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I am an experienced Joiner/Kitten Fitter with 30 years experience from fitted kitchens hanging doors flat pack furniture butt and scribe joints sliding doors pelmets boxing in pipe work and boxing in boilers skirting architrave banisters spindles handrails oak stair case

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Reviewed by Sean on 22/1/2021

Adam sorted out two Bi Folding doors at my flat. I wasn't sure of the best to get them back into a working condition. He came up with a fantastic solution and they look brilliant. Very well put together and all for a fantastic price. Would not hesitate to use him again, cheers Adam!

Hello Thanks for looking at my proffie I am Mohammed jakir Ali Im on this trade for last 10 year that’s my own business I do qulity fitting Nice n clean job Laminate flooring Carpet Vinyl Sold wood and engineer wood I got lots of carpet and flooring simple We also supply supply quality flooring and carpet We have many option of flooring and carpet so please let me know thanks There some pic of my work pls have a look

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Reviewed by Robert on 30/12/2020

Jay gave me a competitive quote and carried out the works quickly and to a very high standard. I went on to give him some additional work and found him to be reliable and hard working. I would work with him again without hesitation

10 years experience of all aspects of building maintenance.

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Reviewed by Oliver on 17/1/2021

Really happy with the work and great price. Would definitely recommend and use again.

Offering free quotes 25 yrs experience covering wardrobes alcove units radiator cases boxing in stud walls plasterboarding doors hung Skirting arctraves laminate flooring etc

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Reviewed by Kim on 29/11/2020

Glen fitted some really lovely floating shelves and cupboards either side of our chimney breast in our lounge. Am very pleased with the work. We will be using him again for other carpentry work we require.

VAF LTD are expert domestic and commercial joinery and building contractors. We have a long tradition of producing quality building services. We offer a host of carpentry and joinery services to private and commercial clients; incorporating design, manufacturing, finishing and installation for large volume work as well as 'one off' jobs. Our carpentry services to be more precise include creating, manufacturing and fitting bespoke furniture designs to your requirements. We have a great reputation and are well known for our quality joinery work, which is also fantastic value for money and is built to last. Also we are members of the Checkatrade,and earn perfect reviews during the years.

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Reviewed by Shoaib on 22/10/2020

Very Clean Superb job Polite honest Will definitely recommend

We are a bespoke joinery and construction company, with a strong passion displayed throughout our work. We guarantee a high quality service and made to measure products.

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Reviewed by christina on 31/10/2020

Great people beautiful job - we are extremely satisfied with our new fitted cupboards they have turned out just as expected.

We specialise in all type of carpentry services in London and surrounding areas,from installing shelvs,fitting doors, to fitted wardrobes and new storage units,fit kitchens,flooring,decking etc. Don't hesitate to call us for a free quote!

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Reviewed by Abbie on 8/11/2020

We have been renovating our house for the last couple of years and used a lot of tradespeople, Adrian was hands down the best! The quality of his work was outstanding, and we absolutely love our cabinets. We had him do a few other jobs for us, including laying our laminate floor, fitting the skirting board, and fitting out a cupboard with bespoke drawers. He gave us excellent advice, was reasonably priced, and very tidy. We are just disappointed we didn't find him sooner! Would highly recommend!

I'm David. and I am at your disposal to help you with the best I can

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Reviewed by Azim on 1/12/2020

Prompt and completed the job

We are a wood flooring company with over 10 years of experience in sanding, renovation and finishing of all types of wooden floors. Our qualified staff and up to date sanding equipment deliver a first class wood floor sanding, restoration, and finishing services to residential and industrial client. The service is designed to offer advice, meet the clients' specific requirements and provide service of the highest quality. Wood Floor Sanding, Restoration and Renovation Specialists Fully insured and hold CSCS We provide a highly professional floor sanding and restoration service for all wood floor types, including parquet floors, hardwood floors and pine floorboards. You can take advantage of our services throughout the London area . FLOOR SANDING,BUFFING FLOOR RESTORATION FLOOR RENOVATION FLOOR STAINING REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT(FLOORBOARDS,BLOCKS,JOIST REPAIRS) GAP FILLING sawdust+resin/pine slivers/flexible gap master SCHOOL FLOOR SANDING CARPET REMOVAL & DISPOSAL FIREBASE RE-STITCH SUB FLOORING FREE ADVICE & ESTIMATES Our team of dedicated professionals will be there with you, every step of the way, from the initial assessment all the way through to the final product. In fact, once the work is done, we will still be here to answer any questions that you may have. We are passionate about your flooring and will not settle for anything less than PERFECTION! Still hesitating should you contact us? Please have a look at our gallery to see for yourself how breathtaking your old floor could be! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reviewed by natalie on 7/1/2021

Worked really hard with great results ~ Thank you

all types of house improvements. fair prices. rated person

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Reviewed by Wendy on 11/12/2020

Very happy with the job Scott done for me. Scott is very friendly would hire him again

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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.

timber framed construction

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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