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We specialise in working closely with the client to take any project through from design conception to completion, advising at every stage on cost viability, alternative construction, finishing methods, and always mindful of the overall programme..

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Reviewed by Mireille on 16/8/2018

Fast efficient service. Quoted on the Sunday and completed the new kitchen tap, cabinet and worktop the following tueday. Professional job well done. Will Ide again!

Chaks is dedicated to provide our customers with a consistent high level of service with certifying outcome results. We offer handyman services.

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Reviewed by Riz on 16/8/2018

Very good polite guy and has knowledge of most aspects of house diy would call again

J S Plumbing & Heating Specialist in plumbing and gas for last 16 years. Vendor for B and Q fitting bathrooms and kitchens. Subcobtractor for British Gas fitting boilers and central heating systems. Subcontractor for Advanced Plumbing Systems responsible for Plumbing work for macdonnalds. Subcontractor for multiple estate agencies responsible for servicing, brake downs and plumbing maintenance. Professional customer service and reasonable prices guaranteed.

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Reviewed by James on 16/8/2018

John fitted a new shower for us quickly and efficiently and was very tidy. Would recommend.

quality tradesmen at competitive prices and all work fully insured,

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Reviewed by david on 16/8/2018

Scott was prompt in completing the work after giving Quote. Work was nicely finished and area cleaned up.

New to rated people but have over 16 years experience. we consider all jobs,big or small we cover them all. including works outside of our specific trade as we have an excellent relationship with other trade professional to help deliver an in-house experience at a fair price.

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Reviewed by Ray on 16/8/2018

Job done as requested.

From a single slate/tile to a new roof.The Bolsover Roofing Company prides itself on doing a 1st class job 25 years experience there's not a leak we haven't fixed so for a repair or a new roof you're guaranteed a professional service from start to finish

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Reviewed by alvey on 16/8/2018

Perfect on everything except competion time. They had to come back to complete after the scaffolding was removed.. They even sweep up afterwards.

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Reviewed by Philippa on 16/8/2018

Great guy. Super knowledgeable and able to find solutions to unforseen issues left from previous builders. Would highly recommend!

I started Out Of Hours London while working my job as an S.M.S.T.S site manager and trade supervisor for the principle contractor for Hammersmith and Fulham council after a being in this role for for years dealing with sub contractors and trade staff running large and small projects carrying out surveys and leasing with the resident and leaseholders it became obviously clear i had to start doing this for myself. The Name Out Of Hours London was born from necessity i started doing night time call out and offering appointments outside my normal working hours until enough work came in to enable me to resign. I now enjoy my work and have found a good balance. Naturally i have a number of highly skilled trade staff to call on when required. Myself im a time served NVQ/City&guilds level Carpenter By trade and have acquired the Knowledge over 20 years and skill to undertake most other trades. The company Modus Operandi is simply high quality honesty and customer satisfaction,

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Reviewed by Waheeda on 16/8/2018

Went to view the job and quoted. Wanted upfront payment which is not something estate agents do! Upon accepting the job, he said he will order the parts then disappeared. No response at all! Didn't even let me know that he cant accept! AVOID!

We are a small, friendly, family run business that strive to provide quality roofing repairs at a price you can afford. We boast a team of experienced individuals covering multiple expertise in the labouring and construction industry, including, but not limited to, pointing, lead re-pointing, tilling, gutter cleaning, waterproofing, cladding, brick laying, general garden services and much more! So, if it’s your roof, give us a woof and our friendly team will provide useful advise before writing up a quote and arranging a day for repair.

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Reviewed by Jackie on 16/8/2018

Posted the job got a quick response from Carl. Arrived soon after, job done. lovely lads who Did a very tidy job for a reasonable price. So impressed he's coming back next week to build me some steps.

we are a 3 person team doing building work fitted kitchens bathrooms tiling plastering decorating plumbing joinery property maintenance too a very high standard no job is to big or to small put customer need first is are main priority full insured

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Reviewed by Fahid on 16/8/2018

I can highly recommend Chris and Lean. They are clean, efficient, and good hard workers with attention to details. The quote provided was excellent and within my budget, I took on board their suggestions and don’t regret it.

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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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