Houchell - Builders

established 1933




Generations of Experience

Houchell Ltd is a family-run building company based in the historic port town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, England.

We pride ourselves on our unrivalled knowledge of the local area, its culture and its heritage based upon 86 years of experience in preservation, maintenance, restoration and modification of period buildings. 

We are a member of the Federation of Master Builders, and are Gas Safe and OFTEC registered. We are also an approved Hargassner biomass boiler supplier and installer for the county of Suffolk.



Houchell Ltd undertook a complex and extensive renovation of The Old Warehouse which lies within a Conservation Area on a narrow, single lane in the heart of Woodbridge with very difficult access. The team were prompt, friendly and showed considerable care and attention throughout: their versatility and skill were always evident. The property is used as a holiday let and we receive fantastic feedback from our guests regarding the renovation and design (by David Houchell Ltd). We have an ongoing relationship with Houchell in terms of maintenance and repairs. We are delighted with the results – thank you.
— Mary and Andrew Whiteley

Melton Park Management Company oversees the provision of services to the Melton Park Development near Woodbridge. Situated on the site of the original St Audry’s Hospital the area is blessed with many fine trees, listed buildings and their associated features.

We engaged Houchell Ltd to rebuild some 30 metres of Victorian screen wall which was technically challenging and required the involvement of structural engineers and the local Conservation Officer.

Houchell Ltd’s work resulted in a first class outcome, restoring the wall with sensitivity to the site and very skilled labour. Their site management, in close proximity to residents, was exemplary and the company would have no hesitation in recommending their work.
— Geoff Munns, Melton Park Management Company Ltd

We bought a derelict, Grade II Listed house in Woodbridge four years ago, and luckily had Houchells on hand to deal with all the issues. In fact, the house was falling down and had to be rebuilt entirely. We are very happy with our home.
— Pauline Tambling, Woodbridge

I had a burst pipe in the roofspace of a vacant property that I was trying to sell. The damage was devastating. Houchells attended as an emergency to repair the immediate damage and then assisted me every step of the way in dealing with the insurance company and getting the property back to normal. The situation had been very stressful for me and I was so grateful for Houchell’s support, expertise and quality of workmanship.
— LF, Aldeburgh

Thank you for all the work you have done...it looks fab and I’m very excited to be moving in!
— Gemma Cannon, Woodbridge


our values

We are committed to providing the best value service for every project we are involved in regardless of scale and budget.

The firm prides itself in its relationships with its staff as well as to the clients it serves, and continually strives to maintain a positive working culture in everything we do.

We recognise the difference between working on a building site and working in someone’s home, and encourages attitudes in all staff which reflect this. 

About Us


Houchell Ltd is a family-owned, family-run, traditional building firm. We value the relationships we develop with our clients, many of whom have been coming to us for decades for everything from a leaky tap to a new family home.

Houchell Ltd operates on the same site as architectural technicians and planning consultants David Houchell Ltd and Houchell Homes, a property letting and management company.