We live in a Grade 2 listed property just outside of Bath. Newman’s have carried out 2 substantial pieces of work for us, in 2005 and 2007. The first job involved installing a wet room and a new bathroom and reconfiguring a bedroom. We also had cupboards built, in keeping with the old style of the building and had rotten joists strengthened and under floor heating installed.
The second job, this year, involved completely renovating a 2 storey section at the rear of our house. We needed a new roof and the floor was lowered by 2 feet. Large oak sliding doors were fitted downstairs and French doors upstairs, to look out on what is a fantastic view. An oak floor was fitted upstairs and the whole place was decorated. The work also involved building a large paved terrace on very sloping terrain.
We employed architects to see us through the planning process but after that dispensed with their services, choosing to project manage ourselves with much involvement from Roland Newman.
We have been delighted with the work that has been done. Roland worked from the drawings which often did not give much detail, and achieved fantastic results. He is a very good problem solver and keeps in very close contact with his customers at all stages of the work. He is a very pleasant and honest person to do business with. He understands the importance of good communication and makes himself very available. He enjoys the challenge of working in old buildings and is thus sympathetic to the final look.
His staff are punctual, pleasant and respectful of property. We had no qualms leaving them alone in our home and this year actually left the country for 2 weeks whilst they got on with the job.
Roland has high standards of workmanship and oversees his men at the crucial stages. He also has great ideas – for instance he helped us round the issue of how to install a 42” TV in a recessed fake wall….ideas that do not come naturally to us! He has also been very involved in very small details like door furniture and works hard to advise on the right choices!
Our house has not been an easy one to work on because of its age – no wall is straight….there is damp….and externally the pointing is crumbling. Having not done significant work on our home before this we have been impressed with the degree of collaboration we have had with Roland.
We would recommend him highly and ourselves look forward to employing him in the future!