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I have now been in the construction buissiness for 40 years. We have carried out works for many of the local councils & housing associations. We also provided an excellent service for extensions, loft conversions and bathroom fitting over the years

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Stephen on 23/9/2017

Dave's team were friendly, skilled and did exactly what they said they would when they said they would do it. I would recommend them and wouldn't hesitate to call them again.

I have been a small company doing minor repairs and refits including kitchens, bathrooms stud work, plumbing and tiling and now feel that this is a good time for me to progress my business further with a larger customer portfolio.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater

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Reviewed by peter on 23/9/2017

Colin is very reliable - he arrived promptly to give a quote and again on the day of the job. There were a few small jobs and he was happy to give separate prices and communication was excellent throughout. He did all the work to a good standard (repairing a broken floor plus some plumbing work) and I expect to use him again.

We are a family run business with over more than 20 years experience we pride ourself on quality done jobs .

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing, Garden Shed / Playhouse, External wall painting, External Tiling, Stone / Concrete Paving

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Reviewed by Lesley on 23/9/2017

Job well done, in the time quoted, at a fair price. Have asked them back to do some more work. Happy to recommend.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Wooden Doors - Internal, Laminate Flooring, Solid wood flooring, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Somiya on 23/9/2017

Amazing work, much appreciated.

Sole trader, with 6 years work experience in the UK in : plastering, rendering, plasterboard,tiling and carpentry. I have a positive attitude and a like to bring the job to a high standard, to satisfy the customer and his demands.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Laminate Flooring, Screeding, Solid wood flooring, Internal Rendering

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Reviewed by John on 23/9/2017

A very professional job I will definitely use Arsene next time!

groundworks 10 years exp

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Robert on 23/9/2017

Onsite next day and looks great

Most types of work undertaken. Bathrooms kitchens plastering decorating. Local electrics e.g light fittings switches ect. Complete bathroom suites supplied and fitted from £499.00.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Conservatory, Home improvements, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by Tony on 23/9/2017

Henry was always helpful and trustworthy. Has completed some excellent work by redocorating living room hallway and fitted new kitchen to a high standard.also laid new wooden flooring. Nothing was to much trouble I would recommend Henry without hesitation

We offer a wide range of services from landscaping,decorating,building works and more please ask what other services we provide

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Home improvements, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Bikhram on 23/9/2017

came to quote, agreed a deposit for materials and day to start, never came on the day as had a family death and would come the following day. Following day never turned up. Arranged to start in a further 2 days time as he assured me he would be able to start despite the death. 2 days later never turned up again and said he was sorry and would give my deposit back, 3 weeks later no deposit refund and not contacted me again. Thankfully small deposit. Stay away. Unreliable

Tailored quality service for garden and outdoor projects. Structures, Soils & Plants. Over 20 years experience, technically qualified. Design, construction, planting, remedy and upkeep. 'A garden is a place to be, to be with peace and beauty.'

Trades serviced: Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Shutter, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/9/2017

Excellent service. Quick, clean and tidy super job also came in under buget will definitely be using his services again. David and his crew are nice people as well !

0ver 30 years experience quality assured in hard and soft landscaping.

Trades serviced: Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Wall, Lawn care services - grass cutting / turfing / seeding, Landscaping, Pond & Water Feature, Soil Irrigation / Drainage

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Reviewed by Sandra on 23/9/2017

Steve was very good he did the work when he said he would and the cost was exactly what he said when he sent me the quote which is very reasonable I will be contacting him again to do some more work for me I would definitely recommend him.

Carpenters & Joiners - what you need to know

Well first off, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between a carpenter and a joiner. Traditionally, a carpenter works on site to install structural elements like doors and partition walls. A joiner, in general, is involved in non-structural elements, building the items that a carpenter then goes on to install.

What a carpenter or joiner can help with

  • Building and installing structures that are made of wood or wood substitutes.
  • For example – doors, door frames, decking, windows, floors, cabinets, staircases and partition walls.
  • Repairing damaged furniture.
  • Cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames.
  • Building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place – this is called shuttering.
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This isn’t always strictly the case though, and some tradespeople specialise in certain areas, so when you post a job it’s good to be specific about the work you need done.

If it involves wood, you need a carpenter or joiner. It could be for decking in the garden, installing kitchen cabinets, having some custom shelves or cabinets made… there are lots of different things they can do.

Costs for common carpentry jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Built-in shelves into alcove £200 £400
Erect shelves onto wall brackets £75 £150
Built-in cabinet in an alcove £450 £700
Built-in wardrobe (2-door) £400 £800
Fit curtain rail £60 £100

The qualifications your carpenter or joiner needs

There aren’t any required certificates or qualifications in order to do the work, but most good carpenters will have learnt through college courses and apprenticeships, combined with on-the-job training. If they’ve completed various college courses they might be happy to share those certificates or results, but really the best thing to do is ask about recent work and references. Of course you can also refer to their Rated People profile page to see all their recent reviews.

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Planning permission for carpentry jobs

If you want decking in your garden, you don’t need permission as long as:

  • The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground.
  • Together with other extensions, outbuildings etc, the decking or platforms cover no more than 50% of the garden area.

Most carpentry jobs won’t need any permission, unless you’re in a listed building. This information was correct at the time it was published, but you can go to the Planning Portal to see the latest.

Insurance for carpentry work

There’s nothing specific to carpenters that you need to look out for. Public liability insurance is a common insurance for all tradespeople to have, along with accidental damage cover, in the rare cases when something might get damaged.


Questions you should ask a carpenter

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they show you examples of previous work?
  • Do they employ or consult specialists?
  • Will they be carrying out the work themselves? If not, what experience does the person 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?

Carpentry ideas

Turn to carpenters to add stylish furniture to your interiors as well as custom storage solutions. If you’re not sure where the best storage spaces are in your house then check out this post to help you find the best spots. Last but not least here’s how to choose the right doors for your home , and the right decking for your garden.

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