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Hi.I'm a time served joiner in my early 60yrs. I've covered all types of joinery work in my time.experience matters so for a good job and competitive rates in won't let you down.

Trades serviced: Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Garden Shed / Playhouse, General Fitted Furniture

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Reviewed by Liz on 23/4/2018

Would recommend Neil for his expertise, quality work and friendly manner.

I have been plastering now for 25 years I have huge experience. The plastering work i leave is 1st class perfect finish.

Trades serviced: Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering, Internal Rendering, Pebble Dashing, Plaster Skimming

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Reviewed by David on 23/4/2018

Outstanding. Intend to use Dean’s services again in the future.

We are Commercial and Domestic glazing contractors covering all of Northern Ireland. We provide a 24hr boarding and securing service. We also carryout all types of joinery and minor building works up to 15k.

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

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Reviewed by Mark on 23/4/2018

John did exactly what I asked him for. He came promptly and quoted, giving ideas and sharing his experience. If we decide to go ahead I'll definitely be getting him out again

We are SW London base company Kingston Upon Thames, we specialize in: - bathroom, kitchen fitting - carpentry - plastering - soundproofing - painting and decorating. Just have look the photos.

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

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Reviewed by Bernadette on 23/4/2018

Came and painted our hallway, dining room and kitchen on time. Hardworking and reliable. Will definitely use them again.

Hi have been in the building trade for over 20 years and have a vast experience in landscaping including decking slabing turfing and fences I also do garden maintenance including scarifying and aerating ,full lawn care.

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

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Reviewed by Anne on 23/4/2018

The job was very well done, with no mess left behind and at a very reasonable rate. Also it is a pleasure to deal with Gordon.

We are a family run business based in Southend-on-Sea. We cover all aspects of building related works. Any questions please contact us on o17o23ooo31

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by David on 23/4/2018

They did a good job. Their prices are reasonable.

Gas Management Services specialize in the installation of Fireplaces for gas & solid fuel. We also install gas fires including flueless and sweep chimneys. We can carry out all building alterations required and offer a free 24 month warranty on all work.

Trades serviced: Fireplace, Gas Fire

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Reviewed by Michael on 23/4/2018

Tony completed the job quickly and also found a bigger problem that was fixed on a different day. I’d definitely recommend Tony for any gas fire jobs

AM Building solutions is a well established building company, with experience of both domestic and commercial projects. We believe the successful delivery of all our projects is the attention to detail and completed within time and budget. All projects large or small are managed in the same way to make sure there is the detail, breakdown and planning to help ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/4/2018

AM Building Solutions contacted me to quote me for a job I posted. Unfortunately, due to my own personal circumstances I wasn’t able to proceed with the quote. I only had message contact with Andrew to set up the meeting to provide a quote. He replied to messages very quickly and was good to deal with to set up the meeting.

i have been painting and decorating now for over 25 yrs,specialities include new builds,start to finish and making good on older properties.External work and internal work,no job to big or small.i have painted many pulic houses,hotels to a high standard.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by Shirley on 23/4/2018

Overall excellent work just needs to be a bit more attentive to prepping would recommend them to friends

Everlasting rooflines LTD offers a full range of roofing repairs and installations PVC U fascias soffits guttering cladding and dry verge systems installing all kind of roofs in the highest standards tiled,flat,pitch and slate roofs on all domestic properties

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Home improvements

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Reviewed by susan on 23/4/2018

israel has just replaced all the gutters facia dry verge caps did excellent job would defo use them again.

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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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