A selection of recent reviews from our customers

Axminster Design & Build installed a five-sided window in the front gable end of our property, so we now have an excellent sea view from the attic bedroom! It wasn’t a large project, but all aspects of it were managed professionally by Dave and his team. It involved a number of trades, and everyone who worked on the job was very friendly, co-operative and capable. The project was completed on time, within budget, and with the minimum of disruption, so we are very pleased. We would certainly recommend Axminster Design & Build.

Phil & Nicky Dean

Axminster Design & Build built an extension for us in Sidmouth, starting in early 2023. They demolished an existing garage, then built a single storey extension, consisting of a garage and kitchen diner with vaulted ceiling. The work involved connection of the extension to the main house, and the resulting alterations to the existing property. Dave and his team also renovated the existing part of the house.

The build went a little over budget and took longer than expected. However, this was partially due to incomplete plans which were outside of ADB’s control.

The team worked hard and were courteous and friendly to us and our neighbours throughout the build. Work continued without interruption from start to finish, and we were kept informed throughout the process. We were given plenty of warning when it was time to plan the kitchen and bathrooms, giving us opportunity to shop around.

I particularly liked that we were only billed for work that had already been completed.

We are very pleased with the standard of the work and the way the project went. I have no hesitation in recommending Dave and his team.

Phil H

We had talked about having an extension to our kitchen for several years but had always put it off because the work would have involved moving a stone retaining wall of considerable length together with a flight of stone steps. We finally bit the bullet in March 2023 after talking to Axminster Design and Build and being given the confidence by Dave that it was a very doable project.
Building, or should I say demolition of the old kitchen commenced exactly on time. We wanted to replace the existing kitchen which was rather narrow and dark with a modern kitchen/utility room extension having a vaulted ceiling and Velux windows but from the outside looking very much in keeping with the existing cottage.
The team worked hard to demolish the old stone wall taking away tons of spoil in the process to make way for the new extension, a difficult undertaking considering the heavens opened a week into the start of the work and continued for the next 4 weeks. Undaunted, Bob and the rest of the team worked on having to cope with standing ground water and ankle deep mud and only stopping when it became impossible to carry on due to the atrocious weather.
Slowly but surely the building got out of the ground and was finally made watertight. Dave and the team were flexible in their approach to the build (they were working from a drawing we had produced ourselves) and came up with a number of suggestions that improved the end result. The sub contractors used to complete the build worked with great skill to ensure a superb end result.
To round things off the stone walling and steps that had to be demolished were replaced and have since been much admired by everyone who has seen them.
In conclusion, Dave and the whole team were hardworking, conscientious and considerate. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was at great pains to ensure that we were happy with what was being done and more importantly the end result. Yes it did take longer than predicted but then no one can anticipate what the weather will be like or what problems will be thrown up along the way. As Dave said in a couple of months after we’re gone you’ll forget we were ever here and just enjoy the end result – never a truer word was spoken. We are now enjoying the end result every day and would have no hesitation in recommending Axminster Design and Build.

Des and Gerry Poole DT6 6EE

Dave and his team have built us a most fabulous house, which we are very proud of.
When we undertook this project, which involved demolishing a bungalow and creating a very modern house, we were very apprehensive. However the Axminster Design and Build Team made our life simple. From the very start nothing was too much trouble and we found their approach to be very professional. The Team were very hardworking, very pleasant to have on site and always doing their best.
The build has taken just over a year to complete, through a very difficult time with supply issues and price increases. Throughout all of this, we have always managed to achieve a sensible solution to any problem.
The quality of the finished product is superb and the effort and expertise of the trades involved is exemplary.
The house has been finished to a very high standard and we wish Dave and his Team every success in the future.

Robert and Helen Mortimer

Excellent work, totally transformed our house. Really professional but very understanding and accommodating. Would really recommend Dave and his team. 😊

Lisa and jon gallagher,, sidmouth

Axminster Design and Build Limited stepped in to help us complete the works already started on the extension to our house. Dave brought his team to complete the build project with a mixture of trades including boarding and plastering, internal tiling and plumbing and the removal of an old wooden decking area and construction of a block and beam veranda and new steps both sides.

David and his team always had good communication with us on progress and keen to work to our specifications and timelines. They always asked about changes to the design where required and discussed all the options before continuing with our choice.

The team arrived on time and worked hard even outside in cold and damp conditions.

We are very pleased with the outcome and standard of workmanship throughout.

The house has been left in a clean and tidy manner.

In particular the plastering was very good in a difficult room with sloping ceilings.

The patio has porcelain tiles and Tom worked very diligently to achieve a perfect result.

I would recommend David Bastin and his team as reliable and obliging builders that always work to a high standard.


Russell Bridge

Mr and miss bridge

Dave and his team did a great job for us on the front of our very old thatched cottage repointing all the stone work with lime mortar. He started on time as promised and finished without any delays. Excellent professional team comes highly recommended.

Oliver & Maureen Gallagher

Top quality job done in difficult conditions. Willing to start the job at short notice and fitted me in before Christmas.
Nothing was too much trouble when things were added or altered and I would definitely recommend them.
Thanks lads, great job.

Jon Stone

Thank you for a professional job well done. I know it evolved as you went along and found all the underlying problems that you dealt with on the hoof – perhaps expected with a 300 year old house. Your friendly team were experienced and capable of doing limework properly. Final clear up and minor snags completed to our satisfaction.

John Steel

We began our extension in summer 2020 just as we were leaving lockdown. What a time to begin a build and luckily we found a fab building team to help us. We wanted to replace an aging conservatory with an architect designed extension, remove the old kitchen/dining room rear walls to give us a bright open plan room. Dave and his team worked hard to pin a massive RSJ up into the bedrooms above, thereby enabling the vision we had.
Richard with all his experience was a great sounding board for ideas and the main team all work very well together. Dave’s team of sub contractors completed the build with top marks for carpentry and electrics.
Finally to top things off the team completed the (fantastic curved double height) retaining wall, rendering it and slabbing +100m².
Overall Dave and his team are hardworking, punctual, imaginative and considerate (as we’ve been working from home). As Dave said before he started, “you’ll love me at the beginning, not so much in the middle and then again at the end”. This was pretty much spot on and whilst some parts could have been helped with a little better communication, overall a positive experience and we are very delighted with the build. We are happy to recommend Axminster Design and Build and we wish him and his team all the best for the future.
Dave & Laura

Dave and laura kelly

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