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I am a general builder that has many skills, I have built extentions, fitted kitchens and bathrooms, removed and rebuilt interior walls, fitted windows and doors. I also have done all specialist types of external rendering, I also tile walls and floors not only with your everyday tiles but I also do natural products such as stone. I laid patios, turf and general gardening,

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Reviewed by simon on 14/2/2021

Great finish in a difficult area. On time and within estimate. Very please thanks.

Domestic and commercial properties maintenance and renovations

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Reviewed by Chris on 2/4/2021

Excellent and prompt work by Alex, very tidy worker clearing everything up after him and so quick to do a job for us. Will definitely use him again

Express Construction Group Ltd is a company based on quality details of the customer ,with a low cost of works and best quality for our customers. Don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation for your Driveway,Landscaping,Brick layer,Internal/external, painting, internal/external tilling , Block Paving, Fences ,Electrical jobs !!!

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Reviewed by Jay on 1/12/2020

I am so glad to have connected with Angelin through Rated People. He was given a plan for the garden and within a few weeks Angelin and his team turned a run down garden into a stunning contemporary outdoor living space. It now has a porcelain patio with built in seating, a pergola walkway, custom built raised vegetable boxes, new fences and a beautifully laid lawn. I look forward to working with Angelin and his team on my future garden projects.

Is a small Family business!

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Reviewed by shaun on 27/7/2018

excellent daniel came around on friday and gave me a fabulous quote and by sunday the job was complete ,very neat and tidy

pinnacle plumbing and heating is a family run buisness we have a team of professionals that will turn your dreams into reality in a good time with an a1 quality we design from scratch wet rooms family bathrooms mobility bathrooms please look at our gallery all our works come with a five year gaurentee we have been gas safe for over 30 years we offer our customers free quotes and a reliable service we offer reasonable rates we carry out boiler replacements ,servicing boiler repairs and fault finding we fit pressurised cylinders megaflow land lord certificates plumbing we carry out all aspects of plumbing from a leaking tap to plumbing a whole new house

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Reviewed by Jade on 11/4/2021

great work many thanks

We are a small family company that has been working within the property maintenance sector for over 35 years, covering most trades. A friendly and proffessional attitude from start to completion on every job from general small repairs to larger planned rebuilds. Our services extend from simple maintenance ie plumbing, electrical installations, (certified), interior decoration, all aspects of landscaping from full redesign gardening to simple fence repairs. We also offer a full 24hour emergency callout service with no hidden costs. Free no obligation quotes please contact us on the number provided.

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Reviewed by Nicola on 4/2/2020

Excellent service, Colin is reliable and his work is excellent, went above and beyond for me.

Creative Bespoke Solutions provide quality tradesmen to customers in Herefordshire, Shropshire, 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 A. on 8/7/2020

Pleasant manner. Attentive. Completed job as specified. Would use again.

Patternstone Landscapes family run business a life time off experience don’t move just improve don’t humb don’t har just call patternstone landscapes

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Reviewed by Marcus on 12/12/2020

Arranged an appointment from 16:00 onwards. Changed my plans for the day and waited. Almost 4 hours passed no one turned up. Phoned and given the response of ‘we thought you got our message’ (no messages or voicemails left on this platform or my direct phone) and they said it was too late for them now to come out. Very unprofessional.

Hi to all home owners and commercial business. I am the owner of a local Carpentry&joinery business with 20 years experience. I am a time served bench to bench hand joiner specialising in bespoke woodwork and alike projects. Please view my past projects.

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Reviewed by Eddie on 19/2/2021

I received an estimate over the phone from Pro-Fit Solutions, which I excepted. He came around the same day and sized up. Even though the weather was bad he came back two days later and finished the job. I`m very happy with the work done, and would if needed use it again.

We are a family run business specializing in various types of gardening/landscaping/tree/property maintenance services/roofing, lawn care, garden designing, pressure washing, patios, driveways and much more. Please contact us for more in depth information and advice or for a no obligation quotation.

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Reviewed by Ricky on 21/1/2021

Emma and the guys who carried out the work were brilliant from start to finish. We arranged the job quickly and easily and I’m seriously impressed with the quality of work on show. Very happy, I’d 100% recommend SE Landscapes.

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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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