Bathroom project - Barkway

Experienced in working closely with others to ensure the smooth running of your new build project.

New Build bathroom and heating project (see also heating gallery).


Master bathroom, two guest ensuite shower rooms, plus cloakroom and kitchen. Underfloor heating plus stainless steel towel rails, bespoke handmade furniture and bath panel to master bathroom with marble tiles and slab marble countertop.  Overhead drench shower with hand shower.

The following is feedback from the customer:

‘Martin Abbs and his staff rose to the task magnificently, designing and installing all systems inside and out from scratch.

In the early noughties, as my retirement beckoned, my wife Christine and I set about fulfilling a lifelong dream - to build the perfect  home for our years in the sunlit uplands south of Cambridge.

We decided not to employ a builder because we wanted the flexibility to make changes as we went along. Instead, we would hire individual contractors with Christine bravely assuming the role of project manager.

At every level we needed good people we could trust. M & J Abbs came recommended by the suppliers of the Aga we had chosen to be the warm heart of our farmhouse kitchen.

The company was local, well-established and, our research revealed, had a fine reputation for high-quality work.  Importantly, we also knew they had sufficient craftsmen to cover multiple jobs, meaning our tight schedule would not be interrupted by sudden, flimsily-excused departures to other sites.

Martin Abbs and his staff rose to the task magnificently, designing and installing all systems inside and out, from scratch.  They sourced the highest-quality copper piping and the very best instrumentation. They helpfully advised us on our choice of white-ware and fittings, procuring them at the most competitive prices.  All their work was expertly hidden but also readily accessible, just in case…. It was also comprehensively pressure-tested and passed with flying colours.

In the event, after 12 years, we’ve ot had a single plumbing failure - surely a record for a new home.

We still see Martin and his friendly colleagues for normal maintenance - surely evidence in itself of how happy we were with their work.  I should add that at every point they leave the house as they found it; no mess, always clean and vacuumed; the perfect contractors.

Would we recommend them to others? Absolutely - and without reservation.

RPK - Barkway, North Herts April 2020