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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 Neil on 1/10/2020

After several quotes and careful consideration we decided to go with SB Construction. Before making our decision Steve was always available to answer any questions I had relating to the build. Couldn’t be more pleased with the work that has been undertaken by Steve and his lads. Special mention must go to his plumber who’s name escapes me but he’s a credit to Steve’s business. We’ve already recommended Steve to two of our friends and wish him and his business all the luck going forward.

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.

tgm Construction Essex Ltd family run business with over 20 years experience we specialise in all types of roofing and building work free quotations quick reliable services

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Reviewed by OLUSEGUN on 15/10/2020

Project did not go ahead so no work was done hence no ratings.

Our residential team can cover areas such as overall building construction, landscaping, patio, driveways, fencing, lighting & technology, and groundworks. We treat your home just if was ours! We provide our customers with the highest standard an quality we possibly can. Check feedback from our customers. Get in touch today with our friendly team!

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Reviewed by Jason on 26/10/2020

High recommend, pleasure to deal with. Was flexible in my requirements. Job was to correct damage caused fixing a water pipe and to re screed the floor ready for tiling. Would definitely consider hiring again for future building 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 paul on 14/9/2020

Great communication, prompt and reliable.

We offer high quality building and maintenance services across London

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Reviewed by sonali on 1/7/2020

We found Victor and his team to be punctual, helpful and courteous. The work carried out has been to a high standard with a professional finish and always left in a tidy manner. We have had several jobs completed with some more to be booked in. Would definitely recommend Victor and his team to friends and family.

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 T on 26/10/2020

BFG construction did a fantastic job on my flat, they carried out structural work as well as decorating. Their workmanship is superb, they pay close attention to detail and deliver stunning results at a very reasonable price. They work at lighting speed and were always on hand to offer advise.

London Development uk ltd is our company, we have been trading for over 12 years in the construction business. - We are a fully insured company with a big portfolio of jobs completed and we are friendly and reliable on any work and business that is coming across. - We can do big jobs as new buildings or full refurbishments, basements, extensions, lofts conversions etc and also we can do small jobs as bathroom refurbishments or even smaller is always space and time for a new job. - We guarantee you that you will get the best workmanship on your job with best skills and acknowledge in the construction industry, time effective and costly effective for customers. Try our company and you will gain the benefits!!!

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Reviewed by Zaid on 22/10/2020

Peter added new bathroom and kitchen and work was very good standard and on time. I would definitely recommend.

Multi-skilled builder with 20 years of experience , Quality workmanship, rapid problem-solving, reasonably priced. Please see my photos for a sample of my work. Many more photos available upon request. Happy to visit you and provide a quotation. Services include: Very nice design bathrooms Home renovations and conversions New kitchens Carpentry , Decorating Tiling , Plumbing Artistic walls and ceilings Partition walls and reconfigurations Internal planning and design .

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Reviewed by Ramesh on 29/2/2020

Ismail did a great job, efficient and finished the jobs to expectation on time. Very helpful in advise and arranging required items for planned work. Highly recommend.

Operated by myself and 2 family members for more than 40 years, customer satisfaction is important ,which is reflected in the satisfied customers we have provided our services to ,achieving five 5* ratings. We can assist with design /structural calcs.

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Reviewed by Sean on 2/10/2020

John, Rob and Scott were the perfect team for the job. John not just quoted on the garage but guided me through the decisions which were needed and explained the process accurately. The work itself happened when he said it would, with people on site every day grafting away neatly and efficiently. The results are fantastic and I couldn’t be happier. I would highly recommend these guys for your next project.

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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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