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Providing hard and soft landscaping/ground working services for over 20 years. Specialising in garden design, mono blocking, driveways, patios, foundation work, drainage, decking, fencing, turfing, artificial grass and garden maintenance. Fully insured.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by JP on 15/2/2018

Paid for a job that is now unfinished and I’ve heard every excuse other than the dog ate my tools. He never shows up when he says he will. Let down day after day with no shows. I made the mistake of paying before the works were complete and not only that paying for a skip that never arrived and now I’ve literally tones of earth ditched on my front lawn and this guy won’t reply anymore. My front lawn is covered in wheelbarrow tyre tracks. I was told boards would be used. Scumbag!

Home and garden work Handyman work No job to small or to big family run Free quote and friendly advise give

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Lola on 15/2/2018

Jack is awesome (and Joe) they've come back to do other work for me as they are true professionals and help out with anything and GO THE EXTRA MILE!

Multi skill civil engineer. over 10 years construction experience. Specialities: Full refurbishments, electricity, plumbing, decorating, tiling, professional cleaning of all surfaces, professional maintenancing of all kind of properties and many many more

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Rhys on 15/2/2018

Great job installing kitchen and bathroom tiles, I had a slight issue with bathroom and he returned willingly to improve for me. Overall very happy, tiles look great. Would recommend.

No job to big or to small free quotes all work guaranteed

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by John on 15/2/2018

Very disappointed customer Night after they started water started coming through ceiling. James wasn’t that bothered by that and blamed a previously broken tile. Yet I’d never had a leak there up until they started the job: and it was a big leak. He said he would fix the tile the following day. That following day passed. That night it rained and the leak returned just as bad. At that point I lost confidence and brought another roofer in who showed me no less than 6 broken tiles on the roof.

[EST-1962] ALL roofing-roughcasting-plastering-brickwork-lead work-upvc facings ect-general building works-drainage-site & house clearance-all works are guaranteed. based in Ayrshire and working throughout uk.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Burglar Repairs, Chimney Building / Repair, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Kenneth on 15/2/2018

I chose to use Clancy Roofing & Property Maintenance to remove a fireplace and make the wall ready for decorating. Pat arrived to look at the job and give me a quote exactly when he was expected. I accepted his very reasonable price. Pat and an assistant turned up to start the work when expected and their workmanship was first class. The job was completed when expected, for the agreed price and to my entire satisfaction with all debris and rubbish removed. I would be very happy to use them again.

Whether you need a small job done or would like to add an extension to your home, we do it all big or small. We Have over 11 years on the market and hundreds of happy customers. We are committed to customer satisfaction and delivering a superior quality of work each and every time.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Adrian on 15/2/2018

Would highly recommend. Professional, punctual, methodical and pleasant to deal with from quote stage to finish and even post job for a minor alteration. Will be using again and recommending to friends and family. Valdi is a skilled professional with great attention to detail with an exceptional work ethic making sure the job was done to a great finish.

I offer a reliable, value for money decorating service. I have my city and guilds decorating qualification along with 15 years experience which enables me to offer professional workmanship and advice.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Tacey on 15/2/2018

Fantastic job done !! Really pleased with the work done and very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork

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Reviewed by Carl on 15/2/2018

Quick response got the job done no problems

Hi,my name is yasir and We are based in east London but cover the whole London,We offer a survey,supply,fitting and finishing service.I do High quality upvc and aluminium, doors composite, doors,patio doors, by folding doors, porches, conservatory,fascia,guttering,cladding and many more... all product and work guaranteed for 10 year.

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by Josh on 15/2/2018

Great service. Yasir was in contact throughout. And have a very good price . Will definitely use again if I need replacement windows.

Pro star property maintenance is a business that has now been established for over 20 years, with professional & polite tradesmen, all of our work is guaranteed.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Arran on 15/2/2018

Good work

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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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