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We provide the best kitchen & bathrooms service in London . Garage conversion / loft/ office conversion . Free designs advices on any projects www.cezaryrennovare.co.uk Specialist Marbles; Carrara ,giallio siena,onyx, Travertine, limestone Slate ,bathstone & granit restoration end instalation .Fully insured Friendly & helpfully service

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Reviewed by Lara on 3/9/2018

Good, quick jobs. Guys worked well and are very pleasant. Very pleased.

We are a Gas Safe registered company that specialise in gas fires and chimney sweeping. We are also able to fit gas hobs and cookers , landlord annual gas checks and gas pipe runs. Flamecheck have over thirty years experience and are fully insured. We are fully insured, with a public liability insurance of £2 million cover

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Reviewed by Ece on 20/5/2018

Prompt service provided. Fast communication and very polite when carrying out the works. Our gas fire is now removed. Many thanks

At Firefly we pride ourselves in being an all inclusive company, we can handle everything from quote to completion leaving you task free and and toasty warm. our expertise include:- log-burners and fireplaces, chimney stacks, scaffolding and renovations

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Reviewed by Michelle on 8/1/2019

Excellent service from start to finish. Did job efficiently and very tidy. Would have no doubts in recommending. Also Appreciated the advice offered when asked a huge thumbs up from us!

Gas Management Services specialize in the installation of Fireplaces for gas & solid fuel. We also install gas fires including flueless and sweep chimneys. We can carry out all building alterations required and offer a free 24 month warranty on all work.

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Reviewed by Steve on 14/1/2019

Tony provided a great service to us. He was knowledgeable and professional, cleaning as he went through our service. Would definitely use again.

Dante Forge and Building Restoration has been trading for some 30years We carry out all aspects of renovation and restoration sympathetic to listed and period properties We cover all aspects of metalwork/welding ferrous and none ferrous on site and in house we are HETAS registered engineers qualifying to fit wood/multifuel stoves fireplace alterations together with flue lining and installing chimney systems

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Reviewed by William on 3/1/2019

Turned up on time, did the work with a helpful and friendly attitude. Tidied up each day and cleaned up when completed work.

Hi we are abbey masonry stone mason's carpenter's traditional craftsmen we cover a wide range of jobs from new builds to historical restoration stone supplier stone carver pet memorials all types of stone work lime mortar pointing renovation work

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Reviewed by Clare on 1/3/2018

The Team came at my hour or need, did an excellent job and were very knowledgeable about the timbers and mantle for the fireplace

Gas Safe Domestic Engineer All jobs related wit -Natural gas -LPG gas in privat properties.

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Reviewed by Anne on 3/11/2018

Jakub was amazing, I can not rate him enough. He did a brilliant job. A very polite man . Great price I would recommend him to friends and family. He is coming back to service my boiler thanks Jacub

MF Maintenance carries out a wide range of works including roofing repairs, fencing, paving & decking, drainage, also indoor work; plastering & small repair/ maintenance jobs around the house.

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Reviewed by Lee on 29/10/2018

Did every thing I asked him to do would definitely use again

Established in 1994 Artisan Design & Build has been creating beautiful living environments with imagination and dedicated attention to detail. We specialise in unique conversions, new builds, bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens, extensions, roofing & more

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Reviewed by Nikki on 15/10/2018

Excellent!!

Bentley Building And Maintenance This is a family run business which consists of varrious of trades ,there is me and my four teams .We all have our own 2 to 4 man teams that do various work .We all have a huge selection off skills to offer We do roofing ,brickwork Painting and decorating , plumbing ,carpentry and other handy man services. We do flat roofs felt, grp fibreglass Slate roofs tile roofs what ever you need can be delivered We have gas safe partners who can come check our work after our work is completed And can also give you gas certificates. We all do faciar soffits and gutter work lead work chimenys tiling ,flooring ,screeding too . We also offer a transport service that does removals and clearances and also garden services ,members of the team who do decorating and brick work , Steps driveways or even decking.no matter the job one of our team can assist your needs We all have bathroom and kitchen fitting skills Demolition if its a wall you need taken out chimney stacks and supports put in a door or anything like this we can also provide a high standerds of service My team also do cctv and is also locksmith services So what ever the job no matter how big or small one of us will be happy to assist We have all been in the building trade since school and we have all worked togeather on big and small jobs all our team is very polite and treat your property like it was our own never cut corners and have high standerds in the work we deliver if it takes longer to make sure the job is done to your satisfaction then thats what will be done Many thanks Matthew Bentley Bentley building and maintenance

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Reviewed by Lorenzo on 16/1/2019

Matthew did exactly what we asked for and quick in getting back to us. And most of all...did a great job! Will use them again in the future.

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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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