1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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. […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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, […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]

  20. 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 […]

  21. 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 […]

  22. 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 […]

  23. 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 […]

  24. ‘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 […]

  25. 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 […]

  26. 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 […]

  27. 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 […]

  28. 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 […]

  29. 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 […]

  30. 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 […]

  31. 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 […]

  32. 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 […]

  33. 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 […]

  34. 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 […]

  35. 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 […]

  36. 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 […]

  37. 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 […]

  38. 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 […]

  39. 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 […]

  40. 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 […]

  41. 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… […]

  42. 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? […]

  43. 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 […]

  44. 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 […]

  45. 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 […]

  46. 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 […]

  47. 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 […]

  48. 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 […]

  49. 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 […]

  50. 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 […]