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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 Dunk on 22/6/2020

Excellent service from Sean and his team. Good communication and good to deal with. Very good knowledge and advice. Craftsmanship of the final job is very good. I hope to use them again.

Plastering service Over 6 years experience in Plastering Rendering ( k render, cilicone render, sand & cement.) Dry lining. Always ready for new projects Free quotes, we can provide you references if it's required!

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Reviewed by Ravi on 30/7/2019

Top team. Top job. Top finish. Cannot fault them.

I am a carpenter and joiner working in and around the Bristol area. I can do all aspects of carpentry and joinery from 1st and 2nd fix, to bespoke handmade kitchens, wardrobes and storage units. All hand made joinery products are designed and made to your exact specifications and requirement; and of course completed to the highest standards.

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Reviewed by Georgina on 3/7/2020

Loui did such a good job on our under stairs cupboards that we then asked him to build wardrobes in our bedroom. So pleased with his work. He’s totally reliable, really hard working, and a really nice guy. His work is brilliant. Would definitely recommend!

I am a sole trader with over 10 years experience in painting and decorating. I am a hard worker and take pride in being reliable, trustworthy, and providing work of high quality.

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Reviewed by gary on 14/1/2020

Great job, reliable, reasonable price, very clean worker

A&Z construction.. We have over 15 years experience in extension & plastering . Tiling.wood floor . Landscaping. Fencing. Roofing.. and painting & decoration...... Design your perfect driveway by getting inspiration from our image gallery created and providing natural stone and block paving and concrete driveway to perform perfection.

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Reviewed by Marie on 10/7/2020

Masud and his team at A&Z Construction were very professional, punctual, polite and reliable in all that they did. They removed and installed a large front driveway and two rear patios. The work completed was of a very high standard and was completed on time. I would thoroughly recommend them for a wide variety of building, home improvement and landscape work

The main focus of our company is providing our clients with the best construction solutions, environment friendly at the highest standards. We have started this company because we felt that there was a real need for a construction company that would deliver the expected result/product, not only ahead of the deadline, but havingone of the highest quality on the market. Our team had gathered specialist from various construction fields groundwork, masonry, carpentry, gas safe engineers and more) , trained in U.K. Together we are working and delivering the best services to suit your need and requirements.

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Reviewed by Gail on 29/5/2020

5 star work

An established and friendly business offering a fully comprehensive service to customers old and new. GHS offers customers a complete suite of services to improve and maintain their properties. GHS offers a full range of services including but not limited to the following. Electrical Installations and Maintanence. CCTV and security system design and installation. Home network Installations. Sound and Audio visual equipment installations. Home automation. External security lighting. Fire and Intruder alarm installation and servicing. Here at GHS we are proud of our past, as reflected in our perfect five rating here on Rated People, but at the same time we like to innovate and would be delighted to discuss your plans with you regardless of what they entail, as we are confident that we can assist in making your projects a reality. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers are happy with the delivery and finish of any project that we undertake, and we are fully insured to undertake all work that we accept a commission for. Here at GHS we ensure that all of our technicians are suitably qualified and experienced in any work that we undertake, and we undertake all of our work with a eye on customer satisfaction and value for money. So whatever you have in mind call us for an informal chat, and we will arrange a visit to discuss your requirements, in detail. Call or message us today.

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Reviewed by Jon on 11/6/2020

Gavin was the only one that wanted to quote for the job & said he would have someone here the next day at 10am. It turned out he arrived at 10.30 but we are a long way from where they normally work. Mike was the engineer & he followed all the Covid19 distancing rules, diagnosed the problem, a broken pump, got it sourced & picked it up within the hour. When he returned with the said pump he disconnected the old one, not an easy job as it was really old, fitted the new one and tested the system. Brilliant job

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 Jennifer on 19/5/2020

Reliable and friendly, thank you

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

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Reviewed by Michael on 2/7/2020

Tidy job, tidy price and left the place tidy. Friendly people. Thank you.

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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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