• Boot Room

  • New Patio

  • Chimney removal, skirting, lights etc

    I am a pensioner living on my own and am nervous when inviting people into my home but Mark and his team put me at ease, did a good job and object when I changed my mind about some of the work.
    I would recommend them to any one

  • Create kitchen/diner

    There is so much to think about when you’re planning a project, no matter what the size, if only I’d realised sooner just how much Mark could help with. He was fairly priced, did a great job, no nasty surprises, nothing was too much trouble and he can help with anyone else you might need along the way, which really helps reduce the worry of these projects. Next stop for us…extension…and I know who I’ll be contacting when the time comes. Thank you Mark!

  • Lay a patio

    Mark and his team did a great job of laying a grey sand stone patio in my garden. The lads were all very friendly and polite. Mark himself was easy to communicate with and was very responsive to any questions I had and nothing was to much trouble.
    I absolutely love the end result and would definitely recommend Mark and his team.

  • Landscape Gardening. Colchester area

  • Gate pillars & ceiling repair

    Mr Skinner is a very obliging and likeable man. He responded very quickly and the job was completed well. My only comment is that he is a tad too expensive charging £630 to repair and paint a water damaged ceiling which took six hours plus the painting done later. Will be paying him tomorrow.

  • Extension of patio

    Mark managed to fit me in last minute and his team did a brilliant job in a short time. I would definitely recommend him an use him again if i need more work to be done

  • Footings for rear extension

    Great work and workers, turned up when they said they would, clean and tidy, kept me informed on progress did exactly what they said they would. Highly recommend Mark and his team.

  • Repointing/Front of Victorian Terrace

  • Re-pointing front of semi-detached house in Colchester

    Mark is really friendly and was very engaging and positive about the job in hand. They cracked on as soon as the weather allowed and he has a very professional team that arrived nice and early every day.

  • Small drive way wall

    Carried out the work in good time and we are very happy with the work done

    Fully recomend them

  • Kitchen doorway

    Very Happy, excellent workmanship with dedicated traders that work together professionally.
    Worked around our time scales as we work from home and tidied up after each job neatly. They also have a great can-do attitude which was nice to see.
    Would highly recommend especially for jobs that require different skill sets.

  • Concrete or patio 20 sqm

    Mark and his team were very helpful from the very start and all the way through. Mark & Craig helped me decide on the details of the job and the finish that would suit the large new driveway and a professional quotation was quickly issued.

    Once work commenced, which was very soon after, the team were very tidy and friendly and kept me informed during the job. The weather held up the final finish but it was better to wait and it wasn't an inconvenience at all as the drive was fully in use during that time. The initial groundwork and Concreting was completed very quickly. The final result looks amazing and I'm getting many compliments. I have no hesitation in recommending M.A. Skinner. A very professional company.

  • Remove load bearing wall

    I hired Mark, Craig and their team to remove a load bearing wall. The quoted price was very reasonable and during the works being carried out, several more large structural jobs were discovered. Mark and Craig guided me throughout the process, and even ensured the works were inspected and certified by the Council. A truly professional team with a multitude of building skills to accomplish any job, I could not be more grateful for their superb expertise and reliability. I would definitely hire them for any future building works and highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Fit rear garage door

    Mark,fitted a door to the garage. He made a great job,just as he promised. No hesitation in recommending him.

  • Timber frame lean to and bathroom fitting

    The bathroom project ended up being a lot trickier than we all first expected! Bad plumbing, dodgy electrics and a damp problem all needed to be sorted before the new suite could go in. Mark's team were great at keeping me updated and very patient when the bathroom supplier kept messing me about.

    Overall I'm dead chuffed.

  • Georgian Grade 2 Listed House Refurbishment

    Really helpful and nice guy

  • Replace small patio

  • Garden re-vamp

    I am very pleased with all the work carried out, men were polite and
    always asked me if all OK with what they were doing. I would
    happily recommend them to others.

  • Repair chimney breast

    Mark was really quick to help, and understood exactly what we needed. Really helpful guy and a great job - would definitely call him again

  • Refurb project and maintenance for childrens nursery

  • Erect hand rail and enlarge step.

    Hi Mark. Sorry I can't give you any feed back yet but the damp proofing is being sorted by the company that caused the problem in the first place.
    To erect a rail and put in a step please give me a quote for this again and I may have some other work as well later on.
    We need to get this horrible bug out of the way first.
    Mike R

  • Kitchen/diner knock through

  • Convert Adjacent Utility/Toilet into Living Space

    Mark is helpful and accommodating. It’s my first project and he’s been there to advise the right way to do the job so the end product isn’t compromised. I’ve changed my mind and ideas along the way, and Mark has been able to help steer my decisions. His skills are only matched by his connections on the trade which is a real bonus for someone like me new to the area. It started off as a small project, and as new ideas have been developed Mark has been able to advise along the way. A proper builder through and through.

  • Create 3 new door openings in blockwork

    Mark and his team were great and we were very pleased with them. He was clear and concise in his communication and completed all we asked of him without any fuss at all - a great experience compared to some contractors! Recommended.

  • Built in kitchen cupboard needs cutting out

    Done a great job! Would recommend only.

  • Kitchen / utility room remodel

    Mark and his team did a really good job for us. Would definitely use again.

  • Reduce ground level

    Mark attended over the weekend. He provided honest advice about the work that we ask for him to quote for, meaning that the job was not actually required. Refreshing honest advice. Unable to comment on any work as none completed for us.

  • Patio and drive drainage + concrete base repair.

    Very happy with patio.
    Mark was very helpful and knew what to do and was very willing to discuss the best way to complete the patio and drainage. Reliable and very responsive to phone calls and texts. I am using mark and his brilliant hard working team again for doors and windows as I am sure it will be another good job.

  • Supply and Fit 3 fire doors

    Mark knew exactly what we needed and made sure the job was completed on time and to our spec.
    His tradesmen were professional throughout and we will be using Mark and his team again.
    Great job, thanks!

  • New front wall and gate pillars

    Mark Skinner was very prompt to respond and I was happy with the completion time of the rebuilding of the front garden wall. The job was completed to a good standard and I would be happy to recommend him.

  • Close doorway in partition wall, remove brick wall

    The property is a listed building. Mark was very helpful throughout, from first contact and advice, through checking out Listed Building Consent and approval to go ahead. He was able to start work promptly, around other jobs, and brought in some skilled and efficient tradesmen to complete the work. Although we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted, there were a number of details and additions that benefitted from his team's advice and help.

    Mark was cheerful and helpful throughout the job and has been a pleasure to do business with.

  • Wall removal

    Mark and his team are exceptional. They delivered on everything they said they would and more. Would have no issues recommending Mark or using him again. What a breath of fresh air to find an honest, reliable and professional builder. Thanks for everything Mark, will be in touch soon.

  • Convert Dining Room to Kitchen, Create Utility + WC

    Quality of work was excellent. A few problems with timing of various trades on site but communication was always good so we knew what was going on. Overall, pleased with the job Mark and his team have completed.

  • underpin existing and extend foundations

    Mark, his sons and workers are pleasure to work with.
    The foundations and underpinning were completed within the time frame of 6 weeks we agreed. They worked with structural engineer and reduce the time and cost of the job.
    We were so impressed with their timekeeping and hard working attitude that we had them do several more jobs on our self build.
    Sewage treatment plant and drainage
    French Drains
    Sub-floor blockwork
    Block and beam floor
    Install an 18 meter steel ridge beam in the barn roof.
    We will be asking them to return for roofing and landscaping in the near future.

  • Bricks on garage coming apart

    Very professional, job done quick and well. Pleasure to deal with. Thank

  • Single Story Extension and moving street door

    Really nice company to do business with. Very responsive, pleasant and polite, left working area spotless. Gives the building trade a good name...

    When I need more building work, Mark will be the first tradesman i call.

  • Insurance work

    Mark and his team completed a few varied jobs to front of the house, this included, tarmackng, brickwork/rendering and re-laying of block paving, all completed to high standard and in a timely fashion. Great communication from Mark, before, during and after the work completed. I wouldn’t hesitate in using again.

  • Remove small window and brick up hole

    Fast work. Very neat job. Excellent realistic price. I would highly recommend Mark. Oh and if other traders are looking at this review the most important thing is he LISTENED to what I said and did exactly what I asked for. Awesome!

  • 1930s refurb

    Cant rate these guys enough. Mark and his team worked hard and fast but with attention to detail that was second to none. My bespoke oak floor is beautiful and always admired by visitors. My new oak porch was a beast and caused many issues but yet again Mark and his team rose to the challenge and delivered a beautiful result that is the crowning glory to my 1930s house. Mark and his team also renovated two fire places, repointed and leaded a chimney, re-rendered front of house. Installed bespoke front door and repaired damaged brickwork from removed old porch, skimmed front room and replaced original style plaster coving, ceiling Rose's, skirting and picture rail.

    Lots more to do over the coming years and I shall be calling Mark and his team back.

  • Damaged brickwork

    Mark and his team did a really good job. Very professional and easy to deal with. Will use again for future projects.

  • Build pillars and sides

    Mark is friendly, helpful and reliable. I would recommend him.

  • Garage Conversion

    Mark and his team were friendly and efficient. I am pleased with their work and would happily recommend.

  • Repair of damaged garden wall

    Mark and his team did a good job of repairing my wall and at a reasonable price. I'd certainly use them again.

  • Moving an external door and window

    I hired mark and his team to install a new backdoor in my kitchen along with bricking up the old one and a small window. He was very profession and efficient. I am very happy with the completed work and the cost, I would defiantly use him and his team again for future work and would recommend him to others. Thanks once again

  • Internal concrete floor needs relacing / repairing.

    I hired Mark and his team to carry out some internal renovations in our living room which required the installation of a large steel beam and removal of some existing pillars and existing lintel as well as relaying a concrete floor. All work has been carried out efficiently and to a high standard. I would thoroughly recommend Mark and we are so pleased with his work that we have now hired him to carry out some additional works at our house.

  • put cement around the shed

    Took a while to get the job done, glad the outcome was worth the waiting for. Just need to wait for them to come and fill the holes on the outside of the shed, then job is done. Overall very happy with the job. Thank you mark


    Mark and his team rebuilt my mum's garden wall. The work was carried out quickly (the wall actually being built on a Sunday) and to a high standard. They came back the next day to finish off and tidy up and we are pleased with the end result.

  • WALL

    afternoon future client
    I would recommend mark and his team very higly indeed, from contacting him in January he was very efficient to meet up and discuss my insurance job of removing/ rebuilding a 20 x 6 garden wall and providing a base / erecting a shed for me.
    the wall was demolished and rubble taken away and wall rebuilt,and old shed removed in 3 days as his son craig / mate, worked over the weekend.

    no messing about...prompt in the morning 8am start, a friendly reliable team of builders. being in the trade myself I can truly say a top notch job.

    mick downie

  • Convert 6 bedroom house to 4 units of 2 bedroom flats

    Mark was extremely helpful and had lots of useful ideas and insight with regards to project completion. I will use if again if I have another project in the area in future.

  • Oak frame cart lodge

    I hired Mark and his team in Jan '17 to create an Oak Frame for an outdoor 'cart-lodge' type structure. I was so pleased with the work on the frame that I expanded the list of jobs and am already planning on what other jobs I can give him! He was willing to work in all weather conditions without any complaint, even storm Doris! He arrived punctually at the agreed time and put in a proper day's work. He does like a cuppa tea, but managed to drink it and work at the same time (who says blokes can't multitask!)

    Mark is very professional, personable and trustworthy. He even likes dogs. He was clear with me what was possible and what was not, and made lots of recommendations throughout the build. He is clearly very experienced and I suspect that he could turn his hand to pretty much anything. His communication skills were top class, keeping me informed throughout. Many thanks too to Darren, Mark's brother-in-law, for his excellent work. A fantastic family company that I will definitely call upon next time I have a project that is beyond my own talents.

    I would highly recommend Mark and his team. Give him a go, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

  • Repinning internal wall

    work done quickly. most of the work I needed was plastering and he took care to look at areas which I hadn't considered. would use again

  • Removal of brickwork

    Mark was quick to reply to my post and quick to quote. They done a great job on time.clean and tidy worker. I would definitely recommend and use again

  • Under stairs cupboard, skirting and bannister

    Wonderful job done by Darren. Mark was able to get it arranged and done before xmas! Perfect cupboard under the stairs, very professional job. Would definitely recommend. Thank you

  • Patio wall

    Very nice bricks supplied and beautifully laid to make a good job of repairing Patio wall. Site left clean and tidy. I can recommend Mark Skinner and his team. Godden.

  • Bricking up a door and putting in a new one

    Mark and his team were very professional and have completed the job as requested to a very high standard. Mark kept in contact with me throughout and organised the different trades as necessary, working around me and my toddler.
    Although our job was quite small for Mark, he understood that it was important to us and treated us as though we were an important client.
    I'm very impressed with Mark's professionalism and quality of work.
    I'm very happy to recommend Mark and his team and we will be using Mark again in the future.

  • Need a wall knocked down and another put up&plastering

    We hired Mark and his team to knock down a wall in between our lounge and dining room. We had a few quotes but chose M A SKINNER LTD due to Mark's friendly nature, competitive price and positive feedback on my builder. We are pleased with the work that has been carried out, the builders left little mess and the work was completed within 2 weeks.

  • Gneneral building work

    Mark and his team were reliable and trustworthy, offering a detailed quotation, arriving to complete the job on time and undertaking additional work as needed. They were polite, helpful and flexible in their work, and always left the house tidy at the end of the day. I was able to leave Mark and his team at the house each day, and he would liaise with me as needed. He was able to coordinate the work he undertook with other tradesmen that were also working at the house. I would recommend Mark and use him again for any other work that we need.

  • Chimney Stack Fracture - Quote and Repair

    We hired Mark to repair or damaged chimney, repoint our gable wall and fix some leading that had slipped out of place and was causing a leak in wet weather.

    Mark is a very friendly and very knowledgable. He was able to explain exactly what we would need to have done in a way we understood. Which gave us confidence.

    Once we accepted Mark's quote he was able to arrange the work for a time that was suitable for us. During the works Mark and his team kept us up to date on what they were doing and why. They were very professional and turned up when they said they would and warned us about there being a lot of dust.

    The work was completed on time and to a superb standard. The gable wall looks brilliant. The chimeny was in a much worse state than we expected (a strong wind could of bought it down!) Mark and his team have rebuilt the chimney replacing all the worn out bricks removing the rusted metal ties and replacing with brand new one. The chimney looks as good as new and we are delighted the chimney is now structurally sound.

    After the work was done Mark and his team tidied everything up after themselves and swept up as much of the dust that is physically possible.

    I would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking to have some work done and will definitely be using again when the next parts of the house need repairing!!

  • Garden paving

    Mark and his team have done a superb job on our drive, paths etc. They proved to be reliable and kept us informed at every stage. Their work was clean and tidy and they kept the disruption and unavoidable noise to a minimum. We shall miss their cheery faces around our home, not something we expected to say after a building job! We would have no hesitation in using Mark again and would thoroughly recommend him to anyone needing building work.

  • Brickwork to damp

    Very happy with Marks work. He has done an excellent job at short notice. Would use again

  • Approx 25m of block and brick low driveway wall & piers

    Mark and his team worked well, all very punctual and pleasant.
    I'm happy with the drive that Mark has built. The job was finished with a good tidy up, leaving my drive looking pristine. I've had many positive comments from my neighbours.

  • Repairs to brickwork & repointing. Quote for firewall

    Very happy with Mark and his work. He offered good advice and also saved me money on work which might not have solved condensation problems in my bathroom.
    Mark is very friendly and I'd trust him to leave him the keys next time I have some work for him. Thanks very much, Emma

  • builders

    Initial meeting we found Mark to be very pleasant, down to earth, friendly gentleman. Was very understanding that it was our first time, as was very patient with getting details with what we wanted using the plans we had from the architect. He came back with a very reasonable price for the build and had tradesmen to call on for things like plastering,painting, electrics, scaffolding, and plumbing which were extra costs. As we both work during the day we entrusted him with being key holders to the property to carry out the job and help themselves to tea.
    As the job commenced we came across many a problem such as high content of lime in our mortar causing lots of dust, no mantels above our windows, which almost squashed Mark. This didn't deter Mark or Lee ( his assistant, ) and they carried on regardless battling on. The build itself, even with added problems went up really quickly and other tradesmen were in and starting within 5 weeks. But we came across more problems due to kitchen suppliers messing up our order. Firstly delivering to an incorrect address and secondly sending us different sized appliance equipment. This added on more weeks but then flooring company ( which we got in ) messed us about also. Finally when all done Mark and his team came in and finished off little jobs here and there and cleaned away after themselves.
    All in all a very good team and hard working, even with loads of set backs through no fault of their own. Highly recommend.

  • Brick door to existing kitchen wall and pointing

    Mark has already completed the bricklaying and has also been hired to repoint brickwork. Mark is honest, reliable and nothing is too much trouble. His work is of a very high standard and would highly recoomend Mark.

  • Repointing and replacing some bricks in lean to

    Excellent service from mark can't fault it, very easy and pleasant to deal with and has done a great job, would not hesitate to use again and recommend to others

  • Velux window

  • New front wall required

    Mark built a new front wall for us and made some repairs to our main wall. Before the work began Mark gave us a good overview of what was required and a breakdown of the costs. He did a super job and we're really happy with the end result. I'd highly recommend Mark.

  • Lintel & brickwork repairs over patio door frame

    A very professional and polite service, and a pleasure to deal with in undertaking the repairs to my house.
    Very punctual in time keeping, programming and always communicating the intended plan of work with a good estimate of costs before starting work.
    Would like to recommend as a trusted builder, and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
    Looking forward to using their service again in the future...Thank you

  • Chimney brick in

    Mark was able to fit us in quickly and conducted the work professionally and to a good standard. We would use him again.

  • Remove 39"x13"x13" concrete chimney in kitchen

    Very professional and easy to deal with. Did a very good job at a very good price. Building work and plastering work both excellent, would definitely use again.

  • Rebuild front wall

    Mark and his employees have currently completed the building of a wall at the front of our victorian property. The work that has been carried out was completed to an exceptionally high standard. We are currently planning further building work and will definately be using his services again. Mark was professional, courteous, knowledgeable, helpful and trustworthy.

  • Builder or individual tradesmen ie wet trades carpenter

  • fit gas fire and surround

    Mark Is a professional Builder that I have no hesitation in recommending he is
    punctual of a happy disposition and does exactly what he says he will. He does a first class professional job for a reasonable price our gas fire and surround looks excellent. His communication skills are above average if he is delayed for any reason he will all ways ring and let you know. He did the work and left the house exceptionally clean. If I had to rate him I would give him 10 out of 10. I will be using him for another job at a later date.

  • Garden wall repair

    Mark responded to my request on the very same day that I submitted it. He came round and provided a verbal estimate followed by a written quote within days.
    Once I asked him to go ahead he undertook the work within a week and did a great job. I would use him again and have shown his work to several of my neighbours such that they might like to use him in the future.
    Thanks Mark

  • Open existing chimneystack

    Very happy with the job. Mark kept me informed and confirmed my wishes with me all through the job.

  • Wall removal, plumbing, electrics, carpetry, plastering

    Mark and his team did a great job for us which started with knocking a kitchen wall down and ended up re-tiling, new kitchen work surface and various carpentry, plumbing & electrical works. We were very happy with everything. The team were all very nice and professional. We would definitely recommend them!

  • Repair/restoration to interior brick wall

    Mark Skinner responded really quickly to my post and I'm really happy with the result. He gave me good advice and communicated with me throughout. I would recommend him and call on him again in the future!

  • Rebuilding front wall

    Lots of contact regarding quotes, quick workers, prompt and tidy on the day. Recommended.

  • repair to extenral wall on warehouse 20 / 30 bricks

    Faultless service absolutely recommend fast clean work

  • repair garden brick wall 40cm high x 2.10 metres

    Mr Skinner and colleague arrived arrived on time. The work is very good and they cleaned up afterwards. I can thoroughly recommend him

  • bricklaying

    Lovely person,top tradesman,thanks Mark

  • garden wall

    I found Mr Skinner very reliable, always arrived on time. The work is very good and all cleaned up afterwards. also Mr Skinner came up with some very useful ideas. I can thoroughly recommend him

  • Build an extension

    Unfortunately I could not go ahead with this job due to problems, nothing to do with Mr Skinner, but he was helpful and full of wise advice. It's a shame I couldn't use him as I feel he would have been true to his word, maybe we will be able to do business in the near future. Thank you.

  • Renovate Exterior of House

    The house: I have a semi-detached period house (about 350 years old) with an extension added around 40 years ago. It was rendered with wood cladding on the upper part of the building, which concealed a number of “quirks”!

    The job: To remove the original and then replace the wood cladding, fascias, render, two exterior doors and one window. The outside lights were also replaced.

    The work: Mark took the time to find out exactly what sort of finish I wanted and what my budget was. He has kept me informed and advised throughout, explaining any issues, giving me options and the reasons for his recommendations.
    All of the team were friendly, considerate, helpful and a pleasure to have around. They tidied-up at the end of each day, and took care to be considerate not only of me but also the adjoining house. I felt completely secure in the knowledge that my property and belongings were in safe hands – and as a woman living on my own that is invaluable.

    The result: Mark and his team have done a fantastic job! My house looks great and since Mark improved the window fittings, insulation and brickwork it is already noticeably warmer indoors.

    I am so pleased both with the work and the finished result that I have recommended Mark to friends and have already asked him to do a few small jobs for my parents and to renovate my kitchen – I will write a further review when that work is finished!

  • Removal of second staircase

  • Hiding telephone wire

    Mark came round to look at the job I wanted doing - his advice was that I could achieve the same result doing it another way without hiring him and incurring any cost. He didnt even accept any petrol money. An honest builder/maintenance man! I would definitely contact Mark again for any jobs i may have in the future.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    Mark has done quite a lot of brickwork and blockwork for us. He is professional, clean and tidy, reliable, trustworthy. The standard of his work is high and we are pleased with his work. I would recommend him.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    Mark undertook brickwork restoration for us. His work was brilliant, it was on Grade I listed building, all with lime putty and reclaim materials. He is very reliable. The workmanship was excellent. I would use his services again and would certainly recommend him