At the heart of every new-build house or successful restoration is a team of knowledgeable craftsmen who have the passion and patience to create something of great merit. Whereas the dreams begin with the architect and then flourish with the interior designer, it’s the building firm’s job to make their plans real—and therein lies the source of a lot of challenges. Listed buildings are not known quantities, so these will typically present themselves at a point when they’re least welcome and, unless you’re using someone of merit to complete the build, that will be well after the original budget has been overshot.
One solution is to avoid cutting corners. Our list is largely made up of family companies, many of which have several hundred years’ experience in restoring and refurbishing period properties and employ their own skilled craftsmen, who have undertaken apprenticeships and climbed the ranks.
Whether it’s a full turnkey service— from securing planning permission right through to every aspect of interior design—to adding extensions or an oak-framed garden structure, these are the building firms with excellent foundations.