As with any business, you are only as good as your staff, and the strength of Excel comes with the fact that Gerry has a really excellent team working for him. In addition, there is no chicanery; what you see is what you get with Excel. Highly recommend.
Robert & Pam Thomas – Ty Nant, Maverston
Thank you so much to all of the talented team at Excel Scotland for our beautiful house – the reality is even better than the dream!
Please pass on our thanks to everyone was involved in completed it to such a high quality finish.
Jim & Claire Cowie – Tomnashiel, Archiestown
We would thoroughly recommend Excel Scotland to anyone that is looking to build a beautiful bespoke house. As we were both away for weeks at a time, we were in regular contact with the Excel team, which put our minds at ease.
The team at Excel Scotland made everything easy for us, they were obliging, patient and helpful at all times, offering their professional opinion when required and also getting the job done on schedule.
A big thank you once again to the Excel team.
Paul Willis & Morag Hannah – Silver Birch, Fogwatt
As proud owners of our beautiful new home I would like to sincerely thank the Excel Scotland team for making our dreams come true.
Throughout the initial planning and development stage of our build the Excel team provided us with the knowledge and experience to confidently realise we had made the correct choice in choosing our ‘new home’ builder.
As our build progressed the Excel team kept us thoroughly updated with our house development and clearly communicated all aspects of the project from technical advice through to house choices and budget.
Now that our build is complete we are truly proud of our stunning new home. The quality and craftsmanship of the Excel team is really evident in the finish and receives positive comments from all our visitors and guests.
Ryan & Clare Harrold – Drammor, Troves
Back in March 2016, we started house hunting. By coincidence, we looked at a house, which we discovered had been one of Gerry’s first, in Kinloss. Having watched one episode too many of “Grand Designs”, it seemed like a good idea to build a house of our own. I ‘phoned Gerry one Saturday to ask if he could build us a house similar to the one we’d seen. Gerry explained that technology had moved on somewhat since that house and there was a lot more glass now used. He asked me to pop in for a chat. I duly went along and Gerry passed me details of his contacts who could assist with plots and design. At that time, Excel wasn’t the ‘one stop shop’ it is now, but even at that point, Gerry was most helpful .
Wind forward a year, and thanks to Gerry’s information, a plot of land had been bought. I’d also discovered Martin Archibald, a local architect. In arranging financing for the build, Gerry was once again instrumental in letting us know about what lenders other clients had approached and gave details of a financial adviser with specialist knowledge of self builds. Once all the plans had been drawn up, I asked for a few quotes from local builders. Excel’s was neither the cheapest, nor the most expensive. The quote clearly set down what was and wasn’t covered in the building costs. However, the personal touch and all of Gerry’s help up until then gave me confidence that I could expect a decent service. Having decided to go with Excel, a meeting was arranged to meet the team and go over the preliminaries.
At that time, the team was Gerry (in charge of making tea), Ross (operations manager and whip cracker) and Bruce (purchase manager and stress/ trauma consultant). The initial scope of the works was discussed, along with any ‘extras’ we wanted (heat recovery ventilation, for example) and after the meeting we were given costs of those so we could decide whether or not to proceed.
At every stage, assistance was provided with the choices. We were offered Gerry’s trade discount at Porcelanosa so went to Glasgow to meet his contact there to design the bathrooms. The same applied at Riverside and we had the kitchen designed by them. There was no obligation to go with the recommendations, but I found it really helpful to offload some of the decision making to the professionals. Bruce and Ross were just as helpful in taking the responsibility away from me once I’d identified a supplier for the sauna. They liaised with the supplier about dimensions and Bruce then got together with the architect when a design issue (‘saunagate’) arose. It was all sorted without fuss or any problem.
All rest of the team – Graham, Graeme, the Steven X 3, Raymond, the Chris X 2, Richard, Colin, Tomas (and anyone else I’ve missed, apologies) were always professional, courteous and did a splendid job. Any issues which did arise, were dealt with fairly quickly. There was an exception to this during a very short time where the company was starting to expand; there there were a couple of members of staff who were there and then weren’t and some matters fell between two stools, but Ross and Bruce ultimately rescued the situations and the build proceeded, from my point of view, very well.
The house build began in November 2017 and we moved in in August 2018. Being given the entry date a couple of months in advance was great and allowed time to plan the move and get everything organised.
On moving in day, Gerry and Ross were there to meet us and give us a tour of the house. They explained the basics and there were handbooks and/or contact details for everything else. They explained that there were a couple of bits of snagging identified and that these would be sorted.
The snagging was all relatively minor, apart from one item – the balcony. It hadn’t been completed for some reason and there was ultimately a delay in this. However, this did not really cause an issue and was the only thing that hadn’t been done so it didn’t mar the experience.
Post handover snagging was a little slow to be done, but that was down to the staff changes I mentioned earlier. Once that was sorted, everything fell into place and ran smoothly. The annual snagging list is now in and there’s nothing major there at all – just the usual settlement things you get with a newbuild; it shows the standard of the build.
To finish, I would highly recommend Excel to anyone thinking about a self-build. They are all very professional, work is to a very high standard, and I would have no hesitation in asking Gerry and Co. to build my next house (not that I’m thinking of moving just yet!).
I wish the company every success in their expansion and development and hope that Excel are careful not to become victims of their own success and will continue to provide the wonderful personal bespoke service they do at the moment.
The proud owners of – Seaward Heights, Drybridge
Our beautiful bespoke house began being built by Excel in March 2018 and we received the keys, on time, in mid-November. Every detail was finished to the highest quality even down to the garden and driveway. Excel kept us involved in decisions and accommodated all of our ideas. We now have a beautiful home and would recommend Excel without hesitation.
Kevin & Jean Davidson – Bundon, Findhorn
This is the first house we’ve built and without doubt represented the biggest ‘risk’ we’ve ever taken; and are ever likely to take.
All the magazine articles we read advised that choosing a builder you could trust would be the most important decision of the entire process. We’d certainly endorse that having had a very personal and professional experience throughout the build with Excel Scotland which ran according to time.
We’re delighted with the finished article and the after care service has been excellent.
Not the risk we anticipated at all!
Bruce & Liz Morton – Briar Cottage, Troves
From our first meeting with Excel Scotland we both felt comfortable and confident to use them as our house builder. The Excel team had their finger on the pulse all the way through the build and the end result was a quality build at a value for money price.
We must also say that all the trades that worked on our home were very hard working, helpful and polite during our site visits.
A move from Sheffield to Drybridge was always going to be a challenge, but with the build coming in on time and on budget Excel took the stress away with their help throughout the process.
We would both highly recommend Excel Scotland to anyone looking to build a new house in the future.
Andy & Jackie Smedley – Arradoul View, Drybridge
“With Excel Scotland what you see is what you get. A top quality service and a superb end product. One look at our house will allow you to appreciate this.
Excel Scotland provide quality workmanship and a service that allows you to sit back and enjoy the process. This was our first go at a new build, we really had no idea as to the complexity involved. Prior to accepting Excel we had received other quotes from local builders and found Excel to be very competitive.
There was the option to reduce our overall outgoings by coaxing our friends in the trade. As tempting as it sounds, you get what you pay for and I very much doubt that we would have achieved anything near the quality of finish provided by Excel.
Gerry and his team worked through each stage with a diligence that is second to none. The team have a real sense of pride in what they do. There is also a modern approach where relatively new materials and systems were offered and considered. Examples include galvanised rain water goods, air source heat pump, mechanical heat recovery and an exquisite range of ceramic tiles for flooring and bathrooms.
Communications are very good, Gerry and his Site Manager Ross are easy to contact and make every effort to respond in a timely manner. Regular updates are given during the build, some of which involve sit down meetings in Gerry’s office to discuss the next stage. We found that Gerry was very amenable when we made enquiries regarding specific alterations and upgrades. Additional tiled alcoves and a feature wall would example’s of upgrades that made a real difference.
Top notch materials, attention to detail and exact finishings make our house that little bit more special. You’ll do well if you go with Excel.”
Kevin and Heather Fiske, Seascape, Hopeman.
“Thank you Gerry for building us a lovely home. We have our dream house built on time & on budget. A special thanks to Ross & your team of tradesmen who were always a pleasure to deal with & offered advice when needed. A real bonus was the fact you passed on all your good discounts from suppliers to us. Ours, like all of Excels builds, has a very contemporary look & feel to it because of the use of up to date finishes & materials Gerry uses that we may not have used with other builders. I would highly recommend using Excel to anybody building a one off house in the county.”
Malcolm & Connie Middleton, Kerrigan.
“We wanted a hassle free experience in the build of our new house and that’s certainly what we got with Excel Homes.
Gerry and his team took care of everything, offering advice and personal attention at every turn. Gerry’s good standing with local suppliers also made for a pleasurable experience when choosing kitchen and bathroom fittings.
Our home was finished on time and on budget and we continue to receive excellent post-handover attention during the settling in process.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Excel Homes to anyone looking to build a new home.”
Pete & Barbara Cowie, Stroma.
“Our house was a large and complex project for any builder. Excel took it all in their stride and completed to an excellent standard.
From the initial quote to completion, support and advice were always available. Regular meetings were held to discuss details so we ended up with everything we wanted. Gerry’s team are all masters at their craft and the quality and attention to detail are superb.
I would recommend Excel Scotland to anyone considering a quality new build house.
Thanks to all at Excel for our beautiful home.”
Daz and Angie, Moray View House.
“A very difficult house to build carried out very professionally and problems resolved without issue.
All trades so well co-ordinated the house went up so quickly.
All trades to an exceptionally high standard. Our bespoke curved staircase was built in Poland and fitted into our curved hall to perfection.
Our indecisive decisions held up the build from time to time and no-one displayed any signs of frustration, everyone was always so courteous. Excel couldn’t have been any easier to work with – Gerry, Ross, Craig and Bruce were always so helpful.
Site very well tidied and finished off.
Conclusion, the year we built our house is one of the best and happiest years of our lives, it was just great to watch our house growing from nothing to the dream home it is now, we just could not be happier with it. Thanks Gerry, Gayle , Ross and all the Excel team. If this testimonial is understated it is because I don’t have the words to do it justice.”
Fred & Fiona Grant, Ballindalloch.
“When my wife and I retired to Speyside, my extended family home, over two years ago the last thing on my mind was a self build. When we could not find a suitable property the estate agent suggested building our own as there were plenty of plots available.
I must admit the thought of the task ahead was daunting, thank goodness we found Excel Scotland. Gerry and his team have taken away all the stressful aspects of self building whilst involving us at every stage. They were always willing to help and steer us in the right direction with the many choices that have to be made.
We now have exactly the house we wanted built to the highest specification and efficiency. I would not hesitate to recommend Excel to anyone considering self building.”
David and Susan Coutts, Northbrook
“It is now four months since our house was handed over and the fantastic sense of excitement that we felt that day has not diminished in any way.
Gerry and his Team delivered exactly the house we dreamed of on time, on budget and with very few hiccups along the way.
Everything in the house is just as we imagined it would be and we have to say that Gerry’s input and suggestions were most welcome and ensured that we fully understood each stage of the build.
If we had a pound for every time we say “I love my house” we would be able to retire tomorrow.
We will never be able to thank Gerry and his Team enough for the excellent way that they undertook, managed and delivered our new home.”
David and Brenda Findlay, Darnastown
We moved into our stunning new home Triskele, on the 22nd June 2015. We still have to keep pinching ourselves that this amazing property is ours.
Once we had made the decision to move from Watford to Elgin and having secured the services of an architect to design our new home, the final part was getting a suitable company to build and project manage the construction of our house. This was when we were introduced to Gerry Verner.
Gerry, his site manager Ross and the Excel tradesmen have built our new home to a standard that far exceeded our expectations. Gerry’s knowledgeable advice prior to the build start was invaluable and we know the house would never have turned out so well without his input. The guidance we received, as we were still living in Watford during the construction, kept us up to date and on track with what and when we needed make decisions. Gerry also came up with some brilliant solutions during the construction to resolve a few minor design issues which has greatly enhanced the final layout.
At all times the Excel team were helpful and professional and the house was built within the expected time frame and bang on budget. We would highly recommend Excel.
Jim and Linda Hinshelwood, Triskele, Birnie
“As this was our first ever self build, we were going to be placing a lot of trust in our chosen building contractor – Gerry did not disappoint. We remember the whole house building experience as a very exciting one. Gerry’s excellent communication and friendly professional character made us feel at ease with the entire process. We feel Gerry and his team helped to eliminate much of the stress a self build can create. Any issues that arose were dealt with by Gerry and his team promptly and efficiently. Gerry also has a great eye for design/detail and is more than willing to discuss his ideas with yours in order to achieve the best outcomes for all. The build quality and finishing’s were to a very high standard and Gerry’s connections with local companies were a great advantage.
Overall we are more than delighted with our new home and we would definitely consider Gerry and his team for another self build in the future, if we do ever decide to build another. We have no hesitation in recommending Gerry Verner & Excel in building your new house and we have already recommended Gerry and his team to two others looking for their building contractor. A five star service and a positive experience that you won’t be disappointed with.
Thank you very much Gerry and the team.”
Kenneth & Keileigh More, The Rowans, Drybridge.
“We chose Gerry Verner and Excel to build our new family home in 2013/14.
Such a momentous decision required trust and confidence in our builder and I am delighted to say that Excel delivered our beautiful family home with minimal stress and complication.
This is largely due to excellent communication from Gerry who was readily contactable throughout the build and his experienced team of builders.
I would not hesitate in recommending Excel and in fact have already done so.”
David Anderson BDS
“This was to be the first time that we had built our own house and did not know where to start so we contacted various builders about getting info and prices for building the house and out of all the correspondence we received Gerry was the only one that took the time out on several occasions to come down and visit us to discuss what we wanted from the build finishing wise internally and externally, this in itself was a nice touch and put us at ease straight away.
I work away from home for long periods of time and this was a worry to us when the building of the house was ongoing this turned out to be no problem what so ever as Gerry took control of the whole project and any problems that arose and these were small were dealt with in a professional manner by him and his team.
All the tradesmen that were working for Excel are a credit to their chosen trades their attention to detail and there standard of work was second to none and are a true testament to the company, they were always willing to discuss better ways for certain thing during the build that would not only look good but were more practical for us.
The total budget for the house was right on the money with the price received from Gerry, the other thing that Gerry and Excel did was to point us in the direction of places to get bathroom suites, kitchens, tiles, etc even right down to fixtures and finishings for the house and what was even better and a great money saver for us was that Gerry passed all of his companies discount from these suppliers onto us.
Would I build again the answer as long as Gerry and his team were involved would be a definite yes
We certainly would have no hesitations in recommending Gerry and his team to anybody who are building a house, pain free and in budget for the house of your dreams what more could you ask for.
Many Thanks Gerry and the Team”
Gordon and Nina Redford.
“With this being our first build we were really apprehensive about it but Gerry took all the worrying about the build away from us, we cant really say enough about the excellent service and quality provided by Gerry and his team of excellent workers.
The attention to detail and the quality of their work is second to none. All through the build Gerry was there at every stage ensuring everything was completed to his high standards. Our build was pain free and completed on time on budget with no problems.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Gerry /Excel Scotland to anyone who is looking to build there own home.”
David & Gail Flett
“Excel Scotland built us a house of our dreams! We had the land with an old cottage already built on it. We didn’t know
where to start. We contacted Excel Scotland and Gerry arranged to meet us. Gerry helped and advised us with every step, from introducing us to the architect through to handing us the keys. The quality and attention to detail was superb. Gerry took all the stress and worry away from us. If there was a hiccup Gerry dealt with it immediately and kept us up to date with every step. It was a enjoyable and stress free experience and we put that down to Gerry and his team. Words can’t explain how pleased and delighted with our dream home.
We would use Excel Scotland again and would recommend them to everyone.
A Big Thank You Gerry!!!!”
Steven & Elaine McRae
“Our overall experience with Excel Scotland was superb and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to friends and family. Gerry was easy to deal with throughout the build.
Nothing on our wish list was too much trouble for him and he has provided us with the house of our dreams. We’ve had lots of visitors since moving into our new home and many have said that our house is like something you see in a magazine, what more could we ask for.
Many thanks Gerry”
Malcolm & Vanessa
“We contracted Excel Scotland to manage the construction of an extension to our house because of their competitive bid. We were very impressed with the way Gerry managed the contract throughout. He was very professional, knowledgable and enthusiastic, and reacted swiftly and positivly whenever unexpected problems arose.
We are delighted with the extension, and would strongly recommend the services of Excel Scotland, and would use them again if the requirement arose.”
Stuart & Heather Heppenstall
“Having used Excel Scotland for our house build which was completed this year, we would thouroughly recommend Gerry to anyone. As I am away out of the country for half the year and my wife is on her own with our two children, I did have concerns as to how smoothly things would go without me there to observe or to pick up on anything. However my initial apprehension was soon proved to be unfounded as Gerry took care of everything and due to his attention to detail it meant that the house was built to a high specification and on schedule. Not only was Gerry obliging and helpfull at all times but was extremely patient with us and guided us when required giving his professional opinion and allowing us to make up our own minds. Any small problems or worries that did arise were swiftly and profesionally dealt with. Should we ever decide to build or extend again we would use Gerry without hesitation.”
David & Angela Cox
“We purchased our house from Excel Scotland off plan, whilst still living in the south of England. Gerry kept us informed every step of the way as we were not able to visit regularly. We relied on Gerry’s expertise to ensure the house was completed to our satisfaction and were extremely pleased with the results. The house was completed on time and finished to a very high standard, and without the usual “snagging” problems we were used to with a new house.
We would now find it very difficult to move unless Gerry was to build us another “dream home”!”
Philip and Jane Jenkinson
“We are once again delighted with our second house built by Gerry and his excellent team. We were very pleased with the finish and standards in our first house, however standards are even higher at Rowan Cottage, attracting admiring comments from all visitors to the house. Gerrys input and advice during the build process was invaluable, and he always had time to discuss all details of the build. We would highly recommend Gerry and excel homes to anyone considering a self build project.”
Philip and Jane Jenkinson
“Excel Scotland have built for my wife and I a fine 4 bedroom house at Rafford. This house Southview which appears on the website was built on my own land and we were involved at all stages of the build. We found Gerry very personable and flexible with the inevitable issues that come up during a house build, and most importantly kept us “in the loop” with progress etc. The costing’s were kept to and any extras explained and discussed. The build quality is extremely good and Gerry has and importantly still is sorting out any teething problems that crop up. I would recommend Excel to anybody proposing to self build, Gerry is fair on costs and budgets and has good quality tradesmen working for him. A recent addition to the workforce, Ross as site manager is proving positive and a credit to the company. I hope to maintain contact with Gerry and look forward to meeting him and Gale at his own new house.”
All the best from Colin and Carol Shepherd, Southview.
“Building a new home for the first time can be a very daunting experience however choose the right team for the job and it can be stress free, on this occasion Gerry Verner and his team at Excel Scotland Ltd certainly delivered at every level. From the initial contact to the final stages, every step of the way was conducted in a very professional manner. We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Excel Scotland Ltd to anyone thinking of building a new home.
A special mention must be given to site manager Ross and all the tradesmen that were involved in the build of this house, their attention to detail and the finishing work in my mind was second to none, nothing was a problem for these guys a real credit to their company.
Thank you all at Excel Scotland.”
Bill & Hilda Smith , The Greenies , Portgordon.
“We had the pleasure of having our dream turned into a reality by having Gerry and his team build our new home for us. The self-build process is not for the faint hearted yet Gerry and his team made this daunting process easy and seamless. All the help and guidance was terrific and we’ve ended up with a stunning bespoke house that was on time, on budget and exceeding our expectations.
The quality of the build and the exceptionally high standard of workmanship by the skilled and friendly craftsmen were second to none, nothing was too much trouble.
All the help and guidance from this family business made the process feel personal and stress free.
Excel truly is ‘….the complete package…’”
David & Irene, Fortriu.
We have not been disappointed in selecting Excel to build our new home. We were confident after our first meeting with Gerry and the team that we could safely rely on them to deliver what we wanted. They gave us good advice from the outset and their recommendations of suppliers were excellent. The quality of workmanship is outstanding and the team were always on hand to discuss any points we raised. We love our new home and if we were to repeat this exercise we would definitely choose Excel again.’
Maureen & Mike, Cladach
After a few false starts, my wife and I committed to building a large new house at the end of 2015. Having looked at other builders, we chose Excel Scotland who came highly recommended and their quotation gave us a clear understanding of what was included.
After green lights from planning and building control, we watched our house go together in record time, and got the keys to a beautifully finished bespoke project, built to a very high standard.
Throughout the build we benefitted from close and regular contact with Gerry and his team. This allowed us to incorporate enhancements and alterations along the way – without penalties. Nothing has ever been too much trouble.
We are delighted with the finished build, and the quality of the workmanship is evidence that all of the trades employed really did take pride in their work.
So a big thanks to Excel Scotland, you really did us proud! Highly recommended.
Derry and Susan Young, Longcrook Lodge January 2017
We cannot thank the team at Excel enough for helping us create our perfect home- we love it.
With demanding jobs, we did not have the time, skills or ability to project manage our new build. Excel undertook this for us. Gerry and his colleagues also steered us in the right direction when we did have decisions to make, providing us with recommendations, useful timelines, and assisting us with the personal choices.
Excel’s craftmanship is second to none, the quality of the finish is extremely high and overall the service provided was excellent.
This is a company that truly lives up to its name.
Martin & Emma, Solstice
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What Our Clients Say
We have our dream house – built on time and on budget.Malcolm & Connie Middleton – Kerrigan.
All the help and guidance from this family business made the process feel personal and stress freeDavid & Irene – Fortriu
The attention to detail and quality of their work is second to noneDavid & Gail – The Boat House