Mike Acton

Building & Renovation

Mike Acton Building & Renovation Ltd is a Stroud based building company specialising in period property renovation and extensions.

Our understanding of period building techniques and the intricacies of period renovations guarantees a sympathetic approach to all building projects and ensures we retain the character of your home whilst enhancing it with the benefits of modern living.

Whether you are thinking of an extension or general building maintenance work, including roofing, we can provide the service that will bring your plans to reality.

With over 20 years experience I am well placed to handle all manner of building projects. I have a network of trusted associates who share my passion for restoration of period properties. These partnerships mean we are able to offer a wide range of services, whilst ensuring that you as the customer have a single point of contact during your building project.

We offer a complete roofing service from repair to complete renovation.

Our understanding of roof structure means we are able to fully repair or renew complete roofs (not just the covering). Careful attention is always given to character detail, ensuring your new roof or extension will match existing features.

We can supply and install all roof coverings, new or reclaimed.


Mike and his fantastic team completed a full roof replacement for us at our home in Minchinhampton, alongside a loft conversion. It was a big job but came in right on budget. Mike kept us informed of progress throughout, was super tidy, dealt creatively with all sorts of unexpected quirks in our old house (often finding savings in the process), and was a pleasure to work with.
We're delighted with the new space he and his team created, highly recommended.
Thanks again for all your help. While I never want to see scaffolding again, it was genuinely a pleasure having you and your team around and we are so pleased with the result!

Chloe, Minchinhampton
Mike built a two storey extension for our house, a large raised terrace and did all sorts of renovations while the pandemic was in its second year. The job turned out to be more complicated than expected (not Mike's fault), materials were in short supply and the works uncovered all sorts of existing structural problems. But through all this Mike kept us informed and sorted all the issues in turn. We were always confident that any problems would be fixed properly. Now we have a home that we really like, and trust that it will keep us warm, dry and safe.
We are happy if anyone would like to phone to confirm this view, or visit to see what's been done. We enjoy showing off our nice house!

J & D Elbert, Painswick.
I have no hesitation in providing a testimonial for Mike Acton, as we could not be more satisfied with the quality of his work.
We selected Mike's tender based on the responses he gave to questions and our discussions during his site visit, despite his bid not being the cheapest. His responses demonstrated both the deep understanding of multiple trades necessary to manage a complex conversion, and also the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and honestly with us. Mike will tell you if he thinks it is a bad idea and you should listen to him. This honesty and transparency was also reflected in his tender.
As mentioned, it was not the cheapest price we received, but it was the most comprehensive and honest. Pleasingly this was born out in the final bill and there were no surprises or “not included” moments – we got the full picture up front.
During the build his team were polite, courteous and professional throughout. We remained in the house with a young family during a loft conversion that lasted 5 months but it was managed in such a way that disruption was minimised to the extent that it became almost unnoticed at times. The immediate team and normal guest trades were pleasant company – frankly the house felt a bit empty after they left. Mike's choice of partner trades – electricians, plumbers and plasterers – was consistently discerning and we have used all of them for subsequent work without any issue and the same high quality outcome.
Whilst all of the above are important aspects, they only represent the normal expectation from a professional building firm with a good reputation. What sets Mike and his team apart is firstly the problem solving and secondly the quality/attention to detail.
Things will go wrong on a build – in our case there were three such moments. First, the structural engineer's design had a flaw and was overly complex and inefficient; secondly the architect's plans had a magic step that meant the staircase didn't work; and finally, the plumbers couldn't find a way to get the drain from the new shower to the soil pipe across the combination of new and old joists.
This is where Mike comes into his own. In all three cases his calm, logical problem solving saved the day. Mike was the only one to spot the flaw in the structural engineer's design and then basically did his job for him (and saved us from a much larger manpower bill) by significantly simplifying an overly complex design. The solution to the architect's magic step was an elegant shuffling of the design that has actually left a better solution and more effective layout than was originally designed. The stairs and new hall/room look like they were designed that way when the house was built. It was an exceptional save.
Similarly with the plumbing, I listened as Mike solved the plumbing problem for the plumber by calmly and logically working through the options and spotting the trick that everyone else had missed. These saves were worth every penny of the cost on their own and are the difference between grand design and conversion nightmare.
The final observation is the most important.
Ten months after completing and leaving site, the finish of the work still looks pristine. With a full loft conversion you might expect a reasonable amount of movement and requirement for fixes but the whole thing is rock solid – barely a squeak, crack or gap showing. The care invested and quality of the finish and workmanship really shows through.
If you are making a major intervention on your most valuable possession, you want to know it will be done well. This is why we picked Mike and having now got our loft conversion, this is why we are happy to provide an unreserved recommendation.

W Saunders, Minchinhampton
We found Mike, Chris and the team to be reliable, hard-working, tidy and above all excellent craftsmen. We are delighted with the work they have performed on the replacement of our roof and would recommend them whole-heartedly. We thought having the roof replaced would an invasive process, with both of us working from home, but that was not the case at all. The team appeared every morning bright and early and got on with the job, only disturbing us if they had a specific question. Overall it was a painless process and we can't thank Mike enough for his management of the job throughout.
S & P Athey, Minchinhampton
Mike and his crew were brilliant. It was a long job - 7 months - re-building an old house. The attention to detail and quality of workmanship was second to none.
The entire team were courteous and helpful throughout; extremely tidy; very patient when changes to the plan were made; good at explaining what was going on and best of all completed the job bang on time and exactly on budget.

D Pitcher, Minchinhampton
We were so lucky to be recommended Mike Acton and his team to join our renovation project that had been limping along and wasting money for 18 months already. I only wish we had found him sooner. He is fast, efficient and works to a high standard which totally turned things around for us and made it a pleasure again.
Communication has been so easy and effective, I don't think we have had the good fortune of working with such a good builder before and wouldn't hesitate to use him again. So pleased to have found someone decent and reliable who we can employ in the future on more madcap listed building ventures with total peace of mind that things will get done on time, on budget and to the standard we (perfectionists!) expect. All with a smile and some great cost effective problem solving along the way.
Thank you Mike.

J.D., Minchinhampton
We would not hesitate to recommend Mike Acton. The quality of workmanship is unrivalled in the area and his team of craftsmen are each extremely skilled in their area. Costs and budgets are clear and there is a real pride in a proper job done right. Mike is used to working with old houses and coming up with sympathetic solutions to difficult problems and the result is just right.
Stonework is a particular strength.

Mr J Lewis, Chalford
Mike did a great job on Beechwood Cottage, offering helpful advice in addition to working on site and arranging a range of specialist tradespeople. I wasn't the easiest of clients, spending large amounts of time away during the work. However I felt informed at all stages and through a combination of phone, email and photographs everything was discussed and solutions agreed.
Mr N Barker, Longridge
Despite the terrible weather this year, Mike and team have remained cheerful. They have always kept us up to date with what was going on. We are very happy with the extensions and would definitely use Mike again.
Mr P. Staff, Amberley
Mike and his team have transformed our home, building us an extended kitchen/diner (which we will love for years). His attention to detail is exceptional and we are so impressed with the quality of the finish. Competitively priced, Mike promised that the work would be done in two months, start to finish. And it was. The team were considerate, incredibly hard working and worked to a very high standard. The neighbours have come asking us for Mike's number, so impressed are they with what they've seen. We will definitely go back to Mike for phase 2 of the building work. Thank you Mike, Chris, Ollie and Steve.
Nicola & Andrew Wilde, Nailsworth
In desperate need of a GOOD builder for a major cottage renovation we were recommended to contact Mike. This was the best advice offered! Right from the start Mike's input was invaluable. Mike and the team turned up on time and got all the planned work finished on schedule together with lots of additional jobs which seemed to materialise as the job went on. All I can say is a huge “thank you” to Mike & Chris, real professionals and great guys to have around.
John Thompson, Arlingham
I would highly recommend Mike and his team to anyone looking for a quality builder who can deliver on time and within budget....excellent
S Jackson, Stroud
The best builder we have ever worked with. Turned a complicated job, full of unexpected problems and complications, into a relatively stress-free exercise. We completely restored a 17th century cottage from top to bottom insisting on traditional materials and an authentic, top quality finish. Mike and his team undertook the brief to perfection, whilst also suggesting improvements and cost savings along the way. The job was completed on time and under budget. Highly recommended.
M Jenner, Tarlton
We are thrilled with the Kitchen Extension which Mike has built for us and would recommend him to anyone who wants a job well done. He is definitely a hard worker, a problem solver also he has plenty of patience and a sense of humour. It has been a positive experience and we will definitely be using him again. We must also not forget Chris, Luke & Ollie, thanks to you all.
Barrie & Janet Twyning, Leonard Stanley
Mike's attention to detail and general attitude to work was superb. Not only did he have great knowledge of what he was doing, but offered wider advice on other aspects of the house. The quality of workmanship was excellent and the finished product is superb. He went over and above what was required, taking extra time and attention to really finish the job off. A very positive experience, I definitely recommend Mike for any work and will be using him again in the future.
Mr D Asplin, Stroud
We're absolutely delighted with Mike's work. He effectively renovated our whole house. We live in a terraced house and he renovated it for us in 3 stages. First stage was the second floor which is our bedroom, where he took down the whole ceiling and installed central heating. He also added an en suite here. On the first floor all the windows were replaced and on the ground floor the existing kitchen and bathroom were completely stripped and replaced with new. He re-built the rear wall, replaced the roof and installed a skylight window AND he built us a patio in the garden. Mike is brilliant. He's very reliable and very tidy. He's a bit of a perfectionist so he always made sure he cleaned up after himself. We wouldn't think of using anyone else at this point. We can't recommend him highly enough.
Mr & Mrs Tipper, Stroud
We have used Mike Acton for a range of work over several years including completely renovating a bedroom and bathroom. Mike has a wide range of skills including plastering, carpentry and plumbing - in fact he seems to be able to turn his hand to almost anything. We have found him to be honest, reliable and his charges are very reasonable. We would have no hesitation in recommending his work.
Linda Lane and Anne Morgan, Pitchcombe
Mike is first and foremost a very reliable, diligent and hard working builder. He turns up when he says he will and communicates clearly with you. His work is to a very high standard and he is respectful of your home cleaning up at the end of each day. He created a downstairs toilet and shower room for us which had potential for unexpected problems along the way. Mike is a very good problem solver and found solutions that did not cost the earth and gave us what we wanted. I would highly recommend Mike to my family and friends and would use his expertise in any further building work.
Brendan McIntyre, Dursley.
Mike, Chris & Luke have fully renovated my 18th century cottage and built a small extension. They completed the work on time and on budget to a very high standard. I was very impressed with their professional approach and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Mrs H Taylor, Nailsworth


Mike Acton Building & Renovation Ltd

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