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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 Paul on 22/1/2020

Rod did a nice job repointing some brickwork to the front of our house. Having given his quote Rod was able to agree a final figure and arrange a date – only a few days later – to come and do the work. Although Rod lived some distance away, he arrived on time at 8:00am. Rod was very pleasant and explained to us what he planned to do. He completed the work by mid-afternoon and did a nice tidy job for what we thought was a reasonable price. Thanks Rod

We are a small company who offer many services,you name it we cover it.With years of experience in all building and maintenance.We specialise in plumbing,building [internal and external],patios ,decorating as i said you name it .We aim to please.

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Reviewed by Jenny on 24/12/2019

Steve was punctual and professional. He was organised and left the bathroom tidy, gave updates throughout the job and the job was completed to a high standard. will definitely recommend Steve to friends and family

we are a small heating and plumbing business whos majority of work is word of mouth.We are very professional and value your opinion. we do all gas and water related work as well as doing work for local councils and landlords.REFERENCES ALWAYS AVAILABLE

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Reviewed by Neil on 25/6/2019

Good quality boiler installed, reliable and friendly Heating and hot water works well Called him back for two leaks on the heating system, and then for three leaks on two radiators - (plumbing is not easy...) - he was more than happy to return to fix the little oozi leaks in good time Couple of weeks later, gas leak at the meter from flux that had been dripped onto the steel flexible pipe had eaten through and corroded the 'anaconda' - apparently a common cause of leak according to the gas emergency team

We are a Specialist re-pointing service with over 15 years experience. We are also fully insured and can provide a free no obligation estimate upon request. We also undertake all aspects of external property maintenance Such as replacing wall ties,as your mortar fails due to age water gets to the wall ties which makes them rust and expand which then cracks will appear in the brickwork For advice or a estimate give us a call

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Reviewed by Andrew on 16/5/2020

Andrew came, measured up and sent a quote that same day which was within my budget. Andrew and his team arrived early each day which is always a bonus and cracked on with the job. Each day Andrew and his team cleaned up after themselves and left my property in a very clean state. Once the job was done he said he would be backing in 2 weeks time to clip some TV cable in. True to his word, he turned up and did the job. Quick reliable very professional tradesmen, Andrew comes highly recommended. Thanks Andrew.

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Reviewed by Paul on 3/3/2013

A pleasure to deal with. Reliable and flexible in their approach. Gave good advice and suggestions throughout. Well recommended!

Surrey Stone & Stucco is a specialist Restoration company. We can guarantee that with our experience, you can be assured of quality reliable workmanship. Our expertise covers: cleaning, repairing and the maintaining of all types of building facade.

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Reviewed by allan on 2/11/2015

Grant did a great job. He replaced and repaired damaged bricks in my kitchen wall and then repointed accordingly. Would highly recommend.

Been doing roofing and building for 15+ years since i left school We take a lot of pride in our work and make sure we give you 100% satsifaction Please check out our instagram page and follow us mjbbuilding Services we offer -repairs to roofs -leadwork -driveways & patios -any sort of building work -garden clearence -carpentry

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Reviewed by Gillian on 25/1/2020

Turned up as promised. Speedy and efficient. Cleaned up afterwards. Friendly and happy to explain what was needed. Would definitely employ again.

All kind of building works undertaken,quality guaranteed.

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Reviewed by R on 27/4/2020

Kris was brilliant. Very professional and his workmanship was 5 star!

As a Stonemason for more than 20 years I have specialised in the restoration and conservation of historic/period properties, churches and buildings. In 2010 I established my own Ltd company bringing my skills to the domestic market.

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Reviewed by Malcolm on 27/4/2020

Terry provided me with two very competitive quotes, one to repair the wall, the other for a full rebuild. I chose the repair option. Terry carried out the work to a very high standard and within budget. The area was left clean and tidy. I have now asked him to carry out further jobs. All the work has, to date, been carried out to a high standard. I have no hesitation in recommending Terry.

Smartways, taking pride in our work, ensuring all jobs are completed to the highest standard. Offering a clean, friendly and reliable service. Qualified tradesmen with 10 years experience. All interior and exterior projects and maintenance.

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Reviewed by Caroline on 15/6/2019

Hard working guys, I would recommend, they left the place very tidy and even helped me out my washing machine back in! did a good job of the floor and recommend good options for my flooring with a. variety of pricing for me to choose from.

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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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