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LG construction have been operated in refurbishment loft conversion extension, over 12 years experience. We guarantee for any job we do. Free estimate.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Anita on 22/4/2018

Luigi is very good at what he does and very punctual. I would recommend him to anyone

Family run fabrication and welding business offering all types of manufacturing and installation that works closely with our clients our aim is to provide fabrication and welding solutions with honesty and quality also help to complete project on time

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Decorative Ironmongery and Metalwork, Demolition, Disabled Access / Mobility Service, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Steven on 22/4/2018

Superb comms and excellent standard of work. Will be keeping details and recommending to friends.

We've been istablished and working very hard to keep our reputation as highly approved roofers working in London and out we take on all roofing aspects such as flat roofing torch on and asphalt roofs. All pitch roofs tiling and slating all lead work with welding. All work is garaunted and invoiced befor we leave your property.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Demolition, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Alias on 22/4/2018

Went substantially overbudget, twice.

Hi we are a family and friends business who try cater for all home improvements.we try build a relationship with our customers and give the best reasonable price that our customer can afford.and do the best job where the customer is 100% satisfied .

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, CCTV installation, Chimney Building / Repair, Commercial pest control, Demolition

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Reviewed by Philip on 22/4/2018

Done a fantastic job clearing everything away ,good communication and price was excellent,worked tirelessly and efficient till they were finished and tidied up ,arrived prompt and done job same day,Will hire them again.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Melissa on 22/4/2018

Graham is timely, professional and friendly. Worked quickly and well. He initially did one job for me and he did it very well, so I asked him to come back and do another - again done very well. Reasonably priced and highly recommended. Thank you!

M D Home Improvements has over 15 years experience offering all aspects of plastering and building work. We are friendly, reliable and above all professional. Our goal is customer satisfaction on every job. We strive to complete all jobs on time and on budget.

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Demolition, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Matthew on 22/4/2018

Nice finish, at the right price and turned up and completed on time.

MF Maintenance carries out a wide range of works including roofing repairs, fencing, paving & decking, drainage, also indoor work; plastering & small repair/ maintenance jobs around the house.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by David on 21/4/2018

Great job. On time, in full, at quoted cost.

We are a local company,specialist structural repairs,we can take any project from concept to completion with are own in house chartered engineers. Having the peace of mind of a professional company without the high costs.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Yvonne on 21/4/2018

I am delighted with the work that Rob, Paul, Pete, Dan and Andy did demolishing and rebuilding my garden walls. Always reliable, friendly and told me what they would be doing each day. A very professional firm to deal with. My garden was left tidy before they finished each day and everything was taken away when the job was completed. Highly recommended.

We are a family run business priding ourselves in quality workmanship at affordable prices customer satisfaction is guaranteed we cover all aspects of roofing gardening and general property maintenance with over 20 years experience all quotations are free

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by John on 21/4/2018

Very pleased, very responsive and clear quote. Turned up on time, and the quality of work was very good with photos throughout of the job at different stages to explain what had been done. Very pleased.

Established in 1972 Gardencare Services has been serving the local community of Gloucestershire for 42 years and is now a second generation company we cover all aspect of Garden work all types of Paving, Fencing ,Pruning and general Garden maintenance.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by Bridget on 21/4/2018

Fantastic service from Steve from quotation to cleaning up before he left. One of the very few tradesmen that’s actually turn up when they say they will and do what they say they will! Great service, very happy ??

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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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