DJS Brickwork and Landscaping

Telford Crescent, Woodley, Reading RG5 4QT

Great references have been received for Darren who normally works on his own and specialises in brickwork and patios. With over 30 years' experience in the building industry, he covers all aspects of brickwork from small to large jobs and landscaping (including fencing). With an eye for detail, he sets himself a very high standard of workmanship, which customers really appreciate. 'Clean, tidy and has a good work ethic.' £1m public liability.

Locations: Reading, Shinfield, Arborfield, Caversham, Sonning Common, Sonning, Woodley, Earley/Lower Earley, Theale, Burghfield Common, Mortimer, Spencers Wood, Pangbourne, Tilehurst, Calcot and Purley


Services include: Building, patios, brickwork, landscaping, fencing


* Lucky 10th enquiry via The Directory will receive £100 discount *

Year entered The Directory 2019

Latest Reviews and Feedback

Our very tired and 25 year old patio of 43sq mtrs has been transformed into a thing of beauty by Darren. Excellent work and attention to detail and nothing too much trouble. Would highly recommend, but remember to keep the tea flowing!!!!

IP 07 21

Darren has done an excellent job for us building a new 12m x 2m double-skinned brick wall. As the existing wall was collapsing it was important to us that the foundations were checked as being sound. Darren's thoroughness and professional approach, providing various options depending on condition of the footings, gave us comfort that he would deliver a robust solution and we had transparency on costs ahead of the work being done. Darren is a great chap and his work was very tidy throughout.

Cm 03 21

Darren has done an excellent job for us repointing the front of our house. Not a big job but we are very happy with the completed work and a reasonable price too. We would recommend him wholeheartedly Thank you.

AB 11 20

Darren did a re-pointing job on a garden wall for me and I'm very pleased with the result, his professional approach and the fair price. He kept me updated of when he would likely be able to start, arrived on time and worked steadily and efficiently, and cleaned up well afterwards. He thoughtfully suggested I move my car further back on the drive to avoid it getting dusty. The only minor glitch in the whole process was he forgot the agreed time to come for the initial look at the job, for which he apologised and arranged to attend the next day.

MS 10 20

We contacted Darren to build us a brick fire chamber and hearth in a tricky herringbone pattern. Darren did an excellent job setting out this difficult pattern, making lots of fiddly cuts and adjusting for the non-square floor, and side walls of the chamber. Darren's workmanship was very precise and neat and he worked diligently to finish the project in a single day. We wouldn't hesitate to contact Darren again for any brickwork or landscaping jobs!

WG 09 20

Darren did an excellent job for us in creating new steps and wall to marry in with an existing wall. He is very reliable, friendly and reasonably priced. He kept us informed of any delay in delivery of the bricks at all stages. We will certainly use his services in the future and have no hesitation in recommending for any brickwork.

CT 09 20

Darren was really helpful in sorting out the solution for my wall and steps repair. Thorough, meticulous and tidy he did a great job and worked really hard to get the work done well and done in good time. Darren was also very friendly and considerate throughout.

ET 07 20

Darren did an excellent job of rebuilding a garden wall. He was polite, on time and advised me on the work making sensible suggestions which saved me money. I would definitely use Darren again for work needed on my house.

MH 07 20

DJS Brickwork & Landscaping did the brickwork on our extension and also relaid our garden path and extended our patio. Darren has done a great job and we are very pleased with the work he has done. Darren is friendly and professional. I can recommend his services.

CW 06 20

We have a heavily tiered garden with a large retaining wall at the bottom of it. After some years of settlement the wall was bowing so it needed replacement. Having been recommended Darren by a neighbour I contacted him by email and he replied almost immediately. We had a good chat virtually before Darren visited. He quickly scoped the work and we had a good thorough discussion of the options, he was polite and professional and clearly knew what he was talking about! Very reassuring. We received a quote promptly and contracted Darren to start shortly thereafter. The work took a bit over a week and was certainly a big task but Darren did a fantastic job not only constructing a solid wall to hold our garden back but facing it with our existing sleepers to save disposal and replacement costs. Any little issue that arose, Darren would email me (I was out at work during the day) and we could resolve it quickly. Darren was a pleasure to have working on our property and I would not hesitate to recommend him.

GM 06 20

Having recently moved, I decided that a few jobs needed doing in the front and back garden. I contacted a few Tradesman for quotes and decided to go with Darren as he was professional and competitive. In January Darren laid a hardcore base for some decking tiles, built a new step from the decking area up to the shed and replaced all the engineering bricks that had cracked on the low-level wall in the back garden. Then he moved to the front garden where he installed new side gate, built a new porch step, built a new corner pillar and re-pointed the front garden wall and extended a corner of the driveway with block paving. Darren is an excellent tradesman with great communication skills, very punctual and tidy. I am very pleased with all the jobs he has completed and would highly recommend him.

SS 02 20

We've used Darren for several projects now and every time he comes round I am reminded why! This time Darren came to build a side wall with an arch and gate on our property. Affable and conscientious (he noted my initial reason for the wall - security - and from the get-go he made sure to restrict access across the side with pallets/bricks etc), he goes above and beyond to ensure that he builds something we are proud of, that fits with our original brief and that he is tidy and communicates what he is doing with us. I particularly like that during the build he asked us at various points for our opinion on (for example) which way we wanted the gate to swing etc rather than just fitting it. In order to ensure that he could time the job as he'd intended, he even came round on an earlier Saturday to lay the foundations so that he could start on time, since the weather would have held him back otherwise. Finally I very much like that I deal with Darren from start to finish as I like knowing that nothing gets lost along the way or that the workmanship could be different from promised (as sometimes can occur with larger operations). Very much recommended!

FW 01 20

We've used Darren for several projects now and every time he comes round I am reminded why! This time Darren came to build a side wall with an arch and gate on our property. Affable and conscientious (he noted my initial reason for the wall - security - and from the get-go he made sure to restrict access across the side with pallets/bricks etc), he goes above and beyond to ensure that he builds something we are proud of, that fits with our original brief and that he is tidy and communicates what he is doing with us. I particularly like that during the build he asked us at various points for our opinion on (for example) which way we wanted the gate to swing etc rather than just fitting it. In order to ensure that he could time the job as he'd intended, he even came round on an earlier Saturday to lay the foundations so that he could start on time, since the weather would have held him back otherwise. Finally I very much like that I deal with Darren from start to finish as I like knowing that nothing gets lost along the way or that the workmanship could be different from promised (as sometimes can occur with larger operations). Very much recommended!

FW 01 20

Darren laid a patio for me and created a wall. I had a lot of reclaimed flint stones, red brick and other material which I wanted to use. He was very flexible about using the reclaimed material, incorporating it very successfully with grey Indian sandstone paving.

I was really impressed with his work and felt he achieved a better result than I had hoped for.

In terms of his work ethic and integrity, he arrived when he said he would, worked hard and didn’t mess me about at all. He was transparent about the cost of materials and I felt he was fair with his charge.

All visitors to my house have commented on the work - it’s not planted yet but still looks good.

JH 11 19

After moving in to a new house, we decided the brick wall at the front of the property required demolishing and re-building.

After several quotations and meeting several different builders, Darren (who was recommended to us) provided a professional and competitive quotation for the demolition and re build of the front 14 Metre length wall.

Darren’s professional approach could not be questioned, he turned up early every day, organised a port-a-loo to ensure he didn’t trouble us in using our facilities. After each day Darren would clean down the driveway and tidy all materials to ensure the driveway was left in a tidy manner.

Darren was hugely respectful and trustworthy, due to our trust in Darren we often asked him to assist with accepting deliveries on our behalf or with other tradesman visiting site whilst we were out. Nothing was ever too much trouble.

We are hugely impressed with the quality of work and attention to detail, so much so in fact that both of our neighbours have requested Darren’s details for future work that they may require.

AH 11 19

We first had Darren round to re-point a long garden wall, and he did a great job so we then had him lay a patio and landscape the garden, including adding a winding path and steps.

The next job was to build a new garden wall on the other side to the one he had re-pointed, including adding buttresses and having it sloping at one point to cater for the change in height of our garden as you move away from the house.

With the back garden done, we then employed him to sort out our front garden as it was a complete state. He laid a new wall, fixed into place new railings, and laid a new set of paving. It all looks lovely and we're very happy with it.

Darren is very punctual and polite, and you can discuss any of the details of the job with him. He's open to your input and will keep you informed as to progress too. Having had him do so many jobs for us, I can heartily recommend him.

BR 11 19
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