A FURIOUS dad claimed a rogue workman left him £10,000 worse off by botching his bathroom renovations.
James Crosthwaite, 37, was left with holes in his walls where windows weren't installed and rubbish was strewn across the front of his home.
Firm Home Bathroom Installations also used the wrong pipes, wires and cladding at his home in Newcastle.
Dad-of-two James was quoted £9,000 in March 2021 to build a downstairs bathroom but had to fork out another £3,000 for another firm to fix the problems.
The project was also hit with a series of delays with work starting a month late and was only completed more than a year later when James hired a second firm.
Now a County Court Judgement has been issued against Home Bathroom Installations, owned by Anthony Wilson, saying it owes Mr Crosthwaite £7,655.
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High Court Enforcement officers have tried three times to carry out a writ against Mr Wilson but have so far been unable to do so.
James said: "It's been a total nightmare. He constantly blamed other people for delays and was using subcontractors to do the work.
"We got a quote from him in March last year and the work was meant to start in April but they didn't come until late May.
"At the beginning he hired a man who probably worked for about five full days in a month's period, he was arguing with Anthony about materials and being paid.
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"In the end Anthony sacked this guy but he then came to our house demanding I personally pay him and threatened to knock the work that he completed down all in the presence of my one-year-old daughter.
"The cladding was then installed the wrong way, the wrong pipes were used and we had rubbish left outside our house for months.
"He left us stressed and angry. The mess outside my house was embarrassing.
"I made him aware that I would get legal advice as we had paid over £7,000 for a job that was incomplete and a room that has no function.
"I kept asking him to finish off the room, he promised and promised but never turned up so I decided to take legal action.
"When this was going on I had a one-year-old, a new-born and a wife recovering from surgery. It has been very stressful."
James' bathroom was finally finished after he says he was forced to pay another company £3,000 to put the bathroom right.
James added: "I asked another builder to quote me for the rest of the work to be finished, he said the cladding already installed was incorrect, the cement laid was bad and cracked and there was also a leak in the shower.
"He also stated that the work done so far was only worth no more than £3,000 and I had paid Anthony £7,200.
"I contacted high court enforcement to try and get my money, but he's started a new company and Home Bathroom Installations was never listed on companies house.
"I gave him plenty of opportunities to finish the work before I went ahead with court proceedings, but he never stuck to any deadlines or promises."
Contesting the claim, Wilson admitted there had been delays but said: "It has always been my intention to complete this job and to be asked for almost £8,000 to be returned is not reasonable."
He also said delays to the work were down to his workforce isolating in line with Covid guidance and also due to a shortage of raw materials.
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Home Bathroom Installations has since ceased trading, but Mr Wilson has now set up a new company named Bathrooms and Cladding.
He declined to comment when contacted.
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