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Marcus Suckling recently completed an extension and renovation of our home in Ivanhoe and my wife and I found him to be highly professional, considerate and meticulous in his approach at every stage of the project.


We reviewed a good range of builders and tenders before commencing renovation of the kitchen and living / dining areas as well as the laundry. Marcus’ tender price was in line with most others so the major factor in our decision to accept his bid for the work was his problem-solving attitude, the “can-do” optimism and practicality which proved invaluable when, inevitably, a few unforeseen issues arose once the underlying structure of our Federation house stood exposed.


We have a large, busy family and when we expressed our intention to live on site throughout, some prospective builders said they would find it very difficult to work around this, but not Marcus. Throughout the project he ensured hot water and power were available at the end of every working day, and that dust and privacy barriers were put in place to minimise disruption to our daily lives. In short, he did everything he could to minimise our inconvenience and maintain our private living space throughout the 5 month project.


Costs and time frame were exactly as tendered and the only adjustments to plans and budget were those instigated by us as the project evolved. Marcus stayed on site throughout and did not leave for other projects as many builders do. He had a small, regular group of trusted sub-contractors whose work was supervised closely.  So pleased were we with the work that he had done as the original project wrapped up, that we also renovated the study.


Best of all, my wife and I maintained excellent lines of communication with Marcus at every stage, receiving ample notice whenever appliances or other components were to be delivered and installed, ensuring that the project developed smoothly and as planned. We appreciated the suggestions Marcus made on matters of practicality and fittings and always felt that these were motivated by his concern for the overall quality of the build.


We had heard anecdotally been told that getting a building project completed on time, on budget and with excellent relations maintained between owner and builder, is a rare thing, but we can only say that this was our experience. Marcus did a fantastic job and his professionalism and build quality get a big tick from us.


Paul and Sue



Architect Designed Renovation in Ivanhoe - Lounge, Dining, Kitchen, Laundry, Study and Decking.


Architect Designed Renovation in Ivanhoe - Lounge, Dining, Kitchen, Laundry, Study and Decking


Architect Designed Renovation in Ivanhoe - Lounge, Dining, Kitchen, Laundry, Study and Decking


Architect Designed Renovation in Ivanhoe - Lounge, Dining, Kitchen, Laundry, Study and Decking


Marcus came recommended in our local area; two houses in the same street had used his services which we thought was a good sign.


We found Marcus to be honest, responsive, reliable and dedicated to excellence in his workmanship.  He would come up with quick and clever solutions to those unexpected problems that arise.  He was also respectful of working around us as we were still living in the home during the renovation. These traits are quite rare in the building industry!


For any further projects we would certainly use Marcus without hesitation and would recommend him highly.


Leanne and Xavier


Extension and Renovation in Research.


Extension and Renovation in Research - Front Extended, New Kitchen, Lounge, New Space Down Stairs, New Decking.


Extension and Renovation in Research - Beautiful New Kitchen and Floorboards.


Extension and Renovation in Research. A Beautiful New Kitchen, Dining and Lounge Area.


'I couldn't speak more highly of MLS builders. Not only was Marcus diligent, professional and on time and budget, He was also meticulously clean, courteous and even looked after my dog! His attention to detail was second to none and often provided useful advice to help us along the way.


Marcus was a delight to have work on our home and we could not have asked for a more expert job. I encourage anyone looking to renovate their home to look no further then MLS builders.'


Bec Jarvis





Hawthorn Extension and Renovation.


Hawthorn Extension and Renovation.


Hawthorn Extension and Renovation. - New Deck and Window.


Hawthorn Extension and Renovation.


Dear Marcus

I cannot begin to tell you how happy we are with the “Pavillion”.


Your help with the design and your amazing workmanship has resulted in the most amazing structure.


It was especially pleasing to have it done in time for the party.  It was your ability to plan and organise the materials and other trades that made it all happen.


Excellent work and much appreciated.




Jeremy Long




Outdoor Studio and Pergola in Hawthorn.


Marcus has worked on new and renovation projects on our house over the last 10 years.


Work has included a new kitchen, new bathroom, new wardrobes, new verandas and

weatherboards on exterior, repairs on lead light sash windows and much much more

repair work.


We have found Marcus to be reliable, honest and punctual with his finish job time estimates.


The quality of work has been excellent, he has never had to return to repair any previously completed work.


We would not hesitate in recommending MLS Builders to any of our family and friends and would be happy to be contacted for any further references in the future.


Kevin & Navaara Matherson