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Links: Consultants & Contractors

We provide this information in good faith, because these people have done good things for us and in the hope that others may benefit from being put in touch with them. Naturally we cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information here or for anything they may do or not do for anyone else.

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Building Design Consultant:

Nicholas Salt
20 Bethel Street, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6BS
Phone/fax: 01686 412417
email: nicksalt@midwales.com

Austin Lewis and Nick Salt

Main contractor, Austin Lewis (left), displays his customary exemplary reticence as 'hands-on' building design consultant, Nick Salt (seated), attempts to drive a hard bargain

Nick Salt's general expertise and local knowledge have been invaluable, but hardly more so than his familiarity with this precise type of project and his enthusiasm for natural materials and an ecological approach. We have also been most grateful for his imagination and good humour.


Main Contractor:

V A Lewis
21 Smithfield Street, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6EJ
Phone/fax: 01686 412044

Martin Lewis and Wayne Price

Martin Lewis (left) and Wayne Price

Austin has co-ordinated all the building work with calmness and care. His own speciality (and that of his most talented 'right hand' man, Wayne Price) is carpentry and joinery and we are thrilled by the special character given to the building by their purpose-made, stairs, windows, doors, floors, partitions, panelling, sills and dados, which were created out of both re-cycled and new wood

We are glad that Austin, Wayne and Martin Lewis have all built themselves into the long-term memories of The Old Chapel


All aspects of Building Work & Property Maintenance:

DNA Building ServicesDNA Building Services
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Plumbing, Plastering, Decorating, etc
Fully qualified and insured tradesman
Contact: Dave Ahearne
Tynllwyn Farm, Llanwrthwl, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6NN
Phone: 01597 811607
Mobile: 07879 438141
Email: dnabuildpowys@btinternet.com



Colin Jones
Phone/fax: 01686 440671

Colin usually says little and works fast. All his work is of an extremely high standard. Nuff said?


Plastering/Artexing/Tiling/Floor Screeding/Pebble Dashing:

Ken Evans & Son
19 Green Gardens, Rhayader, Powys
Phone: 01597 810996 & 810651 – Mobile: 0797 454 7771

Two years after the new first floor of the chapel was 'completed' and we had long since moved on to lay the tiles, paint the walls and begin finishing the wood surfaces of the ground floor below, the Building Control Officer suddenly noticed that the new ceiling should, for the purposes of fire regulations, have been skimmed to a depth of 5 mm. Colin Jones was not available, so Ken and his son whizzed to the rescue. They completed what was a tricky job, given the mass of rafters, silently, efficiently and beautifully in only a day and a half, thanks to their bionic legs!



B M Jerman - BMJ Plumbing & Heating Ltd
Abernant, Troed Y Garth, Y Fan, SY18 6NA
Phone/fax: 01686 411121 – Mobile: 07778 809002
Email: bmjplumbit@aol.com

Mike Jerman and assistant

Mike and his assistant wrestle with the underfloor pipework

Despite a heavy workload throughout the period and some frustrating holdups, Mike, with a little help from assistant, Frank, managed the installation of some complex and extensive groundfloor underfloor heating, the oil-tank, boiler, upper floor radiators and all the domestic plumbing and wastes with genial unflappability



Edward Jones
85 Cae Gwyn, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6DX
Phone/fax: 01686 413026

Edward Jones and Nick Salt

Edward (left) discusses the routing of the electrics with Nick Salt

Edward handled this complete wiring job with comprehensive care and tenacity – we could hardly ever persuade him to stop working long enough for even a cuppa



Chris James, Stonemasonry
Redcliffe, Garth, Llangammarch Wells, Powys LD4 4AR
Phone/fax: 0159 162 0441
Email: chris@craftmasonry.co.uk

Chris James

Chris pointing the west wall, which always takes the brunt of the weather here, with lime mortar and having to very nearly rebuild it in the process

Chris came to us with an impressive portfolio of work (which you can now see on his website) demonstrating his obvious skills and dedication to these traditional crafts, techniques and materials. He and assistant, Rocky, have now completed the lime mortar pointing of our four main walls and we are confident that the building has now been restored to excellent condition and will look wonderful for many years to come



Powys Drilling Services
Craignant, Llangurig, Powys, SY18 6RX
Phone: 01686 440217 – Fax: 01686 440654

'King of the Drill'

We were lucky to find that the 'King of The Drill' was less than five miles away from The Old Chapel