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Established in 2001, I.c.joinery are a well respected family ran company doing everything from small projects up to contract work for the ministry of defence. The pride we take in our work speaks for itself. Offering a full design, manufacturing (in our own workshops) and installation service, also project management with access to all trades.

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Reviewed by Gervais on 31/1/2020

Ian is reliable, friendly and helpful

DM Construction's core business is comprehensive refurbishment services. We are a dynamically developing company from Southend on Sea. Thanks to the experience gained, we provide the highest quality renovation and construction services. Our professionally selected team of qualified employees guarantees reliable work performance. DM Construction company in the field of modern interior renovations and refurbishments, helps the investor to choose the right renovation technologies. We hope that our proposals will meet with your interest. Bearing in mind the well-being of our clients, we are always ready to help in the field of technical solutions and we are happy to advise you in case of any questions. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer and use our services. Refurbishments - Maintenance - General Building

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Reviewed by Daniel on 19/2/2020

David created beautiful pipework using top quality jg speedfit products which I wanted fitted, as the pipes were very old they work better than ever now.

Fontwell joinery was established in 1990, we are a small company and our attention to detail is second to none. We specialize in all aspects of custom made joinery and we offer a supply and fit service.

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Reviewed by Iain on 15/2/2020

Gary fitted a new lock to my front door and did an excellent job. Very tidy and very polite, would definitely recommend

PAUL WILLIAMSON CARPENTRY Public Liability Insurance: upto £2M can provide details of this on request.

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Reviewed by Jo on 30/9/2012

Paul's work was of a good standard. He was polite and professional and carried out the job in a timely manner. I'm very pleased with the results and would not hesitate to use Paul again for any further carpentry work in the future.

Hi, I`m a fully qualified City and Guilds carpenter and joiner with over 25 years experience. I`m trust worthy ,hard working and clean and tidy. I fit kitchens and bathrooms. Also do all sorts of bespoke cabinets and shelving, as well as hardwood and laminate flooring.

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Reviewed by James on 27/1/2020

Top man top job!

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Reviewed by Adam on 19/8/2019

great

Hi I'm Alex, I started FBS Painting & Decorating Services ten years ago. We have a small team of five. The members of FBS Painting & Decorating Services have collectively many years of experience between us all. We do loft tiling, plastering and we fit kitchens/bathrooms etc. Myself and my team all have over 20 years' of experience between us, we are professional, tidy and take pride in our workmanship. We take on all aspects of commercial, domestic, interior and exterior work, preferably in the Essex area and surrounding. No job is too big or small. We are fully insured and have a very satisfied customer base as you can see via reviews on our website. We look forward to quoting for you! Based in

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Reviewed by Andrea on 3/4/2016

Would definitely use again

Been in the decorating trade 40yrs, own company last 20yrs. Can supply all other trades as well,so no job to small or big.

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Reviewed by william on 7/12/2019

Completely satisfied with job. Very friendly person.

SDS are a locally based team of highly skilled experienced craftsmen who specialise in all aspects of plastering and painting. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction which has been the key to our success. Affordable quality is assured when using SDS.

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Reviewed by Rodney on 1/4/2019

Perry (the boss) and Alex attended on time, worked very hard, were always pleasant and finished very quickly without compromising quality. I've worked with scores of tradesmen in my time and I can honestly say that if you want a reliable company, producing good results at a fair price, then hire these guys.

I'm specialist painter and Decorator with over 10 years experience. i'm specialist in Painting ,Tiling ,wallpaper, special effect (venetian plaster) and take both domestic and comercial projects. i take great proud in the quality and standard of my work.

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Reviewed by Dominic on 9/2/2020

Domenico was great. His quote was good value, the job was done to a high standard and he was flexible when we had to change the start date at short notice. I’d happily use him again and recommend him

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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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