Small Renovation Project national finalists 2021

Congratulations to the regional and devolved nations' winners in the 2021 Small Renovation Project category who will now go on to compete in the National Master Builder Awards on 24 September 2021. Check out the full list of national finalists below and learn more about their projects.

Thank you to our sponsor TrustMark

“We are delighted to sponsor the Small Renovation Project category which recognises excellent workmanship by tradespeople across the industry. Each of the finalists have demonstrated their adherence to high standards and great customer service, and in many cases, have found innovative solutions to make sure they’ve met their client’s brief in full. Congratulations to them all.”

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Small Renovation Project - Excel Home Design Ltd (Cymru)

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Excel Home Design Ltd extended this kitchen renovation project to include a redesigned balcony above and provide easy access to the groundfloor cooking facilities from the rear garden. The revamped balcony features a new floor covering, a glass and stainless-steel balustrade and bespoke lighting to help set the mood for those dining al fresco. The clients were thrilled with the build, stating “We are so very pleased with the end result. It looks amazing! We can’t wait to make full use of the outside patio in the summer.”

Find out more about Excel Home Design Ltd.

Small Renovation Project - Swiss Build Ltd (Eastern)

For this home renovation project, Swiss Build’s clients wanted to extend their kitchen and transform it into a social hub to suit their outgoing personalities and lifestyles. Bringing in an abundance of natural light and adding a central island as a focal point, this Master Builder also installed underfloor heating to ensure guests enjoyed true comfort in this wonderful new hosting space. Their client’s testimonial speaks volumes as to the quality of service and workmanship they enjoyed during this exciting project:

"The only problem with Swiss Build is that once you have used them, you simply can’t use anyone else. So excellent is their work that you want them to handle future projects for you."

Find out more about Swiss Build Ltd

Swiss Build Ltd is also an FMB Insurance customer. 

Small Renovation Project - Zaluga Ltd (London)

Completing a full rewire, an overhaul of the plumbing system and a total refurbishment in this property, Zaluga Ltd took their client’s design sketch and turned it into a stunning reality, keeping to a tight budget and a condensed three-month timescale. They have transformed the groundfloor with entrance lobby lighting, high ceilings and cornicing where old meets new, whilst bespoke Crittal glazing beckons visitors into the kitchen to discover the specially designed “Zaluga Bar' therein. The judges were particularly impressed with the expert craftmanship evidenced in the clever use of materials throughout the property, describing the finished result as “amazing, especially given the time frame they were working to.”

Following the sudden and unexpected passing of their electrician, colleague, friend and "all-time funny guy and team player" Barteck Sopata on 21st August 2021, Zaluga has dedicated its regional award win to him as a way of saying goodbye. Our hearts go out to all of the family, friends, colleagues and clients affected by Barteck's passing, and we hope this award will serve as a fitting reminder of the excellence of his work.

Find out more about Zaluga Ltd.

Small Renovation Project - Radford Construction Services Ltd (Northern Counties)

Radford Construction Services were called upon by a former client who they helped some 12 years ago, to create some extra space with this unique conversion of an old cowshed into a two-bedroom home. Unfazed by the access challenges the property presented, the team worked closely with their client to design and create the new space, carefully considering material usage to ensure, it blended seamlessly into the existing building. The judges liked the abundance of natural light throughout the home and were impressed by the excellent communication on display between builder and client from start to finish.

Find out more about Radford Construction Services Ltd, which is also an FMB Insurance customer. 

Small Renovation Project - Philip McElhone Construction Ltd (Northern Ireland)

Philip McElhone Construction’s addition of a single-storey extension to this property has drastically improved the living space for their clients without compromising any of the original features. The judges noted how architectural aspects like the mouldings have been matched perfectly between old and new, and clever lighting used so as not to interfere with the comfort of close neighbours. Despite the terrible weather conditions that impacted the project, Philip McElhone remained committed to delivering for their client, who stated: “Communication with the team was excellent and we would have no reservations in recommending them”.

Find out more about Philip McElhone Construction Ltd

Small Renovation Project - Cheshire Building and Joinery Ltd (North West)

Delivering on an innovative design brief to install a “floating” kitchen corner extension that granted uninterrupted views of the countryside surroundings, Cheshire Building and Joinery Ltd demonstrated excellent attention to detail and customer care during this unique home renovation project. The judges highlighted the unique structural design of the build as a key feature and commended the builder on the way they maintained a close relationship with their client throughout the project. The client was equally delighted, stating:

The team went above and beyond for us in so many ways, from ensuring the site was always clean and tidy, updating us constantly and making sure we enjoyed the process.”

Find out more about Cheshire Building and Joinery Ltd

Small Renovation Project - Oakston Solutions Limited (Southern Counties)

Oakston Solutions Limited’s work on this stunning garden room was not without its challenges; situated in a vacant corner of their client’s sloped garden, access was never going to be easy. Nonetheless, this Master Builder personally designed and built an outstanding office space packed with creature comforts including air-conditioning, underfloor heating, cedar cladding, aluminium windows and doors, composite decking, glass balustrades, LED strip lights and more. Despite an ever-changing brief, this builder delivered above and beyond their client’s expectations, who stated:

…nothing was too much trouble even though I changed my mind weekly. Couldn’t recommend Oakston highly enough.”

Find out more about Oakston Solutions Limited.

Small Renovation Project - All Build Developments Ltd (South West)

All Build Developments’ work on this property effectively transformed a derelict shack into a two-bedroom holiday home with a paying tenant in under six months. After reconstructing areas of the building too damaged to be repaired, this Master Builder went on to refurbish and restore the remainder of the property, installing a modern, functional bathroom and maximising the value of the 32 square-metre footprint. The judges were impressed by the remarkably efficient turnaround even in the face of material shortages, and by the builders’ generous, professional attitude in dealings with local authorities and the neighbours throughout the project.

Find out more about All Build Developments, trading as All Build Construction Services.