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Family run business with a wealth of experience. We are group of painters, tilers, Bathroom and kitchen fitters. We treat every job with importance and always leave customers smiling. We have a team of 30 that cover the whole of London Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey & Frinton on sea. For peace of mind, all work carried out by SDL PKB (Painting, Kitchens & Bathrooms ) is guaranteed for 1 year. Experience/Team experience: Project manage - if you have a large project with various different trades needed, to take the stress away from customers I can oversee all of the work and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Bathrooms - We can remove and dispose of old bathrooms. And then install any Bathroom that you desire. We have good relationships with bathroom suppliers to be able to get you a good suite at discount prices. We leave you with a year’s guarantee on parts. Painting - our painting service is second to none. We can cover all of your decorating needs. Making good of surfaces, painting interior and exterior. Working with all types of paint including gloss and varnish for any woodwork. We can offer wallpapering and lining services. We have good relationships with suppliers to ensure we can get customers materials for the best prices. Tiling - we can work with all kinds of tiles including porcelain and ceramic. We offer floor and wall tiling for any room desired, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Our tilers are perfectionists and aim for the perfect finish. We use top of the range tiling equipment to ensure this. Kitchens- we have top of the range kitchen fitters to help you design and installation your dream kitchen. We also provide a free CAD service (computer aided design) to help achieve this. Kitchens- we have top of the range kitchen fitters to help you design and install your dream kitchen. We also provide a free CAD service (computer aided design) to help achieve this. PLEASE NOTE: We at SDL PKB (Painting, Kitchens & Bathrooms ) understand that there is a lack of good customer service in the Building/Trades industry therefore all contractors for SDL PKB (Painting, Kitchens & Bathrooms ) are Qualified, Experienced and Reputable and have signed a legal contract with SDL PKB (Painting, Kitchens & Bathrooms) to guarantee any work carried out for 1 year. IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY AMAZING GRANDAD DAVID LOVELIDGE RIP CHAMP, WELL DO YOU PROUD

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Reviewed by Kathryn on 24/1/2020

So happy with the work the SDL PKB did. They turned a grotty little bathroom into a lovely, smart bathroom. They did it in the time promised, kept us updated and helped us along the way. Can' recommend highly enough and will definitely use again. Thank you

Belle Bathrooms have been in the Trade for over 15 yrs. We have a specialist team who can help with every aspect of designing your bathroom.We can provide you with a complete design supply and installation service at any budget.

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Reviewed by Gemma on 20/12/2019

I cannot recommend Belle Bathrooms enough! From the initial quote through to completion, the team have been amazing throughout and had a very quick turn around. Price wise was extremely competitive with no hidden cost. We were kept updated throughout of what was being done on what day. The lads (Paul, Wayne and Gav) and Kelly have done a cracking job and were great to deal with! We had no idea what we wanted (except a new bathroom) and took their advice. So happy we did because it looks incredible!

iBathrooms believe that a bathroom is a very special place and personal and that is why we look at each project individually with you in mind. From our first meeting we will work closely with you to establish exactly what your needs are and from there we start the exciting process of design working tirelessly to craft you the bathroom of your dreams. Although we specialise in Bathrooms, our talented engineers/tradesmen offer home maintenance services such as: plumbing, radiator replace, tiling, wood flooring, wall partition, painting & decorating, plastering, insulation, furniture assembly. All staff working for iBathrooms are DBS cleared. To give you complete peace of mind we also have £5m liability insurance via AXA. A brand new bathroom designed, supplied & fitted ready to use. Incredible Design, Affordable Prices. Exceptional Service Guaranteed from Start to Finish. Why not check out our 5* Ratings and Gallery of pure quality workmanship.

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Reviewed by Estelle on 13/1/2020

We are extremely pleased with the quality of the bathroom. Christian and his team are perfectionists. We will use them again and recommend them highly.

Bathroom installations general plumbing and electrical.

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Reviewed by Paul on 6/11/2019

Neat and tidy job done. Very reliable.

Professional experienced local plumber. Hello my name is Jeff, I am a plumber with 30 years experienced. I am known for my friendly manner and honesty. I take pride in my work and I am clean and tidy. Fully insured for public liability. Please contact me for a quotation at your convenience.

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Reviewed by Rob on 23/11/2019

Very good job.

Hiya, my name is Junior Murdock. I am Level 2 Qualified Plumber from City and Guilds. I have 3 years of plumbing experience working on various different building sites and household plumbing. I am reliable and can provide reasonable quotes for job . And my work partner has 32 years plumbing experience and he also time serves

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Reviewed by Sean on 24/8/2019

Very friendly and informative and was honest about what the cost was for etc. Definitely would use again.

Service provided over 10 years in building projects,full plumbing service ,central heating ,wide range in reconstruction and refurbishment of bathrooms,tiling,painting and decorating. Qualifications:CSCS, City&Guilds Level 2, WRAS,BPEC,PART L

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Reviewed by Mohammad on 25/1/2020

Excellent job from the start to finish and finished within agreed timescale they even came back to fit a piece of furniture which was damaged and replacement arrived after they had finished. Very flexible and accommodating and polite. Would most definitely recommend them they take pride in their work and don’t cut corners.

Best possible work, honesty is my main moto. I don't cheat with my customer. I always try to make my client happy.

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Reviewed by Krisztina on 18/9/2019

Reliable, reasonable price and excellent standard of work. I got 2 radiators changed and a shower door installed into an impossible opening. Saleh did an amazing job, left him in the house by himself as he is reliable and works independently. Would definitely recommend for great quality of work.

Excellent customer service and great communication is at the forefront of my business. I work to a high standard using my 18 years experience in domestic plumbing and central heating. I am friendly, reliable and professional. I hold City & Guilds plumbing and heating qualifications. I also hold Logic and Bpec qualifications in Hot Water Systems and Water Regulations. I carry Competent Tradesman status and am currently registering with the associated schemes. This is my first solo business venture having spent most of my career working for large companies such as Dyno and Homeserve.

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Reviewed by Jon on 13/1/2020

Absolutely brilliant. Gene was very honest and professional with us from the start. Our ensuite was very tired and tatty and the odd thing stopped working like the shower. Gene came to the house within a day or two of posting the job, quick measure up and a few ideas discussed we received a quote the day after. Within a week parts ordered and job done. We cannot fault him, he had 3 long days at it as we were tight for time as we needed it doing around both mine and my partners jobs. Thanks again, great job.

BATHROOM SPECIALISTS - PLASTERING - TILING - KITCHEN FITTING + Many more services. see below

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Reviewed by Michaela on 21/7/2019

Couldn't fault the service. Absolutely excellent from start to finish. Professional, reasonable pricing and willing to provide honest advice on job. Flat left clean every day whilst work ongoing. Couldn't recommend them more highly - communication and standard of work second to none!

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Bathroom fitters - what you need to know

What a bathroom fitter can help with

  • Designing a bathroom.
  • Installing a bathroom.
  • Carrying out bathroom repairs (repairing bath panels and surrounds, repairing baths and basin surfaces, re-sealing, re-grouting and repairing flooring).
  • Refurbishing the whole bathroom.
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Bathroom fitters can help you revamp your bathroom, from installing a new bathroom suite to designing something more bespoke. They can sort out the plumbing and carry out any repair jobs like re-grouting and repairing flooring. They can also take care of the decorating, although if a large bathroom is being worked on and it has a lot of tiling or plastering involved, a bathroom fitter might work hand in hand with a tiler or plasterer to get the job done more quickly. If the electrics need to be touched as part of a bathroom refurbishment, they can do this themselves if they hold a Part P qualification, otherwise they’ll leave this for a qualified electrician to complete.

The good thing about bringing in a bathroom fitter to transform your bathroom is that they’ll know how the different elements of the bathroom should fit together, so things like pipe and cable runs will be in the right place before any tiling work is done. They’ll also help you make good design decisions so you won’t be left struggling to open a shower door that’s too close to a wall or find yourself squeezed up against a wall while on the toilet.

If you’re keen to save money by lowering your water bill, they can also advise you about the range of products on the market, like getting aerators fixed to your faucets. These are small attachments which act as a sieve, separating the flow of water into lots of little streams instead of one big stream. Doing this brings air into the water flow which gives less space for the water to flow through. As the water pressure stays the same, you shouldn’t notice any difference in the amount of water coming out of the tap but you will notice a lower water bill.

Costs for common bathroom fitting jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common jobs. The costs below are an approximate national average.

Some typical jobs Low High
Repairing the bath or basin surfaces £50 £200
Repairing the bath panel or surround £50 £200
Dealing with condensation and mould £50 £400
Repairing flooring £50 £200
Fitting new lighting £50 £150
Re-sealing £50 £150
Re-grouting £50 £300
Refurbishing the whole bathroom £250 £900
Fitting a bath £50 £250
Fitting a cabinet £50 £100
Installing a mirror £50 £100
Painting and decorating £50 £500
Tiling walls £150 £1,000

The qualifications your bathroom fitter needs

There are no legal qualifications needed to fit a new bathroom. If you’re looking for a bathroom fitter who can also get involved at the planning stage and design your bathroom, it’s useful to see if they have further training in computer aided design or a similar programme. If any electrical work will need to be carried out as part of the bathroom job, the bathroom fitter would need to have a Part P qualification or you could bring in an electrician to do the work separately.

Should I choose a bath or shower?

Whether you choose to have a shower, bath, or both as part of your bathroom depends on your lifestyle. Showers are kinder to the environment, saving 10-25 gallons of water each time compared to a bath and lowering your water bills in the process. They’re also great for getting clean quickly.

Baths are better if you’re likely to want to unwind at the end of a long day or you have young children or plan on having children in the future. It’s much easier to bathe a child in a bath than have them sit on the floor of a shower cubicle. It’s also easier to wash a muddy dog.

There’s no reason why you can’t have the benefits of both a shower and a bath by choosing to have a shower bath (a shower over a bath) instead of a freestanding bath. Combining the two saves space and if you choose a P-shaped bath, it’ll be separated from the shower to give you more showering space. A good bathroom fitter will be able to advise you on how to make the most of your bathroom space so you’re not opening a shower door right beside a wall or toilet. Having both a bathroom and shower could also make your home more saleable if you’ll be considering a house move.

How to design a bathroom

A good bathroom design is about more than just the wall tiles. Below are some things you should consider:

  • Creating enough storage space – to avoid the cluttered look, store products that you don’t need to hand in a unit and roll up extra towels in baskets.
  • Choosing bathroom furniture -  pick your bath, shower and other furniture according to the floor space that you have. A shower bath can be a way of combining a bath and shower if you’d like both.
  • Quality of materials – avoid mould and other humidity issues by picking paint that’s designed for wet areas, wallpaper that has humidity protection and non-slippery flooring like vinyl tiles. 
  • Use tiles wisely – too many tiles can make a small room look smaller so consider the size of the room.
  • Making it accessible - shower doors that can’t fully open without hitting a toilet is a common design mistake. Measure your space beforehand.
  • Position of the toilet – the toilet is the least attractive part of a bathroom so avoid giving it too much of the spotlight by placing it centre-stage. Have it to the left or right of a room instead.

Planning permission for bathroom fitting jobs

Planning permission isn’t required to install a bathroom unless it’s part of a house extension. However, if you live in a listed building, you should contact your Local Planning Authority before carrying out any work as different rules may apply.

Building regulations for bathroom fitting jobs

You won’t need to make a building regulations application to refit a bathroom with new units and other fittings but any drainage or electrical work might require approval.  

New bathrooms

Any new WC that doesn’t have a window which you can open, or bath/shower room needs to have a mechanical extractor fan to reduce condensation and bad odours. The performance of the extractor fan is measured in litres per second (l/s) and should be:

  • Bathroom - 15l/s with an additional 15-minute overrun (after the light is switched off) if you can’t open a window.
  • WC - 6l/s with overrun.

Turning a room into a bathroom

If you’re making a room into a bathroom, you’ll need approval to make sure the room has good ventilation and drainage and meets electrical, fire safety and structural stability requirements. A structural engineer or surveyor can assess the floor and let you know if it needs to be strengthened. If it does, they’ll be able to produce the paperwork which you can include within your building control application.

You’ll also need to make a building control application if you’re adding internal walls to get approval for the ventilation you’ve planned.

Re-fitting a WC on the ground floor

From 1999, any new WC on the ground floor of a house needs to be wheelchair accessible. Any re-fitting to one of these WC’s may need to be run through Building Control to make sure it’s still classed as accessible.

Insurance for bathroom fitting work

There’s no legal requirement for window fitters or conservatory installers to have insurance but it’s a good idea for them to have public liability insurance to cover themselves against any potential property damage and personal injury claims.

Questions you should ask a bathroom fitter

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Do they have a Part P qualification to carry out electrical work?
  • Can they show you examples of your previous work and references?
  • Will there be drawings of the bathroom design and specifications?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out all the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does that last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking bathroom fitters.    

Bathroom fitting ideas

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