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J brooks and son is a family run business that cover all aspects of general building and landscaping from driveways patios and decking to turfing tree work and kitchen fitting Fast and friendly group of guys .we aim for maximum customer satisfaction and There literally is “no job to big or small” for us

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Reviewed by Joshua on 16/8/2018

Jack was quick to reply and clear in all of his messages. The job was expected to take two days but only took one and him and his team worked hard to get the job done to our satisfaction. Really impressed, so much so that we are using him again.

we are a small family company offering a range of service at a competitive price and pride ourselves on customer service within the company we have over 20 years of experience within the plumbing and heating industry. we will offer a 2hrs call out service were we can we offer the following services plumbing central heating showers toilets boiler installation boiler breakdowns hot water cylinders cold water tanks emergency plumbing burst pipes gas appliances all our engineers are fully qualified and trained to the highest standards

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Reviewed by Elizabeth on 15/8/2018

In short, and to recap: the callout was great, the follow up left a lot to be desired and we've had to use another supplier to get the remedial work done.

compleat property maintenance over thirty five years experience in the building trade

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Reviewed by Catrina on 14/8/2018

reliable lovely guy

I have 10 years experience working in the spa and hydrotherapy industry creating bespoke products for a niche market across the UK and Europe. My experience has enabled me to work to a very high standard ensuring that a customers requirements are met to the last detail. My Key skills include joinery/woodwork, tiling and steel work. I am confident taking on large or small jobs. I am also a time served welder and fabricator and own a mig welder for repairs and small projects.

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Reviewed by Jacky on 14/8/2018

Prompt response Simon came to quote and he then did the job the same day. It was a fantastic tiling job at a good price and he made no mess. Very professional and helpful would definitely recommended ??????????

ABOUT Established in 2010 North Star Building Solutions are a highly successful building company specializing in exceptional residential projects. Covering a whole lot of London, we provide our clients with creative solutions and bespoke building services. As well as covering all aspects of new build and can deliver technical expertise to the latest building designs. We pride ourselves in completing a variety of projects including affordable and high specification housing, energy centres, hotels, restaurants, community centres and a church; we are experts at Extensions, Conversions, and Refurbishments. Whatever the size and detail of your project, we are Proficiency and we truly are the best at what we do. . Our work comes with a 5 years warranty and we have an indemnity insurance of up to £5m The North Star Building Solution promotes and supports excellence in workmanship, skilled and dependable tradesmen. We take our responsibilities as members very seriously. We are confident in all of our major projects, which we deliver with a 5-year warranty, which is designed to protect our clients against defects and ensure their peace of mind. We are proud that North Star Building Solutions is the only specialist construction company that has formally committed to providing the most reliable and straightforward services with a customer-centric approach and vision statement that holds us accountable to our work and clients. Benefits By choosing North Star Building Solutions for your building project you will benefit by having a single company, motivated to deliver a successful project by fulfilling multiple tasks, including great design, quality, budget and project management. Proficiency can work with any property renovation or house extension, from side return kitchen extensions to single and double conversions and new builds. *OUR SERVICES *ELECTRICAL *PLUMBING *CARPENTRY *TILING *DECORATING *REFURBISHMENT *CONSTRUCTION *And Building Renovations *HOUSE EXTENSION *LOFT CONVERSION *KITCHEN *BATHROOM INSTALLATION We take pride in our work which we give it full commitment and attention to details. All our is delivered to the highest quality. Here is a selection of our building recent projects which shows the level of experience and the high standards of our work. Do not hesitate to contact us for your next project, call us. References are available upon request.

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Reviewed by Ian on 12/8/2018

Leo and his team worked very hard, including long days and weekends. We are a family of 5 with 3 young children so complete bathroom refurb was always going to be a challenge. On the whole they tried to minimise impact and the final finish is superb. Slight breakdown in communication over old toilet disappearing with nothing to replace it and additional costs for mosaic tiling that weren't quoted for. However, on both occasions Leo resolved the issues in my favour. I would use him again & recommend.

North Agency Construction, associated with North Agent, Newcastle Removal Company and North East Home Solutions, is a combined partnership between three Directors our respective companies joining forces to offer a comprehensive service. Based in Newcastle, we have projects as far as Teesside and up to Alnwick. Individually we have worked all over the world i.e Dubai, Saudi, North Africa, all over Europe including Amsterdam and we are happy to send any of our staff to any site with confidence. We are using Rated People to test the water in Newcastle whilst we form a larger global construction company. Between us, we have nearly 100 properties to boot and nearly 20 of our own staff and contractors.

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Reviewed by Lynn on 10/8/2018

Even gave me a phone call to let us know he’d be here within the hour. Quick reliable service

Hello and thanks for paying me a visit. I’ve been self employed now for the past 18 months. I offer a wide range of skills from decorating to decking to flooring. I am a Reliable tradesman here to please you I look forward to hearing from you thanks.

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Reviewed by John on 10/8/2018

Good communication, hard working, polite and professional. Job was completed quickly. He tidied up afterwards and made sure I was happy with the work before he left. Thanks Dale.

12 years in General building . My main Trade is tiling . Most Important thing is to make my clients happy .

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Reviewed by Amina on 9/8/2018

Matt fitted a kitchen and bathroom for me. The work was of a good quality and I am pleased with the results.

Hello i am Mark Bonsall . i established my business in march 2010 as a domestic electrician. NICEIC REGISTERED . Since then i have diversified into bathroom/kitchen re-refurbishment. Through experience i also attend breakdowns. please view my ratings

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Reviewed by Phil on 8/8/2018

All works requested carried out to a very good standard.

With over 20 years of experience in the trade, you know you can trust Pro Dave for your stonemason and general building needs.Established in 2006, we offer our bespoke, reliable and professional service to domestic, commercial and industrial clients throughout London and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re in need of a stone floor restoration in your business or a new bathroom in your home, our team of experienced and qualified tradespeople is here to help. Our services are efficient, prompt and we will always make sure to work closely alongside you so that we can meet your exacting requirements. What’s more, all of the work that we carry out is fully guaranteed meaning that if you’re ever unhappy with our service; we’ll never hesitate to rectify the problem until you are 100% satisfied.

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Reviewed by Mary on 5/8/2018

Dawid did an amazing job. We are very pleased. Definitely using him again.

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Swimming Pool Specialists - what you need to know

Swimming pools are a serious construction project, especially if you go for an indoor pool which requires an extension, a new building, and appropriate ventilation.

What a swimming pool specialist can help with

  • Indoor swimming pools.
  • Outdoor swimming pools, along with associated buildings and extensions.
  • Overflow and infinity pools.

There are four basic types of pool construction:

  1. A reinforced concrete shell, finished with tiles, marblite or special paint.
  2. A blockwork or prefabricated panel shell supporting a tailor-made PVC liner.
  3. A glassfibre or ceramic one-piece shell.
  4. An above-ground pool.

Your swimming pool specialist will need you to think about a few different things that’ll determine your requirements. It’s good to think about these things in advance of talking to them.

  • How much are you prepared to pay to run your pool? Heating costs can vary significantly depending on your insulation and structure of the pool. Ask your specialist about the options and budgets for running your swimming pool.
  • How will you be using your pool? Do you want to swim lengths or just have somewhere to relax? This will affect the length and dimensions.
  • Who’ll be using your pool? If you’ve got young children you’ll need to think about safety devices, covers, or fences to keep them safe.
  • How tall, or short, are the people who are going to be using the pool? This will affect the depth of the pool.
  • How much space is available in your garden or property? You need to be practical about the space a pool could occupy.

If you’re interested in having one installed it’s always best to use someone who specialises in pools. Not only will they have the experience to take on the construction, they’ll also be able to advise on the best way to insulate, heat and line the pool. You’ll need them to give you tips on maintenance and chemicals too, which a specialist company are better placed to do.

The planning stage will be hugely important in any swimming pool installation. You’ll need to make sure all designs have been finalised, so that you know the exact costs involved. Making changes at a later date will probably be very difficult.

As part of the planning, make sure your swimming pool specialist has done a proper survey – it’s important they know the lay of the land, including where all services pipes are. The last thing you want is a burst water main or a gas pipe being damaged. They should also cover off any necessary planning issues and building regulations.

Swimming pool maintenance

pH

The pH of the water is very important – it should be ever so slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4 so that the water isn’t irritable to people using the pool, and won’t damage the pool itself.

Chlorine

Chlorine is a bactericide and oxidiser. It’s used in lots of water treatment processes, including in the plants that produce drinking water. Using chlorine will help keep your pool clean, safe and hygienic to swim in.

Health and safety for children

It’s crucial to think about safety devices for children – covers, fences, gates etc, so there’s no risk of danger. Your specialist will be able to talk you through the options on this front.

As a general rule, it’s important to insist that everyone learns to swim properly – for safety, exercise and fitness. 

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA)

SPATA are the body who represent the swimming pool industry and have the latest information about swimming pool construction, depths and safety standards.

Swimming pool cost

Costs can vary dramatically. A circular, above-ground, unheated pool, with a diameter of about 5 metres, could cost around £1,500. Larger outdoor pools, depending on insulation and heating options, can be between £25,000 and £40,000. If you’re having an indoor pool that requires an extension or a new building then it’ll be substantially more.

The qualifications your swimming pool specialist needs

It’s not a requirement but being a member of the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) is a good start. Other than that, you’ll be wanting to look for the same qualifications and experience you’d find in builders who take on large projects like loft conversions and extensions.

Other trade bodies - your swimming pool specialist might be a member of other trade bodies such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds. 

Gas Safe and Part P - the company you choose to take on the work will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid membership ID, which they’ll be happy to show you.

Competent person scheme - for any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for swimming pool jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - If you’re in a conservation area or live in a listed building, you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for swimming pool installation work

Public liability insurance - your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees - you can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance - if you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

Questions you should ask a swimming pool specialist

  • Can they provide an itemised list of costs for the full project?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

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