Sarah and David from Woodbury , May 21, 2017
David rerendered, repaired the underlying cob and repainted our property, repointed the chimneys and refitted underfloor ventilation in one room. This was not a simple job due to the nature of our property but Dave ensured the work was completed with an excellent finish. We have found Dave to be honest, reliable, hardworking and easy to get on with and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or use Abacus again in the future.
A Palmer from Talaton , May 15, 2017
I have no hesitation in recommending Dave of Abacus Stone Conservation. I was right to feel confident in accepting his specialist advice. He is totally trustworthy - you can be sure that work will be done to a high standard. From his initial visit, to his written quotation, to arranging scaffolding, the delivery of a skip to the clean up of the site, Dave's attention to detail was excellent.
Lynne Turner from Honiton , July 24, 2015
I was fortunate to find a copy of “Our Local Expert” in my mail box just at the time that I was getting pretty desperate to get some serious external brick work and rendering done to my 17th century thatched cottage.
I came across Abacus Stone Masons and previously had only considered looking at builders’ websites. I took a look at their website and it appeared that Dave Cormick did just the kind of work that was needed. I emailed Dave and he contacted me the next day to arrange a visit.
They say that you never get a chance to make a first impression and right from the start I found Dave enthusiastic and keen to take on the project of rebuilding my chimney and lime rendering the high wall which is exposed to all the worst weather.
Well Dave and his colleague have just finished and I am totally delighted. I could not have wished for such a great result and nor could I have wished for such considerate, meticulous and professional craftsman. Most of all they could not have done so much work and left the area immaculate.
I have just commissioned Dave to return and expose the old flint stones on an interior wall and can’t wait for him to work his magic once again.
Should you wish to look at the work he has done here – please let Dave know.
Jenny from Sidmouth , July 3, 2015
Having moved to an Edwardian property in need of renovation and TLC, including repairs to brickwork, repointing and stonework, I was concerned to find people not only with the right skills and expertise but also a sensitivity to the history and architecture of the building to carry out the work. After a lot of researching around I came across Abacus Stone Conservation in Our Local Expert. This was back in 2010. On meeting Dave Cornick I felt I could trust him to do a good job - initially the renovation of a stone-capped brick pillar. I was most impressed with the excellent results and felt no hesitation in asking him to take on all other necessary brick and stone work. I have continued to call on him with subsequent related projects.
Apart from the excellent quality of his work, Dave is conscientious, helpful and happy to advise. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
Bob and Marie from Christow , May 16, 2015
We bought a converted granary which badly needed re pointing and initially called in builders who started to use Portland cement. We realised this was wrong and after some research found Dave of Abacus Stone who attended and gave us excellent advice on how to restore the walls using the correct materials.
Not only did Dave repoint but also replaced a few stones that were not in keeping and the finished result was nothing short of brilliant.
All our friends and visitors have commented on how nice it looks and it has definitely improved the value of our house.
Dave is now back with us to complete similar work on the other side of our house and we only wished we had called him in, in the first place.
He has an eye for detail, very clean and tidy and can be relied upon 100% to arrive on time and provide excellent workmanship at a very reasonable price.
Peter West from Honiton , April 29, 2014
Our thatched listed 1630 cottage had a Beer stone chimney with very worn copings. Eleven years ago a flue surrounded by vermiculite and chimney pot had been added for a wood burning stove. Since then the flaunching had cracked (only visible from above) and bits of pointing were dropping from the chimney.
Dave Cornick has been brilliant. He introduced a friend who helped with the listing application and a flue expert who removed the vermiculite and inserted a longer insulation wrapped flue and taller chimney pot to bring the chimney outlet to the required 1.8 metres above the thatch ridge.
Dave ordered, carved and fitted four 80 Kg Portland stone copings as Beer stone is no longer available. He cleared everything with the listing authority. He also completed the flaunching and pointing of the chimney.
We and our visitors and neighbours have been delighted by the whole process. They were all brilliant in every way.
My only regret was my fault; I should have involved Dave Cornick sooner; before having the house re-thatched as their scaffolding needs clashed.