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Started bricklaying apprenticeship at the age of sixteen with a local established builder in Dorset (H J Palmer, based in Broadstone) in 1980. This five year apprenticeship included a four year block release construction course at Poole Technical College, whilst still working at the various building sites owned by this company on new build houses and bungalows. Part of this five year education also included time spent learning about major building defects and how they can be put right from the company's 'remedial' brickwork side. In 1989 I became self-employed and a few years later started my own business in Bournemouth before moving to the West country in 1995.
Worked and lived in Bristol and Bath until 2008, where I built up an extensive knowledge of Victorian construction methods (usage of old building materials, type of tools used etc) combined with the common causes of building failures associated with this type of period property.
The type of building work carried out during this time-frame consisted of part remedial work on both private and old commercial property, part re-duplication of Victorian/ Edwardian building finishes (authentic brickwork/pointing, flagstones etc) and my fair share of ordinary modern building work (conservatory bases, patios etc). All these types of jobs involved using either natural stone or brick as the main material source.
Since 2008 to present day, I have been located in Christchurch, where the majority of working time has been spent building chimneys, repairing brickwork on listed and older buildings, constructing high class sandstone/flagstones patios and general property maintenance (replacement of spalling bricks, cavity cleaning, alterations etc).
Type of work undertaken :
* Masonry remedial works
* Chimneys - either repairs or complete rebuild
* Distinctive patios - including laying of genuine flagstones
* Garages and garden walls
Specialising in :
* Heritage masonry using lime mortar
* Barn type conversions - brick or natural stone using lime mortar
* Decorative brickwork
* Camber & Florentine arches
*Coloured rope top pointing
* Glass blocks
Please feel free to phone or email me for a more in-depth work history with references if required.
Christchurch, Dorset, Hampshire,
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