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Building & Decorating Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne & East Sussex

We’re very much a family-run business, and this ethos has always been hugely important to us. Over the years, we’ve earned a high level of trust among our commercial and domestic customers, and forged excellent working relationships with suppliers, staff, clients and others. All workers are DBS checked so we can work in local schools.

We provide a wide range of building and decorating services across our part of the world, which takes in Hastings, St Leonards-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Rye, Bexhill as well as Battle and the surrounding areas of East Sussex. It’s a beautiful part of the world (we know we’re biased) and our roots here run deep – we really do love where we’re based and have extensive local knowledge.

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Our Building & Renovation Services

We offer a full range of building, decorating and renovation services including property maintenance and project management.


Steve’s team are a shining example of why having professional decorators is worth it: the unparalleled quality of their craft is many years in the making. They understood our budget, and were able to make clever adjustments to meet it. They are some of the hardest working people we’ve ever come across, and poured so much time and energy into a project that we expected to be three times longer. On top of that, you couldn’t hope to invite a more polite and friendly team of people into your house to do work that can be intrusive and stressful in the wrong people’s hands. 1000% recommended.

SDS Builders totally renovated my flat in St Leonard’s. They installed a new kitchen, new bathroom and utility room. They updated the electrics, moved a doorway and decorated throughout. The work was completed on time and within budget and I was thrilled with the results.

Dave understood exactly what I wanted and was always on hand to advise on the best course of action. Despite me not being around on a day to day basis, all the work was done in exactly the way I had envisaged and the finished work was of a very high standard.

The workmen that I met were polite, reliable and conscientious. I have been delighted with the work and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend SDS Builders.

I am writing to confirm that I have employed SDS over a period of many years in all aspects of building repair and decoratin and have always been very satisfied with the standard of work.

There are many companies in and around Hastings and St Leonards offering similar services, and over the years, I have tried a good number of them. I have settled on your company as being the most reliable and considerate, particularly in relation to the lessees and tenants who are my clients, many of them elderly. Your prompt service and consistant standard have resulted in their request for you to return when they need further work carried out.

If any of your customers require further confirmation or inspection of work done in the immediate past, please do not hesitate to refer them to me.

Yours sincerely
Bernard Simon ACIS

I have known SDS Builders, Dave Hensher since 2008 when I first employed him to renovate my kitchen at 72 West Hill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.

This was a major project involving Building Regulations, plumbers, electricians, window fitters, tilers and a dedicated team of builders employed directly by SDS. I can truthfully state that Dave Hensher liaised with all these tradesmen with complete professionalism and I would thoroughly recommend SDS for any building work you may be considering.

I have subsequently used SDS several times since, to renovate my office, the bathroom, my son’s bedroom, my main bedroom, the front of the house and our roof. In addition, I hired Steve Hensher to decorate our hallway and living room, which was done on budget to the highest standard demanded by my wife.

I was particularly impressed by his workforce who turned up promptly at 8am every day, worked all day without any swearing etc, they were polite, neat and tidy, and cleared up at the end of the day.

What can I say, an outstanding service from start to finish! Dave Hensher from SDS Building has been our preferred contractor for general building and maintenance for the last 15 years. As the leading and largest property management agent in and around Hastings it is imperative that our contractors service reflects ours.

I have always found him to be open and honest from the outset. I found his approach to be conscientious and he always does everything he promised.

In my experience you will not find a more efficient and competent general builder in this area, Dave always available, and even out of hours. We often have to call upon him during unsociable hours.

I have used Dave on many occasions personally at my home address, in fact when purchasing my house I had it completely refurbished by SDS.

Neil Newstead


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