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Working hard and clean keeping my clients happy that’s what keeps me going

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

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 21/2/2018

Very efficient, much faster than expected, high quality finish

Our company consists of two people, who value the needs of our customers. Customer service is the most important thing to us. In everything we do, customer service is more important than personal gain!

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Door / Window painting, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by Jane on 21/2/2018

Sorin and Robert were very professional, efficient, willing and polite.

Over 30 years experience in glazing and can supply and install any windows, doors and conservatories. FENSA registered and fully guaranteed. Free no obligation quote.

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

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Reviewed by Nicki or Peter on 21/2/2018

Mr Doherty carried out a roof repair / replacement at the end of October 2016. Unfortunately the work carried out was not satisfactory and although he came back to try to rectify the work his time keeping and reliability was poor. Water is not running into the gutter and we still have a leak. We have given him lots of chances to sort out the problem but he is now refusing to respond, this includes a letter of intention to sue! His accreditation to Fensa is limited. Do not pay him until you are satisfied!

Comeshandy Construction Limited is a company set up to meet certain installation and repair needs in domestic settings. Pride is taken in finishing every job well to ensure that customers and clients are satisfied.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting, External wall painting, Internal lighting

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Reviewed by Glenn on 21/2/2018

Very well priced. He turned the job around very quickly. I felt comfortable leaving him in the house all week. All responsed to my messages if I had any questions. He done a few small jobs without charging us anymore. His very reliable and good quality.

DD Carpentry & Joinery is a small experienced company which puts its customers values first , with a pride in our quality of finish. We offer a wide range of services from all your traditional & modern aspects of carpentry works. Please give us a try.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Fitted kitchens

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Reviewed by Matthew on 21/2/2018

Nice to meet a true craftsman. Probably not the cheapest, but I've used 'cheap' and it isn't worth it. Darren will do you proud

I am a sole trader working in the gardening and landscaping industry. I have 10+ years experience in this business and priorities by putting homeowners first, no job too big and no job too small, looks forwards to making your wishes come true.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, External wall painting, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Lesley on 21/2/2018

Punctual, quick workers, tidied up after and pleasant polite people. They constantly consulted me on every part of the job to make sure they were doing what I wanted and to check that I was happy with the work. I would definitely use their services again.

1 Fix :Studwork,door frames, window boards, pipe casings,staircases,joists,flooring and decking.2 Fix :Hanging doors, fixing skirting boards and architraves,stairscase ballistrauding.Refurbishments,Kitchens.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Paul on 21/2/2018

Vad turned up on time at 7.30am as agreed. His workmanship was excellent and he cleaned up thoroughly during and after completion of the job. Very courteous and friendly young man. Would highly recommend him for any carpentry work.

Higly professional kitchen and bathroom fitting.Bespoke made kitchens. Laminate, composite and solid wood worktops ,supply, fitting and replacement. Made to measure kitchen doors, bath panels . Vinyl and laminate flooring supply and installation.

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

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Reviewed by Ady on 21/2/2018

Excellent work! I’m really pleased with the outcome the tiling looks amazing. Great price

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 21/2/2018

very hard working team would use again in the future

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 damien on 21/2/2018

Excellent job

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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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