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A new year – and many exciting projects ahead

Well, what a year it has been, but despite the ongoing pandemic and all the issues that has brought with it, Somerset Property Solutions has been as busy as ever.

It was almost a year ago now that we decided to branch out into contracting work, taking on building work for clients as well as project managing.

And this has proved to be a great success.

We started with a smaller project in a nearby village and from there moved on to a full renovation of a grade II listed property that was bought as a holiday home.

With this, we obviously worked hard to retain the character of the building and, within the obvious constraints of any listed property, strove to create the kind of stylish and comfortable retreat the owner was seeking.

Just before the first lockdown was implemented, we began work on another renovation projection, this time for a young family.

With careful management, and having one trade in the building at a time, we managed to complete this safely and in spite of the problems thrown up by lockdown, such as sourcing supplies.

Since then, we have been involved in a variety of projects, from replacing bathrooms and kitchens to damp proofing a basement, all carried out with due care attention to Covid safety.

We have seen a lot of referrals and repeat business and become good friends with many of our clients.

Our project management and consultancy work has also continued.

For example, I was taken on as a consultant by another young couple, who wanted me to oversee the renovation of their 1920s’ Glastonbury property.

We looked at the budget very carefully on this one and decided what could realistically be completed in the first phase and I am pleased to say everything went to plan.

Looking ahead to 2021, there are various exciting projects in the pipeline – the possible project management of a barn conversion and the upgrading of a 300-year-old cottage, among others.

I am looking forward to an increased emphasis on working with green technologies and materials together with more work with those looking to self or custom build.

This is now set to become easier under planning law and as a result the industry as a whole is gearing up for more activity.

In the meantime, I will be keeping an eye out for the right renovation project of my own.

And hope to hear from anyone keen to find out how Somerset Property Solutions as a team might be able to help them realise their property project or dream home.

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