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Reviewed by Brian on 20/9/2018

Superb job from start to finish. William was very thorough and I will definitely use him again

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Reviewed by Bronwyn on 19/9/2018

I can not recommend Steve highly enough - and a really lovely chap also. Great quality of work, very clean and tidy and extremely punctual. Will definitely use Steve again.

Aqua Roofing & Building are a specialist company ready to take on all matters of the building trade. Whether it be a single slate repair or a full home renovation we have the work force, skill and knowledge to deal with projects of all sizes and nature. We cover all aspects of works from plastering and painting to damp proofing and preservation. We welcome all domestic, commercial and industrial works covering Edinburgh, all Lothian regions, Fife, Glasgow and the borders. All our works come with a written guarantee to ensure peace of mind to our clients for completed works to keep to the highest standards for years to come.

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Reviewed by Stuart on 19/9/2018

Good service, kept informed of when they were coming (they needed to come back to finish, but turned up on time). Friendly guys, did what I needed, would recommend.

T/A Aaron Construction. We are a Construction Company providing Home Owners with all their Construction needs.

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Reviewed by Tej on 19/9/2018

Turned up at the agreed time, gave me a quote and repaired the skylight within 2 hours. Thank you Aaron,

I have been building for 26 yrs now so I have a large amount of experience in plastering ,woodwork and general building.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 19/9/2018

Cannot fault Martin. I has an urgent job, he phoned and asked for some photos. on receipt of photos he called immediately, quoted and came the next day. Did a fab job boxing in my pipes in the hallway. Plastering very neat. Arrived on time, left the place tidy. I thought the price was very reasonable, especially given he came the next day. My family and neighbour all commented on it looking good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Hi i have nearly 30 years building experiance with in the building trade., went to college to do my bricklaying course and the rest of the other trades i have worked with skilled people and learnt what i no today covering all the trades.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 19/9/2018

Mr. Reading did a beautiful job on my wall and handled my difficult neighbour very well. I will save up and hope to employ him again to replace more of my fences and walls. Sally Carpenter

London Stoneworks is an upcoming company dealing with stone constructions is introduced in the market. London Stoneworks is based in West and South West London and is expanding in the suburbs. Our motivation is our passion for the tradition of stone, and quality is our aim in such a competitive market. What makes us distinguish is our experienced and knowledgeable workforce that always applies new ideas to serve our customers. The main services of our Company include portico building, cladding, coping, pointing, repointing, string courses and any other service related to stone's placement and cleaning. Responsibility plays an important role in London Stoneworks. We respect the environment and our customers’ trust. We manage to meet our customers’ needs with the best solutions and our ultramodern machinery. London Stoneworks will definitely not let you down.

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Reviewed by Anthony on 19/9/2018

First class service Very happy with the work they carried out Professional workers at all times and cleaned up afterwards I would highly recommend Thanks Alkis

Clagz Plumbing and Property Services is a Cardiff based business. We offer domestic and commercial plumbing, heating, gas and property services to customers throughout South Wales. At Clagz Plumbing and Property Services we pride ourselves on price transparency, good honest advice and work completed to the highest standards. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced to attend and remedy any problems you have encountered.

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Reviewed by Gloria on 18/9/2018

Very good quality customer service and they knew exactly what they were doing at very affordable and reasonable prices. Very professional and excellent communication throughout the process. Would definitely recommend and would seek assistance in the future!

we have everything you need for a job well done

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Reviewed by Stephen on 17/9/2018

Arrived when they said, fixed the problem . gave lots of advice. Thanks

we are a local family business with 18 years experience. specialising in groundwork and landscaping. were recommended because were reliable, trustworthy and hassle free. we are fully trained and our prices are always reasonable.

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Reviewed by hugh on 16/9/2018

Daniel and his team did a great job, good quality work and materials,finished on time and came in on budget. Basically they delivered as they promised and i have no hesitation in using them again or in recommending them.

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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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