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I have been in the construction trade my whole life. I love what i do and pride myself on my reputation which makes me go that extra step for every customer i work with. I enjoy making peoples visions and ideas become reality!! I now have over 15 years experience in the trade with lots of happy and repeat customers with jobs ranging from a leaking roof to full conversions and extensions.

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Reviewed by Anup on 2/3/2019

Jason did a fantastic job ripping out the old wardrobes and painting and decorating the room to a high standard.

Based in Kent ,I provide a friendly and reliable service with over 15 years experience Within the construction and landscape industry. I Undertake all constuction and landscapes works from really small jobs to full garden designs to extensions , I have highly experienced tradesmen that work along side me to complete the work to a very High standard. Having worked for big company's foryears ,on big multi million pound landscapes and construction contracts Iv developed the knowledge and been taught the way to get the job done safely efficiently and to high spec.

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Reviewed by Margaux on 27/7/2019

Kane is very professional, honest and one of the hardest workers I have come across in a very long time... and we have had many work done at our property over the last 4 years. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team for any job. They removed a tree, that was very close to our shed and carport. They made the job look very easy, cleaned up perfectly and even went the extra mile to cut us some logs for our wood burner. I am a very happy customer!

Principle HomeDevelopments Ltd, In partnership with JWT Projects Ltd– specialists in roofing, scaffolding and driveways. Offering a honest and reliable service. No Job Is Too Small!! Our price guarantee ensures that we will beat any like-for-like quotation, along with our work guarantee ensuring a high standard of work, while protecting your pocket. All of our work is carried out by trained operatives with years of experience and extensive qualifications, they are fully insured, polite, clean and tidy. All work includes cost of materials, labour, waste removal, so area will always be left quality complete, safe, clean and tidy. We accept all types of payment methods and will provide headed quotations, and invoices that can be delivered by hand, post or e-mail, whichever suits our customers needs. At Principle Home Developments Ltd we offer a comprehensive range of roofing services all available ‘under one roof’ while ensuring expertise in flat roofing, pitch roofing, slate, single ply, felt and lead. We can help you with: New Roofs. Roof Repairs. Roof Installation. Fascias Soffits and Guttering. Cladding and Installation (options include various colours of classic wood or new 100% waterproof PVC). Chimney Repair and Servicing. Valley Installation and Repair. Extensions and Loft Conversions. At Principle Home Developments Ltd we also offer a comprehensive range of driveway options that are guaranteed and built to last while creating the perfect first impression for your home or business. From a secure gravel to smooth tarmac driveway, perhaps a beautiful block paved design, or resin bound aggregates. We aim to assist you with all the advice to help you choose the right type of driveway delivering a quality driveway at a competitive price. Principle Driveways will: Choose the right style and materials for your home or business. Use quality materials and expert installers. Ensure all installers are fully trained, polite, professional and adhering to all health and safety requirements. Please do not hesitate to text, call, or e-mail for any advice, queries, discuss quotations, or arrange an appointment. We are here to help. All operatives are fully CSCS Qualified and have extensive experience in their areas of work, these include NVQ's, Diploma's and years or expertise between them. Principle Home Developments Ltd is a registered company of Company's House.

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Reviewed by Chris on 20/5/2019

James quickly and efficiently produced a quote for my roof and kept me informed as to when the start date would occur. The standard of workmanship was excellent. The workforce were punctual and polite even when it was raining. James and his foreman explained fully about the extra cost. Any questions or queries were answered and explained. There was a minimum of dust and debris both during and after the job was finished. Overall, the team were punctual, polite and tidy. Chris.

Garden maintenance, cultivation, Planting, mowing, weed control, landscaping, experienced and qualified to service domestic and commercial premises. Tree work, hedge planting, laying and fencing. Old sheds and garages, overgrown gardens cleared. Offers Baa bed system for rapidly maturing landscapes.

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Reviewed by Jenny on 9/7/2019

Roger did a fantastic job , he turned up on time and did everything I asked him to , I would definitely recommend Roger and would 100% use him again .

We Are Waste Management Company, That Specialises In Waste Removal. And Demolistion. Holder Of Wamitab. (Moulton College 2002) & C.O.T.C. (Certificate Of Technical Competence.) C.O.S.H.H. (Aware Accredited) Wellingborough Recycling Has Cleared & Removed Waste From Over 2800 House & Gardens For Local Housing Associations To Date. & On Going. House. Office. Garden Clearance. Demolistion. Shed Removal. Outhouse Demolistion. Garage Demolistion. Asbestos Removal. Probate Clearance. Environmental Cleans. Loft. Office. Garage. Appliances Cleared. (WEE) Fridge/Freezers. Confirmatory Notes Supplied For All Refrigeration Removal To Comply With All UK/EU Regulation.. All Above Works Carried Out By Experienced Licensed & Insured Staff. All Staff Will Attended With Appropriate PPI & Photo I.D. At All Times. Public Liability £2’Million Pound. Wamitab Qualified. Upper Tier Waste Carrier Broker. Dealer. Carrier. Registered & Approved Environmental Agency. Consignment Notes. Provided Were Applicable. & Conformity Transfer Tickets. Photos & Testaments. & Trade References On Request. Free Quotes. No Call Out Fee. We Pride Ourselves On Fast Turnaround On Clearance Work, & Were We Hi Achieve On Recycling Waste,,That Allows Us To Reduce Our Tipping Charges, There For Allowing Us To Pass On The Savings To Our Customer,, So Not Only Are You Helping The Environment By Using Our Services,,You Are Also Reducing Your Removal Cost As Well,,So It’s A Win-Win. You Will Often Find Our Quotes Are On Par Or Cheaper Than Skips,,With Out The Burden Of Waiting For Skips To Emptied,Damaging Your Drive Or Being A Nuisance In The Road,,Without Neighbours Filling Them Up ! All Prices Quoted Are Inclusive Of Porterage Fees, And Tipping Fees.

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Reviewed by Alia on 4/7/2019

Amazing person and quick to reply and got the job done in less than 24 hours!

Sam Davies property maintenance with almost 20 years experience in residential,retail and industrial property maintenance I have a vast range of experience and problem solving . were it shows a lot of trades o my profile I can't do everything as an example I can do repairs on a roof but not replace a roof pitched I can repair or replace a flat roof if I have no experience in a certain area I wont purchase a lead or if I come to quote I would rather tell you if I can't do something than take on something I can't do Sam

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Reviewed by June on 26/7/2019

Had a phone call just after I had posted, very professional and said he had a job in Cardiff and would call and look at the job about 4pm which he did true to his word, very clean and tidy job done at a good price, would highly recommend

We are a family run business based in Southend-on-Sea. We cover all aspects of building related works.

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Reviewed by Mike on 25/8/2018

Highly recommended.

[EST-1962] ALL types of drainage,french- sewage- rain water-field drains roofing-roughcasting-brickwork-lead work-upvc facings gutters ect-ground works-site-house and garage clearance-asbestos removal-demollition-damp treatment- all works are guaranteed. based in Ayrshire and working all over scotland northern Ireland and north England."FREE ESTIMATES".

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Reviewed by Mathew on 24/7/2019

Great and efficient work

I have been in the trade for many years & I'm very experienced, I'll give the best quoteation no job to big or small!

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Reviewed by Andrew on 25/7/2019

Jamie and his colleague completed the work very efficiently and for a reasonable price - complicated bed build. Would use again for jobs in the future

THE PROFESSIONAL ALTERNATIVE TO DOING IT YOURSELF Professional and skilled multi-tradesman over 15 years experience. Excellent eye for detail, perfectionist, very neat, clean & tidy. Full crb checked, refs available on request.

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Reviewed by Apratim on 25/7/2019

Good quality work was done by Oliver. I would recommend his handyman services.

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Demolition specialists - what you need to know

Once you’ve taken the decision to demolish an existing structure, there is a process that needs to be followed to ensure the correct permission is granted and all health and safety legislation has been followed. A demolition specialist can help advise on what is (and isn’t) required, as well as timelines, and permissions for what you intend to use the land for after. Once all the paperwork is taken care of, they’ll bring in a team of people to carry out the demolition safely.

Costs for demolition

Costs vary depending on a number of factors, with £60-80 per square metre as a starting point. Demolishing semi-detached or terraced houses will incur additional costs as the adjoining properties will need structural support work after demolition. Ease of access and the volume of waste / hazardous waste disposal required will also affect the costs.

Renovating vs. demolition: some considerations

Considerations for demolition

  • Building a brand new home is subject to a zero percent VAT rate. That means demolishing a building and starting from scratch can often be cheaper than building on top of the existing shell of a property (which is subject to VAT). This will typically depend on the amount of work required on what’s left of the existing property.
  • Building from the foundations up means you’re in full control. This gives you peace of mind that everything’s been built securely and you’re not relying on the integrity of old walls.

Considerations for renovation

  • There may be parts of the existing building that have features you’d like to work into your newly designed home. It’s a popular technique on TV shows like Grand Designs, and can help give your new home real character, while preserving some of the heritage of the existing site.
  • Depending on exactly how much of the property could be saved, and your plans for the future size of the property (of which there are likely to be restrictions), it may be more cost effective to work with existing walls and structures.<
  • Making alterations to an existing building can be much easier to get planning permission for. While demolition itself doesn’t often need planning permission, the details may need to be agreed with the local council, and a prior approval application will be needed for the new home you plan to build.

Guidance on planning policies

Planning policies will vary depending on where you are in the UK, but generally speaking, planning permission will be granted if you intend to replace an existing structure. It’s important to get planning permission before the demolition of the existing structure – if you remove the existing building, technically there’s nothing to replace, and your case for planning permission becomes weaker.

Whichever option you pursue, and wherever your plot is situated, planning policy is likely to have some of the same considerations such as:

  • whether the building of the new property is in keeping with the character of the immediate area
  • the size of the new property and/or its location
  • services and amenities to neighbouring properties not being adversely affected.

There are the usual caveats here about listed properties or homes in national parks or conservation areas. For further details, check out the Planning Portal website.

Questions to ask a demolition specialist

  • What are the pros and cons of demolition specific to your property?
  • What advice would they offer regarding planning permission and demolition consent, and to what extent will they help you through this process?
  • How long do they expect demolition to take?
  • Can they break down the costs between demolition and waste disposal?
  • What complications do they foresee and are there any cost implications?
  • Will you be able to reuse the existing amenities into the building for your new property?

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