We were very pleased with the quality of the work done on our property which included renovations to several roofs, complete renovation of a bathroom, laying a new floor and extensive decoration throughout the property. The work was done without supervision due to travel restrictions and it all was handled very professionally and within the original cost estimate. Andrew and Nicola also handled local suppliers with no fuss. I’d definitely recommend them for your renovation project, especially if you cannot be there all of the time.
"We have worked with Andrew and Nicola for a number of years and they have professionally helped us manage significant works. Thorough advice and treatment of dry rot and replacement roof. This has also included continual checks that rot hasn’t returned! They have installed a new bathroom and are currently replacing the front of our double property. I would recommend their work for thoroughness, honesty and flexibility" -
"Shortly after taking possession of a property in Normandy we decided to address some cracking and movement issues in a stone barn which had been identified by the pre-purchase survey. We contacted several builders who proposed a range of solutions including partial demolition of the barn. We also approached Andrew and Nicola whose proposed, competitively priced solution involved the installation of tie bars to prevent further lateral movement of a gable wall and crack stitching to repair and strengthen damage caused by movement. We were encouraged as the proposal was consistent with the advice of our surveyor and therefore appointed Andrew and Nicola. The work was undertaken in the winter of 2021. During the work, extensive woodworm infestation was observed. Andrew and Nicola were able to provide a very competitive quote for the treatment and carried this out during the strengthening work. Also, other minor issues came to light for which Andrew and Nicola provided recommendations and advice on how to deal with them. All the work itself was carried out to a very high standard and respected the character of the building. The site was left tidy and clean with in fact no evidence of their activity. During the course of the work Andrew and Nicola provided us with regular progress updates and photographs. Throughout the process they have been helpful, polite and always willing to provide advice and suggestions – particularly valuable to non-experts like ourselves. Thanks for a great job! Henry and Sandrine, Normandy
We have had the good fortune to work with Andrew Daniels and Nicola Tasker for several years and are very pleased with every project they have completed at our nineteenth century manor. They listen attentively to what we wish to accomplish, take detailed notes and photos when necessary, make intelligent suggestions, research materials needed and present an estimate promptly. Once the project has begun, communication is frequent as to its progress, especially appreciated when we are not present during the work. There is nothing they and their associates cannot do, from small repairs to elaborate renovations. Final bills have no surprises and match original bids. They are honest and hard working and we look forward to having them continue to work their magic on our home.
We have a couple of small properties in Normandy. Having bought our houses we really struggled to find someone to do work for us. We found Andrew and Nicola online and haven't looked back. We have had one house renovated, aswell as a septic tank fitted and a water supply. All the work is to a very high standard, and nothing is too much trouble. Andrew has completed the work when he said and if any snags were found we were always informed straight away. Nicola has handled all the paperwork with the French and has been absolutely priceless. Andrew, Nicola and team have helped us formally our French dream.....thank you!
"In 2013 we had to replace our entire Fosse Septique system. We were lucky enough to be put in touch with Andrew Daniels. Even though he had to travel two hours to reach us, his ''devis'' was much better than a more local firm. He and his excellent team did a marvellous job, not only of the actual installation, but also in leaving the site as level and tidy as was possible. For three days they trundled big machines across our garden taking immense care not to damage anything, and that in itself was no mean feat, given the amount of planted areas and the position of the hole.... It was a great relief to us to have people on the job who thought about what they were doing. The 'Micro Station' worked perfectly. We would thoroughly recommend them."
"We had a major problem with the structure of our property in France which we were very concerned about. We contacted Andrew Daniels who gave us some good advice. The work was carried out to an excellent standard in the time frame agreed. The property was also left very clean after the work had been carried out. We were worried about employing a builder we had not used before to work on our house in France when we weren’t there but we would have no hesitation in using this builder again. He is already in the process of completing further work for us. The communication during the work was very good with regular photos sent to keep us up to date. We highly recommend Andrew Daniels for an excellent service throughout."
"In March, I had my roof and guttering replaced, added insulation and external painting. All this was done to a high standard and just as important dust and mess kept to a minimum. Although it was necessary to alter my original work schedule and quote, mainly due to the previous owners adaptions! and most importantly to keep within current French building laws, all this was taken in Andrew's and his team's stride, to me it was a daunting task but nothing seemed to faze them. I was continually kept informed of all the changes that were required. I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew Daniels."
"We bought a house in Normandy France; there were a few major works that needed to be carried out. This consisted of a new roof, skylight windows; tie bars around the house, a new fosse, complete electrical re-wire and installation of a new shower. The work was completed to a very high standard; it was a pleasure working with Andrew, Nicola and their team. They were very helpful, polite and trustworthy. As we were back in England they kept us up to date with what was going on and sent us photos of various stages of the progress. I am currently doing some personal D.I.Y to the house. I'm always able to call Andrew for advice and guidance. We recommend them very highly and would use his company again."
Andrew Daniels and Nicola Tasker have been helping us renovate a small village house in Lonlay l'Abbaye over several years. The house needed to be almost completely gutted, as it had been neglected for many years and used only as an occasional holiday place. The plumbing and electric were ancient and unsafe, as disclosed by diagnostics and an inspection before we bought the property. Step by step, beginning with demolition down to the dirt floors and stone walls, Andrew and Nicola were very clear about describing the necessary work to be done and broke down each step into a separate bid (devis) which we approved before work began. Much of the early work had to be done while we were still living in the United States. When we did visit France and Lonlay l’Abbaye they were always good about meeting with us and we appreciated their genial and positive attitude about the job. Concrete and wood beams were laid for the new ground floor, metal stud walls were put in, and eventually electric wiring and plumbing, all the way up to the attic. Again, each step of the way, Nicola and Andrew would listen to our concerns, and make recommendations. We very much appreciated the digital photos they would send us as each stage came to completion. If a cost item was not measurable or knowable in advance (such as variable plumbing fittings), we were informed as to the approximate cost in the devis and the final amount was noted and broken down in the facture. In some cases, we wanted to supply the materials, as in the case of wood flooring we had shipped to the house, and Nicola was always very good about coordinating with deliveries, as well as communicating on our behalf with utilities. When we wanted their assistance in picking out materials for the bathroom and kitchen, they met us at the building supply stores in Caen and Nicola translated on the spot to assist us in making the purchases. Of course we are not building or construction experts, but we have been pleased with the quality of each step of the work performed by Nicola, Andrew and their associates. We were particularly impressed with how completely they were able to fit out our miniscule bathroom, and how well they custom fit standard kitchen cabinets and appliances into the odd angles we wanted to preserve on the ground floor. Our village house is now habitable, and we look forward to furnishing it and being able to spend time there. There are still some finishing projects in the attic that we will be calling on them to do. Beginning with the first visit, we have chronicled the progress of our village house at http://www.atinyhouseinnormandy.com/blog. We hope that the photos there will give you some idea of the transformative powers of Andrew Daniels and Nicola Tasker.
After buying our retirement cottage in Normandy we contacted several companies to discuss our admittedly vague renovation ideas. Andrew was the only one we were able to bounce ideas off and get good responses on what was (and was not) possible. Once the work commenced and unexpected structural problems were uncovered, Andrew was very flexible with the changes of plans and engaged specialists as required. The end result is excellent, and came at a very fair price. We would definitely recommend Andrew to our friends.
"After 10 years of drainage problems , 3 builders , 2 plumbers , Andrew Daniels and his team solved the problem in 2 days" -