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    • catford
    • By catford 25th Nov 09, 11:05 AM
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    catford
    Bad builder forum
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    • 25th Nov 09, 11:05 AM
    Bad builder forum 25th Nov 09 at 11:05 AM
    Is there a site or forum anywhere to expose and discuss poor builders and warn others off ?
    I am in the process of having a loft conversion done and it's a bl**dy nightmare.
    I would love to find out the truth about my builders reputation...not their version of it.:rolleyes:
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    • Elderlylady
    • By Elderlylady 14th Jun 18, 10:31 AM
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    Please advise
    Hello. Can someone advise where to go to have photos looked at.

    We have builder work which seems to be very poor but we're not experts and the builder wants more money to finish but what he's done is a bit of a mess.

    Please let us know who or where be best....Thanks.
    • z101uk
    • By z101uk 26th Jun 18, 3:32 PM
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    z101uk
    Negligent builder
    We are still reeling and undoing the mistakes made by this builder. Essentially, nice bloke but no project management whatsoever, never took responsibility for mistakes. Aggressive responses, no client management whatsoever. Finishing is just awful. Always promised to oversee and ensure everything was ok but we were left to having to redo a lot of the finishes as it was just awful.

    Stav Christou, London. Works with Space120 and was recommended by them.
    • letsbehonest
    • By letsbehonest 10th Jul 18, 9:48 AM
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    letsbehonest
    BBC Watchdog is a good place.
    "Imagination is more Important than knowledge"
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 10th Jul 18, 9:55 AM
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    DoaM
    Essentially, nice bloke .............. Aggressive responses
    Originally posted by z101uk
    These statements appear mutually exclusive. How can he be a nice bloke yet give aggressive responses?
    Diary of a madman
    Walk the line again today
    Entries of confusion
    Dear diary, I'm here to stay
    • snurbi
    • By snurbi 10th Sep 18, 3:31 PM
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    snurbi
    Cowboy Roof Contractor Essex BEWARE
    New Style Building & Roofing Ltd replaced my roof with sub-standard materials and very poor workmanship. They used a scaffolder who erected illegal scaffolding and mounted scaffolding directly on top of my weak garage roof causing structural damage. They did not use a chute or netting to prevent debris falling from the roof and scaffold and were throwing tiles and debris from the roof into a skip, and the roofers were observed working dangerously on the roof. Falling debris caused damage to my property, including broken waste pipe, broken aerial, badly damaged garage roof, broken leadlight glass in porch,damaged car cover, all amounting to over £800 for me to repair, and finally the local authorityís building inspector refused to pass the work carried out because it did not meet Building Regulations standards. I have been left with a sub-standard roof, done by unskilled workers and the director now refuses to compensate me for the remedial work required to fix my roof after scamming me to pay for work before the job was completed and the building inspector had checked (and failed) the work.
    Listed on Trustatrader, who also refused to remove his listing despite being provided with evidence of the appalling work carried out on my house.
    • DelChest
    • By DelChest 14th Sep 18, 3:53 PM
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    DelChest
    Diappearing Builder - Wilts/Gloucs
    I feel very let down by Martin Gray and his wife Debbie (Dee) Gray who come from Hullavington near Chippenham, Wiltshire and who have abandoned the garage conversion at my home in Cirencester with effect from 27th July 2018 without even fitting the Door & Windows which I had paid for.
    • Gregory Baginski
    • By Gregory Baginski 25th Sep 18, 12:17 PM
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    Gregory Baginski
    Do not use N A Tomsett Building & Property Maintenance, 148 Royal George Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9SL
    Dishonest builder assuring about his own honesty and trustworthiness. He was hired to build the extension to my house. I really trusted him but it transpired that he was calculated and premeditated taking advantage of my lack of experience. The worst was that i agreed to pay them by day which cost me a lot of money with very slow progress due to short working day and plenty of breaks. It was a huge disappointment and he did exactly what he promised not to do. Very sad.
    • Gregory Baginski
    • By Gregory Baginski 25th Sep 18, 12:28 PM
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    Gregory Baginski
    Do not use N A Tomsett Building & Property Maintenance, 148 Royal George Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9SL
    Do not use [B]N A Tomsett Building & Property Maintenance, 148 Royal George Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9SL[

    Dishonest builder assuring about his own honesty and trustworthiness. He was hired to build the extension to my house. I really trusted him but it transpired that he was calculated and premeditated taking advantage of my lack of experience. The worst was that i agreed to pay them by day which cost me a lot of money with very slow progress due to short working day and plenty of breaks. It was a huge disappointment and he did exactly what he promised not to do. Very sad.
    • dropmusic
    • By dropmusic 14th Oct 18, 11:33 PM
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    dropmusic
    do not use B B home improvements
    B B home improvements Derbyshire, also operating under the name of Quick lawns derby
    Bryan Bell

    We've have a small extension of one room thats gone grossly over budget due to the Regs coming out and condemning work that was done. So it all had to be redone.

    The contractor has walked of the Job (three weeks past the supposed completions date) because the costs are out of control. We currently have work to the worth of 14K and we've paid them 25K, they are not taking responsibility for the mistakes they make. so we are about 10K out of pocket and currently cannot get our money back.
    There is nothing on the internet about them so I thought I would put this up to warn others, if we had seen this post we could have saved thousands.
    We have photo's videos, and a diary with time lines of the whole thing logged.
    Last edited by dropmusic; 14-10-2018 at 11:40 PM.
    • Lime14
    • By Lime14 26th Oct 18, 3:31 PM
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    Lime14
    Mark Fittes = Bowmont = Bowmont Home Improvements = Bowmont Conservatory Roofs = Thermaroof Conservatories.

    Update on Mark Fittes in the North East. He has stopped trading as Bowmont Conservatory Roofs/ Bowmont Home Improvements and is now involved with Thermaroof Conservatories.

    Do not give him a deposit, only pay cash on delivery, as he has a long history of not delivering on his contract promises yet he will keep the money. His companies usually stop trading after a couple of years with debts. See his record on the pages above.

    If he has ripped you off contact the police as they are well aware of him. Don’t be afraid to go to them unlike some people who have contacted me.
    • Mat Brett
    • By Mat Brett 24th Nov 18, 2:41 PM
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    Mat Brett
    Daniel Biddlecombe
    I've just had to take a builder called Dan Biddlecombe (Daniel Jack Biddlecombe, born May 1992) to the Small Claims court due to breach of contract over a house renovation.

    I claimed £9,970 and was awarded the full amount plus costs. I kept my claim below £10,000 because I wanted to go through the Small Claims process.

    Dan Biddlecombe is a director of several companies and a couple of now dissolved companies registered to various addresses. He tends to operate in South Wiltshire and North Dorset.

    Accepting Dan Biddlecombe to do this job was the worst decision I have made in my life by a hell of a distance.
    • FredE4
    • By FredE4 22nd Jan 19, 2:19 PM
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    FredE4
    Be careful!
    I used the same builder mentioned above by z101uk, Stav Christou. I also had a terrible experience. He took lots of shortcuts with the construction, and the work was substandard and unfinished. Stav Christou was dishonest and aggressive in his communications. I am still paying others to complete the job and fix his poor workmanship.

    I wish I had seen a review of him before starting the project.

    Stav Christou was also recommended Space 120 Architects.
    Last edited by FredE4; 25-01-2019 at 9:50 AM.
    • allance
    • By allance 11th Feb 19, 1:39 PM
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    allance
    Thermaroof
    We have just had a conservatory roof completed by Thermaroof. It was a man called Mark, he failed to give us his surname, who negotiated the deal with us. He promised us a new window pane in the conservatory, to fix the door panel and also to issue us with a building regulations compliance certificate. He also promised a professional painter and decorator to complete the job. We paid him £1400 as a deposit and a builder duly appeared to carry out the work. The builder in question and Mark keep telling us we do not need to have the building regs cert (this costs more money) however the building inspector disagrees. There are issues with the electrical work also as the builders have run a 5 amp spur from the 32 mains sockets without a fuse and have cut the earth wire (confirmed by a relative who is an electrician) Luckily we have kept back £500 from the remaining money so can get the remaining works done, but having read your post should we contacting police? Building inspector already informed.
    • z101uk
    • By z101uk 18th Feb 19, 2:25 PM
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    z101uk
    Space 120 Architects - architects Jennifer Huckerby and Liam Staunton.

    Space 120 Architects caused us huge distress during our building project. Their plans failed to take into account the parapet wall which caused us to spend more money and when we were having difficulties with the builder they highly recommended we asked them to directly manage the builder to finish the project, which they agreed to do. But then the architect just disappeared and stopped communicating with us thereby causing a lot of needless anxiety and stress. Considering they recommended the builder and they work with builders every day you would assume they would be able to manage and direct a builder they are on friendly terms with.

    Their silence was grossly unprofessional and this was indeed found by RIBA when a complaint was made. RIBA also found that Space 120 had breached one of their key rules.

    If you're looking for an architect for your home, I would highly advise you to stay clear of Space 120 Architects. Your home is just too important to go with a cheap architect. Don't risk it.

    The worse thing about this is that they have never apologised.

    ** Please note that Space 120's ratings on mybuilder are 100% positive because they are able to delete negative reviews! Mine was deleted after 1 day of posting.**
    • No brainer
    • By No brainer 21st Feb 19, 10:37 PM
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    No brainer
    Donít use a builder called Ariel Karpala from Romford for any work on your house or any property. He is a polish builder. His company was called GBS constructors UK ltd. But his company was dissolved on companies house in October 2018. He is a con man and fraudster. BE WARNED
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