1. Top Home Design Trends for 2019

    All of us have a notion in mind for what our dream home might look like, but when it comes to making that home, we all need just a little design inspiration to get us over the line. 2018 proved to be a tremendous year for design, but what does 2019 have in store for […]

  2. Buying Land from the Council

    When you’re planning to build your perfect property, you begin by finding the ideal plot of land. It’s 2019 and, as you might imagine, there are dozens of places both online and off where you can find available plots of land. It’s a topic we discussed before, during which we touched on the fact that […]

  3. Bespoke’s 2018 Highlights

    Designing, constructing and renovating properties is what drives the team at Bespoke, and with 2018 now in the rear-view mirror, we can say for certainty that last year was a tremendous one. We worked on countless projects, bringing visions to life for clients large and small. Some were designed with eco-credentials in mind, whilst others […]

  4. Why Build in Chepstow?

    For those looking to make the move to Bristol, one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the UK, there are a number of issues to consider. Finding the right job is key, of course, but finding affordable housing? That’s the real sticking point. The average house price in Bristol is roughly £80,000 more […]

  5. Smart Ways to Keep a Home Warm

    Winter is just around the corner and here in the UK things are getting rather cold indeed. Historically, British homes offered little insulation from the outside world, relying on wood-burning stoves for heat – if you could afford one. Today, the situation is different, though no less flawed. When the temperature drops, we simply turn […]

  6. Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

    Energy efficiency is more important than it has ever been before. The world around us is changing, and it owes to the fact that there are more humans than ever before, producing more CO2 than ever before. On an individual level, the efficiency of our homes and the objects within it helps to define how […]

  7. Why Use Sustainable Materials in the Building Process?

    The world around us is changing at a rate that surprises even climate scientists. It’s a situation that’s placing some of the most sensitive habitats on earth at tremendous risk and could result in large sections of coastal areas being lost to the ocean thanks to rising sea levels. More than mere speculation, it’s an […]

  8. 2019’s Home Design Trends

    Whisper it quietly, but 2019 is almost here. Yes, we’ve made it to December, and winter is beginning to settle in once again. It’s been a remarkable year for architectural and interior design, with huge white voids giving way to more intimate, ecologically minded designs that foreground the comfort and intimacy of home. It’s been […]

  9. Winter Eco-Home Solutions

    Winter is fast approaching and, for lots of us, that means piles of blankets, thick knit jumpers and an ever-steady crank of the thermostat when the weather turns cold. It’s the sort of universally acknowledged behaviour that stand-up comedians trade in, but the fact is that is simply doesn’t have to be that way. With […]

  10. Landscaping Tips for Busy Homeowners

    We Brits love our gardens, but there’s little denying that between our busy lives and the seasons, we don’t often find the time to care for them as we should. Life, as it turns out, is just a touch too hectic to support the round-the-clock garden maintenance required to land you on the front cover […]

  11. How to Pull off Contemporary Vintage Interior Design

    When you’re creating the perfect home, there’s no shortage of plates to keep spinning. From the landscaping which surrounds your house to the interior architecture which determines the flow, movement and logic of your interior spaces, there’s much to keep in mind if you want a truly remarkable home. Many of those elements are fixed, […]

  12. What to Look for in a New Build Plot

    Landing that perfect plot of land is the crucial first step in every home building journey, whether you’re planning an intimate country retreat or a cutting-edge inner-city home. It’s also, unfortunately, one of the hardest parts of the entire process. Unlike buying an existing home where things like the size of the garden, location and […]

  13. Preserving your Garden in Winter

    Winter brings with it its own set of challenges for those who dare step outside. From icy winds which dry your skin to torrential downpours and thick blankets of snow which chill you to the bone, it can be tough to manage when you’re outside in during those winter months. So, imagine how tough it […]

  14. How to Heat a Barn Conversion: Your Choices

    Transforming a barn into a stunning contemporary home is one of the most exciting projects you can undertake, combining traditional charm with the thrill of designing a new home. At Bespoke, we help people just like you design and construct their dream barn conversions. However, the reality of converting a barn is often more complicated […]

  15. Crafting an Incredible Eco Home in Rural Gloucestershire

    At Bespoke Builders, our favourite projects those in which our passions line up perfectly with those of our clients. It’s when creativity is at its peak and excitement about the direction a property is taking is amplified. For us, those moments happen when we’re working on eco-homes and, over the years, we’ve been lucky enough […]

  16. Building using Wood: Advantages and Disadvantages

    For as long as humans have been constructing their own shelters, we’ve been making use of wood in the process. Whether it’s the all-wood homes of the past or the modern, wood-finished properties you’ll find around the globe, wood remains an integral part of almost every home built. Today, however, there are a plethora of […]

  17. Why Detail Matters in Interior Design

    Whether we’re aware of it or not, detail is all around us. It’s what separates the banal from the spectacular, the pedestrian from the luxurious and the thoughtless from the thoughtful. It’s about the joy in little things, and it manifests itself in everything we buy. Whether it’s the subtle gold trim on your best […]

  18. The Country House Interior Design Trends We Love

    Decorating any home beautifully is more than merely throwing your old furniture about the place and splashing a little neutral paint on the walls – it’s about understanding what makes a home beautiful, where its charm lies and where you can combine sympathetic design with cutting-edge style. At Bespoke, we know what it takes to […]

  19. Decking Preservation: Our Top Tips

    Here in Britain, there’s nothing which gives us joy quite like our gardens. They’re where we entertain, where we pour endless hours planting and pruning and where we enjoy the intersection between property and mother nature. For millions of us, that means installing beautiful, hardwearing decking. It’s a smart choice, protecting your lawn whilst providing […]

  20. Finding a Plot for your New Build

    No matter whether you’re dreaming of a building mansion or a bungalow,  the first step for every single one of us is the same – finding a suitable plot of land. It’s easy to forget, but the land on which our property is located determines a huge amount about our homes themselves. Your plot will […]

  21. Self-Build FAQ

    Blame Grand Designs, but today, building your own home is a dream that many of us hold close to our hearts. The hope that we could find that perfect patch of land and, from nothing, summon the ideal home from the ground is a hopelessly inspiring one. Although the government do not produce official statistics […]

  22. Eco-Friendly Insulation Options

    At the heart of every eco-home design is one simple thing – insulation (both figuratively and literally). A structure that’s well insulated can boost its eco-credentials massively. That’s thanks to a dramatic reduction in heating and electric bills by keeping the home cool in summer and keeping in the warm in winter, which, in turn, […]

  23. Why Are Barn Conversions So Popular?

    You only need to take a walk around your nearest city to realise that housing trends come and go. There’s an incredible variety of housing stock in the UK, running the gamut from quaint, thatched roof cottages to towering, steel-and-glass megastructures, but one type of home continues to gain in popularity – barn conversions. All […]

  24. Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

    Having a beautiful home is about more than mere architecture. It’s about situating your home within the world that surrounds it, positioning it sympathetically in its environment and ensuring that nature can thrive alongside your property, rather than in spite of it. With housing demands at an all-time high and our amazing countryside being squeezed […]

  25. Eco-Friendly Window Tips

    When it comes to ensuring the eco-credentials of your home, the majority of the work you do boils down to one simple thing – ensuring the heat retention of your property. In an eco-home, this can mean multiple things, from proper insulation to full-blown Passivhaus design principles, but there’s one element of home design which […]

  26. The First Steps of Converting a Barn

    There’s nothing quite like the charm, character and space that a beautifully executed barn conversion offers. It’s a world away from the mass-market blankness of many of the properties designed to sit alongside almost-identical houses on a new-build estate. For many of us, the thought of renovating a barn and converting it into a home […]

  27. How to Keep your House Cool During the Summer

    Summer is here and, frankly, it’s probably just a little too warm for us here at Bespoke Builders towers. Of course, the weather is a beautiful break from Britain’s oft-derided rain-soaked climate, but it makes living inside our homes somewhat more difficult as we lean on fans, open windows and blackout curtains to keep the […]

  28. Innovative Ways to Make a Home Eco-Friendly

    When it comes to helping reduce our eco-footprint, there are dozens of little things we can do. Whether it’s pivoting away from plastic bags and other single-use plastics or switching to an electric vehicle, we’re all making changes to help the environment. However, one the biggest impacts we have on the environment isn’t from our […]

  29. Summer Colours to Brighten up your new House

    With copious amounts of sunshine on offer, we’re enjoying the very best of Britain’s glorious landscape and marvelling in the wonderful diversity of architecture on offer. Whilst the sun may be shining outside, you might not know it from inside your home. In fact, without looking out of the window, you’d be hard-pressed to tell […]

  30. Get the Lighting Right in your Barn Conversion

    It only takes a quick look around to realise that light is pretty important – it’s why God put it on the top of his schedule when he created the universe. Here on earth though, light dictates everything that we see, illuminating the world around us. Getting the lighting right in your home though? Well, […]

  31. Kitchen Extensions: What to Consider

    Kitchens are the centrepiece of any home. They’re where we retreat to after a hard days work, where we entertain friends and family and where we burn all of our toast, despite getting the toaster settings right just yesterday. Put simply, our kitchens are important. It’s why so many of us are forever eyeing that […]

  32. Water Feature Ideas 2018

    Throughout all of human evolution, being close to running water has been the safest, most desirable place to be. In early humans, it meant that drinkable water was plentiful, that we could clean our food and that we could feed and raise livestock. Whilst water might be readily available today, we’ve kept that clear desire […]

  33. Barn Conversions: What You Need to Know

    Transforming an existing property is one of the most satisfying things you can do in life. It’s the joy of seeing what was once a disused pile of bricks, metal and glass become something so much more – a home where you can live happily. Every single day properties are transformed, from terraced houses to […]

  34. How to Choose the Right Design for Your Home

    One of the best things about designing and building your own home is that, ultimately, you’ll end up with a home which not only reflects your personal taste but also fits around your life like a glove fits around a hand. There needs to be no compromise in a bespoke property design, but actually deciding […]

  35. INFOGRAPHIC: Design & Build Your Own Eco Home

    Eco build homes are one of our passions here at Bespoke, as more of us turn away from fossil fuels and adopt alternatives the number of eco projects we have taken on has exponentially increased. We’ve utilised an array of sustainable solutions including innovative insulation and alternative energy systems and we’re constantly discovering new and […]

  36. Making the Most of Spring in your Garden

    It’s been a tough old winter for our gardens, but with the days growing longer, the sun shining that little bit brighter and temperatures on the up, there are signs that we’re in for an incredible spring and summer 2018. At Bespoke, we’ve always believed that our gardens are an extension of our homes and, […]

  37. Eco-Friendly Building Material Options for Your Project

    Building your own home is a dream that many of us share, but the realities of it from an eco-perspective? Well, they’re not ideal. On average, the CO2 cost for a new build two-bed two-bath cottage comes in at roughly 80 tonnes. Meanwhile, an existing property of the same size uses around 8.1 tonnes of […]

  38. Choosing your Interior Staircase Design

    When it comes to our homes, there’s so much we can change easily if the mood strikes us. Whether it’s the wallpaper in your bedroom to the stud wall in your kitchen, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from DIY programming over the years, it’s that a home is whatever you make of it. There […]

  39. Passive and Active Solar Gain in an Eco Home

    When it comes to energy, we’re all inclined to think about those energy companies which bill us each month, but there’s only one source which gives life to all things on earth – the sun. Without it, no life could exist and today, we’re better at harvesting that energy than ever before. From the minuscule […]

  40. Caring for your Lawn

    Here in Britain, we put a great deal of love and care into our gardens. Traditionally a key part of home life by sustaining us with food and offering a place to relax, our gardens continue to play a vital role to this day, setting the tone for our homes, relaxing us and offering a […]

  41. Building a Home: All the Contractors You’ll Need

    What does it take to build a home? It’s a question we’re often asked and yet it never fails to catch us off guard. We design and build properties every single day and, as such, we’re immersed in the everyday practicalities of home building. It occurs to us though that most people don’t really know […]

  42. The Hidden Benefits Of Living In An Eco Home

    Over the last 50 years, we’ve all begun to wake up to the elements in our lives which gently shape and form our mood, health and attitudes. Whether it’s what we eat or how we sleep, we’re all beginning to pay more and more attention to the little things which make a big difference throughout […]

  43. A Guide To Securing The Purchase Of A Plot

    One of the biggest challenges you’ll need to overcome before you get can stuck into building your dream home is to secure the purchase of a plot of land. The problem is that competition can be fierce and the best building plots can be hard to find. However, if you’re flexible, keep an open mind […]

  44. A Guide To Micro-topping

    If you’re looking for a solution to repair and renew old, cracked concrete, micro-topping might just be the answer to your prayers. Adding this layer provides an excellent finish for new works, but it’s particularly suited to renovations, saving you from the time, money and effort you’d spend on removing existing tiles or other interior […]

  45. Barn Conversion Checklist: Things To Consider

    Converting an old barn into the house of your dreams is a goal for many self-builders. Not only can these old buildings offer a surplus of airy space, but their unique features provide buckets of character and create a truly individual home. However, the barn conversion dream can quickly turn into a nightmare without a […]

  46. Beautiful Landscaping – What’s The Knack?

    Landscaping, generally, falls into two categories – brilliant and bland. Whilst some spaces create awe, others are little more than set dressing around an otherwise unremarkable property. It’s something of a dark art and whilst there might not be one sure-fire way to ensure your landscaping impresses, there are a number of methods and techniques […]

  47. Why It’s Important To Keep The Historic Character Of A Barn Conversion

    If you have a grand design in mind that includes high ceilings and plenty of space, an old barn can offer the ideal skeleton around which to build your dream home. However, even if you’re after a modern look, it’s important to keep the historic character of a barn conversion and not get so carried […]

  48. Top Home Trends For 2018

    If you’re looking for design inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to update tired interiors or get those exteriors just right, we’ve tracked down the top home trends for 2018 to ensure your property encapsulates just the right amount of contemporary cool. Because if there’s one thing we understand, here at […]

  49. How To Build A House

    Designing your own home is a chance to create a totally unique property, one which suits all your needs and requirements. Bespoke have more than 13 years of experience creating design and build homes in Bristol and the surrounding areas, taking our clients through the entire process, from design and planning to the beautiful moment […]

  50. Building In Winter – How To Keep Your Project On Track In The Colder Months

    Winter may leave most people wishing they could curl up with a good book by the fire, but for those of us ploughing ahead with building plans, the colder season offers no respite. While there are benefits to working through the wintertime, there are also many potential problem areas that could crop up during construction. […]

  51. Incorporating Energy Efficient Methods During The Winter

    Keeping our homes warm is a common worry during the winter months. However, once the sun appears come springtime, the frosty mornings and electric blankets become a thing of the past – as do our plans for improving the insulation of our homes. That is, until next year. Investing in energy efficient methods, such as […]

  52. Top 10 Things To Consider When Self-Building

    Most of us dream of building our own home. Thankfully, whether you’re planning a grand design or want to create a truly unique, family hub, self-building has never been easier. Here are 10 essential tips to help you turn that aspiration into a reality…   Begin with the budget Before you get swept away in […]

  53. Biomass Boilers – The Case For An Eco-Friendly Heating System

    At Bespoke, we’re passionate about eco-friendly building. Yes, there’s often a price saving to be gained (especially if you think long-term) but it’s also a case of our responsibility to our planet, and protecting resources for our children, and children’s children. Self-builders have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference by installing carefully considered […]

  54. What Is The Right To Build Scheme?

    …..And How Can It Benefit Me? If you’re considering a self-build project, you’ve probably heard about the Right To Build scheme, which came into force in October 2016. However, if you’re not up to speed with this legislation, and you live in England, you should explore it further because there are genuine opportunities out there […]

  55. Brick & Block Or Timber?

    The modern self-builder has a wealth of choices when it comes to the method of building their new home. Do you choose a block & brick build, a traditional timber, or even a flat pack kit home? There’s so many interesting choices on the market, and each one brings with it pros and cons, depending […]

  56. Designing With Storage In Mind

    Modern family living is a busy, chaotic, wondrous thing, ever-changing and evolving – but with growing family members, and changing dynamics, how do you create a home that’s going to look as good in ten years’ time as it does on the day you complete it? One way to build flexibility into your home is […]

  57. Why Should I Use Reclaimed Bricks & Tiles In My Building Project?

    Sustainability is a huge subject, and one that we at Bespoke are passionate about. In this blog, I’ll take a closer look at repurposing bricks and tiles, as well as some of the most important environmental reasons that we should all be considering sustainability throughout the building process. Building your property using beautifully aged tiles […]

  58. Health & Safety In Construction

    All industries and workplaces have regulations and procedures in place to limit the likelihood of accidents and to safeguard staff, clients and the public. But for companies like Bespoke Builders, who operate in construction, adhering to robust health and safety (H&S) practices is absolutely critical – lives literally depend on it. Did you know construction […]

  59. Interior Designers & Why To Hire One

    If you’re planning an extensive renovation or building a brand new home, it’s likely that you are planning to invest a significant amount of money. You’re likely to be re-configuring the layout of an existing building, or creating something brand new from scratch. Whilst you almost certainly will have engaged the services of an architect, […]

  60. Your Guide To Roofing Options

    Embarking on a design and build project? If so, one of the many things you’ll need to decide on – and discuss with your project manager or architect – is your home’s new roof. Seeing as your roof accounts for a huge chunk of the visible exterior, you want to make sure it looks good […]

  61. Bespoke Is Hiring!

    Here’s a great opportunity to join our busy and expanding team. If you’re a talented and efficient Administrative Assistant, particularly with a background in the construction industry, we’d love to hear from you. About Us Bespoke is an award-winning, independently owned local business, based in Bristol. We started in 2004 with 8 people, and today […]

  62. Choosing The Right Style For Your Barn Conversion

    As a barn conversion and renovation specialist, it’s really important to everyone at Bespoke that we preserve the heritage and provenance of the barns we work on. With this in mind, one of the things we talk to clients about right at the beginning of a project is choosing a design and style that achieves […]

  63. How To Live At Home When You’re Building

    It’s a big decision to make when you decide to make some big renovations at home – do I stay, or do I go? There’s an argument for both options, but unless you have close friends or family to rely on during a project, it can be stressful to move out of your home for […]

  64. Creating A Garden Room: The Case For Building Outside

    We always work with our clients to help them build their dream. For this week’s blog, I hope to inspire you towards doing that with something a little different. If you’re designing and building a new home, you could consider creating a little slice of personal space for yourself with a chic garden room. Garden rooms […]

  65. Cladding and Rendering: What Are My Options?

    A decision we encounter on almost every build, especially on conversions and renovations, is whether to render the property with a smooth finish or clad it with materials such as timber or slate tiles. Choosing either option will give the exterior of your home a complete makeover, transforming it to make it more traditional, modern, or in-keeping […]

  66. ‘Building The Dream’ Picking Up Steam

    You might have read that Daniel, our founder, has published his first book, which takes the reader through the journey of choosing, buying, renovating and decorating a barn. ‘Building The Dream: A guide to barn renovations and conversions’ is a lovely hardback coffee table book, filled with insights and beautiful photos, and written in a […]

  67. Severn Bridge Tolls Scrapped – A Look At The Impact On Business

    As you may have heard, in July the UK Government announced plans to scrap tolls on both Severn crossings by the end of 2018, with both Severn crossings returning to public ownership. Currently, monthly tickets range from £117.92 for small cars to £396 for large vehicles, which means that a daily commute sets you back over £1400 […]

  68. A Brief Guide To Bi-Fold Doors

    In this handy guide, we take a look at some of the benefits and considerations of installing bi-fold doors in your home. Could they work for you? How do bi-folds work? While French doors only open up a section of floor-to-ceiling glazing, bi-folds open fully due to their clever concertina design. Bi-folds are mounted on […]

  69. Luxury Landscaping & Outdoor Design

    First impressions really do last forever! When planning your new dream design and build project, don’t expect your planning and ideas to stop just inside the front door – you’ll need to consider the outside space, allowing that personal touch you have dedicated to the interior of your new dream home to extend right up […]

  70. Building Your Home Through The Eyes Of Your Children

    This week’s blog aims to give you some inspiration about how to adapt the design & build of your home to add some extra delights for your family. When you have young kids, it’s lovely to be able to add in cool features and unexpected treats for them to enjoy – in our founder’s own […]

  71. Choosing the right doors for your barn conversion

    So, you’ve chosen your barn, you’ve started your renovation work, now it’s time to hone-in on those finishing touches. No doubt you’ve been busy comparing designs, colours and patterns, picking out furnishings and fittings that complement the character of the building. Among the most important features of your new home will be your doors. Doors […]

  72. Focus on..Internorm Windows

    I recently wrote about an eco-friendly design & build project in Gloucester. We’re working with Internorm windows on this build, and it’s worth going into a little more detail about this brand because I think their products are seriously impressive. Internorm is a German manufacturer of windows and doors, who work with a small, select […]

  73. Innovative Eco Building

    One of the things we’re most passionate about at Bespoke is creating beautifully crafted eco homes, and at the moment we’re lucky enough to be working on a really exciting eco build in North Nibley, rural Gloucestershire. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of for eco enthusiasts – a beautiful valley setting, a terrific […]

  74. Stairways to Heaven

    I think that the most exhilarating element of a design and build project is having the opportunity to add features that reflect your own character, creating a space that is truly bespoke and original. One of the areas where you can stamp your personality is in your choice of staircase. Over the years we’ve helped […]

  75. Step into Summer with a little Feng Shui

    With a few days of warmer weather and summer finally in the air, we all tend to feel a little better and more upbeat. Without thinking, we all seem to start spring cleaning – embracing that overwhelming urge to tidy our homes and gardens, and clear out the winter junk. So following a few runs to […]

  76. Wet Rooms With The Wow Factor!

    This week, we’re taking a look at a thoroughly modern take on the bathroom – the wet room! What is a wet room? A wet room is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a totally waterproofed or tanked bathroom, with a shower area at the same level as the whole floor space. There’s […]

  77. Pros & Cons of Self-Funding Mortgages

    Building your own home? A self-build mortgage may be for you. For those brave enough to take on building their own home, a self-build mortgage can provide some much-needed financial help. Whether you’re having professionals do the work or you’re doing it yourself, unless you have enough cash already to see the project through to […]

  78. Our Aga Experience with Twyfords Aga

    So, being the 21st Century man that I am, I recently attended a half day cookery course in Leominster, courtesy of Twyfords AGA, nudged forward by my love for cooking and construction (and of course, my dear wife wanting to see an improvement with my home cooking). I was invited and greeted by the lovely […]

  79. Water Mist vs Traditional Sprinkler systems

    Today’s blog looks back at a building project that gave us an unexpected outcome. Bespoke worked on a renovation with a client who had designed a beautiful utility room for their home, with carefully detailed perfection. This was elegance and sophistication personified, with every detail considered. During the build, it quickly became clear that the […]

  80. Two more barn conversions coming in June 2017

    In February last year, we purchased an old farm site in the quaint town of Usk in Monmouthshire, South Wales, with the intention of converting the buildings into a cluster of unique homes. Unit 1 – which we decided to name Sycamore Retreat – got snapped up in just nine days. And now we are […]

  81. Self-Build Mortgages

    We’re often asked about self-building, and have recently published a blog on the subject (you can read about some of the pros and cons here). One of the key things you need to consider when deciding whether to embark on a self-build project is the mortgage. It’s such an important subject that I wanted to […]

  82. You’re Different When Building

    Over the years, Bespoke has built many many, beautiful buildings for many many different clients. We’ve worked with a huge variety of people, some I’ve known previously and still know now, some we’ve met through Bespoke and helped on their construction journey, and some friends and family. But there’s something that all the people who […]

  83. Four fabulous benefits of underfloor heating

    Underfloor heating is becoming an increasingly popular means of heating both commercial and domestic buildings in the UK, as people seek a more efficient alternative to traditional or hot-air systems. Here at Bespoke Builders, we’re often asked about the benefits of underfloor heating. I’d say the top four things that make it so special are… […]

  84. Our new book is now available!

    We are really proud to announce the release of Daniel Arathoon’s self-published book about barn conversions. Daniel is Bespoke’s founder and has written this guest blog for us to describe what inspired him to write his book. Throughout my career, I’m often asked the same questions: how do you get started with a barn conversion? […]

  85. 7 Basic Steps to Building The Dream

    Embarking on a self build adventure can be daunting, but follow our 7 golden rules and you’ll be well on the way to making your bespoke dream a reality. 1. Hunting for a Plot Guys, even if this is your very first project, you need to think like and act like a developer, right from […]

  86. Builders Bums & Bacon Sandwiches

    Builders’ bums and bacon sandwiches. Missed deadlines, rising costs and lack of communication. All stereotypes that endure even in 2016, and sadly, are often uncomfortably close to the truth in the construction world. We, quite simply, are different. We can’t pretend we don’t enjoy a bacon sandwich, but we are Bespoke Builders and we strive […]

  87. Sycamore Retreat, Sold In 9 Days!

    Back in February 2017 we purchased a farm site in Usk, South Wales which has planning consent to convert into 9 very nice and spacious units. We started the 22 weeks conversion of Unit 1 and are pleased to announce that it has now sold 9 days post open day! The property has been purchased […]

  88. Light My Fire – The Advantages of Wood Burners

    Winter is drawing in, and we’re already noticing a bit of chill in the air here in Bristol. It’s the time of year when you start to need your heating, and the time when having an energy-efficient heating solution starts to pay dividends. At Bespoke we are used to installing all types of heating systems […]

  89. Period Oak Truss Restoration – Your 5 Step Guide

    Existing oak trusses can, in my opinion, end up making a room within a period property look incredible – or can end up just becoming an “epic fail” if not restored properly. I’ve seen the restoration of oak trusses done badly far too many times and want to help enthusiastic period property owners and lost […]

  90. Custom Builders before Developers, Every Time!

    First and foremost, we are high-end custom residential home builders. Yes, we do undertake developments and Joint Ventures but our bread and butter is and always will be us as builders working for discerning clients. We are not developers striving for margin or building volume, and we do not build on a budget. Our thought […]

  91. Shall We Just Knock Our House Down?

    I’m often asked to explain the pros and cons of Refurbish versus New Build. It’s a common dilemma for our clients, and this blog post aims to answer the key points you need to bear in mind if you are considering which option is best suited to you. On paper, refurbishing an existing detached building […]

  92. Pay 0% VAT on your New Build Home

    There is no doubt that building your dream home can be an expensive undertaking, and you always want the process to be as cost efficient as possible. With our long experience of new build projects, we know exactly where and how savings can be made – and we have found that the current VAT rate […]

  93. Twins, Twice as Nice: Tailored Living

    Following a handful of detailed pre-start meetings with a lovely new client couple – who are converting the last remaining unconverted stone barn on a beautiful farmyard in Northwoods just outside of Winterbourne, Bristol – we have decided to future proof the first floor bedrooms. Our clients have twin boys aged two. Both our clients […]

  94. Going Underground

    The one thing you can say about our line of work is that there’s never a dull moment. Despite being highly experienced in both new builds and refurbishment projects, sometimes we still encounter things that surprise us and bring some excitement and intrigue to the job. One such occasion happened a few weeks ago when […]

  95. Tips for Building a New Family Home

    At Bespoke, we take pride in being at the forefront of modern aspirational home building. We have worked with some of the leading architects in the South West, and in this week’s article, we share some of our tips for designing the perfect new family home. 1. Eco-friendly Design Builders, architects and clients have all […]

  96. Permitted Development Rights

    One of the biggest concerns people have over barn conversion projects is that their project will get tangled up in complicated and restrictive planning rules and regulations. Whilst it is true that the laws can be complex and challenging at times, in the last few years the government has made efforts to simplify the process […]

  97. Brexit – The Bespoke Viewpoint

    What a month it has been – the referendum result took a lot of people by surprise, and there has been a lot of speculation ever since as to what impact Brexit will have on the construction industry, and on building contractors like us. A few weeks have passed and the dust has started to […]

  98. Three of our Best Barn Conversion Projects

    Barn conversions are one of our key specialities, and we are gaining a reputation as the leading barn conversion experts in the South West and Wales. Our long experience of high-end new home build projects and our familiarity with planning regulations and the other obstacles that arise on barn conversions mean that we are the […]

  99. Unique Floor Coverings (Guest Post)

    Floor coverings for your home that go outside of the mainstream may well be part of your bespoke building solution. For those that want to have something a bit more unique, consider the following floor coverings for your home. Mosaic Tiles Broken tiles and mosaics can add an artistic flair to a bathroom or a […]

  100. Bespoke Scoops Two Prizes at the LABC Regional Awards

    We recently attended the Local Area Building Control (LABC) Regional Awards in Bristol, and were delighted to receive two awards for our work. Bespoke Builders won the Individual New House category for Fourways, and Best New Dwelling for 1 Pound Drive. We are hugely proud of these two projects, and it’s fantastic to see that […]

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    Why it’s a Great Time to Build a Home in Bristol and the South West

    Every year around 13,000 people embark on a project to build their own home in the UK. As a nation we are slowly waking up to the benefits of self-builds, with Bristol and the South West among the most popular areas in the country for self-building. Traditionally, the UK has been behind the rest of […]

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    Fourways New Home Build Wins LABC Award

    We were delighted to hear this week that a new home we built in Clifton has won the Local Authority Building Control Award in the category of ‘Best Individual New House’. This was a unique project with some very special considerations – for example the entire house needed to be designed around an old ash […]

  103. Government Gives its Backing to New Home Builds

    If you harbour dreams of building your own perfect family home from scratch, it is about to become a little easier for you to make those dreams a reality with new government legislation coming into force on April 1st. From April, local councils will keep a register of individuals who are interested in building a […]

  104. The Advantages of a Design and Build

    As our company has grown and developed over the years, we’ve seen the Design and Build side of our business go from strength to strength. It’s an area we have a genuine specialism in, and we also find these projects among the most rewarding to work on. Taking a project from just a set of […]

  105. Finding a Plot of Land for your Dream New Build Home

    When you have decided you want to build your dream home, one of the first challenges you will face will be finding the right plot of land. For those not fortunate enough to inherit or already have ownership of an ideal plot, getting your hands on the right piece of land can be a significant […]

  106. A Guide to Eco-Friendly Heating

    As a nation we are becoming more aware than ever of climate change, environmental issues and the impact we as individuals are having on our planet. However, even if you recycle religiously, choose an eco-friendly method of transportation and always remember your bag for life at the supermarket, it is clear that we still have […]