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Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Ruth on 22/2/2018

Very happy. Thank you. Prompt, friendly, knew what he was doing, went over and above the basic job. I would definitely recommend.

Jc landscaping is a family run buisness with 100s of happy Customers no job to big or to small all aspects of landscaping & roofing

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Colin on 22/2/2018

Work was carried out to satisfaction the original job was for repointing the chimney however we were pleased how the job was done and decided to go ahead to have the Roof of the house cleaned and treated which now looks like new and also the block paving driveway Was grubby with weeds growing and they cleaned that it now looks like it's just been laid and treated with weed killer and sealed really good job .

Hi, I'm Darren with 16 years experience in the double glazing industry. I am capable of doing all UPVC, conservatories, guttering, and fascias. Not only that my partner and I have also been doing painting and decorating for the last 8 years.

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by Rahul on 22/2/2018

Excellent work done. Turns up when he says. Highly recommended.

We are two fully qualified Carpenters with advanced craft qualifications. We specialise in high quality workmanship in the carpentry and building sectors.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Annie on 22/2/2018

Unprofessional and unreliable. Didn't show up for the job I booked with them. No apology or phone call.

Dear customers, I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce our company GF Building and Refurbishment Contractor Ltd is an insured company and is engaged in a wide range of services in the construction field.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Jackson on 22/2/2018

The work was fine for a couple months, but I ended having to reseal the entire shower because the caulking separated in several places and leaked. Inspecting the work, it's obvious that there wasn't sufficient caulking / contact in the first place. The drywall was damaged again, which is another to-do item for me now.

Experienced carpenter / furniture maker. Bespoke pieces to kitchen installations to property refurbishment. Multi-skilled with team for larger projects. Educated, sociable, creative problem solver. Portfolio and excellent references.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Fitted kitchens

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Reviewed by Trev on 22/2/2018

I look after a local grade 2 listed church and needed some work doing this trades pets.was really good polite prompt and his work can not be faulted at all I will be using him again. Such a good honest hard worker what more can you as.

Doors,Wooden flooring,Laminate flooring,garden office,Decking,Stairs,wardrobes and much more.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Conservatory, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Fitted kitchens

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Reviewed by Sharon on 22/2/2018

Great job really pleased with the price and how quickly , efficiently the work was done. Workmanship was perfect I will definitely use Cristi buildings again on any projects I have. Cristian is polite and just gets on with the job

My name is Brian and iv been in the bespoke Carpenter trade for 45 years. I specialise in making and fitting units, sash windows and wardrobes. Summer houses flooring doors bathrooms kitchens. First and second fixing is no problem.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Julie on 22/2/2018

Brian was fantastic, so quick, really high quality and such good value for what I got.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Catherine on 22/2/2018

Excellent job. Very clean and tidy. Would strongly recommend him. Very polite and courteous.

Looking for a London builder service with attractive rates? We are based in South-East of London providing services across all of London and neighboring areas. We are very reliable and experienced builders providing top quality building services. We offer a full renovation service, covering both residential and commercial properties in and around London. We will do everything we can to make your project as easy and headache-free as possible. We finish our job to the finest details due to our very hard working team and tools we used to deliver the work. We have a trading account which offers our customers cheaper building supplies. We offer competitive prices which no other company can match Our team provide very high standard building services. We will do the job your require to meet your vision whether it's a small or big job. We can provide excellent references from our past costumers. All our jobs are fully insured. Our services includes: Home and business renovation Kitchen and bathroom remodelling Painting and decorating Plastering Flooring Tiling Electrical work DIY

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Sarah on 22/2/2018

When searched on line, he did not match the description of the company that you presented as your trades person. They were different. I did not use him.

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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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