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Our Story

We build what we love, and we love what we do.

From the biggest ideas to the smallest details, we believe that listening to and collaborating with our clients leads to building the dream; outstanding projects that our clients love as much as we do.

Since our beginnings in 2004 we have unwaveringly focused, with a zealous attention to the detail, on building homes to suit our clients’ lifestyles. These homes are dreams come to life. Our zeal has driven our growth from a small team of 8, to a partnership of over 60 staff, operatives and consultants, leading the way across the South West in custom new build projects.

Our in-house team means projects become a reality in a seamless, efficient way that just would not otherwise be possible. It also means managing large-scale, ambitious projects is right up our street.

Whilst our home will always be Bristol – a city that has brought us some uniquely challenging projects (just the type we thrive on) – the South West and South Wales is our backyard; with all its incredible architectural diversity. Our longevity has enabled us to develop strong relationships with the Bristol and South Gloucestershire planning and conservation bodies. Pretty helpful when we need to expedite issues that often come up in the course of a project.

Our Dedication, our Philosophy

The Best of the Best

When it comes to architecture, design and building we are a passionate bunch and the fruits of our dedication are ultimately revealed in the quality of our work. Our unswerving use of the finest materials, a highly skilled team and practiced craftsmanship come together to create homes that our clients love and that have delivered us a reputation for excellence that we are quietly very proud of.

We specialise in barn conversions and renovations, as well as design & build projects, and we work extensively in Bristol, the South West, Gloucestershire and Wales. Our Managing Director has written Building The Dream: A Guide to Barn Renovations & Conversions, a beautiful coffee table book that takes the reader through the journey of choosing, planning and renovating a barn, with sections on types of barns, legislation, in-build considerations, decorating and interior design.

Our Dream Team

Brendan Thomas – Managing Director

Our Managing Director, Brendan, is the driving force behind Bespoke’s determination for high quality workmanship. He works closely with all our new clients to ensure that we have a clear idea of their vision for the completed home, whether it is a luxury barn conversion, eco-friendly home or a commercial joint venture.

Lee Martin – Contracts Director

Lee has been with Bespoke from the beginning, and handles the recruitment of staff and over staff allocation.

He has a large network of contacts, which has been built up through his 30 years in the trade. In his beginnings, Lee was a bricklayer and therefore demands the highest quality brick and stone work on all of our Bespoke projects.

Lee will often be found on-site, keeping an eye on our builds and sharing his unique sense of humour with the team.

Ian Pennington – Financial Controller & Company Secretary

Ian has been associated with the Company since inception. He controls Bespoke’s financial affairs within his capacity as Company Secretary, along with his small team of Accounting Staff, Dan’s hands on direction and the company’s Accountants Brock Associates.

He has been involved in managing business financial direction since 1982 when he became Financial Director of a leading Advertising Studio in Bristol. He is personally, currently involved with more than 15 small businesses in which he holds various responsible positions.

Ian’s previous experience as a qualified ex Aeronautical Engineer who worked on the Concorde Computer Defect Data Systems has meant that he has always been innovative in his management and progressive attitude that has enhanced the current growth and potential expansion of Bespoke.

Liz Thomas (Dip Arch RIBA ARB) – Associate Architect

Liz has worked with Bespoke since 2011, and is registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Liz works with us on barn conversions and custom homes so each design is unique to the client.

She moved to the Bristol area from Hertfordshire and enjoys long National Trust walks with her dog.

Daniel Arathoon – Founder

Our founder, Daniel, started in the trade at 16 years old, when he realised most people were not getting the quality they deserved. Daniel went on to create Bespoke with a determination to build beautiful houses, and will proudly say that we are not the cheapest but we will be the best quality.

In early 2017, Daniel launched ‘Building the Dream, A Guide to Barn Renovations & Conversions’. The book channels Daniel’s passion for barn conversions and offers a comprehensive look at the process of creating your dream home. If you want to start building your own dream home, find out more about his barn conversion book or order a copy now on Amazon.

Away from work, Daniel loves to cook for his wife and 3 children at their home where he perhaps thinks he’s a better cook than he probably actually is.

Mike Forde – Accounts Manager

Mike has administered the Bespoke accounting processes for the past four years after completing over 25 years in the financial services environment with two leading banks.

He maintains all the accounting data for the company and provides management information so that Bespoke can continue to offer a first class customer package.

Doug Stock – Office Manager & Project Estimator

Doug manages the office and is first point of call for new projects. He liaises with sub-contractors and agencies to arrive at competitive costs for high quality work.

Doug also supports staff on-site by scheduling deliveries of custom built items or speciality contractors.

He recently moved to Bristol with his Artist partner and they both love the beauty and architecture of this city.

Doug has a keen interest in space and high technology and his ideas form the basis of a University Research Project in London.

Matt Bowman – Senior Project Manager

Matt has been with Bespoke for 5 years. He is a highly skilled carpenter and has worked on many of our most prestigious projects.

He is very focussed on fine detail work and clean lines, and specialises in internal finishing and converting buildings.

Matt and Dan worked together in their late teens and they have been close friends ever since.

Nick Martin – Project Manager

Nick has been with Bespoke for 10 years, and has grown in the company, taking in the company ethic of quality.

He is very skilled with structural works and converting buildings, as well as forming great relationships with staff and clients.

Nick is a proud father and also plays for an amateur football team.

Rick Allen – Groundworks Manager

Rick has been with Bespoke for 1 year, and specialises in foundations and drainage.

He is responsible for the first works on site and most of the digging and underpinning, and is qualified to operate a huge variety of plant machinery on our sites.

He has a real passion for heavy machinery is responsible for hiring all Heavy Plant for the company as he knows which are the right machines for the job.