Listed building experts

We understand traditional restoration and renovation techniques for historic buildings.

West Country Renovations was founded by Geoffrey and Max Carew in 2004. The company has grown organically, starting with a few excellent Polish builders working on local projects, growing into the nationwide company it is today.

We have built a whisky distillery in Ayrshire, renovated country houses and listed buildings from Perthshire to Sussex to Cornwall. In London; we cover everything from flats and townhouses.

Our workforce has grown from the original ‘Golden Hands’ we started with, we now have a highly skilled team, proud of the quality of their work and their work ethic, along with tried and trusted sub contractors and suppliers.

Today, we achieve a first class finish anywhere in the country.

Featured Projects

Woolley Estate


A new built orangery linking the main house with the annexe wing to form a rear entrance hall and boot room. The 1000sq ft room has a lead roof, underfloor heating, basement and glazed screen with French windows opening onto the garden. We also renovated the atrium, oculus and windows of the main house.

This Arts and Crafts house had been poorly renovated in the 1980s. We added a modern steel and glass extension creating a lower ground floor with bedrooms, cinema and utility; a large light kitchen/living room with fully opening glass wall overlooking the harbour on the ground floor and a first-floor balcony and roof terrace. The remainder of the house was stripped, reconfigured and brought up to the highest spec.



The architect was asked to maximise the light and space in this 1970’s new build. We removed the face of the building over three floors, cantilevered the first and second floors out over the ground floor, replacing all the rear ground floor walls with fully opening glass doors. We renovated the remainder of the house and built extensions on both sides.




Devon, UK

We refreshed a Devon long house to showcase a blend of tradition and luxury. Renovations included creating an open-plan living area, a new kitchen, new bathrooms and bedrooms, and the revival of external barns for additional living space. A dedicated yoga room and a stunning 20-meter pool. Expert landscaping complements the property..

Historic Brownshill Court near Painswick was close to ruin. West Country Renovations stepped in to meticulously restore the 18th-century estate, using matching materials and preserving architectural details. The south wing is complete, with full restoration expected by year-end. This project breathes new life into a Cotswold gem.

Open Book Cost Plus Model

Open Book Cost Plus means all renovation expenses (materials, labor, etc.) are transparently presented to you, with a pre-determined 15% markup added to material costs to cover our overhead and profit. This system ensures you're informed about every expense and have control over the project's budget.

We use an ‘Open Book – Cost Plus’ system which we have developed and tailored to our business and now employ as standard for all contracts. The system is very transparent,  extremely detailed and most importantly is quick and easy to read.

We maintain that by buying the materials and finishes you want, as cheap as they can be bought, and by employing hard-working skilled builders for less than other builders charge,  it follows that you cannot get a good job done cheaper.