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"Cutting Costs Not Corners"

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

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Reviewed by Lisa on 20/2/2018

The lads came out to quote. Received quote as advised. Pricing as what I thought. Lads supplied materials. Work excellent and clean workers. Will be using again in the future. Thanks

Experienced, friendly self-employed electrician with public liability. Happy to do any job - big or small! Skills include plastering, painting and decorating, fitting bathrooms and kitchens as well as electrics

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Christine on 20/2/2018

The job was completed very quickly and efficiently. The plumber showed me the parts that needed replacing and offered to get the parts and complete the job straight away. He told me the price to complete the job before he commenced it. I will use his service again whenever possible.

Small family business that aims to please by going that extra mile to make customers happy for the last 8 years. Any jobs considered,We aim for 100% satisfaction

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Vanessa on 20/2/2018

Fantastic job done by Joe, Nigel and the team last year. I am over the moon with my new, easy to look after garden! I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail and the complete focus on doing what I wanted, not what they thought was best - but with good advice given at the same time. Highly recommended.

Affordable Quality As Standard. As a property maintenance and renovations specialist, we have been working for the last 8 years exclusively for property developers and Estate Agents such as Brinkle's, Towneds, Dexters, and Cubitt&west covering All trades.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Beena on 20/2/2018

Very pleased with the communication we have received throughout the job! Got in contact straightaway and gave us suggestions to fit around our budget which was very helpful. Extremely reliable and came back with any queries very quickly. Job well done! We are very pleased. Thank you Ken to you and your team! Highly recommended Mrs CR0

From design to completion Award Winning Meo Landscapes can transform garden ideas into reality. We design and construct gardens and supply you with exceptional service, style and craftsmanship at affordable rates. We Are BRADSTONE ASSURED

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Commercial pest control, Demolition, Domestic House Cleaning: One off

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Reviewed by Patrik on 20/2/2018

All over very pleased with the work.

We are a 2 man team, Malcolm and Jim, both in our 40's, we have recently become self employed after years of working for other companies, we have a vast range of experience in many fields and all jobs are covered by public liability insurance, fab ratings

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

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Reviewed by Linda on 20/2/2018

Turned up on time done excellent job and tidied up after themselves you wouldn’t know I had had joiners in. Well done

We have successfully completed projects on a range of residential buildings, including Listed buildings, Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian properties as well as modern builds. Our reliability, professionalism and expertise are second-to-none.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Talha on 20/2/2018

Andrew was polite, clean, quick and efficient. I would highly recommend him!

Whether you need a small job done or would like to add an extension to your home, we do it all big or small. We Have over 11 years on the market and hundreds of happy customers. We are committed to customer satisfaction and delivering a superior quality of work each and every time.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by David on 19/2/2018

Everything was flawless. Teresa is extremely organised and efficient. She will help you every step of the way and will be in constant contact if you have any questions. The work done was better than anything I expected. Valdi is a star and a person who will even 'paint under the drawer' meaning he takes such an incredible amount of pride in his work. We just cannot believe how his work transformed the areas we had done. He is also an all around nice person. Trusthworthy, efficient and perfection.

Home and garden work Handyman work No job to small or to big family run Free quote and friendly advise give

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

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Reviewed by Reza on 19/2/2018

arranged quickly and easily. tuned up on time. job done within half hour. thanks

Finishing Touch provide a friendly service from supplying to fitting your new flooring. We specify in carpet, vinyl to laminate flooring at an affordable price.

Trades serviced: Carpet fitters, Demolition, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Floor Tiling

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Reviewed by Vaishalee on 19/2/2018

Jamie was extremely professional and fitted my carpet to a very high standard. Would highly recommend him.

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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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Demolish a concrete bench

The bench is approx 40cm x 50 cm x 150cm and appears to be solid concrete. We want to have it demolished and the resulting rubbish removed.

removal of cupboard in lounge

my lounge has an alcove which has been boarded up to create a cupboard. I'd like to remove it and make the alcove on the left the same as the one on...

CONCRETE CANOPY

Repair/remove concrete canopy above street door due to ' blistering ' around corroded reinforcement bars.

demolition of timber...

rear timber garage and cloch demolished and site cleared completely. small front canopy over door removed all debris and household goods removed and...

Garage removal and fence and...

I would like a quote for removing my asbestos constructed garage from my back garden and this to be replaced with fencing around the hardstanding. I...

Kitchen Diner

Quote for removal of ground floor wall between kitchen and dining. Possibly require steel beam.

Remove old lift shaft...

We are an office located in Leith Edinburgh and we are having issues with pigeons roosting in what was an old lift shaft. It is wooden but has been...

remove and dispose of cement...

removal and disposing of cement asbestos double garage roof

Demolish myshed/workroom

I have a large workroom/shed at the bottom of my garden which needs demolishing as the roof is falling in. I have been told that as it has a rsj it...

removal od wheel chair ramp

I have a concrete wheel chair ramp out side my front door that I need demolishing. Not sure how thick the concrete is I cannot get a chisel trough...

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