Dan Cook Carpentry and Building Limited

Client stories - building excellence

Let our clients tell you first-hand what working with us has meant to them.

Project: New build
Date: June 2020
Client: Terry Headford

Building my new home

“I embarked on our new project to build our dream home near Staverton, South Devon. I set about finding a builder to help me complete this large project and I was recommended to speak to Dan Cook, through a contact at my local golf club. When I spoke to Dan, I understood why he had been recommended so highly, as I instantly observed a builder who understood his potential client’s needs. He has built brilliantly on our plans with some innovative ideas. I have relied on, and trusted, in Dan’s advice as the project has proceeded.

“From the moment Dan and his team arrived on site they have been extremely professional and attentive to our needs. Tom and George deserve particular praise for their continued focus to deliver the project to Dan’s high standards. Dan’s ongoing communication of the progress he was making was second to none and particularly when on site I valued our catch-ups. Indeed, I have forged a friendship with Dan which I fully value.

“The workmanship and, in particular carpentry skills, have been particularly impressive. I would not hesitate to recommend Dan and his team – he is now working on our second project by building our garage and gym.”

Having travelled the world, we now have our perfect house back at home

Project: Renovation and extension
Date: April 2019
Client: Christine Gerrys

“After a lifetime of travelling the world and living in Australia, France and across the UK my husband Roger and I have settled back in Devon in our wonderful 1930’s bungalow, that has been totally transformed after we were recommended a brilliant builder – Dan Cook.

“When we found our property, it was clear we had to modernise it and make it bigger for our needs. A friend recommended Dan Cook. I was also told I should get more than one quote, but after meeting Dan, the confidence he gave Roger and I through his understanding of our needs including timescales and budget, we commissioned Dan and his expert team to do the work. It was the best decision we made, Dan’s expert eye and the suggestions he made to our build was well received and the craftsmanship of Dan and his team was truly world class. Dan also gave us great advice about where to purchase our beautiful kitchen.

“Dan completed our precious house transformation on time and on budget. We asked Dan to do a few extra jobs on top of the build such as our wonderful terrace at the back of the house, this was added to the work schedule with no fuss and delivered on time.

“I have no hesitation in recommending Dan Cook Carpentry and Building Ltd and in fact, I have already recommended him to my daughter!”

Transformation of our home after a building disaster

Project: Conversion and extension
Date: December 2018
Client: Mike Wills

“For a long time, my wife Tara and I had wanted to give our beautiful townhouse in the centre of Chudleigh a modern makeover after living in it for over a decade. We wanted a modern space that could accommodate our children’s needs too. Our plans included removing a wall to create open plan living and a new kitchen.

“Initially, we had instructed a builder to create our dream living space. Once the work started our dream very quickly became a nightmare as the builder delivered shoddy and dangerous workmanship. This led to the builder leaving the job and us in the lurch, which was an extremely stressful situation.

“We were left with a supporting wall removed and no adequate structural support. I was desperate to find someone to help us quickly. I had heard locally about Dan and I gave him a call to plead for some help.

“Dan immediately came round and quickly made the building safe. Although he couldn’t start the work straight away, within a few short weeks he had moved his busy work schedule around to accommodate our work – this was amazing client care.

“Dan also looked at the original plan of works and following discussions about how he would complete the work, Dan made some expert suggestions in the design of the kitchen giving us more workspace and opening up the living room by keeping the amazing chimney breast exposed. We would never have visualized how these small tweaks could make such a massive change to the look of the original design.

“Whilst on site Dan’s team were polite, courteous, clean and tidy and they knew every day what was expected of them, because of the detailed communication Dan shared with them during the build. It was all completed within the timescales committed to.

“I would 100% recommend Dan and his team, not only did they save the day and get us out of a dire situation, the quality of workmanship and attention to detail was world class. 10 out of 10 Dan!”

Creating our dream holiday business

Project: Renovation
Date: December 2019
Client: Marcus Bailey and Ryan Lynch

“After a number of years of us both working in the corporate world, the time had come for us to settle back in Devon to create our dream holiday business, The Cottages at Blackadon Farm.

“We needed a construction partner to help us create much more than just a place to stay, we wanted to create a special environment in the cottages that complimented this beautiful part of the world.

“Our search started in 2019 and we originally came across Dan through word of mouth and had seen his great work from another job he had done.

“Dan was really engaged when we first enquired with him and was prompt in responding to our questions and met us a few times before we started the work. Dan’s team clearly love what they do because they did their absolute best and were keen to improve anything they did not think is quite up to their high standard.

“Dan Cook Carpentry and building LTD have exceeded our expectations on so many fronts, you can be confident that Dan and his team are honest and want to do the right thing for the client.

“We would recommend Dan Cook Carpentry and Building, mainly because Dan does not just do what you ask. Dan comes up with new ideas to ensure you get the best possible results.”

“We now have our cottages up and running and with Dan’s help has created our dream holiday business.”

Great communication throughout garage conversion

Project: Garage conversion
Date: November 2020
Client: Lisa Lee Weston

“I knew about Dan Cook Carpentry and building LTD by reputation, mostly from Facebook recommendations on local sites. Many people spoke highly of his attention to detail and being able to do something a little bit differently.

“Dan was able to help me visualise the inset in my new work space and how that would work. I was very pleased with the workmanship of the team. Given that we have been all at home working/schooling for the majority of the build I also appreciated how tidy and respectful all the workmen were. They were friendly and hardworking and left the place in a really good state at the end of each day. They were good at communicating at each stage too.”

Creating a haven of light and space

Project: Extension
Date: August 2018
Client: James and Kristy Bale

“My family and 1 moved into our 1980’s detached property in Chudleigh, South Devon, in December 2017. It was a dream come true for us, moving to a spacious family home that needed some modernisation but one we could put our stamp on. I set about finding a great building company to help me. I count myself very lucky that I met Dan Cook amongst a number of builders who were quoting to transform our house into our dream property. 

“The first thing that I noticed about Dan was the empathy and enthusiasm that he had for our project. At an early stage in our conversations, he showed a level of detailed technical knowledge and sound methodologies that gave me real confidence in Dan’s building know-how. He provided a detailed quote, not an estimate as others did, and this also gave us the confidence that our hard earned budget would cover the work needed to extend and transform our living space into an open plan haven of light and space.

“Once on site, Dan’s tidy and respectful team delivered the build within the time frame specified to a very high standard of craftsmanship. They often surpassed my expectations of what I thought was going to be delivered and it was all overseen by Dan each day. 

“The communication with Kristy and I about the progress being made was excellent. I really felt we had a first class project manager on site and what we valued most was Dan’s honesty and straightforward approach when he felt there was an easier or better way to deliver the build. He took the stress out of dealing with suppliers and the local authority. This really helped during the build as we are such busy people and had limited time to get involved. 

“Living through this major project was also made easier due to the extra efforts Dan’s team went to, to keep the site tidy. With two small children running around this really was an added bonus. 

“The finish was perfect. We love our new living environment. It really does bring a smile to my face when I am at home living in our ‘new house’. Dan created a wonderful extension, new kitchen, hallway and study. It was all delivered within our agreed timescales and budget. 

“I have no hesitation to highly recommend Dan Cook Carpentry and Building Services. The customer experience was excellent, and they have created our dream home for us and our boys – thank you Dan!”

Dan's ongoing communication of the progress he was making was second to none and particularly when on site I valued our catch-ups. Indeed, I have forged a friendship with Dan which I fully value.

Terry Headford
New build client

We needed a construction partner to help us create much more than just a place to stay. We wanted to create a special environment in the cottages that complimented this beautiful part of the world.

Marcus Bailey & Ryan Lynch
Renovation clients

Dan's expert eye and the suggestions he made to our build was well received and the craftsmanship of Dan and his team was truly world class.

Christine Gerrys
Renovation client

He provided a detailed quote, not an estimate as others did, and this also gave us the confidence that our hard earned budget would cover the work needed to extend and transform our living space into an open plan haven of light and space.

James & Kirsty Bale
Extension clients

Given that we have all been at home working and schooling for the majority of the build I appreciated how tidy and respectful all the tradespeople were.

Lisa Lee Weston
Garage conversion client

Whilst on site Dan's team were polite, courteous, clean and tidy and they knew every day what was expected of them, because of the detailed communication Dan shared with them during the build. It was all completed within the timescales committed to.

Mike Wills
Extension & conversion client