Building in the Algarve

There are some good building companies in the Algarve. We are one of them and, like the others, our website shows some photos of our builds and refurbishments. However, we believe that we differ from others in two ways:

1 Although our company management is British, we believe that no other “foreign” builder operating in the Algarve has the same level of experience in living and working here as we do.

2 We have an inhouse workforce of over 50, using subcontractors only for specialist areas. This gives us a degree of control over the quality and development of our projects which is exceptional here in the Algarve.

Feel free to contact us at any time to talk about your project be it small or large.

Our Work

The depth of our experience in the Algarve enables us to help our clients identify just what they want from a construction project, so that we can carry it through from start to finish in time and within budget.

Quinta do Lago Modern

A dramatic contemporary style construction built over the structure of an older house in a prime location on the golf course in Quinta do Lago. MVG carried out this project in 2016/2017, supplying and installing all the unique interior finishings and specialist technical installations. We really like how the swimming pool turned out!

Who Are We?

First and foremost we are builders and have been building houses in the Algarve for over 40 years, Simon Llewellyn has unique experience and a wealth of knowledge which we believe brings exceptional advantages to our clients. Registered in Portugal as a qualified engineer (based on his honours degree from the UK and hands on experience in both the UK and Australia), Simon brings to our projects the ability to combine what is good from the Algarve together with newer developments and better technology from outside our borders.

We achieve a professional building service using traditional local methods complemented by more modern techniques and knowledge, in a flexible “user friendly” approach that enables us to respond to client requirements in a timely manner.


In addition to the normal bricklaying and basic building skills, MVG has in house personnel and equipment which include:

In house plumbers
Projected interior & exterior cement finishing
False ceiling fabrication
Painting & spray lacquering
Specialist tile layering/finishing
Carpentry fabrication & finishing
Traditional stone wall building
Specialist heating & technical installations

Where there is a need to use specialist subcontractors, such as electrical and air conditioning we use local companies which have worked with us for many years.

What We Do, We Do Well

Design & Planning
We also design projects and take them through the planning process to the final user license.

We have specialised in private homes, but also have experience in building apartments, refurbishing restaurants and fitting out retail units.

We renovate older properties, anything from a new bathroom or kitchen to a complete refurbishment.


Working directly with our client, we have transformed a rather tired and dreary 4 bedroom house in Quinta do Lago into a family home with new bathrooms, kitchen, paving, pool terraces, new doors and windows bringing the wonderful Algarve light into the house instead of keeping it out!

image of new corridor
image of old corridor

Substituting the old heavy wooden doors with new, clean white lacquered pieces prepared in our own workshop made a huge difference, as did changing the old staircase with new treads and a modern glass balustrade.

image of new corridor
image of old corridor

The new floor and windows in the lounge and dining area changed the atmosphere of the house from dark and heavy to bright and light, brought together by the fabulous view out over the golf course.

image of new corridor
image of old corridor

The owners of the property actually enjoy using the new kitchen, fitted by our own joiners using contemporary materials and equipment. Once again, the new windows make all the difference to the feeling of the room.

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