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“Just like to tell you how happy Louise and I are with your recent job on our pool. I was a little apprehensive that the bubbles/blisters would reappear, but they didn’t. Also, the colour is brighter and for some reason far fewer chemicals are needed to keep the pool balanced.

History of pool: bubbles soon after new 2008. Repainted by contractor. Bubbles again within one week after second painting in 2008, but lived with them. Painted again by (name n/a) in 2011…bubbles formed soon after, but lived with them.

For your information it seems that the bubbles/blisters were a result of one or a combination of all of the following:

  • original paint application was over uncured concrete and the concrete never dried properly until this year after 5 months empty in the sun.
  • original paint by contractor and the paint by (name n/a) was sub-standard old/time-expired paint/catalyst obtained by them from other jobs around town.
  • moisture leeched under the tiles and under the paint.
  • until you cleaned the sides with thinner, contaminants on the cement caused the bubbles.

This is the 5th pool I’ve had and for your information I use UV stabilized chlorine from time to time. I buy it from the guy next to El Choco restaurant. More expensive, but UV stabilization keeps the chlorine from breaking down, and thus, far less chlorine is needed over the long haul. Generally, 1 UV application to 2 normal chlorine applications.

Again, many thanks for your excellent work.”


“I needed a new kitchen to help the sale of my apartment and Keith was recommended to me by a friend. Keith fitted new units built from scratch, and then painted them according to my instructions. He was reliable, professional and trustworthy and completed the work to a high standard within my timeframe. I would have no hesitation in recommending Keith myself for any work involving building cabinets.”


“Keith Rimmer of Top to Bottom has carried all manner of general maintenance and building works for me personally and many of my clients over the past six years. You can rely on a professional service whether it is a small job like changing a tap or a big job such as a house extension or building a swimming pool. For professional, high quality and genuinely guaranteed work I can thoroughly recommend Keith Rimmer at Caribbean Sands.”

Keith Watson, Watson Homes Real Estate Services

“We first contracted Keith Rimmer to quote and construct a wooden deck in our back yard. The deck was constructed very well within budget and allotted time. We then hired Keith to become our property manager and pool maintenance after our previous manager moved off the island.

Keith is responsible for any and all maintenance of our property and he is very reliable, responsible and capable. He also diagnosed and repaired a leak that we had been plagued with since purchasing the property 1 1⁄2 before.

In addition we have contracted Keith to construct a gazebo as well as an extensive outdoor kitchen including a roof.

I would strongly endorse and recommend Keith’s services to anyone who wishes to have excellent workmanship and professional services.”

Barbara W

“The new business venture of Caribbean Sands is sure to be a refreshing addition to the Property Management sector here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. At the forefront will be Nicola Rimmer, who with her excellent work ethic and understanding of peoples needs (not to mention her honesty, integrity, and patience) will ensure that the service will be second to none. The maintenance will be carried out by her partner Keith Rimmer who has over 30 years experience in General Construction and Carpentry in the UK and has now an established company Top to Bottom with Pool maintenance also added to the experience he has brought with him. Nicolas’ enthusiasm and social skills will make Caribbean Sands a fast developing company and can only benefit the needs of the people here and they certainly get my 100% recommendation.”

Mike Jackson, Sosua, Dominican Republic

“Having known the owner of Top to Bottom for a number of years, my first thoughts are of their reliability and punctuality I have found the owner Keith to be polite, honest and not afraid to tackle any job, no matter how big or small I have always been satisfied with any jobs that i have asked him to do. And best of all he speaks English. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to you.”

Bill W.

“Keith and his guys have in the last few months undertaken a range of villa maintenance from painting to electrical to pool pumps and A/C – the workmanship has always been of a uniformly high standard, advice sound and workable, replacement parts identified (can be an issue here!) plus pretty reasonable labour charges.

To date all the works have been relatively small-scale up to and including a replacement pool pump, fixing a water heater etc. but on the basis of the team’s performance to date, others’ recommendations and having viewed other recent projects we have decided to use Keith and his team to undertake a palapa/gazebo/outdoor kitchen (final decision to come – in planning) this autumn and look forward to a great result!”


“Since arriving in the DR I’ve needed assistance with my pool and general maintenance. Keith
Rimmer was recommended to me by a friend, and I am very grateful for this. Keith has a great “can do attitude” from pool pumps, blocked sinks and temperamental boilers. He is on hand to fix. Now in turn I would recommend Keith to anyone in need of any type of maintenance and construction work.”


“Just a few word’s in recognition of a great company. I have been buying property in the Dominican Republic for about nine years now and some of the property’s need a lot of work done to them to bring them up to a very good liveable standard, you can hunt around for weeks looking for a company that has a good reputation and will do exactly what you want, I was given a business card by a friend that I have in the town of Sosua where I have my property’s the card was in the name of Keith & Nikki Rimmer their company is called Top to Bottom they cover every thing from cleaning swimming pool’s to building your dream home, I understand that they had their own building company when they were living in the UK. So I approached Keith to see if he could take care of the work that I needed done on a couple of my recent purchases and I was pleasantly surprised at what a great job and how quick he got the work done he is very meticulous and has a good eye for detail and I found that his rates of pay were reasonable. Top to Bottom do all my work now and when I go back to the Uk I know that I leave things in good capable hands.”

Jim & Tracey

“Dear Reader, This is a letter to tell you about Keith Rimmer. I found him very helpful when he sorted my pool out for me for a good price. Also gave some advise on how to manage it as I am not up on pool maintenance. All my friends have told me and I have seem his work and found it to be excellent and well done.”

Rona from La Mulata, Sosua

“Congratulations Nikki on your new venture and company, Caribbean Sands. Mike and I both believe you will be very successful as we’ve known you for a few years now. We have seen you as a person with initiative and you put a high quality into everything you put your hand to. You give integrity a new level of standard with your work ethic. Your success is assured with this formula.”

All the best!

Mike and Laura B.