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NE6 Plumbing specialises in reactive maintenance plumbing. We offer a wide variety of services ranging from tap repairs to bathroom installations, throughout the north east. We are new to Rated People, aiming to have a lot of positive feedback in the near future.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Mandy on 23/5/2018

Excellent service and picked up on a fault that we didnt notice which in turn has saved us a lot of money! Would highly recommend! Thanks Curtis.

i have been a self employed builder since 1997 i have one employed labourer but i am able to get all trades as i do extentions, my main work is roofing but am also a good general builder, i am based in stockport but have worked all around greater manchest

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Demolition

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/5/2018

Turned up to quote and completed the job there and then- pleased with the work

H M Building Solutions was formed 12 years ago and we have since grown and evolved. We are now capable of offering our customers a full range of construction services. We leave our customers happy to recommend our services.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Katie on 23/5/2018

Hayden and his team were extremely helpful, efficient, responsive and their work was very high quality. They were a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Sophie on 23/5/2018

Good effort

HC Interiors offer redecoration services, installs kitchens, bathrooms & flooring. As a member of Dulux Select, it benefits from their guarantee with respect to all painting & decorating jobs. See my website for examples of previous work & references.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by jordan on 23/5/2018

Hugo did the impossible: high quality work, for a good price, on time. He didn't go over budget, was clean, always professional and kept me in the loop about everything. Highly recommend him.

our team is dedicated to provide very good service and professionalism. We deliver a full range of service and product solutions to businesses, commercial or residential jobs. let us assist you for design, installation, maintenance and building services.

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Varun on 23/5/2018

Seby and his team were very professional. They worked diligently, carefully and tidly. Seby was not short of ideas and I did make full use of his expertise. I would definitely use them again for future projects.

Reliable courteous local builder work most on my own have plenty of experience in the field here to help and get job done to a high standard always

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by SHARON on 23/5/2018

Thank you Tony for doing a fantastic Job !! Job was done quickly and proffesionally and a great price will definitely use A Wickens building again !! :)

Hello, my name's Tom. Me & my team specialize in plumbing, heating and refurbishment services for domestic customers. I'm a C & G gas safe qualified plumber with a few years of experience. I aim to deliver great and reliable service at reasonable prices!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Kate on 23/5/2018

Was really pleased with their work - went above and beyond

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

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Reviewed by alan on 22/5/2018

Very happy with the work carried out, very reliable and did exactly what he said. Would highly recommend.

Bluefox Developments & Decorating contractors cover all aspects of building works we are a family run company, fully insured and are very competitive on prices.. web address bluefoxdevelopments

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Ricky on 22/5/2018

Gary got in contact within about 10 minutes of me posting the job to have my house painted. He turned up on time to give me a quote and was on time to complete the job within 3 days. The price was slightly higher than the quoted due to my wall type needing a special paint, however, the work has been completed to a very high standard (no spills on the floor and smudges between the charcoal grey & ivory colours we chose), so no complaints from me. Several of my neighbours have said how nice my house looks!

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House extension specialists - what you need to know

House and kitchen extensions can transform your property, and add significant value in the process. While they are demanding projects, with the right set of skills and expert knowledge, a specialist can make sure your extension runs smoothly and stays within budget.

But experience and attention to detail are crucial. Just think for a moment about the individual stages and trades involved in a house or kitchen extension. Planning and design, groundwork, brickwork, carpentry and joinery, electrical work, plumbing, plastering, decorating, potentially even roofing and glazing too.

Taking on a house or kitchen extension needs a specialist with a solid track record of transforming their customers’ homes to a high standard, as well as someone who can advise you along the way. An extension can be as much an emotional investment as a financial one, so you need a builder you have confidence in.

Look for a tradesperson or builder who is able to confidently and clearly communicate how they’d approach your project, rather than someone who’ll just “turn their hand” to the varied and unique trades involved.

A reliable and reputable extension specialist will give you a thorough plan for the project: how they’d assist you with the design and layout, the key phases and trades involved, a realistic completion date, and an accurate quote (which they’ll stick to).

Overall, it’s important to consider the scale of the project. Remember, you’re looking for a project partner rather than just a tradesperson.

Cost of house and kitchen extension work

Cost per m2

  • Low: £1,200 per m2
  • Average: £1,500 per m2
  • High: £1,750+ per m2

How long does a kitchen extension take?

Ultimately, this depends on the scale of the project in question and the specification or finish you expect your extension to meet.

A basic single-storey kitchen extension could be turned around in 10 weeks, whereas a more-involved project could take 14 weeks or longer.

How long does a house extension take?

House extensions are usually larger projects – indeed, they could even feature a kitchen as part of the extension.

A two-storey extension consisting of a kitchen or WC on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor is likely to take at least 12 weeks to complete, while a larger-scale project with more rooms, floors or intricate features could take 18 weeks or more.

The qualifications your extension specialist needs

Given the breadth of trades that may be required to complete an extension, there can be a number of qualifications and accreditations involved.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is an established and reputable association, but not every builder will be a member. Some trades will be able to produce their City & Guilds or NVQ qualifications, but as these aren’t formally required, plenty of perfectly competent professionals might not necessarily hold these.

However, there are some qualifications that are mandatory for certain types of work. Gas and heating engineers must be Gas Safe registered, while electricians should be signed up to NICEIC in order to commission your electrical work. You may also want to check that your builder adheres to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) best practices when it comes to risk assessment and safe working.

Planning permission for extension projects

Planning permission requirements will vary according to the location of your property and the surrounding buildings. There’s always the potential for grumpy neighbours to throw a metaphorical spanner in the works too.

Official guidelines are fairly easy to understand, but can include puzzling intricacies. No additional planning permission is required as long as the extension doesn’t exceed more than half the area of land around the "original house". You also won’t need to seek additional permission if your extension is no higher than your existing roof.

However, there are some restrictions it’s worth being aware of. You can find the full list on the planning portal website. Single-storey rear extensions, two-storey extensions and those conducted on properties facing a public highway will need to adhere to certain limitations.

Insurance for extension projects

Public liability insurance is critical, covering you for damage to your property caused by a builder. However, you’ll want to confer with your home or buildings insurance provider and let them know about the work to ensure you’re covered, too.

Home renovation and extension insurance is available from some providers, which may be worth investigating if your existing insurer can’t cover your work. Some builders may provide a warranty on their work too.

Questions you should ask your extension specialist

  • Will they provide a copy of their public liability insurance?
  • Can they provide a warranty for their work?
  • Do they have examples of their previous renovation projects?
  • Can they give you multiple references of recent extensions they’ve completed?
  • Are they willing to assist with the planning and design phase?

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