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Our experienced team is trying to deliver quality in all kind of jobs we do. We cover all the joinery and carpentering works plus plumbing, bathroom installations and decorating.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Adilah on 24/2/2018

Shahin fitted frame a doors to an open area. He came on time agreed the work was very satifactory.

I do a lot of home improvement jobs. Such as , laying ceramic and laminate flooring. Fitting curtain rails , track, vertical blinds. Hanging doors and fitting arcitrive and skirting . Assembling flat pack furniture . Paint and decorating.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Fitted kitchens, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Tiling

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Reviewed by adam on 24/2/2018

Had 3 internal doors fitted by simon.he supplied the doors for us as well.we was very pleased with the work he did and the new doors look lovely.would recommend Simon. thank you

I am a sole trader with over 12 years experience in painting, decorating and carpentry. I am a hard worker and take pride in being reliable, trustworthy, and providing work of high quality.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Vicky on 24/2/2018

Damon and his team have been fantastic. They are reliable, finished on time, carry out their work to a high standard, at a competitive rate and are super courteous. I would definitely use Damon’s services again.

Tile with Style has been established since 1999 and we specialise in the installation of all styles of wall and floor tiles. We also undertake preparation works plastering,boarding,timber floors and waterproofing and complete bathroom renovation and laminate flooring.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Electric underfloor heating, External Tiling, Fireplace

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Reviewed by Linda on 24/2/2018

Paul responded to our job quickly and provided us with a great quote and also offered us different ideas for how he could tile our chimney breast with split face tiles. He is super polite, friendly and his workmanship is outstanding. Without hesitation, we will ask Paul to do further tiling for us in the future. Thank you Paul, we are over the moon. Jane and Mark

All roofing work carried out, from a single tile or slate needing replaced to a whole new roof. Gutters cleaned, repaired and maintained. If you have an emergency leak or repair we are able to respond as soon as possible. Fully Insured.

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

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Reviewed by David on 24/2/2018

Good job, would use them again

We are a local family run business with 24 years of experience and carry out all types of building work specializing in Extensions, Block Paving, Loft conversions, Conservatories and other general Building work at competitive prices and 100% quality.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Alison on 24/2/2018

Mick and Tom have done a brilliant job converting my garage into a room. They were very quick and efficient, extremely friendly and completed the job to a high standard. They also recommended some additional drainage which I required, without this I could have had problems in the future. The tradesmen they work with were also wonderful and I would use them again if I needed anything else doing.

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Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by Lee on 24/2/2018

Paint brush marks left on side off fire surround. Rather than moving the wires from plugs near fire surround wall he decided to paint over them.. Avoid!!

I have been a plumbing and heating engineer for over 25 years now and feel that the quality I offer is second to none. I will repair your boiler install full central heating fix a leaking pipe to install a full bathroom suite.

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

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Reviewed by Julie on 24/2/2018

Excellent service, went above and beyond what was required. Highly recommend Steve and I will be using him again.

MASTERhand A small local business, we have been providing high-quality home improvement and maintenance service for more than 10 years now and have many happy customers.

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

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Reviewed by Muthu on 24/2/2018

Marek did his job very well.

I am an experienced Joiner/Kitten Fitter with 23 years experience from fitted kitchens laminate flooring hanging doors flat pack furniture butt and scribe joints sliding doors pelmets boxing in pipe work skirting architrave banisters spindles handrails

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Demolition

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Reviewed by Alan on 24/2/2018

Arrived early but waited in car until he saw we were up. Did a very good job clean and professional. Offered to cut old doors in half (no charge) so I could get them in the car to take to tip. I would have him back to do any other jobs I needed done in the future.

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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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