Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

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.

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