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Specialising in traditional building methods, covering all of the southwest.

Traditional Devon Builders

For over 45 years, Stephen Francis Construction has specialised in traditional building techniques to enhance homes in Mid Devon. Our close-knit team of highly skilled craftsmen thrive on collaborating with homeowners such as you to achieve your ideal living spaces.

They use local building suppliers and local Tradesmen that are tried and tested over many years, including scaffolders, electricians, groundsmen, plant hire and waste removers.

Whether you seek to restore existing historic details or incorporate new custom touches, we are passionate about quality workmanship. We take pride in advising you on the best solutions to match your vision, lifestyle and budget.

Explore our website showcasing our expertise with renovation projects ranging from structural repairs to handcrafted finishings. When you are ready to transform your home, contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to learning more about your goals and bringing them to life through our dedication and artistry.

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Lime Work

For centuries, lime render and mortars have been relied upon in construction, proving their durability in ancient castles, churches, and historic buildings still standing today. Lime allows structures to "breathe" - it permits the passage of moisture in and out of stone, cob, and other materials without damage. This breathability is essential when no damp course exists, preventing moisture from getting trapped in walls.

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Cob Work

Cob, an ancient composite of mud and straw, comprises the original infrastructure of countless historic buildings across Devon and beyond. Our extensive expertise with this traditional medium makes us ideally suited to preserve cob's unique vernacular legacy.

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Stone Work

As a porous medium, stone is prone to water damage when improper mortars allow moisture to penetrate joints and accumulate behind walls. Much of our stonework involves reinstating appropriate lime mortars to let walls “breathe” and prevent decay. With flexibility and vapor permeability, lime mortars give stone resilience, while impervious cement traps moisture and causes harm.

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Structural Work

At Stephen Francis, we understand that the foundation of any successful project lies in its structural design. Whether you're embarking on a new construction venture or renovating an existing space, our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to delivering superior results that stand the test of time. From concept to completion, we take pride in our ability to transform your vision into reality while adhering to the highest industry standards.

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General Building

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in traditional and modern construction techniques. Hailing from a family of builders, he has worked on projects ranging from barn conversions and new builds to specialist cob restoration.

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Traditional Building Services

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