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With 16years of experience, our company offers to our customers a large range of building work like: extensions, loft conversion, parking, garden, redecoration(full refurbishment ). For more information do not hesitate

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Reviewed by Dee on 19/4/2020

Great quality work finished on time and within budget agreed. Very reliable.

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

General builders. Garage conversions Loft conversions Roofing Joinery Carpentry

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Reviewed by andrew on 10/7/2020

Well...what a job !! I cant fault Jim and his team for anything. Our toilet and shower building for our yurts at Looe Yurts is fantastic. The job was not without challenges - Covid-19, social distancing, lockdown and lack of supplies. However none of this phased Jim and his team. Its always tough trusting builders...cant think why, but these guys were ace. Polite, diligent and tidy and most importantly ON TIME & ON BUDGET. Even did a couple of extra bits too. No hesitation to recommend.

New Era Property Solutions are a small family business with more than thirty years experience in construction and hard landscaping. We provide a wide array of high quality services for home and garden throughout Somerset, Devon and Dorset allowing us to maintain quick response times and competitive pricing. We specialise in small scale property development and refurbishment, barn conversions, extensions, garage conversion, conservatories and general repairs. We also undertake all aspects of hard landscaping including fencing, decking, pergola's, feature and retaining walls, patios, block paving, pond construction and water features. We also install low maintenance garden features such as artificial grass and decorative gravelled areas. If you need additional help turning your ideas and dreams into reality we can introduce you to a highly regarded designer/draughtsman and an outstanding landscape garden design service. We pride ourselves on our reliability, quality workmanship and attention to detail, much of our work is from repeat customers or recommendation. So if your not happy neither are we! We provide free estimates, detailed transparent quotations and comprehensive advice with a no quibble twelve month guarantee on all work undertaken,with no job too big or too small.

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Reviewed by Mavis on 20/2/2021

Very pleased with all the work that was carried out by Jake. He listened to what I wanted, made suggestions, was polite at all times and left everything neat and tidy. Would be more than happy to recommend this company.

Welcome to EXTENSION SPECIALIZE LTD, a , family run, local business that you can rely on. We are a team of skilled and able tradesmen who love a good challenge. Whether your job is large or small, indoors or outdoors, private or commercial, we are confident that we can deliver it with speed, cleanliness, excellent workmanship, quality materials and as a bonus, at an affordable price. ? Do you have a tap that's been dripping for years? Maybe you bought loft insulation and never had the time to lay it? When you build your flat-pack furniture do you spend most of your time scratching your head? Or have you saved for a complete interior or exterior makeover but don't know where to turn? ? EXTENSION SPECIALIZE provides you with a 'one stop shop' for all your property needs. We provide maintenance, repair and improvement services to homeowners, tenants, landlords, letting agents and commercial clients. Best of all, we are equally at home fixing small items on your 'to do' list as we are completing larger projects LIKE NEW HOUSE

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Reviewed by Stephen on 23/3/2020

Great job, great value for money and a top quality finish. All works conducted in good spirit and all the team were all very polite and helpful.

Landscape Doctor is a 5 member, extremely efficient and hard working team with 13 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 3/6/2020

The workman arrived on time worked hard and completed the job quicker than expected. They were all very polite and helpful and we are very pleased with the job done. I would recommend Barney and his team to my friends and family.

All your plastering tiling and general building and decorating needs.

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Reviewed by peter on 19/9/2020

Danny and Keith are the best builders we have ever had. The finished work is excellent, nothing is too much trouble and they have been a joy to have in our home. We will absolutely use them in the future and can not recommend them enough.

I have been trading for over three years I specialise in garden and landscapes and will do the best job i can with friendly service.

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Reviewed by Hitesh on 22/2/2021

Very professional and super quick. Great Work

We Only take on one job at a time so we give you our full attention.So give us ago.

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Reviewed by Nicky on 29/1/2021

Andrew had some great ideas to brighten my garden. They started the job quickly and worked through to finish and I am delighted with the results ?? Really friendly and helpful guys. Thank you

Small family run building company with over 40 years experience over 2 generations as a premium general building company. All types of building work carried out to the highest standard. A one stop shop for all your building needs right from the design and planning stage to completion. Joinery, roofing specialising in flat roofs Building and Plastering A wealth of experience in remodelling and renovations, extensions and sunrooms. Landscaping and paving. All areas covered. Fully insured, trained and certified tradesmen

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Reviewed by Fred on 24/3/2021

Fantastic job by Paul and his team, removed old fallen down retaining wall and hedge and built new wall with a fence on top. Good communication from Paul from start to finish and everywhere left clean and tidy at the end. Will definitely use Paul again for any further work.

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Brick / Block Paving specialists - what you need to know

What does block paving involve?

Block paving is a very common way to pave your driveway. The method uses bricks, or larger paving stones, but the method is the same.

The benefit of using bricks is that they’re easily replaced if one or two get damaged over time.

There are several stages to laying a block paving drive. First up, your paving specialist should find out where all the service pipes and cables are for your property – water, gas, and electricity – so that nothing gets damaged during the work.

Next up is to dig out the area where the driveway will be, as well as to lay down the edges so that, once complete, everything will stay exactly where it is.

Drainage needs to be considered at this stage too, making sure there’s no water build-up that would affect your home, other properties, or that would require planning permission to sort.

At this point a sub-base will be laid – maybe concrete but more likely an aggregate substance. This is the foundation of your drive and will keep everything level.

A layer of sand is next, which will be compacted and flattened to create a level bed for the bricks or paving stones being used for the drive.

The bricks are then laid tightly across the sand before being flattened again.

Lastly, another layer of fine sand is poured across the bricks to fill all the joints and gaps between the bricks. This is all flattened for a final time to firm up the driveway and bed it all nicely into place.

Costs for block paving installation work

  • Up to 40m² - £100 per m²
  • 40-70m² - £85 per m²
  • Over 100m² - £75 per m²

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Block paving specialists usually gain their experience through courses, apprenticeships or on-the-job training. The key to an excellent driveway is a solid foundation and good workmanship at every stage of laying it. Always check references and ask to speak to previous clients.

Planning permission for block paving jobs

If your driveway slants towards your house, you’ll need drainage to keep the water away from soaking into your foundations and brickwork. If your drainage is piped away into sewers you’ll need planning permission, so you should ask your block paving specialist about a soakaway.

A soakaway is an area within the boundary of your property, where water can safely drain to and soak back into the ground. It’s essentially a hole, dug in an area where it’s safe for water to drain. They then place a membrane for the water to drain to, covering it up completely. It requires no maintenance or access, so you can cover it with whatever you want.

If you stick to that, then you won’t need planning permission for a driveway, but as ever, the planning portal is where you should be looking for all the official advice.

Insurance for block paving work

Your driveway paver should have public liability insurance which will protect you and your property should any damage occur.

Questions you should ask your block paving specialist

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?
  • Will they be using a sub-base, and what material will it be?

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