; Master Builder Awards 2017: Small Renovation Project
The Federation of Master Builders

Small Renovation Project

It’s rare that a company will put so much imagination, workmanship and sheer hard effort into a project with the aim of leaving no visible trace of their work, but it’s the effortless and seamless extension to a classic Victorian property that made True Build Trade Services Ltd stand out as the Small Renovation Project of choice at the national Master Builder Awards 2017.

True Build Director, Paul Dempsey regards this Edinburgh build as “the most challenging project yet”. With only the warrant drawings provided by the architect to work from, the team had to wrestle with onsite logistics, producing technical solutions and solving practical difficulties as the build progressed.

Small renovation project

Not only is the cantilevered design, providing for a frameless glass corner, technically complex in itself - the character and situation of the original building hugely increased the difficulty of this build.

Removing the entire rear corner of the building, including 600mm thick solid stone walls, required the whole weight of the remaining building to be supported by massive beams weighing over a tonne each. The tight space of the project precluded the use of a crane, so the beams had to be manhandled into the site and then installed by hand at height with scaffolding, block and tackles. Over twenty tonnes of stone had to be removed from the site in the same way.

Living room

As the project progressed changes were made to the original concept which tested the team’s design strengths and ability to come up with practical solutions that supported the elegance of the design. For example, it was Paul’s suggestion to the hide the gutter required to collect rainwater off the deck.

A solution was visualised and designed onsite that allowed all drainage to be entirely hidden from view of the floor-to-ceiling windows because, “the high end finish of the building deserved a secret solution.”

Throw in the added challenges involving retaining walls, collapsed drainage pipes and a devastating family bereavement in the middle of the project makes the team’s ability to stay calm and focused on turning the client’s vision into reality even more impressive.

Overall winner - Master Builder Awards 2017

Congratulations to John Dynes & Son, worthy winner of the 13th Master Builder Awards.

Small Renovation Project

True Build Director, Paul Dempsey regards this Edinburgh build as "the most challenging project yet".

Large Renovation Project & Heritage Project

Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd has secured the titles for work on a prestigious listed property surrounded by amazing gardens.

Energy Efficient Project

Northern Irish builder Setanta Construction Ltd has picked up the national Energy Efficient Project title for a passive modern farmhouse.

Builders Merchant Award

The judges were impressed by the company’s culture, both as a place to work and to do business with.

Heavenly Builder

Donald went above-and-beyond to ensure that David was comfortable and as undisturbed as possible during building works...

Commercial Project

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd, relished the challenge of pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title.

Apprentice Award

Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017.

Kitchen or Bathroom Project

This smart and thoughtful move has secured Project One Installations the national award for best Kitchen or Bathroom Project.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The new Lifetime Achievement category is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry.

Categories and Sponsors

Master Builder Awards 2017 categories and sponsors.


The Master Builder Awards Winner 2017 (builder) will win a Vauxhall LCV worth up to £20,000.

Northern Ireland Master Builder Awards

Northern Ireland Master Builder Award winners

Cymru Master Builder Awards

Wales Master Builder Award winners

Scotland Master Builder Awards

Scotland Master Builder Awards winners

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Southern Counties & London Master Builder Awards

Southern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Midland & South West Master Builder Awards

Midland and South West Master Builder Awards winners

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards winners

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

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