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Where Do We Start? Well, first of all..We are a company of highly creative, fun, attentive and family-oriented people doing what we love to do every single day. We take great pride in our work, which – in fact – is our passion! Think about that, we take Pride in our PASSION! That sounds pretty intense. It should, because it is! We are extremely professional (duh!), but make no mistake, professionalism will only take you so far. If you are doing something you are passionate about day in and day out…That’s XTREME! Xtreme Landscaping LTD was conceived with the thought of taking your personal outdoors experience to an “Xtreme” level. We believe enjoying the outside of your home is just as important, if not more important, than enjoying the inside! Some of the best family memories and childhood experiences are made when gathering together with friends and family on the patio or in the backyard…Our passion is enhancing these experiences and memories by building each family their own outdoor paradise. Why Choose Us? Simply put, we will not let you down. We have installed hundreds of different types of landscapes, features and outdoor environments…we have done it all and done it well. What REALLY AND TRULY separates us is this simple fact. We put so much of ourselves into your project…our heart, our creativity and our time into giving you something you can not only see and enjoy, but LOVE. We bring a dedication to customer satisfaction no company can compare to. We, truly, want you to love what we design and build. We want you to walk away saying “WOW.. Those guys are fantastic. They really went above and beyond for us.” Why do we want that? Because without you, without the relationships we build with our customers we are just another landscape company. We are ordinary. We aren’t in the business of ordinary. We are in the business of being the best. Xtreme. You deserve Xtreme, and we are going to make sure you get nothing less than that. Always. WHY NOT!? Just kidding! Simply put, we will never let you down. Do we have the credentials? Of course… We, truly, want you to love what we do. We want you to love us. We want you to walk away saying “OMG..Those guys are really something else. They really went above and beyond for us.” Why do we want that? Because without you, without the relationships we build with our customers we are just another design or landscape company!

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Reviewed by Rachael on 21/7/2018

Landscapes garden, looks great and Andrei gave us lots of advice on how to look after the turf!

Hi! If you need a trader (electrician,plumber ,handyman)to work in your home or commercial place who is reliable, punctual, polite, friendly and with consideration and care for your home, then you found the right person to contact Daniel. I have more than 15 years experience in electric work and handyman.

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Reviewed by iulian on 21/7/2018

Daniel fitted an new shower pump very quick and clean . Professional and Affordable. Thank you!

I am a time served joiner by trade but i undertake most general building jobs now.i am a keen and willing young man that takes pride in everything i do.i pride myself on a good customer service and feel pride when i leave the job when you as the homeowner has a massive smile on your face when the job has been completed.I love my job and take pride in everything i do.

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Reviewed by Eric on 21/7/2018

Danny gave a good quote and turned up .Work was done to a good standard would use again .

Welcome to Pinewood tree & landscapes. We are a family run buisness with over 27 years experience in our trade. Fully insured & qualified tradesman all our work is fully guaranteed. We cover all areas of London & Surrey.

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Reviewed by Mary on 21/7/2018

Michael and Chris were fantastic! They did exactly what was requested and more! It has been a very hot day and they both worked their socks off. We would highly recommend them and will definitely use the company again. Thank you.

Hi my name is oliver kent I am a fully qualified carpenter I work for a company called concept carpentry. I am looking to take work on for myself at evenings and weekends but willing to work week days depending on Job .

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Reviewed by Jim on 21/7/2018

Oli has just finished fitting 5 internal doors, and he quality of workmanship is top notch. Oli was punctual and kept in touch from the initial quote to doing the job. A tidy and professional worker. Would highly recommend.

Hi, I'm Nick from Newbuilds. Newbuilds is a family run business, which has an array of building projects under our belt, from small repair jobs to Newbuild projects. All our work force are highly trained in numerous trades. We pride ourselves on our quality of work, and good customer care, leaving homes as clean and tidy as our own. With over 50 years experience, we guarantee your in great hands.

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Reviewed by Joanna on 21/7/2018

Repointing brickwork - Easy communication, good price, arrived on time, did a full day. Very pleased with the results, very neat; even brought a couple of bricks to replace some that had been put in buy previous workmen that didn't match. Thanks guys!

AG Handyman Services provide high quality home maintenance covering a variety of trades.

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Reviewed by Alayne on 21/7/2018

Geoff turned up on time and provided a honest overview of the work, costs and timings. He completed all works to a good standard and demonstrated a high level of knowledge and professionalism. Certainly someone i would use again and recomend.

I have been a gardener for over 10 years and during that time I have had a core base of 25clients whose gardens I maintain on an annual basis.during the season I clear and design and build small to medium gardens. I do not do heavy landscaping.

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Reviewed by John on 21/7/2018

Colin arrived on time and did a great job of clearing out a corner of the garden. It took him longer than anticipated, but there was no extra charge. I would definitely ask Colin to do similar work in future.

At Blackrock paving and gardens we pride ourselves on the quality of our work, specialising in all aspects of Groundwork, drainage, garden clearance and maintenance, whatever the job, We Can Help!

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Reviewed by Tarek on 21/7/2018

Really bad experience. Agreed gardener will supply all plants from his own supplier which has "better quality" but ended up with tiny plants started to continuously dry out over the next week although watered appropriately. Its ok to plant small ones if that's the correct thing as per the spaces available but should explain that before hand and give appropriate prices for the plants supplied. In short: 1) Over Inflated prices for all plants. 2) asked for full day pay for 2 people (took 3 hours)

Welcome to Mckenzie & sons waste Services where no job is too small. We collect anything from single items to full domestic / commercial clearances. We can dispose of nearly all forms of rubbish/wasteincluding Domestic, Commercial, Gardens, Garages,

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Reviewed by John on 21/7/2018

Fast and efficient. Highly recommended.

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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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