Refurbishment and Extensions
We bought a 400 year old barn and cottage and in the peak district in August 2011 and intended to do a full refurbish and add an extension.
We employed one builder who completely destroyed our belief in “a trusted builder” putting additional costs on our set budget. At our wits end we asked our architect if he could recommend a quality builder.
The architect recommended CAS and we were lucky to get a slot in their busy schedule.
We met with CAS and discussed the demolition of the garage to be replaced by a 20ft by 25ft kitchen extension using all the original stone, they were informative, gave us excellent advice and put a clear quotation in stating staged payments on completion of each area of the job. My partner and I do renovate houses for resale but this was the first time we had taken on such an extensive renovation.
CAS started the demolition and building the extension in late October 2011. I can honestly say that I have never worked with such experienced, professional and resilient builders, despite the weather the job was kept on schedule. During the building of the extension we came across several emergency building crises and CAS came to the rescue. The main roof beam in the barn was just balancing and needed immediate repair by supporting it with an RSJ, the structural engineer worked alongside CAS in completing an excellent job, despite it taking 10 men to haul the RSJ. The front wall was crumbling, it had to be rebuilt whilst holding the roof up and CAS brought in two excellent stone masons to carry out the job. They helped us rebuild the original fireplaces and did an amazing job with two very particular customers.
Our home has been finished since January 2012. CAS has done an excellent job in maintaining the integrity of a 400 year old build and making it match with the original building. CAS also fitted the kitchen and their meticulous standard of work and quality of finish is exceptional.
Local people have continually admired the rebuild and people who are not aware that we have had an extension done are surprised because of the excellent workmanship and we are often asked for the builders details.
Given our experience with a truly excellent build team, CAS, we would recommend them to anyone. It was a pleasure to watch masters of their trade at work and finally to trust a builder again.
Mr A D Goodwin & Miss C A Sweeney, Charlesworth, Winter 2011