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About Terrafirma

Terra firma has been established since 2004. We specialise in medium to large domestic projects including renovation, extension and new build. We operate a full project management system on all projects. All work is fully insured.

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Terrafirma rated for Bricklayer in Ashbourne


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24 Mar 2021


Terrafirma provided a very transparent and customised service. Pete met all our objectives within a budget that was openly revised, as we went along. Pete leads from the front and was excellent in terms of his knowledge, skills and craftmanship. The downside was that there were delays against the time-plan, which probably exceeded reasonable expectations. This apart Pete/Terrafirma provided a great outcome with which we are delighted.

, S32

29 Oct 2020


Job done!! Wonderful staff arrived on time on the agreed dates. Talked through the design and let me have my say! The ramp has made a massive difference in allowing me to access with a wheelchair. Once finished everything was cleaned and tidy. Thanks again for your work.

, NG10

17 Sep 2020


I was very impressed with Pete's Quote. It detailed all the costs, timescales and schedules in words a non builder could understand. It made it easy to understand when and what I was paying for. When Pete and his guys arrived to start work, I remained impressed, They where on time each day! They worked hard all day and they tidied up at the end of each day too! I would highly recommend Pete and his team, and have already given his number to some of my friends. A massive thank you & Top marks from me!

, DE73

07 Jul 2020


Pending legal action against him and have reported to this site as he is ignoring all and any correspondence including many chances to put right his bad work and extra damage caused which we are having to rectify at extra cost.

, DE55

21 May 2017


We have been very impressed with Peter and all the team. The quality and finish are excellent and the consideration and customer service throughout the work was great. Peter provided very fair estimates and the few variances were clear correct and well managed. I heartily recommend Terrafirma who provide great value and quality.

, SL6

22 Mar 2017


Will be using again

, HP4

06 Nov 2016


Excellent service!

, HP10

22 Sep 2011


I cannot rate Peter and his team highly enough. They were truly excellent. In difficult conditions and with several unforseen problems to overcome during the work, Peter did a stirling job. They minimised the mess and disruption. I am very pleased with the finished job and with the final price. Very good value for money. My neighbour is having Peter do alterations to his property also. Thank you Peter and your team.

, HP14

12 Jun 2011

Gardener / Landscape gardeners

Professional, prompt, patient and good communication . . . Everything was great from start to finish, highly recommend Terrafirma. We love the end result!

, SL1

30 May 2011


I would wholeheartedly recommend Terrafirma. Pete is a really nice guy, making him a pleasure to have in the house. He and his team are hardworking and intelligent about how they approach the work and deal with the inevitable issues. They were clean and tidy, turned up on time every day and kept me consulted throughout. They renovated/refurbished our utility room, including building work, plastering, painting, tiling, cabinet fitting etc, as well as a whole load of other little jobs (such as putting up some shelves and fencing). We are delighted with the results and will definitely use Terrafirma again if the need arises.

, HP9

07 Nov 2010


Very happy with Peter and his team. The work was carried out to a very good standard and the team leader checked details with us when it was needed to ensure that we were satisfied with the finishing touches. The guys were very polite which was pleasant. We'll certainly be using Terrafirma for other work and would be happy to act as a reference to anyone thinking of using them.

, HP16

26 Oct 2010


The guys from Terrafirma were superb in every aspect of our recent roof repairs. Communication was fantastic as all information given was fast and accurate. Quotes were emailed as requested and any questions from us were answered within twenty four hours. On each work day the team would turn up on time and commence work immediately. There was no occasion in the entire two weeks of work that we felt any of the team were not working their hardest to get the job done quickly and efficiently. As the work progressed we were updated on a regular basis with any relevant information, such as timescales, which team members would be on site on each day and responses to our additional requests. We found Terrafirma to be a reliable, friendly and competitively priced company. I have already recommended them to friends and would urge anyone looking for building or roofing services to give them a try.

, HP5

29 Sep 2010


Terrafirma (Pete Wood and his team) have a done a great job for us and have worked very hard over the duration of the project (3.5 weeks). Right from the initial contact via Rated People through to the completion of the job it has been a pleasure to work with Pete. The initial meetings set the scene well with Peter turning up very promptly to review the room and the drawings. His estimate arrived exactly when he said it would and this comprehensive document was very clear in stating what would be delivered - his day by day breakdown is a very effective way for "non builders" to understand exactly what will happen during the work. The pricing structure was very transparent and remained so throughout the job as additional materials were required due to our changing requirements. Needless to say - the final price was also extremely competitive. Pete is very personable and professional and this shines through in his personal interactions with us. Furthermore the whole team were very friendly and polite - not to mention understanding towards our 18 month old! Our son started looking forward to seeing Pete and the team every day! The team were very conscientious about keeping the disruption to a minimum even though it was a messy job and went so far as to mop through the ground floor on a daily basis to keep things as tidy as possible. The work started on the agreed date as planned and also completed on time too and although there were some unforeseen hurdles along the way (every job has them!!) these were over come with good humour and hard work to ensure the job completed as per our expectations. We threw new challenges at Pete regularly (to him it probably felt like on a daily basis :-)) which included a major sound proofing installation and the construction of a bespoke unit that covers an entire wall and in each case the team rose to the challenge to ultimately complete a quality job. We are very demanding clients from a quality perspective and I am pleased to say we are very happy with the end result. So much so that we have pencilled in Pete and the team to work on two additional projects for us over the next year as well as recommending him to close friends. Thank you Pete, Shem and Dave - you did a great job! Well done!

, SL6

19 Aug 2010

Gardener / Landscape gardeners

I would highly recommend Terrafirma. Their prices are very competitive and the team was always on time, polite and hard working. They were neat and tidy, and their attention to detail was very good.

, WD24

25 Jul 2010


They were the first company to respond to our ad. I was impressed from the start with their punctuality and the thoroughness with which they’ve inspected the building before sending us the quote. The quote was very detailed and transparent, clearly stating how jobs are going to be done and what is the cost of labour. Two builders were here for 3 weeks, working on repointing, chimney stack repair and replacement of the fascias and soffits. They were punctual, reliable, courteous and they have done the job to a very high standard, efficiently dealing (at no extra cost) with some unexpected matters, which cropped up during the building work. They are versatile and competent. 5 stars on Reliability, Value and Quality. Thank you very much for doing such an excellent job.

, HP9

25 Jul 2010

Gardener / Landscape gardeners

Excellent job on a very tight budget - the thought they put into the layout of the garden in such a small space has really made a difference and we would definitely get the guys back to do some more work or recommend to others.

, OX11

07 Jul 2010


This was the first time I have used this company for a building job. I found them on rated people. To their credit, they were the first of 3 builders to respond to the job, (one other company didn't even call for the quote) but this company replied quickly to the job and arranged a visit to assess the work and provide a quotation. I noted that they had not been rated here yet, but they were happy to provide seperate references of previous work (which were positively 'glowing'!) Not only did they consider my needs and budget appropriately, but they were also willing to provide a thorough quote detailing a suitable breakdown of what would be required, including labour costs. Once the job was agreed, two builders carried out the work to an exceedingly high standard. They were here for 5 days in total, worked very hard throughout that time (I was here every day), and the quality of the workmanship is excellent. We now have a pitched roof to replace our old flat roof, which has been built (with reclaimed tiles) in character with our 17th century property (before and after photos are available). I have been suitably impressed at their high standard of work, the professionalism in handling the job, their level of communication throughout, and ability to deal with issues as they arose (e.g. some rotten timbers were discovered unexpectedly, and replaced!) I always felt well informed on progress and am delighted with the finished result. Moreover, they were courteous and polite, and provided decent banter which was refreshing! Plus they left the site clean and tidy. I am now considering further work for them because I'd prefer to use them again, and I would recommend them to anyone considering major building works to their home. I cannot find fault with these gents, hence the 5 stars on Quality, Value and Reliability - brilliant!

, AL2

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Terrafirma answered questions about Bricklayer in Ashbourne

Andy Garrett's question
Sat 29 Sep 2018 22:0pm

I'm thinking of buying a property that has been left empty with a leaky roof. its been repossessed so the heating and everything is out of it and I can see some of the ceilings have come down. Am I better to attempt project manage the renovatin myself and getting tradesmen in as and when needed, or does it generally work out cheaper to approach a building firm to do all of the hard work in a oner. It needs a roof repair, a new boiler fitted, the electrics checked out - possible rewire, new plasterboard put up, skimmed etc. Theres water on the inside of the windows and mould everywhere. note that I haven't bought the property yet but I'd like an idea of what it would cost to do it up so I can figure out an offer price and see whether its worth my while

  • Peter Wood's Answer
    Tue 2 Oct 2018 12:19pm

    Hi Andrew, Is the property for yourself to live in or is it a development project? Regards, Peter

Areas serviced

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Top trades offered by Terrafirma

Primary trade


Cellar & Basement Conversion


Garage Conversion


Garden Wall

Chimney Building / Repair

Pointing / Repointing

Carpenter / Joiner

Wooden Staircases

Wooden Decking

Garden Shed / Playhouse

Painter and decorator

Internal Painting & Decorating

External Wall Painting

Door / Window Painting