David is a very talented and intelligent designer, who has an intuitive understanding of timber and how to use it to best effect. The garden room he has built for us is simply stunning. It looks absolutely beautiful and is filled with light. It also has a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere. David is a perfectionist who takes great care to ensure the building works well on a practical as well as aesthetic level. The bespoke and handmade nature of David’s ‘design and build’ does means that the building details may evolve a little during the construction process. The traditional techniques used do result in a longer build time than modern ‘kit’ construction, but the results are incomparable. We intend to use him again on future projects and are happy to recommend his services.
Jane Davies, Marlborough
David Cooke renovated my property which included re-modelling the internal structure as well as work to the landscape surrounding the building. His attention to detail and calm manner made the whole process quite pleasant. From the off he understood what we wanted to create and made several detailed designs based around those ideas, I have no hesitation in recommending David to anyone seeking a thorough, friendly – professional to undertake similar works to their home.
Roger Ball, Ringwood
David Cooke designed and built an English oak conservatory for us, recently finished. We are completely thrilled and delighted with the results, and have enjoyed David’s company while he worked on it. He has been professional and reliable throughout. He put a huge amount of effort into understanding what we were looking for and refining, time and time again, the designs until we were completely happy. His execution of the design has exceeded our expectations and has blended beautifully with our stone cottage. We are happy to recommend him without hesitation, and equally happy to talk to his prospective clients to discuss his work for us in more detail.
Michael Bernard, Wiltshire
Grand Entrance! Well, we think it is! David is a neighbour and we knew nothing of his work except for his passion for wood. Over the odd glass of red wine the final design evolved. David took great care to create what we envisioned, and also kept our budget in mind! He kept us informed and was reliable, conscientious, creative, and showed great attention to detail. We were fortunate to be able to visit David’s workshop and see our project coming to life. David was open to the changes and modifications we wanted and used his experience and knowledge of oak to guide us. The finished door and porch have exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased to recommend David and his craftsmanship.
Cliff Adams, Charlton St Peter, Wiltshire
Solid Oak Sash Windows: David replaced our bay sash windows. He was very thorough in all that he did from removal of the old in a tidy way to a good and tidy site at the end of the job. His finishing was first class and I would have no reservations about recommending him for other work, even to my friends! We intend to use him again when finances dictate.
Tim Fowle, Wiltshire
There are so many articles written about people and their own ‘Grand Designs’, featuring pretty houses and their delighted owners, that I feel that I must say quite firmly, before we go any further, that this is not going to be one of those. I am fortunate enough to live in an attractive cottage in the Wiltshire countryside, and we have just finished a wonderful project, but these things are going to be incidental, really, to this story, which is about the resurgence of true craftsmanship in building here in Wiltshire. With the ease of building in bricks and breeze blocks, of kit conservatories and off-the-peg extensions, we have had more freedom to adapt our houses speedily than ever before, and some of the results can be very attractive. But if a home is to have soul, then I’m not so sure. Over the last few months, I have been taught by my builder to look at materials in a totally different way. David Cooke is a master craftsman, and building in oak is his passion, which has enthralled all who have seen his work, be it on a small or a larger scale. A Philosophy graduate and former cabinet-maker, who had made fine sculptural furniture in Great Bedwyn for five years, David recently returned to Wiltshire, from London, with his new wife and family. He is now fulfilling a desire to undertake larger projects, designing and building custom-made oak buildings using a blend of traditional ‘pegging’ craftsmanship using green oak, and modern technological glass. These beautiful buildings are built to last, and will only improve with age. There is certainly a great feeling of peace in our own oak and glass extension, due, I am sure, to being surrounded by such natural materials. David’s way is not the ‘quick and easy’ route to home-improvement: when your building is hand-carved, how can it be? But I have been converted to the slower road of true, individual design and craftsmanship: our home and our lives, indeed, are the richer for it. – Catherine Bernard, Dinton, Salisbury
Catherine Bernard, Dinton, Salisbury
David designed, built and installed our study shelving, desks, drawers and cupboards, as well as fitting ‘underlit’ lighting units for the workstations.After giving David a fairly loose outline brief he produced CAD designs for the proposed layout, which we fine-tuned and modified to the specification we wanted. Somewhat of a perfectionist, after his first site visit to measure up David had assembled the full unit in it’s raw wood state before he returned for a ‘fitting’ – involving ‘scribing’ all the various components of the unit so they fitted to the (bowed) wall perfectly from top to bottom. This was just one and a half days on site, after which all the materials were taken away to be finished (spray lacquered or oiled and waxed) to a high specification David then returned to fit the entire unit and finish the job in one more visit, with a further couple of hours to fit some final componentry – soft close drawers etc. Throughout the job Dave kept us informed as to time lines etc. and was very helpful in recommending different materials, finishes and looks so we could make an informed decision about the project. I would thoroughly recommend David Cooke as a craftsman of the highest quality.
Charlie Lacey, Wiltshire