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Richard Doonan & Kevin Brooks Richard - Plumbing & Heating Engineer with 12 years experience in the trade Kevin - Gas, Heating & Electrical Engineer gas safe registered with 12 years experience Colin - fireplace installer , plaster, general builder With 30+ years in the trade .

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Reviewed by Stuart on 30/9/2019

Fast response with good communication and excellent service

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 Mary-Jane on 2/7/2019

We hired Steve and his brother Mark to rebuild the top of our chimney, install new chimney pots, restore 3 fireplaces and install a wood-burning stove in one. Steve was able to carry out the job at short notice and carefully explained every step and the materials required to effectively carry out the job. They worked in our home for 6 days, and were punctual, professIonal, thorough and really friendly guys. We would not think twice about recommending Steve, and we are extremely happy with the end result!

All aspects of building work covered.

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Reviewed by Diane on 11/8/2019

Would highly recommend JM construction. They were very punctual and work was completed as requested. The area was swept after and left clean and tidy. Would certainly use this company again. Thanks Joe

If you value quality and would like peace of mind and reassurance I invite you to use my services to help solve any design and construction projects you have. I'm Callum and I am a Carpenter and Builder It's always a pleasure to work with honest down to earth and friendly clients. Solving their problems and helping create their beautiful homes. I look forward to working with you!

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Reviewed by Neil on 26/9/2019

Excellent all round

We are a small company that is providing stone kitchens and bathrooms work tops from templating to installation offering a good quality service and warranty.

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Reviewed by Michael on 5/6/2019

great attitude, great workmanship

I'm a multi-skilled builder, and I provide a range of services that transforms your home so it becomes a better and more comfortable home for you. I can remodel your kitchen or bathroom, install flooring, help with any paving or landscaping tasks, etc. I can also help out with any general handyman jobs like repairing doors, installing window blinds, hanging pictures, and more. I work with precision and go the extra mile to ensure customers are truly happy with my results. I know deadlines are important and so strive to complete every project on time while still maintaining high quality standards. I live in Milton Keynes, and I cover area radius 1hr from my base. For your peace of mind, I have public liability insurance, and comply with all safety regulations. If you need a reliable, friendly, and helpful builder, I would love to hear from you. Let’s chat about how I can help – please get in touch for a detailed discussion.

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Reviewed by Shuraya on 7/6/2019

I would highly recommend Stan. He has done an amazing and fantastic job in fitting in a new kitchen for my parents. He was friendly and professional through out the work he carried out. He was very hard working and is a very reliable person. My parents love their new kitchen and I am really pleased with the high quality finish as well Stan’s kindness, professionalism and skills. Thank you so much Stan for completing the work to a very high standard. Greatly appreciated.

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 Ann on 1/7/2019

Absolute great garage conversion. Very good standard. Looks great. Would definitely recommend. Good reliable honest and hard working. Thanks

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

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Reviewed by Akeem on 2/10/2019

Top class professional. Did a great job at good price. Arrived in time, cleaned up afterwards. Highly recommended

Hi there we are a plastering and building company We are a family run business Our aim is for customer satisfaction on every job Over 30 years exp All trades back up No job to small or big We cover Edinburgh lothians Fife Scottish Borders Kitchen & bathroom specialists the complete home improvement specialist Same day estimates Free estimates and advice

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Reviewed by Emma on 19/7/2019

John did a great job replacing a window ledge and fixing a front step. He was quick, neat and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend him!

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 Farshad on 3/9/2019

Job well done. thanks

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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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