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8 Rushmoor Gardens, Calcot

With over 25 years in the building trade, 90% of their work comes from recommendations and The Directory has excellent references. Glenn Barker's company undertake extensions, structural and maintenance work, renovations, conversions (such as houses into flats), loft and garage conversions, conservatory bases, plastering, decorating, roofing, soffits, fascias, driveways and garden landscaping. They also design and install kitchens and specialise in projects to assist the disabled, such as wetrooms, access and installing lifts. Guild of Master Craftsmen members.

Unit 11, Phoenix Park, Nelsons Lane, Hurst RG10 0RR

Garry and his fully qualified and insured tradesmen guarantee reliability. With over 25 years' experience, ABD Construction not only offers a safe and secure building service, but prides itself on completing work on time and to budget. If you are thinking of making improvements to your home – whether an extension, a loft or garage conversion, a new bathroom or kitchen, or even roof repairs and insurance work – ABD will offer a free, no-obligation quotation. ABD values its clients and appreciates the importance of referrals and repeat custom. Contact ABD, become one of their valued clients and experience their reputable service for yourself.

With 30 years' experience, Chester is a very competent tradesman/builder/designer, both in the home and in the garden. Traditional or modern, the ideas and flexibility of Chester’s knowledge and craftsmanship is impressive. Attention to detail is the key to making one’s project look great – Chester is meticulous in this area. If you want something unique – anything from a garden room or office outbuilding to radiator covers – this is one of the businesses you should look at. Call Chester – you will be pleasantly surprised. Public liability £2m. Works 9–6pm Mon–Fri. Free consultation.

114 Nightingale Road, Woodley

Andrew Swadling has been in the building trade for over 20 years and has grown his business by word of mouth, completing quality building work on time and on budget, concentrating on builds from extensions to renovations, steel fabrications and smaller work such as flat roofing, painting, decorating and kitchen or bathroom installations. They undertake the project management side and are used to dealing with all local authorities throughout the build. Full public liability and insurance cover. From start to finish they won’t disappoint and have many client references to prove it.

10 Nun's Acre, Goring, Reading RG8 9BE

ADC Building Solutions Ltd is a family-run Goring business with over 25 years' experience in the trade. Andrew has a commercial site background and applies the same cost and planning efficiencies to the domestic market to ensure a quality build to an agreed programme and budget. Complete project management of your build, structural alterations, conversions, extensions and brickwork. Free quotes.

37 Nightingale Road, Woodley RG5 3LS

Bourne Builders has been established for over nine years and Peter comes with over 15 years' experience in the building trade. Bourne Builders has cultivated a solid reputation for efficiency and integrity, which has in turn meant 100% of Bourne Builders' work has come from recommendations alone. Bourne Builders can provide you with a complete home improvement service and guarantee your satisfaction. They can undertake structural and maintenance work, extensions, renovations, conversions (such as HMOs and houses into flats), garage conversions, plastering, decorating, kitchens, soffits and fascias and full house renovations from start to finish. Fully insured, well connected with other established trades, superb references. If you are thinking of making any improvements to your home, call them for your FREE no-obligation quote. Public liability with Tradesman Saver Insurance for professionals.

* 5% discount if you mention The Little Green Book *

9 Addiscombe Road, Crowthorne RG45 7JY

Established for over 25 years, Paul Davey of Buildform Construction & Roofing Services undertakes most aspects of general building and roofing, including small works projects, structural and rising damp issues. Specialising in older-style properties, especially conservation and listed buildings, services include:

-  Building: general and renovation/repairs 

-  Roofing: all aspects

-  Approved Firestone Rubber Roof installers

-  Leadwork: including decorative flashing and lead welding

-  Structural movement and brickwork repairs

-  Damp prevention and cure

Genuine local references relating to the work you require can be obtained by contacting Paul in the first instance. Alternatively contact him for a free no-obligation quote. All work is covered by contracts and written guarantees. Genuine and trustworthy, with a high standard of workmanship and endorsed online by the Bracknell Forest Council Trading Standards Buy with Confidence website. Covering a 30-mile radius of Crowthorne. £5m public liability. Fully DBS (CRB) checked.

21 Old Farm Crescent, Tilehurst

Working five days a week and covering all of Berkshire, this business has over 25 years' experience in the building trade. Chris and his team of fully qualified tradesman specialise in extensions, alterations, garage conversions, patios, walls, driveways and drainage work. All work is done to an excellent standard, fully insured and guaranteed; 90% of their work comes from personal recommendation.

* 10% discount available for OAPs *

Hudson Road Woodley Reading Berkshire RG5 4EN

With over 17 years' experience in the building trade, Dan Trussler Building & Carpentry was established in 2009. The business has grown substantially through word of mouth and repeat customers who highly rate the work undertaken. Specialists in all aspects of home and commercial renovations, including extensions, conversions and interior/exterior renovations. Free no-obligation quotes. Dan Trussler is your main contact and deals with local authorities and other contractors if needed. Public liability of up to £1m. Covers a 20-mile radius of Reading.

* 5% discount for OAPs with The Directory *

Helston Gardens, Reading RG2 7QP

Darren Maunders has over 35 years of experience in many aspects of the building industry. Carpentry, brickwork, plastering, tiling, roofing, painting/decorating, fencing, patios and decking. His work ranges from small to medium extensions, alterations and large or small refurbishments, maintenance and repairs. He liaises with building control and project manages the job to run as smoothly as possible. High standards, trustworthy and always completed to the customers' satisfaction. Public liability insurance.

* 5% discount with The Directory for OAP's *

36 Colemansmoor Lane, Woodley

In The Directory since the beginning and established for over 25 years, Dave Lockett and his experienced, qualified and friendly team specialise in high-quality extensions and alterations. The majority of DPL’s work originates from client and architect recommendations and we have seen plenty of good references from satisfied clients involving large-scale extensions, conversions and building alterations. DPL provide a thoroughly professional building service with a 'we bring you solutions, not problems' approach and are renowned for being meticulously tidy! A member of the Guild of Master Craftsman. NHBC Registered Builder.

14 Sheridan Avenue, Caversham, Reading RG4 7QD

Francis Hamley is a sole trader in a family business, which has been operating locally for several generations. Specialising in building maintenance and decorating, his skills include: plastering, plumbing, small building works, carpentry, joinery and building renovation. He can undertake all aspects of the building project himself. 'Flexible, reliable, thorough, professional, friendly, tidy.'

'True professionals who show great respect for the home environment.' 'Took a great deal of care in the planning stages to ensure that we got what we wanted.' Elivate Ltd is a systems-driven company, which makes their management skills a cut above the competition; they are Investors in people and ensure that all their staff are highly motivated and professional. Superb references.

6 Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HX

Great references for Stephen and the team of eight at HQDB. This business belongs to the Federation of Master Builders and Trustmark. They offer the complete design and build service, as well as independent building contracts. They undertake new builds, small and large extensions, renovations and hard landscaping. Full public liability insurance. Mon–Fri 7.30–5.

57 Norton Road, Woodley

KCH Builders are a local family-run business with over 30 years' experience in domestic extensions, alterations, renovations and all other aspects of building. They can take your extension from drawings to completion with the minimum of disruption. Colin and his son Kelvin also have excellent connections with other related trades required to complete your extension. They both provide a hands-on, personal and approachable service to all their clients with quality workmanship at very competitive prices. Numerous references from local clients on request. Full liability insurance. No-obligation free quotations.

45c Bath Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2AX

On Point specialises in all areas of construction and landscaping. They turn unusable or badly designed living areas into open, spacious and efficient home/garden living spaces. This team of six guarantees very high standards, whether it's for cutting your grass on a two-week rolling schedule or completely refurbishing and re-modelling your living space. Insured for up to £1m.

* 30% discount on lawn cutting for the readers over 60 *

376 Wokingham Road, Earley, Reading RG6 7HX

S & D Kings Construction provides an exceptional level of service, expertise and experience. S & D Kings has over 30 years' experience and can offer good local recommendations for all kinds of quality building work. They specialise in extensions, loft conversions and new builds. Your contacts are Simon Smith and Matt Reynolds.

Furze Covert, Dunt Lane, Hurst

For over 20 years, this dedicated team has successfully carried out extensions and all aspects of general building, including loft and garage conversions. Almost all work comes from recommendation due to the quality of their workmanship and insistence on customer satisfaction. They strive to always provide a friendly and efficient service. Plenty of references available. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free no-obligation quotations. Contact Selby.

Grovelands Road, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1DP

Ben Setchell is your contact and is well recommended. Ben and his team undertake most building alterations, extensions and, increasingly, new builds. Most of their work is via recommendation. ‘High standards, clean and tidy and prices are highly competitive.’ Fully insured.