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Based in Brighton, offering a general handyman and carpentry service including skirting, architrave, doors and door linings, studwork, flooring, painting & decorating

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Julie on 24/6/2018

A very honest& hardworking guy. Didn't always keep to the times,was a bit more expensive than expected.

We provide domestic and commercial painting and decorating services of the highest standard. Whether it`s a full house makeover or a single wall to be papered no job is too big or too small.

Trades serviced: Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Door / Window painting, End of tenancy cleaning

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Reviewed by James on 24/6/2018

We got Adam to paint our living room after reading his reviews on rated people. I could not recommend Adam highly enough. The work he done was first class and was very pleasant to deal with. I look forward to working with Adam again.

Painting and Decorating FOR YOU by someone who cares about what he's doing and respects your home. Painting and decorating advice given (if wanted).

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

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Reviewed by Simon on 24/6/2018

Brian did a fantastic job! He contacted me within minutes of me posting the job, turned up when he said he would and did a quality job on painting ceilings, walls, sills and a garage door. While one job dried, he would quickly move onto the next and make suggestions on the best way to get a great finish. I would thoroughly recommend Brian to others.

midland improvements has over 30 years in the home improvement market from a kitchen to a bathroom from a garage conversion to a full renovation whatever your home improvement needs we have the experience and trades to complete the job

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

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Reviewed by Kelly on 24/6/2018

They left us with an unfinished job, they didn't know what they were doing, quoted for something it turned out they couldn't supply. Changed the plan several times to the point where we lost all faith in him because we didn't know what we were getting. We asked questions as to how it would be and he didn't know. We were left with a base and side wall and had to get someone else in to finish the job, meaning it took months and possibly cost a lot more than it should. We wouldn't recommend this company.

For a high quality job choose superior groundworks because we are (superior)

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by michael on 24/6/2018

William installed a new Drainage System in my Garden. It is yet to be tested as we have not had sufficient rain to test its effectiveness. However, so far - The actual aesthetics of the job was great. He was very prompt, and made sure everything was left neat and tidy. I would definitely recommend William to anyone. A pleasure to do business with. Thanks William.....

We are a small family run buisiness that offer an execelent service covering all aspects of plastering and roofing. We offer competitive rates reliability and are very trustworthy

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering, External wall insulation, Fireplace

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Reviewed by Josh on 24/6/2018

Great all round experience from start to finish. High quality work really recommend him.

I have been trading for over 30 years specialising in all aspects of bathrooms, plumbing and tiling. I provide clear, practical advice to all my clients.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bespoke kitchens, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Tiling

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Reviewed by Kevin on 24/6/2018

Responsive, hard working and has an attention to detail. Highly recommend

Concept Building and Roofing we have 50 years of experience between us so there is not much we don't know about the roofing and building game we also carry a lot of work for the insurance companies.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Stevan on 24/6/2018

Great service.

Here at itsmyroof we're focused on providing the highest quality roofing at an affordable cost. Customer satisfaction and your recommendation is what we strive for. For your peace of mind our work is fully guaranteed. We will do everything possible to meet your expectations. We cover all aspects of roofing, from small roof repairs to complete roof installation.... Complete tiled roofs Complete slate roofs Fascia and gutter work Tile and slate roof repairs Ridge repairs/replacements Chimney removals Cement pointing to chimneys and roof sections Exterior paintwork, including gutters and downpipes Fascia/Soffit paintwork. Qualifications Our fully time served roofers are qualified as Roof Slater and Tiler SCQF Level 6 (Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards) Level 3 Roofing Occ. (construction). For more information please follow the links.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by Stevan on 24/6/2018

Great service. Clear information and fair price. Would gladly recommend to family and friends.

Professional tiler and painter/decorator with more than 7 years’ experience. I work alongside trusted tradesmen including Plumbers, Painters and Plasterers enabling me to offer a complete start to finish approach on projects

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Door / Window painting, Fitted kitchens, Floor Tiling

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Reviewed by Tracy on 24/6/2018

Very happy with the work, was kept informed with messages and photos as it was my father's house and he was staying with us! Would recommend. Great service.

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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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