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Hi, my name is Emanuel. We are a great team and we focus on our clients needs. We work good and all our works are good and the clients are satisfied.

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Reviewed by Jamie on 24/9/2018

I cannot thank Emanuel and his team enough for the fantastic work they have done at my house. I tasked them to provide a series of services to my back garden including fence & decking construction and artificial lawn installation. The guys worked tirelessly to complete over a matter of days. Price was agreed and Emanuel and the team started the next day. Extremely efficient! My wife and I are really happy with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending ‘Constructions Experts’.

We are a well run family company and we offer our services with a smile we do landscaping tree surgeon and we do all small medium big garden we can take on any job we have been known for 15 years and we can give you a great job so pls feel free to hire our freindly company We also take away all waste with our jobs and leave gardens looking great

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Reviewed by Andrea on 24/9/2018

The team that came to my house were excellent. Paul, Curtis and Dominic were punctual, courteous and very respectful of my home. It was a wet day, and they took the time to spread plastic sheeting on the floor to prevent tracking mud and debris through the house and they cleared the wildly overgrown garden. They worked fast and were pretty thorough. They weren't the cheapest quote, but their universally high ratings on this site swung the vote for me. I would recommend them, and would use them again.

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, we know how to deliver work that looks good and lasts. We work on properties of all shapes and sizes, commercial and domestic, turning your dreams into a reality.

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Reviewed by Samantha on 24/9/2018

George was very efficient at installing soundproofing in the party wall. The noise from next door has now greatly reduced! George worked quickly & left the rooms clean & tidy at the end of the job. We’ll definitely be using George again for future jobs.

My customers needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my work is from repeat customers and referrals I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service.

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Reviewed by Rose on 24/9/2018

Excellent work from Jonathan, I would have no hesitation in recommending him to work in your garden and home.

Hi and welcome to B & D Building Construction. We have over 10 years experience in UK as professional builders and over 15 years experience in Building and Construction Industry .  In all this years we have done all sorts of building works such as house extensions , loft conversions ,new builds,house conversions (flats and studio flats ),internal refurbishments (new bathrooms , new kitchens , structural works ,plumbing ,underfloor heating, central heating , new boilers, electric works , rewiring , all types of joinery&carpentry works , internal and external painting and decorating ,plastering , ...etc ) , all exterior works (roofing , external insulation , rendering , paving , ...etc)  FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING NEEDS ,GIVE US A BELL.

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Reviewed by Kati on 24/9/2018

Standard of work completed ok, but they were late and parts of the job were not done. Rotten skirting not replaced as agreed, but painted instead, this wasnt metioned until I queried it. Didn't remove old vinyl and then lied to me that they had, took the large piece of leftover lino that I had told them I wanted to keep. Also had issues with loo flush since they were here. Price ok. Left area clean. Worked quickly - but prob because they didn't do the whole job. Overall felt taken advantage of.

S.G Garden Solutions LTD is a city based Gardening & Landscaping company. With years of experience and knowledge in the trade. Our services include but are not limited to Garden/Grounds Maintenance, Tree Surgery, Garden Clearance and much more.

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Reviewed by Graham on 24/9/2018

Spot on well mannered Never stopped except for two coffee breaks No damage All left clean and tidy Cut a few extra bits to please my wife Chuffed to bits would use SAM again and reckomend him and his Gang

Wagus Services Ltd. offers you professional residential and commercial Cleaning, Carpet cleaning Gardening services, Handyman jobs, Painting, Patio cleaning, Tiler works and many more

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Reviewed by Michaela on 24/9/2018

Nice, friendly polite professionals and great job!

Sole trader company taking care of total residential needs from small jobs to total refurbs ,extention and loft conversions.

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Reviewed by Boris on 23/9/2018

Great job: he is fast and reliable. Also: very friendly. Highly recommended

Sf Heating & Bathrooms offer a wide range of services from a basic tap change to full bathroom installations, repairs and heating systems, as well as home maintenance.

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Reviewed by Katy on 23/9/2018

Scott came straight away to help out with our boiler He managed to fix the issue straight away. Would highly recommend

Welcome to ''Leo's Construction & Landscapes'' we are known for our fare quotes and high quality work.Over 15 years of experience I had chance to work with many amazing projects. I complete all work myself with my skilled team.

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Reviewed by Simon on 22/9/2018

Turned up at short notice. Did the job quickly. Great value.

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Garden Design specialists - what you need to know

Below you’ll find information to help you understand the different elements of garden design and the key things to be aware of before you start transforming your outside space. Find some initial ideas to talk through with a garden designer, including making the most of a small garden.

What does garden design involve?

Garden design is about more than mowing a lawn and putting a couple of plants in the ground. A good design takes into account a few key elements:

  • How you want to use the space.
  • The amount of light the garden receives, and at what times of the day.
  • The quality of your soil.

For example, you won’t want to put a shed in the best spot for catching a bit of sun, or have a patio that’s entirely in the shade.

A garden designer will help you make the most of the available space, no matter how big or small. They’ll also establish how keen a gardener you are to make sure the finished garden is either easy to maintain, or gives you something to get your teeth into – if you’re the green-fingered type.  

Cost of garden design work

The cost of the work will depend on what you’re having done and the size of your garden, but prices tend to start at around £200. A good garden designer will discuss what you want to get out of your garden and ask you about your budget before coming up with ideas.

Low maintenance garden ideas

  • You can stop a garden from looking untidy by dividing it into small sections. Plants, hedges, low walls and raised beds give a sense of order. Paths made from wood chips, slabs or bark help prevent weeds.
  • Growing plants at different heights can give the illusion of there being more than there are, so you get the look of a fuller garden, with fewer plants to keep healthy. Shrubs, herbs and verbena are low maintenance plant options for adding colour.
  • Rockeries and water features don’t need much looking after. Avoid shallow water features to save needing to top them up when they dry out. If you’d like a pond, avoid getting fish as the pH balance of the water settles naturally without them, giving you fewer algae problems so less cleaning time.
  • To save cutting the lawn, artificial turf could be your best friend but if you want the real thing and don’t mind doing a little cutting every now and again, slow growing or drought resistant turf could be better options.

Ideas for small gardens

  • To create more space, choose similar flooring to the inside of your home when picking the outside tiling.
  • Divide a garden into different sections and add diagonal or winding paths. Extending the time it takes to get from one side of the garden to the other will make it feel bigger.
  • Laying pavers at an angle to the property instead of parallel will draw the eye across the garden and extend the space.
  • Attaching foliaged climbers to wires across areas of your garden will give it an extra dimension.
  • Think about growing upwards rather than outwards with a trellis attached to your fence, or a vertical wall made up of climbers, grasses and ferns. A green wall can also help you lower your energy bills through providing more insulation and reducing the amount of heat that’s lost through the wall of your home. When it comes to choosing other plants, pick types that grow upwards like sweet peas and black-eyed susans so they take up less room.

Planning permission for garden design jobs

Planning permission only comes into play when you’re building or installing decking, fences, walls and gates. You’ll need to apply for planning permission if:

  • The decking would be higher than 30cm above the ground.
  • The decking or other raised platforms would cover more than half of the total area of the garden.
  • A fence, gate or wall would be over 2 metres high, or over 1 metre high near a highway that’s used by vehicles (or a footpath next to the highway).
  • The fence, gate or wall would form a boundary with a listed building or land.

If you live in a listed building or you have a front garden that you want to pave over, you should check with your Local Planning Authority as different rules may apply.

Insurance for garden design work

While it’s not a legal requirement, it’s a good idea for all garden designers to have public liability insurance so they’re covered for personal injuries or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask your garden designer

  • How long have they been working as a garden designer for?
  • Can they show you examples of work they’ve carried out?
  • Can they give you a scaled design of what the finished garden will look like?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does this last? Are there separate guarantees for different plants?
  • Does the quote for the work include waste disposal? If not, check with your local council how you would go about getting it taken away.

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