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Specialist re-pointing service with over 15 years experience. We also undertake all aspects of external property maintenance

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Reviewed by Joel on 12/9/2019

Came on time and cracked on with the job, looks like I had a new wall built! Used him as he was slightly cheaper and most importantly he used a tower as I couldn't afford scaffold and I don't think someone on a ladder would've done such a good job.

We are a small company who offer many services,you name it we cover it.With years of experience in all building and maintenance.We specialise in plumbing,building [internal and external],patios ,decorating as i said you name it .We aim to please.

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Reviewed by Jenny on 24/12/2019

Steve was punctual and professional. He was organised and left the bathroom tidy, gave updates throughout the job and the job was completed to a high standard. will definitely recommend Steve to friends and family

Creative Bespoke Solutions provide quality tradesmen to customers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. Offering a no hassle service our team of renovation specialists will present you with an affordable quote for any of your renovation needs. Furthermore, we make it our mission to offer the best price available on all jobs. All jobs are completed to a high standard by a professional member of our teams.

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Reviewed by Chris on 29/6/2019

I decided not to replace the bath after speaking with Roland. He arranged for it to be re-enamelled by Steve at Shirebaths who did a brilliant job too.

Smartways, taking pride in our work, ensuring all jobs are completed to the highest standard. Offering a clean, friendly and reliable service. Qualified tradesmen with 10 years experience. All interior and exterior projects and maintenance.

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Reviewed by Caroline on 15/6/2019

Hard working guys, I would recommend, they left the place very tidy and even helped me out my washing machine back in! did a good job of the floor and recommend good options for my flooring with a. variety of pricing for me to choose from.

As a Stonemason for more than 20 years I have specialised in the restoration and conservation of historic/period properties, churches and buildings. In 2010 I established my own Ltd company bringing my skills to the domestic market.

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Reviewed by Simon on 30/1/2020

Excellent response from my posting, job carried out professionally and quickly.

SEB has been trading for 5 years. Specialising in combi boiler breakdown and repairs. New boiler installations and general plumbing problems.

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Reviewed by Sallie on 16/1/2020

Excellent service and great price, and he did the job really quick. Would recommend and use again.

20 years experience in construction. NVQ Stonemason and Bankermason. Time served Paviour and Groundworker. CSCS Registered. Public Liability Insurance. Asbestos Awareness, Working at Heights, Abrasive Wheels and Health and Safety at Work Certificates.

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Reviewed by Ed on 21/2/2020

Initially I was pleased with the job and this was reflected in my original feedback. Unfortunately, I am now having to update my review to reflect the fact the mix used to lay the flags was clearly incorrect and just swept up. In fairness, Dale did offer to return but - having had problems with another job I gave him that was not finished to a satisfactory standard & was wonky - I didn’t want him back. He always seems to blame his lads but ultimately needs to take responsibility for the people he employs.

Richard Doonan & Kevin Brooks Richard - Plumbing & Heating Engineer with 14 years experience in the trade Kevin - Gas, Heating & Electrical Engineer gas safe registered with 14 years experience Colin - fireplace installer , plaster, general builder With 30+ years in the trade .

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Reviewed by A on 5/2/2020

Kev did an excellent job. He kept us informed as the job progressed and he went the extra mile to get everything done well. He is exactly the kind of tradesman you'd hope to find - trustworthy and professional. I'd definitely recommend him.

We offer a full and comprehensive chimney and flue service. from sweeping, surveying, install new fire/ stove, relining, flue systems, repairs, chimney pots and cowls fitted, pre cast flue work, in fact any flue or chimney problem. HETAS & GAS SAFE reg.

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Reviewed by Julia on 24/2/2020

All went good as expected.

I am a HETAS engineer. I install wood burning stoves, chimney liners, pots, cowls, hearths and repair chimneys. As this work can be seasonal I also do general building work from loft conversions to painting & decorating. I also do landscaping, gardening. I have worked in construction for almost 20 years and have been working in the chimney & stove industry for around 4 years. I take pride in my work and will always try to accommodate customers wishes where possible. No job is too big or too small.

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Reviewed by Lisen on 11/12/2019

Steve is a lovely man that goes above and beyond. Installed a wood burning stove and slate hearth and it couldn’t look better! Also put sealer on our bricks and helped with removing a buddleia from the roof in addition to this. Couldn’t recommend more!

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Fireplace specialists - what you need to know

The range of fireplaces available today is extremely diverse – from those traditional, grand hearths and surrounds to modern, elegant and minimal units. Whatever the style or size you need, there’s almost certainly an option to suit what you’re looking for.

The cost and complexity of installing your fireplace will depend on the fuel source (in other words the type of fireplace) you choose. The majority of fireplaces will be an open stove, a wood burner, a gas fire or an electric model.

Each type has its own strengths. If your home already has a chimney, replacing all (or part) of an open fireplace can be relatively cost-effective and straightforward. Wood burners are often retro-fitted into homes without a chimney, as their flues can be run up an external wall. Gas and electric models are convenient options when space is at a premium, as well as providing the convenience of instant heat.

It’s worth remembering the primary function of the fireplace though – to heat your home. Unleashing the intense heat of an open fireplace in a small room might not be advisable. Similarly, a small electric or gas unit may not kick out enough warmth for a large room or open-plan area. Your tradesperson should be able to advise you here.

Cost of fireplace installation

The cost of installing a fireplace can vary significantly, depending on the type you opt for and the preparatory work required.

Fireplace cost

    • Budget: £500
    • Medium: £1,000
    • Expensive: £2,000+

Labour

  • Budget: £750
  • Medium: £1,500
  • Expensive: £3,000+

What types of fireplace are there?

The open fireplace

This is the most traditional. Quite simply, unless your house already has a chimney breast, it’s unlikely that installing an open fireplace will be a cost-effective option. If you do have a chimney, replacing an existing open fireplace is relatively simple – either the entire stove can be replaced, or selected elements (like the grate, hearth or surround). As well as sweeping your chimney prior to installing a new fireplace, you may need your flue relined to prevent carbon dioxide from leaking into your home, so beware of that potential added bill.

Wood-burning stoves

Next up, and the vogue fireplace choice for the last decade - the wood-burning stove. Wood burners have a few advantages compared with open stoves. They’re particularly efficient when it comes to heating your home, they’re not as messy as an open fireplace, and they can also be installed without the need for a traditional chimney breast.

Gas fireplaces

These were once drab, dated and dull. That’s no longer the case, with today’s models not only looking the part, but offering convenience and efficiency too. They can even be wall-mounted if you don’t want to sacrifice space for a fireplace hearth and surround, and some have handy features like remote control operation. Ventilation is something you’ll need to consider with a gas fireplace, however.

Electric fireplaces

Perhaps the ultimate in convenience, even if they’re not the most authentic. Modern units can be incredibly efficient and cheap to run. And, while you won’t benefit from a real flame, even the slenderest wall-mounted models can pump out an impressive amount of heat.

Fireplace accessories

The accessories you need will depend on the type of fireplace you install. Both open stoves and wood burners will require more accessories, allowing you to safely load logs or coal. A suitable pair of fireplace tongs and a dedicated shovel are must-haves. Ideally, you’ll also have a stove brush, a log basket and potentially a coal bucket too.

From a safety perspective, and particularly important for families with young children, it’s advisable to have a fire guard – especially for open stoves and wood burners. Guards for gas fires may also be a wise choice – while there’s nothing to spit or jump out from the fire, it’ll help keep little hands away from hot elements.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are a number of important qualifications when it comes to fireplace installation, and the one your tradesperson requires will depend on what they’re installing (or modifying).

Both open stoves and wood burners require a HETAS-registered professional. HETAS is the organisation that makes sure appliances and installers of wood and solid mineral fuel fireplaces adhere to the required safety criteria.

For gas appliances, your tradesperson must hold Gas Safe registration. This applies no matter whether you’re replacing one gas fire with another, simply removing and decommissioning an old gas fire, or installing a gas fireplace from scratch. Your Gas Safe-registered professional will also be able to advise you on a maintenance schedule, which is an important consideration.

Finally, for electric fireplaces your tradesperson will need NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation. This will make sure they can install and officially sign off the work – this record will be required should you sell your home.

Planning permission for fireplace installation

The only planning considerations when it comes to fireplace installation are chimneys and external flues. Ordinarily, planning permission is not required if your chimney or flue doesn’t extend 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.

To read the list of fireplace-specific planning considerations, visit the planning portal website.

Insurance for fireplace installation

If you’re having a new fireplace installed, be sure to ask whether the supplier has a warranty. Most will include warranties extending anywhere from 1-5 years, giving you peace of mind.

You’ll also need to ask about public liability insurance. It’s easy to overlook this or assume that your tradesperson has it covered, but public liability insurance is important to protect you and your property against any (albeit unlikely) damage.

Questions you should ask your fireplace installation specialist

  • Which type of fireplace would they recommend (and why)?
  • If they supply the fireplace, does it come with a warranty?
  • Can they show you their public liability insurance?
  • Do they hold the required HETAS, Gas Safe or NICEIC accreditation?

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