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ARA Carpentry & Building

Bury Saint Edmunds
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Services and skills

  • Builder

    32 skills

    Agricultural Building

    Basement / Cellar Conversions

    Brick / Concrete Structural Repairs

    Car Ports


    Concrete Garages



    Diamond Drilling

    Emergency Builder Service

    Extensions / Conversions

    Fire and Flood Renovation


    Garage Conversions

    Garden Studios

    General Building

    Green Oak Framing

    Heritage Property Specialist

    Insurance Claim Specialist

    Loft Conversions

    New Builds

    Partition Walls

    Period Property Restoration

    Project Management


    Repair and Listed Building Specialist

    Structural Steels

    Suspended Ceilings

    Tree Houses

    Wall Tie Replacements

    Warehouse Racking

    Workshop Design / Construction

  • Plumber

    1 skill

    Water Mains Specialist (Pipe Replacement, Moling and Lead Pipes)

  • Plasterer

    22 skills



    Dry Lining

    Flat Ceilings

    Insulated Rendering

    K Rend

    Lath Plastering

    Lime Plastering

    Liquid Screeding

    Magnetic Plastering

    Monocouche Rendering

    Pebble Dashing / Rough Casting

    Plaster Mouldings


    Polished Plastering




    Spray Rendering

    Tape & Jointing

    Venetian Marble Plastering

    Waterproof Plasterer

  • Tiler - Tiling

    14 skills

    Brick Tiling

    Ceramic Tiling

    Floor Tiling

    Hand Made Tiles

    Mosaic Tiles

    Natural Stone Tiles

    Plain Tiles

    Porcelain Tiles

    Quartz Tiling

    Slate Tiles

    Tile Repair

    Tile Supplier

    Victorian Tiles

    Wall Tiling

  • Services

    6 services

    • Domestic Work
    • Commercial Work
    • Free Estimates (excl. Insurance)
    • 24 Hour Call-out
    • Insurance Work Undertaken
    • Cards Accepted


Customer reviews

Overall ratingin last 12 months

9.87Write a review
  • Workmanship9.85 out of 10
  • Tidiness9.77 out of 10
  • Reliability9.92 out of 10
  • Courtesy9.92 out of 10
  • Quote Accuracy89 out of 100
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70 Total Reviews

The reviews below represent customers' views and not the views of Checkatrade

  • Bathroom re-tile


    Great job by Alan. Very punctual - he was there when he said he would be ! Quality of work was excellent. Really clean and tidy. Nothing to do after he left, other than repaint the bathroom ! Would highly recommend. He’s good quality and prices are reasonable so book him in and he’ll do a great job from what I’ve seen.

    Location: IP30
  • Garage conversion

    9.5Verified Review

    We had a great experience with this company. They were easy to work with, good communication, and the work was performed to a great standard. We are very pleased with our garage conversion.

    Location: IP32
  • Widening of doorframe and creating large bespoke doors

    10Verified Review

    Alan at ARA Carpentry and Building did an amazing job for us and was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Planned the job meticulously and carried everything out according to plans, including extra hours when required to ensure the job was completed on time and to our deadlines. Alan did a brilliant job in making and hanging two very large and completely bespoke wooden doors, and in very neatly widening the original doorframe. We'll definitely use ARA again and highly recommend them :)

    Location: IP24
  • Removal of structural wall and new kitchen fitted with tiled flooring

    10Verified Review

    Alan and his team were amazing, I couldn’t be happier with my new kitchen, everything has been finished off beautifully! I would highly recommend ARA carpentry and building and look forward to getting more works done in the future.

    Location: IP30
  • Garage conversion

    10Verified Review

    We had an excellent service and build. Alan impressed when he initially tendered with a detailed talk through of the work and materials he would use. The quote was in line with expectations. Alan and Jason worked solidly throughout the build and were excellent with talking through the progress during the build as well as being clean and tidy in their work. The work was completed on schedule with great attention to detail. Alan arranged the supporting trades who also completed their work to a high standard. I would recommend Alan for any work.

    Location: IP31
  • Creating opening and fitting of a UPVC door into side wall of garage.

    10Verified Review

    Alan was very helpful right from the start regarding coming round to quote for the job. He was punctual, very tidy and meticulous in his work, even as much as sweeping brick dust off our storage box and water butt in the garden, and took all the rubbish away afterwards. We are very pleased with the job, the door looks great and would have no hesitation in recommending Alan.

    Location: IP32

Company profile

  • OwnerMr Alan Alderton
  • Member Since2019
  • Public Liability InsuranceSelf-Certified
  • AddressChecked
  • IdentityChecked
  • Checkatrade T&C'sSigned
  • VATNo
  • Company typeSole Trader

Company info

Welcome to ARA Carpentry and Building we are based in Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds. With 15 years experience in the building trade we pride ourselves on the highest quality of work, offering a fully personalised service to every client. We comply with all building codes and health and safety regulations.

Our services specialise in renovations, conversions and extensions with the unique skill set that offers surveys, planning and architectural services.

Previous customers have recommended us because of quality workmanship and the attention to detail we provide on every job, no matter what the size. Hardworking and will often work weekends to meet tight deadlines.

Free quotes.

Trades we offer:

  • Ground works
  • Brickwork
  • Roofing
  • Carpentry
  • Plastering
  • Tiling
  • Structural alterations
  • Painting & Decorating
  • landscaping

ARA are a building company you can trust whose main aim is to work hard, get the job finished to the highest standard in the shortest possible time, so you can get on enjoying your home or business. 

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