We have used builder operating under name of “Colin Styles / Colin Raymond Styles” as sole trader from Cosgrove, Milton Keynes and also limited company called “MALT HOUSE, THE STOCKS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LTD (12463905)”.
We could not find any reference to builder on internet at all – Good or Bad. This seems very strange for builder who has worked for last 30 years (as he told us).
So we decided to put our experience on internet as builder is not registered with any body or site or any form on internet. Since builder is not listed on any site at all (which should have made us suspicious in first place) on internet so had to do this blog.
Our experience has nightmare to start with. But to be honest whatever work he got done by subcontractor was good but whatever he did him (part of roofing), floor works, ground works, plastering was below standard and not according to building regs
Two biggest issues we had with builders:
Financial dealing (always tried and also took money for works he did not carried)
Total disregard for building regs (approved), he carried out works according to his ways (20 years old), does not understand new building regulation or on purpose ignored to cut cost. Contract cost was based on approved building regs.
Other issues at high level:
All existing roofs leaked which he replaced
All Floor levels are wrong (we have to redo them)
Did not fit cavity closure for windows (bread and butter for any normal builder with couple of years of experience)
Cavity walls below DPC were not filled (as specified in building regs)
Windows opening were wrong sizes and locationNo fireline plaster board as building regs required
I would not go into invoicing process as he moved cost around – it was most stressfull experience.
This was our experience, so if ever decide to work with builder. We would not recommend the builder but If you decide to go ahead don’t have any communication verbally but every word written!