Trottenden Oast, Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst Kent TN17 1ES

Vaughan Marbrow & Eileen McIntosh

The initial brief was that we wanted to convert and refurbish parts of both up and downstairs. This included converting 2 bedrooms to 1, update a bathroom to a shower room, update a single bedroom to include new ceilings & walls, create an aesthetic reveal of an original wattle and daub wall, lastly replace the ceiling in the hallway. Downstairs, to convert 2 reception rooms to 1, so to make the space functional and more usable, also to refresh and update the kitchen. All to include new UPVC wood effect windows, LED lighting and Kent style farmhouse doors made from oak.

From the outset Barry and his team had a complete understanding of what we wanted and advised with a great wealth of knowledge! Throughout the works we were kept informed at all times of any problems or issues, always followed by a workable solution. We are overjoyed with the work that Barry and his team have undertaken for us. We now use all of the house, parts of which before the works we rarely used at all. It has been sympathetically converted and restored with some great finishing touches using traditional materials and techniques alongside new.

We have recommended Barry and team to our neighbours because not only is their work second to non, but they care and go the extra mile.

Bridgehurst Builders consistently strives to excel in all aspects of work from the enduring professionalism of workmanship to time keeping and cleanliness, constantly ensuring that we as the clients and our neighbours never felt that we were living on a building site at any stage of the process!!

Barry himself trained as a cabinet maker and relishes working with anything in wood, he was responsible for advising us to expose old oak timbers that were revealed when plasterboard was stripped back. On one occasion on a Saturday afternoon when England were playing an international at Twickenham Barry sacrificed his afternoon in the pub to strip back and wax a section of oak beams, which now proudly set off the space they sit in and enhance the period character of the property!

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