housing commission ground level residence. The renovation was completed on time and the results are fantastic, particularly the attention to detail on the finishes, which we are most impressed with. Charlie and his team are very professional and ensure that you are communicated with appropriately at all stages of planning and construction. We would, and do, highly recommend Ray Laurence Constructions.
After years of thinking and planning we finally made the decision to replace our old and tired tin shed with a 65 m2 studio/garage/bathroom with a new driveway and double carport attached.
To stay in keeping with our existing house the extension was designed by Troppo Architects.
Our experience with the team from Ray Laurence could not have been better. The attention to detail has been perfect and the project was completed on time and within budget. Special thanks to James and Rob who were on site every day and above all a very pleasant bunch to work with.
Without hesitation would we use the team again and highly recommend to others. Thanks guys.
In 2008 my wife and I decided to extend our entertainment area at the back verandah. Once the architects and engineering was approved Charlie and his team had great continuity from start to finish, with all work being carried out in a tradesman like manner. We would have no hesitation in utilising Ray Laurence Constructions for any future work.
We first used Ray Laurence Constructions around 7 years ago, on a verandah extension off the rear of our elevated house. The final product was amazing! It’s not often that your vision can be matched exactly. We have since engaged Ray Laurence Constructions on a number of projects as Charlie and his team are very professional, pay particular attention to detail and always turn up when they say they will – a rare quality with tradespeople in Darwin!
Whenever we are looking to undertake improvements or additions, we have gone back to Ray Laurence Constructions every time as we can be assured of their professional attitude and quality finish. Charlie manages the entire project so you never have to worry about anything or worry that you have forgotten something. I would not hesitate in recommending Ray Laurence Constructions to anyone who is considering renovating or building from scratch.