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We are a small family business based in London. We are friendly, transparent and very hard working. We have worked very hard to build a strong reputation with a majority of our business coming from referrals from happy clients. In order to maintain our great name, we ensure that we pay attention to details every time for every project regardless of budget. Book a FREE quotation today and we are confident that you will experience the best building project delivery available.

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Reviewed by Srini on 8/11/2020

Honest, reliable, easy to deal with. I would surely use them for my next projects.

We are a building company which we do all type of work: Carpentry and Joinery. Painting , , General maintenance. , Refurbishment , Nothing Is too small

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Reviewed by Conrad on 26/11/2020

Alex was excellent. From the moment I posted my job to the instillation date. Very good communication throughout, good ideas for the job, delivered the bike shed ahead of time and the quality was very impressive. I would recommend him to anyone and will use Alex again.

Handy man !!!

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Reviewed by Louis on 28/11/2020

Really happy with Valentin's work. He did a great job and is a very nice guy also. Will be finding lots more jobs for him to do and have already recommended to friends and family!

I am an experienced Joiner/Kitten Fitter with 30 years experience from fitted kitchens hanging doors flat pack furniture butt and scribe joints sliding doors pelmets boxing in pipe work and boxing in boilers skirting architrave banisters spindles handrails oak stair case

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Reviewed by Dexter on 26/11/2020

Absolutely quality! Had to come in and fix a lot of bad work left behind from other tradesmen and he managed to do so. Gave us a very reasonable price and the work quality was of a very high standard! Finished ahead of schedule too! Would highly recommend and will be using again!

We are a family and friendly an trust worthy business and aim to make the customer happy and work with them to get what they want we like our work to be a 100% and enjoy our work every day and we hope all our customers enjoy our work

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Reviewed by Imran on 3/11/2020

Very professional and helpful. Highly recommended

I am new to Rated People but I have over 10 Years experience in the building and roofing trade

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Reviewed by Roger on 1/10/2020

A good job, done on time.

C&K carpentry ltd is a family run business. We have 13 years of experience with carpentry. We will provide an honest and good service as well as give fair quotes and deliever an outstanding quality of work. Specialise in 1st & 2nd fix and flooring

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Reviewed by Ali on 25/9/2020

Gentian did a fantastic job finished professionally.

family run hard working company with the right morals, belive if a job is worth doing its worth doing right

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Reviewed by Stacey on 25/11/2020

Highly recommend Stewart and his team. After having our garden ruined by another tradesman. Stewart came to look at the work which needed doing. He promised to rectify the work and do what he could. The guys worked hard and our garden is amazing from the decking, paving, fencing and turfed area. The lads are polite, professional and work so hard. Already planning on having them back for the front garden!

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Reviewed by Shola on 15/10/2020

Very professional & honest people. Work was complete with excellent standard. Good time keeping too.

Scotland's premier building joinery landscaping and tree surgery service we offer a wide range of services carried out by fully trained fully insured professional trades people full free written details provided 21 day cooling off period all work guaranteed insurance work undertaken sepa registered waste carriers no call out charge agents throughout Scotland we cover all of Scotland distance no object established 2008 hundreds of satisfied customers throughout Scotland no job to small

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Reviewed by Melanie on 2/11/2020

Prompt response and quick to undertake job. Work including additional repair performed to a good standard.

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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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