Huge congratulations to Ellouise Hempstead and her MyBuilder tradesman Martin Robinson of MJO Limited, in Lincolnshire.
Ellouise nominated Martin for the expertise, dedication, energy and generosity he brought to her challenging renovation project.
“Martin has taken our dream and made it his own. He’s worked with us to understand what we need, what we want, and what we’d love (but don’t think we can afford) and he’s helped us to make those things a reality. He’s an honest and reliable builder, who cares about his customers, and wants their project to be a success.”
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When at the beginning of last year I decided that it would be good to have a small en suite bathroom attached to or incorporated in the bedroom, Mariusz of Splash Bathrooms was the first to respond on the “my Builder” site to my request. He came with his colleague, Hubert, to assess if it was possible as we all knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job. After we had explained the problem of not having any water at that end of the house (which is very long) and that there was also no drainage. The job included taking down a wall and plastering as well as complex woodwork, tiling and electrical work as well as the plumbing. We were hugely impressed that Mariusz said they could do everything; inspired by this, when he came to give us a quote I enquired if they would also be able to remove a wall downstairs to make what was two living rooms into one and using the heavy Victorian glazed doors to create a screen to divide the new bathroom from the bedroom. Work in the sitting room entailed partially bricking up a doorway and fitting in a reclaimed stained glass window, again requiring plastering, electrical, joinery & brick laying skills.
They achieved all this work in a very methodical way. He hired a skip and did the demolition work first in an orderly manner which was quite difficult as they had to bring the upstairs and downstairs rubble through the house and out through the kitchen door. We were impressed by the way that nothing that was recyclable was wasted. All the large pieces of timber from the framework of the upstairs stud wall and the architrave from the doorways was neatly stored to one side of the skip for reuse.
They were always punctual, polite, smiling and courteous; never looking aghast when I (as an artist), wanted to incorporate antique glass etc into the designs and often did unspecified extras such as lifting large pieces of furniture into other rooms or new very heavy acquisitions such an old armoire that I bought, up the stairs sometimes having to be rather inventive at manoeuvring it over bannisters etc in a very confined space.
As well as always being on time they often stayed later to complete all the jobs in the three week time span that Mariusz had estimated.It was very exciting to watch both the bathroom and living room transformations.
They were very self sufficient, never encroaching on our privacy and worked hard not to cause any more disruption or dust than absolutely necessary, covering everything and sealing up doors with dust sheets. They took great pride in their work and enjoyed showing us the daily developments, discussing ideas etc. and seemed to be as excited as we were with the end results all achieved in an environmentally friendly way.
We are delighted with our new bathroom and larger living room, they give us much pleasure and we would certainly use Mariusz and Hubert of Splash Bathrooms again.
Homeowner Richard Crook