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messageDecorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by he1enclare 18 June, 2018 20:20

Just had my house fully refurbished by Gary Skinner - who I found via ED forum - and promised him I'd give him a shout out on here.

I got a number of quotes and his was one of the most competitive - and he was very careful to help us not to stray too far from the budget when new things (inevitably) cropped up.

He project managed the whole refurbishment - from gutting, stripping wallpaper and scraping off years of grot, through to sanding floors, installing a new bathroom and kitchen and decorating throughout.

We were really impressed by Gary's team - all lovely guys who I was more than comfortable to be around with the kids.

We are happy with the end result and have recommended him to friends (he is now doing the same thing for some old neighbours of ours.)

Best to get him on his mobile: 07572 588222

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by Fuzzygus 29 August, 2018 10:23

On he1enclare's recommendation we also hired Gary and his team at First Choice Decorating (07572588222) to undertake a complete renovation of our Victorian house. It was a big project - the house was in a pretty dilapidated state. Gary walked us through what would be required and helped us make choices around what could be saved/repaired and what needed replacing. He was happy for us to mix in our own trades (we used our own plumber) but could pull in electricians, plasterers, decorators and flooring specialists as and when we needed them. Many of the rooms ended up being stripped back to brick/lathes and the house has now been completely transformed. Gary was also flexible enough to be able to handle additional requests as the project progressed - fitting insulation, building new internal stud walls, fitting the bathroom from scratch. He can turn his hand to most things and has a network of professionals that he can call on so if you're looking for some advice or have a refurb you're planning, definitely give him a call!

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Posted by atiwhs March 12, 10:32PM

First time posting here but have browsed for a while.
Wanted to just add my own thoughts to the above two reviews. I found Gary’s number (07572 588222)through this forum and he’s just completed a bathroom refit in our 2 bed flat in Peckham.
As you can see from the before picture the bathroom was in desperate need of an update and needed total gutting and renovating as it hadn’t been updated for at least 30 years.
After searching around for a fitter I came across Gary's reviews on this forum and he came over quickly to measure up and talk through the practicalities of the refit for such a small bathroom. He provided a practical solution of building a stud wall to squeeze a little bit of extra space in the bathroom (to include a larger bath) and was upfront about potential extra costs that may be incurred when the condition of the walls underneath the old tiles are revealed.
He provided a detailed written quote as requested, a timescale of 3-4 weeks and was able to fit us in quickly which suited us.
The whole bathroom was gutted with a new bath, shower, piping, towel radiator, floor and wall tiles and vanity unit installed.
Gary provided all the required tradesmen and their work was also to a high standard. Dave, who works with Gary, was also there throughout the fit and was diligent throughout.
Just as importantly for us the rest of the flat was kept as clean as possible and they always cleaned up at the end of the day, which disappointingly isn’t always the case with tradesmen.
We are pleased with the finish and outcome and would recommend him and his colleague Dave for any future renovations.

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messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by sam joanna April 07, 06:55PM


I'd like to add to this, as we've just used Gary Skinner and his team for the first time, and also found his details (07572 588222) through this forum. It was really helpful to have seen the recommendations and gave us the confidence to use someone completely new.

Gary has just renovated and decorated our loft stairwell - it's an unusual and challenging stairwell in that it is vaulted, so virtually double height, and very wide, and had suffered some significant settlement cracks along the wall where the staircase joins it (exacerbated by the fact we had done a large kitchen extention directly beneath it). Gary and his team did a great job of gouging out the old, very cracked filler, re-filling/painting and went the extra mile by installing invisible bolts to mninimise any further movement / future cracks. They also somehow managed to navigate their way around a glass balustrade and steeply winding staircase to paint the vaulted ceiling and walls (when it was first decorated the glass wasn't in situ) without a single drop of paint on the glass or the hanging chandelier lights (a huge concern of mine). And cleaned up all the inevitable dust from sanding and smoothing the new filler, and some woodwork, which was also part of the job. We felt that they respected our house as our home.

We both work full time but Gary kept in touch throughout the job, and was also able to fit us in to a partcularly short timeframe for when we needed the job done. We will be using Gary again in the not too distant future and would recommend!

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by Jason 687 May 23, 02:31PM

Gary skinner from first choice decorating/refurbishment’s,has recently finished renovating the exterior of my house, including a complete refurbishment and redecoration of all windows and doors, along with masonry restoration/redecoration and new roof. This is the third job he has done for me, and I have found his work to be of the highest standard, extremely thorough and always with attention to detail.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Gary to anyone on this forum.
Please find His number below.

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by firstchoicegary May 28, 06:07PM

Hi all.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to those who've taken the time to recommend me recently and previously, all my work is from word of mouth and this forum is brilliant for that. I have before and after pictures of all the jobs if any is interested in seeing what we do.
Many thanks Gary.

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by Londonmark99 July 19, 01:22PM

Just had Gary come to fix a very wobbly Victorian bannister. Other builders/decorators said it couldn't be done, but Gary came in and figured out a way. Wobbles all gone. Kids safe. And a very tidy job. Really impressed and pleased. Plus very quick and efficient.
Many thanks

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by ynwa September 01, 11:03AM

Another glowing recommendation for Gary. Having suffered considerable seasonable movement in our house in recent years it was time to get the cracks repaired. Gary was honest and knowledgeable in his recommendations, clearly explaining the risks/rewards in doing a ‘quick fix’ vs addressing the matter properly. He worked with respect to the house, covering all furniture Ahmed keeping the house as clean as possible despite the considerable amount of dust such a job creates. He raked out the cracks, sealed, bonded/rendered, repainted. Really happy with the work done and wouldn’t hesitate to use him again & thus recommend to others.

messageRe: Decorator / refurb recommendation - Gary Skinner
Posted by Bradders September 10, 01:55PM

I would like to add my voice to the highest recommendation for Gary Skinner at First Choice Decorating/Refurbishments.

I approached Gary through recommendations on this forum to look at some cracked steps and repointing a boundary wall at our flat in Brixton. Gary started work and discovered every significant structural problems which meant the job was much bigger than we had both anticipated. We are grateful he spotted the problems as left in the state they were, could have been dangerous. The wall needed completely rebuilding and some joists replacing in the basement before he could fix the steps.

Gary has gone above and beyond in every respect throughout the work, including supervising others on a weekend. He is 100% trustworthy, reliable and his work has been simply excellent.

We read about so many unhappy experiences that I felt it important to share so that Gary gets the recognition he deserves. I would recommend him without reservation.

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