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Constructions of Future is a small company with more than 8 years experience in Kitchen and Loft extensions, painting and decorating, bathroom renovation basically everything what the client want. We can do the most precise job for the best price.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Matthew on 24/2/2018

Excellent work, great work ethic and good attention to detail, Will definitely use again

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by stuart on 23/2/2018

Reliable . Did an honest days work in difficult weather conditions -

Single & Double glazing repair specialist. In 2010 I set up my own business based in Rayleigh. With 9years experience within the glass and glazing industry, I am able to offer competitive prices along with a great service.

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Henrietta on 23/2/2018

Cleaned and repaired gutters, very happy with the work

I’m a qualified multi skilled tradesman . We are taking pride on our work we’re reliable , trustworthy and punctual and we work in a professional manner . Customer satisfaction is a priority for us that's why i always ask for customer feedback .

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, Home improvements, House extension

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Reviewed by Idnan on 23/2/2018

Also done cladding in kitchen.Helped finding matching material.leminate flooring in living room and entrance hall way and very helpfull with number of jobs around the house.

Taylor Howard construction & Remedials

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Jane on 23/2/2018

Would use them again.

MY NAME IS MARCIN KOWALCZUK AND I RUN ACE M&M PAINTING DECORATING TEAM BASED IN WELLINGBOROUGH COVER ALL SURROUNDING AREAS. WE ARE HARD WORKING, PROFESSIONAL AND VERY RELIABLE,ALWAYS COMPLETING WORK TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Internal Painting & Decorating, Laminate Flooring, Wall murals / Paint effects

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Reviewed by Michelle on 23/2/2018

I'm very happy with the work done on my home would definitely recommend and if need work doing in future will use again even helped out with extra little jobs which I greatly appreciate

A small friendly company,We do painting papering,Garden removals,External painting,Very reliable and always clean up after we have finished

Trades serviced: Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Door / Window painting, End of tenancy cleaning, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Gianpaolo on 23/2/2018

Very nice guy and very happy with the service

Our team uses professional tools for dust free scraping and sanding hardwood flooring, but also for the maintenance, restoration and repair of solid wood and engineered floors. We deliver a high quality finish for your hardwood flooring.

Trades serviced: Floor Sanding & Finishing, Floor Tiling, Laminate Flooring, Period Restoration, Screeding

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Reviewed by Joanne on 23/2/2018

Alex did a superb job on fitting my solid wood flooring. Excellent workmanship, would highly recommend.

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

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Reviewed by Guys on 23/2/2018

I could not have been more impressed. Two polite young men came and did my job very quickly and efficiently. They gave me options as to alternative solutions and had researched prices of parts before arriving. They then fixed the problem as agreed. I would strongly recommend them and was very pleased with their work. I will definitely turn to them first in the future.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/2/2018

Excellent service. Everything as hoped for.

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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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