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Hi My Name is Daniel I am a professional installer of sectional buildings and log cabins, I have been doing this trade for over 15 years. I am a very clean and tidy worker.

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Reviewed by Lindsey on 19/6/2019

These guys worked their arses off and did a great job! Thank you

I have been completing handman,property/garden maintainance jobs for around 9 years.i have a large list of previous and current happy customers.5* rated on all other job sites.satisfaction garanteed.all work fully insured.works undertaken,general handyman/property maintainance,flatpack assemble,shed/summerhouse assemble.driveway jetwash/maintainance,garden maintainance/clearance and much more.

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Reviewed by Sundip on 20/6/2019

Paul assembled a toddler swing and slide set with wooden frame that needed to be anchored with concrete into the ground. Job really well done. Paul was prompt, quick, efficient and tidy. Would definitely recommend.

I am a retired plumbing and heating enginner i have gained alot of skills when i worked on sites I enjoy making flat pack furniture garden sheds small plumbing jobs

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Reviewed by Cathie on 14/6/2019

Jeff was very pleasant, polite and helpful. He did a really good job and i would certainly use him again. I would highly recommend him

J&S take on a lot of different types of job. And if wee can't do the job we have trade workers who can do it for us.

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Reviewed by Tony on 10/6/2019

Really pleased with the work, thank you.

most types of joinery work undertaken , no job too small , over 30 years in the building trade

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Reviewed by Fiona on 20/5/2019

I would thoroughly recommend Alan to anyone. He came when I asked him, turned up on time and made a lovely job of the shed. I will definitely use him again.

Home and garden work Handyman work No job to small or to big family run Free quote and friendly advise give

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Reviewed by Oluremi on 18/4/2019

It's a big shame that this man was so unreliable . We had an agreement and dissapointed me twice as he kept postponing and rescheduling. Worst of all he didn't show up eventually . He refused to pick my calls and wasted my time for nothing. This is my first experience on this site and will definitely by my last.

We undertake all aspects of building work from domestic builds and renovations to extensions and much much more! We pride ourselves on providing a professional and reliable service which results in superbly executed building projects and highly satisfied customers. Our services include: * Internal renovations * External refurbishments * Partition walls * Flooring * Door Fitting * Brick laying * Landscaping * Carpentry * Ground works * Drainage and soakaways * Fencing * Tiling * Screeding * Plastering * Driveways and Block paving * Garage conversions * Barn conversions and out-building constructions

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Reviewed by Tracey on 22/3/2019

Ricky called within 20 minutes of posting the job and came round and completed the work the same afternoon. The quality of workmanship was excellent and he spent half an hour cleaning up afterwards. I'm thrilled with the repair and couldn't recommend him more.

THE PROFESSIONAL ALTERNATIVE TO DOING IT YOURSELF Professional and skilled multi-tradesman over 15 years experience. Excellent eye for detail, perfectionist, very neat, clean & tidy. Full crb checked, refs available on request.

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Reviewed by Linda on 21/6/2019

What a fantastic guy friendly professional and great worker done fantastic job and no messing about cleaned up and took the packaging away would definetly recommend him and will be using him for all our handy work from now on

SID WASTE LTD is a run business with an over 5 years experience in waste disposal-office clearance-garden waste-demolition-garage-tree surgery

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Reviewed by Geoffrey on 5/11/2018

Daniel and colleague worked hard and completed the summerhouse refurbishment in a day. A complete renovation of the summerhouse would have required the structure to have been disassembled, rotten components replaced and the summerhouse re-assembled. This would have been at least three days work and begun to approach the cost of a new summerhouse. Daniel's work should give the 25 years old summerhouse another 10 years life and the laminate floor matches the colour of the summerhouse's natural pine well.

Time served joiner/carpenter with 16 years experience in all aspects of joinery. I offer reasonable and fair prices, with no job too small. I have a great reputation with all of my customers and work across the North East.

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Reviewed by Harriett on 23/5/2019

Robin and Liam did a fantastic job with a custom fitted cabiney in our living room. Little mess, very good price and lovely people. Cabinet is exactly as we wanted and Robin was able to give us useful advice and guide us through the best wood etc to use. Will hire again!

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Garden Shed / Playhouse specialists - what you need to know

Garden sheds come in a range of shapes and sizes and are increasingly used for a variety of different purposes, from storing tools and garden furniture, to providing spaces to work in or relax. Garden sheds are usually made from wood, plastic, or metal and, unless you’re after something bespoke, most sheds will come pre-built, requiring you or a tradesperson to assemble it. In most cases, a gardener, a handyman, or a builder will be able to do the job for you. 

Costs for installing or building your garden shed

The costs of the shed itself will vary greatly on what your shed is made from and its size. Most pre-built sheds will take 1-2 days to build, with costs likely to start from £200, though this will vary based on where you live. Costs can increase if you need an area cleared to make room for the shed, are opting for a concrete base or need the ground levelled before the shed can be built.

If you’re looking to add electricity, heating, lighting and furniture, this will add to the complexity of the project and you may want to research specialist shed builders who can build you something bespoke. 

Choosing the right shed

This will depend upon a number of things including:

  • Your budget.
  • The value of the items you’ll keep in the shed.
  • Your intended use of the shed.
  • Any design considerations you have relating to your house or garden.

Before you decide on the type of shed, it’s important to think about how you’ll use it. Will your shed be used to sit and relax in, to work in, or as a home for your lawnmower and other garden tools.  

Wooden sheds are usually made from softwoods like pine and cedar. Pine has a greater susceptibility to rot than cedar but is also cheaper and more widely available. It’s a good idea to treat your shed before construction and then repeat the treatment each year. This will help to keep it weather-proof. Alternatively you could look at pre-treated or pressure-treated sheds. The latter has preservative forced into the timber, resulting in almost no maintenance being required at all.

Plastic sheds tend to be cheaper than wooden sheds. They’re lighter, won’t rot or burn, and are often simpler to construct. On the downside, because of its plastic construction, the hinges for the doors and locks will likely be plastic meaning security can be a concern, and you may have limits on the amount you can hang on the walls. You’ll also want to think about how your new shed will look in situ – plastic sheds often struggle for style points.

Metal sheds are made to last (but beware the cheap, thin metal sheds which corrode quickly). They’re low maintenance as the metal is galvanised, making them weather proof. They’re also heavy, meaning they’re robust and can be made very secure, but this means they can be trickier to put up, with the panels of the shed weighing significantly more than other alternatives.

Whichever option you choose, a solid base is vital to ensure your shed is able to withstand the rigours of daily use (removing tools and equipment from a shed will test how well built your shed is) and bad weather. Ask your tradesperson before they quote about whether any clearance is needed, how they plan to create a solid base for the shed and whether there’s any work required to level off the ground.

There are no specific qualifications that a tradesperson will need to build a shed. It’s always advisable to see proof of similar projects they’ve been done for other homeowners.   

Planning permission for building a garden shed

You shouldn’t need planning permission to build a shed if:

  • Your shed is only being used for domestic purposes.
  • Your shed has a maximum height of 4 metres.
  • The ground area covered by your shed is less than 50% of the total ground space of your home.

For all the latest planning permission advice and for all the qualifying criteria, visit the Planning Portal.

Insurance for electrical work

Whichever tradesperson you choose to build your shed, they should have public liability insurance. This isn't a requirement but gives you peace of mind should there be any property damage or personal injury claims as a result of the work.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • What kind of jobs do they tend to do the most? Can they give you references for previous work?
  • Will it be themselves that build the shed? If a concrete base is needed, or if you’d like electricity in your shed, will they be doing this work themselves or working with other tradespeople?

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