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Morton plumbing & heating. Small family run business with over 30 years experiance.

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

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Reviewed by Roy on 18/2/2018

didn't turn up on 3 occasions didn't return my calls didn't answer the phone

Reliable and Professional services.

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

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 18/2/2018

A great service at a great price. Two really nice guys, very focussed on finishing every job to the best standard. Would very much recommend and will be using them again for a number of jobs moving forwards.

Time served full carpentry and joinery apprenticeship with advanced craft qualification. 25 years experience in the building industry mainly kitchen and bathroom floor and wall installation. Working to exacting standards at all times.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by andrew on 18/2/2018

Fantastic Job, very professional quote and no unexpected costs. The guys turned up bang on time and finished on schedule. I have asked them to come back and do my 2 bathrooms I am that pleased with their work ! Thanks so much chaps .

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Demolition, Domestic House Cleaning: One off

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Reviewed by Mark on 18/2/2018

Dean did an excellent job with my TV wall. Would thoroughly recommend his services.

I'm Leon. I'm a time served carpenter with NVQ 1,2 and 3 qualifications.I have more than 10 years experience in Construction, I am new to rated people that's why I have no ratings.I can garantee quality, reliability. I look forward to your business.Thanks

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Tina on 18/2/2018

Leon, did a great job of correcting shoddy workmanship by a previous so called joiner. He basically put the both of them to shame. He was professional from the outset from the initial quote and communicating timescales, materials etc. I was so impressed, I've asked him to do a few more jobs for me. I would highly recommend Leon, you will not be disappointed A*

R.L.G property services are here to help, we take on outdoor and indoor work. Range from landscaping your garden to doing your patio or decorating your property and much more, no job to big or small. specialize in paving

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, External wall painting, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Sue on 18/2/2018

Would thoroughly recommend Ryan

We provide all Building Work: Electrical,,Lighting,Wiring, Internal renovation, Kitchens ,Bathrooms, Through Walls,Ceilings, plastering,Skimming,External renovation,Pointing ,Extensions, loft Conversions, Garage Conversion

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Paul on 18/2/2018

Great Job. Thank you. Would recommend again - prompt service and fair pricing.

The quality and beauty of a work go hand by hand.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet fitters, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by Craig on 18/2/2018

Great job by a very skilled tradesman. I’m very happy with the end result.

Hi. My name is Paul Bromby and I've been in the flooring & tiling trade for 40yrs. I fit most types of contract & domestic flooring, ceramic & natural stone, wood & sanding. Estimates are free, work is guaranteed and i'm covered for public liability.

Trades serviced: Carpet fitters, Electric underfloor heating, External Tiling, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by sarah on 18/2/2018

Excellent job, very happy, thank you :-)

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by Ralph on 18/2/2018

POLITE AND PREPARED TO LISTEN - GOOD WORK FOR A FAIR PRICE,

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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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