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WITH OVER 30yr IN THE BUILDING TRADE, INCLUDING ROOFLINE, ROOFING,BRICKWORK/EXTENSIONS, PLUMBING & HEATING AND EVERYTHING BETWEEN WE ARE SECURE BUILD SOLUTIONS A TRADING STYLE OF EASYBUILD DEVELOPMENTS COVERING THE NORTH EAST FOR THE LAST 30yr

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Julie on 21/2/2018

This company rang and agreed a time to inspect the job. They never arrived. They rang back two weeks later asking if I still wanted them.i said no

Offering professional and reliable plumbing and heating services 24/7 Here for all of your plumbing, heating and gas solutions.

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

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Reviewed by neil on 20/2/2018

reliable guy will be giving him more jobs and very helpful in provinding explanations and got the job done efficiently 5*

For all of your building and maintenance needs completed to a prestige standard look no further, we provide a reliable service to complete work to a time scale of your choice. Please do not hesitate to call us for a FREE quote on any work you require.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Neusa on 20/2/2018

They did a fantastic job on my patio... We're very happy with the result !! Neusa

we are a family owned business with affordable prices from a odd tile to a full roof all work guaranteed so for a free quotation please pick andys roofing

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Paul on 20/2/2018

(chimney removal) Andy and Mark worked very hard removing the chimney, They battled freezing weather and rock hard bricks. They cleaned up every day and scaffolding and skip was removed very quickly once the job was completed. Andy and Mark are both very pleasant and kept me informed throughout the job. i would use them again. Nothing bad to say.

we are a painting/decorating /plastering/kitchen fitting/ flooring /tiling etc company that believes in quality workmanship at a reasonable price.With over 25 years experience you can trust in us to provide quality and customer service!

Trades serviced: Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Damp Proofing, Door / Window painting, External Rendering, External wall painting

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Reviewed by AIDA on 20/2/2018

plasterwork had bumps everywhere

I do various home improvments such as windows , doors and replacment of faulty glass unit. Alongside guttering replacments and a new form of window cleaning which turns your existing windows,conservatory roofs and solar panels in to self cleaning systems.

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Damp Proofing, Decorative Glazing, External wall insulation, Porch / Canopy

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Reviewed by Julie on 20/2/2018

Used for application of Weather Coat to external wall for damp problem. Very happy with service, prompt and reliable.

Building with pride

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Burglar Repairs, CCTV installation

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Reviewed by Steve on 20/2/2018

Transferred a mess into a great looking garden, decking looks amazing.battled on through some rough weather but got the job done in time scale they gave us.

"80 five star ratings" Steven George Cook, Plastering since 1985, NVQ3 qualified, gold cscs, for a professional and reliable craftsman specialising in fireplaces and ceilings. Venetian plastering available Brickwork, re-pointing and repairs.

Trades serviced: Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering, External wall insulation, Internal Rendering, Pebble Dashing

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Reviewed by Steven on 20/2/2018

Steve did a top job and was punctual and tidied up after himself. Nothing was too much trouble and he was friendly throughout. The quality of the job was superb and I'm already planning to ask him to undertake more work. Thoroughly recommend. You won't be disappointed if you go with him I assure you.

We cover all aspects of building, no job to small, no obligation quotes, friendly and realiable

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Mike on 20/2/2018

Found Louis very helpful turned up on time to quote to build new front door step so pleased with job Louis built us new bespoke feature wall.I would use again no problem. He done what we wanted nothing to much trouble Mike Pullinger

Hi my name is Simeon Bozhkov i have 14 years of experience of being a builder and i can do plumbing,electrical work,plastering,repair kitchens,bathrooms, i can also do all types of handy men and carpenter jobs.

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

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Reviewed by Carl on 20/2/2018

Simeon came round straight away and gave a fair quote. Sourced the necessary parts and got the job done quickly with no mess. Very polite and friendly. Would happily use again. 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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