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Chewton Bespoke Homes Ltd is a Multi Award Winning Design and Build company based in Highcliffe, Dorset. The company specialises in all sizes of project from a new house to a front porch and we are experts in helping you maximise the size of your property without having to move home.

Based in Highcliffe, owned and managed by Darren Crain who has over 20 years’ experience in New Build Luxury Homes, Renovation and
Refurbishment. Darren’s career started as an Architectural Designer and has naturally progressed into Project Management and Construction so he could ensure quality and consistency throughout every stage of the design and construction process.

Chewton Bespoke Homes not only has Darren’s extensive knowledge of what can be achieved in even the most modest dwelling but also a
fantastic team of tradesmen who have worked with Darren for many years.

The key benefits of choosing Chewton Bespoke Homes to take on your project are very simple:

1. Chewton Bespoke Homes only works with quality conscious consultants and tradesmen who know constantly achieve high standards expected on the projects.

2. Darren will personally manage your project. He will be your point of contact throughout the job and you will be able to contact him any time about your building works.

3. Your house will be looked after and not treated like any other
building site. Darren and the team know that this is your home.

4. There will be no hidden surprises at the end. Any additional work will be communicated you to in writing, for your approval, before it is
carried out.

5. All our work comes through recommendations. We can put you in touch with previous clients and show you completed projects to help you with some ideas of what could be achieved in your property.

Dorset business-owner scoops ‘Heavenly Builder’ award

Darren Crain, owner of Chewton Bespoke Homes, has been named the most Heavenly Builder in the Southern Counties as part of the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards 2017.

Now in its 13th year, the Master Builder Awards continues to be a flagship for high-quality building work. Organised by the FMB, the awards programme is unique in that any project entered by the builder must be endorsed by the customer – giving home owners the opportunity to support those building companies that have delivered exceptional results.

The Heavenly Builder category is one in which the winner really epitomises what the awards are all about, as it looks for evidence of professionalism, courtesy and exceptional customer service.

Darren saw off some tough competition to claim the region’s Heavenly Builder Award thanks to his tireless effort and constant professionalism. Darren is now in with a chance of winning the national category title at the Master Builder Awards. The national awards will be presented at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on 15th September 2017, hosted by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.

Darren was praised for his exceptional attitude towards his clients neighbours. Among other things, he enforced a ‘no music rule’ to ensure minimal disturbance to the local community. He also worked through appalling weather, often working well into the night and upholding the highest safety standards all the while maintaining a great relationship with his client who said the only thing Darren was missing was ‘’a pair of wings’’.

Phil Hodge, Director of FMB South said, “The Heavenly Builder award gives clients the opportunity to thank their builder for going above and beyond the call of duty to complete the job and turn a potentially stressful experience into an enjoyable one.

“Time and time again we have been impressed with just how far these builders will go to ensure their client is happy. It is this dedication that we want to celebrate. Darren should feel justly proud of his achievement in winning the Heavenly Builder award, and we wish him every success in the national competition.”

If Darren wins the overall Master Builder Awards title, selected from all category winners, he will receive a brand new Vauxhall Light Commercial Vehicle worth up to £20,000. His clients will also receive a cheque for £1,000 for their efforts.

“Darren is a first class person to work with, he listens to clients needs, understands budgets, yet delivers exciting designs and presentations. I have worked with Darren on a major project and have commissioned him for more”.

“We had a dream, a nice new place for retirement, stylish, elegant, eco-friendly, maybe even some ‘wow factor’ but within a reasonable budget. CBH Ltd.  came highly recommended as designer and builder. Impressive from the word go – no such thing as a problem, just another opportunity for radical, even unique solutions! Did we get what we wanted? Absolutely not! ’51’ goes beyond our wildest dreams ….. we got iconic, inspiring, the carbon footprint of a sooty mouse …. and OMG factor!  Best of all, I can afford a Porsche with what’s left over. Would we change anything about it? You must be joking, come and see for yourself ! ”.


“This build came about by chance. We have always been
interested in energy efficient homes and although happy at the time where we were living, we were aware of our
increasing age, so we wanted a house easy to run and close to amenities.

Darren came to live opposite, transforming a very average bungalow into something quite special, so we approached him about doing something similar for us. We found the site and he suggested the advantages of a new build, we liked his listening attitude and his obvious expertise in design and build, he showed us examples of his work, we met his past clients and decided to appoint him to plan and build us a new home.

We had 2 main objectives, a light filled and eco-friendly house. He observed our lifestyle, and created a house that feels very much like home despite its clean contemporary lines.

The project was carried out without interruption, every stage was well orchestrated from demolition to moving in. Less than 7 months start to finish and quality was never compromised! At every stage we could discuss details of the process and encouraged to feel thoroughly engaged. A truly pleasurable experience thanks to Darren and his team”.


We had decided to relocate to the Highcliffe area and Chewton Bespoke Homes came highly recommended by a friend.
We were impressed with the level of professional advice and
service from the first contact and decided to look for a suitable project to enable us to make the most of our opportunity to
realise our dream.

We were still living away from the area so Clare offered to help source and shortlist suitable properties which helped enormously as we were still travelling back and forth and time constraints meant we only needed to view what fitted our criteria .
We fell in love with a rather rundown 1950s bungalow which was in a fantastic location and had a lovely sized garden.
However it was in need of a vast amount of work to bring it up to modern living standards.

After some discussions and costings we decided together with Darren, who is also an Architectural Designer to replace the existing with a new build Timber Frame Chalet Bungalow which has exceeded anything beyond our first thoughts!
From initial Design, Planning, Building Regs and through to Demolition and Construction all were carried out quickly and efficiently with a continual exchange of ideas and information throughout the whole process. We now are the very proud owners of a large, warm, stylish, home with efficient heating and ventilation and designed exactly with how we wanted. We had advice, support and also shopping help if needed throughout the build and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

We have no hesitation in recommending Chewton Bespoke Homes to anyone considering the exciting step of home renovation or replacement.


“We purchased a run down 1950’s bungalow with a view to total refurbishment, upon reccomendation we had discussions with Darren and we managed to agree upon a scheme to totally change the character of the building. Darren took care of everything from the Planning Process through to more technical design and the Construction phase of the project. The entire project run like clockwork, advise and support was there when needed and we thoroughly enjoyed the process from start to finish.

We would reccomend Chewton Bespoke Homes without hesitation”.


Chewton Bespoke Homes offer the complete service and deliver it with total professionalism.

Darren was able to combine both architectural creativity with solid building knowledge to transform my somewhat dated semi-detached house into 2 modern and very desirable new homes. He took the project through from the planning stage and onto completion, tackling any problems as they arose and at the same time making very helpful adjustments and improvements as the build progressed.

His team were always first rate – builders, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, carpenters, fitters – everyone just doing a great job. Meanwhile Darren was able to use his buying skills to secure a top quality finish at a very competitive price. I doubt anyone else could have done the job for a cheaper price, I’m certain no one else could have done a better job.


Here are a few other examples of property transformations we have worked on over the past few years.

As you can see we enjoy the challenge of maximising the potential in a property.

You are welcome to contact us to see what we can do for you.

If you are considering a project and need Architectural or Building advice why not drop us a line and tell us about it, we would love to work with you in the future and offer a no fee initial consultation.

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