I joined the family business in 1985 working with my father and his 5 brothers. In those 25 years I have gained valuable experience in various aspects of the building trade, from working on many old properties for the National Trust to architect designed high tech modern houses.
I like to specialize in the restoration and preservation of older buildings such as churches and listed properties, where we are required to use many of the old traditional methods and materials, these include rag slating, lime renders, oak lath ceilings with horsehair plaster.
I started work in the building trade with a traditional carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship in 1982 which I followed through to City and Guilds advanced craft level. After completing this I worked for a housing development company for a year before returning to the family business also teaching site carpentry part time at Cornwall Collage for a few years, before returning full time to the family business and more recently returning to College to study for my HNC in Construction and the Built Environment.
Although I enjoy conservation work and joinery, I spend a lot of my time on new build projects which has seen me get involved with a lot of planning and design work, which is helped by my HNC qualification. I am always interested in exploring new technologies and techniques and applying them to projects that we undertake, but also taking specialist advice and using specialist contractors where necessary to ensure a high quality end product is achieved.
I am also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Building, which has opened up a lot of avenues. As the CIOB website says, “CIOB members are construction professionals with a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards..”
Mason. Tom first came to TH Teague & Sons when he did work experience, and decided to stay. When he left school, he completed a craft masonry apprenticeship. He has been with us ever since and is now running entire masonry projects on some jobs.
Carpenter. Joined after university five years ago, and became an on-site carpenter after completing his carpentry apprenticeship. As well as some joinery, his 6’6″ height often saves other workers from having to move ladders around!
Chris did a two year joinery apprenticeship as part of a government training scheme and then joined us two years ago. He has now completed his bench joinery apprenticeship and is a fully fledged tradesman! Although he spends some time on-site, he does a lot of joinery in our workshop, gaining a lot of very positive feedback from our clients.
Started with us doing work experience and summer holiday work – six years ago. He’s now full time and has currently completed his craft masonry apprenticeship and is a fully fledged tradesman!
Josh, Pauls son and the latest generation of Teagues to join the business worked as a labourer for us whilst he completed a BTEC in construction. He is in the second year of his Joinery Apprenticeship and is hoping to do a foundation degree in sustainable construction in September. He also works on-site as a carpenter and joiner. A client’s comment: “Very nice to have Josh here. He’s a most personable young fellow, and sensible and confident too.”
In addition to our full-time staff, we work closely with a range of local, reliable companies and sub-contractors whose jobs include plumbing, electrics and decorating. We tend to use the same people time after time, which means we know how good their work is, and they know how we like to do things. We really do see them as part of the team.
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