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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 John on 7/9/2020

Very professional, timely, fair and great individual. He completed an excellent job on my driver way. I would strongly recommend him and will be doing a few more jobs for me. Very unusual to have the right skill set including a very friendly and engaging personality with nothing too much trouble. A rare individual and couldn't fault him.

We specialise in painting,decorating and building services for commercial as well as residential buildings. We are known for providing excellent quality painting,decorating and building services and with years of experience, we aim to use our extensive knowledge and brilliant craftsmanship to serve our customers. Being professionals, we ensure that we provide quality materials, clean and tidy place once we are done with our job and respect the client's deadlines.

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Reviewed by Sean on 28/11/2020

Very quick to respond to quote. Completed job to a high standard in a quick time at a very reasonable price. Would definitely hire again.

Sweet Plastering & Carpentry is a small local business who pride themselves on carrying out a high standard of workmanship with a reputation of great customer service. We carry out all aspects of building work internal and external by qualified tradesman.

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Reviewed by Eddie on 12/5/2020

Excellent job. Very pleased with result and a reasonable price. Andy was prompt, polite and professional. Would definitely recommend him.

PJR is a Closely Family Run Business Run by Father and Son based in Essex. With over 35 years in the Plumbing and Heating Industry we have built an extensive reputation for our Perfected work. We have a wide range of both Residential and Commercial clients, including homeowners, landlords, architects, surveyors, designers, managing agents, schools, churches, property developers and main contractors That we offer a complete property maintenance service. In addition to offering Our Plumbing Services we have expanded over the years and now take on many other service such as Electrical, Building and Roofing Work

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Reviewed by Veena on 19/11/2020

Great service and 'can do' attitude! I highly recommend PJR Plumbing and Heating. Jamie took the job on a few weeks ago, and since then he stayed in touch, he remained true to his word and found solutions and options for us. Jamie was supportive in sourcing the part, arranging purchase and delivery of parts and the replacement. I found PJR to be reliable and professional and will call on them in future. Happy customer!!

Here at Essex Building & Maintenance we specialise in all building & maintenance aspects our services range from New build, kitchen fitting, bathroom fitting, fencing, roofing, loft conversion, plastering, electrics, pluming etc

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Reviewed by Michelle on 25/10/2020

Highly recommend, Great job, great communication, fair price and kept the mess to a minimum Would use again

Hi I’m Rod Furness. Ex parachute regiment solider turned bricklayer. I cover all aspects of brickwork. I run a honest hardworking business with year’s of experience to meet the needs of your project. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Tony on 16/10/2020

Excellent work, completed in a timely manner by two hard working guys who were a pleasure to have around. I’d certainly put more work their way.

T Rawley Stonemasonry is a small, family business specializing in Stone masonry, Brickwork and stone flagging. We are listed building and conservation specialists.

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Reviewed by Mark on 9/10/2020

Tom was a really nice trustworthy person who’s workmanship was faultless. He kept us up to date with every aspect of the job and came up with some excellent ideas to help us decide on any decision that we needed to make. Would highly recommend and will definitely use again.

hi there welcome to my profile our business is very smal run by myself and dad who have 10+ years in the building trade. no job is too big or too small free no obligation quotes we undertake any jobs from stone walls, patio's, plastering many other jobs

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Reviewed by Claire on 26/10/2017

A quick response, work completed the next day. A nice clean finish.

Supported with 18 years experience in the industry, S.P.S property solutions can assist with all aspects of roofing building services. From small repairs to complete installations, staff are extremely skilled and highly qualified to carry out all works. I aim to provide a fast and friendly service and to insure all works carried out are to a very high standard. Please contact Sam today for your free Assessment and subsequent quotation.

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Reviewed by Steve on 29/9/2020

Arrived on time, worked quickly and left everything tidy, and he is a nice bloke to deal with. 5*****

Welcome to Lockie's Brick Restoration. We are a family run business offering our expert services in Brick cleaning and pointing. We specialise in period properties restoring Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian brickwork. We use meticulous techniques along with lime mortar mixes ensuring we always keep your refurbishment in line with the age and character of your property. Some other services we offer are render and pebble dash removal, paint and graffitti removal, exterior painting and stone/brick repairs. We also pressure wash exterior surfaces such as patios, decking, roof tiles, gutters, forecourts etc. If you have a tired looking exterior or a weathered period property, rest assured we can bring it back to life. We are skilled within the industry and offer competitive pricing, we take great pride in our service and workmanship! All jobs undertaken, no job is too big or small for Lockie's Contact us for a free inspection and quote. Thank you!

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Reviewed by John on 4/11/2020

Very pleased with the work done. Also impressed by the service as Lockie's were concerned to make sure I had the result I expected. Competitive pricing too! Highly recommended.

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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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