A COWBOY builder who ruined a family’s home sent them a picture of him working in their garden, wearing a dress.
The McGrady family described the past 18 months’ experience of cowboy builder Bradley Drackett as absolute hell, after he and his firm were supposed to add an extension to their home in Merthyr Avenue, Drayton – but instead almost destroyed it, leaving it on the brink of collapsing and the family with a £25,000 debt instead.
Sarah McGrady, 43, said that, in her opinion, Mr Drackett, 40, of Bransbury Road, Eastney, had never taken the job seriously, and once even sent her a photo of him wearing a yellow dress and wig (pictured above) as a joke.
‘He sent us a text saying “this is me working in your garden today”, said Mrs McGrady. ‘It showed me how seriously he took the whole thing.’
‘There was water pouring into the back of the house’
WITH their house at risk of further collapse due to Bradley Drackett and his firm’s dodgy construction work, the McGradys had to move into their dining room in October.
He sent us a text saying “this is me working in your garden today” (wearing the dress and wig)Sarah McGrady
Mrs McGrady said it was a tough time for her, her husband Peter, 46, and their children, Kyle, seven, Callum, 10, Ryan, 14 and Liam, 16.
‘Nothing prepares you for a moment like when the structural engineer came around and said that the whole house could collapse at any moment. That was pretty terrifying,’ she said.
Mrs McGrady said the situation was made worse by the onset of winter. She said: ‘It was completely freezing and there was water pouring into the back of the house.
‘The six of us had to live in an 8ft by 10ft dining room. We had no kitchen. We used a little electric oven someone lent us.’
Mrs McGrady said she was still waiting for an apology from Mr Drackett and his company.
She said: ‘There has been no remorse from him whatsoever.
‘That’s the bit that gets to us the most. He has just got on with his life and we were left to pick up the pieces.’