Happy Clients

If I ever have another build project I just hope I am lucky enough to be able to use Braidwood again, as you’ll never find a better, more reliable or trustworthy team of builders.”


“We wanted to thank you and all your team for the incredible job you did on our kitchen extension and the remodelling of the front of our house. It was always clear that your team were absolutely intent on the quality of the work and we're thoroughly delighted with the results. You were all kind, patient (with my questions!) and were a genuine pleasure to have around. You were respectful of our space when we suffered a double bereavement and most importantly to us, you did what you said you'd do, when you said you'd do it. I didn't once have any need to complain and the work ethic we witnessed is second to none. We loved the fact that you kept us informed and were happy to show us anything you'd uncovered to help us understand the solutions. We've ended up with a house we love and that has been down to you and your boys. Thank you so much. “



"John and his team were employed in 2016 to do a side return and a full kitchen extension. From day one they were at the front door at the agreed time and worked tirelessly for the entire 3-4 months that the project took, even working the occasional Saturday if needed.

The kitchen once completed looked fantastic and the standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail was superb. I found John very easy to work with and his team followed our ideas perfectly. I can't recommend Braidwood Building Services high enough and would use them for any future works."



“From the planning stage onwards John's calm manner instilled confidence and he was ready with pragmatic and effective solutions to the various challenges that arose during our side return extension project.  The quality, attention to detail and efficiency of the Braidwood team was of a very high standard and both the initially envisaged works and additional work that we contracted Braidwood to do were completed in a timely fashion, on budget and without fuss. Thoroughly recommended.”



“John and his team were absolutely amazing.  I think everyone approaches a major build with a good degree of anxiety, but I have to say that he and his team did all they could to make the experience as stress free as possible for me.  The build ran to schedule, and the costs did not change, except where we made decisions together that affected the brief.  The finished result was stunning, I really do have my dream kitchen, I couldn’t be happier.”



“We used John and his team to completely re-model our three story house. They moved the kitchen down a level, changed a window, re-did the bathrooms and redecorated. It was a complete transformation. John was a delight to work with. We could have used an architect for the job, but John comfortably bridged the gap where an architect’s input would have been appreciated. His ideas and insight into use of space and light we still appreciate today.

He is really easy to work with, reliable, turns up when he says he will, and whilst he is typically ambitious about how long a job will take him (aren’t all builders?) he came in bang on budget. The greatest strength John brings to his work is his eye for detail. He worried more about the detailing and finish on our job than we did. He is meticulous, and whilst our budget meant he couldn’t use everything he might have wanted, what we got for the money was outstanding.

You may have to wait a while, but if you can get him in the timescales you need, book him in now.

How many builders do you know who you look forward to seeing turn up to the job, and who you’re more than happy to join for a pint in the pub? John’s a star.”



“John and his team worked quickly, efficiently and professionally to give us the dream kitchen we wanted – which was essential given the scale of the job. They took out our old shoebox of a kitchen and cleared out the space with minimal disruption, and gave us advance notice whenever there were any challenges or issues that could have delayed the project.

We were impressed by their enthusiasm and efforts to keep things moving, especially as this project was being done during the winter months when weather was always going to be an issue. John also helped us resolve a minor issue after the job was done and we had – one that ultimately had nothing to do with the work done by his team, but he happily sorted it out without a fuss. I can recommend the quality of their work as well as their work ethic.”



“Braidwood Construction carried out a side return extension on my property in 2013. From the first meeting John was fantastic to work with, answering all my questions clearly and taking time to make sure I felt happy with the build schedule and plans. Once the build started the team took great card to protect my hallway walls and floors, and actually they were really fun to have around – which is quite an achievement given they were effectively taking the back of my house off! 

The build ran exactly to time, and to budget and the finished result is stunning, I couldn’t be happier. There were lots of little touches that made a real difference – reusing the old Victorian Lintels and Sills above and below a new window in the extension, having a row of vertical bricks above the bifold doors as a decorative touch, and using old yellow London stock bricks so that they matched the rest of the back of the house. If I ever have another build project I just hope I am lucky enough to be able to use Braidwood again, as you’ll never find a better, more reliable or trustworthy team of builders.”



“Our build was unusual in that we were fixing a very badly executed kitchen extension. John rose to this challenge and carried out extensive work for us. We had to completely rebuild and extend the kitchen and side return as well as remove the back-chimney breast in order to remodel two of the bedrooms and the bathroom. 

John project managed the build from start to finish; managing the various sub-contractors, and us effectively. Inevitably, with every build project, unforeseen issues arose. With John's invaluable experience these were dealt with promptly and professionally. We appreciated the good advice John gave us on the various decisions that we needed to make. Working with John, his team and the structural engineers we now have a beautiful family home.

All visitors to our home remark on the high standard of workmanship and we have been confident in recommending John to them for not only the standard of his work but also for the professionalism of John and his team.” 



“Braidwood completely renovated our home. John was amazing at giving advice on how things would look, how to maximize space and how to achieve our desired outcome while being cost effective. I love our kitchen, bathroom, cupboards, wardrobes skirtings and door frames. We live in a Georgian property and John’s carpentry really brings out the elegance of the period and he sourced all the fittings so that they were in keeping with the property, which was helpful as I wouldn’t have known where to find them. The mosaic tile work in our bathroom is stunning and one friend complimented us saying that the bathroom looked like it had been inspired by The Kiss by Klimt – the tile work was so precise and it really glistens. 

The carpentry work in our property is what stands out the most but John and his team also did a great job at plastering the walls and ceilings – they looked perfect when finished. John ensured the finish was perfect by constantly checking them with a light – it was a real process but worth the effort. Six years on and we are still receiving compliments from friends on John’s work. We hope to move in the next year and when we do we will be getting in touch with Braidwood Building Services again.”



“We have used John Ryan’s company, Braidwood Building Services for 2 major house improvement projects. These were a fitted kitchen and a bespoke wardrobe system. In both cases there were various technical issues caused by the shape and size of the rooms which were quickly overcome by John. He also had clever and imaginative ideas to maximise the use of the available space. The results were excellent with a very high standard of finish and far beyond our expectations. 

The service was also punctual and reliable; both projects were finished on time, which greatly reduced the stress that home improvements can cause. John and his workman were courteous, polite and calm which made their presence in our home an unobtrusive and pleasant experience. We would not hesitate to use Braidwood Building Services again and would recommend this company without reservation.”