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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 Carlos on 3/4/2020

Worked hard and did a good job. Good luck in these difficult times.

EBL Building LTD are an experienced construction company based in London. We provide skilled services throughout all surrounding areas. We are a well established business with many years of experience and knowledge to offer. We can provide you with a tailored, competitive and reliable solution to suit your individual project requirements. Working within industry regulations and guidelines, you can feel confident that your project is in the right hands. We have a great working knowledge of all the relevant health and safety procedures as well as our responsibilities within the trade. We put emphasis on ensuring all the work we provide meets the standards set by industry officials. Whether you know exactly what you require from a contractor or would like some friendly advice, we are here to help you. We can provide free quotations and expert advice with no obligation or pressure. You can reach us by calling direct, sending us an email or by submitting your enquiry online. We work hard to ensure all enquiries and messages get a prompt and efficient response. If you’d prefer to discuss your project directly with one of our experts, we can arrange a site visit at your convenience.

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Reviewed by Elaine on 1/2/2020

Would like to thank EBL for a very professional service and some top quality workmanship . We are very pleased with the results of the project and will definitely use again. The roof looks great. Thanks again

We are a joinery company specialists, we also supply and fit staircases, and joinery , loft boarding and fitting of velux windows and loft ladders

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Reviewed by Richard on 25/2/2020

Pricing was good and would recommend as an organization to work with. Always ready to try to finish off any small follow on issues which occur after the job has been done. Since then though I paid for a door which never arrived. Would like to complete this. Plus the new tenants says the rodents are still in the ceiling space

We specialize in many aspects of the building trade and garden design. IE: structural steels, stud-work & partition walls, plaster-boarding, concreting, demolition, rubble removal, landscaping, artificial lawns, patios, decorative stone & edgings etc.

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Reviewed by Joanne on 9/2/2020

Clive worked efficiently, he started early and ploughed through the work like a machine. He was 100% reliable , explained everything that needed doing and provided a thorough bill explaining details of costing. He was polite and so were his team and his work passed building regulations with no issue. I would not hesitate to ask Clive to do work for me at any time

TC Joinery cover all aspects of trades from roofing to carpet fitting.

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Reviewed by Lea on 8/3/2020

What can I say !! Absolutely brilliant job done, Honest Reliable. Came out to give a quote for some air vents was totally honest from the start. Was in no way pushy and never once said you really need to have more done than was necessary. Damp smell gone within 12 hours.Thank-you will definitely use for more jobs .

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Reviewed by Cameron on 24/2/2020

Work was done to a very good standard, on time and kept the room clean whilst carrying out the work. Very friendly and informative of what they were doing which was nice. Would recommend and use again!

MODERN LIVING SPACE CONSERVATORIES ALL STYLES AND DESIGNS OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION LOCAL COMPANY FAMILY RUN FREE COMPUTER CAD DRAWING BEAT ANY LIKE FOR LIKE QUOTE

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Reviewed by Amelia imogen on 9/11/2019

Tony and his team were brilliant... Really professional and helpful. Communication was very good throughout the process... Only at the end when I was a bit busy did a few small things come up, but that was as much my responsibility as the builders. Thanks for guiding us through what would otherwise have been a very stressful time! Really glad we went through Rated People and got a good un!

GARAGE CONVERSION SPECIALISTS. A family run company established 10 years. Fully insured, all employees and sub contractors cscs trained/qualified. All works completed to a high standard at competitive prices

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Reviewed by Matthew on 1/3/2020

Great service from James and his team, who worked to meet our needs throughout and make sure we were getting the build we wanted. Really flexible approach and easy to work with. 5*****

I am hard working and reliable, I have been in the business 18 years and my work is second to none. I pride myself on my excellent workmanship and being able to give my customers the best possible price. I guarantee all my damp proofing work. I will come out at a time to suit you for a free no obligation quote.

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Reviewed by Alexander on 9/2/2020

Had both damp repair works carried out and roof repairs over 2 days. Turned up on time and left place as tidy as possible. Work carried out to good standard and explained what needed doing and why. They even filled extra little cracks in plaster for us. Would recommend for sure

Our team consist of skilled engineers and all our jobs covered by Liability insurance, you have to be no worry about. We are more than welcome to see you and provide our professional advice to you. For more information please visit our website: blockopsgroup.couk

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Reviewed by Emilio on 7/3/2020

No problems

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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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