"Michael first came to us as a contractor hired by the main contractor to work on our home, one of Hamilton's iconic residences, a 100yr old Historic Places Trust Category A, 3 story house that was in need of considerable maintenance. The work also included significant landscaping construction work.

Once Michaels initial work, upgrading the garage into a studio under the main contractor was complete, because of his high standard, his considered approach to the work which he carried out in a speedy manner, we retained Michael in his own right under his company, 'A Cut Above', to carry out all the landscaping alterations and structural work.

All this work would have been a challenge to complete as there were no plans to work with and there was considerable physical effort required, however, Michaels approach to it all and willingness to discuss various aspects as they came along ensured the job flowed well, the final outcome is of a high standard and testament to the quality, most assume it has always been a part of the original home layout, so between us we created the right design balance.

I would have no hesitation to recommend Michael to take any challenge put to him,Michael has a positive approach to each challenge, is able to offer sound constructive input, he is good with his team and is able to get the most from them without being overbearing, the site was kept tidy and it was always humming when he and his team were on the job."

- Terry Humphries

Humphries home additions / renovations

"We employed the services of A Cut Above Building Ltd to renovate our ensuite. The end result was very pleasing which that we decided to use Michael and his crew again when we made the subsequent decision to refurbish our main bathroom.

Both projects are now completed and we are impressed by the standard of workmanship, by the regular professional cheerful communications/ consultation, Michael's willingness to be adaptable to our ideas and by the overall stress-free process.

Honesty and integrity were demonstrated by Michael, and his sub-contractors during both building assignments.

We believe that we have received very good value for money on both jobs and would happily recommend A Cut Above Building Ltd to others."

- Peta Poletti & Steve Godsiff

"Earlier this year I was considering doing improvements to my Waikato property prior to placing it on the market. While calling for quotes, A Cut Above Building was recommended to me.

Upon meeting Michael I was instantly impressed. He arrived precisely on time, discussed my design, made suggestions, measured up and promised to quote within 24 hours, which he did. With the quote being competitive and having been so impressed by my initial meeting with Michael, I offered A Cut Above the Contract.

The work was outstanding, Michaels attention to detail went above and beyond even my, somewhat fussy expectations. The entire team worked in a timely fashion, were pleasant yet respectful of my living space and left the site perfectly tidy. I was so impressed with the work that I decided to extend my design and the project grew somewhat.

Michael was involved in the process the entire time and recommended and managed other contractors. Knowing that communication was extremely important to me, Michael took on the role of liaison and ensured that I was informed at all times. There were minor glitches with various trades persons, however, Michael was always on hand to provide solutions.

My experience with Michael Keown and A Cut Above Building was a delight. The work was done to an extremely high standard, in a timely manner, by polite and professional staff and with an eye on reducing costs where ever possible.

I cannot recommend Michael and A Cut Above highly enough. Seldom has an experience of dealing with a company been so stress free and high quality."

- Sonja Stanier LLB (Hons), Dip Bus Management, Dip Prof Interior Design

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