Quality assured Building, Joinery and Decoration since 1997

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Character Builders is led by four brothers who each have areas of specialism, ensuring expertise across the spectrum of building work.

Our work mainly consists of period property maintenance with a portfolio that includes work on Devon Long Houses, barn conversions, barn restoration, cottages, churches, timber frames and general maintenance.

We have a progressive and forward thinking approach to restoration work which integrates modern and traditional techniques to ensure the highest standards of craftsmanship. The focus is on working with sustainable materials. Whilst covering most aspects of general building work, including working with oak, cob and lime, we also forge close links with specialist craftsmen who work alongside us where needed.

The workforce

Meet the individuals that make up the award winning Character Builders team.


Tom has been managing the company since conception and is responsible for client liaison and coordinating the busy schedule of works. He has a wealth of experience across the board having worked for builders in the local area for sixteen years. Tom's main areas of skills are roofing and carpentry. Tom's personal interests are 'green living' and he looks to develop that on site, in Character Builder's work. Tom's mantra is 'every detail counts'.

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An experienced stone carver and mason Matt brings his skills as a sculptor to the company. Formerly apprenticed to renowned sculptor Peter Randall-Page, Matthew has worked on projects including the stone carving at the Eden Project.  He has also worked across Europe, including spending a period of time in Italy training with marble specialists.

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Project manages sites and his specialist areas of work are cob work and stone masonry. Sam is also in charge of managing the work force, leading and supporting the company apprentices and labourers. Sam has a real eye for detail in relation to internal finishes of properties.

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Simeon is the youngest of the four Diffey brothers. Simeon project manages sites alongside running the company payroll. His interest in building goes beyond the site as he has recently completed a Historical Building and Conservation Course at Kingston University, Building Crafts College, London.

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