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With over 35 years experience we are a small business supplying and fitting cornice and standard coving.We can also match/make/repair any damaged/missing plasterwork that you may have. Please see our many excellent ratings and call us for a free quote.

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Reviewed by Sharmila on 14/12/2018

I had problems with the coving that I had purchased elsewhere however Liam and Paul managed to make it look fantastic great guys thank you so much

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Reviewed by Amanda on 7/12/2018

Excellent work. Great design, quality and value. Would have no hesitation in recommending Andy.

AG Handyman Services provide high quality home maintenance covering a variety of trades.

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Reviewed by Peter on 10/12/2018

Geoff, Turned up on time and did a fantastic job. Despite the job being more difficult than anticipated and taking a lot longer he stuck to the quoted price with no suggestion of additional cost. He was polite and knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Great job thanks Geoff.

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Reviewed by Sam on 10/12/2018

He is very good to deal with , listener, working very hard , excellent manners, and professional , he finished on time

I have been in the glazing trade for over 25 years in and around the west end of glasgow. I can provide competitive quotes for all types of glass and glazing work. A professional fast service by a qualified tradesman. Safety glass, double glazing, etc.

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Reviewed by Colin on 14/12/2018

Was quick to call and discuss the job. Price given was the price paid. Work completed on time to a very professional standard. I’ll be using Paul again in the future for any glazing jobs, would highly recommend.

I'm an experienced, Time Served Carpenter with gained experience throughout the years of other trades that mean in most cases I am able to be the 'One Stop Shop' for your project. Friendly and reliable - See my reviews!. Quality work is Guaranteed!! I pride myself in producing top quality results, on time and on budget. Give me a call and allow me to give you a free, no-obligation quotation.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 13/12/2018

Fantastic, work completed to high standard. Very pleased with the door casing/linings and doors looks fantastic! Would hire again and highly recommend.

Ivor engineering Welding and fabrication specialist. Mot weld, drive way gates, rsj beams, post , customs build, metal railings, fencing and mobile welding.

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Reviewed by Michael on 15/12/2018

very gentle and honest. I would recommend him for any one

Do it with passion or not at all...

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Reviewed by Clara on 14/7/2018

Internal double doors were re-glazed with vintage coloured glass at their workshop. Collection and drop off were punctual. Communication throughout the project was excellent - when unforeseen complexities arose, these were promptly communicated by text, phone and photographs and resolved at no further cost. The end result looks great, I'm very happy and would use again for this type of project,

We are a family-run business specialising in day to day glass and glazing repairs to single and double glazed windows and doors. Repairs and maintenance to pvc-u, aluminium and composite doors and pvc-u and aluminium windows.

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Reviewed by Matthew on 27/10/2018

Did a great job.

THE PROFESSIONAL ALTERNATIVE TO DOING IT YOURSELF Professional and skilled multi-tradesman over 15 years experience. Passion for garden design. Excellent eye for detail, perfectionist, very neat, clean & tidy. Full crb checked, refs available on request.

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Reviewed by Giles on 13/12/2018

Helpful and friendly service - thanks!

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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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