About Matt

Thirty-seven years in the trade, as of 2024, and still counting…

My History

I’ve always been in the building trade, it’s in my blood.

Starting in 1987, I began my career at the foot of the ladder by labouring on a four-storey house conversion project in Surbiton. I loved it, and spent the next four years gradually learning my way around the tools and the trade.

In 1991 I started working with Mr. Tim Nolan in South London. He hailed from County Waterford in Ireland, and taught me the skills of interior plastering, screeding and rendering (amongst many other things) over a period of 3 years. It was fun, hard work, and gave me a solid approach to considerate working in private homes.

Thanks to Tim, professional plastering became my first complete trade skill, and remains my primary work to this day.

Over the next few years I worked with various great builders, including Master Tiler Victor Barclay in the Central London area. This led naturally onto the prestigious World’s End Tiles in Battersea between 1999-02, a period which greatly expanded my knowledge of tiles and their many different applications. In this way, professional tiling became my second complete trade skill

Next came a spell in the West London area, where I was fortunate to work and learn from two very good builders involved in renovation and refurbishment. Their standards were extremely high, and the skills I learned in the fitting of bathrooms, wet rooms and interior spaces led me to fully renovate my own home in 2004 – a project which still feels wonderful today.

Today I am happily settled back in Surbiton, with a busy little business and an ever-growing list of satisfied customers – I hope you’ll soon be one of them, so please reach out if I can be of service to you.

Skills & Experience

  • 1987 – General Labouring (x4 years)
  • 1991 – Plastering, Screeding, Rendering, General Building & Tiling (Tim Nolan / Victor Barclay, x8 years)
  • 1999 – Tiling (World’s End Tiles, Battersea, x3 years)
  • 2002 – Self-Employed Tradesman (x20 years & counting)

Take The Next Step…