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Reviewed by Evan on 1/4/2020


All our work is carried out by seasoned builders, qualified specialists and managed by a qualified trader. We take pride in our user friendly approach and professionalism and always aim for a flawless finish.

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Reviewed by Traci on 16/5/2020

Very quick and reliable polite and friendly would definitely recommend and will be using this gentleman again ????????

At Just Renovate, we are more than just decorators and painters. We have an eye for detail and keep ourselves updated with the latest industry trends. Choose us to make your house a home. Contact us today in Maidstone. Whether you're looking to renovate your office or get your home painted, you need painters and decorators who can bring your ideas to life. At Just Renovate, we can create designs that are a perfect blend of uniqueness and elegance. We have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry and will ensure that you're more than happy with the final outcome. Please visit our website look for: justrenovateltd

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Reviewed by Christopher on 19/3/2020

This was a big job...these guys were excellent and worked around hassles. They were very patient! I would highly recommend them any time for full bathroom fitouts!

LJ's is a family run business owned by Sam Longstaff, spending most of his time working alongside Brad - the pair have 45 years of combined experience. Offering a friendly, reliable service and taking time to build authentic relationships with all customers, giving value for money every time. From small garden walls to new builds, no job is too big or small. With a wealth of skills and attributes you can have confidence in their abilities to deliver. Hardworking, meticulous, genuine and reliable! We look forward to hearing from you. Sam & the rest of the team.

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Reviewed by Paul on 29/5/2020

A quality job done, highly recommended, will definitely use again.


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Reviewed by Graham on 24/7/2019

Matt and his team have done a fantastic job with converting our basement into a 2 bedroom flat. Reasonably priced, honest and reliable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company.

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SW Builders has been trading since 2009. The two partners Paul and Darren have each accrued over 30yrs experience in the domestic building sector. Pauls main core trade is as a plasterer and is an accredited dampproofer and Darren Is a Part 'p' approved electrician, qualified now for over 18yrs, having previously been a plasterer and general builder . We have in our team and to our disposal the full range of qualified tradesmen to undertake practically anything in the domestic building range. We are currently on the listing of approved building contractors with the LABC (local authority building control) and work closely along side them to guarantee a good quality approved build. We pride ourselves on leaving a clean tidy job that's completed within time scale and budget. So, if you want a fast, professional service, give us a go

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Reviewed by Rory on 5/3/2020

High quality work done really quickly. Highly recommend and would use again

I am a builder, that can offer over 15 years experience in the construction industry, great customer service and a high quality finish come as standard.

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Reviewed by Shirley on 19/12/2019

The job was done soon after booking, and was very satisfactory. The price was good. We would use them again. Thank you Robert.

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 Mark on 24/2/2020

Very quick and professional service, made a great job of a tricky fix. Would certainly use them again and recommend to others. Thank you!

P&P Building Services are a family run business, offering a broad range of building services to customers. P&P Building Services are fully qualified plasterers and damp proofing technicians, Also qualified in timber preservation treatment. P&P Building Services have over 25 years of experience in all areas of building and maintenance. You'll be sure that the P&P Building Services team work at a very high standard, are honest and professional throughout their work.

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Reviewed by Carl on 25/5/2019

Paul and his team were professional, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. The right balance of banter and exactitude. A great job done. I highly recommend them.


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I'm specialized in the field of civil and industrial electrical systems, with over 30 years of experience; in the building of conditioning, water and heating systems.As I live in Glasgow from September, my certifications are still waiting to be recognized

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Reviewed by Pauline on 2/6/2020

A very pleasant man. He turned up promptly and worked almost nonstop until everything was completed. They cleared up very well. The new cabinet and light fitting look good and he even resealed my shower for me. Trif is also good with electrics and replaced eight sockets for me, moving the furniture for me as well. Trif is a charming workman, honest and totally reliable.

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Cellar & Basement Conversion specialists - what you need to know

Basements and cellars are all too often missed opportunities, with the potential to add real value to your home. Conversions can unlock this potential, transforming underground spaces into useable rooms to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a guest room or granny flat, a larger kitchen or somewhere to let that gym equipment gather dust… a conversion may be the answer.

The precise nature of the conversion will depend on your plans for the space but regardless of its intended use, your new basement will need damp-proofing. Heating and ventilation systems must also be installed, to ensure the space is safe and comfortable.

Though many period properties will have basements, they are mostly cramped spaces intended purely for storage. Your builder may therefore need to dig down substantially to increase the head height. You will want to be sure your new basement isn’t claustrophobic and that any new rooms adhere to building regulations regarding minimum head height.

You may choose to extend your current basement beyond the original footprint of the house or building. With the right guidance, extending out beneath a garden can be a great way of maximising space. This may also allow your builder to incorporate light-wells into the design, which is an excellent way of introducing natural light into your basement. 

If there is no existing basement or cellar in your property, major excavation work will be necessary to create one from scratch. Along with any excavation, a new staircase will be added and your builder may also need to underpin any party walls.

Cost of cellar and basement conversion work

There are significant variables when it comes to costing – namely the extent of structural work required, access and ground conditions. The cost of damp-proofing, for example, will be dictated by the condition of your basement to begin with. If you’re looking at additional features, such as light-wells or bathrooms the extra work entailed will increase costs significantly.

For the most basic basement conversion, where no digging down or underpinning is required, it is advisable to budget £600-£1200 per square meter. If your basement floor needs lowering, costs will rise to between £1650 and £2200 per square meter. For basements created from scratch, quotes will be in the region of £2500 - £4000 per square meter.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Basement and cellar conversions can be carried out by reputable builders, often working in tandem with structural engineers.

Some builders will carry a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. If your builder lists any specific qualifications it’s always a good idea to ask for proof of these before work begins.

There are various official trade bodies in the UK and it‘s advisable to check that your builder is registered with one of them – it’s not a necessity but is usually a good indication of how reputable they are. Each body has its own set of criteria, which must be met to qualify for membership.

You can find more detailed information about the different qualifications an experienced builder might have here

Planning permission for cellar and basement conversion jobs

Unless there is significant change to the external appearance of the building, planning permission is not usually required for basement or cellar conversions. This will obviously differ for listed buildings, or those in conservation areas.

You are likely to need planning permission where major excavation work is required to create a new basement, or where your basement is to serve as living accommodation. Further information can be found here

Insurance for cellar and basement conversion work

Public liability insurance is a requirement of any reputable tradesperson. This protects against any accidental damage to your home.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do any of the planned adjustments require planning permission?
  • Does the basement design adhere to building regulations (namely ventilation / fire escape routes / ceiling height)?

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