Master Builder of the Year 2008
Category 4 National Winner
Large Renovation Projects
Professional residential/domestic restoration, refurbishment or extension costing more than £250,000
Case Study.... a dream fulfilled
"Not only were he and his team good old-fashioned craftsmen with wonderful attention to detail, they also understood the importance of communication and there were never any issues because we just kept talking. I'll always call on him now, as I really trust his judgement."
Andrea - Client
Anyone brave enough to embark on an 18 month project to plan, design and develop their dream home, will start out with the hope that the experience will be a pleasure. Unless you find the right builder, it could easily become a nightmare. Fortunately for Simon and Andrea England, they found Kevin Smith of KJS Construction, who they now describe as "our builder for life."
The Englands bought a dilapidated Cotswold farm house and adjoining barn with the aim of creating a five-bedroom family home with a separate guest house for visiting family and friends. Set in a conservation area in the Cotswold hills, the farm house, which dates from the 1880s, needed total renovation including re-roofing, while the adjoining barn required new foundations and extensive rebuilding to create the guest house. Simon and Andrea's plans included extending the original house with two new wings joined by a central atrium and adding a new building next to the barn to provide a garage and study.
Builder Kevin Smith and his team were able to salvage and reuse stone from a previous extension demolished during the project, but had to source a considerable amount of new Cotswold stone for the garage and extension wings. So perfect is the match, it is virtually impossible to differentiate old from new.
The hardest challenge for the builders was the access to the site. The property sits on a hillside in a conservation area, with the only road access along a narrow lane, which was not suitable for construction traffic. Kevin's team used hardcore to convert a bridleway into a temporary road and set up a traffic light system to prevent trucks meeting. All materials then had to be off-loaded into a dumper truck to be transported down the lane.
The builders worked through one of the hottest summers on record, followed by one of Gloucestershire's wettest periods. They even dealt with a landslide across the driveway a week before completion!
Throughout the project, Kevin's enthusiasm never waned. He was sensitive to the fact that the Englands were building their dream and every detail was important. He always worked on Saturday so he could have progress meetings and discuss any issues with the clients.
The Hampton Centre