Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Clients' anger as cowboy builder leaves them with houses of horrors and spiralling costs

ANGRY: Davina Fillmore outside her patched-up home, which stands as a warning to anyone thinking of hiring James Gordon

ANGRY: Davina Fillmore outside her patched-up home, which stands as a warning to anyone thinking of hiring James Gordon

ULSTER'S BUILDER

FROM HELL

By STEPHEN GORDON

HE'S Ulster's cowboy builder from hell.

Sunday Life today reveals how Co Down builder, James Gordon, has left a trail of disasters and heartbreak in his wake.

Angry customers say TV's House of Horrors has found no-one to compare with Gordon, who "specialises" in roof conversions, extensions and "high-class joinery".

Now Trading Standards have launched an inquiry into the Killyleagh-based builder, following a stream of complaints alleging poor work and/or unfinished work.

When we told Gordon that Sunday Life intended to publish complaints from a series of customers this week, he brazenly replied.

"It will be a one-day wonder.

"I was going to sort these people out, but I'll not sort them out now."

He also tried to put us off, saying he'd reached agreements with some of the customers who had contacted us.

Bangor man Michael Hill, had told us how Gordon had taken nearly a year on an extension to his house, that should have taken eight weeks - and even now is still unfinished.

Gordon claimed: "Michael Hill is happy. Michael Hill is very happy."

Mr Hill was amazed to hear this, saying: "I'm very far from happy.

"I haven't had contact with James Gordon in months. He started the job in July 1999 and it is still not completely finished. I've had to do a lot of work myself.

"I had to chase after him, but I've given up chasing him.

"But it was through chasing him that I came across other unhappy customers."

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