McKnight & Son Builders were regional winners of the Kitchen or Bathroom Project category at the FMB Northern Counties Master Builder Awards 2017. In addition, director and founder Bob McKnight was given the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to the industry.
Bob has been in the building industry for 51 years and still comes into work every week to keep up to date and supervise the running of the company. Thanks to Bob and his company, hundreds of houses have been constructed in Carlisle and they are well known throughout the local community for the pride they take in the quality of their work. This is why Bob deserved the award.


The company topped the Kitchen or Bathroom category for a sympathetic extension that fits the aesthetic of the 200-year old cottage that it is attached to. For photos and more information, see the Case Studies tab.


About Us


McKnight & Son is a family building firm, one of the longest running in Carlisle. The company was started in 1965 by Bob McKnight and celebrated its fiftieth year in business in 2015. We have an established reputation for quality of workmanship and for personal service. In the last few years, Wayne McKnight has taken over management of the business and has ensured that the business continues to thrive and diversify.
In 2013, our business headquarters moved into Junction Street. We renovated an old, derelict, electrical warehouse and transformed a dated office block into a modern space for our office, builders store and joinery workshop. The building incorporates some of the latest renewable energy systems, including PV panels and a BIOMASS boiler.


McKnight & Son's workforce comprises of around 30 craftsmen who all take great pride in their work, some of whom have working with Bob for almost 40 years. Many of the craftsmen are skilled in traditional building methods for use on old listed buildings, but are equally as trained in the latest techniques for modern builds.


The firm has a diverse range of clients and is happy to take on any work from small maintenance jobs to multi-million pound contracts. We are particularly proud of our flagship development, John Robert Gardens. We have also recently raised our profile through our involvement in the regeneration of Botchergate in Carlisle, and of the former Globe Public House.


McKnight & Son have built a substantial property portfolio with over 150 tenants in around 100 properties throughout Carlisle. From luxury Penthouse apartments to simple flats, McKnight have properties for all types of client.


Safety is always our number one priority and we are proud to say that we recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a scheme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors. The scheme is designed to help industry improve its safety record.


We offer an extensive list of services, including:

Joinery, brickwork, damp proofing, roofing, property structural works, plumbing & heating, flooring, electrical, decorating services, ground works, building maintenance, demolition, insurance works, listed building refurbishment and disability adaptation.

Trades offered

Handyman and maintenance
Builder general
Patios and Driveways
Block Paving
Barn Conversions
Loft conversions
General extension
Painter and Decorator
Interior decorating
Disabled/elderly home adaptation
Accessible Kitchens
Accessible Bathrooms

Case studies

Wreay Cottage Extension - Winner of best Kitchen or Bathroom Project at the FMB Northern Counties Master Builder Awards 2017

  • 23 Jan 2018

Stanley Hall, Carlisle

  • 31 Jul 2017

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FMB award winner

Northern House Builder Award
Northern House Builder Award

Northern Medium Renovation Project
Northern Medium Renovation Project