Testimonials

"We recently employed Craftbuild to renovate a tired and dated 1 bedroom bungalow. Graham, with a small professional workforce transformed it into a 2 bedroomed property. It now has a stylish bathroom, an en suite bedroom and a pleasant modern kitchen. The whole project was finished efficiently throughout. This was accomplished because Graham listened to our ideas and understood our objectives. He offered helpful advice to guide our thinking. Craftbuild were flexible, patient and coped with our changes of mind. The workforce was trustworthy, tidy and pleasant and we can recommend Craftbuild run by Graham Lear, wholeheartedly."

Betty & Bob Horrox
 

"You did a very good job in taking over a difficult job in a difficult situation and bringing it to a successful outcome with a good standard of finish and a professional approach. All the best for the future."

Geoff Woodward
 

"The Craftbuild team did a fantastic job - transforming two bedrooms and three bathrooms in a matter of weeks. They were they extremely efficient and maintained their sense of humour, despite our ever-evolving idea."

Gus Colquhoun
 

"I can highly recommend Graham Lear and his team of builders. All the building work was carried out to the highest professional standards. Throughout the 2 month project Graham and his team conducted themselves with extreme sensitivity in our home, always tidying up at the end of each day. Graham listened carefully to what we wanted and offered alternative solutions when required.

There were no shocks and we knew exactly what the costs were before any work was carried out.

The team were with us for several months and we had them back to carry out some more work for us; it was a pleasure to have them working on our home. The results were even better than we imagined. I can highly recommend Craftbuild; all work was finished on time and to budget."

J Frank
 

"Craftbuild is run by Graham Lear who is very skilled, organised and professional.  The standard of work is second to none. Mr Lear employs a very happy team of people who pride themselves on doing a good job. They were all polite to me.  They turned up on time, rolled their sleeves up all day and left late in the day. They are all hard working and do an honest job. Mr Lear communicated well with me and with my architect. The standard of finish on the work done in my house was really high and I could not fault it."

Maggie Horton
 

"Great standard of workmanship, right first time with no remedials. I am difficult to please but all work has been very good to a high standard, you get what you pay for and this is good value for money."

Michael Moore
 

"My wife and I engaged Craftbuild to carry out various works to the property we had recently purchased. We didn’t shop around to various local tradesmen as Craftbuild came with many recommendations from friends and family.

Graham Lear and his tradesmen carried out internal demolitions and making good. We then engaged them to carry out works for a new large conservatory. A new double door opening was formed in the existing house external wall, cavity tray inserted into the external wall the full length of the roof abutment, foundations poured, concrete slab cast and dwarf walls built to receive the conservatory.

All this work was carried out with no hassle whatsoever, they arrived promptly each morning and carried out the work diligently. There was no hesitation on our part in leaving them with a key so that we could go away and leave them to carry on with the work.

We were extremely pleased with the completed works, the professional way it was carried out and would not hesitate in recommending them."

Veronica & Mike Obrien
 

"Graham is the most amazing builder I have ever come across. He approaches each job with the care and attention and dedication that he would if it were his very own and has never completed anything with anything other than the upmost skill and professionalism. He is utterly reliable, full of brilliant, economical and intelligent ideas and very good value. And everyone he has ever brought on to help him has been of equally high standard.

On top of which he is the most lovely of men who is an absolute joy to have around; kind, wise, considerate, fun and super gentle. For us he has done everything; built an incredible tree house, converted our barn to an immaculate spec, re-landscaped our garden and done loads of other things in the house. I can’t say enough about what a blessing it is to have come across Graham. He’s a rare gem."

Otto Bathurst
 

"If you are looking for a wonderful, utterly reliable and creative builder for a conversion, extension or refurbishment, look no further than Graham Lear and his Craftbuild team.  I cannot recommend him and the people he works with more highly.  He is experienced, hard working, full of inventive ideas, never ever ruffled, completely trustworthy, considerate, efficient, kind and supportive throughout the process.  He is an absolute joy to work with, highly organised, and kept within the budget and delivered the project on time.

Graham and his team worked on the complete refurbishment and extension of my Victorian workshop/studio and have transformed it into a wonderful flexible home.  We worked together on many aspects of the project and over the six months period of the build there was never a moment when I had the slightest doubt that it would work out well; in fact it has worked out better than I could ever have imagined.  When minor problems turned up, which they inevitably will with any major project, I had complete confidence that Graham and his team would solve them calmly, creatively and with no fuss, and they always did. 

I absolutely love living in my new home and I have a lot of jealous visitors!  I cannot thank Graham enough for making the whole project a fantastic, positive experience from beginning to end.  Nothing was ever too much trouble and his attention to detail is superb. It has worked out brilliantly and everyone who visits me is full of admiration for what he achieved."

Sarah Backhouse