Carpentry and building are my passions. I began work in the building trade in 1987 as a qualified structural welder, at age 17. In 1994 I commenced five years’ training in both Bench Joinery and Site Carpentry, which I completed to City and Guilds ‘Advanced Craft’ level.
After qualifying, I spent the following four years honing my craft in a high quality joinery workshop. We specialised in producing high quality custom-made decorative oak gates and garden structures. These were shown each year at the Tatton Park and Chelsea Flower Shows, and Eric Clapton became a customer after admiring a neighbour’s gates that I had made and installed! We also undertook quality joinery work for heritage buildings – one such project was the Garden Gallery at Lord Leycester’s Hospital in Warwick, which was unveiled by the Queen. During my time as part of this company I rose to the role of acting foreman, managing six other joiners.
In 2002 I began working for Treasures & Sons, specialising in heritage work. I spent two and a half years working for Martin Dawes on his manor house in Dinmore, Herefordshire, on a £30million+ project.
I decided to set up my own business in 2004, focussing on all aspects of restoring and renovating traditional, oak-framed buildings in the Border Counties. I moved to France in 2007 and continued the business here. Some notable recent projects include restoring a large 13th-Century Colombage house in Mirepoix, renovation of two old town house below La Cité in Carcassonne, and the conversion of two old Carcassonne houses into apartments and a maisonette, and many more.. Each of these projects were complete and complex renovations, working with a select team of skilled tradesmen.
I love my work, and look forward to working with you on your future projects.
How we work
At Aude Renovations we predominately work as a small team of 4 to 6 people on any given day but on occassion we have been known to have a team of nearly 20 when needed . I tailor the team to suit each client’s needs, and can draw on a number of trusted, quality, registered tradesmen in the area who usually speak a reasonable amount of English. Be it a plumber, electrician, roofer, general builder, tiler or general labourer that is needed to participate on your project, I can assemble an efficient and qualified team.
Would you like to see photos of our Building work?
We have a gallery of projects available online if you see anything that inspires you or if you have plans or a project of your own please get in touch.