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A small family run Business that carried out all forms of work to your Domestic and commercial needs in the Glass and Glazing Industry. From traditional glazing methods to modern double glazing. If it is Glass then we do it

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Reviewed by Sebastian on 5/10/2020

They were very responsive and professional from the beginning. Quick to install the new windows, in general really happy with the work.

Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and get on with living.There's more to life than decorating.If you looking for help,solutions to make your interior design ideas come alive I'd be happy to support,advise or simply do it for you.

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Reviewed by ROBERT on 8/5/2019

Jimmy and his team were first class, excellent standard of work. Also clean and tidy as the job progressed.

I have been a decorator in Bath for over 10 years. Our work has covered everything from residential to commercial and period properties. All jobs are considered, I have a good network of other trades to help complete most projects. Sash window replacements and refurbishment available.

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Reviewed by samantha on 16/10/2020

Great job and nice guy

Family run business, with thirty years experience in the industry. We are a friendly and reliable service.

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Reviewed by Christina on 7/9/2020

Excellent.All work carried out as requested very promptly and with great expertise. Would highly recommend Gavin and his team.

We are a small family business with 20 years experience in the trade. We cover South West London. We give free quotes and estimates. We take pride in our workmanship and deliver professional quality on time. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Ravinder on 26/9/2020

He agreed by SMS to attend and visit the flat so I took a day off work to show him and he cancels on me last minute because a quote he had given to somebody else had been accepted, that is very poor customer service and not reliable as I wasted my day from work!

Here at Banga Decoration General Builder we welcome the chance to work with you on your project we have over 11 years experience within the building trade and are well respected within the area. Our skilled tradesmen are more than willing to go the little bi

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Reviewed by Anjeli on 12/2/2019

Excellent communication, perfect timing and very hard working individual. Made me feel at ease and explained things clearly as I don’t understand many building terms etc. Strong Work ethic and very honest/reasonable prices. Gets straight to the point , goes out of his way to help and even supported me with Extra bits that needed doing Very highly recommended- thank you!

Our residential team can cover areas such as overall building construction, landscaping, patio, driveways, fencing, lighting & technology, and groundworks. We treat your home just if was ours! We provide our customers with the highest standard an quality we possibly can. Check feedback from our customers. Get in touch today with our friendly team!

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Reviewed by Ian on 2/9/2020

Nathan and his team worked quickly and efficiently together as a good team. Their standard of work was good. Although they did not arrive when expected, they finished in the allotted time and cleaned up well after the job.

No job too big or small... From the ordinary to the extraordinary

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Reviewed by Joyce on 14/6/2017

Matt gave me a reasonable quote for the job, turned up on time and completed the work more quickly and efficiently than anticipated, which was very convenient. He was polite, friendly, gave helpful advice and left the kitchen very clean and tidy. I would be happy to recommend him to anyone needing building work.

We are a high quality company specialising in professional painting and decorative finishes, based in Wales. We provide a wide range of decorative services throughout the UK, interior design for both commercial and residential premises.30 years experience.

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Reviewed by Paula on 2/5/2019

Very pleased with the service and quality of work of Luis and his team.

I'm a 54year old painter and decorator with 38 years experience. I can cover all aspects of decorating. ie wallpapering, internal and external

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Reviewed by Claire on 28/4/2020

Turned up on time, polite, very respectful gentlemen. Did a great job! Would highly recommend Thankyou Adam

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Traditional Craftsmen - what you need to know

Traditional craftsmen, or artisans as they’re often called, have a variety of skills, many of which are now performed by machines. Creative at their heart, the work they do is broad, ranging from handcrafting ornaments for the house, to designing and building bespoke furniture. If you want something that’s truly unique, they can help bring that vision to life.

What a traditional craftsman can help with

  • Designing and building bespoke furniture.
  • Handcrafting household ornaments.
  • Decorative cornicing/plasterwork.
  • Decorative glazing.
  • Decorative ironmongery and metalwork, e.g. creating ornamental gates.
  • Working on fireplace features.
  • Creating murals.
  • Restoring period properties, e.g. by cleaning stone.
  • Creating and restoring stonework/ stone cladding.
  • Repairing and fitting thatched roofs.
  • Installing wooden doors inside a home.
  • Building a wooden shutter for a window.

Different craftsmen will have skills in different areas so a tradesperson who specialises in creating murals may not also have the skills to carry out stone cladding work.

It’s therefore important that when advertising the job, you’re as clear as possible with the details of the work you’d like done. Also, to reiterate this when you speak to the tradesperson, in order to get the right craftsmen quoting for the work.

Many craftsmen deal with a lot of period property work. Often that can be to clean stone on an old building and carry out essential repairs but it can also be to reproduce period features in a modern home. Sometimes, older houses are stripped of their authentic period features and it’s not uncommon for new owners to want to recreate some of their original charm. They can do this by working on decorative gates and fireplace features to make sure they’re appropriate in style.

A traditional craftsman is particularly skilled at working with metals and wood, so they can take on a lot of carpentry jobs, such as building you custom cabinets to give you more storage and introducing wooden doors into your home. Some craftsmen will also work with thatched roofs. Although the roofs tend to last 50 years, they can get damaged over time by wildlife or high winds. If this happens, they’ll need expert care by a tradesperson (either as a specialist craftsman or roofer), who has the skills to restore them.

The qualifications your traditional craftsman needs

There are no specific qualifications needed. Most traditional craftsmen learn on the job by becoming apprentices.

Planning permission for craftsman jobs

Whether or not you need planning permission depends on the work you’re having done. You may need planning permission for work on a listed building, e.g. a thatched roof. If you’re erecting or adding to an ornamental fence, wall or gate, you’ll need planning permission if:

  • It would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of the highway); or over 2 metres high somewhere else.
  • There’s an article 4 direction or planning condition that takes away your right to put up or alter a fence, wall or gate.
  • Your house is a listed building or in the land immediately surrounding a listed building.
  • The fence, wall or gate, or any other relevant boundary, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or the land surrounding it. 

Building regulations for craftsman jobs

You don’t need building regulations approval for fences, walls and gates. If you’re working on a garden wall which is classed as a 'party fence wall' and it’s not a wooden fence, you may need to notify your neighbour of the work under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

You may also need building regulations approval for work on listed buildings, including thatched roofs. For building regulations relating to other jobs that a craftsman may carry out, visit the Planning Portal https://www.planningportal.co.uk/.  

Insurance for craftsman work

There’s no legal requirement for craftsmen to have insurance but it’s a good idea for them to buy public liability insurance to cover themselves against any property damage and personal injury claims.

Questions you should ask a traditional craftsman

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading?
  • Will it be themselves that carries out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Can they show you examples of their work and have they worked on projects similar to yours?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does that last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking traditional craftsmen.   

Craftsmanship ideas

Learn more about the different trades that fall under traditional craftsmanship  and get some tips on creating a period perfect home.  You can also find some ideas for custom builds, such as a built-in wardrobe or a breakfast bench to maximise space in a kitchen diner.

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