2023 Master Builder Awards, Medium Renovation Project award
National winner: Wyn Davies Building & Roofing Contractor
First developed by Lord Henry of Bath in the 1800s as a music venue and dance hall, this historic property in Carmarthen has had a raft of unique features lovingly restored to how they appeared in their heyday.
Upstairs, the original dance hall has been retained as an open plan living space, accessed by a bespoke oak staircase. Stonework throughout the property has been restored and several new window openings respectfully formed, including a feature double-height screen entrance in solid oak. Original timber doors and windows have been reconstructed using energy efficient timber joinery, complemented by a stylish oak herringbone floor.
The client stated 'Wyn was personally invested in our project from the moment he first visited the site. Our brief was a challenging one, with limited budget, high expectation of quality finishes, passion to restore the original historic features, ethical considerations to minimise our carbon footprint and maximise local suppliers. We recognised the competing priorities, and felt it important to engage a Master Builder that we could put our entire trust in. Lord Henry of Bath would be proud of the completed build, and we believe we could have never achieved this without Wyn’s approach, expertise and passion to deliver our dream home.'
The national judges praised the builder’s skill in coordinating a highly technical project and bringing an essentially derelict building back to life. They recognised the sheer volume of work completed to such a high standard and issued their congratulations on a job so very well done.