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A complete solution from design to build We are a well-established family run business originating from the heart of Essex, however we cover all areas of inner and outer London. A&M have an extensive portfolio of completed builds from; loft conversions, extension, renovations and out houses. We pride ourselves on our extensive portfolio of work and happy clientele. We have many of excellent testimonials on our website, which show-case some of our more recent projects. Over the decades we have gained extensive knowledge and expertise within the building industry which we utilise with our comprehensive design and build services. These include all general residential building works, renovations, conversions project management. We have partnerships with architects, structural engineers and have worked closely with most building control teams. Here at A&M we unfailingly deliver the finest workmanship at affordable prices.

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Reviewed by Milt on 14/7/2020

A great job done in quick time with no fuss which has transformed the garden. Would recommend A&M Ltd to anyone. Aaron was easy to talk to and his suggestions were spot on. He explained exactly what was going to be done. The men turned up on the agreed day and quickly got to work & were a nice bunch of lads. When the job started running a little late Aaron called in another couple of his men as reinforcements so they could finish the job the same day as promised. Top job, top men.

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by William on 21/5/2020

SB Construction responded to our inquiry promptly. They have proven to have been an excellent choice, providing a first class, professional service at an excellent price, The standard of workmanship and communication has been exceptional throughout the entire build, The site was always left tidy at the end of the day and the team were always punctual and on time. Due to the excellent standard of work and the trust we had in Steve, we had further work carried out and the build was still completed on time.

weardale construction have been in business for over 16 years our main works arte extensions loft conversions sun rooms and conservatories ,we are a team of 8 covering all services without the need to sub contract out any works

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Reviewed by Ghenadie on 10/6/2020

I am very pleased with the work they have done. The porch turned out amazing and exactly how I wanted. Excellent knowledge regarding to their specialty. The employees were very friendly and helped me out with delivering some materials and haven’t charged me anything. I think it was worth the price and plus they gave me a 10 year warranty. I definitely recommend their service as they deliver a high quality work.

I’m a qualified carpenter with 12 years experience. Also running my own ltd business. I’ve completed projects undergoing 1st fix 2nd fix and finals work. I’m able to take on small jobs to bigger jobs.

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Reviewed by Brian on 7/6/2020

DS Carpentry not only did a great job in difficult circumstances, but were happy to accommodate our somewhat quirky requirements (we wanted a large new studio that looked as if it had always been there). Also, they kept us aware of there movements - whether they were coming or would be late etc. All building firms have a range of commitments, but many do not keep their clients informed. (I say this as someone who, in the past, developed property and has dealt with many trades people).

Here at Weathertite Constructions we cover a wide range of building roofing extensions conversions damp problems drainage with camera inspection, garden design with patios driveways and walls. James has 20 years experience Lee has 35 Gary has 17 we are here to provide a good service information and a very reasonable quote kind regards James

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Reviewed by Ted on 20/7/2020

VERY GOOD WORKMANSHIP, A BIT SLOW ON ATTENDANCE.

Small company with over 12 years experience that undertakes all building works, operating on residential and commercial sites, references provided when required.

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Reviewed by Brett on 30/7/2020

Arben was fantastic! Would definitely recommend him

Builder and maintenance contractor with over 30years experience in general building and roof, chimney repairs, and all aspects of building and maintenance ,also a roof washing system where we was repoint and seal with a waterproof coating, currently working with the new government’s grant scheme for funded improvements

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Reviewed by Paul on 15/7/2020

Great job just what I was looking for and my roof looks amazing

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 project of your dreams. Although we specialise in bathrooms, kitchen, garage conversion, garden office, extension, loft conversion, full refurbishment. All staff are DBS cleared, to give you complete peace of mind we also have £5m liability insurance via AXA. Exceptional Service Guaranteed from Start to Finish. Please check out our 5* Ratings and Gallery of pure quality workmanship.

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Reviewed by Mike on 29/7/2020

The guys installed a new porch for us. They were very quick and their standards were second to none (a number of other tradesmen on site commented on the high standard of their craftsmanship too). Their pricing is very clear and transparent and they are courteous and clean on site. I would recommend these guys to anyone wanting work done - we will certainly be using them again!

We are local based company with many years experience. Covering a wide range of home improvements. We specialise in all aspects of roofing. We undertake a wide range of projects. Very competitive rates. Free estimates and advice. Fully insured and all works guaranteed. Building on our reputation.

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Reviewed by Becky on 30/7/2020

We had Revamp Building Services redo our roof, we felt confident when Carl and Scott turned up to quote and they answered all of our questions. When they started they were on time and got straight to work, they both were very honest and kept us informed at each stage of the job. No job was too small and no question to silly! We are very happy with the work done and if we have any future work we will use them again.

Our paving expert contractors are well experienced craftsmen, extensively knowledgeable in the use of a variety of materials including natural stone paving, York stone paving, block paving, brick paving All the roofing repairs guttering repairs Facias and soffits chimney repairs and repointing And much more

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Reviewed by Soll on 11/7/2020

Punctual efficient and value for money

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Builders - what you need to know

The term ‘builder’ covers a broad range of possible work in your home. In general, a builder will take on larger structural jobs like loft conversions, home extensions and full renovations. They’ll assess what needs to be done and arrange for various specialist tradespeople to complete the work, while managing the whole project. They’re crucial to making complicated jobs run smoothly.

What a builder can help with

  • Conservatories.
  • House extensions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Basement conversions.
  • Renovations.
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A builder won’t typically be very hands-on with tools. Instead, they’ll be arranging materials, submitting plans to councils, organising tradespeople, and communicating with you what’s happening and what decisions you need to make. They’ll also make sure that everything is being completed within your budget.

When undergoing a big job, there are bound to be issues discovered along the way, and a good builder will communicate these with you, as well as any effect on how long it’ll take to complete the whole project. Always factor in extra time and extra budget into your planning so that you’re not caught out.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a good way to give yourself extra space in your house, and as long as you stay within the (somewhat extensive) planning guidelines, you won’t need to get any planning permission. Conservatories are available in uPVC, timber and aluminium, which will give you plenty of options when thinking about design, build and durability. Depending on your budget and your tastes, you can either go for a standard or bespoke design.

The qualifications your builder needs

It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of any qualifications that a builder has listed on a profile page or elsewhere. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Trade bodies

The first thing you can do when considering a builder is to check they’re registered with an official trade body. There are several in the UK such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds.

You can see a full list of bodies on the British Associations site, or with TrustMark.

Gas Safe and Part P

Builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so that’s another thing you can check.

Competent person scheme

For any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for building jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - if you’re in a conservation area you you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you. You might also want to consider using an architect to help with the planning, design and necessary permissions.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for building work

Public liability insurance

Your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

 

 

Questions you should ask a builder

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking builders.

Building ideas

Check out how to create more space without moving house. Once the work is under way, make sure everything goes smoothly with our top tips for communicating effectively with your builder and how to make things as easy as possible. Last but not least, read advice from TV’s favourite property expert, and our brand ambassador, Phil Spencer – you and your builder.

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